Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday is Mega Swag Bucks Day!

Search & Win

Fridays are Mega Swag Bucks Day (MSBD) over at Swagbucks! This means it is the perfect time to join (if you haven't already) OR get your search on as the odds are even better for winning BIG Swag Bucks denominations!

What is it?

Swagbucks is a search engine a lot like that of Google or Yahoo. You can easily download the Swagbucks Toolbar for customized web search or you can do your searching through Swagbucks.com

To put it simply, the more you search & shop the more you can earn. For example use Swagbucks to search for the sites you have bookmarked (instead of using bookmarks), or for sites you always visit regularly like email, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc. Best yet, it's completely 100% FREE to join & use!

***Just for joining you get 30 Swag Bucks to start!***

By searching with Swagbucks you can earn points (aka various amounts of Swagbucks) to redeem for prizes including gift cards, music, sweepstakes, products, etc. Most recently, I redeemed some Swagbucks for a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. Personally, the gift cards I have to say are my favorite prizes at the Swag Store.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Shopping Exposed

Earlier I mentioned that I started my Christmas shopping online today. I gave it some thought and decided I would share with you the first present I purchased for Brian. I don't think Brian has ever took a peak at my blog so I hope it's safe to show you! If not, it's his own fault for snooping and ruining the surprise...right?! Anywho, this is what I bought for him today from CSNstores.com:
The X Rocker Black Video Rocker! I grabbed an amazing deal that I could not pass up. This Rocker is normally $89.99 but I got it for $39.99... 56% off!!! I hope he likes it! I know he points them out all the time when he spots them in a store but never actually says he wants one...so we will just have to wait and see!

But CSNstores.com is great, I will definitely be purchasing more from CSNstores.com in the future. They really do have something for everyone, from a suitcase to a glass aquarium table...they have it all. I will definitely keep you all informed of my upcoming experiences with CSNstores.com. If you haven't checked out their 200+ stores yet...what are you waiting for?

$50 Gift Certificate to Glencara Giveaway ends 11/15

Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House is hosting a great giveaway for a $50 Gift Certificate to Glencara. Glencara specializes in Claddagh & Celtic Rings and Jewelry since 1978, like this one:The giveaway ends on 11/15 11:59pm EST. Don't miss out...click HERE to enter!

The Christmas Shopping Has Begun!

Settling into the new place has not been as easy and quick as I was hoping. But the place is becoming to feel more like home slowly but surely. Finally one month after moving in I was able to figure out how the hook the wireless up once and for all. My office is now all put together, I would still like to get a little area rug and sitting/reading chair to make it just that much more cozy. But it's finally organized and functional.

Brian and I will be hosting Thanksgiving for both of our families this year here at our new place. We are looking forward to it and beginning to piece our menu together so hopefully it will go smoothly...we've never had to cook for so many people before! I am sure it will be interesting to say the least.

This morning I actually placed my first Christmas shopping order! One store I placed an order at online was American Eagle Outfitters (www.ae.com), one of my favorite stores. I was able to get a few things for one of my sisters as well as some stocking stuffers for Brian! All on a really good clearance sale with FREE SHIPPING! Now through 11/14 they are offering free shipping on all orders. You do not need a promo code which is nice so if you have a coupon code you can score even a sweeter deal!!!

Now that my life is slowly gaining some order I will be in a better place to post more regularly. I have been enjoying my vacation this week just relaxing and tying up some loose ends. But I've missed blogging and feel I have been neglecting soo many great finds...so you will be seeing more of me here!

Monday, October 11, 2010

I am out of the dungeon...but now I need furniture!

So, I finally moved out of the dungeon! I am now in a very large 2.5 bedroom apartment! (Hence my lack of blogging...sorry!) Although, they isn't a happy, exciting reason for my relocation... but it is nice to be in a real place of our own again!

Because it is soooo much bigger than the last place we have been on the hunt for more (and bigger) furniture. I have an entire spare bedroom with NO furniture in it. Yep...it is still naked.

Brian and I began our hunt at some yard sales and newspaper ads but have struck out thus far. It's coming to look like we may have to buy some things brand new. For example, the dining table I have right now is a lot like the pub sets or bistro sets as seen at CSNstores.com. I LOVE this table BUT I have a real dining room now and need something bigger if I ever plan on hosting a dinner party, which I do plan on doing on Friday! EEK! Looks like some of us will be standing to eat!

Friday, September 10, 2010

It's Mega Swag Bucks Day!!

Search & Win

Fridays are Mega Swag Bucks Day (MSBD) over at Swagbucks! This means it is the perfect time to join (if you haven't already) OR get your search on as the odds are even better for winning BIG Swag Bucks denominations!

What is it?

Swagbucks is a search engine a lot like that of Google or Yahoo. You can easily download the Swagbucks Toolbar for customized web search or you can do your searching through Swagbucks.com

To put it simply, the more you search & shop the more you can earn. For example use Swagbucks to search for the sites you have bookmarked (instead of using bookmarks), or for sites you always visit regularly like email, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc. Best yet, it's completely 100% FREE to join & use!

***Just for joining you get 30 Swag Bucks to start!***

By searching with Swagbucks you can earn points (aka various amounts of Swagbucks) to redeem for prizes including gift cards, music, sweepstakes, products, etc. Most recently, I redeemed some Swagbucks for a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. Personally, the gift cards I have to say are my favorite prizes at the Swag Store.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Blog Bash & Twitter Party!!

Blogmania bloggers are all about building relationships -between our blogs, our cherished readers, the online community and business owners. We value each other's opinion as we all are endeavoring to make the best
choices for our home life. So it seemed natural to partner up with The LaneReal Estate Team and Breebee's blog to bring you our first ever twitter and blog blast party. The Lane RealEstate Team is all about building relationships through communities - specializing in Kennewick Homes for Sale. And Bree is a blogger - and a mom - trying to think outside of the box and help build community ties in NW ColumbusOH via her Macaroni Kid event website! Our other twitter party sponsors also offer items to help strengthen and maintain relationships - from stationary to hand stamped sentiments.


Our Party Theme: "Building toward Blogmania with The Lane Real Estate
Team" [http://www.joelane.com/]


Info on the Blog Blast:


If you post on your blog(s) our announcement between now and the twitter party
you will be entered to win $100 cash. If we reach 500 blogs there will be two additional $50 drawings, totaling 3 winners!

You can email me, breejanderson@gmail.com or blogmaniapr@gmail.com for the HTML code for blog(s) links and some posting specific OR ask the post owner for info and that blog owner will provide you an HTML code.

Please return with your specific blog post links on Bree's Blog, under her
Twitter Party PAGE tab.

Info on the Twitter Party:


Aug 22, 9:30-10:30pm, Sunday, EST we will party!

There is a custom tweet grid (if you want it) and a linky for early RSVP. RSVP'ing early also enters you into special drawings. You do not have to RSVP to tweet and win but the 'extra' will not be available.

You can win both the blog blast and at the
twitter party!


RSVP at BreeBee's


{Breebee's sent me this post to re-post, would you like to repost for the chance to win $100? Ask me for the code; anyone you refer to post will gain you an extra entry into the drawing}

Friday, August 20, 2010

It's Mega Swagbucks Day!

Search & Win

Fridays are Mega Swag Bucks Day (MSBD) over at Swagbucks! This means it is the perfect time to join (if you haven't already) OR get your search on as the odds are even better for winning BIG Swag Bucks denominations!

What is it?

Swagbucks is a search engine a lot like that of Google or Yahoo. You can easily download the Swagbucks Toolbar for customized web search or you can do your searching through Swagbucks.com

To put it simply, the more you search & shop the more you can earn. For example use Swagbucks to search for the sites you have bookmarked (instead of using bookmarks), or for sites you always visit regularly like email, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc. Best yet, it's completely 100% FREE to join & use!

***Just for joining you get 30 Swag Bucks to start!***

By searching with Swagbucks you can earn points (aka various amounts of Swagbucks) to redeem for prizes including gift cards, music, sweepstakes, products, etc. Most recently, I redeemed some Swagbucks for a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. Personally, the gift cards I have to say are my favorite prizes at the Swag Store.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sunday Coupon Preview for 8/22/10

So at Sunday Coupon Preview, it's looking like there will be ONE (1) coupon insert in this weeks Sunday's paper, a Smart Source.

Free Nexxus Salon Hair Care Products

Click here for some fabulous FREE samples of Nexxus Salon Hair Care shampoo & conditioner.

Free Enfamil Formula Certificate

Print this certificate for free Enfamil Gentlease, Enfamil A.R., or Enfamil ProSobee.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Play The Wheel of Real

Play the Wheel of Real (brought to you by Hellmanns) for your chance to win fabulous prizes such as:
  • Free Product Coupons
  • Cooking Tools Bundle
  • Cutting Boards
  • Electric Grills
  • Panini Presses
Come back and let us know if you win! Good Luck!!

$1.00 Off Dove go fresh Body Wash

Get a coupon for $1.00 off Dove go fresh Body Wash here.

Free Samples @ Walmart Online

Did you know Walmart offers FREE samples online!? I love it! And these freebies really do come, it sometimes does take a while, but better late than never! Here are the current Free Samples at Walmart online:

Cheetos Mighty Zingers (you must sign in/ register for Be Snack Ready, yes it's FREE!)

Prevacid (24 hour) 2-Day Sample (quick survey)

Emergen-C (just request free sample!)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Page For Giveaway Linkys Is Up!

I have included a new page to my blog, you will see it at the very top of my blog just under the Header/Title. It is still a work in progress, but something to get you started. Here is what it looks like thus far:

Link up your weekly giveaways at the following blogs OR find great giveaways to enter! Good luck!

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Don't see your link-up? I would love to add it! Please send me your URL and what day your linky occurs on.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Giveaway Linky List Project

Currently, I am trying to expand features provided on Living on Ashley's Allowance. My most recent project is creating a Giveaway Linky List Feature. If you would like your daily/weekly Giveaway Linky to be included on my blog let me know!

Friday, August 13, 2010

It's Mega Swag Bucks Day!

Search & Win

Fridays are Mega Swag Bucks Day (MSBD) over at Swagbucks! This means it is the perfect time to join (if you haven't already) OR get your search on as the odds are even better for winning BIG Swag Bucks denominations!

What is it?

Swagbucks is a search engine a lot like that of Google or Yahoo. You can easily download the Swagbucks Toolbar for customized web search or you can do your searching through Swagbucks.com

To put it simply, the more you search & shop the more you can earn. For example use Swagbucks to search for the sites you have bookmarked (instead of using bookmarks), or for sites you always visit regularly like email, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc. Best yet, it's completely 100% FREE to join & use!

***Just for joining you get 30 Swag Bucks to start! ALSO, ending tonight (8/13 11:59 pm PDT) you will also receive another 20 Swag Bucks for entering code SwagToSchool when signing up!***

By searching with Swagbucks you can earn points (aka various amounts of Swagbucks) to redeem for prizes including gift cards, music, sweepstakes, products, etc. Most recently, I redeemed some Swagbucks for a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. Personally, the gift cards I have to say are my favorite prizes at the Swag Store.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

FREE SAMPLE: Laruh Custom Soap

Act now to get your FREE sample of Laruh Custom Soap, just for being a first time visitor to their website!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

50 Swagbucks For Extra Credit

Search & Win

If you haven't already, now is the time to sign up for Swagbucks! Why you ask?! Right now it's Back-To-School Week at Swagbucks, which means even more savings for you! Not only will you receive great savings just by using Swagbucks, but if you sign up now you will also earn 20 extra Swagbucks for using the code SwagToSchool (until 11:59pm PDT Friday) when you register (on top of the 30 Swagbucks you get just for starting), so 50 free Swagbucks just for signing up now!

What is it?


Swagbucks is a search engine a lot like that of Google or Yahoo. You can easily download the Swagbucks Toolbar for customized web search or you can do your searching through Swagbucks.com

To put it simply, the more you search & shop the more you can earn. For example use Swagbucks to search for the sites you have bookmarked (instead of using bookmarks), or for sites you always visit regularly like email, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc. Best yet, it's completely 100% FREE to join & use!

By searching with Swagbucks you can earn points (aka various amounts of Swagbucks) to redeem for prizes including gift cards, music, sweepstakes, products, etc. Most recently, I redeemed some Swagbucks for a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. The gift cards I think are my favorite of prizes at the Swag Store.

Business Cards for Blogs?

I have been considering creating business cards to promote Living on Ashley's Allowance. But because I do not sell anything or offer a *real* service per say, I am unsure if it would be beneficial in any way to get my blog out there even more to those who may have an interest in my content.

What do you think? Do you use business cards to promote your blog? Besides utilizing the internet, do you promote your blog in any other ways?

Any and all suggestions are much appreciated!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Oh How I Long For a Real Dining Room!

As you may recall, the last time I mentioned my daydreams for a much bigger place (compared to that of my dungeon of a basement apartment), I rattled on about my desire for a spectacular bathroom. Well, it's time for me to move on to the dining room...

Even while growing up in my family home, I never had a *real* dining room. Maybe once, I had a dining room while renting houses during college. But clearly that was short lived. I would love if my next humble abode contains one of these bad birds. I would love to have a place to host a nice party or have dinner with the fam'.

Some ideas for great furniture for my hopefully-someday-dining-room daydreaming (as seen at csnstores.com) include pieces like this one:

Oh, how I love it! Someday Ash, someday! (hopefully)!!!

Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for writing this post. Please stay tuned for a future product review with the help of csnstores.com

Dora's Big Birthday Adventure is Coming to Walmart

Know of any kiddies who love Dora The Explorer?

Well you have been invited to Dora's Big Birthday Adventure!!! Check to see if your local Walmart is participating on Saturday, 8/14/10 from 11am-4pm. There will be free cupcakes and photo cards!

Achooz for Allergies and Colds

Want to try a sample of Cool Menthol and Fragrance Free Achooz? Achooz makes saline nose wipes, perfect for those oh so lovely allergies or yucky colds. All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter here, its free!

FREE Air Wick Car Air Freshener

So, WHO knew Air Wick makes car air fresheners?? Not this girl!! This is news to me! I am excited to try it out. You can get one to sample too, here!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Post-it Notes Super Sticky Challenge

If your anything like me you might enjoy this free sample! I am a sticky-note freak at work, they're everywhere! So go ahead and sign up for FREE samples of Super Sticky Post-it Notes here.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

FREE Hot Tamales!

Fill out a simple form here to receive your FREE pack of Hot Tamales candies within 4-6 weeks!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Have You Earned Any Swagbucks Lately?

Search & Win

Have you joined Swagbucks yet? If not, I highly recommend you do so. To be honest, when I first jumped on the Swagbucks bandwagon I didn't really know what the heck it was or the point of it. Well, after a while I took the time to figure it out and now I'm hooked!

What is it?

Swagbucks is a search engine a lot like that of Google or Yahoo. You can easily download the Swagbucks Toolbar for customized web search or you can do your searching through Swagbucks.com

To put it simply, the more you search the more you can earn. For example use Swagbucks to search for the sites you have bookmarked (instead of using bookmarks), or for sites you always visit regularly like email, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc.

By searching with Swagbucks you can earn points (aka various amounts of Swagbucks) to redem for prizes including giftcards, music, sweepstakes, products, etc. Most recently, I redeemed some Swagbucks for a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. The gift cards I think are my favorite of prizes at the Swag Store.

So, go ahead check Swagbucks out! Just for signing up you will recieve 30 Swagbucks! Give it a try & let me know what you think!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thank You For Sticking Around!

I apologize for my 10 day hiatus, I decided sneak a vacation without giving any heads up. It was much needed but I am happy to be back. Time to go through hundreds of emails and catch up on my favorite blogs. I will be posting again soon! :)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

FREE Purnia One Dog or Cat Food

Free Purina One dog food or cat food (6 oz pouch) at your local PetSmart!For your FREE coupon login or register for PetPerks (PetSmarts loyalty program...it's free!) Then click on the PetSmart Coupons – View Coupons button. It's that easy!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

We Have a Winner!

Thank you to all who entered the MetalRocks Silver Necklace Giveaway! Once again, Random.org selects our winner! Without further ado...

The winner is comment #33...
Liz said...

Following you via twitter
@jlizgar

lizlivingbarefoot@gmail.com

Congrats Liz! I will be emailing you shortly. Liz will have 48 hours to respond or another winner may be selected.

***Would you or someone you know like to be featured on Feature Friday? Send me an email at ashleysallowance.blogspot.com***

Friday, July 16, 2010

Feature Friday: La Femme Botique Etsy Shop

La Femme Boutique is another fantabulous jewelery shop on Etsy. Includes a range of beautiful elegant jewelry with a modern style. Her jewelery is simple, classic, and perfect for both everyday and/or special occasions. La Femme Boutique specializes in earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.

About The Artist: (As quoted directly from her Etsy Shop Profile)

"My name is Rachel and I am a jewellery designer located in Kellyville, NSW, Australia. I am a Mother to one very precocious 8 year old and wife to an Australian Air Force member. Don't be suprised to see my location change on a regular basis as we move around Australia. I love to make things have had tried many different mediums in which to satify that part of me that loves to create, however, I always come back to my first love, creating jewellery. I and am inspired by the colours and textures in nature. I love to use gemstones, pearls and good quality materials. I love to create modern, elegant designs with a simple clean feel. I work with sterling silver and copper predominently in my metalworking designs, but also use 14kt gold fill and good quality 16kt gold pated materials in my beaded jewellery for a touch of glamour. I am currently exploring the exciting world of enamelling and metalwork, so join me on a journey of self discovery whilst I hammer, shape, solder and enamel my way through the worlds silver supplies and a delicious array of enamel colours and vibrant possibilities."

Rachels' Favorite materials to work with include: Gemstones, pearls, swarvoski crystals, sterling silver, gold filled, and enamel.

My personal favorites include:
Turquoise Gemstone Nuggets with Sterling Silver Chain Bracelet:

& last but not least, the Sterling Silver Lampwork Frosted Focal Bead Necklace:

Not only can you find La Femme Botique on Etsy, you can also find Rachel on Facebook and through updates and ocassional competitions on her blog.

Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

Feature Friday: Bantam Chicken Ridge & Rachel Teferet Designs Etsy Shop

Bantam Chicken Ridge and Rachel Teferet Designs is a wonderful shop on Etsy. She has everything from jewelry and amulets to photography and herbal body care products. She really does have a great array of products!

Rachel from Bantam Chicken Ridge had generously sent me one of her Calm Spirit Sleep-Ease Salve's to review.This salve was fantastic! It has a great consistency and a beautifully relaxing scent. This calming product is made from the following:
  • Brahmi
  • Gotu Kola
  • Calamus
  • Sesame Oil
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Soybean Oil
  • Candelila Wax
Rest assured, these herbal body care products are made 100% organic & pesticide free!

Be sure to stay up to date on Bantam Chicken's BLOG for new products and promotional offers! For instance, this weekend only there is free shipping on her Ultimate Skin Soother and itchy bug bite defeating Salve! Don't miss out!
Again, not only does Bantam Chicken Ridge and Rachel Teferet's Designs offer herbal body care products but they also have some great jewelery and photography. Here are some of my other personal favorites:

This Elegant Ocean and Oyster Necklace (which so happens to be on sale right now!):
And this Dramatic Foggy Sunset Over Ocean Gift Card:I am happy to report that Rachel's products are of high quality and are are priced very fairly. Most importantly, she is wonderful to work with!

You can keep in touch with Bantam Chicken Ridge and Rachel Teferet Deigns via her:
Would I recommend Bantam Chicken Ridge and Rachel Teferet designs?
You betchya! Actually I too just ordered the Ultimate Skin Smoother and itchy bug bite defeating Salve! Be sure to stay tuned for that review! :)

What's your favorite item over at Bantam Chicken Ridge and Rachel Tefert Designs Etsy Shop?

Disclosure: I recieved no monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. A special thanks to Rachel at Bantam Chicken Ridge and Rachel Teferet Designs for offering me a product to review.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Blog Design & Button Clean-Up

Please bear with me while I continue to perfect my new blog design (for the time being). There are still a lot of changes I would like to make. I have also spent some time cleaning out all of the blog buttons which were either expired events or dead links. If you notice any link on my blog is not working, please let me know. I'd really appreciate the help!

Also, if you are interested in swapping buttons please let me know! I'd be glad to add you to my blog :)

Please, let me know what you think!

***While your here, why not enter my current giveaway here! It ends Friday!!!***

Csnstores.com Review: Zwilling JA Henckels International Fine Edge Synergy 13 Piece Block Cutlery Set

As I mentioned before, I received a product to review from csnstores.com. Selecting a product to review was a difficult task for me as there is sooo much to chose from! The product I finally chose was the Zwilling JA Henckels International Fine Edge Synergy 13 Piece Block Cutlery Set.This 13 piece set includes:
  • 2 3/4" Paring Knife
  • 6" Utility Knife
  • 5 1/2" Boning Knife
  • 8" Bread Knife
  • 8" Chef's Knife
  • Steak Knives (6 pcs)
  • 9" Sharpening Steel
  • Harwood Block (to safely store knives)
The Knives are made with contour santoprene with brushed stainless steal accent handles and have satin finish stainless steel blades. Blades are precision stamped as well. These knives are dishwasher safe (but not recommended).

I am very happy with my selection! We were in rather desperate need for new knives..ours were getting pretty ancient! For dinner last night we had steak on the grill, the perfect meat to test these bad boys on! They worked beautifully. I also made a salad to go with dinner and was able to cut my tomatoes without a huge sloppy juicy mess (like I experienced with my "old" knives).

I can now happily remove my old knife set from my life. Thank you csnstores.com!

Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did recieve the product to review at no cost. Thank you to csnstores.com for providing me with this opportunity!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Internet Server Issues & Feature Friday

The past two-ish days I have barely had an internet connection. Unfortunately for this reason I was unable to create and post Feature Friday. I will resume Feature Friday on Friday, July 16.

Again, I will be featuring 2 Etsy Shops:

La Femme Jewels
&
Bantam Chicken Ridge & Rachel Teferet Designs

Go ahead and take a peak around their stores and let me know what you think :)

Would you or someone you know like to be featured on my blog in Feature Friday? Send me an email at ashleysallowance@gmail.com!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Blogger Comment Issues

It appears as though Blogger is having some issues with comments on posts. Even though the comment may not be showing up on the post at the time you enter it, I am still receiving the comment notification via email. I have and will continue to be sure to include any qualifying entries for giveaways that I receiv!e comment notification for. So don't worry! Your comments/entries still count! If you have any questions please let me know!

***Reminder: MetalRocks Silver Necklace Giveaway ends on 7/16, enter now!***

We Have A Winner!

Thank you to all who entered the Greensations Skincare Product giveaway! The winner was selected using Random.org as usual.

And the winner is... Comment #29...

Jenn said...

I would like to try either the wrinkle balm (never to young to start the fight!) or the Bug Blocker.
June 30, 2010 10:43 PM

Congratulations Jenn! Jenn will be notified email shortly and will have 48 hours to respond to my email. Otherwise, a new winner will be selected.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Giveaway Ending Today!!!

My Greensations Skincare Products Giveaway ends tonight!
Don't Miss out, enter now!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

New England Coffee Product Review

Hello, my name is Ashley and I am an addict. A coffee addict that is! Really, I just HAVE to have coffee every morning. Yep, I am one of those people.

So, when I was given the opportunity to try New England Coffee I was estatic! Actually, as I am writing this my cup (#3) of New England Breakfast Blend is well within arms reach!

The flavors/blends I was so eager to try included:

Blueberry Cobbler
A fresh, sweet, juicy berry flavor with warm spice notes, reminiscent of a country kitchen.

French Vanilla
Smooth, luscious vanilla in a special blend of medium-roasted South and Central American beans.

San Fransisco Blend *Roasted Darker for Bold Flavor*
Rich, aromatic French Roast with the distinct flavors of medium-roasted Kenya AA and Sumatra Mandheling.

Hazlenut Creme (Decaffeinated)
Rich, nutty overtones in a mellow blend of medium-roasted South and Central American decaffeinated beans.

New England Breakfast Blend
The finest beans from Cental and South America in a hearty, medium-roasted wake-me-up blend.

Breakfast Blend (Decaffeinated)
A hearty, medium-roasted blend using only the finest beans from Central and South America. So flavorful you won't believe that it's decaffeinated!

The blends/flavors I was given the opportunity to try are not the only ones available! Be sure to check out all of the others including Chocolate Cappucino, Cinnamon Hazelnut, Hawaiian Macademia Nut, 4 Seasons Blend, and Costa Rican (just to name a few) at New England Coffee!

My Thoughts:

The first blend/flavor I tried was the Blueberry Cobbler. This flavor is my favorite. I love the smell of it while brewing. The blueberry flavor is perfect, it isn't too strong, and carrys out throughout the cup of coffee. I love it!

On the Blueberry Cobbler package was a sticker to "Try Me Iced" so I went to the website indicated www.trymeiced.com for brewing instructions. Boy was I glad I did! I just love iced coffee in this hot summer heat! I never really thought to brew my own iced coffee. Now that I now how I will definitely be doing it more often!

Brian's favorite was the San Fransico Blend, he usually like the more bold coffees.

Would I recommend New England Coffee?
YES, I would! I will definitely be making this a staple on my grocery list! You should definitely give it a try! There are great special offers on New England Coffee's website that you don't want to miss including a coupon, a FREE tumbler, and shop online!

Don't miss a beat... follow New England Coffee on Facebook!

Disclosure: I did not recieve any monetary compensation for this post. A special thanks to New England Coffee for providing me with the coffees mentioned above! All opinions are my own.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Enter Stop & Shoppers Gift Card Giveaway!

Are you a Stop & Shop shopper?

If so, be sure to enter a $10 Stop & Shop gift card giveaway over at Stop & Shoppers!

I Miss Having a Nice Big Bathroom!

I am definitely a daydreamer! I am always catching myself looking at home decor and what not for the space that I don't have. (Remember, I currently live in the dungeon...basement apartment). But seriously, I am always picturing my perfect home and all the things I'd love to fill it with!

Someday! In the meantime I can only dream and CSN stores is the perfect starting place to do so! For instance, I really miss having a nice big bathroom with a pretty vanity (like I use to have in my old apartment)! There are many closets MUCH bigger than my current bathroom.

Just Vanities is only one of CSN's many (200+) stores! Not only does Just Vanities have bathroom vanities but they also have bedroom vanities and vanity stools, lighting, mirrors, and much much more!

Oh, how I can not wait to get myself into a bigger place!

**Also, Stay tuned for an upcoming CSN Store product review here at Ashley's Allowance**

Disclosure: I was not monetarily compensated for writing this post. All opinions are my own.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Feature Friday: MetalRocks Etsy Shop (+giveaway)!!

Regardless of my ridiculous debt I told you about (a few posts back), I still have a difficult time staying away from shopping, especially jewelry shopping! I have bunches of jewelry and firmly believe a girl can not have enough jewelry (even though my boyfriend is sure I have more than enough)!

While it is imperative that I stick to my budget plan...a girl can dream can't she?! So, window-shopping I go!!!

If you love metal jewelry (sterling silver, argentium silver, 14K gold fill and 10K solid gold), I am sure you will just drool over what you will find at MetalRocks Etsy Shop!

About the Artist:
Behind the scenes at MetalRocks is artist Sharon. Sharon has been making jewelery for most of her life. In 1987 she took her passion further, attending metal smithing courses at the Southwestern Cultural Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. At the time, she was studying the art of Astrology. She began to independently study the stones representation via the Astrological signs and their various healing properties. She has been a professional astrologer since 1989 and love to marry this knowledge as well as the healing properties, within many of my pieces. Sharon opened her Etsy shop in July of 2008 after overcoming a terrible car accident in 1994 (you can read more about this here). She is grateful for the time she could not solder as it gave her a greater appreciation of wire and the creativity that can be achieved via this medium. She likes to think her years of loving jewelery, training and fighting/finding her way back to her creative outlet are in every piece she makes.

An interesting tid-bit about Sharon is that she is quite the loyal football fan for the Saskatchewan Roughriders! She shared with me a story about how one day a fellow football fan twitter friend checked out her Etsy Shop and asked here where the football stuff was? Well, here it is...

What I Thought:

In my opinion, Sharon at MetalRocks is an extremely talented individual! Her jewlerly is most definitely "drool-worthy" in my book! She has a great selection and has fantastic pieces even I can afford (and that's hard to find)!

Actually, I do plan to purchase a peice of jewelry, I'm just not sure which one I should pick! For me, it's a toss up between these two pieces:

Diamonds of Silver Post Earrings


Tiny Silver Hammered Heart Post Earrings

Once I make my decision and order them, I'll be sure to keep you "in the know" :)

***& A Giveaway!!!
***

Sharon at MetalRocks as generously offered one of my readers the chance to win this necklace:

Solid Silver Drop Pendant with SS Chain and Clasp


How To Enter:
**Mandatory Entry**: (This entry must be done BEFORE extra entries)
  • Spend some time "window-shopping" over at MetalRocks Etsy Shop (or better yet, real shopping!) and then leave a comment on this post stating what your favorite peice is (aside from what I mentioned in this feature). Please include your email address in comment so I may contact you if you are the winner!
Extra Entries: To be completed only AFTER above mandatory entry is done. Please leave one comment per entry. For example, If the entry is worth 3 entries, leave 3 comments.
  • Follow MetalRockss on Twitter. (3 entries) Comment with Twitter name.
  • Purchase something from MetalRocks (10 entries) This will be verified.
  • Follow Ashley's Allowance via Google Friend Connect.
  • Follow Ashley's Allowance on Twitter. Comment with Twitter name
  • Tweet about this giveaway please include @ashsallowance and @MetalRockss in tweet (1 x daily)! Provide link in comment directly to tweet.
  • Add this giveaway to a giveaway linky (2 entries). Comment with link.
  • Blog about this giveaway (3 entries). Comment with link.
This giveaway will end on Friday, July 16th at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be selected via Random.org. Winner will be contacted via email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. Good luck! :)

Disclosure: I did not recieve any monetary compensations for this post. Special thanks to Sharon at MetalRocks for generously offering the giveaway. All opinions within are my own.

Friday Feature: Emberatia's Etsy Shop

Looking for some original artwork to revamp your space?
You should consider the artwork at Emberatia's Etsy shop!

Trust me, I'm bookmarking this one for when I FINALLY escape from the dungeon (ie. my current apartment).

Her art is t
op-notch, really.

About the Artist: Ember Fairbairn-Ramsay

The Artist's Statement (directly from her website):

"Creating art for me is a communion with creation, it is a meditation where one “loses” self and merges into all that is and all that is yet to be. The artwork can also be a contemplation, rather than a mental, conceptual idea of artmaking. To a large degree it is the process and the form which shapes the content of the work, employing colour, mark making , symbol and shape through oil paint, and texture via the encaustic process. My work is also about relationship with and within nature as a being in the world of form".

"Ember has exhibited since 2000, selling work and completing commissions. Prior to which she trained in Queensland. She has sold work in Australia, U.S.A, Canada.
"

Embers favorite materials to work with are oil, encaustic, chelac, bitumen, and collages.

Follow Emberatia on Twitter.
Check out her Etsy Shop & her website.

My Thoughts:

I found Emberatia's Etsy Shop to have a great selection of artwork for all different moods, moments, and budgets! :) She really does have something for everyone!

My Favorite Piece of Artwork:

It is really hard for me to pick just one favorite in Emberatia's Etsy Shop, I love them all! But, if I had to pick, these would be my top three:

Be sure to check out these and many others at
Emberatia's Etsy Shop!

What's your favorite?

Bringing Feature Friday Back!


Just wanted to give you the heads up that I have decided to resurrect Feature Friday!


Tonight I will be featuring TWO Etsy Shops
&
a giveaway!

So, Please check back!

If you or someone you know would like to be featured please email me at ashleysallowance@gmail.com

Monday, June 28, 2010

My Debt Dilemma

I've never really explained much about what/where this blog stems from. To be completely honest, very penny really does count in my situation.

I may have mentioned my ridiculous debt that I have acquired at the age of 24, but I'm sure I never really explained it. So I decided it's time I open up a bit.

My days with debt aa began back in 2000 when I was 18 years old. I was offered my very first credit card. While at first this was a great and positive thing for me. I was able to keep little to no balance on my card for a while as I was so afraid of the thing. My nervousness subsided and I maxed that thing out in minutes. It didn't take long, really.

I wish I had been more educated in the debt and credit card world back then.

Since, I've nearly paid my credit cards (I now have 2, both acquired in college) off at times, and without haste racked them back up. Actually I lie, I have 3. I have a store credit card as well. With a smaller limit but has since increased as I use this credit card as I should. The store card has absolutely no balance on it currently, if I use it, I pay it off immediately.

Currently, my interest rates are ridiculously high and I haven't used them in at least two years or so. One of them may even be closed to be honest with you. While my credit cards are not currently maxed out, they certainly aren't below the suggested 30% of limit (I read that somewhere?).

I checked out this nifty debt calculator that helps determine how long it will take to pay off your credit card debt. I'm sure there are millions of other ones out there, but I use this one because I find it the easiest to understand.

My credit card debt as of today is as follows:
  • Credit Card #1: $2107.69 with an APR of 28.99%
  • Credit Card #2: $2365.35 with an APR of 19.15%
  • Credit Card #3: $0 with an APR of 24.99%
For a grand total of $4473.04 in credit card debt.

Now, credit card debt is not my only debt.

Next comes my car. A used 2005 car that I do love. It was my first big purchase made on my own, all by myself independently (meaning no co-signer). I bought the car a little over 3 years ago. I still have 23 more payments to make on it. Yep I was super smart and financed for 72 months with a 9.99% APR. Bad idea Ash! I'm calling the credit union tomorrow to find out what my pay-off is as I paid a little extra some months (well maybe more like once). I'll update you with that number once I have it.

But for the point of this post, if I were to continue to pay the minimum monthly payment for the rest of the term of my loan my costs would be $6013.81.

Up next is my biggest, most scariest, with-me-for-life type debt. My student loans. I have Private Student Loans with the oh so lovely Sallie Mae & I have federal loans with Direct Loans. My Sallie Mae debt is crazy and almost unmanageable. My Direct Loans don't make me as anxious.
Mind you I financed my ENTIRE 4 year Bachelors Degree education (including cost of living expenses). Another GREAT idea I had. NOT!

My student loan debt as of today is as follows:
  • Sallie Mae: Total Amount Outstanding (5 private loans): $61,061.14 APRs between 3-5%.
  • Direct Loans (4 loans): $7,617.16 APRs (2) at 2.48% and the other (2) at 6.8%
My Sallie Mae monthly payment is approximately $486.00 & my Direct Loan monthly payment is about $83.00 or $569.00 a month!

For a grand total of $68,678.30 in student loan debt as of today.

My student loan debt is ridiculous because to be honest with you, my yearly salary (which requires my college degree) is not even half of my student loan debt. GRR!

But you live and you learn. This is my debt, I created it and I will fix it. It will be a challenge but I am determined!

So, in total, my debt is approximately $79,165.15 at 24 years of age.

Let me add that I am not currently paying $0 in rent. I did have an apartment, but when I started to pay back student loans and realized I could not afford my life I move into the in-law apartment at my parents house. Without this, I don't really know what I would do.

My Plan:

As of July 1st, I have a new (and strict) budget in place. ( I have this nifty budget application on my Mac that I adore). I have decided to first attack my Auto Loan debt. According to a lot of people this is probably the totally wrong decision. But for me I think it is best. I just (days ago) placed my Sallie Mae loans into a voluntary forbearance. BUT in my budget I do plan on paying AT LEAST the interest (in the past has been about $220.00 applied to interest). This way once they come out of forbearance my monthly payment will be about the same it use to be. I will continue to pay minimum monthly payments on my credit cards and Direct Loans. I will be paying 2x the monthly payment on my car.

I know it will be tough and things may not go exactly as planned...but I am determined to make this work. If you have any suggestions please don't hesitate to chime in!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Free Sample of Starbucks Via Ready Brew

Have you tried Starbucks Via Ready Brew yet? Get a free sample through Walmart here!

Free Limeade Sparkler at Taco Bell

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Greensations & Youthful Trends Review & Giveaway

Looking for some new natural body care products?

I was recently given the opportunity to try out a couple products by Greensations and Youthful Trends including: the ThermaSkin Facial Cleanser and the Youthful Trends Caffeinated Makeup Primer.

Greensations offers 100% Natural Capsaicin Body Care Products of a wide variety. Youthful Trends is their 100% Natural Mineral Makeup line. Haircare products and skincare products are also available.

There are so many great things about these 100% Natural Caffeinated Capsaicin Body Care Products that sure helped to lure me in including:
  • No Chemicals
  • No Animal Testing
  • No Preservatives
  • Natural Botanicals
  • Proven Ingredients
  • Exlusive Formulas
What I thought:

ThermaSkin Facial Cleanser


The facial cleanser was refreshing and had a nice crisp scent. I really liked it. It was soothing to my skin and did not burn or sting in the least as I have experienced with other cleansers in the past.

Youthful Trends Caffeinated Makeup Primer

The makeup primer was nice and light, it did not weigh me down at all. It has a clean cucumber scent. Under my makeup it wasn't noticeable at all and it didn't make my makeup "caked up" at all. This one gets an A+ in my book!

These are definitely products I would use again. My positive experience with these 2 products makes me want to go ahead and order some other products as well!

The Giveaway:

The wonderful people at Greensations have generously offered one of my readers their very own Caffeinated Makeup Primer & ThermaSkin Facial Cleanser!

How to Enter:

Mandatory Entry: Please visit Greensations and/or Youthful Trends and leave a comment below with the name of another product you would like to try!

Extra Entries: (Mandatory entry must be completed first. Please leave 1 comment per entry.)
  • Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect.
  • Friend me on Facebook. (Please leave Facebook name in comment).
  • Follow me on Twitter. (Please leave Twitter name).
  • Tweet about this giveaway (This may be done daily for additional entries).
  • Grab my button (3 entries...leave 3 comments).
  • Blog about this giveaway (5 entries...leave 5 comments). Please leave direct link to post.
  • Add this giveaway to another giveaway linky (2 entries per linky). Please leave link.
  • Tell me where you found this giveaway.
This Giveaway will end on Monday, July 5th at 11:59pm EST. A winner will be selected at random with the aid of Random.org as usual. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen.

Don't want to wait?

That's okay, you don't have to! The kind people at Greensations have also offered my readers a special discount for 25% off the Caffeinated Makeup Primer or the ThermaSkin Facial Cleanser. Use Coupon Code SHEBLOG at checkout to receive this special discount!

Disclosure: I did not recieve any monetary compensation for this post. I did receive samples of the products reviewed. My opinions are my own. Thank you to SheBlogs & Wayne at Greensations for providing me with this opportunity.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Please Stay Tuned...

I really haven't been slacking as much as you may think. I really am working on fun blog stuff! Right now I am on a mini 4-day (weekend) vacation from my "real" job. I am using this time primarily to line up all kinds of fun things for my readers, including several product reviews. And maybe some giveaways in the mix?! :) Please bare with me. In the next day or two I expect to get the ball rolling...

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Winner of Everyday Minerals Blush Giveaway!

Thank you to all who entered the Everyday Minerals giveaway! As usual, the winner was selected using Random.org.

The winner is... comment #7...
Tara said...

i'm a follower!
fabulousbutevil@gmail.com

Congratulations Tara! Please respond to the email I sent you (within 48 hours) to claim this prize or another winner will be picked.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Everyday Minerals Product Review & Giveaway

I was super excited to receive Everyday Minerals products to review! I am a huge make-up fan but have never mineral makeup before. So I put Everyday Minerals to the test! The lovely people at Everyday Minerals sent me four products to review including:
My Thoughts:

I was impressed with the products I tried. Both the blush and eye shadows were very light feeling and smooth. They lasted all day and they didn't result in creases or cracks as the day progressed.

I find the pricing of their products to be very reasonable. There is a great variety to pick from...there is something for everyone! Not only do they have fabulous eye shadow & blush but they also have other make-up products, skincare products, and brushes just to name a few! I will definitely be bookmarking Everyday Minerals for gift shopping as well. I know several gals that would love some of these products (and/or Gift Cards) for Christmas!

From The Folks at Everyday Minerals:

Everyday Minerals products are free of nanotechnology, carmine, dimethicone, fragrance, animal by products, bismuth oxychloride, silicone and lake dyes. We are a vegan line, offering high quality mineral makeup at a price affordable to all women.

Everyday Minerals is about:

1) Being healthy.
That means taking care of my skin by using all-natural
products that are actually good for it! That's why Carina started this mineral makeup company.

2) Saving money.
I am not going to pay 25-40 bucks on foundation. Period.
Our products are ridiculously inexpensive. That's also why Carina started this mineral makeup company. Women shouldn¹t have to pay a premium for looking stunning.

3) Thinking globally in everyday actions. As a woman and mother with
a daughter, women’s issues are very important to me. At Everyday Minerals, we believe that women’s issues are the moral battleground of this century. As such, we recently launched our Everyda
y Forward mission, in which all proceeds from a designated product go to a selected woman’s charity, such as Kiva.org, Womenforwomen.org, Care.org, and Globalliving.org. One day every woman in the world will be given the love, dignity, and appreciation they deserve to fulfill their gifts and dreams.

THE GIVEAWAY:

Everyday Minerals has generously offered ONE of my lucky readers a Free Full Size Blush (of the winner's choice)!How To Enter:

Mandatory Entry
  • Leave a comment on this post telling which blush you would chose from Everyday Minerals if you won!
Extra Entries: (Only after completing mandatory entry as explained above) Be Sure to leave one comment per each extra entries!
  • Become a Follower on Google Friend Connect (or just let me know if you already are).
  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Tweet about this giveaway (this may be done DAILY). (Leave direct link to tweet).
  • Friend me on Facebook.
  • Blog about this giveaway (5 entries: please comment 5 separate times to count).
  • Grab my button (leave link to button location).
This giveaway will end on Thursday, June 17th 2010 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be chosen via Random.org. Winner will be notified via email. Winner must respond to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be selected. International entrants welcome & P.O Boxes accepted. Good luck! :)

Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for writing this review. Thank you to Everyday Minerals for providing me with sample products to review.