Giveaway: Valentine’s Wedding Extravaganza

Welcome to the Valentines Wedding Extravaganza Event! This event is hosted by Dixieland Mom Product & Travel Reviews and So Cal Coupon Mommy and co hosted by This Mama Loves Her Bargains, Freebie Spot, Chillingly Cheap, &  Spend with Pennies.

We have some amazing prizes up for grabs! Like this gorgeous wedding gown by Alfred Angelo:

The winner will choose her size.
Another awesome prize, from Kay Jewelers is winner will get their choice of one of these wedding sets!
Also up for grabs are these amazing wedding favors available from My Wedding Favors: (Winner will get choice for up to 100 guests):
These are just a few of the choices of available wedding favors!
One lucky winner will get this beautiful Unity Ceremony Set:
One lucky bride will get her Bridal Bouquet in her choice of colors thru FTD
Also up for grabs is this awesome 16 x20 Canvas print from Easy Canvas Prints
What Great wedding Favors these would be from Candles by Nature:
Winner will receive one candle
Last but not least, One winner will receive a VISA gift Card valued at $500 and sponsored by all the amazing bloggers participating in this event!!
Entry is simple.  There are two entry forms, the Giveaway Tool for all the regular entries and the Rafflecopter for Facebook likes only.  We have to do it this way now due to Facebook restrictions on giveaways. All entries will be combined and drawn randomly via Winners will have 48 hours to respond to the winning notification email, so please add to your safe list so the email doesn’t get sent to spam if you win. If no response is received, winner will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be chosen.
Disclaimer & Rules: Giveaway is open to residents of the US age 18 and older. Void where prohibited. The participating bloggers are not responsible for shipment of prizes. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social network medium.
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Giveaway: Dream Stroller

Enter the

Dream Stroller Giveaway!

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One lucky winner will win the stroller of their dreams in this awesome giveaway!  That’s right any stroller you choose…  any brand you like, it can be with a car seat included or just the stroller.  You decide what is the best stroller!!  The winner will select a stroller from and the item will be sent to you directly from  Maximum value =  $300 including shipping charges.  US ONLY.  Must be 18 years or older.
This giveaway runs 2/1/2013 to 2/28/2013!  Good luck to all of our fans!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Thank you for entering this Stroller Giveaway!

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Fan of the Week 01/31/2013

I am excited to announce the winner of this week’s Fan of the Week!

I really appreciate each and every one of  my fans so this is way for me to show my appreciation to you!

This week’s winner will receive their choice of either a $10 Starbucks eCard or a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Our Fan of the Week is ….

Heather Morrison

Congratulations Heather!  Please send an email by clicking the link on the right within 48 hours to claim your prize!

If you didn’t win, don’t worry… we will be picking a new Fan of the Week next Thursday!  It’s easy to enter… just get active on our Facebook page!  Every “Like”, comment & share gets you that much closer to winning!

Thanks for being such fabulous fans!  I love hearing from you and seeing your comments on my page!

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Easy Valentines Day Treats: Sprinkle Fortune Cookies!

Easy Valentines Day Treats

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Here are some super easy Valentines Day Treats!  I love these and they are just SO quick to make and so cute that I just had to share them with you!  It took me about 10 minutes to make a whole batch of these!  I know you can make your own fortune cookies fairly easily… but not as easy as buying them at the grocery store!  :)

If you head to the Asian food aisle, you will find boxes of fortune cookies.  I got 25 for approx. $3.50 so they are not expensive and make just such an adorable treat!


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Don’t forget to check out these other great Valentine’s Day Ideas:


Sprinkle Fortune Cookies


  • 1 Box of Fortune Cookies (25pcs)
  • 1 Package of White Melts
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles


  1. Place white chocolate melts in a small bowl and microwave on 50% power
  2. Check and stir every 30 seconds until melted.
  3. Dip the fortune cookie into the chocolate
  4. Sprinkle the sprinkles over the melted chocolate (I tried dipping, it didn’t look as nice)
  5. Allow to cool on parchment paper
  6. Repeat with chocolate chips
  7. Package in treat bags or place on a plate and serve

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For the packaging, I found little treat bags at Michaels (and used my 40% off coupon of course!)!  For the topper I cut pink paper 4″x4″ and folded it in half.  I stapled it over the end of the bag and glued on foam hearts I found at the dollar store!

These don’t have to be ONLY for Valentine’s Day, you could easily change up the color of the sprinkles to change the occasion… blue and pink for a baby shower, red and green for Christmas or rainbow sprinkles for a birthday treat!!

Keep an eye on the Spend With Pennies Facebook page because I have lots more Easy Valentines Day Treats and Crafts coming up!


 This super cute Easy Valentine’s Day Treat was inspired by ePromos!

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Cupcake Baking Tips

Tip of the Day

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Be sure to add any extra tips you have in the comments below!

Here are some great tips to keep in mind next time you are baking cupcakes:

  • Do not over mix your batter, this will make your cupcakes dense & chewy
  • Bring ingredients to room temperature (including your eggs) to avoid lumpy batter
  • To fill your wells, put your batter in a Ziploc bag and snip off the corner.  This will eliminate dripping batter!
  • To ensure even baking, bake only 1 tray at a time and ensure each well has the same amount of batter
  • The best way to test for doneness is to touch the top.  If it springs back (and doesn’t leave a fingerprint), it’s ready
  • Most cakes can be made into cupcakes:
    • keep the oven temperature the same as what the recipe calls for (usually 350)
    • cut the baking time by 1/2 to 2/3
  • Fill cupcake papers 1/2 to 2/3 full with batter
  • Baking time guidelines
    • Mini Cupcakes:  8-10 minutes
    • Standard Cupcakes:  18-24 minutes
    • Jumbo Cupcakes:  24-26 minutes

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We are always looking for great tips to share with our readers on any subject!  If you have a great tip be sure to submit it here and you could be featured on our blog!  We feature tips on beauty, family, DIY, cooking, shopping and more so be sure to head over and check out our previous Tips of the Day and of course our Amazing Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe perfect for every cupcake!


Baking cupcakes tip sources:

Hello Cupcake  Howstuffworks  Joy of Cooking

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Birthday Request

Ok, I know I posted earlier about the “Birthday Kindness Experiment” because my youngest will be 9 this weekend.

Well, I got a very special request for this weekend… it included… breakfast in bed at 8:00am SHARP (love that part).

Because all my other kiddos are grown, I truly cherish these moments… and notes 😉  Had to share!  Love it!

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Slow Cooker Recipe: Tater Tot Casserole

Slow Cooker Recipe:

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There are no words for how tasty this dish is… and JUST SO EASY!

It will take you literally 5 minutes to toss into the slow cooker and you can use whatever you have on hand!!  All ingredients in this dish are optional, it’s a super way to use up whatever is in your fridge!

In today’s version, I used leftover chopped turkey from the freezer, chopped zucchini & red peppers and cream of mushroom soup.  My kids chowed down on this!  I rounded it out with a green salad and some crusty bread for a perfect meal!  You can easily use chicken, ground beef or even ham in this recipe!  The zucchini wasn’t even noticeable (to my kids)… yay, sneaky veggies!!  However, feel free to toss in whatever veggies your kids like or you have on hand..  frozen peas and carrots or broccoli would be great choices for this recipe!

Slow cookers are so amazing for those busy days but this recipe tops them all!  First it tastes awesome, second you can use what you have on hand and third it cooks in the slow cooker!!  What’s not to love!

I’ve love to hear what your version of Tater Tot Casserole is!

Tater Tot Casserole Slow Cooker Recipe
  • 1 bag of Tater Tots
  • 2 cups of cooked chicken, turkey, ham, ground beef (whatever you have on hand)
  • 2 cups of vegetables (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 can of cream of "something" soup (mushroom, chicken, celery)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever type you like best)
  • ¾ cup of mayo (I used light)
  • 1 teaspoon each onion powder and dry mustard
  1. In a bowl mix together soup, milk, cheese, mayo, onion powder and dry mustard.
  2. Set aside
  1. Pour ½ of the Tater Tots into your slow cooker
  2. Top with meat and vegetables
  3. Place the remainder of the Tater Tots on top
  4. Pour sauce mix over Tater Tots
  5. Cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 7 hours
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