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Friday, July 29, 2011

Cut Your Cell Phone Bill in Half with Straight Talk

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk. All opinions are 100% mine.
My husband and I have been looking for new ways to save money. Let's face it. These days just about everyone is. And it really helps if you can find ways to cut your monthly service bills.  I recently learned that we could cut our cell phone bill in half just by switching to Straight Talk.

The average cell phone bill costs $81 a month. With Straight Talk, you get 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30 MB of web data for just $30 a month.  Or you can get Unlimited calls, text, picture messaging, and web for just $45 a month.

Just imagine getting everything you need from a cell phone plan for just $499 a year.
And if the low monthly costs don't win you over hook, line and sinker, then the fact that there's no contracts, no activation fees, and no cancelation fees should.

411 calls are also included at no extra charge. And if you need to call a friend or family member outside of the country, Straight Talk International Long Distance Service is a flexible prepaid calling service that enables you to make international calls from your home, cell or office phone at low rates.

Straight Talk also has a great selection of smart phones; touch screen phones, and app capable phones with features like voice navigation, camera, video recorder, music player, instant messaging, and Bluetooth®. And if you're looking to save even more money, they have Reconditioned phones available from $10.00 with camera, mp3 player, mobile web access, and blue-tooth capability. And they come from leading manufactuers like LG, Motorola, Kyocera, Nokia and Samsung.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Friday Favorites - Week 74


I'm running late tonight, but I made it! Thanks for stopping by for the party. Don't forget to enter my Christmas in July giveaway (after you link up, of course!) You could win a fabulous blog redesign and a gift certificate to Celebrating Home. Yay!
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bedroom Makeover

I recently did a slight revamp in our bedroom....nothing fancy, just a new bedspread and curtains.  I love the bedspread that we had, but we've been using for a while, and I thought the room could use a splash of color.

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Got a Slow PC? Now You Can KillSlow

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

So many things slow us down on a day to day basis: traffic, lines, unexpected events, our own energy levels, and more!  And if you spend a lot of time on the computer like I do, a slow PC can bring your day to a screeching halt.

In fact, as a blogger sometimes my biggest daily struggle is dealing with a slow, unresponsive PC. My free antivirus programs don't always prevent the slow, other antivirus programs are too expensive, and dealing with tech support can be a nightmare!

But wouldn't it great if we could just KillSlow? iYogi has now launched the “KillSlow” movement to free the world of computer viruses at

With its team of thousands of tech experts, iYogi offers an on-demand diagnosis for any Slow PC owner, and also helps in resolving the issue. You just have to call the toll-free number (1-877-769-5115) and one of their tech experts will immediately answer.  They'll do a free diagnosis on your computer and let you know what the problem is.

If you're tired of dealing with slow PC, check out their website to learn more.

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Save Money with Tracfone

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone. All opinions are 100% mine.
Today just about everyone has a cell phone.  Even my dad who swore he would never have a cell phone finally broke down and bought one.  It's pretty much become a necessity for most people.  And Tracfone gives people the freedom and security that a wireless phone offers without the high monthly bills and no monthly contracts.

Tracfone offers the least expensive way to own a cell phone in America with no activation fees, no cancelation fees, no credit checks, and no surprises.

And they've got great service plans to fit your family's unique needs, whether you're looking for an affordable way to get cell phones for the kids, or if you're someone who rarely uses your phone and wants a plan with a minimal amount of minutes for less money. 

See which of these plans fits your needs:
• Pay as you go online or with cards available at thousands of retail stores across the country.
• 1 year service cards give you so much more. Receive double minutes for the life of your TracFone, and 800 minutes, for only $119.00
• “Double minutes for the life of your phone” is a feature that can be purchased separately for only $19.99, but some phones include it!
• Choose monthly plans with 200 minutes for under $30.00, and as low as $9.99 for 50 minutes.
And they also have a great selection of phones to fit your needs, from simple phones for simple needs, (calling and texting capabilities) for under $10.00 to phones packed with so many features like camera/video recorder, web access, app capabilities, mp3 player, and full QWERTY keyboard, for $29.99.  And these are from leading manufacturers such as Motorola, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and more!
International long distance calling is also convenient with Tracfone. This is the only wireless service where you can call internationally, for the same price as any other call.  You can call over 60 international destinations directly from your TracFone at no extra cost.  And with the International Neighbors program, you can provide family and friends in Mexico or Canada a local phone number in those countries to reach you at your TracFone in the U.S.
Check out these testimonials from real TracFone customers:

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Snickers Caramel Shake

I was in the mood for a sweet treat the other day.  Sadly there were no cakes and cookies on hand. (I hate it when that happens!)  But we did have a little ice cream in the freezer, so this is what I decided to make.  Hope you enjoy!

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Christmas in July Giveaway

This week I'm participating in a Christmas in July Giveaway Hop! It's being hosted by Just Married with Coupons. Over a hundred blogs are participating, and each is giving away prize packs valued at $50 or more! Woohoo!

By the way, if you're visiting from the giveaway hop and are new  to Simply Sweet Home, Welcome!  Simply Sweet Home features recipes, projects, as well as weekly reviews & giveaways, and a linky party each Friday. I'd love for you to become a new follower and member of my little community!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Friday Favorites - Week 73


Happy Friday to you! Before we get to this week's party, I want to invite everyone to stop by next week for my Christmas in July Giveaway. I'm participating in this giveaway hop with over a hundred other bloggers, and I will have a prize pack which includes a Custom Blog Design from The World as I see it and a $25 gift certificate to Celebrating Home, a home interiors company.

The giveaway officially runs next week, but I've got early entries for my followers.  If you'd like to take advantage of the early entry opportunity, check out these sponsor spotlights: Sponsor Spotlight #1 and Sponsor Spotlight #2.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Christmas in July Giveaway Preview #2: Spotlight On Celebrating Home

Time for my second Christmas in July sponsor preview! The sponsor is Celebrating Home, a simply AMAZING store offering lovely things for the home.  Just think of basically anything you could want or need in the housewares and home decor & accents departments, and they've got it!
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Rolled Canvas Print Giveaway

I love canvas prints!  I received one from Uprinting last year.  The print was of one of my favorite wedding photos, and it turned out just beautiful!  And today I'm giving away another to you!

Canvas prints are wonderful for wedding photos and anniversary photos but would also be perfect for your family photos, senior portraits, baby/baptism photos and more.  And you can also have your drawings and artwork made into canvas prints.

And because Uprinting has several canvas sizes available, you'll be able to make the perfect print to fit your the rooms in your home.

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Lemon Pudding Pound Cake

Lemon is such an amazing flavor for summer time! As a kid, lemon desserts were always my favorite!  Since getting married I haven't tried many recipes of the lemon persuasion, as my hubby's not a fan.  But then several months ago, I had a slice of this lemon cake at a potluck, and I was totally wishing I could take the whole thing home with me!

Since then I've been on a search for the perfect lemon pound cake.  I decided to start with this recipe.  I've seen it on several sites but most recently over at Tidy Mom.  And I think I've already found my perfect lemon pound cake.  (Hubby even tried it and loved it! So...Hooray! We have a winner!)

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Christmas in July Giveaway Preview: Spotlight On The World As I See It

Next week I'll be particiating in a Christmas in July Giveaway Hop! It's being hosted by Just Married with Coupons, and there's a bunch of blogs participating. (Over 100!)  AND each blog will have a prize pack of $50 or more to give away! Yay!

Here at Simply Sweet Home, I will have a prize pack from two great sponsors!  I'll have a giveaway post for each of these up on July 25.  But since the giveaway hop only lasts week a week, and we're limited to how many entries we can have, I wanted to go ahead and do a little spotlight on both of these fabulous sponsors  AND give you a chance to get some *early entries*.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Spotlight on Ooh La Jena

Today I've got a new sponsor to share with you.  It is a handmade clothing company called Ooh La Jena. Ooh La Jena offers sensual and elegant fashion for the woman comfortable in her skin and free in her spirit. It’s about feeling good and being liberated.

All clothing and apparal  is  made in-house at Ooh La Jena's small studio in Philadelphia and is custom made according to each woman's unique body, using the highest quality fabrics.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Friday Favorites - Week 72


Hey guys!  Happy Friday!  Today I have a freebie for some of you.  If you who frequent my site, you may have noticed that I've started using the Rafflecopter application for my giveaways.  It is a super-mega-cool program, which makes running giveaways a lot easier for hosts!  And it also makes it easier for our readers to enter. 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer Pinwheel and Burlap Wreath

I think pinwheels are so cute and fun for the summer!  Several weeks ago while making my flag wreath, I also put this little pinwheel wreath together.

Since it's made using the scrapbook paper of your choice, it's a very versatile project.  And I made fairly easy by using "flat pinwheels."  Hope you enjoy this tutorial.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ornament Shop Review

I got another mouse ornament to add to my collection! This cute ornament came from They offer ornaments in a variety of styles and themes, including Graduate Christmas Ornaments,Teachers Christmas Ornaments, and Engagement Christmas Ornaments.  And if you're celebrating Christmas in July on your blog, check out their blog for some great Christmas ideas.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Homemade Fudgesicles

I am super excited to share this new recipe with you.  I originally found it over at Joy in My Kitchen, a simply wonderful recipe blog!

And you know how it is with recipes like this; you say, "Okay. This looks good, but does it taste like the stuff we get at the store?"  My answer for this one is, "Yes!"

I'm sure someone out there could tell a difference in the taste, but I have to say that I (and even my husband, the fudgesicle fanatic) were amazed at how good these were and how close they were to the fudgsicles we know and love!  So check out the recipe and go make some this week!

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Spotlight on Cutie Patootie Creations

Why settle for the same "cookie cutter" party invites, when you can have something custom created for you?  My newest sponsor Cutie Patootie Creations is an etsy shop that offers super cute, customized party invitations, decorations, personalized t-shirts, and anything else you might need for your perfect party!

This shop is owned by Stephanie, a mom of two boys, from Charlotte, North Carolina.  Stephanie started Cutie Patooties 6 years ago as a Tie Dye Boutique Clothing company. The company has now grown and branched out, selling to two local upscale boutiques in Charlotte as well as seven online boutique stores.

So what sets Cutie Patootie Creations apart from other shops?  For one thing, they have a variety of styles and party themes for boys, girls (and adults) of all ages!  And Stephanie designs all the items, so you are sure to get a unique design that you can't get anywhere else!  

And if you don't find what your looking for in Stephanie's shop, she will be happy to work with you on a custom order!

What I really love about this shop is that you don't have to stop at invitations!  You can actually order everything you need for your ultimate party all in one place.

If you're mind can imagine it, they've got it: Kids Thank You Cards, Notes, Cupcake Toppers, Party Favor Tags, Water Bottle Labels, Banners, TShirts, Centerpieces, Door Signs, Food Tent Cards, Centerpieces, Chocolate Wrappers, Cake Decorations and More!

I'm especially in love with the name/age shirt concept, and Cutie Patooties has some ADORABLE designs available for these as well.  And in case you were wondering.... Yes! You can order matching cupcake toppers, invitations, etc. to match these too.  Super!

No matter what kind of party you're planning, be it a kid's birthday party, a baby/bridal shower, or even something a little more adult friendly, Cutie Patootie Creations has the custom design for you!

Connect!  Follow Cutie Patootie Creations on Facebook and Twitter. Also, check out her Artfire Shop.

Stop by Cutie Patootie Creations, and get ready to get your party on!


Disclosure: Cutie Patootie Creations is a paid sponsor on Simply Sweet Home. If you'd like to sponsor this blog, please see my PR page for details.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Friday Favorites: Week 71


Hey guys! Hope you all had a great 4th of July holiday! (or a great week if you're not in the US.)

I know you guys love anything yummy, so you'll be excited to know that I just posted a Brownie Giveaway!  The brownies are from Fiber One, and they are delish! The prize pack includes some other fun items as well, so go check it out!

This week's Friday Favorites Party is sponsored by Cutie Patootie Creations. Why settle for the same "cookie cutter" party invites, when you can have something custom created for you?  Cutie Patooties has unique invitations in a variety of fun styles and themes.  And they have all the matching decorations and supplies you need to get your party on! Check out Cutie Patootie Creations today, and get started planning your perfect party!

Now let's get our Friday Favorites party on, starting with out featured bloggers!

Chevron Painted Canvas from Craftionary

Strawberry Freeze from The Saturday Evening Pot

Mini Snickers Caramel Cheesecakes from Six Sisters Stuff

Raw Coconut Maple Pudding from Nicole's Special Diet Creations

I'm excited to see what you've been working on. Link up your posts below!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Spotlight on The Trendy Boutique

You guys are going to LOVE my newest sponsor: The Trendy Boutique. This is THE place for trendy, fun, and affordable shopping! You name it, they've got it! Everything from flip flops, scarves, handbags, and watches, to a TON of jewelry!

The Trendy Boutique is owned by Julie, a mom from Georgia. The boutique was inspired by her 2 girls who love fashion accessories like handbags and flip-flops, and the selection has now grown due to increased interest from women of all ages!

One of my favorite things about The Trendy Boutique is that you can  design your own flip flops!  You can choose from a variety of styles, and they have a lot of cool materials and embellishments available.

Whether you're looking for something simple and cute or something fun with flair, they've got something to fit your style and personality!

Another popular item at The Trendy Boutique is their silicone fashion watches.  Again, if you like custom styles, you've come to the right place.  These come in a variety of hot colors, sizes, and face styles!

And no boutique would be complete without a line of jewelry!  The Trendy Boutique definitely has you covered here!  In fact I could write multiple posts just on their jewelry lines! We're talking hand-stamped jewelryphoto jewelry, beaded bracelets and earrings, charms, personalized jewelry, some very cool cord necklaces with pendants, and more!

Another jewelry line I love is the cabochon rings. These are very sweet and chic, and they come in several cute colors and settings!

And if you like those, you'll also like their cute hair pins and accessories!

And did I mention that they also have some super cute handbags? AND you can even design your own handbag. Choose your style of bag, the fabric, ribbons, etc. Very cool!

Connect! Follow The Trendy Boutique on Facebook and on Twitter and through their blog.

Stop by today and check out all the fun and cool fashion accessories at The Trendy Boutique!


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