Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tassimo Winner!!!

Priscilla said...
I follow tassimo on FB.

Congrats Priscilla I will be contacting you via the email you left and you have 48 hours to respond. 
Thank you for all of the entries and I look forward to having more reviews and giveaways in 2011.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tassimo T20 Review and Giveaway!!!

I recently received the Tassimo T20 to review and offer a giveaway. I was so excited to be able to get the opportunity to review such a new and stylish machine. But I was much more excited to be able to offer a GIVEAWAY of this awesome machine to one of my readers.

The Tassimo T20 retails for about $129.99 and is small and compact which uses less counterspace. The Tassimo T20 can make coffee, tea, cappuccino, latte, crema, espresso and hot cocoa, all in about 60 seconds. It has a water tank on the back of the brewer that you can keep filled so you have the convenience of a fresh cup of coffee whenever you want. The Tassimo T20 uses T Discs that you insert to allow you to get a single serving of beverage. Tassimo offers more than 40 beverage and flavor varieties to satisfy everyone - from 13 distinctive beverage brands, including Milka, Gevalia, Maxwell House and Settle's Best Coffee. Tassimo even satisfies your coffee-house coffee cravings with a great variety of Starbucks brands - including New Cappuccino Primo and Latte Primo. The brewer reads the T Disc which has a bar code on it and knows exactly what it is making.

My husband used the machine far more than I did as I am not much of a coffee drinker. He LOVES this machine, he has posted on his Facebook page daily about his love for this machine.  He thought that the Cappuccino's tasted just like Starbuck's and had no complaints. We bought the Hot Chocolate T Discs and enjoyed hot chocolate this past Sunday during a blizzard. The kids thought it was pretty cool. 

Overall, our family has all enjoyed this brewer and I believe that it would be a perfect Christmas present for the coffee drinker in your life!

Tassimo is giving away one brewer to one lucky reader! This is limited to US only. I will provide the winner's information to Tassimo and they will ship the brewer directly to the winner.

To enter you MUST follow Finding Blessings in Everyday Life through Google Friend Connect. (you can do that on the right sidebar). You must leave a comment letting me know that you follow and that comment needs to include an email address so that if you are the winner I can contact you and let you know.

Extra entries:
Follow Finding Blessings in Everyday Life on Facebook (one entry)
Follow @FindingBlessing on Twitter (one entry)
Follow Tassimo on Facebook, post on their wall that you were sent there by me (remember to come back and leave a comment to enter the giveaway) (2 entries)
Follow Tassimo on Twitter (one entry)
Blog about the giveaway and link back to Finding Blessings in Everyday Life (8 entries)
Suggest your friends to follow Finding Blessings on Facebook if they follow and post who sent them on the wall you get an extra entry!

Giveaway ends December 28th at 11:59pm at which time I will use to select the winner. The winner will be notified via the email address left in the comment. Winner has 48 hours to respond otherwise a new winner will be selected. 

Disclaimer: I was sent one Tassimo T20 and 2 boxes of  T Discs to review, no monetary compensation was received. The opinions are completely mine and my families with no other influence. Others opinions may differ from ours.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


With the holidays being here I am sure you all are as busy as I am. I am so happy that we have gotten so many enteries into the Tassimo T-20 giveaway.
I have some upcoming reviews and giveaways coming and I hope you will come back and check them out!
Happy Holidays from the bottom of my heart!

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Using Random Generator....with 54 entries....the winner is....#2!
Wendy B said...
I LIKE Finding Blessings on Facebook :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

PetCakes Review and Giveaway *US Only

Are these not the cutest little puppies you've ever seen? They are soft and colorful and beyond adorable! My daughter fell in love with all four of them the moment that I opened the box.  She has taken them to school with her everyday and plays with them all evening at home.  She talks to them, loves on them and plays with them.
PetCakes would be an awesome gift for Christmas, birthdays and Valentines Day. They would be perfect for reward gifts possibly for good grades or good behavior.

PetCakes Series 1 features these cozy collectibles puppies, for ages 3 and up. They are sold individually; each has a suggested retail price of $13.99. PetCakes are available at (online only, not in stores),, and specialty stores.

PetCakes Series 1 is made up of these sweet puppies:

Randy Candy™ is a lovable mutt, scampering around playfully and taking long naps in his cupcake wrapper. Randy Candy is topped with tasty frosting and a cherry.

Blueberry Buddy™ is a Shar Pei who acts tough for his size but is a loving push over who’s as sweet as the blueberry frosting on his head. When sleepy, Blueberry Buddy cozies up in his own cupcake wrapper.
Twinkle Sprinkles™ is a playful, loving, and mischievous Beagle, whose colorful pink sprinkled frosting top looks good enough to eat! Twinkle Sprinkles likes to yelp when happy and sleep in her cupcake wrapper where her nose stays nice and toasty.
Coco-Coconut™ is a fluffy poodle with a loving side that is as sweet as a frosted cupcake. Cuddle Coco-Coconut and keep her cozy in her cupcake wrapper.

WellMade Toy Manufacturing Company has generously offered one reader 2 PetCakes of the company's choosing.

 Mandatory Entry: you must follow me on GFC and simply leave me a comment (make sure you leave a valid email address so that I can contact you) below telling me which PetCake is your favorite.

Extra entries:
Follow me on Twitter (1entry)
Like Finding Blessings on Facebook(1entry)
Blog about this giveaway on your blog (5 entries)
Tweet about the giveaway once daily -comment letting me know you did so (1 entry daily)

This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM on December 15th. The winner will be selected via and I will notify the winner via email. They will have 48 hours to claim their prize otherwise I will select a new winner. WellMade Toy Manufacturing Company will send the 2 PetCakes to the winner.

I received no financial compensation for this post. I did receive 4 PetCakes to review and form my own opinion of the products. The opinions are my own and others opinions may differ from mine.

Wilton Pops in a Post Blogger Contest

I love to bake. I love making special little treats for my family. With that being said I am also a very busy Mom. I wish I had more time to bake. When I found out that Wilton was having a Bloggers Pops in a Post Contest that I had to join. I was so pleasantly surprised when I received an email telling me that I was one of the first 40 entries and that my package would be arriving soon.
And let me tell you it arrived soon...I literally received it that afternoon!
When I opened the box I was so excited to receive all of this:
YES! All of that awesomeness in one box! I felt like I had just had Christmas! I immediately grabbed the Pops! Sweets on a Stick book and just sat amazed at all the cool stuff that they had made out of cake (made into cakeballs) and brownies (made into browniepops). I knew that I had a challenge set out ahead of me to come up with something original and creative. I had all intentions of doing this project around or before the New Year however as I stated here we had some sickies in our house. So after all of that cleared up I set out to work on my project.

Honestly I laid in bed thinking about what in the world I was going to create. My husband laughed at my "baby your a firework" idea so that was pitched. (I am certain that it would have been the winner though. Wilton hit me up I will be glad to share it with you.LOL)

I decided on "Just BEE-cause"...

The "grass" is made up of browniepops, the bee is a cakeball and the flowers are cookiepops. Oh these were so fun to make and yes they did require a little bit of work but it was totally worth it. I felt like the idea in my mind came out in the end product and I am now ready to move on to making more pops!

I started out with the browniepops as it seemed logical in my mind to start with the "grass". So I made the brownies according to the package and then used the handy dandy browniepops mold that was included in my package and baked for around 25 minutes, after letting them cool completely I popped them right out!

They are the cutest little things! And super easy to get out of the mold. After letting them chill for a few hours I melted some green candy melts and started inserting the sticks. After inserting the sticks I again chilled the pops before I began dipping them in the candy melts. I then let them set up and they were done!

While things were cooling or chilling I did continue working just with a different part of the project.

Next I made a vanilla party sprinkle cake according to the directions on the box. I cooked it and let it cool for about 5 minutes and then cut it in half and put half in a bowl and started crumbling it. I then added 1/2 a cup of buttercream frosting and mixed that all up with my hands just kneading it all together. I then put that mixture in the freezer and let it freeze for 30 minutes and then took it out and made it into small cakeballs. After the making the cakeballs I again froze the cakeballs however this time for about 2 hours. There is no need to worry freezing the cakeballs it helps keep the shape and makes them easier to work with. After the cakeballs were ready I melted the yellow candy melts and inserted the sticks and again let them freeze for about 30 minutes and then dipped them into the yellow candy melts and let them set up. After they were completely set up I then added the details of my bee. Using edible markers I added the stripes, face and butt. I then added the wings and antenna's using brown sprinkles and pink candy triangles. I seriously heart these lil bee's, as did Olivia she would not stop talking about them.
The flowercookies were made using a simple roll out cookie recipe and then put into the cookie pan. The sticks were added before putting the pan in the oven and they cooked that way. After the cookies were done and had cooled about 5 minutes I gently loosened them and they released when I picked them up. I then let them cool completely before decorating. I used the rest of the buttercream frosting to decorate the cookies.
And that is how my project was made. I really did have a blast making the POPS! All of them the cakepops, browniepops and cookiepops. I hope that you all will try it out yourselves the possibilities are endless!
Here are a few more pics of my "Just BEE-cause" project:

I want to thank Wilton's of the opportunity to participate in this contest and I wish everyone good luck.

I was sent some products that I used to participate in this event however I did purchase some of the products used on my own. I did not receive any other compensation and am entered into a contest to win a $500 Visa gift card or 1 or 9 $100 Visa gift cards. My opinions are my own yours may differ.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010


At Christmas time it seems we all think more about "giving". Be it to the Red Kettles that are outside every store or donating a toy to a less fortunate kid. As a couponer, or dealseeker I often try to get extra of the freebies to donate to foodbanks. But honestly there are charities out there that need us more then just during the holiday season. can definately help out for those looking to donate throughout the year. It is pretty simple actually. Go here and sign up for a new account. You will automatically be given $5.00 in your account. You can use this to donate to one of the charities that is near and dear to you. They have made it extremely simple to donate the money. You simply add the charity to your foundation and then you can distribute the money amongst the different charities in your foundation. The hardest part I had was not having enough money to give to all the charities that I wanted to. However, you can add funds to your foundation or you can shop to earn money for your foundation. You can shop over 400 retail shops and earn up to 15% back.

Signing up for is completely free, there is no cost to you or the charities.  All of the charities must be registered with the IRS and you can easily manage your donations through one account and receive one tax receipt at the end of the year.

What are you waiting for....go sign up and start helping out a charity!

As a member of One2One, I have not been compensated for my review however I have been entered into a giveaway for the opportunity to attend Blissdom. My opinions are 100% my own, others might disagree.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

NBC's "Community" Christmas Episode

Do you watch NBC's Community? It is on Thursday at 8PM EST/7PM CST. This is a comedy about a group of misfits that attend Greendale Community College.
At the center of the group is Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, "The Soup"), a fast-talking lawyer whose degree has been revoked. With some help from his fellow classmates, Winger forms a study group that eventually learns more about themselves than their course work. 
Also among the series stars who comprise the group are: comedy legend Chevy Chase ("Chuck") as Pierce, a man whose life experience has brought him infinite wisdom; Gillian Jacobs ("The Book of Daniel") as Britta, the 20-something dropout with something to prove; Yvette Nicole Brown ("Rules of Engagement") as Shirley, a sassy middle-aged divorcée; Danny Pudi ("Greek") as Abed, a pop culture junkie; Alison Brie ("Mad Men") as Annie, a high-strung perfectionist; Donald Glover ("30 Rock") as Troy, a former high school football star trying to find his way, and Ken Jeong ("The Hangover") as Señor Chang.
 in this special stop motion animation episode, the meaning of Christmas is lost and Abed's intense fixation on Christmas concerns the group.
When Abed (Danny Pudi) wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) become growingly concerned about Abed's mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan (John Oliver). The group undergoes hypnosis to explore Abed's winter wonderland and soon unravel the truth behind Abed’s madness. Chevy Chase, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, and Ken Jeong also star.

I absolutely LOVED this show! I have never watched it before but will certainly be watching it from now on. I loved the comedy of the show and in this episode I love how the characters are helping a friend find the "meaning" of Christmas. This is definately an episode that you and your family can watch together and really enjoy the show plus have the opportunity to discuss with your children the "meaning" of Christmas.
If you watch the show I would love to hear your thoughts!!!

Disclosure: As a member of One2One Network I received the opportunity to preview the episode and write a review.  I am entered into a drawing to win prizes however the review is my honest opinion. Others opinions may differ.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Kathryn the Grape- Just Like Magic! Book Review

I had the opportunity to review Kathryn the Grape-Just Like Magic! This wonderful book was written by Kathryn Cloward and Jody Duhamal. We have had this book for a couple weeks and this has become a favorite of my daughter Olivia's.

This is a story about a little girl, Kathryn, who has a magic butterfly named Maggie, who has a magic wand and she gives Kathryn one also. Maggie teaches Kathryn to pay attention to how she is supposed to  use and share her magic with others. Kathryn uses the wand at night to scare away monsters from under her bed, she uses it when she is scared or nervous and even uses it to help a friend. The wand can not be used for not so good things as it will not work.
Kathryn uses the wand when she decides to play on the softball team. It helps her overcome her fear and play softball terrific.
In the end Kathryn discovers that the magic is really inside of her and that everyone can be magical.

This is a cute book that I believe all kids will love.  It has a wonderful message that everyone is special and with a message like that it invites a wonderful conversation with your child.

I received a copy of Kathryn the Grape-Just Like Magic! for review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, December 3, 2010

I am Featured on Friendly Friday Bloghop!!!

I am so grateful to be featured on the Friendly Friday Bloghop. Thanks for the opportunity guys!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Print New Coupons

Don't forget that it is a new month and you can get new printable coupons at and  You never know when the print limit will be met so you might want to hurry over and check them out.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

12-05-2010 RedPlum Coupons!

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