Archives for January 2014

FREE Tax Programs 2014

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With the end of January at hand, it can mean only one thing: tax season is upon us, y’all!  Whether you’re talking about 1099s, W-9s, 1041s or 2813s (<== yeah, I made that one up!), it can be an overwhelming experience!  So why not take advantage of FREE tax prep programs to help guide you through the process.

Here are two well-known FREE Tax Programs 2014:

With TurboTax you’ll get your biggest tax refund guaranteed, with 100% accurate calculations and free help and step by step guidance so you are confident your taxes are done right.

  • TurboTax Federal Free Edition – With TurboTax you’ll get your biggest tax refund guaranteed, with 100% accurate calculations and free help and step by step guidance so you are confident your taxes are done right.  It’s the #1 Rated, Best-Selling tax software brand year after year.  You get FREE preparation, FREE printing, FREE efiling for your simple tax return (when referring to TurboTax Federal Free Edition), and you easily get your biggest tax refund possible, guaranteed!  You also get FREE Audit Support Center and live online help, and the program guides you like a GPS through your simple federal tax return.  You can sign up here.

Turbo Tax - Free Tax Programs 2014 [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Fitness & Weight Loss Great Deals & Freebies

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The end of January is nigh, but you don’t have to let your fitness and weight loss goals fizzle out with the month.  Here are some fantastic freebies and deals to help keep you on track:

Fabaletics: 50% off
First, create your Lifestyle Profile, by taking their quick lifestyle quiz so they can get to know you better.  Then, each month, you’ll receive new outfits hand-selected just for you and your workouts.  Buy the outfits you love or skip the month altogether. There’s never any obligation to buy.

Sign up for regular membership and pay retail price at check-out. Come back and shop again when you’re ready for more.  Or choose VIP Membership to shop monthly for exceptional savings and fun perks.

Fitness & Weight Loss - Fabletics

Jenny Craig – 1st Month Free [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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1-28-14: The Day Atlanta Stood Still, and Opened Their Hearts

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The Day Atlanta Stood Still 1-28-14

In case anyone is wondering why schools in the South close down at the mere mention of snow, take today in Atlanta as an example. Students and faculty are spending the night in a handful schools across the metro area, emergency shelters are opening up to provide stranded motorists a place to stay after spending HOURS in standstill traffic (usually because they ran out of gas!), GADOT reports over 940 accidents today, folks are opening up their homes to others in need across the metro area: the city basically shut down.

Why? [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Rhyming with Preschoolers – review

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I recently had the opportunity to review Rhyming Unit Mega Bundle: 17 Rhyming Activities with my 4-year-old daughter.  Boy, did we have fun with this one!
Rhyming with Preschoolers - Rhyming Unit Mega Bundle
My 4-year-old daughter and I enjoyed doing a few of the activities this weekend from this bundle – and reinforced her skills with rhyming all at the same time.  First, we did a quick matching game with a set of rhyming cards – she read the words (paired with pictures) and found another word card in the same rhyme family.  As an extension, and completely on her own, she started making rhyming sentences with the word pairs, like “The fox was in the box.” [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Homemade Pita Pizzas – A Surprise Treat!

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Homemade Pita Pizza

I have made quite a few mini homemade pizzas over the years with my daughter, most with mixed results at best.  In the past, we’ve used tortillas or a few layers of a flaky biscuit, and I’d sneak in some sort of veggie -either in pureed form, or very finely chopped.

But this week, I tried something a little different.  I’d bought a package of pita bread (on clearance, of course), and had ONE left.  My kids  apparently are big fans of the pita bread.  Sometimes I’ll make pita PBJs, or toast a little turkey and cheese inside one.  Or just slap some honey butter on it, and they’ll go to town.

So, I thought I’d give it a whirl turning it in to pizza.  Wow!  Was I surprised!  Here’s what we did, and why I think one secret ingredient helped make them super-relish!  Best of all, it’s such a simply process, my 4 1/2 year old daughter was able to create her own, with minimal assistance. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Sprinkles Cupcakes Opens at Lenox Mall

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Sprinkles Cupcakes is opening tomorrow at Lenox Mall, and you have an opportunity to meet Sprinkles founder Candace Nelson from 2-4 pm!  Not only is she super sweet and down-to-earth, but she makes a damn good cupcake, too.  😉

Sprinkles Cupcakes Opens at Lenox Mall [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Why Now’s a GREAT Time to Try Ibotta!

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If you’ve been dragging your heels on trying money-making smartphone apps while shopping, now is the time to give it Ibotta a whirl.  Remember, it is absolutely FREE to join Ibotta, and you are not obligated to offer ANY private information in order to start earning! [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Spinkles Cupcakes is Coming!! + Giveaway

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Atlanta, y’all, we’ve arrived! Sprinkles Cupcakes is heading to Lenox Square Mall!!

Spinkles Cupcakes Lenox Mall Atlanta

 The highly anticipated Sprinkles Cupcakes is excited to announce its first Southeastern location will debut in Atlanta January 24, 2014. Sprinkles Atlanta will find itself in Buckhead’s Lenox Square Mall and will feature Sprinkles Cupcakes, Sprinkles Ice Cream, Sprinkles Cookies and one of the country’s four Cupcake ATMs. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Arby’s Gift Pack Giveaway

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Arby's Gift Pack Giveaway

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you can’t still get something you want!  Enter: Arby’s.  I am super-delighted to provide you all a chance to with an Arby’s Gift Pack.  I received one as well, and was quite pleased with its contents – which is why I’m so super-excited to be able to team up with Arby’s to give away one to one of y’all! [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Pointing Fingers Can Be FUN! {review + giveaway}

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 Pointing Fingers by Hasbro

If you’re looking for a grown-up, slightly more sophisticated version of the classic “Truth or Dare” of our youth, look no further.  Enter: Pointing Fingers.  I was recently sent a copy of the game for review, and am delighted to share it with y’all, AND offer y’all a chance to win the game for yourself!

Pointing Fingers is one of Hasbro’s newest games, and it’s a fun-filled, hilarious game for anyone over the age of 12-ish.  It’s best played with at least 4-6 players.

When I opened up the box, I was met with six green foam fingers, as well as super-cute game pieces, like truth meters and a stack of thought-provoking cards!

Pointing Fingers truth meters

You see, with this game, you have to figure out who in the group has done which crazy antic – the more accurate your guesses, the more points you earn.  BUT, with all the beans being spilled in such a revealing game, there is one rule to keep in mind: what comes out during Pointing Fingers, stays in Pointing Fingers.  There’s even an honesty oath for all participants to partake before festivities commence.

Pointing-Fingers-Oath

Seriously, it’s a super-cute game, and you’re guaranteed to have gobs of fun – and perhaps learn things you didn’t know (and maybe didn’t WANT to know!) about your friends and family.  I’d tell you about my experience in playing the game, but -well- remember that whole oath thing?  😉  Let’s just say, lots of laughs ensued, as well as a good time had by all!

Pointing-Fingers-cards_bannersWant a chance to win your own copy of Pointing Fingers?  It’s super easy: just follow the steps below:

  1. First, leave a comment below, sharing who you’d likely play Pointing Fingers with;
  2. Then fill out the Giveaway Tools form below.
  3. There is no #3.  See?  Super simple, right?  😉

GOOD LUCK, y’all!!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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