Holiday Gift Guides for 2017

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Looking for some great gift ideas for the loved ones in your life?  Check out the fantastic ideas I have come up with in each of my Holiday Gift Guides !

Holiday Gift Guide for Women

Holiday Gift Guide for Men

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

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The Pre-Black Friday Holiday Sale at Swagbucks

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As a pre-Black Friday warm up, Swagbucks is offering big cash back for shopping online at several of your favorite retailers right now! Just go to this page to see all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping.

In order to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you’re all set! Your cash back comes in the form of SB points, which you can redeem for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or get PayPal cash!

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before December 1st! This site’s a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!

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Festive Dixie Vodka Cocktails for Your Thanksgiving Feast

Hosting this year’s Thanksgiving feast?  You already have enough on your plate in between roasting the turkey, cooking up half a dozen pies, and entertaining your guests without having to add bartending to your list of hosting duties. These Dixie Vodka cocktail recipes can all be prepared in large batches or in single-serve portions, and are sure to become new holiday favorites that your guests will love and remember.

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Dixie Autumn Shandy

Ingredients:

  • 1.0  oz. Dixie Black Pepper Vodka
  • 1.5 oz. cranberry juice
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • 2-4 oz. dry hard cider

*can be made in single-serve portion or in a large batch

Combine first three ingredients in a shaker tin over ice. Hard shake and pour into rocks glass with one large ice cube. Top with cider and serve.

Beauregard's Buck

Beauregard’s Buck

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Dixie Southern Vodka
  • .5 oz. Dixie Mint Vodka
  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 4 to 6 oz. ginger beer

*can be made in single-serve portion or in a large batch

Squeeze lemons juice into a Collins glass (or Moscow Mule mug) and drop in the spent shell. Add 2 or 3 ice cubs, pour in both vodkas and fill the glass with ginger beer. Stir.

Southern Charm

Southern Charm

Fill shaker with ice; add:

  • 2 oz. Dixie Citrus Vodka
  • 3 cucumber slices
  • 2 oz. apple cider
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 mint leaves

*can be made in single-serve portion or in a large batch

Shake; pour in ice-filled glass. Top with tonic. Garnish with cucumber slice.

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Winner of the PeackSkinSheets Bed Set

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The winner of the PeackSkinSheets Bed Set is…

Author: Wendy B. (wab@…)
Comment: I follow WhoSaidNothingInLifeIsFree on Pinterest. (wab865)

I have sent you an email but if you did not received it you can email me at pooh5497@yahoo.com with your name, address and phone number.

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The Famous Five Adventure Game

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In the The Famous Five Adventure Game, you can play as Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the Dog as they attempt to solve mysteries. Visit familiar locations from the original books and take part in fun mini-games and activities. Encounter friendly and not-so-friendly characters and use your reading and problem-solving skills to discover who’s telling the truth and who’s got something to hide! Once you’ve solved the mystery, read back the story of your adventures in a beautiful storybook.

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The Famous Five app has been designed with all the positive values associated with the books by Enid Blyton, including friendship, heroism, adventure, love of the outdoors and daring. Each mystery features unique characters and iconic locations throughout England found in the books, such as the castle ruins of Kirrin Island and Tapper’s Travelling Fair. The app nurtures inquisitive minds and develops literacy skills through storytelling and engaging gameplay.

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IN THE FAMOUS FIVE, YOU WILL:

• Play as each of the Famous Five and explore the beautiful 3D world of Kirrin, including famous locations from the books.
• Encounter Aunt Fanny and Uncle Quentin, along with other well-known characters, both friend and foe.
• Reveal a mystery that only the Famous Five can help to solve!
• Search for clues by playing a series of exciting mini-games designed to test memory, problem-solving and logic skills.
• Speak to characters using a unique mood wheel, choosing the right way to ask questions in order to charm people into telling you what they know.
• Find possible culprits and use your reaction skills to spot if they have anything to hide.
• Find secret passages that will let you take short-cuts, and perhaps contain other rewards as well.
• Play as Timmy, always on the hunt for a clue – or a bone!
• Use all the clues and evidence collected to solve the mystery, just in time for tea!

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Each time your child solves a mystery in The Famous Five, a storybook is generated from their play session for you to read together. The player-generated stories are an excellent resource for parents to develop their children’s language skills to support preschool and school activities.

The Famous Five app is available in the iOS app store for $2.99.

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Get more free gift cards during November Swago with Spin & Win

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The digital rewards site Swagbucks is celebrating Thanksgiving early with another big “Swago” promotion starting Monday, November 6th at 9am PT and running until Monday, November 13th! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you’re filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you’re thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:

Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!

Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.

You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, November 13th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.

Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.

Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you’ll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, November 16th to use all your spins.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points – if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click “Join” to get started! If you don’t already have a Swagbucks account, you’ll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you’ll get a bonus 300 SB!

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Easy and Delicious Frozen Strawberry Colada Recipe

Strawberry Colada Recipe

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I absolutely love a good frozen cocktail and this Frozen Strawberry Colada Recipe is probably one of my new favorites. It has such a creamy, delicious strawberry coconut flavor.

Ingredients:

All you will need is a blender and these ingredients….

Directions:

Mix 2 oz Captain Morgan Coconut rum with 5 oz Master of Mixes Strawberry Margarita/Colada mix and enough ice to get the consistence you like.  I like mine a little thick so I used 4 cups of ice. If I was serving these at a party I would slice a strawberry to put on the side of the glass as a garnish.

Trust me, this drink will not disappoint !

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PeachSkinSheets Review and Giveaway

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PeachSkinSheets recently asked me to review a set of their 1500 thread count soft sheets and I was so impressed.  I got to pick out my choice of color from their Color Palette of 19 beautiful colors.  I chose “chocolate” since my bedroom walls are olive green and chocolate brown and it was a perfect match.

The next thing I noticed was how nice of quality the sheets were.   I have a deep mattress and the fitted sheet never slid off the corners like most sheets tend to do.  And I stay so much cooler at night with these sheets.  I recently was diagnosed with breast cancer and now have to take a daily med that makes me have hot flashes.  These sheets have Advanced Poly Microfibers which allows them to breathe more than just cotton.  You can see all 20 benefits of The Original PeachSkinSheets® Performance Sleep Fabric HERE.

One final thing I really like is that PeachSkinSheets are backed by a 1 year warranty against any defects.  They want to make sure you are 100% satisfied.  You can check out some of the 3000+ testimonials from customers.

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And now for the giveaway….

One readers is going to win their choice of size & color sheets.

To enter, leave a comment stating which color you would chose.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 11/8 at 5 pm EST

Disclosure: I was given the products featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

 
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Traveling the World When You’re Broke

Whenever someone says that everyone should definitely take the time to travel the world because it is so relaxing, your wallet tenses up. We already know that traveling has some sort of voodoo magic that immediately takes all the pressure and stress away as soon as you board the plane. The problem? It is not exactly an affordable hobby to take up.

But you often find yourself daydreaming about tropical paradise beaches, the Eiffel Tower, the taste of vintage wine, and the feel of the cold sea breeze. So you start looking at affordable tour packages and cheap travel insurance, you check the currency conversion and add up the total amount you need to spend. You will be cutting it close, but you feel like you don’t have enough to have a fun trip.

Indeed, budget traveling can be a little difficult, but not impossible. In this article, we will explore tricks on how you can keep travel expenses at the bare minimum.

Book your flights in incognito

Not sure if you have noticed, but cheaper prices are often shown to people who have been on a website for the first time. The same thing applies for most airlines. However, websites have a way of tracking who their visitors are through cookies. There is a huge chance that you would be offered a more expensive price because this has been your nth visit. To avoid this, clear your browser cookies and do searches in incognito or private browsing.

Consider not going to the usual tourist traps

The most common attractions are often the most expensive. Especially if you are planning to stay in a city, every movement costs money. Yes, it defeats the purpose of traveling if you cannot get into some of the popular tourist attractions. But there are literally countless destinations that, while not as popular, are sometimes far better than the usual tourist traps. Not to mention, they are a lot friendlier on the budget. What you do is to make a quick Google search of these places (there will be articles about hidden gems, for sure). If you have backpacker friends, you can also ask them the places they have discovered during their frolick.

Choose hostels

There is a lot of stigma with hostels, mainly because of the horror movie franchise aptly named ‘Hostel’. But they are actually very adorable places to stay in. Other than being affordable, you will be able to treat yourself to an authentic budget traveler, backpacker vibe that not a lot of people get to experience.

In addition, most hostels offer free food, often holding grill nights, offering free snacks and breakfast, and a whole lot more. That is one expense you will not have a problem with.

Lastly, if you are still worried about money during the trip, hostels offer to pay their guests if you work some hours for them. You can stay at the front desk or help with cleaning.

Book your travels in advance and during off-peak times

Other than the trick with private browsing, you can also book your trip months in advance during off-peak times of the year. These include the summer, the holidays, and other local events happening in your chosen destination.

As a final tip, make sure that you are traveling light so that if you are coming home with lots of souvenirs, you still would not need to pay extra for baggage. And if there are promos for flight tickets and tour packages, make sure to grab them.

Budget traveling is definitely doable, and your bank account woes should not hold you back from going out to see the world. Plan, save up, and practice restraint – you will surely have an awesome budget-friendly

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