Archives for May 2011

Grandma Is Off To The Smokies For A Week Getaway!

Hi all,

I’m busy getting ready to head for the smoky mountains. Can’t wait to get away! 🙂

My husband and I are taking my Mother-In-Law. She is really excited about the trip, as she has never been on a vacation this long before and never been so far from home. We leave Monday morning (early) and we return Saturday. However I won’t be back online until Tuesday May 31.

I know the week will fly by! We are making 2 stops before we reach the smokies. We are going through Memphis (go through Graceland, my Mother-In-Law is very excited about this) and also Nashville (of course she has to go to the Grand Opry)

I hope to be sharing fun things about our trip!

Hope you all have a great week. 🙂

5 Places to Find Coupons

By Sally Marshall

You can find hundreds of free coupons online and offline each and every day. There are any number of places where you can get coupons for the products you love. Here are five of the best places to find coupons.


1. Coupon Blogs: Coupon blogs will link to coupons that are the best of the best. As a bonus, they will show various scenarios on how and where to use them so you get the lowest price possible (sometimes for free!). Don’t know of any coupon blogs? Just do a quick search for those two terms and you’ll find thousands of them!

2. Online Search Engines: If you use a search engine such as Swagbucks or MyPoints to earn points for gift cards, why not start printing the coupons that are available on their main website? There are dozens of coupons available on these and other search sites. After you print and redeem a certain number of coupons you will get bonus points added to your account. A great way to save money and earn extra points!


3. Manufacturer Websites: If you have a favorite product, you can easily go to the manufacturer’s website and look for any coupons they may have available. In the unlikely event they don’t have any printable coupons, you can email them and give them some feedback about the product and ask if they would send you a coupon or two so you can continue to support their business. Sometimes they will even send you coupons for free items rather than the usual 50 cents off!

4. Sunday Newspaper: A very simple way to get many coupons without much effort and save the time of going to multiple sites to print them. Just go to your local gas station or supermarket sometime on Sunday and for about $2 you can have a dozen or more coupons for products that you likely use. Some people have reported that many stores will give the coupons away for free late on Sunday night since they will be thrown out come Monday. Also be sure to ask family and friends to give you their coupons if they won’t use them.

5. eBay: You can easily find hundreds of coupon filled envelopes for sale on eBay. The number of coupons and the cost of the envelope will vary from seller to seller but you can usually stock up on coupons for products you use. Never bid on envelopes that contain printed coupons from the internet as some stores won’t accept printed coupons. And be sure to check for expiration dates and consider shipping time so you don’t waste your money on coupons that are useless after you get them. Shipping is usually free since it only costs the price of a stamp to mail them. Additionally, if you have coupons you don’t want, you can sell an envelope of them and make a few cents.


With just a little effort you can be in coupon heaven in just minutes! Happy couponing!

Article Written By Sally Marshall


Sally writes about active lifestyles and green living on a budget on her blog She’s got an eye for coupons and all things frugal.

Grandparenting Tips – 30 Fun Things To Do With Your Grandkids

Grandparenting is important to your grandchildren, and also your sons and daughters. And we can’t forget the in-laws. 😉

Grandparenting is also a lot of fun and rewarding, at least it is for me.

There are many fun and educational things to do with grandchildren. Not to mention spending quality time with them. This is so important. Becoming a grandparent is the best feeling in the world, and I don’t want to miss a thing!

Below are 30 things you can do with your grandchildren – I hope they are helpful to you.

* Have meaningful talks with them, try and make it educational as possible

* Cook with them

* Help with homework

* Volunteer at school in their classes

* Play board games

* Go shopping

* Go to sports events

* Gardening

* Build bird houses

* Take them swimming

* Go for a leisure drive

* Go to the library

* Teach them some kind of craft, such as crocheting, wood crafts, or sewing. (depending on age)

* Kite flying

* Take a walk in the park

* Make homemade ice cream

* Have a tea party

* Go to the zoo

* Make popcorn (the old fashion way, not microwave)

* Color, draw, or water paint

* Go to garage sales

* Go camping

* Teach them another language, such as french or spanish

* Read books to them

* Sing

* Go to a museum

* Put a jigsaw puzzle together

* Go fishing

* Go to the movies

* Play mini golf

The most important thing is spending lots of time with your grandkids. They grow and change so fast. In a blink of an eye they are adults.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

You can find more grandparenting articles and tips on her Grandparenting Articles and Tips blog.

You can also find Tammy at her other blog, Handmade Crafts and More

“When life knocks you down you have two choices- …..

“When life knocks you down you have two choices- stay down or get up.”
Tom Krause

Jim Rohn often said, you can’t control the direction of the wind, but you can control the set of the sail; in much the same way, you can’t always control the outcome you get or the circumstances you face, but you can control how you react to them.

Whatever life throws at you, the choice is in your hands whether you’ll keep on going and let time prove you right or whether you’ll throw in the towel and let something or someone steal your dream from you and defeat you.

Life’s too short to give up two-thirds or the way towards achieving your dream, when something comes your way, be thankful, it’s usually there to teach you a valuable lesson, and in overcoming it, you’ll come back stronger than ever before.

Ask yourself today, ‘When life knocks me down next, am I going to get up or give up?’

Have an Outstanding Day!
Reprinted with permission of Alex Prez & Motivation in your Mailbox E-ZINE, for more information, visit