Awesome CVS Gift Card Deal

For those of you who haven’t signed up at SaveMore before (or if you have an additional email address that you haven’t used yet), there is an awesome deal today: a $10 CVS gift card for $5!

This is great to have on hand to use in conjunction with coupons and ECBs to really pay little out of pocket. You’ll also get a $1 credit for signing up, though I don’t think that can be used toward this deal. It’s still an awesome price, though!

When I was younger, my family would often travel from Maryland to Virginia to visit my great-aunt (is that what your grandmother’s sibling is called??). She lived on a farm, and she boarded horses, which meant that we got to ride them. It was a blast, and I think that’s what developed my love of horses. And, of course, I got to help take care of them with their many pieces of horse equipment. Good memories. I’d love to get a horse someday.

Wal-Mart Gift Card Giveaway

I’ll admit it — I’m not a big Star Wars fan. That probably doesn’t surprise most of you. My husband and brothers, however, are. I remember we went to a midnight showing of one of the movies that came out a few years ago (and I can’t remember which one), and I think I MIGHT have made it through the first line or two that scrolled down the screen at the beginning before I fell asleep. Haha.

The Star Wars saga is now out on Blu-ray and to celebrate, General Mills is putting images from the movies on the backs of some of the boxes of their cereal. One of my readers will win three boxes of cereal (Honey Nut Cheerios®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch® and Lucky Charms®) to create their own Star Wars panorama and a $25 Wal-Mart gift card.

How to enter:
1. Leave a comment sharing which General Mills cereal is your favorite.
2. The giveaway ends at 11 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 29.
3. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond.

Extra entries:
1. Write a blog post about this giveaway and link back to it — 5 entries
2. Tweet about this giveaway — Win a $25 Wal-Mart gift card from @cadifi http://bit.ly/qcpCHI
(please leave either your twitter ID or the url of your tweet in your comment) — 1 entry a day

Pleave one comment per entry, i.e., five comments for a blog post, one comment per tweet. Remember to come back every day and enter to increase your chance of winning!

This giveaway is sponsored by General Mills through MyBlogSpark. I was given a gift pack for this giveaway.

Quick Flyer Giveaway

How about a quick giveaway? It’s time to start thinking about holiday cards (which is hard to do, I know, when it’s 80 degrees outside in mid-October as it is here in Georgia). I LOVE sending holiday cards. It’s a great way to show off my family, and a good excuse to get a good family picture taken.

However, making personalized holiday cards can get expensive, especially if you have a long list of people to send them to. There are a ton of printing companies to choose from online, and one that I recently was introduced to was UPrinting. They do flyer printing, and I think their club flyers would be perfect for holiday cards. One of my readers will win 250 flyers from UPrinting on either 4.25″ x 5.5″ or 4″ x 6″
14pt cardstock gloss. There is a 3 business day turnaround and free shipping.

Restriction: Limited to US residents 18 years old and above only.

How to enter:
1. Leave a comment sharing what you would use your flyers for if you win.
2. The giveaway ends at 11 p.m. EST on Thursday, Sept. 20.
3. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond.

Extra entries:
1. Write a blog post about this giveaway and link back to it — 5 entries
2. Tweet about this giveaway — Win a Fiber One gift pack from @cadifi http://bit.ly/qcpCHI
(please leave either your twitter ID or the url of your tweet in your comment) — 1 entry a day
3. Like UPrinting on Facebook — 1 entry
4. Follow UPrinting on Twitter — 1 entry

Pleave one comment per entry, i.e., five comments for a blog post, one comment per tweet. Remember to come back every day and enter to increase your chance of winning!

This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting. No monetary compensation was given, and I will receive flyers for hosting. For more information about flyers, please visit UPrinting.com.

Snake in a Car

Think of the one thing you wouldn’t want to happen to you when you’re driving. That one thing that would send me over the edge is exactly what happened to me this morning.

I headed out early to Douglas County to cover the Board of Commissioners’ work session. We were done in an hour, and I headed back home, hoping to get a lot accomplished. I hit Paulding County and was singing along with the radio when I felt something on my ankle. I moved my ankle but could still feel something on it, so I glanced down to take a look.

And, wrapped around my ankle was a SNAKE. Seriously, people. A SNAKE in my CAR. Luckily, I was nearing a subdivision where there was a turning lane, so I swerved over, kicking my leg to dislodge the snake. When I got it off my ankle, I tried to figure out how to stop my car without touching the brake because OHMYGOSHTHERE’SASNAKEINMYCARWHATIFITTOUCHESMEAGAIN!

I managed to hit the brake, put the car in park and jump out. At that point, the snake was slithering up my seat. Of course, in my attempt to get out of my Mustang as fast as I could, I left the car running and the door open. The snake had wound its way under the driver’s seat and had stuck its head out from underneath, looking at me as if it was taunting me with, “Ha ha! I’ve taken over your car!” Because it had. It totally had. I was too freaked out to try to reach in and turn the ignition off.

I called Joe and was so hysterical that he couldn’t understand anything I was saying. Hysterical because there was a SNAKE in my CAR. He finally calmed me down, and I called 911. I’m sure the dispatcher who answered my car got a good laugh out of the woman who needed someone to come get the snake out of her car. I was assured that the next available sheriff’s deputy would be en route.

Before calling 911, I had tried to flag down passing motorists to see if anyone could help, especially those who drove by in trucks. No one stopped. But, as I was standing on the side of the road waiting, two men approached me. I had seen them pass, and they had stopped just a ways up and walked down to help me and wait with me until the deputy arrived.

When the deputy got there, he got out his trusty flashlight and began checking out my car. Two checks later, no snake was found. He acted like I had made the whole thing up (because, really, who DOESN’T make up a story about a snake wrapping themselves around her ankle while she was driving), especially when I said that it was around my ankle. When something like that happens, you don’t forget the feeling. EVER. I think I will always have the heebiejeebies.

I somehow got enough courage to get in my car and drive back to Cartersville, where Joe met me at the police department to clean out my car and examine it more thoroughly. And, we may have discovered where the snake came from. My car is missing the undercarriage on both sides, so the engine is exposed. Our theory is that the snake crawled up into the engine for warmth and then through the exposed area into the car and onto my ankle. My next plan is to get an estimate on the cost of replacing the undercarriages but, until then, I have moth balls taped to both sides of my car.

I don’t know how long it will be until I can get in my car without fear of a snake lurking by, but hopefully those moth balls will keep the snakes away.

iPod Accessories

I love looking for new Ipod accessories. I love my iPhone, and I would love to have better ways to utilize it. For example, I want to get a cord to connect it to my TV so we can watch videos we take or TV shows and movies that we download on the big screen.

I also want to get an under-the-counter iHome for the kitchen. It would take up less space than the iHome we have on the counter, and there’s less of a chance of anything getting on it. Then, we could either move that iHome into our room or Lucy’s room, since she’s getting Joe’s old iPod Touch. If we move it into our room, it would be nice to get an iHome for Lucy’s room as well so we can play her music in there on it.