8 entries categorized "offers"

On Contentment (and a favorite book for free)


Yesterday, while browsing through the free books available on my Kindle, I was delighted to see that one of my two favorite non-fiction books, a book that started me on a journey of contentment, is free right now! 

I was searching through Just Pure Lovely to see if I'd written anything on the book, Calm My Anxious Heart, and found the below, written in 2008.  It only mentions a quote from the book, but I'd still love to repost it again, as the post below was a great reminder to me! 


The other day, my man surfed the internet for homes and land across America.  He found something far away that sounded fabulous, read the description, and we said, "Oh, that would be great," then he found another even farther away and it sounded so very nice, too, and we said, "Oh, that would be great," and so on.  We did this for quite a while.  We do this often.

As he read yet another description of an even more fabulous place, I thought, why are we never happy where we are? 

Two women looked through prison bars. 

One saw mud, the other saw stars.*

The mud:

Our area has mostly flat land. There are no mountains and very few hills from which to view anything.  The forests are full of tangly vines (think kudzu) and gnarled branches, making them nearly impassible. There is a very thin 1/4" of topsoil, meaning we're really just living on sand, and gardening is tough.  We have very humid, very hot summers.  The sun is hot here.  Very hot.  And we have hurricanes.  Or at least the threat of them.  Some people complain of a lack of seasons. There is no snow, that's for sure.  We have the dreaded fireants in every yard.  They hurt.  Oh, and we have cockroaches.  Not the invading-the-house kind, but the come-into-the-house-occasionally kind that scare you crazy because they are 2-3 inches long.  And some fly

The stars:

Sigh, our beaches: pure white sand, emerald waters.  Close proximity to those beaches might mean an occasional hurricane, but it - and the flat land - means we get sea breezes miles inland.  Lemons, bananas, and oranges grow well in sandy soil.  Our gardens produce  year round, with enough soil ammendments.  We have birds year round, too, the prettiest during winter.  Winter?  Yes, we have our winter, which is cool, not cold.  The sun shines almost every day, through blue skies.  We have miles upon miles of bayous, creeks, rivers, inlets, lagoons, bays and gulf to explore.  Much of the area is preserved, so there are nature trails and forests and beach preserves in all directions. 

I didn't even get around to mentioning the people or the cities, but I could do the mud and stars on both of those subjects, too.  Do you get what I mean?  It's all perspective. 

Thinking all this over, I finally said to my man, "What if.  What if we could find a place in a tiny town on a bay with streets decorated in flowers, within a half hour of the beach, and nestled between two mid-sized American cities with their arts and cultural centers and deep history?  What if the area's shopping and entertainment options were great, yet it also has lots of nature preserves?  What if the weather was mild and we could garden all year?  Oh!  And what if the house was not fancy, but comfortable enough, and situated on a river?!" 

He sent me his smirk. The one that makes me giggle.  But I knew he got it.   I was describing home (and its stars).

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*from Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow.  If you want it, get it while it's free...they often change those freebies overnight. You don't need a Kindle to read it; you can just use the free Kindle for the PC.

FREE Veggie Tales Christmas Album

Thought I'd share with you today's post on FreelyEducate.com (my other blog): 

Amazon is giving away a FREE, full Veggie Tales Christmas album.  It's called...

The Incredible Singing Christmas Tree

Included are 16 Christmas songs, including some favorites such as Joy to the World and Silent Night.

As of this writing, the album is 100% FREE.  However, these offers often expire quickly, so do hurry and download the album (Compatible with MP3 Players (including with iPod®), iTunes, Windows Media Player) before it's too late (it's a safe Amazon.com download; I did it, too).

How to Get This Freebie:  Visit the Veggies Tales The Incredible Singing Christmas Tree page at Amazon

This is a Limited Time Offer


Thanks, Mom, for emailing this one to me!

Savings! Free Appetizer @ Chili's

Here's a savings I found tonight, directly from Chili's, the restaurant chain.

If you sign up for Chili's email club, you get a free appetizer:  Chips & Queso (ohhhh, that queso...)!

I just did it.  All I had to do was put in my name and email address, then on the second page, I had to put in my zip, birthdate (so no kiddos can get in on it), and choose a local Chili's.

Tip for small town folks like me: Since there isn't a Chili's in my town, I had to use the zip code in the nearby bigger town where I'd go to Chili's.

2nd Tip: There are only so many to go around, so hurry up if you want to take advantage of it (I'll remove this post when the offer is expired).

3rd Tip (goodness):  The form also let me get a FREE Brownie Sundae by providing a little extra info.  So, there's that temptation, too.  Sigh.   You can also sign up lots of friends, but I didn't do that - I don't like giving out people's email addresses.  I'll just send them here to this post and let them do it for themselves.

p.s. This is a Limited Time Offer.


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Free 6' American Presidents Timeline Poster (in the mail) @ Freely Educate

If you homeschool, check out the post I just published on my Freely Educate blog. C-SPAN will mail you a free 6 FOOT long American Presidents Timeline Poster.  Go to FreelyEducate.com for more info.

Thought I'd mention it to you all, too, since these offers are sometimes limited!

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A Free Online Chore Chart

I recently found out about My Job Chart, so posted it on my educational blog, but thought you'd like to know about it, too.  The following is a rerun of my FreelyEducate.com post....

free chore chart system


To complete a child's education, he or she needs to learn practical skills as well as academic skills, right? Academic skills usually come with motivations such as A+ grades, a teacher's encouragement, or the privilege to participate in sports.  But what motivates a kid to get their chores done?  With My Job Chart, a free online chore chart, you choose the reward that your student or child should receive, while the student enjoys the freedom of increased responsibility. 

Here is more about the program:

My Job Chart is a FREE online Chore Chart that teaches kids to work in a fun and productive way. Using an easy and fun online system, My Job Chart inspires kids to do their chores on time. An interactive point system tracks your child’s progress, creating excitement and enthusiasm among kids. And the fully customizable chore chart allows you and your child to decide upon mutually determined rewards, fostering communication and developing responsibility. You even get an email or text message when your kids finish their chores or they earn a reward!

Signing up for My Job Chart is easy.  You'll only need to use an email address to register. 

free chore chart system 


Free 8x10 Photo at Walgreens.com Today (Thursday) Only

I just ordered an 8x10 photo from Walgreens for F R E E.  See?


Want one, too? Just to go to the Walgreens Photo Center online, upload your photo, choose the 8x10 size, and insert this shopping code at checkout:  FREEPHOTO

You don't even need to input any credit card information, if you choose to pick up your photo at a local store and choose "Pay at store."  (should be "pay nothing at store"!)

Sorry about the late announcement on this freebie.  It's for today, Thursday, February 25, 2010 only.

Thanks, Tammy, for letting me know about this!  I had an empty frame just waiting for such a deal.

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Suave Wash Them Grow Sweepstakes

Pretty much the day I got hurt, we received a package in the mail from Suave.  As excited as the kids were, you'd have thought we received colored cardstock or new pencils... or, even more believable, Valentine's Day candy.   The simplest things make these kids happy!

Here are the 4 products we got to try out:

  • Suave Kids Berry Body Wash (perfect for bath time fun!)
  • Suave Kids Strawberry Body Wash (also perfect for bath time fun!)
  • Suave Kids Free and Gentle Body Wash (dye free and won't irritate your child's skin!)
  • Suave Kids Moisturizing Body Wash (perfect for moms transitioning away from baby body wash)

Suave Wash Them Grow Sweepstakes
Although they are specially formulated for kids' skin, I can tell you that they'll work on yours, too, if you, you know, keep forgetting to buy your adult body wash.  I know that for a fact.  Ahem.   

Suave Wash Them Grow Sweepstakes

The reason I'm telling you all of this is to let you know that Suave is launching a Wash Them Grow sweepstakes. Actually, it has been launched since January 18th, which is about when I went underground thanks to my back injury. 

Still, you have a week to enter, and I'm sure yours will be the lucky winner of one of the weekly prizes of a Family e-Keepsake Kit (that includes a video camera, laptop and digital camera) and the Grand Prize of a family vacation to Orlando!

How do you enter?  Go to WashThemGrow.com and play a fun online trivia game to receive an automatic entry into the Suave Kids Wash Them Grow Sweepstakes.  You may enter daily through February 22. 

Customizable Organic Clothing for Babies

I found a fun company with organic baby clothes!  Apericots was created by a group of friends who wanted to give you an "environmentally conscious and unique alternative to all the lame baby clothes out there." 

Living next to a cotton field, I like cotton, but .... living next to a cotton field, I like organic cotton even better.  Apericots offers baby clothes that are eco-friendly in their trendy designs or your own customized design.

There are quite a few baby onesies on the Apericot site, both short-sleeved and long-sleeved. I love it that the designs are also customizable.  You can enter your own text, their art, or your own photo.  Here is the long-sleeved onesie I designed in honor of our favorite football team:

Apericot gators

You're all Gators fans, right?  Right?

While I was having fun, I created a short-sleeved onesie for a little girl:

Apericot jpl

Other products I like are this super cool baby hat that can tie up in a knot (or not) and one-size-fits-all cloth diapers.

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