Monday, August 29, 2011

poppy metallic signature large wristlet
photo via google images at We Love Coach
A couple weeks ago I won a $100 Coach gift card thanks to Simply... Inspired
The next day I checked out the site and was instantly reminded of my friend,
bowling buddy and lover of all things COACH, Diane M. 
She and her daughter Nicky always had a purse, wallet or shoes, etc.. 
I used to tease them all the time when we were bowling. 
I would say something like this:
"If your handbag disapears tonight, Diane, I swear I'm not responsible" 
 Yesterday, I was shocked & saddened  to hear that Diane had passed away.
 We had been out of touch. I didn't know she had been so sick and  
I had not been there for her. I didn't get to pay my respects at her memorial service.  
All of this playing over and over in my head as the tears roll down my face.
Then I felt a nudge, a niggle, a thought out of nowhere or maybe SOMEwhere. 
When did I win the gift card? When was I on the Coach website? And sure enough there it was. The day I was on the website was the day Diane went to Heaven. 
And maybe, just maybe she was sending me a message, I just didn't know it at the time. 
For the record there was a cute PINK, wristlet I wanted from Coach. However, I just didn't feel I needed it, so I purchased two nice, little Christmas surprises for people that I care about. Also, I always feel it is  better to share the love and wealth whenever possible.
Anyway, I already have two, small, but very nice Coach handbags, given to me 

by generous peeps that love me and know my fondness of Coach
I just wish I could have shown Diane my doggone cute handbags. We would  have had a Coach loving moment together one last time in person. 
However, I am extremely grateful for the moment or shall I say SIGN from the other side. 

Thanks for sharing the love Diane. You were always a good friend to me and that will never be forgotten.
 I  ♥ you , and someday I will see you again. 

In fact you better have a ( pink or purple) COACH handbag and bowling gear ready for me when we meet at Heaven's Gate.

In loving memory of
 Diane  M.
Nov. 1955 - Aug.  2011

©L.SoadyLutz 8/2011

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Outback Steakhouse is giving away 1,000,000 Free Steak Dinners. Just enter your zip code to find an Outback Steakhouse near you and reserve your 6 oz. Sirloin Steak Dinner
Hurry up this offer is going to go fast!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

this image directly from website, hope that is okay:)

Mixxedreviews is hosting a giveaway sponsored by Spirithoods. Never before have I seen something so beautifully, creative that you can wear and express your "inner" spirit.  I absolutely must win this! I  am officially in ♥ with spirithoods! This is faux fur so don't freak out, 
just check it out and enter to win at:

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It needs to be washed, otherwise it's in great condition. I bought it seven years ago, on clearance. Two of my three boys have used it for #BackToSchool.  "Ebin"  refused of course.He is a die-hard UF GATOR fan. I think I definitely have gotten my money's worth, don't you?
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Monday, August 22, 2011

            Have you heard the news? Vtech Kids is coming out with  InnoTab. The Learning App Tablet.
The InnoTab is a cutting-edge, multi-function tablet for children ages
4-9. Packed with fun, the InnoTab offers interactive and animated e-books,learning games, creative activities and more ­ all in one compact, durable tablet. Pull it out of the box ­ and it¹s ready to go for hours of play. It is listed on the Hot Toys Of Christmas 2011 and if you check out this short video, you will understand why.

While adult tablets costs $600, the InnoTab is $79.99 ­ a smart purchase for kids. You can give your kid a tablet designed just for them for less than your family¹s monthly cell phone bill. So you might want to pre-order your copy today at either ToysRUsWalmartAmazon or Kmart. Even though the InnoTab. The Learning App Tablet isn't available right now,Vtech Kids is offering one of my readers the chance to win the following items:
 A  VTech shirt (S,M,or L in children's sizes), a VTech branded 500MB Flash Drive, a box of 8 Crayola Crayons, and a $10 Gift Card to Toys R Us.

You can enter up to 5x in the following ways:

Mandatory Entry:
Please tell me if you were to consider purchasing the Innotab, who would you buy it for?
Additional Entries:
1.Follow my blog. Just click the"join this site button" on the left hand side bar 
(If you have a blog-list your blog name & I'll follow back)
2.Like vtechtoys on facebook.
3. Follow me on twitter  at LissaL ( I follow back)
4. Tweet about this giveaway using the following tweet: 
VTech. More to Love #Giveaway @LissaL #Blog  #win 500MB Flash drive, $10 ToysRUs GC, Crayons & kid's Tshirt

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. 
Also include your email address if it is not visible in your profile.

This giveaway is open to US resident ages 18+ & will expire on Monday 9/4/11 at 11:59pm EST
Winner will be notified by email & will have 5 days to respond or alternate winner will be chosen.

FTC Disclosure: I received no compensation for hosting this giveaway. 
All facts represented are directly from sponsor. Sponsor is responsible for delivery of prize.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Congratulations Crystaltellerday! You are #19 and the winner of this giveaway!
You will receive 250 ( 2" x 3.5") 70lb, front only matte printed labels from Uprinting.
I have sent you an email so please check your inbox and reply back to me no later than
August 25, 2011.
Thanks for stopping by the Lily Pad.
Also BIG "ribbits" of thanks to Giveaway Blogs and Uprinting for sponsoring this giveaway.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

My little sister, "Baby Brat" and my daughter, "Bubbles"
Dear Tasha,
Today is your birthday. I wish to take you for a spa day along with mom (Me-ma) and Bubbles. 
Then we can all go to lunch and spend some time shopping at the mall. 
I'm sure we can find some shoes that we absolutely must have!
Of course this is all just a fantasy. 
You left this world a little over five years ago. There is so much that you have missed 
and I wish we could have shared together.People say that I/we still can. 
At least "figuratively." However they are completely clueless. It is not the same.
I long to see you your face and feel your embrace. A sister's love is like no other.
You were, are and always will be the best.
It is my hope that you are celebrating in Heaven today. 
Dance with daddy and please know that I am thinking of you.
I love you. I miss you.
Big Sissy 

"I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness." Emily Dickinson 

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

UPrinting Labels

Do you need  the perfect label for envelopes, packages, baked goods or miscellaneous items? Then look no further than UPrinting. They have every label imaginable to help you, in their words "Spread The Message
At  UPrinting they have a variety of sizes and shapes of Print Labels. They also have FREE downloadable Product Templates  as well as a  FREE Design Tool to help you create the labels that you are envisioning. Labels are not the only products that UPrinting  has available. They have business cards, brochures,calendars, magnets, yard signs and so much more. So be sure to stop by and check out all UPrinting has to offer. Thanks to Giveaway Blogs and UPrinting  I  get to host the following giveaway:

250 Print Labels for One (1) Winner
2" x 3.5"
70lb Label Matte, Front Only Printing, 4 Business Days Turnaround
(Limited to US residents 18 years old)

Mandatory Entry:
Tell me you want to win some labels in your first comment

Additional Entries:
1.Follow my blog 
(please include your blog address & I will follow back)
2.Follow me on Twitter  LissaL
(please include your twitter name & I will follow back)
3.Follow Uprinting on twitter (Uprinting)
4. Like Uprinting on Facebook
5. Sign up at Giveaway Blogs
(then you can host your own giveaway)
6. Like GiveawayBlogs on Facebook
7. Follow GiveawayBlogs on Twitter (Giveaway_Blogs)
7. Tweet about this giveaway. This can be done daily and you can use the following tweet:

#blog #Giveaway @LissaL #WIN 250 labels from @Uprinting @Giveaway_Blogs

This giveaway will expire on Saturday, August 20, 2011-11:59 EST
Winner will be chosen by randomizer and contacted by email as well as announced on this blog.
Please make sure your email address is visible in your profile or leave it in your comment so I can contact you.

Disclaimer: Required as per FTC Ruling
 No monetary compensation was given for hosting this giveaway. 
I will received labels for hosting from Sponsor is responsible for delivery of prize to winner.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

I have been watching TLC's Extreme-Couponing and am totally fascinated by how people can save so much money on groceries. It is amazing to me how many items these shoppers can stock up on and get basically for free. Many years ago, when 2 of my kids were just toddlers I was quite the "Couponer" However, I slacked off as my family grew. A couple of months ago I decided I needed to get back into clipping my coupons. The first time the Coach & I went shopping, it was a nightmare. It took over 2 hours because I had all my coupons divided into separate envelopes. Thankfully, I spent an entire night with my sister-in-law & she helped me get a binder, labeled dividers & some sports card inserts.  But guess what? It still isn't easy. In fact my family GROANS when I ask them to help me clip, sort & stuff my binder. Also we don't have double or triple coupons here so there is no chance I will be featured on TLC's extreme-couponing. What I do know is that clipping coupons can save you a lot of money if you are willing to the do work. In today's economy it is totally worth it. Listed below are a few of my grocery trip savings:

  1. Spent $170 saved $83 ( my first time. In my defense we had my nephews over & they love snacks!)
  2. Spent $80 saved $58
  3. Spent $121 saved $70 (this included 3 prescriptions)
  4. Spent $73 saved $63 
  5. Spent $22 saved $27
There are many sites/blogs that I follow to help me with this endeavor. To find them just search "coupons" in your toolbar. Better yet click on my Swagbucks banner to the left. You can search & earn points for prizes or my fave, Amazon gift cards. Here are three of my favorite sites to get you started:

It is my hope that as I continue to learn more about coupons that I will get better at saving money on my groceries. For now I'll just take it one day, one coupon at a time.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

(He looks incredibly like his dad, "Coach" in this photo)

"Lil Bo Bo"
(My sweet little punkin')

These are the two latest photos I received from my oldest child. He is out in CA with his son and girlfriend for the summer. My son will return later on this month to finish college.(His scholarship is here) In December he will receive his Bachelors Degree. I am so proud of the man he has become. It is not easy maintaining a long distance relationship, going to school full time and being a dad. Yet, he is succeeding. It is my hope that after graduation, his little family will relocate somewhere closer. Maybe down the street? lol
California is too far away. I am missing my boys.

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