Design Your Own Engagement Ring!

Engagement Ring

Do you ever find it interesting that people go to a store to pick out a stock engagement ring for the one piece of jewelry that is supposed to really capture their love for each other? After all, isn’t that the main goal of this type of a ring? The irony is that these people are then wearing rings that may be worn by hundreds or thousands of other people. They are not nearly as unique as people tend to assume.

However, that does not have to be the way that it works. Are you looking for something that more accurately captures your personality and the way that the two of your feel about each other? You may want to design your own engagement ring. You can pick the type of metal that you want, whether you prefer white gold, yellow gold, titanium, sterling silver, or something else altogether. You can choose the cut of stone that you prefer and how many stones you want. You can even choose the placement of those stones on the band. It is all up to you.

If you are very creative and artistic, you may want to design the entire band yourself. You can make it a simple circle if you want, but you can also add textures or other elements that make it stand out from the crowd. When you are done, you will have an engagement ring that is like no other ring in the world, that really captures your love. Sizzling Summer Sale!

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Get Garden Inspirations from Miracle-Gro's Gro Project

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The Gro Project from Miracle-Gro would like to help take you beyond the desktop so you can go from green to green thumb. The weather has turned so pretty lately that I'm more than ready to get out in the yard and get started on some fun garden projects.

Toyrarium from The Gro Project

At The Gro Project Facebook page you'll find all sorts of fun ideas like the Toyrarium shown here, an Origami Garden, Ukulele Garden and lots of others. My five kiddos would have a blast building their own Toyrariums and th

ey're super simple to put together. The site even has step-by-step pictures for each project so you can't go wrong!

I've got lots of flowering bushes, roses and shrubs around the house and they can be difficult to mow around so I'm also planning to use the Miracle-Gro Shake’n Feed All Purpose Plant Food tohelp prevent weeds and feed the plants. One jug will treat at least 135 square feet and will help prevent weeds from popping up for three months.

I'm also a big fan of the Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix for both my indoor and outdoor potted plants. Now that the weather has become so nice outside I can't wait to get out there and make some pretty container gardens for the back patio using this potting mix because it absorbs more water than ordinary potting soil and helps prevent overwatering. I'd love to hear about any gardening projects you've got planned! Please let me know about them in the comments below.

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Moms Love Mombo, the Nursing Pillow that Does More!

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Lion King Mombo Nursing Pillow

When my quadruplets were born I had several nursing pillows because they were so convenient to help keep the babies propped up for feeding and to keep them positioned properly while I had my hand full with another baby or other tasks. Those nursing pillows were super helpful, but now there's the mombo nursing pillow which really steps it up a notch!

The mombo nursing pillow for babies has a slightly different shape than the ones I used, but the really exciting part is that it has both a firm side and a soft side so you can switch from nursing time to tummy time, plus it has a vibration function that soothes your baby while lounging.

There's a large assortment of pillow styles and slipcover fashions to choose from, so you can get a look that will suit your style and you can even change it out for different looks as your heart desires! There are standard, deluxe and nude varieties available so you're sure to find something that's perfect for you and your budget. I really like the Lion King one above that I found at Toys 'R Us (you can also get Mombo products at Babies 'R Us), and I love the idea of being able to change out and wash the cover anytime I'd like.

Check out the fabulous line of Mombo products online or visit your local Toys 'R Us or Babies 'R Us store to see them. You should also check out Comfort & Harmony on Facebook and Comfort & Harmony on Twitter to keep up with the brand.

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Save Money With Harman Pellet Stoves

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Here in the south we don't get too many days of freezing weather, but it's been a particularly cold winter this year and our central heat is going through gas like crazy trying to keep the house warm. 

When I learned about Harman Pellet Stoves and how they can save big money on your heating bill, I just had to share the info with you. Check out the infographic below, which shows that using a pellet stove or fireplace insert costs 44% less than oil, 47% less than electric and 53% less than propane heat.

Pellet Stoves are Awesome

I had no idea that pellet fuel was such a popular heating alternative, or that it could save us over half off the cost of our standard propane heat. But the really exciting news is that you can get a Federal tax credit on 75% efficient biomass heating appliances, such as the Harman Pellet Stoves. The 10% tax credit of up to $300 is available for qualifying biomass heating appliances purchased through December 31, 2013. With over 36 models of stoves, inserts and home heating units available, you're sure to find something perfect for your home.

And, thanks to Harman one lucky US reader will win a cool notebook made from recycled materials complete with pen! How do you win? Just leave a comment below telling us what you like about Harman or something you learned from visiting their website.  You can also earn extra entries by doing the following:

Like Harman on Facebook

Follow Harman Stoves on Twitter

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry – up to three per person.

I will pick the winner on 2/23/13 and send an announcement via email. If there is no response within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.

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Show Off Your Avocado Love With Free Virtual Gifts

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Do you love avocados? If you're a big fan of avocados like I am, then you should definitely head on over and check out the Share the Avocado Love Facebook app where you'll find lots of fun stuff like free ringtones, wallpapers, screensavers and virtual gifts that you can send to friends. I just sent a Be My Avocado Valentine to a friend and I'm checking out all the yummy wallpapers that are available. 

There's even an Avocados from Mexico Cafe Press store where you can buy all sorts of avocado themed gifts and clothing items. The CafePress store has kitchen and dining items like coffee mugs, coasters and platters, in addition to shopping bags, aprons and clothing items like t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats. I picked out this Avo-skull shirt for myself because I really like the design and color, but there are also lots of other colors and styles available for you to choose from. 

Avocados From Mexico

On February 7th at 3 pm EST Avocados from Mexico is going to have an #ILoveAvocados Twitter party where you'll get a chance to win some awesome prizes like Cafe Press gift cards. There will be over $500 worth of prizes and tons of fun. All you have to do to participate is follow @guacgrl  and the #iloveavocados hashtag on Twitter and show up on Thursday to join the fun.

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5 Row Freshwater Pearl Necklace Reg $55 Now $10 Shipped!

I’m loving this gorgeous 17″ White Pink & Peach 5-9mm Genuine Freshwater Cultured Pearl 5-Row Necklace and it’s a steal at just $9.99 with free shipping! This necklace regularly retails for $55 and I have a similar one that has gray and black pearls that I get compliments on all the time so I’m pretty sure that I ‘need’ this one too. You can’t really see the strands when you’re wearing the necklace so the pearls appear as if they’re floating and it’s a really neat look. At this price, I think they’d also make a great gift for a friend!

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Get Home Decor Tips From the Pros

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With five young kids in the house it’s not really surprising that it’s been a very long time since we’ve bought any new furniture AND the furniture that we’ve had since before they were born has been well loved and used hard! At any rate, we’d love to buy some new furniture and right now I’m in the browsing and salivating stage.

Since I haven’t bought new furniture in so long I really appreciate the Havertys: Discover Something You Love Inspiration Sessions where their design team will help you enhance your new look with great tips on timely themes. This month the Inspiration Session is on Designing an Entertaining Space, with upcoming sessions on Seasonal Scapes (October 13), Color Trends: Winter (November 10), and Finishing Touches (December 1).

I love this Fashion Forward Family Room that they put together! It’s perfect for my family and our space because the sectional is made up of several easy to move pieces that we can rearrange as needed and the sleek design allows for lots of room for the kids to play their Wii games. The TV console is also a space saver with lots of room to store their games and our DVDs. Plus, I think the area rugs and fur pillows make great finishing touches for the room.

Click here to find a store near you so can discover something you love or RSVP for an upcoming Inspiration Session. You could win a $50 gift card, or if that’s not enough you could register to win a $5,000 gift card just for signing up for emails from Haverty’s.

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Get Creative With AstroBrights Paper And Win!

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Astrobrights Paper

My kids absolutely love to create with paper and we encourage those activities because they're improving their cutting, drawing and writing skills (shhhhhh – don't tell the kids!) at the same time. For that reason we always keep lots of paper handy in the house and I really love to pick up AstroBrights papers too from time to time because the kids are always so excited by the fabulous colors, plus mommy likes them too!

AstroBrights papers are available in 23 vivid colors so they're perfect for all your craft projects, as well as for your flyers, invitations and brochures. Make your signs or announcements for church or the PTO from Astrobrights papers and they're sure to get noticed!

Now you can help support your local elementary school by entering the "Give a Brighter Year" sweepstakes where you could win a cash prize plus school supplies worth $30,000 for the school of your choice. It's super easy to enter, and once you've done that you might also want to check out their "Make Something AstroBrights" contest where you could win a Visa gift card or other prizes.

This week you can make something colorful to enter, or simply pin some colorful paper flowers on Pinterest and tag with the #goastrobrights hashtag. Next week the theme changes to "Get Playful" and you could win $300 by submitting a playful paper project like a paper kite or something fun like that.

Unleash your creativity and get your family involved with making some colorful AstroBrights crafts and don't forget to check out Astrobrights on Facebook and enter for your chance to win!

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Vacation in San Antonio and SAVE!

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If you'd love to take a vacation this summer, but you're on a tight budget, then you may want to consider visiting San Antonio!  With a reputation as a fun yet affordable vacation destination, San Antonio is conveniently located within a reasonable driving distance of much of the U.S. and there is lots to see and do there.

Check out their savings program known as SAVE – San Antonio Vacation Experience, where you can save up to $600 on historic tours, visits to theme parks, animal adventures and some great shops.  There are also some terrific deals and Limited Time Offers on some of San Antonio's best resorts, hotels, parks and shopping.

There is SO much to do in San Antonio that I couldn't possibly describe it all so I've picked my top seven things to see and do, and I'm loving that there are coupons for everything!

Six Flags Fiesta Texas – lots of great offers to choose from like Everyone Pays Kids Price, Buy One Admission Get One Free, or Get Next Day Free.


Alamo Imax Theater – it's the biggest screen in Texas and you can get a free child admission for every adult admission purchase.

Grand Trolley Tours – see the Alamo, River Walk, HemisFair Park, Tower of the Americas, the Missions, King William District and much more. Get $3 off your ticket with coupon or get a second day free with your hopper pass.

Natural Bridge Caverns – get $2 off an adult ticket or $1 off a child's ticket to visit Texas' largest and one of the premier show caves in the world.

Splashtown – get $7 off adult or child admission to a 20 acre family waterpark featuring 40 water slides.


Sea World – there are lots of great Sea World offers to choose from like Pay for a Day Play All Year, $10 Off Admission, and more.

The kids will absolutely have a blast in San Antonio and I really dig the idea of having so much history and natural beauty for them to soak in, in addition to all the fabulous fun kids activities.  Check out the SAVE – San Antonio Vacation Experience site for more information and be sure to follow @SAVEinSA on Twitter for hot deals and updates.

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