Monday, September 28, 2009

A New You Give Away!

Well, I have run contests on most of my blogs, web sites, even at my stores, but not here at a New You! So, to gain some input, get to know some of the followers, and increase the followers- I thought we would have one here, too! Theis blog is

This one is going to be easy! I will accept entries until 10/10/09! So, the more comments you leave, the more entries, the more chances!

I am offering up a 10.00 gift certificate! That's right! A 10.00 Gift certificate (just in time for the holidays) that you can spend on anything in the store! Keep in mind, some items have shipping costs, but some are free! You can combine this with any toher offer, you can combine this with other items you are purchasing (for example, some of the higher price items are free shipping, but you can combine this 10.00 gift certificate and really get the item for less than 20.00; or you can pick up a couple of butter bars, bath bars, bubble bath, etc! Oh, and this week I am listing some 2.00 specials! 1.00 specials, and more....

So, what do you have to do? Truly, this is very easy...

1. Follow or subscribe to this blog- You are already here, so just click on the follow button to the right!
2. Visit my shop at and to the right you will see listings of my 4 shops! Just pick one shop that you would purchase from, come back and comment on any of the items that really caught your eye!

That is it! You are now entered 1 time!
Want more entries? To grab extra entries and increase your chances -

1. Follow me on twitter and then comment here with the link (Your twitter link)
2. Tweet this page, contest, etc! Comment here with the link of your tweet
3. Blog about the contest then comment here with the link to your blog (PS this gives you a link back that helps increase traffic to your blog!)
4. Sign the guest book at my web site
5. Sign up for free advertising by completing the free submission information on my spotlight page of my website at Then comment here leaving me your link, banner, and shop info (again giving more traffic to your blog or site!)
6. Join my facebook fans and comment here that you have done so

Each of the above counts as one extra entry! Remember, each thing you do, you must leave an extra comment here! Oh, and you can get 5 extra entries just for posting my blog button and a link to this blog on your site until the contest ends 10/10/09! Make sure you leave a comment here with the link to your blog!

Grab the button here:

You can post the button as many places as you want. Leave a link for each and receive an entry for each! Remember, the button has to stay up until the contest is ended 10/10/09!

The contest winner is chosen at random by each entry being assigned a number in chronological order according to the entry time. Only comments left here at this blog are considered entries! Each extra entry will be verified by checking the link given. Then a random number is chosen with the installed program at the top of the blog. The winner will be announced 10/10/09.

Remember, the contest for butter bars is still happening at my other blog:

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

How to Create a Family Budget

For singles, creating a budget is relatively easy. They tend to have a good handle on how much money they have coming in, and when tracking expenses, they only have their own to think about. But creating a family budget is a whole new ball game.

Most families have multiple sources of income. And when there are multiple spenders, that makes things much more confusing. This is one of the main reasons that families lack a formal budget. But having a budget and sticking to it can greatly improve a family's financial outlook.

Making a family budget may be tricky, but it can be done. Here's how.

1. Take inventory of all income. If a certain source of income fluctuates from month to month, use the lowest amount or average it out.
2. Keep track of all expenses for a month or so. Keep all of your receipts, and ask all family members to turn theirs in to you each day.
3. Add up your monthly expenses. Be sure to include bills, debt payments, groceries, and everyday expenses such as lunch money and transportation costs.
4. Get the family together and discuss ways you can trim the budget. Getting input from other family members will help you determine which expenses are necessary and which ones could be cut down or eliminated. Maybe you or your spouse could start taking lunch to work instead of eating out, or maybe the kids can drop an extracurricular activity.
5. In addition to individual expenses, discuss how you can cut down on the electric bill, groceries and other necessary family expenses. Consider such things as carpooling or taking public transportation, buying more generic foods and adjusting the thermostat.
6. Estimate how much you can save on regular expenses, and cut the completely unnecessary items out of the budget. Then refigure it and see where you stand.
7. If you end up with a surplus, allocate a portion of it to savings. If you're in the red, go back and rework the budget until you have more income than expenses.

Being Realistic

One reason that family budgets often fail is because they're just not realistic. It's great to cut down on expenses, but sometimes we tend to go too far. For example, cutting entertainment out of the budget completely might look good on paper, but we all need a little diversion every now and then.

Instead of cutting such things out of the budget completely, consider finding ways to lower the cost. Going back to the entertainment example, maybe you've been going to dinner and a movie as a family twice a month. But eating in and renting a new release would be much cheaper, and you would still get to spend quality time together.

Individual expenses can also be tricky. This can be resolved by allocating a certain amount for each family member to spend each week. If someone spends his entire amount before the week is up, reevaluate his expenses and adjust if necessary.

Creating a family budget can help keep spending under control, leaving more money to pay down debts and save for future goals. But in order to succeed, close monitoring is essential. Your efforts will be rewarded, however, with less financial stress and more money in the long run.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Banner- New Look!

More Give Aways!



See a giveaway a day at the celebration! Easy to register!

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Another Great Give Away on the Web

Pocket full of buttons is into another fantastic giveaway! See her button below and click for more details! You will receive a 30.00 gift certificate from her shop! Entry is so easy!

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Monday, September 14, 2009

reBlog from Mommyn Tyme: Mishaps of Mommy

I found this fascinating quote today:

The goal of any business is to make money. And, we’re not just talking about the short term but long term goals of increased revenue. To that end, many businesses are missing out on a multi-billion dollar market: moms. Marketing to moms is the wave of the now and the future.Mommyn Tyme, Mishaps of Mommy, Sep 2009

You should read the whole article.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

reBlog from Mommyn Tyme: Mommy's Reviews you can Use

I found this fascinating quote today:

Up for grabs is 1 Extra Large handmade bath bar or butter bar in your choice of scents! You choose. Visit my shop at and browse which item you would like!Mommyn Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Sep 2009

You should read the whole article.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Get Organized and De Clutter

Home Organization 101: Easy Steps to a Clutter Free Home

When you first move into your home it seems like you have so much space. As the years pass, you might find yourself becoming a pack rat. What are you going to do with all the stuff you have accumulated? Perhaps it’s time to weed out the unnecessary items and organize your home.

Home organization is a step-by-step process. It will take more than a day or even a week to get everything to a manageable level, but once you do staying organized is an easier task. If you have a family, enlist their help. They can pitch in and learn a thing or two about controlling clutter in their life.

1. Start with the high traffic areas. The living room and kitchen are usually the two most used rooms in the house. Everything gets dropped on a counter or the couch in these two places. Concentrate on getting everything set up the way that you like it before moving on to another room.

2. Use storage containers. Over the years, the style of storage containers has upgraded to be pretty as well as functional. Instead of storing containers in stacks in the garage, purchase ones that match your décor in each room and integrate them so that no one would even notice they were being used for storage.

3. Divide items into categories. You can use heavy duty trash bags for this part. Everything that you find can go into a pile: KEEP, THROW AWAY, GIVE AWAY, and RELOCATE. Items that will stay in that room are to keep. Things that you don’t need or are broken can be thrown away. Clothes or furniture still in great condition can be donated and scheduled for pickup by the Veteran’s association or Goodwill. Anything that definitely belongs in another room can be labeled for relocation when you get to that room.

4. Remove everything from drawers and cabinets. This is a time-consuming process but it is easier to start with an empty space and fill it instead of simply pushing things around. If you line things up on the counter, someone else can help by putting the items in some type of order.

5. Make use of all of your available space. In the kitchen, for example, appliances or extra containers can be stored on top of the cabinets provided they don’t extend all the way to the ceiling. That’s extra storage space without benefit of a storage container. Also use the top of the refrigerator for cereal boxes and breakfast food like boxes of instant oatmeal or grits. In the bedroom, shoes and winter clothes can go into flat storage bins that slide easily under the bed or the dresser.

6. Label your containers. Use tape and a permanent marker to identify the contents of your storage containers. Avoid writing on the actual container in case they are reused and the contents are changed. Labeling also makes for easy identification if you decide to sell or give away a container of books or something. You won’t have to open each container to locate them.

Organizing your entire house takes time. But, once it is done, returning everything you use to its proper place will maintain that same level of organization.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

reBlog from Mommyn Tyme: Mommy's Reviews you can Use

I found this fascinating quote today:

This month I am giving away full size Butter Bath Bars! Jam packed with organic cocoa butter, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, and long lasting fragrance! Rich and thick, clean rinsing, keep you feeling moisturized all day! Enjoy!Mommyn Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Sep 2009

You should read the whole article.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

reBlog from Mommyn Tyme: Mommy's Reviews you can Use

I found this fascinating quote today:

How busy is your evening, trying to figure out dinner and find things your family will actually eat? We've all seen the hamburger helper commercials, but is that really good for everyone? Check out the calories, fat, and sodium sometime on the box! You will be amamzed! But, I have found a great site that offers weekly menus, the grocery list all ready made for you, and tips and tricks to make it fun and easy. No kidding! This really is a wonderful idea! Check out the links below- you will be amazed. There are some free weekly planners, free grocery lists, and a few really great articles on how to get your kids to eat! (My 4 year old has been on a diet of hot dogs, peanut butter, crackers, and cheese for at least 3 months, now. I literally can not get him to eat anything else! I want to pull my hair out!)Mommyn Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Sep 2009

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Bring On the Traffic!

If you sell online, have handmade, artisan products, or trying to start your own business online- you may want to check out my blog- Mishaps of Mommy

Below is an excerpt:

We have spent a lot of time talking about rotators, traffic services, search engines and more... We are going to start focusing on conversion of sales, the right types of groups and networks to join, contests, etc to help promote your items and increase your sales in the upcoming weeks. I wanted to share one more time with you a great rotator service that really brings the traffic to your site! You can add as many URL's as you choose, and they will post as often as you set. However, the one catch is, that in order for your URL's to be posted, you have to have credits. To earn credits, you look at other's sites. It is so easy, though. It is not time consuming. You can add it to your start page, and every day when you log on, just check one or two sites! You will always have credits and your URL's will constantly be being promoted and rotated! Really. It is FREE- there are NO hidden costs. I have been using this service for a while, and Have NO complaints.

Anyone else using this service? Feel free to share your experiences with Traffic Swarm Here! Comment, comment, comment!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Scrapbooking for Beginners- share some tips!

Scrapbooking for Beginners-

Now, I know many of the readers here are great with papercrafts, artistic, and creative. I have met most of my followers through crafting networks, so I have checked out your work! Please add tips, ideas, or even post your own work here to share with readers who may be new to this! Feel free! Promote your own work and items, as well!

Scrapbooking has been around for ages, but it has recently experienced a surge in popularity. People from all walks of life have discovered the joys of creating albums to showcase their treasured photos and keepsakes. But with all the elaborate scrapbooking techniques and myriad embellishments available, getting started can be intimidating.

The truth is, anyone that can use scissors and glue can scrapbook. And you don't have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to create attractive pages. With some basic supplies and a little imagination, you can create lovely scrapbooks that will be adored for years to come.

What You Need

You can get started scrapbooking on a small budget. Here are the things you'll need.

* An album - Scrapbooking albums come in all shapes and sizes. The most popular are 8 1/2" x 11" and 12" x 12". They can be found at most craft supply stores if you don't have a scrapbooking supply store nearby.

* Paper - Scrapbooking paper can be found in a variety of solid colors and patterns. This will be the basis for each page. You may also use scrapbooking paper for journaling and to create your own photo mats and embellishments.

* Cutting tools - You can easily get by with just a good pair of scissors. But an Exacto knife might make photo cropping easier. And if you're no good at cutting straight lines, you might want to invest in a paper cutter.

* Adhesives - There are all sorts of adhesives one could use for scrapbooking. Glue sticks and double-sided tape are quite popular. Some scrapbookers also use rubber cement or glue dots for certain applications. But when you're getting started, just use what you're most comfortable with.

* Photos - Beginning scrapbookers often start out with old photos that they've accumulated over the years. This makes for a nice, nostalgic album. Of course you can also take new pictures for your scrapbook. A digital camera and photo printer are two modern conveniences that make scrapbooking easier, but they are not necessities. Photos taken by a film camera work just as well.

When purchasing scrapbooking supplies, it's important to make sure they are acid-free. This will keep them from harming your priceless photos.

Basic Techniques

You don't have to know a lot about scrapbooking techniques to create an attractive album. Just a few simple techniques will suffice.

One of the first things many scrapbookers learn is how to mat photos. This can be accomplished by simply cutting a square or rectangle that is about a half inch longer and wider than the photo you want to mat. Then glue the photo to the center. To make a photo really stand out, double mat it by cutting out a shape a half inch longer and wider than the first mat, and center the matted photo on it.

Journaling gives scrapbook pages a nice personal touch. Simply write a note about the photos on a page, telling what was happening or sharing your thoughts on the subject. Use paper that coordinates with the background, and be sure to write with an acid-free pen.

Adding borders to your pages gives them a finished look. You can make them out of strips of coordinating scrapbook paper. You don't have to border all four sides. A strip along the top, side or bottom will do. For easy embellishing, use some stickers.

There's no need to throw in the towel if you don't have the time, money or know-how to create elaborate scrapbooks. Just start off simple, and learn new techniques as you go.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Emotional Eating!

How to Overcome Emotional Eating

Eating is a part of life. Your body gets its nutrients from food. Sometimes we can go overboard with our eating habits and it can result in gaining weight. One issue with food is emotional eating.

The problem of emotional eating may end with the scale but it begins in the mind. Stress takes its toll on your life. When your defenses are compromised your health takes a hit and so do your emotions.

Everyone has good days and bad days. How we deal with the bad ones brings emotional eating into play. You look for comfort for your hurts. People who turn to food for comfort find a coping mechanism that won’t judge them, hurt them or tell them “no.” To complicate the issue, eating pleasurable foods can stimulate the release of endorphins just like exercise. So, after you eat, you feel better.

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Emotional eaters use food to relieve stress. They hide behind the food instead of seeking solutions to the problems. This is not uncommon when the stressor is something horrible such as physical abuse or a death.

But, how do you know you are using food in this way? The first sign is obvious. You will gain weight if you eat too much. In light of the weight gain, examine other areas of your life:

* Have you been under stress lately at work or at home?
* Has anything traumatic happened in the last year?
* Are you dealing with a problem but haven’t found a solution?

Answering “yes” to any of these questions could mean that you are an emotional eater. You eat but you are not necessarily hungry at the time. The foods that you choose are what we term “comfort foods”:

* High fat foods like French fries, fried foods
* High carb foods like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes
* Sugary foods like ice cream, donuts, cookies, cake

There is help for emotional eaters. The first step is recognizing that you have a problem. You’ll experience feelings of helplessness and guilt. The guilt is over potentially ruining your health and the helplessness lies in the fact that you don’t see a way out.

Secondly, seek counseling. There are many types of counselors out there that can meet your need. Emotional eating has nothing to do with dieting or changing your eating habits but gaining control over your emotions.

A counselor might suggest things like visualization, practicing problem solving skills, relaxation techniques and family support. Visualization helps you to see your problems in a realistic way and not blown out of proportion. You will also learn to see food as nutrition for the body and not an emotional crutch.

Thirdly, your family can learn your triggers for stress and be on the lookout for changes in your eating habits. They can help you be aware of the foods you are eating, assist you in making healthy food choices and exercise along with you. Proper diet and exercise increases immunity, blood flow and positive thinking. Yoga enhances the mind/body connection so you don’t eat when you aren’t hungry.

Finding new ways to solve your problems and deal with stress will push food out of the equation. You’ll feel good about finding solutions which will replace the dependence on food.

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reBlog from Mommyn Tyme: Mommy's Reviews you can Use

I found this fascinating quote today:

* Crafting builds creativity. Developing minds need a creative outlet, and crafting provides the opportunity for kids to use their imaginations. It helps them learn to solve problems, and it could lay the groundwork for a lifetime of interest in art. For parents, getting creative can help reduce stress and promote using the brain in ways that we don't have a reason to use it every day.Mommyn Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Sep 2009

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Tips and Ideas for the Week...

Here is a link with great tips on dieting, replacing just a few items that you currently eat with something else- the result being saving several hundred calories a day and jump starting your metabolism! This is just one great resource available at this link- tips on dieting, health, signs to monitor with your health, and more... Worth a read!

Here are some great tips and ideas to get your kids off to healthy day at school. Complete the survey and receive free coupons, menu planners, recipe books and more! FREE! super quick and easy- takes five minutes!

When we talk about a new you, that is not just on the exterior, but on the interior also... Meaning spiritually, emotionally, building confidence and self esteem, getting your priorities in order, and finding peace. I think for me the ultimate transformation would be to find peace in my life. That is really hard. I have a hard time letting go of personal "warfare" or just occasionally accepting defeat and moving on.

I would love for some of the readers to share how they deal with the daily trials of their lives- is it through prayer? meditation? work? spending time with your children? do you have a hobby that lets you escape for a while? Please take a moment and share your thoughts on this to help another reader find their way to inner peace. For the next few weeks I would like to look at ways we can simplify our lives and draw on that inner sanctuary.

Feel free to leave comments... Remember, each comment brings you one step closer to winning one of the giveaways at Mommy Tyme Bath and Gifts! for more information!

4 Things you can Do Right Now to speed up your Metabolism! Really! This is a great article and feel free to reblog it and share it with others! Great ideas, simple to do, and really work!

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If you haven't checked out whats new at Mommy Tyme Bath and Gifts in a while then check below:

New Scarves, neckwarmers, caplets and more for the upcoming holidays! Find the perfect gift now and save! Great sales going on at Mommy Tyme!

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Hey everyone... Could you check out the great contest I entered at MIM? Since I run most of the contests here, I hardly get to participate in any! I sure would appreciate your vote on my item

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Some Helper's, Some Extra's

Here are some great savings, coupons, and more that I would love to share with you...

Escape in a Great Book...

Enter and Win....

 DVD at the lowest price!

Great Gift Ideas... Holidays are coming soon:

These are just a few things I wanted to share with you! If you need help, have questions, etc. Please comment and I will do my best to give you the support you need!

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

From the Mishaps of Mommy Blog- Excerpt

Well, here it is September.... I have been very busy with the blogs this month! I hope you have learned and benefitted from some of the tips, links, and ideas we have shared here! I also hope you have had the chance to check out some of my other blogs-
Mommy's Reviews you Can Use at
A New You at

Each of these blogs has different content to help you with your life, family, business, etc. So, please give them a view!

Also, as a new business owner, salesperson, handmade/handcrafted artisan, you may still find the market a tough nut to crack! I know I do! Some weeks are great, while others I feel like I am just wasting time- but, patience and diligence are the keys! So, keep moving forward!

Last month on the web site at I gave away several free sample products for my contest/drawing- and the winner has been announced- visit the site and see who it is!

This month, again, I am offering a free gift for participating in the contest that runs between all of my blogs and the site! Up for grabs - an extra large, 50unce, butter Bath Bar- these great bars are jam packed with skin loving essentials like organic jojoba oil, honey, shea butter, a heaping scoop of organic cocoa butter, kokum butter, lanolin, vegetable glycerin and more! Moisturize while you shower or bathe! These come in fantastic, rich, long lasting scents that you will love! I will be giving one bar away every 10 days until October 10th! So, check back often and see if your announced! Then just contact me with the shipping address!

So, here are the new entry rules for the Butter Bar Giveaway:

1. Follow Mommy Tyme on Twitter - see the follow me button below (I will follow you back!)

2. Follow the blog
3. Sign the guestbook at the website
4. Use the share button below - simply share this with at least 3 places (facebook, twitter, digg, etc. any of the choices listed, or you can share with the same site 3 times- it does not matter to me!)

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Once you have done that, your name goes into the drawing bowl! That's it, that's all! To ensure your name is entered (in case you have any doubts) you can ask for confirmation in a comment on any of my blogs, or you can request confirmation in the guestbook at the site, or you can even email me at

Good luck!

More opportunities- Do you write well? Would you love to share a story about your WAH? Your opportunities you offer? Your items? etc? Do you have an article that women can benefit from? Well, write me an article for the website! Submit your article to and if I use it on the site, you will receive free Banner advertising with a link for as long as I use the article! You can write about your work, your items you create, offer a free pattern, recipe, whatever. I am open to take in all types of content! This is a great chance for more exposure for you, and for your business!

Finally- Interested in posting a link on my shopping pages of the website? It's simple! Just pick up one of my banners listed below, - post it on your site or blog with my link

Link to :

then send me an email with your banner and link and let me know where I can find mine on your site! That is it! I love reciprocal advertising and banner exchanges!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Buy & Sell Handmade Crafts, Jewelry, Quilts, Soaps & Greeting Cards, Custom Homemade Products Online - Made It Myself

Fall Into the Holidays Sale at Mommy Tyme

Huge storewide sale going on At Mommy Tyme Bath and Gifts! Get ready for the Holidays Early! So many new items, and several gifts under 5.00!
Free gift with every 10.00 or more purchase.
The more you buy, the greater the shipping discount!

Each new customer will receive a coupon for future use worth 15% off!

Check out what is new, what is on sale, and find the perfect gift at or

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