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Save Money and Lose Weight with eMeals!

eMeals offers over 50 delicious meal plans and corresponding grocery lists every week based on food style preferences, family size and the current sales at selected grocery stores.  Dinner menu plans include classic family meals, low-fat, portion control, low-carb, gluten-free, vegetarian, clean eating, paleo, and the natural and organic plan. For more information, please visit
Join us in our effort to promote a healthy lifestyle in 2013. We have created some content that is available for you to repurpose on your blog as you extend our tips for eating healthy, saving money, losing weight, and getting organized in the New Year.

Home Made Stuffing, Yummy!

Home Made Stuffing Cut bread into cubes. This batch was potato bread, which makes for a really nice stuffing.  I used two full sized loaves of day old bread. Roast in the oven until almost all cubes are toasted. You'll want it to be various colors and textures to make for the best stuffing. Make sure you stir it around a bit throughout the toasting time. While the bread it toasting, chop 2 onions, several celery stalks and the leaves as well. Drizzle olive oil into a skillet/pan and heat. Add celery and onions and cook until soft. Add chopped garlic (to taste) and saute for a couple of minutes- do not let the garlic brown! Add about 4 cups of stock or water, if you're using cubed or powdered stock starter/maker.  I also add abobo, vegetable sea salt, fresh ground pepper and a bit of celery salt. Let this mixture simmer and while toasting the bread. About 10 minutes before removing the toasted bread, shut the stock heat off. Remove about 2 cups of the stock and let cool- beat …

Save $7 Off Tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters 2013 Tour!

The Globetrotters play at the Huntington Center, Dec. 27, 2pm & 7pm Looking for an awesome event the whole family will love?  Get your tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters brand new "You Write the Rules" tour.  Your family's smiles will start before you even get to the game as the Globetrotters take kid participation to a whole NEW level.  Your family can vote at and decide rules for the game that could affect the final outcome.  With rules like double the points for every basket, and two balls in play at the same time, there's an exciting rule that every kid will enjoy.  After the game, Globetrotter stars will stay on court to sign autographs and take photographs with your kids.  The only thing better than finding an awesome event for the whole family, is getting a great deal on it.  Use the promo code "USFAMILY" when you buy tickets for your family to save $7 on each ticket purchased*.  …

Shop Smart With Best Buy- Holiday Gifts Under $100

Looking for the perfect gift but on a tight Holiday budget? Look no further than Best Buy! Get the best value with Best Buy's free shipping until January 2nd, extended price match guarantee, and huge selection of gifts under $100. Feel 100% prepared and in control with the help of the unbiased experts known as the Best Buy Blue Shirts. The Best Buy Blue Shirts are there to help you find the perfect gift and everything you need to have that gift working asap.Need some ideas? No problem!

One of the gifts available is a Hard Candy Cotton Candy Maker by Nostalgia Electrics for $49.99. This awesome product from Nostalgia Electrics spins hard candy into cotton candy and comes with 2 plastic cones and a translucent bowl. This is something that would be fun for the whole family and it's super easy to use!
Another great gift idea is the Mattel Password Journal in Purple; perfect for the moody young girl in your life. She'll love this journal because of the intruder alarm, glow light,…

Give the Gift of Wine From Tasting Room!

Looking for the perfect gift this Holiday season? Know a wine lover? Look no further then the #1 wine retailer on the web, Tasting Room. Tasting Room has a huge array of Wine imported from all across the globe to choose from including various gift packs. 
Choose from a Wines by the Glass Sampler or the Perfect Holiday Wines Super Flight gift pack. For the Holiday Gift Guide I received the Patz and Hall Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir Wines by the Glass gift pack and the Perfect Holiday Wines sampler pack. The Patz and Hall Pisoni Pinot Noir comes from the iconic vineyards of Monterey County, California. Each glass of this pinot noir is rich and dense with aromas of Chambord, fresh cream, cinnamon, clove, strawberries, and chocolate. Patz and Hall Pisoni Pinot Noir has an elegant quality that finishes off with a hint of smokey oak and elements of perfume and spice. 
The Perfect Holiday Wines sampler pack came in a heavy duty modern black box with 6 sampler bottles of Cal…

Skincerity Giveaway! $129 Value!

Bobbie from Blog with Mom reviewed Skincerity, a night time breathable Masque, and discovered that it is not only useful for anti-aging but also works great at healing scar tissue. Bobbie had knee surgery earlier this year and began using Skincerity, a night time breathable Masque, on her scar. She saw amazing results and much improvment! Make sure you check out her review!

Hallmark Story Buddy Review and Giveaway!

Hallmark always has some of the best gifts for any occasion but I've had my eye on a Story Buddy for a while. I've wanted to get my daughter one from the moment she was born! For review purposes, I received Bigsby, the fun furry giant. Bigsby is a goofy looking stuffed animal that kind of reminds me of the giants in Where the Wild Things Are. Even though Bigsby is a giant he is actually quite shy. Bigsby enjoys going on fun adventures with his best friends and children love hearing Bigsby respond to them while reading about his awesome adventures.  Bigsby responds to key words when read aloud from his interactive books, read-along CD, online story, and Best Friends app. Each Interactive Story Buddy has additional story books ($9.95) that can be bought separate from the original starter kit ($34.95), including Bigsby. The starter kits all come with a specific Hardcover book and read-along CD. Bigsby's book, Bigsby's Best Friend: Sam, is 32 pages long with gorgeous vibran…

Pandora Jewelry Giveaway!

Hosted by NYSavingSpecials,  My Four Littles, Libby's Library, Verging On,Capri's CouponsMonica's Rants, Raves & Reviews, Stay a Stay at Home MomMew Review and Natural Hair Latina
What women doesn't love Pandora Jewelry? Hurry and enter this awesome giveaway!
One happy winner will receive:

A Pandora bracelet size 7.5 

 One Pandora Collectible Ceramic Breast Cancer Cupcake Jewelry Box .This Collectible Cupcake was given in 2010 with every purchase of $150 or more; it's new in the original box.
12/1  to  12/20
US residents only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Squashie-Dipity is not responsible for prize fullfillment. Prize will be sent by NYSavingSpecials. If you have any questions about this giveaway please contact NYSavingSpecials at

Sesame Street Live is coming to Detroit!

Mark your calendar for a musical event like no other—monsters making music! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the Fox Theatre stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music" for 41 performances from Thursday, Jan. 24 through Monday, Feb. 18.

New this year, families can come one hour early to move and groove with some of Sesame Street's favorite fuzzy monsters. Imagine your child popping up in Oscar's trash can or visiting Elmo's World. Don't miss a single picture-perfect moment because you never know who'll make an appearance! The new interactive pre-show activities are FREE with each Sesame Street Live ticket and opens one hour prior to every performance. Register here to win a Family Four Pack of tickets to the opening night!
Save $3 on Sesame Street Live! tickets in Detroit with this Promo Code:…

Talkback Thursday with MamaBreak!

Each week, MamaBreak asks the same questions of a mom-preneuer! This week we are talking to the owner of burlap & grace. We reviewed burlap & grace HERE, and they even sponsored a giveaway! 

burlap & grace makes some amazing headbands, hair clips, and hats . . . and all at prices we can afford!

1. What inspired you to create burlap & grace?
--The desire to have my own small business. The problem is I have so many ideas and passions that it is hard to pin one down but for now, at this point in our life this fell into place nicely. Burlap & grace is actually a event planning business and while waiting to fill my calender with events I started making hair accessories!!

2. How do you balance work and family?
--- I can not lie..its difficult. On my really busy days I really try to take breaks often to sit and read a book or have a mini picnic with my kids. I even let them climb up and help me sometimes....the key is not to lose focus on the reason you started your …

Build-A-Bear Workshop Review and Giveaway!

I am so very excited to share these super adorable stuffed animals from Build-A-Bear with all of you. Build-A-Bear has truly outdone themselves this Holiday season with all the festive new Limited Edition stuffed animals. I am such a big kid and have always loved Build-A-Bear. Before my daughter was born I went out and made 3 different bears for her, unfortunately she hasn't had the opportunity to experience Build-A-Bear for herself yet. I am still extremely excited to share these new editions to the Build-A-Bear family with her and I'm sure she'll adore them as will you! The first one we'll talk about is the limited edition Merry Mint Pup which runs around $20. My favorite thing about the Merry Mint Pup is her ears. The insides of her ears are a soft red fabric with little peppermints and white polka dots. How cute is that?! (See picture below) Merry Mint Pup came dressed in a satin red and white ruffled dress covered in stripes and polka dots with matching red and whi…

Pandora Blogger Opp!!! Starts Dec. 1st!

Blogger Opportunity
12/1  to  12/20
Come and be part of this awesome giveaway!
I have a Pandora Bracelet but it still needs a little love. I'm obsessed with it though; so obsessed that I went out and bought the women in my life bracelets as well. 

On this giveaway I will be giving one Pandora bracelet size 7.5  (which you can always exchange for a different size).

 One Pandora Collectible Cupcake Jewelry Box Ceramic Breast Cancer.  This Collectible Cupcake was giving in 2010 with every purchase of $150 or more it was given free, it's new in original box.
This Giveaway is not sponsored by Pandora or any other company, both prizes are given by me.  (with permission of my husband lol)
If you decide to buy extra links or to be a host, payment will be use for shipping charges and for futures giveaways. 

Requirements to join
* Free Facebook or Twitter with posting announcement Here or pay the $5 fee.

* Agree to post the giveaway html on the date the event begins and promote at least 3x a w…

Thunderstruck Blog App and Giveaway!

Warner Bros. is proud to announce the release of Thunderstruck on DVD and Blu-ray December 4th 2012, along with the Thunderstruck Blog App! Wahoooo!!!!

NBA superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action-packed family film about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team... while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life! But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season. Are you as excited as I am for this movie? Play the Free-Throw Challenge game below for a chance to win!

Enter below for a chance to win Thunderstruck on DVD & Blu Ray! (All entries will be verified!)
By entering this giveaway, you agree to have your name publicized if you are a potential …

Kelly Kits Holiday Flash Sale! Hurry!!!

Kelly Kits encourage art play using a wide variety of creative tools & materials beyond what coloring books can offer and are the perfect holiday gift for your creative kiddo!  For 72 hours only Kelly Kits is having a site wide sale where all products are 10% off!  Get your favorite little artist a years worth of art kits or a special gift pack with 5 activities that explore the five discipline of art:  Drawing, Painting, Print Making, Collage & Sculpting!

Find the Hottest Holiday Deals With RetailMeNot!

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Bookmark the RetailMeNot holiday page so you can easily check back regularly for the best holiday steals and door-buster deals for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the way through Christmas. Also, make sure you're signed up for the RetailMeNot Newsletter and Deal Alerts for your favorite merchants so you don’t miss out on any awesome coupons or deals.  You won't even have to leave the comfort of your own home or office to s…

The Abbey Road Sessions by Kylie Minogue

The Abbey Road Sessions by Kylie Minogue is a beautiful rendition of some of her most popular songs from her 25 year recording career. The Abbey Road Sessions takes 15 of her most familiar pop songs and remakes them into beautiful love ballads. Kylie's new album was recorded at London's legendary Abbey Road Studios with her own band and backed by a full orchestra. Flower is the only track on this album that is new and has not been redone. I absolutely love the song Flower because of it's heartfelt lyrics. Kylie wrote the song Flower many years ago during her battle with breast cancer and described it as a love song to the child she may or may not ever have. It's a beautiful song and very touching!  I honestly fell in love with The Abbey Road Sessions as soon as it started playing. The Abbey Road Sessions has a mix of different sounds including country, jazz, pop, and even some tracks that remind me of music from the 1950's; Kylie's voice especially. You can tel…

Spread the Holiday Cheer When You Shop Sears!

I couldn't wait to do this blog post for Sears and Smiley360! I am certainly a Christmas decor nut so this opportunity gave me the perfect chance to get out to Sears and shop for more holiday items. I actually found some inspiration for my Sears project on pinterest (of course) so when I went to Sears to shop, I already had an idea in my head of what I was looking for.  I asked my parents to come along because they love shopping as much as I do and they both love Sears. I immediately went to the holiday section with my step-mom to look for bows for my project but we both got sidetracked by this amazing smell! We seriously searched all over the holiday section until we found what the smell was coming from. It from was an end cap with paper bags of the best smelling potpourri I've ever smelled! 
Next we headed on over to the section with the holiday bows and found the perfect bows for my Sears project (seen below). Both the bows are the same red glittery bows but they are splendid…

Melissa & Doug Trunki Giveaway!

Enter to win a Trunki from Melissa & Doug!  Perfect for storage, pretend play, and travel! Kids love to pack away their special toys in the Trunki and roll it around where ever they go! The Trunki is available in many different styles to fit each child's own personality. Purchase the Trunki from Melissa & Doug's Terrific Twenty List for $39.95

Enter to win a Melissa & Doug Trunki below!
By entering this giveaway, you agree to have your name publicized if you are a potential winner. Winner will be contacted via email upon ending of this giveaway within 48 hours and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. All prizes will be awarded at sponsors discretion. Giveaway will start at 12:01am EST (11/11/2012) and end at 11:59pm EST (11/21/2012). Number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY and VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Must be 18 years or older to enter and be a resident of t…

Our Family Christmas Tree

I wanted to take time to show you all our family Christmas tree. We wanted to start a new tradition this year by hanging our Christmas Tree upside down from the ceiling. Everyone has been asking me what the deal is with hanging it upside down. To me, it just seems like something unique to do but in all reality there really is true meaning behind this dating as far back as the 12th century. 
Some historians believed that hanging your Christmas tree upside down was really the more traditional and meaningful way to symbolize Christmas. As legend would have it, the Christmas tree was originally used to symbolize religious devotion by Christian missionaries that used the tree to explain the religious tenet of the Trinity; God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christmas trees were originally hung upside down to ensure that anyone who saw the tree would know it was not just a floral decoration. Eventually the original meaning was lost and people started turning the trees right side …

Old Soles: Fashion For Little Feet

Old Soles are hand crafted 100% soft leather shoes made just for babies and toddlers. All of Old Sole's shoes are made to allow the natural development of your child's constantly growing feet and the stretchable elastic strap in the back helps with that as well. The stretchable elastic strap also makes it very easy to put the shoes on your child and slip them right off. 
Old soles shoes provide the ultimate protection for your child with the breathable leather lining and the padded leather insole that helps to absorb moisture. Their shoes also have rubber soles and are non slip to help protect your child from slipping and foreign objects piercing through.

I am so smitten by Old Soles shoes. The picture above is the pair of the Old Soles my 21 month old daughter got to try out. When they first arrived I was so excited to see that they matched her Halloween costume; she was a snowflake for Halloween so the sparkly silver was perfect! The only thing I was worried about was the size…