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Bizzy – New site for local deals

I saw a Facebook post from The Cultured Cup (tea, coffee, chocolates store in Dallas) that stated they only needed three more people to register to become a featured business when Bizzy launches in a few days (2 now since I registered). The first 25 people to register will get a free cup of tea or coffee on their next visit. Since I like The Cultured Cup’s tea, I registered, and then I looked into Bizzy a bit more.

It’s a new site that will connect consumers with their favorite businesses and give consumers access to exclusive deals, including birthday surprises. The site is in beta, and I can’t see any way to connect with any other businesses yet, nor can I see which cities will be able to participate in Bizzy, but I’m guessing everything will be more clear on March 2 when it launches.

If you are in Dallas and want to connect with The Cultured Cup on Bizzy, register here. The free cup of tea or coffee is good for the first 25 people that “connect” as a customer, so you’ll have to check the “customers” number to see what number you are.

DenTek Nation

If you use DenTek products or would like to learn more about them, sign up for their email list and be sure to join the DenTek Nation.

I took one of their surveys a few weeks ago and today, I received two Custom Comfort Nightguards, a sheet of coupons and an envelope full of samples (multiple types of floss, floss picks, easy brush cleaner and floss threaders) – many with a $1.00 off coupons on the back of them. Nice!

January is Thyroid Awareness Month – $25 GC Giveaway

WINNER: Comment #21: Ashley S. I have emailed Ashley and she has 24 hrs to respond. Congrats!

Note: This is not a “deal” post, but something that I have experience with and feel is important to share with you.

I had no idea that January is National Thyroid Awareness Month. As someone who has dealt with thyroid issues for more than a decade, I wanted to participate in this awareness campaign when the folks at the Global Influence Network contacted me about it.

During a routine physical exam in my 20s, my internist detected the small goiters growing on my thyroid. After an ultrasound confirmed their existence and after some tests to rule out cancer, I started on Synthroid. Thankfully the nodules were caught early and haven’t grown since starting on medication.

The thyroid is a small gland located in the middle of the lower neck, which produces hormones that regulate many functions including temperature, weight gain, and weight loss. Many Americans experience various problems with the functioning of their thyroid. Some red flags to watch for are:

* sudden weight gain or increase in body fat
* inability to lose weight despite proper diet and exercise
* fatigue, insomnia or restless sleep, anxiety or panic attacks
* gas, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation
* chronic sinusitis or lingering infections

It is important that people experiencing these warning signs see their physician to learn more.
There are also many online resources for those seeking more information and support. One online resource is the Fibro 360 Community – Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Center. This online community not only offers a network of support, but also resources to those seeking more information about fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and related disorders including those concerning the thyroid.

If you’d like to learn more or would like to join the Fibro 360 Community, please visit Fibro 360 on Facebook. You can also follow Fibro 360 on Twitter.

$25 Gift Card Giveaway
Could you use a little pampering? One reader from this blog will win a $25 gift card to to be used on whatever you need!

To enter, please visit the Fibro 360 Community on Facebook and become a fan, then let me know in the comments below.

Bonus entry: Leave a second comment, letting me know that you follow @Fibro360 on Twitter to get a second entry in the giveaway.

NOTE: This contest ends January 31st at 11:59 p.m. EST at which time I will use to select a winner. I will email the winner and will post the winner’s name on this blog entry. The winner will have 24 hours to reply to my email to claim the prize. If it is not claimed, I will use to select a new winner.

Disclaimer: I did not receive any sort of payment to post this information, but will be eligible to win a gift card that will be given away to three bloggers who participate in this awareness campaign.

Are you on the “A” list? (for Dallas readers)

Are you a member of the “A” list?

If you live in Dallas and like to eat out at 50% off, sign up for this email list!

They will email you on Sunday with a list of restaurants that will be offering discounts during the week (one a day). Then, each morning, they’ll email you with information on how to get the discount for the restaurant.

The City Café on Lovers Lane is one of the restaurants on the list later this week. I love their brunches!

Swagbucks alert!

I don’t normally post Swagcode opportunities because they come along pretty regularly and are usually for 1 or 2 Swagbucks, but this one is worth FOUR Swagbucks and is valid until 4:30 PM Central time. If you participate in Swagbucks, head over to the blog to get the code!

If you’re not a member of Swagbucks, sign up here and start earning SBs to redeem for gift cards and other prizes!

Please vote for my video on Facebook

I have the opportunity to win a $10,000 vacation from ConAgra Foods and would like to ask for your help!

Back in September, I saw that was hosting a Delicious Moments Twitter party, and the first 75 people to upload a video would receive a booklet of free coupons for ConAgra products and a $10 Walmart gift card. It seemed like an easy way to get some great coupons and a gift card. I never imagined my video would be in the running for a paid vacation!

Fifteen videos were selected from all the entries. The video with the most votes by November 9 will win. You can only vote one time. Unfortunately they don’t show how many votes each video has received so I don’t know if I’m way behind or in the running to win. If you are on Facebook and can vote for me, I would greatly appreciate it!

To watch my video and vote, go to

My video is listed as “Susan Clot” (they left out part of my name) and I am standing in my garage with a yellow shirt on.

Thank you!

My Children’s Place Trip – 11/2

My daughter is going to a friend’s pajama birthday party soon, so we headed to The Children’s Place to use the 15% off printable coupon that was available online over the last few weeks. I found a bunch of clothes that were $1.99-3.99 and a couple of pairs of shoes at $7.99.

If you printed the coupon when it was available, it expires November 16. When you use the coupon, you should get a VIP Passbook with another 15% off coupon good from November 17-30. The Children’s Place will have a Black Friday event on November 27 with the “biggest savings of the year”. Stores will open at 5AM (with some opening at midnight).

I purchased everything in the photo for $83.10 after tax ($76.77 pre-tax). Pre-sale total would have been $293.90 (or $271.50 pre-tax). I plan to return the shoes, three shirts and a skirt as they didn’t fit right. It is easier to try on clothes at home than in the dressing room! Everything else should fit through the spring, and maybe even next fall.

I bought:

- Six long-sleeved shirts ($1.99 for the faux layered shirts -3.99 for the other shirts, regularly $12.50 each or 2 for $18)
- Two dresses ($3.99 each, regularly $16.50 and $19.50)
- Four pairs of pants ($3.99 each, regularly $10.50-$16.50)
- Four skirts ($3.99 each, regularly $12.50-$14.50)
- One nightgown ($16.50 – not on sale)
- Two pairs of shoes ($7.99 each, regularly $18.50 and $19.50)

FRENCH’S Cook-Off 2009

I am up late again and got the Twitter Moms RAMBO Alert about the FRENCH’S Cook-Off 2009 contest. The first 16 bloggers to enter the cook-off, write about it and post a comment on Twitter Moms will receive a grocery store gift card. Everyone who enters the Cook-off will be entered to win weekly prizes and a grand prize of $25,000 from FRENCH’S.

Recipes must be:

- include at least one FRENCH’S product
- take less than an hour to prepare/serve
- include fewer than eight ingredients (with the exception of salt, pepper and water)
- be your own creation and not published anywhere

Guess what I made for dinner Tuesday night? An experimental chicken dish that included FRENCH’S Classic Yellow Mustard, so I figured this is a contest that was meant for me to enter, right?

I don’t like to cook. I try to avoid it whenever possible, or I cook the same boring meals over and over again. But Tuesday night, something possessed me to get into experimental mode for dinner.

My daughter and I stopped by Target on the way home from her after school activity to pick up some Colby Jack cheese slices because I knew that was the only ingredient I didn’t have at home. I had three avocados (on sale at Sprouts through 10/14 – 3 for $1.00) and some chicken breasts (also from Sprouts). I had some bacon that needed to be eaten in the next few weeks, and, of course, the FRENCH’S Classic Yellow Mustard.

Here’s what I submitted to the FRENCH’S Cook-Off contest (not the best photo since it was in the refrigerator):

1. Set oven to bake at 350 degrees
2. Clean and prep desired number of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3. Place chicken breasts in a glass cooking pan
4. Spray or brush desired amount of butter or margarine on top of each chicken breast.
5. Squirt or brush desired amount of French’s Classic Yellow Mustard on top of each chicken breast.
6. Place bacon strips on cookie sheet (number depends on number of chicken breasts you are cooking. I used one strip per breast).
7. Place chicken and bacon in oven. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
8. Turn over each chicken breast and apply butter/margarine and French’s Classic Yellow mustard.
9. Turn bacon over.
10. Return both chicken and bacon to oven and cook for another 10-12 minutes.
11. Remove bacon and dab with paper towel to soak up grease.
12. Once chicken is no longer pink, add slices of avocado (amount depends on your preference) and 1-2 strips of bacon to each chicken breast and top with a slice of cheese (I used Colby Jack).
13. Return pan to oven and cook for 2-3 minutes or until cheese has melted.
14. Remove from oven and serve! This can be served alone or in a hamburger bun.

The nice thing about this recipe is there are no measurements. You just throw together whatever amounts of each ingredient you want based on your preferences. I don’t know if 350 degrees is the best temperature to use for cooking chicken, because like I mentioned… I don’t cook. It worked out for me though.

I had to give my little creation a name, and being that it’s the middle of the night, I couldn’t think of anything creative. My first thought was of BLT sandwiches, so I called this CAB (Colby-Avocado-Bacon) Chicken.

With all the fabulous recipes that have been and will be submitted by much better cooks than me, I don’t expect to win this contest. My entry is very simple and kind of boring. But it included a FRENCH’s ingredient, it tasted good, it met all the requirements and I happened to have one serving left over so I could take a photo. I’m looking forward to seeing all the submissions and finding some new possibilities. Eight or fewer ingredients and less than an hour sound good to me.

Do you have a easy-to-prepare recipe that includes one or more FRENCH’S ingredients? If so, go here to submit it. Who knows…. maybe you’ll win one of the weekly prizes or the grand prize of $25,000!

And if you’re a blogger, check out the Twitter Moms contest. If 16 bloggers haven’t already left comments, you can still enter to win the grocery store gift card.

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