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TODAY ONLY: Save Over 60% on Norton Security ($29.99 For 5 Devices)

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TODAY ONLY: Amazon has a special daily deal offer ~ get Norton Security for $29.99 and protect up to 5 Devices including PCs, Macs, Smartphones and tablets  (retail is $79.99).  Norton Security gives you the their most comprehensive protection for the many ways you connect online. Along with proactive web and privacy protection, Norton Security even includes a special feature that helps you easily locate lost or stolen smartphones and tablets.

:: Go here to get Norton Security for $29.99 ~ price valid today only.  

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How to Make Snow Ice Cream — a.k.a. Winter Bliss in a Bowl

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I hope you are enjoying our beautiful snow today!

We are not posting our weekly Fort Worth Free & Cheap Weekend Events (for Feb. 27 & 28) since most events are cancelled or postponed due to this lovely winter weather.  Instead, we decided to “dust off” and share this archived post/recipe from a few years ago —  How to Make Snow Ice Cream.

Have fun and stay warm! : )

Something New to Try
On this fluffy-white, beautiful snow day, I thought it would be fun to make snow   ice cream for the first time.  I remember my parents sharing memories about making the treat when they were kiddos (they grew up where snow was a more frequent occurrence than here in Fort Worth), and I always thought it sounded like the ultimate “fun food!”

I do believe this is just the thing to try on this wonderful winter day, and have already set my largest bowl outside to catch a container-full of winter bliss.

Following is the recipe I used, which comes with great reviews from allrecipes.com:

Bon Appetite, y’all!

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

1 gallon snow
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk (or half and half for a richer taste)

Directions

  1. When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes.
  2. When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste, then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency.
  3. Serve at once.

Options:  Personally, we like this recipe best, as is, but you can also try mixing other favorite ingredients such as cocoa powder, cinnamon, coconut, or chocolate chips. Get creative and the kids (big and small) will have a blast making it.

Did you try this recipe? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments section.

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$15 OFF Coupon for Paint at Sherwin Williams

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If you have a D.I.Y. paint project on your to do list for 2015, be sure and check out this $15 OFF coupon from Pottery Barn & Sherwin Williams.  The coupon is valid through March 24, 2015 and is usable on any retail paint or supply purchase of $75 or more from Sherwin-Williams.

::  Go here to get the coupon and learn more about this offer.

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Over 200 FREE Pumpkin Carving Stencils, Jack-O-Lantern Patterns, Downloads and Creative Ideas

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200 Pumpkin carving ideas

Pick up a couple of inexpensive pumpkins and try you hand at a fun design with one of  these FREE pumpkin stencils — we’ve rounded up over 200 designs for just about every interest and level of difficulty:

  • The Texas Rangers fan club  has 4 FREE Texas Rangers and Texas themed FREE printable jack-o-lantern templates hereShow your support for our favorite baseball team!
  • Southern Living inspires with over 55 free pumpkin carving and decorating ideas – from elegant to jolly–to ready your house for the fall.
  • Better Homes and Gardens provides over 100  creative ideas and templates for decorating pumpkins hereThey even offer free customized stencils when you answer a short quiz based on your carving ability level, decorating desires, and project involvement needs.
  • Hesheys.com offers a wide variety of 30 different patterns from easy to advanced, with printable carving instructions.
  • DisneyFamily.com has over 30 templates including many Disney character patterns ~ Frozen’s Olaf, Mickey Mouse, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Toy Story, Ferb and Doc McStuffins.
  • Nick Jr. offers 31 favorite Nick Jr. TV show character patterns like Dora the Explorer, Paw Patrol, and many others.
  • Lowes has created 8 downloadable designs to add fall flair to your front entry.  If you want something less halloween themed and more decorative, the Ginkgo leaf design is fantastic.
  • Kraft.com has 6 different pumpkin face patterns as well as an easy-to-follow guide for carving pumpkins, here.
  • PumpkinLady.com provides a wide selection of clever design templates, most for less than $.99. Click around the site for some great ideas.  You’ll also find 12 designs for FREE  here.

I recommend a couple of great tools for making your pumpkin carving project easier:

Pumpkin Carving

  • For the more serious pumpkin carving project, I recommend the Messermeister Pumpkin Carving Kit which includes a chef quality Pumpkin/Melon knife, scoop and carving tools in a storage case.  The special blades are designed to carve intricate designs beautifully (not for the kiddos, though)!   They’ll give a great grip when cutting and carving pumpkins and thick melons, too.

Pumpkin Carving

  • If you want one really good tool, I recommend getting a special Pumpkin/Melon Carving knife. We really like the Warren Pro Pumpkin Carving knife. It is well made with a walnut handle and comes with several sturdy replacement blades that have a fine saw like cutting action ~ they will not bend or break as with the cheaper versions.  Again, this is not safe for kids.

 

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FREE Thanksgiving Printable Chalkboard Art

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Prepare your home and hearts for the upcoming Thanksgiving celebration with FREE printable art from fellow blogger, A Bird and a Bean.  This lovely chalkboard design prints on standard letter paper and then trims to fit a standard frame.

:: Download your FREE Thanksgiving printable here.

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10 Columbus Day Sale Coupons Worth Checking Out — 50% OFF at Michael’s, 25% OFF at World Market & More

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Here is a nice collection of savings coupons for Fort Worth and Dallas retailers, valid this week (and beyond in some cases)! 

Secret Sauce Savings Tip:  Note that you can print these out as many times as you need them, but typically you can only use one per store visit.  Read the “birdseed” for each coupon.

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Big Lots 20% OFF Entire Purchase This Weekend

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This weekend, Big Lots is offering a special 20% OFF your entire purchase deal. This is a great time to fill in the gap on your food pantry, personal care items, office/school supplies and other household items.

There are two different ways to get 20% Off at Big Lots this weekend:

  1. Saturday, October 4:  If you are a Buzz Club Rewards members you can get a head-start on saving 20%.  Show your rewards card at checkout after 2PM on Saturday to get the 20% OFF your entire purchase. You can easily  become a Buzz Club Member online for FREE, here.
  2.  Sunday, October 5:  Print out the 20% OFF coupon you’ll find here (no membership needed) and use it anytime during Big Lot’s Sunday store hours to get the 20% OFF your total purchase.

Find a Big Lots Store location near you, here.

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REMINDER — FREE $10 Amazon Gift Card When You Buy $50 in Gift Cards Ends Sept. 30

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Just a reminder that if you haven’t jumped on this hot $10 Amazon Credit offer yet, it ends September 30th

Amazon Gift Cards Free 10 with 50

Amazon is running a nice gift card promotion for eligible customers  get a FREE $10 Amazon Credit/Gift Card emailed to you when you purchase at least $50 in Amazon.com gift cards by September 30, 2014. You can even send the gift card to yourself if you have a purchase you need to make or even better, surprise someone and make their day!  Read more

:: Go here to learn more.

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IT’S BACK — FREE $10 Amazon Gift Card When You Buy $50 in Gift Cards

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We heard from several of our happy readers who saved a nice bundle with this free $10 Amazon deal a few months ago. This offer is back for eligible customers, but only for a short time

Amazon Gift Cards Free 10 with 50

Amazon is running a nice gift card promotion for eligible customers  get a FREE $10 Amazon Credit/Gift Card emailed to you when you purchase at least $50 in Amazon.com gift cards by September 30, 2014. You can even send the gift card to yourself if you have a purchase you need to make or even better, surprise someone and make their day!

Here’s how it works:

1.  Go here to find out if you are eligible for Amazon’s FREE $10 Gift Card deal. The promotion details will indicate if you are eligible.

2.  Purchase at least $50 in Amazon.com gift cards by September 30, 2014, and if you are eligible, Amazon will email you a $10 promo code to spend at Amazon.com.  There are 100s of gift card styles from which to choose (birthday, thank you, “thinking about you” — just about any occasion or holiday that comes to mind).

3.  Decide how you want to receive your gift card(s).  Amazon gift cards can be sent via email to use or give immediately, printed at home (so that you can save it or give as a gift), or sent through postal mail. They will even be shipped with FREE One-Day Shipping if you go the postal route.

4.  Redeem your gift card anywhere, anytime on Amazon for millions of items. Your purchased gift card never expires.

Buy $50 Amazon Gift Card, get $10 FREE!

:: Go here to get the FREE $10 Gift Card or learn more about the promotion details.

Secret Sauce Buying Tips: While Amazon Gift cards can be used anywhere on Amazon.com, items you purchase with the $10 gift card promo code need to come from Amazon, not a 3rd party seller, in order for the promo code to work.  Also, you will need to complete your purchase with the $10 promo code no later than October 31, 2014, as it expires (the $50 gift card you purchase will never expire).  Lastly, there is a limit of one $10 credit promo code per customer.

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FREE Printable Summer Time Chalkboard Art

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With all the back-to-school buzz in full force, you might need a little reminder that the lazy days of summer are not yet over!  Here’s a great way to do just thatprint out this FREE chalkboard printable from creative blogger, ishouldbemoppingthefloor (isn’t that the truth?).  This fun summer time design prints on standard letter paper and then trims to fit an 8 x 10 frame — perfect!

:: Download your FREE Summer Time And The Living Is Easy chalkboard printable here.

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REMINDER, ENDS MONDAY — FREE $10 Amazon Gift Card When You Buy $50 in Gift Cards

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We’ve heard from several of our happy readers who have saved a nice bundle with this $10 Amazon credit deal. Just a little reminder that this expires on Monday, June 30th in case you put this on the backburner

Amazon Gift Cards Free 10 with 50

Amazon is running a nice gift card promotion — get a FREE $10 gift code when you buy $50 or more in Amazon gift cards by June 30th.  Send the gift card to yourself if you have a purchase to make or surprise someone!

Here’s how it works: Just use this link to purchase at least $50 in Amazon.com gift cards by June 30, 2014, and they’ll email you a $10 promo code by July 15 to spend at Amazon.com. Once you get the gift card (have it emailed if you want to use it immediately), you can redeem it storewide for millions of items ~ plus the giftcard never expires.  Gift Cards can be sent via email, printed at home, or sent through the mail (and come automatically with FREE One-Day Shipping if you go the postal route).

Buy $50 Amazon Gift Card, get $10 FREE!

:: Go here to get the $10 Credit promo code or learn more.

Secret Sauce Buying Tip: While Amazon Gift cards can be used anywhere on Amazon.com, items you purchase with the $10 promo code need to come from Amazon — not a 3rd party seller — in order for the promo code to work.  Also, you will need to complete your purchase with the $10 promo code no later than July 31, 2014, as it expires; the $50 gift card will never expire.  Lastly, there is a limit of one $10 credit promo code per customer.

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FREE $10 Amazon Gift Card When You Buy $50 in Gift Cards

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If you are planning to make a $50 or more purchase on Amazon, here’s a great deal that will get you $10 more to apply to your purchase…

Amazon Gift Cards Free 10 with 50

Amazon is running a nice gift card promotion — get a FREE $10 gift code when you buy $50 or more in Amazon gift cards by June 30th.  Send the gift card to yourself if you have a purchase to make or surprise someone!

Here’s how it works: Just use this link to purchase at least $50 in Amazon.com gift cards by June 30, 2014, and they’ll email you a $10 promo code by July 15 to spend at Amazon.com. Gift Cards can be sent via email, printed at home, or sent through the mail (and come automatically with FREE One-Day Shipping) — they are redeemable storewide for millions of items and never expire, too.

Buy $50 Amazon Gift Card, get $10 FREE!

:: Go here to get the $10 Credit promo code or learn more.

Secret Sauce Buying Tip: Note that items you purchase with the promo code  need to come from Amazon, not a 3rd party seller for the promo code to work.  Also, you will need to complete your purchase with the $10 promo code no later than July 31, 2014, as it expires — however the $50 gift card will never expire.  Lastly, there is a limit of one $10 credit promo code per customer.

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$5 OFF Your Next $25 Amazon Purchase

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Amazon $5 Off Purchase

Pop over to Amazon and install their 1Button Buying App on your computer.  Once installed, use this app to make a purchase of $25 or more, and you’ll save $5 at checkout!

:: Go here to get $5 OFF and install the Amazon 1Button App.

Secret Sauce Buying Tip: Do note, that you won’t see the extra $5 discount subtracted from the selling price until you checkout with the app and get to the final “Review Your Order”/Order Summary confirmation page. This is the last page you’ll see after you input your payment info — right before you actually approve the order to be placed.  It will look something like this.  Also, the items need to come from Amazon, not a 3rd party seller for the deal to work.

:: Go here to get this deal.

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$20 OFF DeWalt Tools — Father’s Day Deal

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Get $20 OFF a $100 purchase of select DeWalt power tools at Amazon, now through June 15th. Many of the tools are already discounted over 50% OFF (plus you’ll qualify for FREE shipping if the item is over $30), so this is a really great sale!

Secret Sauce Buying Tip: Do note, that you won’t see the extra $20 discount subtracted from the selling price until you checkout and get to the final “Review Your Order”/Order Summary confirmation page. This is the last page you’ll see after you input your payment info — right before you actually approve the order to be placed.  It will look something like this.  Also, the items need to come from Amazon, not a 3rd party seller for the deal to work.

:: Go here to get this deal.

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Texas Tax FREE Holiday for Energy Star Appliances — Memorial Day Weekend 2014

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Please pass along to anyone in the new home appliance (or dorm-sized refrigerator) market…

  

Good News! This Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26), Texas shoppers get a break from sales tax for purchases of most energy-star appliances and energy-efficient products like refrigerators and clothes washers ~ even energy-star rated college-dorm-sized refrigerators and light bulbs qualify!  This is a great way to get an extra “discount” and save on future energy costs if you are in the market for any of these items.

The energy-star products qualifying in 2014 include:

  • Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
  • Ceiling fans
  • Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Energy Star Labeled Programmable thermostats
  • Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less

The 2014 sales tax holiday begins on Saturday, May 24, and ends on Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend).

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Qualifying products will need to display the ENERGY STAR logo. The discount can also apply to delivery and installation fees and  there is no limit to the number of qualifying items one can purchase during this sales tax holiday.

To find out more, go to the Texas comptroller’s site, here.

P.S.  Be sure to check out this extra savings tip:  Pop over to Amazon’s Energy Star Appliance Rebate finder page (go here & look for the Energy Star Logo link in the left column)They have an easy to search database of Energy Star rebates on qualified products. 

   

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