Snapshot Thursdays: A Run In The Park

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I have been taking part in Crystal Stine’s course Creative Basics: 30 Days To Awesome Social Media art (the link goes to the ebook that will be out soon). One of the assignments was to take pictures with our cell phone that we could use as background for quotes.

On that particular day I had a 5 mile run planned and figured it would be a great time to look for things I could photograph as backgrounds for quotes. I ran without music so that I would be fully aware of my surroundings. I had so much fun taking pictures I not only grabbed quote photos but just great shots of things I see along one of my run routes.

I thought today I would share 3 of those photos with me. These are sights  you and I would see if we were to take a run together in my town.

seat by riverThis park bench is one of my favorites on my run. It screams to me to sit down and enjoy the view. I don’t give into its screams but it is very tempting.

bridge by pondYou and I would have to run single file over this wooden bridge near the duck pond. I should also warn you that it shakes a bit when you run across it. I do love this bridge though for its beauty. In fall the tree near it turns so many lovely shades of yellow, orange and brown, and in summer there is a sea of green grass and foliage around it.

under bridgeJust as we were finishing the last mile we would go under one final bridge. This bridge is often missing a plank or two. City crews always seem to be replacing planks but as they replace one another one soon goes missing. I am not sure what is taking them? Perhaps they float away when the river gets high and floods the bridge.

Do you have a favorite running or walking path? What would I see if I went on a run or walk with you on it?

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High Value Coupons For Great Products

I didn’t see any deals I felt worthy of sharing with you but I did see some great coupons and I couldn’t keep it just 3. You can find more links to coupons under my Coupons tab in the menu bar.

$1.50 off ONE Pampers Splashers Swim Pant
Coupons for swim diapers mean SUMMER IT ON ITS WAY! (yeah I might be a bit excited about that)
$1.00 off one (1) Seventh Generation Dish Soap
This is our families favorite dish soap, it doesn’t bother my teenagers sensitive skin meaning he can do the dishes :) .
$5.00 off two (2) Schick Disposable Razor Pack
Razors because with warmer weather those legs are coming out of hiding and it is time to harvest the leg timber.
$1.50 off TWO Always Pads
Not talking about this one….ugh….

$3.00 off (1) Spin Master HEDBANZ game

My daughter and her friends LOVE this game. It is fun for the whole family.

 

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Snapshot Thursdays: Sunday

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my napping messThe Sunday before Easter I had the most awesome afternoon nap. So good I had to snap a picture of my cocoon and tell you all about it. Sunday is the one day of the week that I don’t even try a tiny bit to avoid a nap. All it takes is one yawn on Sunday after church and I say “nap time”.

I also try not to do more than absolutely essential blog work only on Sundays so that it really does feel like a day off to me.

What do you do with your Sundays ?

sunday spot that I loveBefore I take my Sunday afternoon nap you will find me sitting in this chair rocking toddlers and reading book after book to them.  My husband and I serve in the 2 year old Sunday school at church together and I seriously look forward to it each week. I love toddler cuddles.

yurbudsOkay so this last picture sort of fits  in with my Sunday theme because I do often plug my pink yurbuds into my iPod and listen to a podcast or two on blogging while taking a walk if the weather is just right. But, mostly I am sharing this picture because I am so impressed with yurbuds. If you are sick and tired of your ear buds falling out of your ears get yurbuds, they don’t fall out and they have great sound quality.  I loved my pink pair that I got at Christmas so much that I got my daughter a purple pair in my last Amazon order that I paid for with gift cards earn from  Swagbucks & InstaGC .

What did you get up to this last week?

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There is still time to enter to win a $5000 Dream Home Makeover from Woman’s Day

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Over at Jane you can find these sweet looking personalized teacher gifts for just $5.99 plus $3.29 shipping for the first print and .69 cents for shipping additional prints. There are 8 styles to choose from. These Classic Chalkboard style teacher approved and loved art prints are 8 by 10 so that your can find a an economical frame to put them in, and complete your gift. These come from the HomeJamesArt.etsy.com store. Which is something I think is pretty neat about Jane.com they feature home based businesses.

Need new sheets, towels, home accessories? I checked out wayfair.com briefly this morning and although their are some very high end and pricey items there are also a great selection of good quality items at economical prices. They have daily deals and a good clearance selection that you might want to keep an eye on if you are wanting a great deal of something for your home. Sign up for wayfair.com emails and get a 10% off code.

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Snapshot Thursdays: Wild Hair

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book quoteLast week the book “In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day: How To Survive & Thrive When Opportunity Roars” arrived from paperbackswap. Look at the quote on the back cover! It made me want to stop and read it right then. I am on the second chapter right now and this is already turning into a book I want all my friends to borrow and read.

hot huez

My daughter saw a friends hair with these Hot Huez colors in it and decided to use some of her spending money from chores to buy herself two sets.

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Here is what her first try with Hot Huez looked like. We quickly learned that if you are going to put it that close to your face you need to set it with hairspray as the instructions tell you too. The pink ended up on her face like a blush.  The strands she did further from her face however didn’t seem to come off on her face.

Later on in the week I did pick her up a can of hairspray (this is the brand I bought max hold and aerosol)  while I was out and she tried it again and it did stop the color from getting on her face.

The great part about Hot Huez is it lets kids experiment with crazy hair colors without it being permanent as it washes out in your next shower. These would be a great addition to an Easter basket for a teenager.

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There are still a few boots left for just $19.99 at Cents of Style. Boots are one thing you can put away for next fall as chances are your feet are not going to grow. The clearance section also has several other great finds including jewelery and accessories.

Spring got your allergies acting up? Try out a free sample of Allegra Allergy.

Warmer weather got you wanting a cool drink? Become a Jamba Insider and you will have a coupon for $1 off emailed to you after sign up.

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Snapshot Thursdays: Family Vacation

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Downtown ChicagoDuring our winter weekend away my husband told me he had a 3 day weekend following my birthday and told me I could pick any where I wanted to go. I chose Chicago.

We have lived just hours away from Chicago for almost 13 years now and only visited the windy city once. I had so much fun on that trip, I wanted to go again.

Chicago did not disappoint we had AMAZING weather. The first warm weekend of the year with above average highs.

Yes, traffic was horrible, and  we did have a disappointing visit to the Shed Aquarium that consisted of a 2hr wait to get in only to discover the aquarium is so small it only takes about an hour to see the general admission areas. However we didn’t let those things put a damper on the rest of the weekend.

We tried out Chicago hot dogs and loved them. We tried out Chicago deep dish pizza and loved it. We also did a few more things than just eat.

field museumOn Saturday we visited the Field museum it had some excellent exhibits but my favorite part was the architecture of the building itself, with its ornate ceilings, archways and columns.

chicago waterfrontSunday morning I woke up and noticed right away how beautiful the weather was. As soon as the children and hubby were up I suggested we go on a family walk together. My husband suggested the lakeside around the Shed aquarium we planned to visit that day. It was a great suggestion, and a highlight of the trip for me. Being born and raised on an Island there is just something about water that soothes my soul.

The weekend went so fast but was so much fun. With our eldest being 19 now I know the years of family vacations with all 5 of us are rapidly coming to an end. The years went so fast.

Where do you like to travel together as a family?

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Terri Blackstock’s Truth Stained Lies (moonlighters series book 1) is just $2.99 on Kindle right now and the second book in the series is just $4.27.  (price can change any time so make sure to check it before you buy)

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Craftsy is having a Spring Blowout Sale on select knitting and crochet kits. These kits include the pattern and all the yarn you need to make it. The yarn in these kits are from high quality brands. They are also selling just yarn.

View the knitting kits here

View the crochet kits here

View the Yarn here

  Click the image and head over to enter the Duraflame Rest & Relax with stax® Giveaway for a chance to win one fire pit, duraflame stax® fire logs, 2 duraflame chairs and 2 duraflame blankets.Great way to get the backyard ready for some summer relaxing.

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Snapshot Thursday: Love, Food & Colds

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chicken pot pie with loveLast week my husband was off work before dinner time. I kindly asked him if he would mind putting together the ingredients for chicken pot pie so I could get some more blog work done. He answered sure and so I let him work away at it coming down at dinner time. This is what greeted me at the dinner table. I of course had to snap a photo of it.

SO SWEET! This is one of hundreds of things I love about my husband. Small acts like this really speak to my love language.

free moes bday mealI enjoyed so many birthday freebies last week, but my free Moe’s entree with drink purchase has to be one of my favorites. I love the close talker salad and Moe’s is one of the few places where I get a pop. They have one of those machines with all the different flavor mixes. I love the cherry vanilla coke.

our new cold medsMy son came back from his missions trip with what we thought was just a cold but soon became a fever. He was kind enough to give it to his sister. They each took a turn sleeping one whole day away followed by another where they napped frequently. I attended to them with my 3 favorite cold products. Fisherman’s Friend cough drops (taste awful but really work), Maty’s all natural vapor rub and Emergen-C. I also made sure my remaining well child kept his distance and downed an Emegen-C daily to avoid the flu.

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All jewelery is 25% off at Dayspring right now including the Lisa Leonard collection when you use the code 25JEWELERLY! at check out. These would make awesome Mother’s Day gifts, birthday gifts or….? (offer ends March 22nd)

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If you are a quilter you are going to want to check out Craftsy’s Spring Blowout  I took a few moments to look at the selections being offered and it is amazing and very extensive. Some kits are more than 1/2 price. (offer ends Monday)

Expecting or have a child in diapers? Join Pampers Rewards program and receive 100 free points toward your purchase of Pampers goods. Save money with exclusive coupons and receive a weekly, customized email, tailored to each stage of your pregnancy or your baby’s development. (click image above to join).

I often see blogs like Money Saving Mom list point codes for the Pamper Rewards program so even if you don’t use pampers you can still collect points to cash out for rewards.

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Snapshot Thursday: A Look Back

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Today is my 41st birthday. I have a pretty special post coming out to celebrate it tomorrow but, I wanted to do something for it here too. Around our house a birthday is more than a day it is more like a week. Birthday week!

I decided the best way to celebrate my birthday for Snapshot Thursdays would be to share with you 3 photos taken on 3 of my favorite moments on my 40th year of life.

(real life friends if you are not in these moments, it is because I had to pick just 3! That was really hard, so if your not in them it doesn’t mean I love you any less)

Mother's day dinner 2014What your looking at is my Mother’s Day dinner for 2014. I had a pretty awesome Mother’s Day including gifts of roses, chocolate, Starbucks gift cards and a new tea cup. We had lunch at a Mexican restaurant and I relaxed all afternoon. However my favorite part of the whole day was sitting around the table at dinner time eating sugar coated cereal. I let everyone pick their favorite type. I had Reese’s Puffs. Sugar coated cereal is a treat at our house, that my kids get only on Birthdays and at Christmas. I loved the atmosphere around the table more than the cereal though, me and my favorite peeps, laughing together.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThat is me reading UNstuff (good book by the way) in the park. The picture was taken by my husband during our anniversary date. We had such a great day. We drove to Fort Wayne had lunch at a new restaurant we wanted to try and then spent several hours right here reading side by side. We don’t often get to sit in the shade of a tree in late spring soaking up quiet and sun. It was like a piece of heaven on earth.

sitting around the campfireOur family hauled the RV out to a local campground for 10 days mid summer. One night my redhead runner friend (the one in the pic) came out with her children and we took turns going kayaking followed by an old fashioned over the fire pit wiener roast.  Such a simple night but such an awesome one.

Looking at these three photos make me think; some of life’s best moments are found when we slow down and take time to really enjoy the people God has placed in our life. Whether it is your cereal loving children, or you fellow bookworm hubby or perhaps one of your closest friends and her crew.

Another thing I notice, none of these events cost much. Some cereal and milk, some grass, a blanket, a few pillows and good books, some hot dogs and a fire pit.

Don’t wait to enjoy your loved ones until you can afford that “big trip” or “those concert tickets”. Enjoy them right now today,  over a bowl of sugar filled cereal severed for dinner. Hmm… maybe that is what I will have for my birthday dinner tonight.

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I don’t know if we will really have cereal for dinner or not but one thing is for certain I will be using my birthday freebie coupons today. Check out my birthday freebie list to make sure you are getting your share of free food and more on your birthday.


$2.00 off any TWO (2) Right Guard Products

$5.00 off two (2) Schick Disposable Razor Pack

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Snapshot Thursdays:

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pillow hubbyMy husband was gone visiting his parents last week. I often have troubles falling and staying asleep when he is gone, but not last week. I figured out my problem is that the bed seems too big when he isn’t there and it throws my sleep patterns off for some reason. So I created pillow hubby to take up the space where my husband usually sleeps and I slept just fine.

Of course my kids and I had all sorts of fun making jokes about pillow hubby/dad all week. We claimed “Dad wasn’t feeling all there” so he had to stay in bed all week.

kids playing gamesSights like these warm a mother’s heart except for this one thing….the child in orange is using playing a board game with his sister to get out of doing homework.

These two will play the odd game together now and then…but when an odd game turns to a game-a-thon that lasts all Saturday afternoon, there is usually procrastination involved somewhere.  I am not really sure how to tackle this one, seeing them get along and interact is great, however facing a evening crammed with homework that could have been done at a leisurely pace early in the week; not so fun.

my water bottleMy healthy habit focus goal for March & April is to drink more water. That includes carrying a water bottle with me when ever I leave the house. This is proving to be more difficult  to remember than I thought, but I am managing to remember about 50% of the time so far and am hoping to improve as time goes on.

Do you carry a water bottle with you? If so what type do you use?

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I couldn’t find 3 deals to share today so I instead want to share with you one coupon site that offers a fair amount of coupons for natural cleaning products, organic and gluten free foods, as well as vitamins. It is called hopster.

Another great feature of hopster is that you can boost the value of the coupon by completing simple activities like watching videos, taking polls or liking on Facebook.

Go ahead and press the arrows to slide through the carousel and see all the great coupons hopster is currently offering.

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Snapshot Thursdays: A Birthday, A Candle & A Good Mail Day

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thomas 19th bdayOn Valentine’s day my eldest child turned 19! Yikes! It was kind of a downer of a birthday. Not because we didn’t try, it was just that the crazy Indiana weather didn’t agree with us that day.

We were going to go to a neighboring town to celebrate at a restaurant he like but we had to turn off the main highway and head for home due to white out conditions created by blowing snow. I know it was a smart decision but it did make for a boring birthday.

We told him, once the weather gets nice again we will have a family re-do Thomas’ birthday outing.

His 12 year old sister made and decorated the cake almost all by herself this year. It is one of many things I love about my son, he is kind enough to let his sister bake and decorate a heart shape cake for him, even though he  out grew the whole Valentine’s heart birthday scene years ago.

maple & cinnamon spice candle from epantry

My second order from ePantry arrived last week. I am in love with their soy candles that are scented with essential oils. I treated myself to a Maple & Cinnamon Spice one and OH MY! It smells amazing. It makes your whole home smell like you have cookies baking. If you haven’t tried out ePantry yet you can start your account with a $10 credit by using my referral link.  I am very impressed with the customer service of this company.

a thrifty mail day mypoints & tyndale rewards

My daughter and I came home from an errand the other day to a full mail box. Three things in the pile made my thrifty heart swoon.The latest issue of fitness magazine that I got free from mycokerewards . The new Sally Clarkson book Own Your Life that I got free from Tyndale Rewards and A $25 dollar gift certificate to Panera Bread that I earned through shopping online through MyPoints.

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schoola free shipping (sized)

Right now at Schoola you can get free shipping with the code HURRY. If you have not signed up for schoola before you can also enjoy a $15 credit on your first order when you sign up through my referral link . This means that you could snag 1 to 2 pieces of clothing for your kids free right now by using your credit and the shipping code. The credit should show up in your account when you sign up (from what I understand this will show up in the checkout area). Once you are done shopping, share the news with a friend and if they shop too you will receive $15 in credit.

Schoola is an online consignment store that donates 40% of sales to schools. You can even pick the school if you want. They sell clothing for boys and girls all the way from tiny little ones to full grown teenagers.

(note I got an email last night saying the free shipping was ending soon but when I checked it early this morning it was still working, if there isn’t free shipping you should still get $15 credit)

Walk by faith combo $9.99

For today only you can get this Walk By Faith Combo from Dayspring for just $9.99. It includes a mug, journal and perpetual calendar set. Set it aside for a birthday gift or Mother’s Day.

Enter to win a trip for two to Paris.

  • One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a five-day, four-night trip for two to Paris, France. The prize includes round-trip airfare and airport transfers and deluxe hotel accommodations.
  • Thirteen WEEKLY WINNERS will receive an Oscillo Travel Prize Pack—one box of Oscillococcinum 6 Dose, a signature red Oscillo scarf, and an official Oscillo luggage tag.
  • All sweepstakes participants will receive one $2 OFF Oscillococcinum coupon with every entry.

 

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Snapshot Thursdays: Why I Can’t Be Trusted With Plastic Cups

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By sharing today’s photos  I am hoping to find at least a few fellow klutzy soul mates out there who can share in my pain and benefit from my findings. The rest of you can all just laugh, well actually klutzy people can too, it is okay, I have totally been there and done that (America’s Funniest Home Videos is full of people just like me).

water glassThis is the type of glass I drink out of at home. Not only does it hold a lot of liquid but it is also very heavy and thus hard to tip over. That second fact, is the main reason I use it all the time. I might be 40 but I still have not out grown spilling my milk, or water, or in the case of last weekend when my husband and I enjoyed a weekend getaway, cranberry juice.

Cranberry juice on the hotel wall, cranberry juice on the hotel couch, cranberry juice on the hotel floor. And this spillage happened at 7 am in the morning while my cleaning expert hubby was still sleeping in the bedroom of our hotel suite.

I blame it on the flimsy plastic hotel cup. I swear I barely touched the thing and wham it was everywhere.

I blotted, I rinsed, I blotted some more. I apparently blotted so hard it woke my husband up who was sleeping in the other room.

spot shotHe immediately sent me to the grocery store across the street for carpet stain remover. I picked up Spot Shot, and a Starbucks caramel macchiato with a sippy cup style lid (those are great for us 40 yr old klutzy people) ran back to the hotel room and watched my hubby work magic on the stain. The stain was gone is seconds.

Man that stuff really works! (warning though it does have a strong chemically odor to it).

If you love knowing your not the only quirky couple out there then you will enjoy reading The Antelope In The Living Room just as much as I am. I picked it up last week when I saw it free on kindle through instagram (I follow Melanie Shankle and she mentioned it there). I am only a few pages in but already have laughed so hard that my husband shushed me, because he was trying to enjoy his own book next to me on the couch.

So make me feel better. What has your klutzy side split?

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$1.00 off SPOT SHOT Instant Carpet Stain Remover
 Try out the power of Spot Shot for yourself on your worst carpet stains & enjoy $1 off.


Win a trip to New Your City and enjoy a $1 any glade product coupon by signing up and answering 4 short questions.

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Craftsy offers is now offering a incredible line of free eGuides  (PDF format that can be downloaded to your computer and viewed at your convenience). These would be great for those of you wanting to pursue a new craft or perhaps improve your skills in a craft you already enjoy. There are also a few that might help you with you home business. Homeschoolers, the drawing ones would be excellent resources for art class.

Photography
eGuide: Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials
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eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas
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Paper Crafts
eGuide: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects
Drawing
eGuide: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer
Painting
eGuide: Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor
Gardening
eGuide: Success With Container Gardening
Woodworking
eGuide: Woodturning Basics for Beginners

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Snapshot Thursday: The Humbled Life

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Snapshot Thursdays 3 pictures from my week to give you a peek into my daily lifeWelcome to Snapshot Thursdays. Please join me on  Instagram  to see more pictures I share all week long.

me and my hatSee that hat on my head? Well I wore it during an entire walking workout on the treadmill at the Y last week. There I was in a tank top and capris, walking at a good pace on the treadmill my kindle paperwhite in hand reading $10 Great Dates all the while unknowingly sporting my black fleece hat. I didn’t find out until I saw it in the mirror as I was getting bundled up to go outside again. Needless to say I ended up leaving the gym red faced not from my workout but from embarrassment.

(oh and $10 Great Dates is such a great book. I gleaned so many great tips for new frugal date ideas from it)

christmas stuff still outHere it is mid February and I still have a piece of our Christmas decorations out. I have passed this Christmas colored vase filled with Christmas glass decorations for weeks now and still have not gotten around to putting it away. Good thing is I am working on decluttering this room during this month’s 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home so surly in a week or two this will finally be put away.

my plantsThis is an embarrassing trait of mine, that right now has an ending I am pretty proud of (but that could change). I am a well known plant killer among my group of friends. Seriously stories of my brown thumb circulate around parties. However, this picture is proof that I can keep plants alive (well at least so far I have). These plants are now several years old and still thriving. Sometimes the ivy type one looks like it is about to die but then I just water it well and it pops right back up. I got these plants at Aldi of all places.

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Craftsy

Craftsy is having a big Valentine’s Day sell offering All their online classes for 50% off. What skill have you been wanting to learn? Photography? Knitting? Sewing? Cake Decorating? learn in from Craftsy high quality video instruction. The 50% off sale ends Monday February 16th.

I Heart Macy's giveaway

You could win one of 20 $50 gift cards to macys. Just hop on over and enter.

If you have never used YORK photo before you can get 60 free prints for just the cost of shipping (shipping starts at $3.75) when you enter the code YOURSIXTY . I used YORK photo a few months ago for the first time and was very impressed with how easy it was to get around their site and how quick their service was. I got the poster I made in just a few days.  Click here ( or any words in blue) to go to YORK photo to claim you deal.

Some other great deals YORK photo has available currently for new customers are

8X8 Custom Softcover Photo Book  for only $1.99 using promo code YOURBOOK (shipping starts at $2.99)

Custom Fleece Blanket for $20 using promo code BLANKET (shipping $6.99 on first blanket $1.99 on additional blankets)

Custom $1 11×14 Designer Poster using promo code POSTER (shipping starts at $2.99) I made one of these up using this deal and really like it.

Receive 40 Prints FREE plus pay 4¢ for 4×6 Prints using promo code FOURPRINT (shipping 1 to 5 prints .99 cents)

Receive FREE Shipping on Orders of $20 or More  using promo code FREE

You can only use one code on your first order at YORK photo, but there certainly are a lot of great ones to choose from.  A lot of the different options would make great gifts, and you could send a a screen picture of your creation to your loved one and on Valentine’s day telling them it is in the mail and made with love for them.

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