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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Free shipping and cheap shipping around the web!

I don't know about you, but when a website offers really cheap or free shipping, I'm so much more likely to buy from there. There are tons of stores offering reduced shipping for the holidays. Of course Amazon has it's free shipping on orders over $25 on eligible items. Overstock has free shipping on almost everything until 12/26. Here are more. I'll be updating thes as I find more

Free shipping over $50

Free shipping on toy orders over $49, other orders over $60, and trees under 8 ft
$0.99 shipping on shoe orders over $39

Furniture ships for $45 or less

Free shipping over $99 until 12/7 (code PERFECT)
Free shipping on Dysons until 12/7 (code PERFECT)
Free shipping on a $150+ Coach purchase until 12/22 (code COACH)
$5 shipping on $75+ beauty or fragrance purchase (plus lots of free gifts w/purchase)

Free shipping on all orders (and point your significant other toward their sale section!

Free shipping on all orders

American Eagle
Free shipping on any gift guide style until 12/8

$0.99 shipping on all products (each product, some exclusions)
Free shipping of gift cards
Free shipping with in-store pickup


$7.95 flat rate shipping

Free shipping over $100 until 12/22
Free gift card shipping

Free Shipping over $100 until 12/21

Free shippping + $15 off orders over $75 until 12/5 code SAVENOW

Free shipping on these gifts until 12/31 code GIVE

Free shipping off $70 or more plus $7 off until 12/19
Free shipping orders over $50 of selected items until 12/5
Free shipping on Daily Deals (today it's the Bakugan battle arena for $20!)



December 17th is free shipping day, perfect for all of us who wait until the last minute to get those last few gifts. Over 350 retailers are participating so far. Here's a list of just some of the stores I'll be checking out on the 17th. Check out www.freeshippingday.com for even more!


1-800 Flowers
aerie
Aeropostale
American Eagle
Apple
Babies R Us
Circuit City
Discovery Store
Drugstore.com
FAO Schwarz
Godiva
JCPenney
Kmart
Kron Chocolatier
Lord & Taylor
Lush
Macy's
My Wines Direct
New York and Company
Nordstrom
Office Max
Omaha Steaks
Origin
Overstock.com
Pacsun
Petsmart
Red Envelope
Sears
Sephora
Shoes.com
The Body Shop
The Great Indoors
Toys R Us
Under Armour
Villeroy & Boch
Zappos.com

Do you know of any stores who have shipping deals, or any kind of good deals going on? Let everyone know!

Save Money With Free Shipping Coupons!

Golden Moon Tea Winner

The winner of the Golden Moon Tea giveaway is...
 
AStarrA said...
http://twitter.com/AStarrAMama/status/5930270108

Congrats! If you didn't win, be sure to go pick out your perfect tea at Golden Moon Tea. Their tea clubs and gift sets will surely be a hit with your favorite tea lover!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Holiday Season Kickoff (and a giveaway!) | Ends 12/16


Hi all! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Anybody braved the Black Friday craziness? I'll occasionally go out and pick up a few deals on Black Friday, but this year I stayed at home. Cold weather + rain = me staying inside most of the day in my PJs and eating turkey sandwiches. I did find a few good gifts up for grabs online, so I didn't miss out too much. I'm almost finished decorating the tree. I'm still searching for a star, I think I'll start a quest on Etsy to find the perfect one. At this point I've gotten about half of the gifts done. this year I started early - usually I'm out there on Christmas Eve finishing up most of my shopping. This year I seem to be more excited for the holidays than most years. I've got the Christmas music playing, my wrapping center set up, and I'm already starting my endless holiday baking.

To help kickoff a great holiday season, I'm giving away a $10 Borders gift card to one reader.

To enter you must do one of the following, and leave a comment about it:

Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect
Subscribe via email
Subscribe via reader
Follow me on Twitter

You can find them all up top, under "connect". And you don't have to do just one, do any or all of the above for one entry each!

Extra entries (must do one of the above first)

1 entry - Let me know a book, movie, or cd you'd like to unwrap this year!
1 entry each - Tweet this giveaway (can be done once daily) using the following:
RT @jsoldham Win a $10 gift card to Borders! http://bit.ly/5blNWg #giveaway Ends 12/16
5 entries - Add my button to your site
5 entries - Blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post
1 entry each - Enter any of my other giveaways or leave a comment on any other review or post

Giveaway ends December 16 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Open to US. I'll pick the winner via random.org, and chosen winner will have 72 hours to respond to my email. I'll also announce the winner here.

Congrats to the winner, Coupon Clippin' Mommy!

I received no compensation for this post.

Happy Black Friday!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! For all you folks about to head out for some good Black Friday deals (and the saner ones doing it online!), check out Gizmodo's guide for the best deals on all kinds of electronics and gadgets. You can find what to buy and where to find it the cheapest.  Also take a peek at their anti-deals, a list of what electronics not to buy at all. The Twitterpeek (which only does Twitter... for the low, low price of $200?!) is apparently not going to be the best buy, even for the most avid Twitterholic on your list.

I've heard a lot of people are searching for the best price on the unofficial "game of the year", the New Super Mario Bros for the Wii. The cheapest I've found is on Amazon at $46.99 (I've already ordered a couple as gifts for the family Wii-addicts!). It's a few bucks cheaper than pretty much everywhere else, plus you get free shipping. Also, it's eligible for the $10 off $50 purchase on Amazon's Apparel, Electronics, Software, Video Games, and Computers if you use your Discover card.

Remember to keep checking on Amazon for their Black Friday Deals week. New items are going up constantly, and they sell out rather quickly. I've seen a bunch of $5 dvds and $10 Blu-rays, as well as super cheap games, jewelry, electronics, and more! Buy 'em while you can!


***Also, please remember to help those in need. If you see a great deal on a toy, pick up an extra one to donate to Toys for Tots or other program to give gifts to children in need!***

Happy (and safe) shopping!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Win $500 in gift cards!

Momstart and F-Secure are giving you the chance to win 5 gift cards worth $100 each to Amazon, Best Buy, Gap, Old Navy, and Target! You can also Download a free 30-day trial offer of F-Secure Internet Security 2010.
Enter here. Ends 11/30

Monday, November 23, 2009

Crazy Dog T-Shirts and Nacho Mama Tees Review and Giveaway | Ends 12/9


I have a thing for t-shirts. Plain t-shirts, graphic t-shirts, band t-shirts, and, of course, funny t-shirts. So I was definitely excited to be able to try out two t-shirts from Crazy Dog T-shirts and Nacho Mama Tees. From Crazy Dog, I received the Shop Smart T Shirt. I'm a lover of horror movies, and Army of Darkness is definitely one of my favorites. The tee is super soft, the colors are really vibrant, and it fits true to size. I also tried the Oceanic Airline t-shirt, one of my absolute favorites from Nacho Mama Tees. This is the perfect shirt to gear up for final season of Lost next February. (I'm so sad it's ending, but I'm so ready to find out all of the unanswered, freaky island mysteries.) It's just as soft too, and it arrived feeling like your favorite worn-in tee shirt, minus all the fading and holes! Both stores have such a huge variety of tees, there's really something for everyone.

One of my personal favorites from Crazy Dog is this Merlottes Bar tee, great for any Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood Fan.


(I'm really a movie/tv person, can ya tell?)

Of course, there's a lot more than movie tees. The Little Miss Christmas tee would make a great gift for your favorite tween, teen, or a young-at-heart adult! There's a huge selection of girly tees, and they're all adorable.



Here's another great holiday gift, the What'd You Get Me? tee from Crazy Dog




Buy it: Visit Crazy Dog T-shirts and Nacho Mama Tees, and get someone a gift they'll love (don't forget a tee for you too!) Right now's the perfect time too, because Nacho Mama Tees has 20% off everything in addition to their low prices. Crazy Dog has a big selection of $9 tees, perfect for a gift on a budget, or a reason to snag a bunch of them for yourself!




Win it: Crazy Dog is giving away your choice of tee to one lucky winner! Head over to Crazy Dog T-shirts and Nacho Mama Tees and check out your favorites. Tell me your favorite tee from Crazy Dog in a comment. (Mandatory entry, you must do this one before all other entries will be considered)

Extra Entries (for every entry, leave a new comment)

1 entry each - Subscribe to my blog via email or reader
1 entry - Follow my blog using Google Friend Connect
1 entry - Follow me on Twitter @jsoldham
1 entry each - Tweet this giveaway (can be done once daily) using the following:
RT @jsoldham Win a tee from Crazy Dog T-shirts! http://bit.ly/8McNPe #giveaway Ends 12/9
5 entries - Add my button to your site
5 entries - Blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post
1 entry each - Enter any of my other giveaways or leave a comment on any other review or post

Giveaway ends December 9 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Open to US and Canada. I'll pick the winner via random.org, and chosen winner will have 72 hours to respond to my email. I'll also announce the winner here.

I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received two gratis shirts from Crazy Dog t-shirts and Nacho Mama Tees for review.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

PreHistin Review and Giveaway | Ends 12/3 {CLOSED}




I, like so many other people, suffer from indoor and outdoor allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that 50 million Americans have allergies, 40 million of those people indoor/outdoor allergies. From the AAFA website:

Indoor and Outdoor Allergies – (Allergic rhinitis; seasonal/perennial allergies; hay fever; nasal allergies) Approximately 40 million Americans have indoor/outdoor allergies as their primary allergy. (Many people with allergies usually have more than one type of allergy.) Approximately 10 million people are allergic to cat dander, the most common pet allergy. The most common indoor/outdoor allergy triggers are:  tree, grass and weed pollen; mold spores; dust mite and cockroach allergen; and, cat, dog and rodent dander. 

Fun stuff, huh? Until a few years ago, I had your standard seasonal allergies -- a little sniffling and sneezing in the spring mostly. But all of a sudden, BAM! itchy, red allergy eyes, violently sneezing whenever I went near the garden, and having to dust and vacuum about 5 times as much as normally. I never found out the exact reason this happened, but I do know that I've been actively trying to combat the symptoms ever since. I've had bad reactions to most OTC and presription allergy meds, so my main focus became keeping the house really clean, maintaining proper humidity levels, and avoiding the outdoors on "bad allergy" days.
I was recently given the chance to try PreHistin, the world's first pre-histamine. Histamines are substances that cause sneezing, itching, nasal congestion, and runny nose. You're probably familiar with "antihistmines", which are made to attack the histamines only after they're released. They also come with some unpleasant side affects, most notably drowsiness. PreHistin works by regulating the release of histamines so that your body may not react to them. PreHistin has been clinically shown to maintain healthy lgE levels, which have been linked to allergy symptoms like sneezing, nasal congestin, and runny nose. PreHistin's safe, all natural formula contains cyanocobalamin, which os one of the vitamins in vitamin B12. It supports immune function, and is safe for long term use.



I've been taking PreHistin for a few weeks, and already I've noticed it helping. There' some kind of plant or tree in this area that always makes me sneeze this time of the year, and I noticed the other day that it wasn't occuring. Also, since PreHistin doesn't cause me to become drowsy like antihistamines do, so I have no problems taking it in the morning.

The cherry lozenges have a nice taste, not sickeningly sweet or sour. You simply place one under your tongue, and let it dissolve. It dissolves rather quickly, so no having to spend a ton of time holding it under your tongue. Take it twice a day, in the AM and PM. Use for 30 consecutive days. PreHistin is for adults and children 12 years and up. For more info, go to www.prehistin.com.


Buy it: PreHistin can be bought at www.prehistin.com or by calling 1-877-4POLLEN. If you buy now, you can get a 2 months supply for only $19.95! Since each month's supply normally costs $29.99, you'll save $40.04! You can also buy 3, 6, and 12 month multipacks.

Win it: One of my readers will win a one month supply (one box of 63 cherry lozenges) of PreHistin (ARV $29.99)! To enter, you must do one of the the following:


-Follow my blog using Google Friend Connect
-Subscribe to my blog via email
-Subscribe to my blog via RSS
and/or
-Tell me what you've done in the past to help with allergy symptoms

Leave each entry in a  seperate comment. Once you've done one (or all! you can do any of the above for one entry each), you can earn more entries by:


1 entry - Follow me on Twitter @jsoldham - 1 entry
1 entry each - Tweet this giveaway (can be done once daily) using the following:
RT @jsoldham Win a month's supply of PreHistin for allergies (ARV $30) http://bit.ly/3PSKiT #giveaway Ends 11/29
5 entries - Add my button to your site
5 entries - Blog about this giveaway (just a blurb is fine, please link back to this post though)
1 entry each - Enter any of my other giveaways or leave a comment on any other review or post

This giveaway ends December 3 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Open to US only. I'll pick the winner via random.org, and chosen winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. I'll also announce the winner here.

I received no monetary compensation for this review/giveaway. I received a box of PreHistin to review. All opinions are my own. Results may differ from mine.

Congrats to the winner, Heather!


Holiday Gift Pack Giveaway at What's Cooking at DD!

What's Cooking at DD has a huge holiday giveaway event going on right now! Head to the Holiday Gift Pack Giveaway page to enter. Win a gift pack with prizes from Black & Decker, VTech, Diamond Gusset Jeans, Avery, and more! There are tons of ways to enter, so go do it!


Friday, November 13, 2009

Golden Moon Tea Giveaway | Ends 11/28 {CLOSED}

As much as I love a good cup of coffee, there's not a day that goes by where I don't sit down with my tea. There's nothing more zen than sitting down with a hot cup of tea, relaxing, and sipping the stress away.

Golden Moon Tea is just the website you need to find your favorite flavor as well as try some new blends. You'll find a wide variety of the finest hand-plucked whole leaf teas. Their selection includes black, white, and Oolong teas, in addition to the popular green tea varieties. Along with traditional tea flavors such as Jasmine and English Breakfast Tea, they also sell many flavored teas, such as the Coconut Pouchong, a green tea that was awarded Best Tea at the 2007 World Tea Expo.

If you're looking for something different, try the Pu-Erh, a wonderfully unique tea with an earthy and damp, yet sweet taste. Definitely not your typical cuppa, but it really is a great experience (and my personal favorite).



Golden Moon Tea also offers a selection of beautiful teapots and other teaware, so you can prepare yourself for your whole tea experience! 

Make sure you check out their extensive tea resources under the label Tea University, for everything from brewing instructions to the history of tea! You can also find what you're looking for by using their handy drop down menus that sort their selection by tea origin, type of cuisine, time of day, price per cup, mood, and caffeine level. If you're worried about the quality of tea, be assured with their 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Whether you like your tea hot or iced, traditional or unique, light or rich, Golden Moon has the tea for you, as well as all the information you need to make the perfect cup.

Buy It: Check out Golden Moon Tea's huge selection and find your perfect cup! Their tea clubs, sample sets, and gift sets would make a perfect holiday gift! $4.95 flat rate shipping, free shipping on orders of 74.95 or more!

Win it: Golden Moon Tea is giving one of you a chance to win your choice of 5 tea samples (excluding jasmine pearls)! To enter, head to Golden Moon Tea and tell me what tea you'd love to try. (Mandatory entry, you must do this one before all other entries will be considered)

Extra Entries (for every entry, leave a new comment)

1 entry each - Subscribe to my blog via email or reader
1 entry - Follow my blog using Google Friend Connect - 1 entry
1 entry - Follow me on Twitter @jsoldham - 1 entry
1 entry each - Tweet this giveaway (can be done once daily) using the following:
RT @jsoldham Win a sampler of teas from Golden Moon Tea! http://bit.ly/wnrVr #giveaway Ends 11/28
1 entry - become a Facebook fan of Golden Moon Tea
5 entries - Add my button to your site
5 entries - Blog about this giveaway using the following blurb (include links):
Unglamorous Giveaways is hosting a free tea giveaway! Check out Golden Moon Tea to find your perfect cup, from green tea to black tea! Giveaway ends 11/28
1 entry each - Enter any of my other giveawaus or leave a comment on any other review or post

This giveaway ends November 28 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Open to US only. I'll pick the winner via random.org, and chosen winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. I'll also announce the winner here.

Congrats to the winner, AStarrA!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

alight.com Giveaway! | Ends 12/11


Hey ladies! Looking for a company that offers stylish clothing in plus sizes? alight.com plus size clothing has just what you need! Alight carries beautiful modern styles in sizes 14-30. You can find everything from elegant evening dresses to jeans of all styles to funky tees at one stop! Alight offers a wide selection from such designers as Derek Heart, Pink Apple, Venezia, Donna Rico, Vigoss, Sydney's Closet, Ruby Rox, Revolt Jeans, and many more.

Alight has a huge variety of styles, from the vintage-gone-modern Hippie Chic collection, to the ultra-feminine Ruffles and Lace collection. They also feature formal dresses, outerwear, active wear, swimwear, and intimates. Browse around their giant collection. I'm sure you'll find something you just can't live without.

If you're looking for the perfect holiday dress, top, or sweater, check out their selections. How cute would this Rusty Nail Top be for a holiday party? The metallic embellishments are the perfect accent!

alight.com plus size clothing has offered one of my readers the chance to win a free top (Alight's choice of top, your choice of size). And guess what? This is a monthly giveaway, so make sure you check back next month for another chance to win!


To be eligible for this giveaway you must sign up for alight's email list (top of the page). This is mandatory before you can do any other entry. Come back here and let me know you signed up in a comment below.


Extra entries (for every entry, leave a new comment):

1 entry - Tell me something you love from alight.com plus size clothing!
1 entry each - Subscribe to my blog via email or reader
1 entry - Follow my blog using Google Friend Connect
1 entry - Follow Alight on Twitter @alightcom
1 entry - Follow me on Twitter @jsoldham
1 entry each - Tweet this giveaway (can be done once daily) using the following:
RT @jsoldham Win a plus size top from @alightcom! http://bit.ly/30dNsR #giveaway
1 entry - become a Facebook fan of alight
5 entries - Add my button to your site
5 entries - Blog about this giveaway with a link to both this post and alight.com
3 entries each - Stumble or Digg this post and leave me the link and/or your username
1 entry each - Enter any of my other giveaways or comment on a review/non-giveaway post (unlimited) and tell me here

Giveaway ends December 11 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Open worldwide. I'll pick the winner via random.org, and chosen winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. I'll also announce the winner here.

I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a gratis shirt from alight.com for review.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

100% Pure Review

I recently had the chance to review some cosmetics from a wonderful company called 100% Pure. I've been trying to switch to all natural or organic beauty products, which isn’t always easy, especially regarding cosmetics. It seems that natural cosmetics’ effectiveness tend to be hit or miss. I was so pleased to find that 100% Pure products are an absolute hit! Their products have been feautured in many magazines, such as Elle, Self, CosmoGirl, Latina, Redbook, and Real Simple.

I was able to try two of their fruit pigmented make-up products, the lip gloss and the lip & cheek tint. The lip gloss ($13), which I tried in Sheer Pomegranate Wine, which is my new favorite lip color. It’s made of 83% Vitamin E, and the rest of the ingredients are fruit pigments. It’s not sticky or oily, it just feels moisturizing. It lasts a pretty long time, but I find myself putting it on pretty often just because it feels so good! The color is fairly sheer, and it makes a great daytime lip color. It also looks great paired over a lipstick or lip tint. It’s a great lip gloss for those who don’t want to look like they made out with a greasy piece of pizza or a pot of glitter.

I was a little apprehensive after opening the lip and cheek tint ($15), which I got in Peach Glow. The color and scent reminded me of the Barbie play makeup set I got as a little girl. When I first put it on, I thought it was a bit shiny at first, and I thought it would make my face look greasy. As I continued putting on the rest of my makeup on, it seemed to settle in, and I ended up looking like what I was going for – having a healthy glow! Since I’m so fair, I have a tough time with powder and mineral cheek colors, and this was great for my skin tone. It doesn’t make my face sticky, and it doesn’t feel like it’s going to run off. It’s a little light as a lip tint, but it does add a natural-looking hint of color. It’s 100% natural, made of fruit pigments, Vitamin C, Shea Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Honey Beeswax, and Vitamin E. Overall, the Peach Glow lip and cheek tint would be a great way to get that perfect glow, both in the winter and the summer.

I was also able to try the Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream ($19). I always have the dreaded under eye circles, and when my allergies are kicking in, I get major puffiness too.  After using it just a few days, I noticed that the dark circles were visibly reduced. An added bonus is the scent. Since it’s made with organic green tea and organic green tea (among other organic and natural products), it has a wonderful scent. It has a kind of chocolate-y coffee scent that really makes you want to put it on every day!

100% Pure also offers a huge line of bath and body products, in addition to their cosmetics and skin care lines. Love coffee? There’s an Organic Dark Chocolate Mocha Body Scrub. Got dry winter skin? Try the Blood Orange Shea Body Butter. There are so many products that sound delicious, and there’s even a line for kids!

These products are made without the nasty chemical preservatives you usually find in beauty products. If you’re worried about how long the products last without those preservatives, don’t! The reason these products can be made without chemical preservatives is that they’re made without water and air, the two elements needed for bacterial growth. There’s a simple number on the packaging that indicates how long you should keep them. Best of all, the products are 100% natural, 100% vegan, and gluten free!  

100% Pure is also a great place to get holiday gifts for anyone who cares about what products they put in and on their body! Flat shipping fee of $5 and free shipping on orders over $50!
-Janette


I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a sample of products, courtesy of 100% Pure. Thanks, Daisy!