Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Resolve to meet someone!!

One of the things on the list of New Years resolutions is to put myself out there a little more and meet some new people. As a single mom, its kind of hard to do the whole bar scene, so after being referred to, I decided to join.

I'm happy with the search results, there are quite a few people in my area that I just might be interested in getting to know!

With Match, you can snag a 3 day free trial, and you'll be able to wink, email and search for your matches quickly and easily!!


Join the Body By Vi Challenge!! *giveaway*

The more women that I talk to, the more I hear the same New Years resolution each and every year. Lose weight. Get in shape. Tone up. Exercise more. Always hearing a body image or fitness related resolution. Of course, I'm an offender of that as well, and this year is no different. I'm in TWO weddings this year and am beginning to get back on the workout track myself.

Blakeley Smart reached out to me and wanted to share her experience with the Body By Vi Challenge with the readers here at A Couch With A View! Some people will be turned off right away that the Body By Vi Challenge uses shakes as nutrition, but Blakeley has assured me that she finds them to be delicious! There are kits to purchase once you set your 90 day goal. These kits fit lots of different goals, like the balance kit, the core kit, the transformation kit and more. (You could even capitalize on the freebie I posted earlier, combine the Body By Vi Challenge with a freebie membership to 24 Hour Fitness.)

The thing with Body By Vi, is that there are prizes to be won for participating in their Challenge. They offer over $25,000,000 every 90 days to participants who are using the Body By Vi system to drop their pounds. Prizes include products, dream vacations, and more!

Wanna win a sample pack of shakes and goodies from Blakeley and the Body By Vi Challenge? Leave a comment here with which kit you would purchase to join in on the Body By Vi Challenge! You can read more about the kits here. There will be 5 winners in this giveaway!!

Extra Entries??

This giveaway will accept entries until 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 12th. Winners will be drawn with and emailed. Winner must reply within 48 hours to winning email or a new winner will be drawn. Please make sure that your email is accessible, whether in the comment or a blogger profile, cause if I cant contact you, how can you win?

This is a compensated giveaway featured to A Couch With A View readers. All information was provided to me by Blakeley Smart and the Body By Vi Challenge. Opinions derived are my own and not affected by compensation.


Sweet styles from Tea Collection

I swear there's a baby boom going on around me. I've had at least 3 friends have baby boys within the last year, and there are still a few girls that I know are pregnant right now. I've been to quite a few baby showers and had to send quite a few gifts out to the brand new little ones.

I keep my eyes peeled for trendy, adorable, classic, outfits for the youngin's in my life, both my children and the new babies that keep popping up. Unfortunately, I haven't had to buy any new baby girls clothes in a long time, and I really really want to!! I've been eyeballing some of the styles available from Tea Collection and I'm completely smitten!!

I love buying gifts that I know my friends will adore, and though the prices that are listed from the Tea Collection are slightly higher than I'm used to paying, its well worth it because of their quality of clothing. The style and design is broad reaching from around the world and I don't mind spending a little more for something beautiful, unique and not so "cookie-cutter" like from one of the mall stores.


$704 Giveaway from DailyWorth

DailyWorth is a free daily personal finance email for women. They are giving away to 3 lucky readers $704 which happens to be the avg american spent this past holiday for 2011. It delivers practical tips, empowering ideas, and the occasional kick in the pants. DailyWorth tips cover self worth, net worth, saving, spending, earning, investing, taxes, entrepreneurship, financial feminism, and much more. More than ever, money matters to women. Women need to recognize their own self-worth and build their own wealth. Now women can take control of their finances by signing up for DailyWorth.


Kids clothing swap with Thread-Up!

The thredUP community - where moms swap kids clothes and toys. It’s easier than ever to hand-down outgrown children’s items and earn cashback. Use FREE USPS boxes or Concierge bags to de-clutter without leaving the house. Earn up to $10 for each great box you sell and up to $20 for each bag you stuff and return to us. Pick new boxes that start at just $9 and come full of great kids stuff. The average thredUP box has more than 15 items. It’s the best kids clothing deal anywhere

How does it work?

  • Gather all the books your child no longer reads, and list them by the boxful on thredUP.
  • Sign-up for free and thredUP will send you complimentary empty USPS boxes (if you don’t want to wait, go grab them for free at your local post office).
  • When another mom picks your box of books, thredUP lets you know. thredUP generates the shipping label and scheduldes home pick-up, so you can send books without leaving the house.

It’s even easier than Goodwill and you’ll send your family’s once loved books directly to another child who wants them.


Free Federal E-File from H & R Block

You can free-file your federal return with H & R Block. State Taxes are an additional fee.


Free pass for 24 Hour Fitness

Your fitness resolution made easy. Try any of the 400+ locations free for 7 days. No appointment needed. Absolutely no sales pressure. Plus get $7 off monthly dues.


Personalized Valentine's Mug for $2 from InkGarden!

Personalized Valentines mug for $2 plus shipping/handling: USE CODE: MUG2 @ checkout
Order by Feb 5th for Vday delivery. $5.99 shipping

Add some chocolates and a nice hot chocolate for a sweet Valentines Day gift!!


Freebie Valentines Cards from VistaPrint!!

10 Free Note Cards—Cut into 3’s to Make 30 FREE Personalized Kid’s Valentines! Add a personal message and even a photo and create a unique valentine for your child to hand out in class. Order now and enjoy a stress free Valentine’s Day this year! The Note Cards are free- just pay shipping and processing!

Shipping starts at $4.50


Free Federal E-File from TurboTax

With TurboTax you'll get your biggest tax refund guaranteed, with 100% accurate calculations and free help and step by step guidance so you are confident your taxes are done right. • TurboTax Federal Free Edition • #1 Rated, Best-Selling tax software brand year after year • FREE preparation, FREE printing, FREE efiling for your simple tax return (when referring to TurboTax Federal Free Edition) • Easily get your biggest tax refund possible, guaranteed* • Free Audit Support Center and live online help • Guides you like a GPS through your simple tax return(when referring to TurboTax Federal Free Edition)


Monday, January 16, 2012

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Manilla - Free Online Account & Bill Organizer

What is Manilla? Manilla is a free web based service that helps consumers better manage all of their household accounts, including financial, utilities, subscriptions and travel rewards programs, in one secure place online. Under a single password, Manilla provides customers with an automated, organized view of all of their account information, text and/or email reminders to pay bills and unlimited storage of account documents that Manilla has seamlessly retrieved for the consumer.

Why is Manilla necessary? Most people have more than 20 different household accounts, including three to four credit cards, several travel and hotel rewards accounts, multiple magazine and newspaper subscriptions, plus cable, phone, and other assorted utility bills. In order to stay on top of all this, people have to manage daily incoming paper mail, an array of online usernames and passwords, and websites in order to access important account information and take action. Manilla seamlessly retrieves all your account information – current balances, previous payments, upcoming bills due – and stores it for you in one secure place. Most importantly, you need only one password to view, manage and organize it all.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Manilla.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Great site for crafters!!

To Signup for Craftsy Crafting Daily Deals click on one of the deals, after signing up you get the full information about the deals offered.

Craftsy is the fastest growing online community for Crafters - with over 500,000 monthly unique visitors, having just launched in May 2011. This rapid growth results from two primary offerings which Craftsy users love:

1) Terrific online classes from amazing instructors for beginning, intermediate and advanced quilters, knitters, crocheters, sewists, jewelry makers, and other crafters.

2) Astonishingly good deals on crafting supplies: organic yarn, lovely fabrics and fat quarters from top designers, high quality needles, etc...

Craftsy is great for those of you who made a new years resolution to get back into crafting!! Register now and get back on track with your crafting!!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Too hard to do the right thing??

As a single mom of 2, I decided to go back to college and get a degree to make a better life for my children and myself. I started back in the fall of 2011 and its been nothing but insanity since because of financial aid.

I'm not looking for a hand out, but only what is entitled to me due to my life and my income. I jumped through hoops to get financial aid for last semester only to be told I had to reapply for another type of financial aid because I was only going part time. So to avoid that, I decided to go full time starting this month, and I'm getting smacked in the face again. They're telling me now that I won't get full time aid because of my acedemic record, because I went to the college from 2000-2001 and now I haven't completed 2/3rds of my attempted classes. Granted last semester I had a 4.0 GPA and its been TEN YEARS since the first time I went to school there.

I asked the person in the financial aid office why its so damn hard to do the right thing and make a better life, to get what should be given, and she had absolutely NOTHING to say to me. I don't think I've ever been so discouraged in my life. I don't even know what to do anymore. Be stuck as a bartender/waitress for the rest of my life? Working horrible hours and barely making ends meet? I just wanted to better myself, be a better mom, be able to give more to my kids and have more stability.


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A new year...

I don't even know where I'm supposed to begin this post.

The weight is overwhelming.

Everyone always says that they're going to change so much when a new year rolls around. Whats the difference in one day? How can one day define what you're going to do with your life?

I feel lost.

I do a great job of putting on my happy face and pretending that everything is okay, but its not. Life is hard for anyone, but I don't wish everything that I've been through on anyone. Not even my worst enemy.


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