Wednesday, August 31, 2011

EvoraPet Review and Giveaway

Pets are regarded as the most lovable and trusted friends. Your care and affection is as much important as shelter and food to a human creature. And so you take full responsibility in every work related to your pets from taking them out to proper cleaning of them. The major question you ask is how your pets can get clean and white teeth? We tell you! With the use of EvoraPet and it is first oral care pro-biotic for dogs and cats. It can naturally and effectively cure oral problems of your much loving cat or dog. You just have to sprinkle it on your pet’s food and your pets will have white and clean teeth and fresh breath.

As animals carry lot of germs and bacterium in their mouth and sometimes they get affected with illnesses also because of this. In that case, they need to be properly diagnosed and given necessary treatment. It is estimated that more than eighty percent of pets older than three have poor oral care. The condition can become a silent killer for your pet if not treated on time. This product can help your pet’s tissues to produce healthy gums so, there is low risk of getting other fatal sicknesses such as liver infection, kidney and lung problem and gastrointestinal disorders as these can lead to gum disease and sore mouth.

*Gently whitens and cleans teeth
* No odor and taste
* Easy and effective-to-use
* To be sprinkled simply on your pet’s meal
* Fresh breath naturally
* Efficiently and safely improve the quality of your pet’s breath
* 100% herbal solution

Evora Pet is formulated in such a way that it cannot change the texture and taste of your pet’s desirable and favorite food. Even the choosiest pets can enjoy the benefits of this amazing pro-biotic formula. The product contains natural ingredients that have no side effects, so they are safe to your pet’s well-being. On the whole, this supplement can provide your pet whiter and fresher teeth and there is no need to have messy brushing.

My opinion: My family and I have really noticed a difference in our Little LadyBug's breathe! It is easy to mix right in to her soft food treat she is given once a day.

Buy It

Buy your EvoraPet by visiting their website at And as a bonus for ordering this product, you can get $5 off your purchase by using the code EPET811 when you checkout. This offer expires August 31, 2011.

Win It

One (1) lucky reader will win a 30 day supply container of EvoraPet. Giveaway ends at 11:59 EST Sept 2. U.S. residents only.
How to Enter:
Follow my blog and leave me a comment letting me know you are a follower..

Entry two: Visit EvoraPet and tell me what one thing you have learned from their website!

PLEASE: Make sure you put your email IN your comment, so I can reach you if you win.

The quotes in this post comes from the Evorapet website. This giveaway was made possible by EvoraPet. I was not compensated for this review other than a product sample. All opnions are 100% mine.

Winners of the Charming KEYper!!!

Thank you to everyone that entered.

the winners are
LisaLisa and

The frugalmommieof2 and LisaLisa have been contacted and sent me their mailing addresses, but I cannot find a way to contact Honeybunny. Honeybunny you have 48 hours to contact me, or you will forfeit your prize.

Once again, thank you everyone!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 Free $5 Video on Demand credit (Twitter offer)

If you have a Twitter account, here’s a very simple and easy way to get a free $5 Amazon Video on Demand credit:
*Go to this page on and click on the orange “Tweet and get $5″ button.

*Follow the steps to connect your Amazon account with your Twitter account.

*When you’re finished, you’ll be credited a free $5 Amazon Video on Demand credit.

P.S. If you get a message of "We're sorry.
An error has occurred. Please try refreshing this page. If the problem persists, please contact Amazon Instant Video support below." Simply refresh the page and it works. It happened to me and I just refreshed.

We have streamlining through Netflix which we all love, but sometimes Netflix does not have the movie we want. This is where the free credits from Amazon come in handy!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Costume Discounters Review

When the calender says it is back to school time, my brain says start planning. As we all now once school starts we all now how times seems to fly. Before we know it, it will be Halloween time. Halloween is a quick one day ordeal, but I never seem to be able to do it frugally has I hope. If you have never visited, I suggest you do. I was very surprised by the prices of many of their items.

When I was presented an opportunity to review a Halloween costume from I jumped all over it. What tween does not love Indiana Jones? Well, mine sure does. After looking at all of the boys costumes, Joel chose the Indiana Jones Distressed Jacket. Even grown kids love to play dress up and mine are no different. Costume Discounters has many movie character costumes. If your sons are not in the movie character costumes, they also carry a great variety of boys costumes

When the costume arrived, Joel was so excited he put it on. I had the camera ready.
We are very impressed by the detail, right down to the worn distressed look of the jacket.

Joel is a normal boy and of course loves the hat. I will work on shaping it more a bit before he wears it again. It looks a bit mangled, due to shipping, I think.

*This is not a compensated post. We did receive a complimentary costume for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

TracFone-our cell phone of choice

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone. All opinions are 100% mine.

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My 12 year old is not ready for a cell phone with a high monthly plan, but he is ready for a cell phone when separated from the rest of the family. After we did a lot of research we decided on a TracFone. The facts we like about the TracFone include:

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We chose a simple phones for simple needs, calling and texting capabilities for under $10.00.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

I made bread!!

I used the Hillbilly Housewife's recipe for 60 Minute Rolls. Oh MY GOD!! They taste as good as they look! I am going to be making this recipe a lot.

I brought a loaf up to my parents. They raved about this bread and said it makes excellent French toast. My dear Hubby made sandwiches from the rolls to carry in his lunch pail all week.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Studies have found that women lose on average of 35 minutes per week searching for their keys. That's more than 30 hours a year! Are you one of these women? I sure am used to be until I found the Charming KEYper! I so love this product! It is cute and so easy to use. I put my car keys on the Keyper, toss the keys in my BIG handbag and let the cute little charm on the end of the Keyper dangle out. When I need my keys I just pull the end of the KEYper left hanging out and THERE are my keys, no frustrating searching endlessly. They are RIGHT there.

KEYpers come in many cute styles but I chose this one: Black Zebra Charming KEYper
Black polyester webbing base, black & white zebra print accent ribbon, 3D nickel plated Ying/Yang Charm.

Three simple steps to never losing track of your keys or cell phone again:

1. Attach your keys to the spring hook and your cell phone to the universal adapter
2. Toss them in your bag and let the charm dangle outside
3. Next time you need your keys or your phone, just grab hold of KEYper™ and pull them out from the bottom of your bag.

This product makes my life easier by having my phone and keys easily accessible at all times.

Buy yours here. My readers can get a 15% discount using promo code: gwenma at checkout.

OR Or Win one here!

Three lucky readers will win a Charming KEYper of their own!

-Like Charming KEYPer on Facebook
-follow me

AND leave a comment after you like the KEYper on Facebook and becoming one of my followers.

So you have two ways to enter. Limit of two entries per person.
Giveaway ends 08/29/2011 at 11:59pm EST.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: I was given a free product for the purpose of reviewing and giving my honest opinion, I did not receive monetary compensation and all thoughts and opinions are mine. Quotes were taken directly from the website.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 48 hour back-to-school flash sale!

thredUP_kids clothing swap_free membership 48 hour back-to-school flash sale! 30% off all boxes. is where busy moms swap children’s clothes, toys and books online. This back-to-school season, thousands of moms are saving money and giving back by trading outgrown kids’ clothes for gently used school clothes that fit.

Today and tomorrow only, get 30% off boxes of pre-loved kids & baby gear listed by other moms across the country. All boxes of pre-loved kids clothes, toys and books listed by other moms across the country will be 30% off. That means your audience pay under $1 + shipping for a box of gently used items.

Sale Starts: August 24, 12:01 am EST

Sale Ends: August 25, 11:59 pm PST

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Oktoberfest Beer Mug Giveaway-Winner Announced!

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway for the set of Oktoberfest Beer Mugs! Jen, you are the winner! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your prize. I will be having other great giveaways, really soon. Make sure you check back regularly.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Meal plan and TWO giveaways!

My boys and I just got back from a 5 hour road trip with my mother to see my Gramma. Gram has not been feeling well, but for privacy sack she ask me not to post details here on my blog. Here is a photo (from l to r) of Noah, my mother Lin 61, and my Gram-Glendelon 80! and Joel.

So we all just got home and are tired and the house is a wreck, this week's food plan is going to be really simple!
Monday - Hot Dogs.
Tuesday - Chicken and rice.
Wednesday - Spaghetti with country ribs.
Thursday - Pork chops.
Friday - Pizza.

Don't forget to enter my two current giveaways. Oktoberfest Beer Mug (DONT forget you have to comment AND be a follow my blog!! K-Y® INTENSE® Giveaway

For more yummy meal plans check out orgjunkie

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Oktoberfest Beer Mug Review and Giveaway-ends 8/22

Perfect for your Octoberfest mug, this mug of mugs is also used by cup enthusiasts as an Oktoberfest or Ocktoberfest mug. This classic 22 ounce (oz) plastic molded stein mug with handle is also available in 14 ounce (oz) and 32 ounce (oz) sizes. A bestseller! Available in solid and translucent colors. With many ounces to choose from, it will drink great in your haus!

To learn more about Promos Online and see the range of Oktoberfest glass and plastic beer mugs, check them out here.

My kids and I love these kinds of mugs. It’s our favorite choice to use in the summer for all kinds of drinks. Great for adult drinks, like beer of course, but I like them for my iced sun tea. So they are very versatile.

You can find more info on Oktoberfest/Octoberfest here

List of 2011 Octoberfest Events

All Octoberfest Beer Mugs

Find PromosOnline on Facebook and on Twitter

1 ( one ) lucky Picking up the Pennies' reader will have the Honor of receiving set of 10 Plastic beer mugs. The list price for each set is more than $30.

Required ENTRY

Entrant Must be a public follower of Picking up the Pennies and leave a comment below telling me, WHAT you would have put in beer mugs for yourself….

Sweepstakes will END @ around *08/22 midnight * Eastern time.

Disclosure: I was given for free product (‘s) for the purpose of reviewing and giving my honest opinion, I did not receive monetary compensation and all thoughts and opinions are mine. Quotes were taken directly from the website.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

K-Y® INTENSE® review and Giveaway

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K-Y® INTENSE® is the uniquely formulated arousal gel that has women saying "it makes sex more satisfying." INTENSE® is not a lubricant, but a gel to be massaged on the clitoris to increase sensitivity, and heighten the feeling of pleasure during climax. 75% of women in consumer use studies who used K-Y® INTENSE® experienced heightened arousal, sexual pleasure, and sensitivity where it counts most. Our science + your art = intense satisfaction™ …for both of you.

How does it work?
Arousal is at your fingertips-or his. During foreplay, gently massage a pea-sized drop (2-4 pumps) onto your clitoris. Most women in consumer studies experienced heightened sensitivity, increased pleasure, and a more intense climax. Re-apply as desired. Use externally. Hormone and paraben free. Approximately 20 applications.

What's in it?
PEG-8, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Tocopherol, Niacin, Fragrance.

This product is intended to enhance your sexual pleasure. If you suffer from arousal or orgasm disorders consult your healthcare provider. If irritation or discomfort occurs, discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider. Keep out of reach of children.

My opinion: It does what it claims ;) It was a little sticky, but made for a great fun experiment.

Disclosure: I was given for free product for the purpose of reviewing and giving my honest opinion, I did not receive monetary compensation and all thoughts and opinions are mine. Quotes were taken directly from the website.

Here comes the giveaway portion of the post: There will be 2 (two) winner, that will be picked randomly on Aug 31 @ 11:59pm. To enter the giveaway leave a comment including your name and email address, so I can contact you. ONE entry per person! Good luck.

A Day Late and Usually a Dollar Short Meal Plan

Usually I post my menu plans on Monday, but today is Tuesday.
Tuesday - Sloppy Joes.
Wednesday - Chicken Sandwiches.
Thursday - Spaghetti
Friday - Hot dogs and Mac & Cheese. I have to work and this meal the boys love and me not so much.
Saturday - Cook's delight.

This week we are busy preparing for the county fair. This afternoon we go and clean out the food booth. Wednesday we will start baking, Joel chose to do brownies and Noah bread. Both sound yummy to me :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Alone in the house for 5 hours!

Today I am alone in the house for the first time since May 28, the last day of school. I feel so refreshed and content. This is how I spent my 5 hours, cooking dinner for my menfolk.

First I made crock-pot pizza. It is a fancy version of goulash, with a ton of mozzarella cheese and peperoni.

Next is homemade bread and breakfast pie. The breakfast pie is for Sunday morning. DH's cousin is spending the weekend and the man can eat.

And most importantly I was able to get in a nap and a new blog post. What a great day.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Our Staycation Day #1 Roadtrip

We love summer time with the great warm weather we are having. We would so love to go on a real vacation, but instead we have resorted to day long trips and excursions this year. We were all in the mood for a day trip to Copper Harbor, MI. If you have never been there, go! It is one of my very favorite small towns in the world. Copper harbor is about 2 hours from where we live. We stopped at every little site seeing opportunity along the way.

This is a snow-o-meter measuring the local area's record breaking snow fall in one year 390.4 inches. Can you imagine!? It still snows a lot up here but I am glad I have never seen that much snow.

Our next stop was at Fort Wilkins' State Park. There is a ton of history at this fort. My boys really enjoyed seeing how and where the soldiers of that time lived and worked.

Joel setting off the cannon.

Noah shopping getting supplies for making cookies, he is my cookie monster!!

The ammo depot.

Then to Mount Brockway, it sure does look like a far way down.

Then to the beach for some stick and stone throwing.

After all the walking, working and learning, we had a much needed picnic. Then we started the ride. I think we wore them out because not two words came from the back seat, only snores.

Thursday Cup Of Joe Blog Hop


I am enjoying a cup of coffee, while blog hopping!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Worldless Wednesday

this sign really made me stop and think. There was an elevator around the corner.

Chickens, chickens and yet more chickens

About 2 years ago, my cousin's kingerten class she was teaching, hatched eggs. They were so cute but grew and grew and GREW. Lisa lives with in the city limits so she had to find a home for her babies. We invited them in our home coop with open arms. Well, it has been quite the learning process with these three additions to our flock. They are bantam Ameraucanas and the go broody in a drop of a hat. With that said, I have baby chickens again, they are the cutest little things and the females are such good mamas!

Here is Rita and her five offspring. See the little ones peeping out.
We have about 28 chickens right now, with 10 that are hens and old enough to lay. We get on average 9 eggs a day. I have two regular buyers for $2.50 a dozen, which goes for feed.