40,000 Fitbit Step Goal at 40 & A Giveaway!

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Congratulations to ca..ye.d@aol.com for winning the giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who entered ~ I so wish I could give one to all of you and loved reading your birthday stories. :) 

 

Y’all might just think I’m nuts, but yesterday I turned forty (O.U.C.H.) and decided to celebrate by walking 40,000 steps using my Fitbit. 

 

To be clear, that’s exactly 19.45 miles.

 

Yup.

 

More than I moved the day that I ran a half marathon a few years ago.

 

CRAZY.

 

I woke up yesterday at 4:50 AM (I’ve done that part for years ~ it’s what I have to do to force myself to exercise because otherwise I’d be a jillion pounds . . .), and set off to do my normal 10,000 step walk/run bright and early(Mostly so I could enjoy my birthday without worrying about calories!)

 

For a few months I’ve been trying to hit somewhere between 15,000 – 20,000 steps at least on weekdays, so that part wasn’t all that new to me.

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But as I was walking it occurred to me that I might just try being a little ridiculous and hitting a 40,000 mark goal to celebrate turning 40. Truthfully I’ve been a little sad about turning 40 ~ if I’m being honest, really a little more sad about turning 40 and still in the process of just getting to know people in Ohio so I didn’t have folks to celebrate with besides my family.

 

(People have been so sweet to me here, but working from home full time and keeping up with my family makes it hard to really get to know people all that often, which I thinks is true for work-at-home folks no matter where they are!) 

 

But it dawned on me that I could turn my wee bit of sad into glad. :) I am glad because God has given me two strong (albeit pudgy!) legs to walk on every day. I can walk wherever I want, whenever I want, and for some that alone is an incredible gift.

 

So I did the math, and realized that if I walked 3,000 steps every hour throughout the day I’d be pretty close to my goal by nighttime.

 

Every hour on the hour, I hopped up from my computer, turned on my favorite podcasts (right now I’m listening to a lot of Michael Hyatt and Chalene Johnson), and “walk/jogged” up and down our hallway upstairs to reach those 3,000 steps.

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I ended up averaging 3,000 steps in a little over twenty minutes each hour. Because I’ve had a huge bout with plantar fascitis since running my half a year and a half ago, I wore my favorite Adidas Adissage sandals throughout the day. (These sandals have helped my feet a ton ~ I highly recommend them if you struggle with constant heel pain!)

 

Then I asked my sweet husband and kids to head to the mall with me after dinner last night, and we walked until I hit my 40,000 steps ~ then celebrated with a Cinnabon. (I haven’t had one in years and it sounded so good – honestly now though I think our homemade Cinnabons are way better, and my kids agree but it was still a fun treat!)

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So, I made it! As a person who’s glued way too closely to her computer throughout the day I’ve loved the motivation of my Fitbit (and especially Fitbit groups), to really encourage me to get up and move around a bit more throughout the day.

 

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I’d love for one of you to have that motivation too, so decided to celebrate we should do a giveaway! I’m giving away one Fitbit HR (the same one I have which is also on sale right now at Ebay) to one lucky reader. Here’s how to enter to win:

 

The giveaway will close 11/19/15 at 9:00 PM, so be sure to enter to win ~ good luck!

 

Just so you know, what made the day even sweeter was that I was so fortunate to have a ton of sweet phone calls, messages, and emails from friends all over the place who took time to just wish me a happy day. I am crazy (CRAZY) blessed.

So thankful for a crazy blessed life, no matter what the next forty bring! :) 

(And seriously debating making this an annual tradition . . . 50K steps at 50? 60K steps at 60? And making my kids push me when I get to 90 just a mere 90K steps.) We’ll see!) :) 

 

This giveaway is not sponsored by Facebook ~ just a gift from me to thank y’all for reading. Thank you!

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$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: 3 Readers Win!

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A HUGE thanks to everyone who entered to win (I wish I had a gift card for every one of you!) Here are the winners:

vonb….en1@msn.com
addic….ving@hotmail.com
Jube….00@yahoo.com

I’m super excited that last night the PPP Facebook page reached a whopping 300,000 Facebook fans (CRAZY!!!!) To thank you all for reading, I thought it’d be fun to do a super quick giveaway. :)

 

Here’s how to enter to win one of three (yes, THREE!) $100 Amazon gift cards:

NOTE: If you normally comment via Facebook, please click HERE to comment so that I can have your email in case you win ~ there’s no way for me to contact you otherwise if you win.

Thanks so much for reading PPP ~ I appreciate you all so very much. 😉

 

This giveaway is not sponsored by Amazon or Facebook ~ just a gift from me to thank y’all for reading. Giveaway ends 10/19/15 at 9:00 PM Eastern Time. Good luck!

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Amazon Gift Card Giveaway + 12 things you probably don’t know about me (I’d love to hear about you too!)

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Thanks SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED – I absolutely *loved* reading all about you and wish I had time to comment to each one of you specifically! Here are the winners (have all been contacted via email:)

  • Ajsamp….. 23@yahoo.com
  • sd…30@gmail.com
  • Nik…..13@yahoo.com
  • range….s@yahoo.com

You guys.

I’m so stinkin’ excited because we’ve hit 250,000 fans on Facebook. (I actually meant to post this at 250,000, but we’re already up to 260,00 as of today!!!!)

Wow. 

To say I’m just amazed is an understatement.

As I’ve shared a time or two before, I’m just a plain ole’ mom who loves to pinch a penny, and having 250,000 260,000 folks join me along the way is pure craziness.

To thank you for hanging out with me each day, I thought it would be fun to do an Amazon gift card giveaway. 😉 I’ll be giving away 4 $50 Amazon gift cards, and all you have to do to enter to win is share a few facts about yourself (because I really do love hearing from you!)

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To get things started, I’ll share a few things about myself (yikes!) Then just leave a comment on this post to share a fact or two about yourself, and you’ll be entered to win (YAY!) Here we go . . .

1. I grew up in Clearwater, Florida. When I went to college at Asbury University in Kentucky, I swore that if I never saw another palm tree as long as I lived that would be just fine. (20 years later after freezing all winter in Ohio, I think I’d give anything to see a palm tree . . . .)

 

2. I started playing the violin when I was 8 and it’s probably my favorite past time, although I only pick it up a few times a year. I taught private violin lessons to earn extra income when my kids were small. (I also did some data entry and taught preschool – anything to make a few extra bucks!)

 

3. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I was a social work major at Asbury before transferring to University of Louisville my senior year of college. (After getting married and realizing we really couldn’t afford another year of private college!) Since U of L didn’t have social work as an undergrad program I changed to psychology.

 

I always knew I wanted to work in a field where I helped people, so the mission of this site has been a crazy blessing to me. I tell my husband that I’m only legitimately qualified to work at McDonald’s, so hopefully this gig won’t be up too soon. :)

 

4. I type really fast. The only class I’ve ever taken that has had any real value was my typing class with Mrs. Stewart in high school, where I even won a state typing competition. I use that skill every. single. day.

2011 at the Alabama Governor’s Ball – the only time I’ve every worn a formal dress other than my wedding. 😉 I think I was at my absolute thinnest there which is about 12 pounds lighter than where I am right now, so I’m determined to get there in the next few months!  

 

5. I lost 70 pounds in college and have kept it off for almost 20 years. I still see myself as the pudgy girl (have always wanted to lose another 10-20 pounds), and my weight is a daily battle for me. I exercise at least 4-5 times per week, but chocolate chip cookies are my arch nemesis.

‘nuf said.

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6. I married the first (and only) boy I’ve ever kissed.

Wouldn’t change a thing

(Seriously, he’s the best gift to me and we have three super cute kids. I only dreamed I’d have all this!)

 

7. After living in Goshen, Kentucky (outside of Louisville) for ten years, my husband and I moved to Madison, Alabama and were there for 10 years as well. We moved to Ohio in May of 2014 and I’m still having some growing pains (but trusting it’ll be home soon. I sure hope!)

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8. I’m not naturally a giver. My husband and other folks in my family are honest to goodness natural givers, and I so wish I had that trait. Because I grew up in a home where finances were always tight, I fear never having enough probably more than most people, and work really hard to overcome this one.

9. I have amazing help here on PPP. Shannon is my biggest assistant (she’s amazing and cares about each one of you so very much!) There are also a few other gals that work behind the scenes who make everything here on PPP possible. I could never (ever, never!) run this site on my own, and am so stinkin’ thankful for them.

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10. I’m a Jesus girl. :) My girls crack me up because this is kind of the way they describe other girls when they talk about them at home, and I’m so glad to be raising a few Jesus girls (and one Jesus boy) of my own. This means we’re so far from perfect, and only by His grace anything good comes from the mess that we are. I became a Christian at 9 years old, and some days am overwhelmed by the way He’s taken care of this mess of me.

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11. My brain never stops going. I constantly am thinking of things to do, struggle with wishing I could live without sleep because there are so many fun things I’d love to work on, and if anyone else lived inside this head of mine I’m pretty sure they’d jump out of their skin. (My brain seriously goes a million miles a minute every second of the day – it’s ridiculous and probably some crazy form of ADD!) 😉 Thankfully somehow it works for me, but goodness, it’s nuts.

 

12. The growth of this website seriously overwhelms and humbles me every single day. I really am just a girl who loves to clip coupons, and didn’t know a single thing about computers, marketing, writing, or social media until starting this site 5 years ago. (Thank heavens for google – it’s taught me everything I know!)

I seriously am in shock every day when you all come hang out with me (I wake up every morning even after 5 years thinking it probably won’t last another day), and feel crazy blessed by the growth of this site.

 

Craziness I tell ya’!

 

So, there you have it! 

 

Your turn now ~ I’d love to hear a few fun facts about you, because goodness I know y’all have some stories too! Take a minute to leave a comment to share and I’ll enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card. I love love love hearing from you!

 

NOTE: If you normally comment via Facebook, please click HERE to comment so that I can have your email in case you win ~ there’s no way for me to contact you otherwise if you win. :)

 

 Winners will be chosen tomorrow night (8/7/15) at 10 PM Eastern Time ~ good luck!

 

Thanks so much for reading PPP ~ I appreciate you each so very much. 😉

 

This giveaway is not sponsored by Amazon or Facebook ~ just a gift from me to thank y’all for reading. Good luck!

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Get A Kitchenaid Mixer Like Me Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Hollho….7@comcast.net for winning ~ and thanks so much to everyone who entered (I wish I could buy each one of you a Kitchenaid!)

Isn’t she lovely?

 

So, I have a confession to make.

 

I have absolutely no self control and bought that Kitchenaid MixerThe one that I didn’t need. 

 

Yup. No. self. con. trol.

 

I stayed up last night dreaming of this thing, and when a PPP’er on Facebook mentioned the even better deal at Bed Bath & Beyond, I was totally suckered in and headed out to buy that beautiful mixer.

 

(Both the Bed Bath & Beyond deal and Amazon deal are INCREDIBLE prices ~ you’ll save more than 50% off the original price on this beauty!)

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I have so little control that I couldn’t even wait to have my husband wrap it and give it to me as a Christmas gift. I thought it through, and seeing as I probably have right around sixty five Christmas baking seasons in my future (assuming I live to the ripe age of 104 ~ I have an aunt who’s 101, so it’s clearly possible, I think?) I decided that I needed to go ahead and use it now though so I wouldn’t miss a single opportunity. 😉

 

I have some guilt about this purchase (although honestly, I love it. And my husband was sweet enough to approve.) I already have a Kitchenaid that works just fine other than being a wee bit smaller, and I know there are so so so many people who have so little. (So why on earth do I need a bigger Kitchenaid?)  Splurging for myself on this just seems beyond ridiculous, but goodness I do love it already. (Is that terrible? I struggle so much with when it’s okay to splurge and when to give more!)

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 (Best Ever Chocolate Cookie Recipe)

 

So, to ease my guilt just a bit, I decided to share exactly the same Kitchenaid with one of you. (WOOOHOOOOO!)

 

Tomorrow night at 10 PM Eastern Time, I’ll pick one ever-so-lucky PPP reader to get this just so beautiful-wonderful-make-me-so-happy mixer so you can feel just a wee bit like Martha Stewart too. (Or Paula Deen. Whoever you choose.) 😉

 

 

 

Here’s how to enter to win:

  1. Required Entry:  Leave a comment on this post sharing sharing one item you’ve saved on since following PPP.
  2. Additional Entries:  Join Passionate Penny Pincher on Facebook and leave a comment to let me know (or leave a comment if you’re already a Facebook fan.)
  3. Share this post on Facebook (leave an additional comment to let me know that as well)
  4. Join PPP on Pinterest and leave a comment to let me know (or leave a comment if you already like PPP.)
  5. Pin my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and leave a comment with the link to your Pin
NOTE: If you normally comment via Facebook, please click HERE to comment so that I can have your email in case you win ~ there’s no way for me to contact you otherwise if you win. :)

 

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Thanks so much for reading PPP ~ I appreciate you each so very much!

 

This giveaway is not sponsored by Amazon or Facebook ~ just a gift from me to thank y’all for reading. Good luck!

 

 

 

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Christmas Deals Starting On PPP + $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Congratulations to th02…..@gmail.com for winning the giveaway, and thanks so much to every one who entered! 

I’m so excited about the Christmas deals that we’re starting to see in full swing! We just moved everything over to our fun Christmas logo (isn’t it just cute?), and hope it makes things oh-so-easy for you to navigate this Christmas season.   Hopefully this helps things run a little more simply (and penny-pinched, of course) in your home, and you can easily navigate the deals as well as frugal decorating ideas, recipes, and easy ways to donate to your local food banks this time of year. Here are a few tips to help things go more smoothly ~ amazon Click the Amazon button at the top of the page to take you directly to the Amazon Lightning Deals so you can see what’s on sale each day foodboxClick the “giving” photo to go directly to easy items to donate to Holiday food boxes this year meals Click the “food” photo to take you right to penny pinched meal ideas (note: if you’d before to go to current meals by date, click the recipes button just underneath that food picture and you can see most recent posts from the food category) decorating Click the “home” photo to see frugal home decorating ideas (watch for more of those these next few weeks!) gift Click the “Christmas gifting” photo to see current best gift giving deals

 

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Black Friday AdsOnline Shopping Deals
Gifts for Him Gifts for Her Gifts for Kids
Food Box DealsTechnology Deals

 

And you can use this logo on the right sidebar to easily navigate gifts for him, her, online shopping, Black Friday ads and more. Whew! 😉  

(oops – I almost forgot we started 25 Days of Christmas Deals for Dad series  tonight too. Did I say whew?) 😉

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So, are you ready to get started saving this Holiday season? I thought it would be fun to start things off with a $50 Amazon Gift Card, so leave a comment on this post to share the one thing you’re  most hoping to save big on this Christmas.

Who’s ready? Leave a comment to share the one thing you’re watching for a deal on, and we’ll get the season started!

Winners will be chosen Friday morning (11/7/14) at 9 AM Central Time ~ good luck! This giveaway is not sponsored by Amazon or Facebook ~ just a gift from me to thank you for reading. Good luck!

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Winners of the PPP Blogiversary $50 Amazon Gift Card & Kitchenaid Mixer Giveaway

 

blogiversaryA big thanks to everyone who commented in this week’s PPP 5 Blogiversary giveaway – I’m so thankful for you (and wish I could give a gift card to every one of you!) Here are the winner’s for the $50 Amazon gift cards (watch for an email in your inbox):

 

  • Giveaway #1 – dmag…s@knology.net
  • Giveaway #2 – jeana.ca….y@gmail.com
  • Giveaway #3 – lize….3@yahoo.com
  • Giveaway #4 – teachkid….2@yahoo.com
  • Giveaway #5 – crystal45…@yahoo.com

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And here’s the winner of the big Kitchenaid Mixer giveaway (yay!)

 

Charlotte at c.plahu….3@gmail.com

 

Congratulations Charlotte, I’m so excited for you! Thanks so much for everyone who entered and commented – you make my job more fun every day. 😉

 

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Amazon Gift Card Giveaway #5

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Congratulations to crystal45…@yahoo.com for winning this giveaway – just sent you an email so be watching for it! Thanks so much to everyone who entered.

Here’s today’s last $50 Amazon gift card giveaway to thank you for reading and to celebrate our 5 year Blogiversary!

Here’s how to enter to win:

  1. Required Entry:  Leave a comment on this post sharing sharing one item you’ve saved on since following PPP.
  2. Additional Entries:  Join Passionate Penny Pincher on Facebook and leave a comment to let me know (or leave a comment if you’re already a Facebook fan.)
  3. Share this post on Facebook (leave an additional comment to let me know that as well)
  4. Join PPP on Pinterest and leave a comment to let me know (or leave a comment if you already like PPP.)
  5. Pin any PPP Recipe or Frugal Idea onto your Pinterest board and leave a comment with the link to your Pin

 

NOTE: If you normally comment via Facebook, please click HERE to comment so that I can have your email in case you win ~ there’s no way for me to contact you otherwise if you win. :)

 

 Winners will be chosen tomorrow morning (10/8/14) at 9 AM Central Time ~ good luck!

 

Thanks so much for reading PPP ~ I appreciate you each so very much. 😉

 

This giveaway is not sponsored by Amazon or Facebook ~ just a gift from me to thank y’all for reading. Good luck!

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Kitchenaid Mixer Giveaway!

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I’m thrilled about tonight’s giveaway!  As I shared last night, we’re celebrating PPP’s FIVE YEAR Blogiversary today. Since my all-time favorite splurge (I think?) has been my Kitchenaid Mixer, I thought it would oh-so-fun to give one away here!

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So, one lucky PPP reader who comments on this post will be given this Kitchenaid Mixer – WOOHOOO! 

 

Here’s how to enter to win:

  1. Required Entry:  Leave a comment on this post sharing sharing one item you’ve saved on since following PPP.
  2. Additional Entries:  Join Passionate Penny Pincher on Facebook and leave a comment to let me know (or leave a comment if you’re already a Facebook fan.)
  3. Share this post on Facebook (leave an additional comment to let me know that as well)
  4. Join PPP on Pinterest and leave a comment to let me know (or leave a comment if you already like PPP.)
  5. Pin any PPP Recipe or frugal tip onto your Pinterest board and leave a comment with the link to your Pin
NOTE: If you normally comment via Facebook, please click HERE to comment so that I can have your email in case you win ~ there’s no way for me to contact you otherwise if you win. :)
Because this gift is a wee bit special, I’ll choose the winner Friday morning (10/10/14) at 10 PM Central Time.

 

Thanks so much for reading PPP ~ I appreciate you each so very much.

 

This giveaway is not sponsored by Amazon or Facebook ~ just a gift from me to thank y’all for reading. Good luck!

 

 

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$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway #3

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Congratulations to lizan…3@yahoo.com for winning this giveaway – just sent you an email so be watching for it! Thanks so much to everyone who entered.

 

Today we’re giving away 5 (yes five!) $50 Amazon gift cards throughout the day to thank you for reading and to celebrate our 5 year Blogiversary!

Here’s how to enter to win:

  1. Required Entry:  Leave a comment on this post sharing sharing one item you’ve saved on since following PPP.
  2. Additional Entries:  Join Passionate Penny Pincher on Facebook and leave a comment to let me know (or leave a comment if you’re already a Facebook fan.)
  3. Share this post on Facebook (leave an additional comment to let me know that as well)
  4. Join PPP on Pinterest and leave a comment to let me know (or leave a comment if you already like PPP.)
  5. Pin any PPP Recipe or Frugal Idea onto your Pinterest board and leave a comment with the link to your Pin

 

NOTE: If you normally comment via Facebook, please click HERE to comment so that I can have your email in case you win ~ there’s no way for me to contact you otherwise if you win. :)

 

This is the second of five $50 gift cards today, so I’ll put up three more posts throughout the day with more chances to win another gift card (be watching!)  Winners will be chosen tomorrow morning (10/8/14) at 9 AM Central Time.

 

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AND, sometime later today, I’ll also be giving a surprise giveaway of this Kitchenaid Mixer. (YAY!)

Thanks so much for reading PPP ~ I appreciate you each so very much. 😉

 

This giveaway is not sponsored by Amazon or Facebook ~ just a gift from me to thank y’all for reading. Good luck!

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$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway #2

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Congratulations to jeana.car…. @gmail.com for winning this giveaway – just sent you an email so be watching for it! Thanks so much to everyone who entered.

Today we’re giving away 5 (yes five!) $50 Amazon gift cards throughout the day to thank you for reading and to celebrate our 5 year Blogiversary!

Here’s how to enter to win:

  1. Required Entry:  Leave a comment on this post sharing sharing one item you’ve saved on since following PPP.
  2. Additional Entries:  Join Passionate Penny Pincher on Facebook and leave a comment to let me know (or leave a comment if you’re already a Facebook fan.)
  3. Share this post on Facebook (leave an additional comment to let me know that as well)
  4. Join PPP on Pinterest and leave a comment to let me know (or leave a comment if you already like PPP.)
  5. Pin any PPP Recipe or Frugal Idea onto your Pinterest board and leave a comment with the link to your Pin

 

NOTE: If you normally comment via Facebook, please click HERE to comment so that I can have your email in case you win ~ there’s no way for me to contact you otherwise if you win. :)

 

This is the second of five $50 gift cards today, so I’ll put up three more posts throughout the day with more chances to win another gift card (be watching!)  Winners will be chosen tomorrow morning (10/8/14) at 9 AM Central Time.

 

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AND, sometime later today, I’ll also be giving a surprise giveaway of this Kitchenaid Mixer. (YAY!)

Thanks so much for reading PPP ~ I appreciate you each so very much. 😉

 

This giveaway is not sponsored by Amazon or Facebook ~ just a gift from me to thank y’all for reading. Good luck!

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