Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ENDING TONIGHT...Happy Green Bee Giveaway


Head on over NOW to My Organized Chaos to enter a chance to win 1 item from Happy Green Bee.
Giveaway ends TONIGHT at 9pm MST...hurry on over!

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Looking For Sponsors: Handmade With Love Winter Giveaway


I'm excited to be one of the bloggers participating in a brand new giveaway event that is coming this February called the Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway. This event will be hosted by Simply Stacie, Little Yayas, Survey Junkie & Kelly’s Lucky You.  This event will run Feb 2 - Feb 6, 2011.

I am currently looking for creators of handmade products to sponsor Making It Count...Life Of A Proud Mommy by offering handmade products, business, Etsy, Art Fire, Jewelry, Blog Design, Handbags or anything else handmade for me to review to my blog readers & a gift certificate or product as a giveaway prize in this event.

How will this help your shop? We anticipate this to be a high traffic event that will be heavily promoted so it will be awesome opportunity for you to get your shop name out there! In addition to the exposure you'll receive through the giveaway event, your shop will be featured in its' own post on my blog prior to the event.

Please email me at mycatslove@usa.com if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or have any questions.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

EZ Sox Giveaway!


Head on over to Giveaways & More to enter the EZ Sox Giveaway!
Giveaway ends December 19, 2010 at 11:59pm PDT

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Win I Caught Santa Claus Photo - 5 Winners!


What if you could stay up all night and catch Santa Claus in the act?  Well now you can....

Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa caught in the act in his or her very own home.  icaughtsanta.com is a unique website that helps visitors create those memorable keepsake photos.

In three simple steps anyone can upload a holiday photo, add Santa Claus and print it as proof… or share it via email, Facebook and Twitter. Last-minute shoppers can purchase Gift Cards and eGift Certificates for loved ones with children, making icaughtsanta.com a great gift idea even if you don't have kids yourself.

3 easy steps:

1.  CAPTURE:  
Take a digital picture of your Christmas tree or maybe your fireplace... it's up to you. This will be your background photo.  Horizontal, high-resolution pictures work best. Save your background photo to your computer and then upload it to this site.

2.  CREATE:  

Pick one of our many Santa poses and magically place him into your background photo.  You can adjust his size, color, brightness and position with our easy-to-use tools. Then select a festive border, preview and finalize your design.

3.  SHARE:
Download, email or print your photo

You can also do photo's for the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny & Cupid!

  icaughtsanta.com has graciously given me 5 codes for 5 of my lucky readers to make their own FREE I Caught Santa photo!  I'll be doing my photo on Christmas Eve and surprise the kids on Christmas morning of a printed out picture of Santa next to our tree!   

BUY IT:  Just head on over to icaughtsanta.com and make yours today!

WIN IT:  You must complete the mandatory entry before you can do any of the extra entries!
MANDATORY ENTRY - Click HERE and look at the 20 available Santa poses then come back here and leave a comment telling me which number pose you would use.  Please leave your email address if it's not posted on your profile.

EXTRA ENTRIES: (1 Entry leave 1 Comment; 2 Entries leave 2 comments...etc..)  

1 Entry - Follow Making It Count...Life Of A Proud Mommy on Google Friend Connect Publicly
1 Entry - Like Making It Count on Facebook.
1 Entry - After Liking Making It Count on Facebook, leave a comment on my wall that you've entered this giveaway.

1 Entry- Like I Caught Santa Claus on Facebook
1 Entry-After Liking I Caught Santa Clause on Facebook copy & paste the following comment on their wall:
I Just Entered The I Caught Santa Photo Giveaway @Making It Count...Life Of A Proud Mommy 
3 Entries - Copy & paste the following comment on your Facebook wall (share to everyone).  Leave the permalink so I can find it in your comment.
Head Over To http://tinyurl.com/38x9sgr & Enter A Chance To Win An icaughtsanta.com Photo - 5 Winners.  Giveaway Ends 12/23
1 Entry - Subscribe to my email feed (email must be verified, if not your comment will be deleted).
1 Entry - Follow Making It Count...Life Of A Proud Mommy on Network Blogs.
2 Entries - Have Making It Count Button on your blog (please leave link to your blog so I can see it).
1 Entry - Follow Making It Count on Twitter

1 Entry - Follow CatchACharacter on Twitter
1 Entry - Tweet this giveaway (1 entry per tweet, 3 tweets per day & must be an hour apart)
Head Over To http://tinyurl.com/38x9sgr & Enter To #Win An icaughtsanta.com photo 5 Winners Ends 12/23

5 Entries - Blog about this giveaway leaving a link to this giveaway post and icaughtsanta.com.
10 Entries - Sign up for Swagbucks through this link (please leave your name on the comment)

Winners will be chosen by Random.org and will be emailed.  Winners has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be picked.  Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST December 23, 2010.

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Aloha Friday - December 17, 2010


The holidays are here and boy am I excited!  I love Christmas and everyday that leads to it.  The music, the spirit in the air, the family bonding we do around this time of the year, it's EXCITING!

Unfortunately, things are tight this year financially, but then again it's not to unfortunate since we've been making a lot of homemade gift this year and the kids and I are having a blast with it.  But you know for some reason, by making the gifts this year, I don't feel as stressed, maybe because it is so much fun making them, and not worrying about the money part of it.  I'm thinking, I've got to do this more every year!

So, my question:

Did You Make Any Homemade Gifts For Your Family And/Or Friends This Holiday Season?

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

5 Winners Can Win A Hook On Chair From Zooper!


5 people can win a Hook On Chair from Zooper!
Head on over to Thank's, Mail Carrier to enter the giveaway.

Giveaway ends January 7, 2011 @ 11:59pm CST


5 people can win a Hook On Chair From Zooper at A Mom's Balancing Act.

Giveaway ends January 7, 2011

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Win A Keurig Special Edition Brewing System!


Head on over to Girl Gone Mom to enter the Keurig Special Edition Brewing System giveaway!

Giveaway Ends Tonight - December 13 @ Midnight!

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Melissa & Doug Kitchen Set Giveaway!


Head on over to My Wee View to enter the Melissa & Doug Kitchen set giveaway.

Giveaway ends December 17 @ 11:59pm PST

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Win A Boogie Woogie Bug Gym

boogie woogie bug gym

Head on over to Piece of Me to enter the Boogie Woogie Bug Gym from Infantino Giveaway

Giveaway Ends December 15 @ 11:59pm EST.

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Win A Fogless Shower Mirror!

Fogless Mirror

Head on over to Piece of Me to enter the Fogless Shower Mirror from Toilet Tree Products!

Giveaway Ends December 18 @ 11:59pm EST

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Win A $50 Gift Certificate To Personal Creations

Personal Creations Logo

Head on over to Piece Of Me to enter the $50 Gift Certificate to Personal Creations.

Giveaway Ends December 18 @ 11:59pm EST

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Win A Kidorable Umbrella!


Head on over to Piece of Me to enter the Kidorable Umbrella Giveaway!

Giveaway Ends December 18 @ 11:59pm EST

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Win An Epson PictureMate Show

PictureMate Show

Head on over to Piece of Me to enter the Epson PictureMate Show Giveaway!
Giveaway Ends:  December 18 @ 11:59pm EST

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Friday, December 10, 2010

5 Winners Can Win $100 American Express Gift Card


Two of a kind, working on a full house is giving away (5) winners, $100 American Express Gift Cards each!
Giveaway ends December 17 11:59pm EST

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

5 Winners Can Win Quantum and JET-DRY Turbo Dry!


Giveaway Ends December 10 at 11:59pm!
5 winners!

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Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Shopping Cart Giveaway!


Mom Spotted is hosting a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Shopping Cart giveaway to one winner from www.littletikes.com!

How To Enter:
Head on over to Mom Spotted to enter!

Contest ends December 16th at 11:59pm!

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Monday, December 6, 2010

It's NOT Going To Be A Blue Christmas (I hope)


Christmas is a time to be happy, spend time with your family, make new memories and give to others.  I love Christmas time, it just puts a smile on my face whenever I hear someone say "Christmas".  This year, it's been a struggle in some ways, but it's not going to kill me or my children's spirit.

You see, my family, for the first time is facing some really hard times, financially that is.  Which makes it hard to buy presents.  My boys will be getting 3 presents each this year, which I thought at first is going to be awful.  But my boys are young, and I know will be happy with whatever they get, so I should feel pretty happy on that.  Plus, for other family members we've been making some homemade gifts.  I had some small planter pots that I bought a couple years ago at a yard sale.  My oldest son, Tristan painted them, then we put some soil in them and then we took some leaves that I've been soaking to re-root and rooted them in to the pots.  My son will be giving them to Grandma, Aunt Shannon & Aunt Peggy.  I'm sure they'll love it!  Tristan is all excited about making homemade gifts, so I also had some of the plastic mugs, that a child can color a picture and inserted it after words that I bought a few years ago, and Tristan is having fun coloring them and will be giving Grandpa, Uncle Alan and his cousins Robbie & Gabbi.

I'm making some Cinnamon stick candle holders for the women in the family.  I really hope they like them!  I've been trying really hard to just focus on the happiness of Christmas, but in the back of my mind I'm trying to figure out how we are going to pay the bills, and really hope we don't get evicted, of course that'll be the worse case scenioal.  I pray that, we keep a float.  I know if we can make it until February, we'll be fine.  It's just getting through December & January.  We just got our fuel delivered, and I glanced at the bottom of the slip and it was over $500.00...for fuel!!

I don't mean to vent hear I just haven't been able to talk to anyone about our troubles, so I figured I'll just write about it in my blog.  Maybe someone can just tell me, it'll be fine, or you'll get through this.

My children mean the most to me, and I am so grateful, that they are not into material things (for right now that is).  But I really hope I raise them to not to think Christmas equals presents.  I want them to have that warm feeling like I have when you just hear the words "Merry Christmas".

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and A Great New Year!!

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