Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Organizing Challenge Week 10: Organize Your Magazines and Newspapers!

This is a great week for me. Know why? We subscribe to exactly 0 magazines and 0 newspapers.

However. We get one magazine (Parents) and one newspaper (neighborhood local).

I'm not sure why we get Parents, no one has admitted to giving us a subscription and I'm not getting charged for it. When it shows up I throw it directly into the recycling bin, it never even comes in the house.

The local paper I bring in, glance through it then throw it in our newspaper bin for fire starting purposes. If that's full, into the recycling.

Boom. Done.

What are your methods for organizing magazines and newspapers?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Giveapalooza day 4! Headbands and bowties! Oh My!

Well, here we are at day 4, the last day of my week-o-giveaways. it's been a good time. Today's giveaway is fantastic, if I do say so myself.

Today's winner will get their choice of a headband or bowtie from Jules and Nora! This is an awesome etsy shop. Here's M sporting her memorial day outfit and headband from Jules and Nora.

The winner will get to choose any of the following headbands or bowties!

How adorable are these? If you don't have kids, enter anyway, I bet you know someone who has kids who love a surprise gift like this!

Enter using the rafflecopter widget below! Good luck! Remember you have to comment to win!

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Giveapalooza day 3! Full-size L'BRI Facial Masque!

Woohoo! we are going strong with giveapalooza this week! Today's prize is AWESOME.

A few months ago I started selling L'BRI products. They are aloe-based, natural skin care and cosmetics. I LOVE these products, people. Love them. One of my favorite products is their facial masque. If you want to try them you can go here and order a free sample! This stuff is amazing, my skin is softer than it has ever been.

Well, today I am going to give away a FULL-SIZED bottle of this stuff! You guys, it's amazing. It tightens and refreshes my face like almost nothing else.

Enter using the widget below! Remember you MUST comment for your entries to count!

a Rafflecopter giveaway The winner of the first giveaway this week is...Shan! Shan I'll FB you to get you your $5 amazon gift card!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Giveapalooza day 2! Full-sized meal planning pad!

Hey! I hope you all got to enter yesterday's giveaway, you've still got time to go here and enter to win a $5 Amazon gift card if you didn't! (The widget is working now too!)

Today, I'm giving away something from my etsy shop (which is currently in need of some love). A full-sized meal planning pad! With space for 3 meals a day, a Target list and a grocery list (because really, who doesn't need to hit Target as well) I use this sheet every week and it's helped my family cut down on eating out by a LOT.

This pad is printed out on 8.5x11 paper, bound with notepad adhesive and backed with cardboard (from cereal boxes, I'm all about the recycling, y'all) There are 55 sheets so it should last you an entire year.

If you don't win, but you still want one, you can go here and buy one! Use the code GIVEAPALOOZA for 10% off.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Giveapalooza Day 1! Amazon Gift Card!

Today we kick things off with a snazzy little $5 Amazon gift card! Hey, start small, dream big.

Enter below using the rafflecopter widget!

ETA: Apparently the rafflecopter widget isn't working quite right, so leave your entries in the comments and I'll straighten everything out.

You get 1 entry for leaving a comment, 2 entries for liking lifeallaround on Facebook,  1 entry for following @dmallaround on twitter and1 entry for tweeting about the giveaway. Only the first entry is mandatory!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

What have I been up to??

What have I been up to? Well, in the months since my thesis-induced blogging break, I've accomplished a lot! And so have the kids. And Nick too.

The big one: I wrote my thesis. (Actually it's called a capstone and is more work than a thesis)
We painted the kitchen cabinets.
We got a start on painting the kitchen walls.
I installed new bookshelves in C's room.

M sat up
M pulled up
M stands
M crawls all over the damned place
I am exhausted

N is headed to Michigan for the national curling tournament with some other guys from his club.

I pretty much have just been writing and painting, frankly. But I'm really in love with my new kitchen! It's not quite finished, but it's getting there.

Now, for the big stuff. I have FOUR giveaways for this week! Starting tomorrow i will have a giveaway a day for the rest of the week.
There's something for everyone, gift cards, skincare, paper products, and something for the little ones too!

So come back daily for a chance to win! Everyday!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Organizing Challenge Week 9: Organize your Files

Welcome back! We are on week 9 of the organizing challenge, while I took a long break, (seriously, I'm never going back to school again), I'm excited to get back into this, especially since this week is a great week for me.

Our files need some serious love. I married my opposite. I am anti-hoarder, he likes to keep paperwork.

We have a file of all our passports, ss cards, etc in our fire box I bought for week 5. But the rest? It needs some help.

So that's where we are! I need to make a list of what kind of files we need. What kinds of files do you keep?


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