Monday, December 26, 2011

25 FREE Photo Prints - Walgreens

 Have you been taking pictures this weekend? Are you ready to get some printed? Through December 31st, Walgreens is offering you 25 FREE 4x6 photo prints.

Just upload your 25 photos, add them to your cart and use the code PRINTNOW to receive your free prints. Choose in-store pick up and your order will be completely free!

And don't forget, if you're wanting to send photos to relatives or friends in other parts of the country, you can choose to have your photos printed at their local Walgreens for them to pick up instead!

FREE Coconut Oil (with purchase) From Tropical Traditions!

I'm excited to share this special deal from Tropical Traditions with you! I meant to post it yesterday, but by the time I could do it, the deal was almost over. BUT, this morning when I checked my e-mail I discovered that TT had extended the deal through midnight tonight. Yay! :)

Tropical Traditions is offering you a special Christmas gift. They are giving away a 32-ounce jar of their famous Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil with every purchase ($16 minimum purchase is required) through midnight tonight (Dec. 26)! This is a $40 value!!

Just add the coconut oil to your cart and the price will automatically be taken off. This deal is limited to one per order.

Take advantage of one of their other sale items for your minimum order and make your money go even farther! Plus, if you order through the link on this page (my referral link) and you are a new Tropical Traditions customer, you should receive their Coconut Oil book FREE also!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. " Isaiah 9:6

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2:11

Merry CHRISTmas to all of my wonderful readers! I hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating the birth of our Savior!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christian Homemaker Giveaway

Are you a Christian Homemaker? Jacinda from Growing Home blog is hosting a huge giveaway just for you. She wants to bless one special homemaker with a gift package of over $200 worth of gifts!

I am honored to be one of the sponsors for this very special giveaway, and I'd love to have you pop over to Growing Home and enter the giveaway. This giveaway ends tonight, so don't delay. And from my heart to yours, THANK YOU for honoring the Lord and embracing His calling on your life!

God bless and Merry CHRISTmas!

Monday, December 19, 2011

FREE Shipping at Tropical Traditions - TODAY ONLY

Tropical Traditions is offering a FREE SHIPPING COUPON for all domestic ground orders TODAY ONLY! And not only that, but their famous Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is on sale too!

Special Price! - 2 pints - Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil 16 oz. - Buy 1 get 1 FREE!

Or maybe you're more interested in some of these products:

Organic Raw Freeze Dried Pineapple - 1.5 oz

Household Traditions Dish Liquid - 32 oz.

Special Price! Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens - Mint Flavor  - 389 grams

Special Price! - Organic Brown Rice Syrup - 16 oz.

8-oz. - Moisturizing Lotion - Peppermint

That's just a small sampling of the many wonderful products offered by Tropical Traditions! Order today to receive your free shipping using the code 261112 at checkout.

Note: This post contains my referral code, and I'd be thrilled to have you order through my link. Thank you!

And the Winner Is...

We have a winner!! The very popular Jewel of the Lion giveaway has just ended and the happy winner is Tracy with entry #365 out of 402 entries!! This has been the largest giveaway I've ever hosted! Thank you so much to all of you who entered.

Even if you didn't win this giveaway though, there is still time to order before Christmas! Be sure to place your order by tomorrow to ensure Christmas delivery, and don't forget to use the coupon code FEATURE10 to receive 10% off your entire order! Julie's Fudge would make a wonderful Christmas gift!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Are you still looking for last minute gifts?

It's not too late to order from Joyfully Sewn Designs! I ship via USPS Priority Mail or First Class Mail depending on the size of the order. In stock items are shipped the same day or the following day and shipping time is usually not longer than 4 days.

Let It Snow Dress Set Size 3/4
White Peasant Dress

Lilla Rose Flexi Clips also make wonderful gifts for sisters, mothers, friends, co-workers, daughters or granddaughters! Orders take around a week to arrive, so get your purchases made soon!

Do you have a reader in your family or on your list of people to buy gifts for? My sister's newly released book The Unexpected Request would be a great choice for readers of many ages! It's a great family read-aloud book or it will be equally enjoyed by a single reader. The book is available from Amazon in print form or for Kindles!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jewel of the Lion Feature, Review and Giveaway (US Only)

Yesterday I eagerly watched out the upstairs window from the computer desk where I was working as the mailman pulled up. Yes, it looked like he might have a small box in his hands... After finishing up what I was working on, I went straight for the mailbox. There it was, the small Priority Mail box with my name on the front. My Christmas Sampler of fudge from Jewel of the Lion had arrived!!

I used to think of fudge as mainly either chocolate or peanut butter. Yes, some might have nuts or you might even get chocolate mint, but that's about as far as my knowledge of fudge went. That was BEFORE I discovered Jewel of the Lion on Etsy! Wow!!! I've never seen so many varieties of fudge! Fudge isn't the only thing Julie sells in her shop though, she also sells her famous "Aunt Helen's Pumpkin Bread", Cookies, Scones, Muffins and more!

Before you run off straight to Jewel of the Lion to satisfy your curiosity about those multitudes of flavors of fudge or to make yourself hungry with the yummy looking goodies, let me give you a peak behind the scenes at the woman who runs the shop.

What inspired you to open your shop?
Originally, my shop was full of jewelry & crafty things, as I was inspired by a fellow artist/friend who turned me on to Etsy after we crafted together a bit.  With no activity in the jewelry arena, I decided to sell my Aunt Helen's Pumpkin Bread for the fall of 2010.  My family had been telling me to sell it for years, and as a sort of homage to my Aunt Helen after she passed, I decided to give it a go.

Where did your shop name come from?
I'm a writer, and I love to play with words - they fascinate me!  So, my name is Julie, I'm a Leo, originally I was selling jewelry....and Jewel of the Lion was born! :-)

What inspires you to create your work?
Oh, my!  Inspiration comes from everywhere - friends, family, food shows, magazines, billboards, random cravings, strange name it!  The world is my inspiration, and making people happy because they ate something I made is the best feeling ever!  People don't just eat something, they cherish it, they remember a good time from a simple flavor, they travel back to childhood when things were easier.  They have a bite and think of a long lost loved many stories and so much love comes from a little something sweet.

Where/How did you learn your craft?
In kitchens, where the smells wafting out make you feel like family is all around.  Where comfort reigns, and familiarity finds you in every stir of the pot, every taste from the spoon, every swish of the hand-sewn apron.

Have you taken any courses or classes? I've never attended a single cooking/baking course, but have logged in thousands of hours in the kitchen with so many beautiful, passionate culinary school can touch that.

In your opinion, what sets you apart from the rest?
A lot of things set me apart...but I think one of the main things is that my fudge creations actually look like the desserts they are inspired cheesecakes & pie fudges have crusts, my ice cream fudges look like ice cream...they are beautiful & unique, and taste like their original counterparts.  It's fantastic! :-) I also have over 70 flavors of fudge...and I've found no one with anywhere close to that variety!

What is the most exciting thing that has happened since you've started?
Every new customer is exciting, every new relationship I make, and every new confection I make that makes someone happy.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given in regards to what you do?
Follow your heart & keep your numbers straight!

Do you take custom orders? If so, how do they work?
I LOVE custom orders!  Generally people just request what they want, we work together, and everyone's happy!

Besides crafting, what else do you do?  What are your other interests?

I love to write, analyze things, be with friends and family, spend quality time with others or alone.  I love to paint, craft, create, live, love, laugh, learn!

How do you make time to make your goodies?  It's what I do most of the time....and somehow, there's still not enough time to do all I want.

What advice would you give someone just learning your craft?
Be courageous, try new things, believe in yourself!

What advice would you give someone new to online selling?
Study, study, learn, research, and study some more!!  And customer service is 10000000% the most important next to having a solid product & good photos.

Is your mouth watering yet? As I was looking through Jewel of the Lion to find pictures for this post, I kept coming across flavors of fudge I hadn't seen before and kept thinking, "Yum!! I want to try that one!" This fudge would make a great gift for that person on your list that is so hard to shop for because they already have everything! I even have a coupon code for you!

Julie is offering a coupon code to all of my readers which will give you 10% off your entire purchase from her shop. Just use the code FEATURE10 to receive your discount. She is also offering a 15% discount on the purchase of any of her 1 or 1.5 pound Christmas Samplers with the code XMASSAMP15. You can see her shop announcement for details.

Speaking of Christmas Samplers, I have a very sweet giveaway for you! And let me tell you, the winner of this giveaway is certainly in for a treat! Julie is generously giving away one of her 1 pound Christmas Fudge Samplers to one of my readers!!

The Christmas Sampler gives you your choice of 4 different flavors of fudge. You can choose from Pumpkin, Just Chocolate, Peppermint Candy, Walnut, Holiday Eggnog and Pecan Pie. Hard Choice!

When I was offered one of these Christmas Samplers to review, I was so excited! We chose Peppermint Candy, Just Chocolate, Pumpkin, and Pecan Pie. WOW! My family and I had a taste testing party last night and sampled all four flavors. Yummy! We LOVED them! That Pumpkin Fudge tastes just like pumpkin bread, and the Pecan Pie makes you think you're actually eating pie instead of fudge! Our ultimate favorite of all the flavors we tried though was hands down the Peppermint Candy Fudge!! The peppermint and chocolate combination are wonderful! The perfect fudge for Christmas!

I'm thrilled to now get to offer one of my readers their own Sampler Package of fudge! Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below.

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary Christmas Sampler to review. All opinions
are 100% mine. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Favorite Christmas Books

When my brother, sister and I were growing up, my Mom would always read aloud to us. She read us story books, biographys, history books, and much, much more! She spent HOURS reading to us, and I'm so glad for that good foundation she gave us! Even today we all still love to read!

Some of the books we read (or had read to us) as children, we still read today - like some of our favorite Christmas books. Over the years we've collected quite a few Christmas books and in that collection, along with new books we've discovered, remain some of our old favorites including Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas, A Bird's Christmas Carol, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

My sister and I still like to read these books each year either to other children just as they were read to us, or to ourselves. Rebekah is even doing book reviews on some of her favorite Christmas books on her blog this month.

What are some of your family's favorite Christmas books?

New Blog Look!

Have you seen my new blog look yet? I'm so excited to actually have a custom look for my blog now! Jacinda from Growing Home made my banner for me, and I just love it. She also very sweetly made a button for my blog!

Joyful Service

Now I feel like a real blogger. :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011


If you've been considering purchasing any Lilla Rose Flexi Clips for yourself or as Christmas gifts, now is the perfect time to do it!

Lilla Rose is offering FREE SHIPPING December 1st - 3rd on any order of $20 or more! And they've just released the brand new, limited quantity December Flexi.

Isn't it gorgeous! It would make a very special gift for a loved one this Christmas. Order now to take advantage of the Free Shipping and receive your order in plenty of time for Christmas.

And the Winner Is...

We have a new winner!! The Tropical Traditions Palm Shortening Giveaway has just ended, and a winner has been chosen. Congratulations to Stephanie - entry #54 out of #187!

Thanks to all of you who entered this giveaway! And even if you didn't win, you can still purchase this product from Tropical Traditions for your holiday baking and it's even on sale! :)

1 Gallon Organic Palm Shortening - 112 oz.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tropical Traditions SALE

Have you been thinking about purchasing from Tropical Traditions? Now would be the perfect time to try them out since they've joined the Black Friday / Cyber Monday fun with a special deal of their own! :)

Now through midnight on Monday, November 28th, you can get $10 off any purchase of $16 or more! Just use the code fri251111 to receive your discount.

Their 8 ounce Moisturizing Lotions are on sale for $12.90 (40% off) through Sunday. These would be wonderful for the winter weather when the heat dries out your skin, or they would make wonderful gifts!

Their Organic Maple Syrup is also on sale 40% and their Brown Rice Syrup 35%. Many other items are also discounted! Don't miss out on saving an extra $10 on these high quality products from Tropical Traditions!

Disclaimer: My referral link is in this post. Thank you for your support!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Lilla Rose SALE

With so many stores, shops, and businesses rolling out specials sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Lilla Rose wasn't going to be left behind!

From 12:00 AM PST tomorrow November 25th through midnight PST on Saturday November 26th, Lilla Rose customers will receive 15% off every item in their cart! PLUS some select items will be marked down 25% off!!

Take advantage of this weekend sale to purchase Christmas gifts or to stock up for yourself!

Joyfully Sewn Designs SALE

Joyfully Sewn Designs is having a sale! 

Girls White Peasant Dress

I'm so grateful for each one of my wonderful customers and for those who have encouraged and supported my little business this past year.
It has been a joy to be able to get to know and serve so many of you over the past two years since I started Joyfully Sewn Designs.

Classic Black Jumper with Peasant Blouse

And now I would like to offer you a special sale from now through the 28th (covering Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday). The prices for my entire Artfire shop have been reduced by 10%. If you have a coupon code, you can pair that with the sale for an even bigger discount!

Corduroy A-line Snowflake Jumper

Thank you again for your support and business!
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Introducing Lilla Rose Flexi Clips!

Have you ever seen these beautiful and feminine hair clips before?

They are

I had never seen or heard about them until a few months ago I started seeing them on blog after blog. They were so pretty, and I really wanted to try one, so I entered a few giveaways and guess what?! I actually won a beautiful Lilla Rose Flexi Clip to try out for myself! I was so excited to order my first clip and eagerly awaited it's arrival!

I wasn't the only one watching for that Lilla Rose package to arrive though. Through the sweet generosity of the consultant whose giveaway I won, my sister was also going to be receiving the Flexi Clip of her choice!

When the clips arrived we were NOT disappointed. Not only are they so pretty and feminine, they work! My sister has fine curly hair and the mini flexi works great for her usual hair styles. If she wants to put all of her hair up, she just has to reach for my extra small size. :)

For me, the extra small Flexi is perfect for doing a half up and I can use the small for a ponytail (at least when my mom isn't using the small for hers :)). If I were to put my hair all the way up, I'd need the large size.

My Mom, Sister, and I were so pleased with the first two Flexi Clips we were given, that I signed up right away to be a consultant so that I could share these Simply Feminine hair clips with all of my friends and blog readers. These would make wonderful Christmas gifts for any lady or girl, and guess what? Lilla Rose is having a Black Friday - Cyber Monday sale on ALL of their clips!! Be sure to check back in here Thursday night for the details! :)

This gorgeous Autumn Flexi was released on November 1st and sold out in just 24 hours!! Thankfully Lilla Rose was able to get more made and they are now available in a limited amount until the end of the month. Once they're gone, they're gone!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

And the Winner Is...

Congratulations to Ashley on winning the beautiful Rusty Star Basket from Joanna's Collections!

Thank you to everyone for entering! This giveaway ended up being my highest entry giveaway yet with over 200 entries!! I appreciate all of you who took time to stop by my blog and enter the giveaway!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tropical Traditions Palm Shortening Review & Giveaway (US/CAN)

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only 8 days away?! The holiday season is upon us already, and with the holidays comes lots of baking! I love to bake all kinds of goodies, pies, cookies, breads, etc. Although I bake all year around, there's something special about baking lots of yummy goodies in the Fall and Winter - especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas!

This year thanks to the generosity of Tropical Traditions, I have a new product to use in my baking! Following the last review and giveaway I did for them, Tropical Traditions asked if I would like to review another one of their wonderful product. Of course I jumped at the chance and chose to try their Organic Palm Shortening.

"Palm shortening is derived from palm oil (read about Virgin Palm Oil here). In its natural state, palm oil is a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, with most of the unsaturated fat being monounsaturated fat. Palm shortening is palm oil that has some of its unsaturated fats removed, giving it a very firm texture, and high melting point. The melting point of our Organic Palm Shortening is 97 degrees F., making it very shelf stable. It is NOT hydrogenised, and contains NO trans fats! It is great for deep-fat frying and baking, and is not prone to rancidity. Since it has been separated from some of the unsaturated portion of the oil, it is colorless and odorless, and will not affect the taste of foods like Virgin Palm Oil does."

My box from Tropical Traditions arrived at the perfect time! I was just getting ready to make an Upside Down Apple Pie for a pie contest at a Western Themed get-together that some friends host, and I was thrilled to be able to make my crust with this shortening! The shortening worked perfectly in the crust, and the pie turned out beautifully (and happened to win the blue ribbon :)).

I am definitely pleased with this product from Tropical Traditions, and will certainly be ordering more when I run out. Besides the apple pie I first made, I've also made Shoo-Fly Pie, Ginger Cookies and just last night I pulled my gallon bucket of shortening out to make the crust for Spicy Bean & Beef Pie (a family favorite!)

I'm excited to have a product I can use in my pie crusts and other baking that s NOT hydrogenised, and contains NO trans fats. If you're used to using Crisco, this Palm Shortening has a little bit different consistency and isn't as WHITE, but it works just as well and is so much better. :) I also love the fact that, "Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening comes from small scale family farms in South America. These farmers are certified by ProForest, which ensures that they meet strict social, environmental and technical criteria."

Would you like to win your own gallon of Organic Palm Shortening to try in your own holiday baking? Tropical Traditions is very generously offering one of my readers the same size bucket of shortening that they sent me to review.

To enter the giveaway, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below. Please make sure you record your entries in the form itself or they will not be counted!