Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween! Here's a treat for you!

Picture it:

October, 1996

Four 19 year-old girls huddled in a dark college dorm room to watch a campy scary movie in honor of Halloween. They weren't expecting to be scared by The House on Haunted Hill, but you wouldn't have known it by their screams and jumps.

For the next thirteen years, two of the girls - Jen and I - would watching the movie every Halloween. Distance has kept us from watching The House on Haunted Hill together for 11 of those years, but every year when I watch it, it feels like the distance isn't that much.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Fright: The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

My class has been studying "The Tell-Tale Heart" this week. While it's not my favorite Poe story (that honor belongs to "The Masque of the Red Death"), it is one of my favorite stories to share with the class. After our study of the text, we usually watch a short film adaption and talk about how the story was brought to life. (Btw, most of my students usually say they like the story a lot better!) This year, I'm excited to also show them the 1953 animation which some animation professionals consider to be one of the fifty greatest animations of all time, and I want to share it with you as well.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Get a $15 Gift Code from Kodak Gallery

It's time for Phase 2! I got my code during Phase 1, and I used it for some awesome presents! (Wish I could tell you what they were, but I don't want to give the surprises away!)

I was so excited to see this at Deal Seeking Mom!

Kodak Gallery is giving away 100,000 $15 gift codes over three different phases: Oct. 20 - Oct. 28, Oct. 29 - Nov. 5, and Nov. 6 - Nov. 13.

If all of the 100,000 gift codes are given away in a phase, a code for 40% off will be given away. Those who receive the 40% off code will still be eligible for the $15 gift code in a later phase.

Sign up here.

(You'll also be entered to win a trip for two to see a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Pumpkin, Our Living Halloween Decoration

Monday, October 26, 2009

$5 Amazon Subscription to Parents

This is a great deal if you've missed any of the free subscriptions to Parents or if you have need to gift for a mother-to-be.

Price valid until Saturday, October 31, at 11:59.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

$10 off TinkerBell and the Lost Treasure Blu-ray Combo + $5 Rebate from LeapFrog

Use this $10 off Blu-Ray coupon to get a great deal on TinkerBell and the Lost Treasure.

Get a $5 rebate from LeapFrog when you a TinkerBell LeapFrog book or game and TinkerBell and the Lost Treasure DVD or Blu-ray. You can find all the info on the rebate form. Purchases must be made between October 1, 2009 and January 31, 2010, and requests must be postmarked by February 28, 2010. Go here to check out the products at Use code LFTBELL to get free shipping on your entire order when you buy at least one TinkerBell product. I found several codes at, so you might want to try them and see if they will save you more money on your order.

You can also get a $5 rebate from Kernel Seasons. This rebate is good on TinkerBell and the Lost Treasure, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Up, and SnowBuddies when you buy 2 Kernel Seasons products. This is definitely the cheapest option.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Saturday Morning Cartoon Flashback: The Get Along Gang

Thursday, October 22, 2009

20 Free Songs from iTunes

Become a fan of iTunes on Facebook and receive a code for a free Fall 2009 Sampler containing 20 songs from artists like Neko Case, Rancid, and New Found Glory.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Amazon Magazine Promotions

Through October 31, Amazon is offering $5, $10, and $15 promotional certificates to customers who buy select magazines. The certificates will be sent within two weeks and are good on future Amazon purchases.

I have put a widget on my sidebar (under SHOP) with some of my favorite magazines and/or some of the best deals. If you want to see a full list of all the eligible magazines, follow these links:

FYI: Amazon magazines always ship free, but they can be used toward the $25 needed for free shipping on other items.

My First Wordless Wednesday: A First Airplane Ride

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Jen's Book Review: The Monsters of Templeton

Willie Upton never thought she would return to her hometown of Templeton, New York but now finds herself back home recovering from an affair with her professor and hiding the resulting pregnancy. The day she arrives home, a dead monster rises to the surface of Lake Glimmerglass. The entire town is buzzing about this prehistoric discovery. Then Willie's mother Vi drops a bombshell when she tells Willie that her father isn't a random man from Vi's hippie days but instead someone from right there in Templeton. She will not reveal who, so Willie sets out to research and find him on her own. Willie's family research reveals many family secrets and as a result more monsters surface.

I was almost lost when the monster surfaced (I don't like supernatural elements, although this was more of a prehistoric element), but I ended up really enjoying this book. Being an English major, I'm a sucker for literary tools like symbolism and understand that the prehistoric monster was symbolic of the "monsters" revealed to Willie through her research. The way the pieces of Willie's past were told through each of her ancestors' lives appealed to the history minor in me. I think this way of revealing Willie's past made the story. It would have been completely different and one dimentional had there just been one narrator. I was okay with how the book ended until I read the epilogue. The monster got me in the beginning and again at the end.
One unique thing about this book was that the author's note was placed before the story began rather than at the end. I liked this because I think a lot of people overlook the author's note, which can sometimes reveal the author's inspiration for the story and even give some background information. Groff's inspiration was a love for her hometown, Cooperstown (home to James Fenimore Cooper), for which she decided she wanted to write a story. During her research of Cooperstown, she realized she was creating stories in her head based on her findings. Her main inspiration was Cooper's The Pioneers, a novel he wrote about Cooperstown, renaming the town Templeton because his facts strayed from reality. Groff borrows characters from Cooper's Templeton and successfully intertwines fact with fiction to create a new story about the town she loves. Make sure to check out the discussion questions and the short interview with the author at the end.

Tonya's Note: I also really enjoyed this book. My favorite parts were the mixture of Cooper's characters with the ones that Groff created and the use of pictures of real people to represent the characters. I'm a sucker for stuff like that! Of course, the English teacher in me also loved the symbolism of the monster.

Since Groff's book made me want to read Cooper again, I've included two links to books containing the tales that relate to The Monsters of Templeton.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Latest Order

For $10.99, I purchased

2 Degree Invisible Stick, Extreme Blast

1 Glad Flexible Straws

1 Pedigree Dentex Sticks

1 Safeguard Antibacterial Soap Bar, Beige

1 Johnson & Johnson Easy-Grip Sudzing Bar

The price of the Safeguard soap ($2.86 for a 4-pack) is the only one that I'm not sure is cheaper than in retail stores; however, I know for sure that if I'd gone to Walmart or Target to buy those items, I'd have spent $50 more on random items that I realized I "needed" while I was in the store. This is one reason that is a definitely a moneysaver for me!

Btw, I ordered last night, and my order shipped today with delivery expected on Monday.

Have you shopped with Alice yet?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Did You Watch?

Nie was beautiful on Oprah today.





Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Watch Nie on Oprah Tomorrow

Tomorrow's Oprah will include a segment about one of the most beautiful people (inside and out) I've never met -- Stephanie of Nie Nie Dialogues. A little over a year ago, Nie and her husband Christian were involved a horrible plane crash, and they share their story on Oprah's show about lives that were changed in an instant. Please watch.

If you've never read Nie's blog, please check it out. To be honest, Nie moves my soul. I have been sitting here trying to find words to describe her writing and explain the reasons she is one of my heroes, but I can't come with the words. I hope that you are able to read Nie's blog (I would start here - back in January when Nie began blogging again) before watching Oprah so that you can truly appreciate her beauty.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Let Alice Help You Save

I recently made my first order from, and I must say that I was extremely pleased. My first order was a light one that consisted of a few need-now things and a few stock-ups. Everything I bought had a coupon to be used with it, though I saw several items that were cheaper than in-store prices even without a coupon.

Here's my order:

Downy Wrinkle Releaser $1.59 x 1 - $1.00 = $0.59

Speed Stick Antiperspirant $1.86 x 2 - $2.00 = $1.72

Pedigree DentaStix $3.59 x 1 - $1.00 = $2.59

Scrubbing Bubbles Flushable Bathroom Wipes $3.02 x 1 - $0.75 = $2.27

Suave Shampoo $1.10 x 1 - $0.50 = $0.60

Kotex Tampons $5.50 x 1 - $0.75 = $4.75

TOTAL = $13.39 (including taxes)


My favorite buy is the DentaStix because they run about $4.50 in the store, making them more of a splurge than part of my doggy's regular routine. The prices for the other items are also great!

I placed my order after midnight last Saturday, and I received the order on Wednesday. I was not expecting it so soon! The items were all taped, and several were in a ziploc bag to keep them separate. Packing bubbles (I don't know the technical term - it's not bubble wrap.) kept the items safe during shipment.

I am definitely going to be order more from; in fact, while I was in Kroger and Walmart today, I passed on several items because I'd rather buy them from Alice.

After you open an account, you will receive a $10 credit once you spend $50. Just click on this link or the banner at the top of the post or in the sidebar to sign up. (Btw, does have a referral service. If you sign up through my links, my friend Molly will earn 3% of your purchases for a year. Molly is a dear friend who is a SAHM, and I decided that using her referral link is one way for me to thank her for being one of my heroes.) has also started a free sample program that sounds absolutely awesome. Select shipments will contain goodie bags that will have samples and other gifts. This month, the gifts could even be iPods, gas cards, Flip video cameras, as well other great items! They are also giving away a Mac Book! To find out more information about this sample program and Mac Book contest, visit the blog at

Jen's Book Review: Wit's End

Wit's End by Karen Joy Fowler follows Rima Lanisell as she visits her godmother Addison for the first time at her home nicknamed Wit's End. Rima lost her mother several years ago and has recently lost her father and her brother. She comes to visit Addison to recover and learn more about her godmother's relationship with her father. Addison is a famous, bestselling mystery writer who used Rima's father as a character in one of her first books. Addison has fought to protect her privacy and her characters but is failing due to the capabilities of the internet with its blogs, chat rooms, etc. Her fans are even stealing her main character detective Maxwell Lane and creating stories of their own with him. Rima investigates her father's past, reading letters from one of Addison's fans who also knew her father, visiting a cult town called Holy City where he lived, and getting stories from Addison. Rima also encounters what she thinks is a crazed fan of Addison but turns out to be someone who knows more about Addison than Rima wanted to know.

I'm not sure if it was just my constant falling asleep whenever I tried to read the book, or if the book was actually not that good, but I really didn't enjoy it. I hate to quit books, so I really persevered and fought through even though I was never intrigued. Several times I had to read the book jacket to remind myself about what the book was supposed to be. The story jumped around between Rima's present and Addison's memories with Rima's father. I couldn't get over Addison's weird dollhouse recreations of the death scenes in each of her books that she had on display throughout the house. Everything was just too odd. I kept getting confused about the fictional character in the book that was actually Rima's father and her real life father. Even though I never got into the story, I felt like the ending was not conclusive.

I have read Karen Joy Fowler's book The Jane Austen Book Club and enjoyed it, so I was very surprised to not like this book at all. Usually an author keeps the same writing style in all of their books, and sometimes it is that writing style that intrigues me more than the story, but I guess Fowler is the exception. Keep in mind that this is just my opinion, and if you are at all interested in the book, by all means read it and form your own opinion!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-Ray + DVD combo - FREE!

**This deal just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter!!**

Here's how to get the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-ray + DVD combo for free:

Go to Toys 'R' Us on Monday, October 5, and put down a $5 deposit to reserve your copy of Snow White. (I found the info about the deposit in the comments of Common Sense with Money's post about Snow White. Thanks, Erika!)

Between Tuesday, October 6, and Friday, October 9, pick up your movie, which will be on sale for $19.99. Use this coupon for $10 off, and you will pay $4.99 (since you have already put down $5). You will receive a $5 TRU gift card.

Send in for a $5 rebate when you buy Snow White and a participating Hefty product. (Visit Common Sense with Money for the info.)

$19.99 - $10.00 coupon - $5.00 gc - $5.00 rebate = - $0.01! (So, really, it's free w/ overage!!)

TRU also has several Snow White toys on sale, along with a promotion for a free Snow White baking set with any Disney Princess purchase of $25 or over. The Blu-ray + DVD combo pack is included in this promotion.

(The coupon states it's good through October 10. I'm not sure if TRU will only take the coupon on those four days or the October 9 date is a typo. Do you know?)

Get Sports Illustrated Kids for $5 From Amazon

Amazon's "Magazine Steal for the Week" is a 1-year subscription to Sports illustrated Kids for only $5!

The SIKids website says that the magazine is for kids 8 and up in one place and 6 and up in another. I'm sure it is like so many other things and just really depends on the maturity of the child. Subscribers can also go to Customer Service and request a free Teen section be added to their magazines.

This deal expires October 10.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Fun

I wish that I could express how much I love this video, but honestly, there are no words. Enjoy!

(And, yes, this is a "real" video -- it's not a parody or trying to make fun. It is SERIOUS!)


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