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FREE Schick Hydro Silk Razor STILL AVAILABLE!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on May 14, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)
FREE Schick Hydro Silk Razor STILL AVAILABLE if you haven't scored one yet!  Text SCHICK to 24444 to request yours now!  It's a NICE FREEBIE!  Note:  If you don’t have an internet capable cell phone, or are having trouble, you can alternatively email [email protected] to request your free razor.  *Request more freebies here!

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Do-It-Yourself Projects, Crafts, Recipes, Ideas & More!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on February 13, 2013 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Simply follow the links, which will take you to photo albums filled with pictures of projects, then click an individual image to enlarge it, and get more information. *You do NOT need a Facebook, nor a Pinterest, account to view any of the items below.

DIYs on this blog:

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Misc. DIY ideas HERE.

Various DIY Pallet Projects HERE.

DIY hanging garden HERE.

More misc. ideas mixed in HERE.

On Pinterest:

Activities for Kids HERE.

Christmas Ideas HERE.

Creative DIY Crafts HERE.

DIY Upcycling/Repurposing HERE.

DIY Home Ideas HERE.

Tips and Tricks HERE.

Kitchen Tips HERE.

Garden Ideas HERE.

Party Ideas HERE.

Girly Stuff HERE.

Easter Ideas HERE.

Thanksgiving Ideas HERE.

Halloween Ideas HERE.

Valentine's Day Ideas HERE.

Stuff for Pets HERE.

Photo Ideas HERE.

To Your Health HERE.

Money Earning Ideas HERE. 


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FREE S&H + $10 Credit(s) from Coterie NOW until 12/25!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on December 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Woo hoo! FREE S&H (and no minimum order amount required) from Coterie NOW until Christmas, 12/25!  Plus, FREE $10 credit when you sign-up HERE for FREE! And you can earn more free credits by referring friends; And even more free credits when friends place their 1st order!  "When 20 friends join, you get $10. When your friend buys, you both get a $10 credit towards your next purchase."  Also, they include a FREE sample on orders over $45!

I've personally scored a bunch of nice free items!  Read my last two blog posts about Coterie here and hereCheck them out, and see what you can score for FREE!   Here's my referral link, use it to score your FREE $10 credit!  And after you place your first order, we'll both receive another $10 credit!  Woo hoo!  https://www.coterie.com/refer?code=H0knqtZzT

HURRY! FREE Cosmetics of Your Choice from Coterie again!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on November 16, 2012 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Woo hoo!  Coterie is at it again!  They're giving away more FREE Cosmetics!!! Read about the last giveaway they had here.   

Right now when you sign-up with Coterie using THIS LINK you will receive a free $10 credit for opening a new account!

Plus, right now, they're offering FREE (ground) SHIPPING on all orders!

This means you'll can score any item that is $10 or less, for FREE!  

HURRY!!!  I do NOT know how long this deal with last!!!   


Tip:  Refer friends to earn even more free credits!  Note: Credits expire after two months.  Also, if an item is "sold out" keep checking back frequently as they often restock quickly, often times within just MINUTES!!  



FREE $25 Manduka Credit = FREE Item!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on October 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (2)

To get the FREE $25 Manduka Credit login or register. You can also use coupon code OMMCHICAGO10 to get 10% off your order. Your credit can be applied to shipping, which is $8, so anything around $17 and under is FREE!  Sign up today to get the credit! Click HERE!  

p.s.  Earn extra credits by referring friends! 


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FREE Cosmetics of Your Choice! Hurry!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on October 21, 2012 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (8)

UPDATE! THIS OFFER HAS EXPIRED (new offer HERE)! However, you can still get the sign-up credit (but it's been reduced from $20 to $10).  And you can still score additional free credits, good towards free Coterie cosmetics, by referring friends. UPDATE:  I can verify that this is indeed a legit offer!  My items arrived today (10/26/12) via Fed-Ex!   Note:  I upgraded to the free express shipping.  



Get a FREE $40 credit!  You will receive a $20  $10 credit for opening an account with THIS LINK! And another $20 credit for using promo code DEMETERVIP at check-out.  CLICK HERE and then click sign up and create an account. THIS DEAL IS FOR NEW ACCOUNTS ONLY.  

Once you create a new account, click on either 29 cosmetics, Stila, or the Perfume. You will have a $40 credit so anything under $35 will be FREE ($5 of the $40 credit goes towards S&H - that's why your total has to be $35 or less)!  Select from a free 29 Cosmetics Lipstick, Lip Gloss & Bag, Stila 2 Piece Eye Collection, or Noteworth Eue Eau de Toilette, from Coterie!  On the checkout screen where it says "Shipping Address," click "add address," and enter your address


For "promo code" enter DEMETERVIP and click "APPLY CODE" then scroll to the bottom to to see that the total will be zero (unlike at the top of the screen).  And if for some reason even after entering the code you still only get $20 off then please log out of the account then log back in and enter the code again.  And currently, you can also earn a $20 credit for each friend you refer!  Refer friends to earn even more free credits!  Note:  Credits expire after two months.  


Just a quick disclaimer:  While I know this site is 100% legitimate, & the codes are legitimate, too, there is always the possibility for these orders to be cancelled. So keep that in mind.

Possible Health Benefits of Cinnamon & Honey!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on October 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The following was posted on a friend's Facebook wall. I do not know the original source.  And I don't know if these work or not, but I've previously heard of some of them, and I thought it was worth passing along (pin it)... below is a copy/paste...

Cinnamon and Honey; Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around.


Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects for any kind of diseases.

Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:


HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply it on bread instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, when they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.


ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.


BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.


CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.


COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.


UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.


IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.


INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals


INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.


LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.


RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.


PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.


SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.


WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.


CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.


FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.


BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.


HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!

Could Cut Onions be a Home Remedy?? And/or a Cause for Contamination??

Posted by 1FrugalMom on September 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (1)

The following was posted on a friend's Facebook wall. It's VERY interesting, and has caused much debate on my FB wall.  I don't know if it works or not, but I thought it was worth passing along (pin it)...  below is a copy/paste...


ONIONS! Wow! I've never heard of this!!!



In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu... Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.


The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.


Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.


Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions:


Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmer's story...but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia, and, needless to say, I was very ill... I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs...sure enough it happened just like that...the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.


Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.


This is the other note. Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don't know what to blame. Maybe it's the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is the very reason we shouldn't eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open.




I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.


Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe.


"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the summer picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table, and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.


Ed says that, when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the ONIONS, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES.


He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.


It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!). Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.


Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.


Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.


Please pass this on to all you love and care about.

FREE Target Summer Beauty Bag Filled w/ Samples!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on May 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

FREE Target Summer Beauty Bag Filled with Samples!  HURRY!  Request yours before they're gone! https://www.facebook.com/TargetStyle/app_453280448019005

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR RECEIVE A GIFT. The Target Summer Beauty Bag Giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 years & older. Void elsewhere and where prohibited. Starts no earlier than 5/22/12 at 12:00 PM ET and ends after 477,500 gifts have been claimed or on 7/5/12, at 11:59:59 PM ET, whichever occurs first. Click here for complete Terms and Conditions, entry requirements and gift description. Limit one (1) Gift per person. Sponsor: Target Corporation, 1000 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

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FREE Target Beauty Bag Filled w/ Samples & Coupons!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (11)

Woo hoo!!  This is available AGAIN!!  Get a FREE Target Spring Beauty Bag filled w/ goodies!  Target is giving away FREE Spring Beauty Bags stocked with coupons and freebies from Nivea, Nexxus, Pantene, L'Oreal, Neutrogena, Simple and more. Want one?  Click HERE!  **Note:  If you have trouble w/ the form, try a different Internet browser. 

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FREE Pillow Protector!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 24, 2012 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Send your friend(s) a FREE Pillow Protector from Protect-A-Bed! And be sure to have a friend send you one, too! Click HERE!   *Note: email confirmation is required.

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FREE 20ct. Bottle of Bayer Advance Aspirin!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Heads-up!  Bayer will be giving away 10,000 FREE (20ct.) bottles of Bayer® Advanced Aspirin sometime TODAY between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM EST!  Click HERE!

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FREE 3 fl. oz. tube of new Vaseline Total Moisture Lotion!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Mark your calenders!  "Tuesday (4/24) at 8pm ET/5pm PT Vaseline will be having another giftaway! Visit the 'What’s New' tab (or click the link) at 8pm ET/5pm PT to gift a friend with a FREE 3 fl. oz. tube of new Vaseline® Total Moisture® lotion and receive one for yourself too (while supplies last)!" http://on.fb.me/vkwhll

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Enter to Win Estee Lauder's Monthly Sweepstakes!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 20, 2012 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (4)

Each month the Grand Prize winner will receive a $350 Estee Lauder shopping spree at http://www.esteelauder.com!  To enter to win, click HERE!

ENTRY PERIOD = Sweepstakes starts at 12:01AM on the first day of each month and ends at 11:59 PM ET on the last day of the month.

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FREE Tampax Radiant Sample Pack!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

FREE Tampax Radiant Sample Pack!  Every Tuesday in April is your chance to score FREE samples from Tampax!  Click HERE!  Note: 1 sample per household per month allowed.


2 FREE Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Canisters for Teachers!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Get 2 FREE Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Canisters for Teachers!

Simply click the link below, then click "Submit List" to get started.


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FREE Shick Hydro Silk Razor (available again)!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 16, 2012 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (2)

FREE Shick Hydro Silk Razor (available again)!!  Each link below only has a certain number of free Razors available.  Once you sign-up, you'll also get a link to share even more.  Please feel free to leave it in the comments section below so others can also take advantage of this deal!  Thanks! 

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FREE Sample of Muscletech naNO Vapor Fruit Punch!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 16, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Watch a short video to get a FREE sample of Muscletech naNO Vapor Fruit Punch! Click HERE! 

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FREE Chomp Soap Sample!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (2)

FREE Chomp Soap!  Sample "The MEANEST Soap on Earth!" Click HERE to try "the world's best all natural industrial hand cleaner!"

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