Friday

Bertolli Baked Gnocchi Giveaway


Don't forget to enter to win the Bertolli Baked Gnocchi Giveaway.  This is an awesome package worth a lot  with lots of ways to enter and low entries!!  I added one additional way of earning 3 bonus entries (by Google+1).  Just over a week left!!!

LuLu Bells 1000 Fan Celebration & Giveaway


Don't forget to head over to LuLu Bells Boutique quickly, they are about begin celebrating 1000 fans on facebook.  There are a bunch of companies offering deals, discounts and giveaways.  Like them so you can be a part of it!!  I will be giving away 10 up-to-date WHOLE inserts randomly once they reach 1000!!!  Their bows, tutus, and sandals are waaaay cute!!

Worm Composting


Worm Composting


This year I decided to start composting for my garden and I want to share some tips I have learned along the way.  Composting is a great way to flourish your garden AND recycle waste.  I try to utilize every resource I have for my family and home to be "green".  I believe we all not only need to do our part to protect our planet but to ensure a safe future for our children.  Chemicals can be dangerous to keep inside our home with small children AND harmful to the environment and food we consume.  Composting also helps minimize the amount of waste going into our landfills.  Worm composting is easy and can be done indoors all year round or outside when the weather is warmer.  Worms help breakdown the food much faster than a normal compost and their "castings" or wastes produce some of the richest ingredients for your soil.


To build your own worm composter instead of purchasing one (quite costly), all you will need:
(2) Garbage Cans same size w/ 1 lid (or even Rubbermaid Containers)
Small Bag of Dirt
Drill or Hammer & Nail
Worms
Bedding (See list of items added to compost)


Drill or hammer out several (10-15) tiny holes into the bottom of one of the garbage cans for drainage.  These need to be smaller than an 1/2" thick since you only want water draining through and not your worms.  You may also want to drill a few holes into the lid for ventilation since the worms still need to breath.  Then place the garbage can with the holes inside the other can and add dirt, bedding and worms.  You will want to purchase approximately 1,000 or 1# of Red Wiggler worms depending on the size of your can and food waste.  The rule of thumb is 1# of worms for every 1/2# of food.  This can cost you between $20-$50 depending on the supplier.  I say start small since these little guys multiply quickly if the conditions are right and there is ample food supply.   You can even ask a friend or local greenhouse for some to get you started since these guys multiply to quickly.


Here is a list of the items you can add to compost to feed your worms and use as bedding:
shredded newspaper                            manure
shredded cardboard                             chopped up straw
shredded fall leaves                              sawdust

dead plants                                          seaweed
grass clippings                                     fruit and vegetable peels
                   
tea bags                                             crushed egg shells                               
Hair
coffee grounds                                     bread
pasta or rice                                        potatoes

NO Meats or Dairy Products!  These attract pests such as rodents and flies.

You want to have a good 50/50 mixture of brown and green ingredients.  I like to use as much of a variety of food and bedding to keep my worms "happy".  Worms need lost of moisture and oxygen so make sure to water and gently toss your ingredients frequently.  The moisture level should be that of a wrung out sponge.  You can usually collect your food waste in a milk carton or other container for a couple days and then add it to the compost.  The worms will not eat fresh leftovers right away anyway.  They like to wait a couple days to a week to let the microorganisms begin the break down process, and they actually feed off that "slime".  The drainage into the second container can be used as a liquid fertilizer.


**If you begin to notice your worms escaping or hanging out on the sides and lid, there may be a few reasons for concern.  This means something is wrong with their environment.  Is their enough moisture for them?  Have you added enough food waste lately?  Is there a variety?  Too much acidity can kill them so limit the amount of acidic fruits you toss in there especially in the beginning.  Their wastes can also be harmful to them so its possible you need to start a new bin if they have cycled completely through their current one.  This also happens quickly if they have multiplied and there is not enough room and food supply for them to survive.


When its time to either start a new bin or add compost to your garden/plants, there are two simple ways to remove the worms.  

1.  You can set up a new section in your bin by moving the old compost to one side and preparing this empty section with fresh new bedding and food.  The worms will all gradually move themselves over so you can remove the older compost.  This is only if you have a couple days before needing the rich compost since it will take them some time to separate.
2.  You can simply pick the worms out either by sifting through with a grate or by hand.  This is my favorite way since the kids can help and can learn even more while having fun getting dirty and playing with the worms.  We all garden together so this is a way for them to help out!


Thanks for being GREEN...Have fun with your new project!!

Thursday

5x7 Watercolor painting if your formal/wedding dress


Click gingers dresses to visit some beautiful water color photos such as the one below.  Any picture of your wedding dress or formal dress can be transformed into a watercolor 5x7 photo!  Vanessa Robert Weddings is hosting this giveaway so go check her site out for giveaway details.

I had to  post about this giveaway because it is perfect timing for me since my sister is getting married and I would love to win this for her!!  Regardless, what a beautiful way to display your wedding dress!!!

Alphabeast Plush Toys Review


So when I first found out I was going to receive these guys, I got online to show my son them.  Boy did he think they were the coolest ever!!  My son absolutely loved being able to interact with the monsters online.  It helped the whole learning process of course much easier.  Which we have been working on our alphabet and more specifically spelling his name.  He was able to play, learn AND get excited about these new toys that would be coming.  The interaction online was great for letter association. 

Then, I received the package in the mail and actually thought it was something else since they came soooo quickly.  Dane was running around saying, "Its my monsters! Its my monsters!".  I had started explaining to him that it would be a bit before we got them but, to my surprise, it indeed was 2 perfect Alphabeasts.  We received the letters "D" and "P" for Dane Patrick.  Dane quickly hugged them up and was eager to show them off to Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa.  In fact we had to rush over to my parents house so they could see.  I already have tons of pictures with Dane and these guys since he won't put them down. 


Alphabeasts are made from a soft plush material which makes them great for kids of all ages.  Although these guys are new the material seems durable and should last for a long time even between my two boys.  My 11 month old likes to snuggle with these as well.  There are no loose pieces that I need to be concerned with and these guys are easily wiped clean if they get chewed on by the baby!  Dane has been taking them everywhere, playing games with them, and loves to sleep with each of them.  Since they are so soft and cuddly, I am completely comfortable when Dane takes both to bed.

Alphabeast come in all 26 alphabet letters and they also have a new product - Baby Books, coming in a couple weeks.  The beasts cost $20 each and are worth every penny.  I will definitely be looking into purchasing some of these as Christmas presents.









*I received products from Alphabeasts for direct review.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this review other than the products I received and Alphabeasts did not change or write any of this review.

Wednesday

Back to School $200 Visa Gift Card Giveaway



BACK 2 SCHOOL GIVEAWAY!! 20 FANTASTIC BLOGGERS have gotten together to provide you with a $200 Visa Gift Card in celebration of back to school!!!

Here are the Rules:  This is SO Easy to enter! You just simply like all the sponsors and you are entered! you MUST USE your PERSONAL Facebook Page…This Giveaway will start on July 29th end on August 12th and Winner Will be announced by Monday August 15th by CouponFrenzyMom!

Safety Awareness - Car Door / Personal Items Theft

**This is an email I was forwarded by my mother that I thought I would share with all of you as a safety awareness article.

Wednesday, I approached my truck from the passenger side to place my computer bag (aka my man purse) in the Front passenger seat. 
   
As I reached to open the door, I noticed there was a hole right under my door handle. My first thought was, "someone has shot my truck!"  I began to think about it and inspect it a little closer and the "light" slowly began to come on. I phoned my friend who owns a body shop and asked if he had any vehicles with damage to the doors that looked like a bullet hole.
   
'Yes, I see it all the time.  Thieves have a punch and place it right under the door handle, knock a hole through, reach in and unlock it, just as if they have a key.  No alarms, broken glass or anything.' I then placed a call to my insurance agent and explained it to him!  I was puzzled that they left my GPS and all other belongings.  Here is where it gets scary!
   
"Oh no,' he said, 'they want the break-in to be so subtle that you don't even realize it. They look at your GPS to see where "home" is. Now they know what you drive, go to your home, and if your vehicle isn't there, they assume you aren't and break into your home."
   
He says they will even leave a purse or wallet and only take one or two credit cards. By the time you realize there has been a theft, they may have already had a couple days or more to use them. I didn't realize my situation for two full days! They even give you the courtesy of re-locking Your doors for you.
   
Periodically walk around your car; daily if you are in a shopping center or other parking area. Report thefts immediately...Your bank w/missing check numbers, your credit card agencies, police and insurance companies, etc.

(Below is picture of what the hole looks like!)

Restaurant.com 80% off Deal $25 Certificates for $2


Save 80%: Get $25 Restaurant Gift Certificates for only $2!*
Ends July 31st

Monday

$25 Gift Card Giveaway - We have reached OVER 75 followers


Congrats to (#69) Karen for winning the $25 gift card of her choice!!!  I will update everyone when she chooses a store (in case you were a little curious).  The winner was chosen by random.org.

Thank you everyone for joining....YOU are the reasons I do this!!  I love blogging, please let me know what you want to see in the future from A Lucky Ladybug.

**UPDATE** Karen chose a gift card to Parisan.

$25 Gift Card Giveaway - We have reached OVER 75 followers


In a matter of minutes we have reached over 75 followers!!  I am drawing a winner now and will announce shortly.  A special thanks to Debbie Does Coupons for sending so much love my way and thank you to all you NEW and OLD followers!!!

Sunday

*Apoloogy* & Babies R Us $5 Diaper Deal - Huggies, Seventh Generation, Earths Best, & Fisher Price


I am sorry for the last post of complete gibberish!!  I was trying to post this deal from my phone to blogger while I was at the store so everyone could head out at fast as possible.  Unfortunately it did not come out anything as typed on my phone.

Anyway...

Babies R Us is having a huge deal Today 24th and Tomorrow 25th

Huggies (jean diapers & pure & natural), Earth's Best, Seventh Generation, & Fisher Price Jumbo Diaper packs are only $5!
Plus, as far as I can tell they are all buy 1 pack and get the 2nd 50% off (so thats $2.50 for one of the packs)!
THEN, you can also use your $1.50/1 Huggies coupon from SS 7/17 (and I even had more from another insert but Ill have to research where they came from and get back to you)
=$4.50/2 jumbo packs

Oh AND if you buy 2 packs of the Huggies Pure & Natural you will get a $5 gift card making those an actual money maker if everything works out!

Wow!!  You will need to get out there now or first thing tomorrow since this is a very rare deal!

P.S. They are also doing a clearout of all their clearance so you get 80% off all clearance clothing - very good deal!

Bertolli Baked Gnocchi Giveaway *CLOSED*


After my last Bertolli Giveaway, I was just so impressed with the intense flavors of their products, I had to work with them again to provide yet another great giveaway!  The feedback I received not only from my family but from all of you regarding their phenomenal tasting food.  I love preparing their frozen meals when I am in a hurry or using their pasta sauces for many of my signature dishes when I have a little bit more time!

Bertolli Sauces cover the best of Italian sauces – everything from classic to complex in a variety of sixteen different red and white sauces. Bertolli® is featuring their Olive Oil & Garlic Sauce in their Baked Gnocchi with Two Cheeses and Walnuts recipe

BAKED GNOCCHI WITH TWO CHEESES & WALNUTS

  • Serves 4
  • prep time: 10 minute(s)
  • cook time: 20 minute(s)
Ingredients:
1 jar Bertolli® Olive Oil & Garlic Sauce
1 lb. fresh or frozen gnocchi, prepared according to package directions
1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 6 oz.)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp. thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 Tbsp. Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Combine Sauce, cooked gnocchi, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and 1 tablespoon basil in 2-quart casserole. Top with remaining cheeses, walnuts and bread crumbs.
  • Bake uncovered 12 minutes or until bubbling. Sprinkle with remaining basil.
Cost per recipe*: $10.03.

Cost per serving*: $2.51.

*Based on average retail prices at national supermarkets.
Nutrition Information per serving
Calories 420, Calories From Fat 140, Saturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Fat 15g, Cholesterol 35mg, Sodium 910mg, Total Carbohydrates 53g, Sugars 10g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Protein 18g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 25%, Iron 15%

This recipe pairs together fresh mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses with hearty gnocchi and fragrant basil for a dish you’re sure to love! Take some time to watch YouTube video I've included HERE-Bertolli Clip.  It shows how the Bertolli® Olive Oil & Garlic Sauce in this dish pairs perfectly with the fruit and acidity of a rich Barbera wine.


The giveaway will include:
Bertolli coupon for a FREE sauce product
Gnocchi Maker
Gnocchi Board
Le Creuset Au Gratin Dish
Required Entry (complete an individual comment for EACH entry)
  • Must be a follower publicly on Google Friend Connect to enter (right side click join to follow)
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Good Luck and a special Thanks to Bertolli

Giveaway ends Monday August 8th @ 12pm. Winner must be a U.S. Resident to be eligible to win.  Winner will have 24 hrs to respond or a 2nd winner will be chosen.  I received a set myself from Bertolli but all opinions are my own. This giveaway is being run independently

Thursday

Southern Savers SniqueAway Giveaway


Go visit Southern Savers to enter for a chance to win $200 credit on SniqueAway which should cover a one night stay.  This is a fun and really great giveaway!  I'd love a chance to get away even for a night.  One of their locations is in Savannah, GA which is a lil closer to my in-laws!!

Tuesday

Mommy and Me Giveaways


Go check out Mommy and Me Giveaways for some really cool (AND ALOT OF) giveaways!  She is giving away a bunch of items right now for the pampered mom event including:

Thinksport Bottles
Tan Towels
Buckhead Betties
Bialetti
Rain Cosmetics
Kuerig
Mood Milk

Click on any name for a direct link to the details on the giveaway.  I'm hooked :)

MYO Outdoor Remedies


Recipe #1 - Works as Multipurpose bug Non-toxic Pesticide (Flies, Snails, Worms, Moths, Mosquitos, Nats, etc)
Blend 5-10 Garlic Cloves with about 1 cup Water
Let sit over night and strain with a cheese cloth
Add to 1 gallon of water and add a couple drops of liquid dish soap (helps mixture stick to leaves)
Use a garden sprayer to spray both the leaves & undersides of leaves
Repeat in 2-3 weeks or after a major rain fall

Recipe #2 - Works as Multipurpose bug Non-toxic Pesticide & Pests deterrant(Flies, Snails, Worms, Moths, Mosquitos, Nats, Rodents, Rabbits, etc)
Blend 3 Large Red (spicy) Peppers with about 1 cup Water
Add to 1 gallon of water and add a couple drops of liquid dish soap (helps mixture stick to leaves)
Use a garden sprayer to spray both the leaves & undersides of leaves
Repeat in 2-3 weeks or after a major rain fall
**WARNING: This recipe can cause your plants to have a spicy taste because of the strength of the peppers.  Do not use if you are harvesting soon or do not do spicy foods.

Herbs (here are a few herbs that when planted tend to get rid of pests but no guarantee)
Pennyroyal repel fleas, mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers
Rue repels Japanese beetles
Marigolds repel nematodes
garlic and chives will repel aphids
Basil repels flies and mosquitoes
Mint repel ants
Petunias repel aphids and tomato worms

Weed KillerMix 1/2 cup Salt, 1/2 cup liquid dish soap, 1 gallon Vinegar and let sit for 2 minutes
Add to a garden sprayer and spray weeds or driveway/sidewalk cracks - Do not use in your garden the vinegar will kill it.
Vinegar kills the weed and salt keeps it from growing back

Monday

Twice Baked Potatoes


Amazing!!  A college friend and I used to love making a few variations of these!  You can add or remove ingredients of your choice. You can also increase/decrease amounts as well based on your taste preferences.

Ingredients Needed:
8 Potatoes
4 tbsp Butter (I usually add more as I go)
12 oz Shredded Chedder Cheese (I use one bag from the grocery store)
1 cup Sour Cream (I usually add more as I go)
1 tbs Garlic Salt
8 tsp Bacon Bits
Chives (optional)

***I will post pics the next time I make these

Boil your potatoes until tender enough to stick a fork in.  Remove and dry.
With a spoon remove an oval section at the top of the potato while on its side long ways.  Put this piece into a large mixing bowl.  Then scoop out as much of the interior of the potato as you can without tearing the sides and add this to the mixing bowl as well.  You want the entire potato skin as a shell left at the end.
Add sour cream, butter, (8oz) cheese, & garlic salt to the mixing bowl.  Mash with a potato masher and mix until smooth.
Scoop mixture back into the potato skin shells and over fill.  Top with remaining cheese and bacon bits.
Bake at 375 for about 12 minutes or until cheese is crispy.  Garnish with Chives.

This side goes great with Steak.

Serves 6-8 people and takes approx. 25 min.

Pasta with Broccoli Pesto


Ingredients Needed:
10-11 cups Water
1# Broccoli Flowerets
2-3 Cloves of Garlic
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Salt
12 oz Pasta (Bow Tie or Rotini is best)
1 Small Tomato (diced)

You can either cook broccoli - In a 5 qt pan bring approx 8 cups water to a boil.  Stir in broccoli and cook until tender.  OR you can steam your broccoli.
Immediately drain and immerse in ice water until cool and drain again
In a food processor or blender (I use my magic bullet), combine 2/3 of the broccoli with the garlic, cheese, oil, salt, & 3 tbsp water.  Whip until smooth and set aside.
In a 5 qt pan bring 3 qt water to a boil.  Stir in pasta and cook till tender.  Drain pasta and add to a serving bowl.
Add Pesto, remaining broccoli, and diced tomatoes.  Stir and serve.  Garnish with additional shredded parm if you like.

Makes 4 servings in about 30 min.

Turkey & Tortellini


Ingredients Needed:
7 cups chicken broth
1.5 # filled tortellini (Cheese, meat, or spinach filled)
3 cups diced turkey
1 tsp celery seeds
2 cups sour cream
1/4 cup diced chives

  1. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a 5 QT pan.  Add tortellini and cook until tender to bite.  Remove tortellini (leaving broth) and keep warm.
  2. Add turkey and celery seeds to broth and cook thoroughly until turkey is warm and no longer pink.  Remove turkey and spoon over tortellini.
  3. Place sour cream in a small pan.  Stir in chives and 1/2 cup of the hot broth.  Mix over low heat until hot and spoon over turkey and tortellini

This meal is best served with a citrus salad.

Makes 6 servings in approximately 40 min.

Chicken au poivre


This is an amazing recipe if you like just a little spice or if you are a pepper fan!

Ingredients Needed:
2# Chx Breasts (boneless, skinless, split)
1-2 tsp crushed black peppercorns
1-2 tsp crushed pink peppercorns
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup dry sherry
1/2 cup whipping cream

  1. Place chicken in a plastic bag and pound flat with a rolling pin.  Once chicken is 1/4 in thick add 1/2 teaspoon of each peppercorns to the sides of the chicken and pound into chicken.
  2. Melt butter in a wide frying pan over high heat.  Splash pan with dry sherry (not too much).  Add chicken without over crowding the pan cooking both sides until chicken is no longer pink and remove.
  3. Pour dried sherry into pan and scrape pan as stirring.  Add cream and bring to a boil while stirring frequently.  Reduce heat and allow sauce to thicken.
  4. Pour over chicken and serve

This meal goes great with grilled asparagus (if you are a fan)

Makes 4 Servings in approx 20 minutes.

Wednesday

Gift Card Giveaway


I want more followers!!  The feed back I have been getting from everyone is great and I'd love to keep it coming!!  You readers are the reason I am doing this :)  Thank you ALL!!

Once I reach 75 followers on A Lucky Ladybug, I am going to giveaway a $25 gift card to your favorite store (Walmart, Kroger, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, OfficeMax, Office Depot, and any others I can find in my area).  
  • Everyone who is a follower automatically receives an entry (so you don't have to do anything additional if you don't want to).
  • Every new follower via Google Friend Connect will receive an entry as well
  • If you bring someone new to the site have them comment on this post that you sent them and you will both receive an addition entry
Obviously since I cannot predict when we will reach 75 followers, there is no specific end date so I will announce when we reach that point and I will draw a winner via random.org.  Thank you ahead of time for spreading the word!!!

P.S. I have a bunch more giveaways coming soon :)

Monday

Chili's Free Chips & Queso



Now anyone who knows my family know we have quite the history at Chilis all around the Metro Detroit area!!  Recently I signed up for the email club and you wouldn't believe how many coupons I get sent for various deals including free kids meals & free desserts!!  Right now you get Free Chips and Queso at Chilis when you sign up for their Chilis email club  so get right on it!!

Saturday

Puddle Jumpers



I had to post this picture from over the holiday weekend.  These floaties are the best money I've ever spent!!!  This is my 10 month old swimming no trouble at all!  My 3 year old can swim without his since thats what I used to teach him to swim with and now he just wears these so he doesn't have to be hovered over 100% of the time.  I purchased these "puddle jumpers" from a company called Overtons AND from Target.  I paid exactly the same for both and they virtually the same.  I feel a little more confident though in the quality from Overtons-like it will last a bit longer.  Totally worth it if you have a little one who swims or even a boat (they are certified safe for boats).

Friday

Restaurant Deal


Save 80%: Get $25 Restaurant Gift Certificates for only $2!*Go to restaurant.com now to purchase this deal...we did and went out tonight for $2 date night!!

Restaurant Deal


Going out tonight to use another one of the restaurant.com deals tonight at Cheli's Chili Bar.  I will let you know how this trip goes as compared to the last one (as well as how the restaurant is)!

Red Head Appreciation Day

Marble Slab Creamery

Marble Slab Creamery is giving away a free scoop of Red Velvet ice cream on July 11th from 3pm - 6pm to all RED HEADS for Red Head Appreciation Day!!!  My family is full of red heads so I am thrilled about this!!  I am not a natural red head but I always have red streaks so I will be heading out there myself.

Flip Flop Wines



I was given the lucky opportunity to sample/review three wines from a great company Flip Flop Wines.  Now by all means I am not a wine expert however, I have been a restaurant manager for quite some time which has given me the chance to learn quite about about wines.  I am also an avid wine drinker.  I frequently enjoy myself a glass of wine (or 3 hehe) with dinner and especially with my best friend.  She by the way belongs to a wine club (which isn't cheap) so I consider her to be my own personal wine expert.  Now not only are Flip Flop Wines inexpensive so that the average person can enjoy them but they are made by a company that gives back to the community.  Everyone who knows me knows I believe we need to do everything we can to protect our children and planet today so that there can be a tomorrow for everyone.  Flip Flop Wines is partnered with Soles4Souls, a non profit organization that helps put shoes on over 100,000 feet of children who aren't fortunate to have the most basic protection.  They have also supported several other charities such as Friends of the Forest, Netting Nations, & Habitat for Humanity.  Amazing.


Immediately after receiving these three wines I was thrilled, my favorite kind of wine was included - a Reisling.  My friend and I tried this one over the holiday weekend with some weekend BBQ.  It was of course chilled to approximately 26 degrees and went down as smooth as water - well a fruity water.  This reisling was very sweet and to me had the taste of being on a beach without the umbrella in my drink.  I would definately recommend this wine especially if you are not familiar with wine flavors.


The next flavor I tried was the Pinot Grigio with my mother last weekend with a mostaccoli bake we always make for an easy family dinner.  Although, she too is a wine drinker, we had two very different opinions about this one.  I felt the Pinot Grigio was very strong and bold flavor that complimented the pasta.  She felt it was almost flavorless with our pasta.  This suprised me since she doesn't usually drink white wines, she sticks to blush (and I personally think blush is weaker tasting).  The Pinot Grigio is a medium bodied wine that I would recommend if you are a fan of whites.


I would like to say I saved the best for last but for me any red wine could never compete with the taste of a white.  Pinot Noir is a great red wine for those who like it dry - not me.  I don't even care for my wine to be room temperature so I of course against its recommendation chilled this red.  I gave this one a try with my best friend last night as an after dinner snack.  I was not a fan but not because of the quality but because as I already stated I don't care for wines.  My friend thought it was great, she said it had a great aroma and was full of flavor.

Flip Flop Wines are again very affordable and can be found be found at your local Kroger priced at 2 for $10 in my area.  I will be purchasing these again on my normal grocery trip, especially the Reisling!

Restaurant Deal


Save 80%: Get $25 Restaurant Gift Certificates for only $2!*
Go to Restaurant.com to get yours now!!!

Thursday

Swag Bucks


I just discovered Swag Bucks even though I've seen it around for a while.  Win Prizes just by searching the web. Swagbucks is one of the most popular and recognized loyalty programs where you can earn free stuff including 1,000's of products for doing the things you do everyday: Searching the web (powered by Google and Ask.com), daily deals (Groupon, Living Social, Tippr), and answering polls and surveys. Register HERE to get started.  I see friends making tons everyday!  If you do an average of 5 searches a day, you should easily earn around $15 a month just from doing what you already do. Toss in a few surveys, and the occasional purchase, and you'll be earning enough for a tank of gas or trip to the grocery (with all your great coupons of course!) in no time!  Every once in a while you will here about codes as well to earn more with Swag Bucks.  Definately worth it to me (especially those who do a little online shopping during the holiday season)!

Wednesday

Bertolli Taste of Italy Giveaway Winner

Congrats to Brenda Wood for being randomly selected by random.org as the Bertolli Taste of Italy Giveaway winner!!  Thank you everyone for entering to win...I will hopefully have another giveaway coming up soon so keep your eyes out!  Thank you to everyone who posted this to their facebook and their friends!!  We are getting larger everyday!

Toys“R”Us Cars 2 Race Around The World Trivia Sweepstakes

Toys“R”Us Cars 2 Race Around The World Trivia Sweepstakes: "Enter the CARS 2 Race Around the World Trivia Sweepstakes for a chance to win BIG! Grand prize is a $1,000 Toys“R”Us Gift Card!"








Living Social 4 Wk Boot Camp


Click the following link HERE to join me in a 4 week boot camp for only $49 (I will be attending the Dakota Highschool location)  Its going to be wayyy fun!!
Four-Week Boot Camp for Women

Restaurants.com is having another deal for 70% off their already discounted prices thru July 7th.  If you are interested click HERE and enter the code SHARE at checkout.  This will make the gift certificates $3!  What an awesome deal on a gift OR something special for yourself.  All you need to do is search the partipating restaurants in your area by entering your zip code.

My Habit




Wow!!  Amazon.com has created a new site called My Habit.  They offer high end designer clothing and accessories for men, women, & children.  Right now they are offering $25 off ANY purchase AND free shipping on any purchase amount (always).  Just enter the code SUMMER25 at checkout (after you create your new account).  There are several items listed for under $25 but they are selling out quickly.  New deals added each day so if you don't find anything keep checking back!

Tuesday

Dot Com Address


We now have changed over to http://www.aluckyladybug.com/ address, so much easier to find!!  You will still be able to visit with the old blogspot.com addy just redirected here!!!  No transferring posts or having to follow me again.  I'm super excited!

Taste of Italy Giveaway


Now is your last chance to enter to win the Bertolli Taste of Italy Giveaway  Click the link to enter a comment!!!

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