Showing posts from May, 2011

Friendly Reminders

There are currently 4 giveaways going on right now. Check them out and enter before they close.

I also wanted to take a moment to remind you all of the giveaway rules.

1. You must be 18 or older and in the US to win any giveaway, unless otherwise stated. One entry per person, email or household. This means you cannot enter yourself, your husband, your kids etc. Your entries will be disqualified and you will not win!

2.You can win as many times as you would like, provided you follow the rules. I have no control over who wins as I use to pick winners for all giveaways, unless a sponsor asks me not to.

3. NO CHEATING will be allowed. If you cheat in any way shape or form, you will be disqualified and will not win. All entries are verified so if you say you follow publicly via GFC but you don't, you will not win. If you say you follow me on Twitter and you don't, you will not win. If you say you like me on Facebook but don't, you will not win. If you do not…

PetCakes Review & Giveaway!*CLOSED*

About PetCakes:

Well Made™ Toy Manufacturing Corporation, introduces PetCakes™, a new collectible plush pet line that will be a sweet treat for children ages 3 & up. Each PetCakes animal features a "frosting" hat, comes nestled in its own cupcake wrapper and has its own whimsical backstory. At first look, children will see a delicious cupcake but will then be surprised by the pet they find snuggled inside! Combining sweet faces and cuddly plush with a clever cupcake theme, PetCakes are collectible and provide hours of open-ended imaginative play. PetCakes make perfect gifts for a special friend and for pet lovers. They are ideal for birthday party favors, stocking stuffers and as rewards for good grades. Most of all, PetCakes deliver the kind of fun kids eat up!

I recently was lucky enough to receive 4 of these cute plush toys to review along with my daughter.

My daughter absolutely LOVED all 4 of these! They are so cuddly. I have personally never seen them in an…

Newman's Own Organics Review and Giveaway!*CLOSED*

I recently was sent some products from Newman's Own Organics to review and when the box arrived, it was like Christmas. Seriously, they sent SO many of their products so the first thing I want to do is thank them. Thank you to Sally at Newman's Own Organics for being so generous!

When Nell Newman and business partner Peter Meehan started Newman’s Own®
Organics: The Second Generation® in 1993, they were sure there was a market for organic snack
foods, but they couldn’t have anticipated just how fast the demand for their products would grow.
What started with pretzels and grew to include other snack foods has now expanded to many other organic items: coffee, tea, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, organic dried fruit, and pet food. The partners anticipate adding a number of new items each year in all these areas.
Nell approached her father in 1992 about the possibility of an organic division. He offered to cover one year’s expenses for Nell and Pete…


I love holding giveaways but I want to hear from you about what prizes you like to enter for. Obviously we all want to win iPads, HDTV's and other large prizes but I can't afford those to give away! lol

I do have sponsors lined up and some have offered to give away prizes but I like giving away prizes out of my own pocket as well to show my appreciation for reading my blog. So what prizes would you like to see me give away? Keep in mind the prize budget is $50 per giveaway.

Do you like give aways with 1 larger prize? Gift Cards? Giveaways with multiple prizes? Coupons? Books? Toys? Makeup? Tell me what you like!

Great sales at Gymboree and Crazy 8!

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, there are lots of sales.

Gymboree is having a sale where EVERYTHING is $12.99 or less. I love Gymboree clothing but it's pretty expensive so I don't tend to buy it much for my daughter but with a sale like this, I just might pick up some stuff. Plus for every $50 you spend, you get $25 in Gymbucks to use at a later date. Each Gymbuck will allow you to take $25 off a $50 purchase in the future during certain dates.


Gymboree's sister company, Crazy 8, is also having a sale. EVERYTHING is $10.99 or less. They have great clothing as well! Plus you get $20 Crazycash with every $40 you spend. They work like Gymbucks.

Crazy 8
When I get to 100 Facebook fans, I will be holding a Facebook fans only giveaway on my blog. So head over to my Facebook page and 'like' it with your personal page for it to 'count'.


Always looking for sponsors

I am always looking for new sponsors. If you have a product you would like reviewed, please let me know and I'd be happy to do so. Offering a product to give away to my readers is preferred but not mandatory. I am interested in all types of items, big and small so try me.

Stay Tuned....

I have quite a few reviews coming up in the next few weeks and some include giveaways so stay tuned!!

Lots of great stuff on the way..

Great blogger with great giveaways!

I recently won a prize from GayNYCDad blog. Great blog with awesome giveaways! Check it out!


Food Should Taste Good Review and Giveaway!*CLOSED*

Food Should Taste Good Review and Giveaway!!
 I was recently blessed to receive 5 bags of chips (5.5oz size) of my choosing from Food Should Taste Good for a review and giveaway. I have never tried these before but am always looking for healthier snack options. These totally fit the bill.
These are all natural tortilla chips and made from real, simple ingredients. All of their chip varieties are free of cholesterol, preservatives and trans fat, and do not use genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).  They are also certified Kosher and Gluten Free, lower in sodium, and are a good source of dietary fiber. They currently have 11 flavors: Multigrain, Sweet Potato, Olive, JalapeƱo, The Works!, Chocolate, Lime, Blue Corn, Cheddar, Toasted Sesame, and White Cheddar.
I chose to sample and review Multigrain, The Works!, Blue Corn, Cheddar and White Cheddar.
My Thoughts

Multigrain-Made with flax, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, quinoa, soy and brown rice. These definitely taste like their na…

Possible Idea-Need Opinions

So I've been tossing around the idea about possibly videoing me drawing giveaway winners and posting it.

Would this be something you all would be interested in seeing?

Winner of the $10 Gift Code

Out of 103 entries, picked #43. Lim is the winner.


Thank you

Thank you and welcome to all new followers. If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or GFC, I will follow back!

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Mini's Review

There was a coupon in the Sunday paper about 2 weeks ago for $2 off 2 Hershey's Drops Candy, Reese's PB cup mini's or Pieces candy. I bought a few papers that week and ended up with 3 of these coupons.

I am a complete candy/sweets/junk food freak (no wonder I'm overweight haha) so it was no surprise to me when I saw these in the grocery store and immediately pulled out my coupons. I bought six bags of Reese's PB cup mini's. The cost of these is around $3.50-$4.00 in my area but were on sale for $3.00 so after coupons, I paid $2.00 each.

These are unwrapped, bite sized and ready to eat out of the bag. I LOVE this because there are no wrappers to undo! Big mistake for me though! Out of six bags, there is half a bag left. A serving size is 11, which is great because you feel like you are actually getting a decent portion..if you actually follow portion control(I have a hard time with this). And for 11 pieces, it's 200 calories. Definitely not a low calorie t…

FREE Coupon GIVEAWAY! First come, first serve

I have way too many coupons that I won't be using or needing so I am giving them away. That's right, giving them away. This is not a sweepstakes where you MIGHT win, it's first come, first served.

I have the coupon packets organized and ready to be put in the mail on Monday. In order to get one, just comment and let me know which one you want and it's yours.

I have:

(2) packets of household items like cleaning, laundry etc

(2) packets of health and beauty items such as haircare, shaving items, makeup etc

(2) packets of nothing but food items

(1) packet of dog food/treats

(1) packet of cat food/treats

Comment and just say "I want a xxxx packet" with your email addy and I will contact you via email to get shipping information.

Guilty Pleasures?

While this may not be a "lately" post, it's my blog and I will post what I feel like ;)

Anyhoo, do you have any guilty pleasures? You know, you like stuff secretly because others might poke fun at you or you like things that are not age appropriate? I'll share mine if you share yours! lol

1.I like to "jam" out to Elton Johns "Tiny Dancer" when no ones around. I'm only 31 so most people my age don't like him and would make fun of me for it. :)

2. I like to watch iCarly and Hannah Montana. Don't tell anyone! lol

New foods lately?

Has anyone tried any new foods or drinks lately? Any new recipes?

Please share! I am so tired of the same stuff! Need new ideas!

Sense of Relief

Today, I have a sense of relief. My daughter was just diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder(PDD), with ADHD traits. She has had issues since she was 2 1/2 and she is now 6. I feel like now I can finally breathe because someone went above agreeing with me and actually evaluated her and came to this conclusion. Now the work begins with a behavior specialist and a TSS. I have been waiting years for this and now it's a reality. Her behaviors are a real issue socially etc and now hopefully with lots of work, we can learn how to deal with them.

Does anyones child have PDD or on the spectrum at all? Any tips or strategies? Do you work with a TSS etc?

Please do share but if you don't want to comment, you can feel free to email me. Any information provided by you would never be shared by me with anyone.


Please read and follow giveaway rules!

I just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone to READ giveaway rules and follow accordingly or your entries will not be valid. I noticed some of you are only putting "GFC" with your email address on the entry for the free product coupons/Target gift card giveaway and that's not all that was required. Mandatory entry was to follow via GFC(including current followers), tell me which 3 items you were interested in being entered for and your email address. If you would be picked as a winner but did not follow the rules, I would draw another winner, sorry.

Free Sample-Philosophy Miracle Eye Cream

Click here to get a free sample of Philosophy Miracle Eye cream!

Exciting News

My blog is now a registered domain! You can still access via the address but my new address is

It may take up to 3 days for the link to work for everyone so if it doesn't work, just use the old address and it will work.

So excited!

"Just because I feel like it" Giveaway!*CLOSED*

I love coupons and know many of you do as well. I decided to have a “Just because I feel like it” coupon giveaway! Not only are the prizes FREE product coupons but 2 of you will win a $5 Target gift card!
The Prizes:
(3) Three people will each win 1 coupon for a FREE Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo or Styling Product, expires 6/22/11. (1) One person will win 1 coupon for a FREE 3 pack of Jello Tempations, expires 6/30/11 (1) One person will win 1 coupon for a FREE John Frieda Precision Foam Color(Hair Dye), expires 9/30/11 (1) One person will win 1 coupon for a FREE 4 pk of Smuckers Snack'n Waffles, expires 6/30/11 (1) One person will win 1 coupon for a FREE package of Yoplait Kids Cup yogurt, expires 1/30/12 (2) 2 people will each win one $5.00 Target Gift Card

To Enter:
MANDATORY ENTRY-You MUST be a GFC Follower and follow publicly in order to enter. Please leave your GFC username in a comment along with your email address or have your email address in your GFC profile. In the…

Would you enter?

If I had a big giveaway that was for free product coupons and coupon packets(organized into pet, food etc) and possibly a gift card or two..Would you enter? There would be probably at least 8 winners.

Let me know because I am considering starting a giveaway soon.

New Offer from Kraft First Taste

Check your Kraft First Taste account for a new offer from Oscar Mayer. If you don't have the offer today, keep checking back as they don't tend to add offers to everyone all at once.

If you're not a current member, you can sign up at Kraft First Taste to get special offers and free product coupons from Kraft brands.

TheraBreath Mouth Wetting Lozenges Review

Bad breath is embarrassing and not a pleasant topic to discuss but hey, we're all human, right? I recently entered and won a giveaway on Autumn Blue Reviews for a box of 100 Therabreath Mouth Wetting Lozenges. I suffer from bad breath, no matter how many times a day I brush, floss and use mouthwash. I am always chewing gum or using breath mints to help with this. I also suffer from dry mouth due to some medications that I take.

TheraBreath was founded by Dr Harold Katz in 1993 to help his own daughter conquer her bad breath problem when nothing else seemed to work. Now, TheraBreath has become America's #1 Dentist Recommended Fresh Breath Solution. You can find their products on their website or in many stores including Wal-Mart.

I love the packaging of this product because it has a pull out tab on the front of the box, which makes taking these out easier. Each lozenge has 5 calories, is individually wrapped and is made from 100% all natural ingredients. These are recommended f…
I'm very interested in sponsoring and receiving sponsors for giveaways. If you have a blog and need a sponsor, contact me and I can provide a prize. Likewise, if you can provide a prize that I could give away via my blog, please let me know as well. I want to get more people reading my blog, more twitter followers and more fans on FB and I would love to help others do the same!

So if you have a blog and think we could help each other out in some way, please email me.

FREE Glidden Paint

Glidden Paint is going to help you live a more colorful life - for free! Starting at 12:01 AM EST Monday, sign up on for a free quart of paint in any of our 306 colors. We'll even ship it to you! Check out starting at midnight for details. May 16-17, 2011.

IPhone Users?

I've been an iPhone user for a few years now and wouldn't be without one. I recently upgraded to the iPhone 4(love it as well) but I am looking for some new apps to add. Do you have an iPhone? If so, what apps do you use and love?

Some of my favorites are Angry Birds and Words with Friends(let me know if you want to play and I will send you my username).

Share with me please.

40% off at Justice clothing for girls

Save 40% at Justice clothing store for girls. Use code 749 at checkout. Expires 5/23/2011.
I think for the What have you lately posts, I will be keeping them to a one week time frame, that way the number of comments don't get to be too high and confusing. From now on, I will be putting dates and the posts will look like this:

What have you won lately? Week of xxx to xxx.


What have you won lately?

I love to win sweepstakes and I am sure most of you all do too. Who doesn't like to win something?

So..What have you won lately?

Lately, I've won some address labels, propel prize pack and therabreath mouth wetting lozenges.

$10 Gift Code Giveaway*CLOSED*

Ok so let's try this again. Due to the Blogger outage, I lost a few posts from the other day, including the $10 giveaway post.

To celebrate the launch of my blog, I will be having a few giveaways over the next few weeks.
The very first giveaway will be for a $10.00 gift code.
I love and especially love the Prime Membership. It runs $79.00 per YEAR and you can get UNLIMITED FREE 2 day shipping on your orders. I must admit, I have become spoiled with my Prime Membership as I hate to wait for items to arrive after I order. Whenever I order from other websites, orders seem to take forever. Then I remember, no, that's just the way “regular” shipping is. :)
So without further delay...
The rules will be simple.
You MUST be a GFC Follower of my blog and follow PUBLICLY. Please leave your GFC username in a comment. In that same comment, please be sure to enter your email adddress so I have a way to contact you if you win.
Open to residents ages 18+ of…

Extreme Couponing

I must admit, I love this show. But only from an entertainment standpoint. There has been a few times I noticed fraud on the show(mostly J'amie) and that doesn't sit well with me and many others. The show would have been better suited to show regular couponing people getting their deals, how they get the deals, how to shop at xyz store etc but we all know that would never happen because it's all about ratings. I firmly believe TLC either knew or just doesn't care what the couponers on the show do or don't do because either way, the ratings are high. People will be talking about the show at work and online etc. I always have to keep one thing in mind when IS called EXTREME couponing. I think it's giving regular coupon people a bad rep though and that's a shame.

Do you watch this show? What do you think about it?

Target-Starbucks & Lipton Gift Card Deal

Starting tomorrow(5/15) Target will be offering a gift card deal. You will get a $5 gift card WYB two Lipton Tea 12pk for $5.99 each OR Starbucks Frappuccino 4 pks for $5.99 each.

A few weeks ago, there was a special coupon insert in the Sunday paper called Pepsico Moments to Save. In this insert, it included a coupon for $2 off 2 of the Lipton Tea 12pks and a coupon for $2 off 2 of the Starbucks Frappuccino 4pks.

With these coupons, you will get two 12 packs of Lipton tea or Starbucks Frappuccino 4pks for $11.98, hand over your coupon for $2 off 2, makes it $9.98 and you will get a $5 gift card.

30% off at Gap

This ends today, 5/14 and is only available online. You can save 30% on your purchase by entering GAPMAYDAY at checkout. Plus they offer free shipping every day if you spend $50.00 or more.

Not valid on Women's, Maternity or Men's jeans.

Sams Club-$10 Gift Card Deal-Huggies

Received an email earlier from Sams Club that states "From May 14th-May 26th only, buy any box of Huggies diapers AND any Huggies wipes, and you will get a $10 Sams Club gift card. Both items must be purchased in the same visit. Please allow 6-8 weeks from time of purchase for receipt of gift card. Limit one offer per household.

Sounds good if you're going to buy these items anyhow.
Lately, I have gotten 40 bottles of Nivea body wash for women for free, just paid .18 cents tax for each one. They are $3.00 at Walmart and there was a $3.00 coupon in the Sunday paper a few weeks ago. The coupon expires today so if you have this coupon, hurry and use it!

So what deals have you gotten lately, with or without coupons?

What have you lately?

This will be the part of my blog where I may ask questions about things you did or bought lately. Examples: What deals have you gotten recently, with or without coupons? What have you made for dinner lately? What movies have you seen lately? etc


This is where I will be posting news(national, entertainment, coupon etc) that I find interesting, scary, amusing etc. I will often ask for your opinions about what's posted here, so please feel free to comment.


My deepest apologies to anyone who entered or attempted to enter the $10.00 gift code giveaway. Due to the Blogger outage, I lost some posts that were done yesterday, including the giveaway post. I will be reposting the giveaway either later this evening or some time this weekend.

Sorry everyone!


This is where I will post all of the winners of my giveaways. I will of course email ALL winners to inform them that they won, but if you see your name here and did NOT get an email from me, please contact me at KPort207 at gmail dot com.

Roku Review

If you haven't heard of a product called Roku, then you must be living under a rock. ;) It's one of the BEST products out there today in the technology world. With the economy what it is and with the high prices of everything, including cable, many of us are looking for alternatives.

Roku is a little black box that is less than 5 inches wide and about 1 inch tall.

They have three options available for purchase. The HD, the XD and the XD/S. Prices start from $59.99 for the HD up to $99.99 for the XD/S and you can purchase these on Roku or Amazon.I have the HD and have had it for over a year now and have NEVER had any issues with it. If I did, it did come with a 1 year warranty, which is great.

What's so special about a little box you ask?

Well you could potentially save hundreds of dollars per year by getting one of these and getting rid of your cable. It streams entertainment content INSTANTLY to your TV. It takes less than 5 minutes to set up, seriously. You only need a wirel…


Ok so it's no secret from those people who know me that my 2 favorite things are shopping/coupons and sweepstakes. I enter all of my sweepstakes at It's the BEST website I have ever found in regards to sweepstakes. They have great forums with topics from everything from sweepstakes(duh), What's for Dinner Tonight to just What's on your Mind?. The people on there are the MOST helpful and friendly folks I have ever come to know on a website. While I don't post very often on there, I DO read all of the posts and have come to "know" most of the members. My most favorite type of sweepstakes to enter are blogs. Mostly because of the low odds but also because I like reading the reviews of the products as well. I have won over $1,000 worth of products just in 2011 and 99% of the wins were from blogs. I have yet to decide whether or not to post all of my wins on my blog or not. I guess time will tell.


I want my blog to be successful so I am reaching out to you and asking for feedback/advice. What things should I add? What topics do you like to read about in regards to shopping, coupons, sweepstakes, parenting and dating? What types of giveaways do you like best? What types of items do you like to see reviewed? Let me know!

Giant PA-Hot DEAL!

I just have to say that I love love love my local Giant PA stores. They double $1.00 coupons every day. I get so much free and cheap stuff it's unreal. Anyhow, my post today will be about the latest Hallmark/P&G/Kellogg's Deal they have going on until 5/14.

Okay so first, they had an ad in the flyer, both this week and last, that states "Buy any 3 Hallmark Cards, get a Catalina coupon for $5.00 on your next purchase. The 99 cent cards are included in this and using your Bonuscard, you save another .10 cents per card.

So the first transaction looked like this:

(3) .99 cent cards= $2.97
-.30 cents off with card=$2.67 plus tax, receive (1) $5.00 OYNO coupon.

Subsequent transactions:

(6) .99 cent cards-$5.94
-.60 cents with card-$5.34 plus tax, use $5 coupon from previous transaction, pay .66 cents and get (2) $5 coupons for next order.

Rinse and repeat. I did this so many times and now still have about $40.00 left.

Then, they had a promo last week and this week, where when you s…


Welcome to my new blog. My name is Kathleen and I live in PA. I am 31 and am a single mother to a 6 year old daughter. This blog will focus on me being a single mother, coupons/shopping/deals and product reviews and giveaways! I shop at Wal-Mart, Target, Giant PA, Weis Markets, CVS and Wegmans. I get most of my incredible deals at Giant PA because my local store doubles $1.00 coupons every day. Some would say I am a bargain shopper, others would say I'm an obsessed hoarder. Either way, I hope you enjoy my blog.