Thursday, April 28, 2011

(small)GIVEAWAY, FREE Nice 'n Easy Color Blend Foam hair color.

Nice n' Easy Color Blend Foam hair color
I have (1) ONE coupon for a FREE box.

1.  Follow my blog with GFC (Google Friend Connect).  
2.  Comment below with how old you were when you started coloring and was is out of necessity or just for the fun of a new color. 
 3.  Contest ends and winner will be chosen at 9pm EST tonight (4/28/2011)
4.  Winner will be chosen using
5.  Winner has 24 hours (9pm EST 4/29/2011) to email me with their address before I choose another winner.  My email:

This should be FUN!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easy Crock Pot Lasagna

Easy Crock Pot Lasagna
(sorry, no pictures...I will have to add them later)

1# Ground Beef or Chicken
1 jar spaghetti sauce
2 c. Cottage Cheese
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. shredded parmesan cheese
6 Whole lasagna noodles, regular, uncooked
1/4 c. water (I measure it into the sauce jar to rinse it good)

1. Brown ground meat. Put a small amount of sauce in the bottom of the crockpot to prevent sticking. Add water and remainder of sauce to meat. Stir until well blended.
2. Top thin layer of sauce already in crock pot with a layer of noodles, break them to fit all around.
3. Cover noodles with 1/2 cottage cheese, mozzarella and parmesan, then top cheese with meat mixture. Repeat layers with rest of ingredients.
4. Cook on low for 4 hours.

Side Note: this doubles well, I always double the recipe. Also I sometimes use only 1c. of cottage cheese and replace with 1 c. of ricotta...because I like it. You can also add mushrooms, onions, peppers...etc. You can also make it totally vege...lots of ways to tweek it! ENJOY!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

M&M Peep Smores

Hey guys, sorry I have not been around as much as I like to be but I have been trying to get my Facebook page built up.  Check me out there:  25 Hours A Day

So anyway, I was reading some blogs and came across this totally cute Easter project at Stacy Makes Cents.

You’ll need a quart mason jar, Peeps in your favorite color, brown sugar, cookie crumbs, and Easter M&Ms.

Pour your crumbs down in the jar to make your first layer. Reserve about ¼ cup of the crumbs.  I think this is equivalent to one sleeve of graham crackers, crushed.

Now, arrange your Peeps around the side of the jar, sitting on the crumbs. I can’t tell you how many it will take because it depends on your jar, etc.  Make sure they’re facing out, so they can see the world – otherwise they’re going to get claustrophobic in there. You want them to fit pretty tight. I used six.

Pour your reserved crumbs down in the middle of the Peeps. Then, put your brown sugar down in there too. You will use ¼ cup brown sugar. Pat it down just a bit to help stabilize the bunnies.

Now, pour your M&Ms (about 1c.) on top of the sugar. They should come pretty close to the top of the jar.

 Seriously now, how cute is this???

You need to send a recipe with the jar. I mean, you could just sit down with a spoon and this jar and live a happy life. Here is what this recipe card says:

Empty jar contents into bowl. Cut bunnies into small pieces. Mix back into bowl. Melt 1 stick of butter. Add 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients and mix well. Press into greased 9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

 Thank you Stacy Makes Cents!

Friday, April 1, 2011

FREE Sample of Boogie Wipes...HURRY

Sign up for a FREE sample of Boogie Wipes HERE, hurry...offer ends 4/2/11! 

Please go with it...and remember today is April Fools Day!   :-)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Nacho" Average Tortilla Chips....FREE Chips!

FREE Bag of TIAS! Chips or Earth Fare Tortilla Chips.  It's easy, just print the coupon for your FREE chips and make a $5 purchase, maybe some salsa to go with the chips!  Go HERE and log into your account for your coupon. 

This is NOT an actual coupon, please go to the link above and log into your account for your FREE TIAS! Chip coupon.

HURRY, you only have until Sunday April 3, 2011 to get in on this deal!

SWEET GroupOn Deal (Asheville, NC Area)

Pay just $27 for an Oil Change, 17 Point Inspection and Tire Rotation!!!  
That is a $54.98 Value!!!

You can check it out HERE.
or you can use my link and help me get FREE GroupOn cash:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SWEET Deal for Ebay Fanatics!!!

Pay just $7 for $15 toward Ebay purchase!  
Go to:

Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per order. Valid only on in the U.S. Must have a registered eBay and PayPal account. Credit card info may be required at checkout. Not valid towards service fees. No cash back. May apply value toward tax & shipping. May use over multiple visits.

$20 for FRESH Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta for just $9!!!

Pay just $9 for $20 worth of Italian fare at Fresh Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta in Black Mountain, NC!  This is a fantastic deal today from Groupon

Go here to purchase:

Expires in 1 year.  Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Dine-in only. Not valid toward alcohol. 

You can check out the menu HERE.

Monday, March 14, 2011

FREE Irish Cheese @Earth Fare tomorrow (3/15/11) ONLY!!!

Head on over to the deli counter at Earth Fare tomorrow, Tuesday March 15, 2011...and say "Give me my coupon", they will give you a coupon for some free Irish Cheese, expires 3/15/11!

I'm A Purex Insider!

I am so thrilled that Purex has made me a member of the Insider team!  As an Insider, Purex will be sending me new products to test and give my feedback on.  I will also blog about my experience with the products so that you all can have a first hand account of what I thought of the product.  I am so excited about the first sample they sent me!  Purex Complete Crystals Softener. 

What Purex has to say about Purex Complete Crystals Softener: 

Introducing Purex® Complete Crystals SoftenerTM*; a purer way to get laundry that
smells clean and fresh for weeks. 92% natural, this product’s unique crystal form works
differently than traditional oil-based softeners that coat fabrics with oily residue, because
it infuses fibers with long-lasting fragrance. In addition, since you add it directly with your
laundry, this means no more waiting for the rinse cycle, no messy residual gunk in your
washing machine, and no more stains from spilling liquid fabric softener.

Why struggle with plastic fabric softener balls, risk staining your clothes or waste time
waiting for the rinse cycle? Simply add Purex Complete Crystals Softener directly with
your laundry at the beginning of every wash cycle to infuse fabrics with long lasting

Laundry scent lovers will perk up as freshness is infused into clothes with this new fabric
softener. Over time, traditional oil-based softeners coat fibers causing harmful oily
residue to accumulate. Purex Complete Crystals Softeners penetrate fabrics to reduce
fiber entanglement and smooth frayed fibers providing a naturally soft feel.

Do ALL of your laundry—worry free! Purex Complete Crystals Softeners are safe for
all laundry and will not harm, wear down or discolor your fabrics like oil-based softeners.
Safe for all fabrics, including baby clothes, athletic wear, towels, and whites. Unlike other
softeners, Crystals WILL:
• Preserve the flame retardant benefits of your children’s clothes
• Retain your athletic wear’s wicking ability which draws sweat away from your body
• Maintain your towels’ built-in ability to absorb water
• Keep your white clothing from yellowing and graying vs. using traditional softeners
The product won’t harm your clothes and is safe and convenient for the entire family!

Purex Complete Crystals Softener is available in three on-trend fragrances: Fresh
Spring Waters TM, Lavender Blossom TM, and Tropical Splash. TM
Suggested Retail Price

Purex Complete Crystals Softener is priced from $3.99 to $5.99 depending on retailer
and will be available in food, drug and mass retailers nationwide.

*Safe for both Standard and High Efficiency (HE) Washers.

What I have to say about Purex Complete Crystals Softener:

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the BEST), I would give this product a 9.  Let me explain.  Nothing is perfect, right?  Well, this stuff is pretty close!  I tried using it on both a load of clothes, and a load of towels (which to me are really the true test).  The first load was the clothes, they were soft as ever, even the jeans...and smelled great...just fresh though, not like perfume or a field of flowers.  Now, I can't stand when other softeners reduce or eliminate the absorbency of my towels.  So after using the Purex Complete Crystals I could not wait to shower and try it out.  WOW, I was blown away at how fresh and clean the towel smelled first.  So upon using the towel...I was pleasantly surprised at just how the towel worked just as well as it did when it was brand new.  Now, to really drive home how great this stuff is...drum roll it dear hubby even mentioned how good the towel smelled!!!  I never even told him about my test!  Ok, if that was not enough to make you want to run to the closest store to get your own bottle...well then let me sell you in another way.  The price is unbeatable! 

The Purex Complete Crystals Softener has been on the market since late December 2010.  It is now widely available at major retailers.  My final decision is that you should take my word for it and go get a bottle of your very makes laundry fun! (ok, that is a matter of opinion...but you get what I mean)  :-)

Monday, March 7, 2011

100 Photos for just $5!

Snapfish has a great deal going on where you can get 100 prints shipped to your door for just $5 with promo code STPATPRNT.  That's just 5cents per picture!

If you have any credit in your account for free prints then you will need to order that many as well in order to make this offer work. For example,  if you have a credit for 10 free prints, you will need to order 110 total.

Go here to get started and if you open a new account, you will get 20 more free prints (120 total)!
This offer expires March 20, 2011

FYI: New Fans

First I want to thank you for following 25 Hours A Day on Facebook!  It is so great to have you here.  You bring me smiles! 

This blog started a while back when I was a full-time working mom.  At that point I didn't have much thoughts of it becoming much more than something for me to pass on deals to my family out of state.  So after a couple of months of that, I found myself laid off.  WOW, that hit like a tons of bricks.  Everything just worked out though...long story short, I am now a dedicated stay-at-home mom and loving it!  Needless to say, now I have (a little) more time on my hands and have decided to build this blog up!  Who does not want to save money, get freebies in their mailbox, try new recipes or enjoy some fun projects (on the cheap)?!?! 

So, I hope you will subscribe to my well as invite anyone else you think might be interested.  The bigger we grow, the more fun giveaways...auctions...etc.  Oh, and I am dedicated to doing a small giveaway once I have 30 followers on the BLOG.  Maybe later I will do some giveaways for Facebook Fans alone...but for now, I gotta build up my blog.  I am excited...I hope you are!

FREE Sample of WISK Laundry Soap, and a coupon!

Sign up HERE for a free sample of Wisk and a coupon!

FREE Heinz Tomato Seed Packet

Want to start your very own vegetable garden with the little ones this spring?  Heinz wants to help!  Sign up HERE for a FREE Heinz Tomato Seed Packet!  The offer is under the "kids" tab.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

FREE Bag of Beauty Samples from Target!!!

Hurry over HERE to Sign up to receive a FREE beauty sample bag from Target full of products and $25 worth of savings all in a designer beauty bag!

Let me know in the comments if you get one!

Monday, February 28, 2011

FREE Windsor & Newton Acrylics Paint

Sign up for a FREE sample of Windsor & Newton Acrylic Paint.

IHOP: FREE Pancakes March 1st ONLY

Tomorrow (March 1, 2011) is National Pancake Day at IHOP. From 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., you can stop by any IHOP location and receive one complimentary short stack of pancakes!

All they ask is that you consider making a small donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other designated local charities.

Coupon Policies (Per Store)

Ever been made to feel like a thief for using coupons? 
Ever been told you could not use a coupon you KNEW was valid? 
Ever wondered what stores will let you use a store and a manufacturer coupon together for the same item?

If you said YES to any of the questions above, then you are in the right place!  I have fallen victim to all of the above and was thrilled to find much so that I have a printed copy with me upon each store visit!




These are a few of the stores that I have trouble with on a fairly regular basis.   Some days it depends on which side of town you are on, some days it depends on the cashier.  However, now you are armed and ready!

Walgreen's Trip 2/28/11

Monday is not my "normal" day to do my Walgreen's shopping...but after today it just might have to change!  Due to mileage and saving money on gas I don't usually get to go to Walgreen's until Friday's, by then most things are pretty picked over or gone.  Well, today I had some time sensitive things to take care of that just happened to be near Walgreen' I figured I would get it over with early.  Boy, what a fantastic idea!!!  Keep in mind that I will either donate to a worthy place/cause or give away some of the things I buy...since we could never possibly use everything.  Sometimes though I have to buy certain things to get free or very low priced items.  Believe me, it all works out in the end!  :-)

Here is a listing of what I purchased and the deals I got:

Bought (1) Applied Nutrition Anti-Aging Total Body Defense 50ct.  $10, Got $10 RR = FREE

Bought (1) Baby Magic Lotion or Hair & Body Wash 16.5 oz.  $3, Got $3 RR = FREE

Bought (1) NasoGel Drip-Free Gel Spray 1 oz.  $4.99, Got $4.99 RR = FREE

Bought (1) Motrin PM Pain Relief 20 ct.  $3, Got $3 RR = FREE

Bought (1) Colgate Toothpaste 4 oz. Total Gum Defense or Total Advanced $2.99, Got $2.99 RR = FREE

Bought (1) Nivea Lip Care .17 or .35 oz.  $2.99, Got $2 RR = $ .99

Bought (1) Aquaphor Lip Repair .35 oz. $4.99, Got $4 RR = $ .99

Ok, so let's see here...since I lost one of my receipts somewhere along the way I will just figure up everything without tax.

Merchandise Total:  $31.96
I used coupons and some of my previous RR (Register Rewards) and paid $13.15. 
ot back $29.98 Register Rewards for my next trip!
So here is the breakdown:

Total:  $31.96
Paid:   $13.15
Saved:$18.81  :-)
PLUS, I got $29.98 RR's to use on future trips!!!

So by shopping at Walgreen's today I actually MADE money, $16.83 to be exact!  I could get used to making $16.83 in less that 20 minutes!

Monday, February 21, 2011

FREE Redbox Code for 2/24...(Facebook Fans Only)

Like Redbox on Facebook and they will give you a code good for ONE FREE rental on Thursday February 24, 2011.  So plan ahead, Thursday is movie get stocked up on popcorn...get the pizza place on speed dial and ENJOY!

FREE Sample of SHOUT Color Catcher (Facebook Offer Only)

Free Sample of Shout Color Catcher and $1.00 off coupon.  Just "Like" Shout on Facebook and get yours.  Hurry over and grab them up!!!

"Like" Clinique (on Facebook) for a chance at 1 of 100,000 FREE Mascara Samples

Click on the “Like” button on the Clinique Facebook Page and you can enter to win one of 100,000 free High Impact Mascara samples.

The 100,000 winners will be randomly chosen from among all entrants, but right now you have at least a one in four chance of winning since there are only 400,000 Clinique Facebook Fans total (and likely not all of them entered the sweepstakes).

This offer is available through February 25, 2011.

Thanks to Money Saving Mom!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Some LOVE for my followers!

So, I just wanted to say thank you today to anyone who is a new follower here on my blog.  It's great to have you and I hope that you will benefit greatly from the offers and fun projects.  To all my loyal followers, you know I love ya!  hehe  Let me say too that I LOVE new ideas, recipes, etc.  So if you ever have a project that you find or create that you want others to see, PLEASE share your thoughts and ideas with me...I would love to eventually have one day per week to "showcase" my followers!  In the meantime, send my link to ALL your friends...the faster we grow, the more fun and giveaways we can make happen!!!  By the way, if your reading this via Facebook...please please please follow my blog, not just on Facebook...but follow the actual blog.  Sign up today, it will be worth your while!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Who says you can't get a FREE meal??? Earth Fare says "YES YOU CAN"!

TODAY is the day...sign up for the NEW and get a coupon good for a FREE dinner for FOUR!  Who says you can't find coupons for good, healthy, and organic food...much less FREE.  Here it is folks, but print it is only valid February 9, 2011 - February 16, 2011!!!
Fresh Whole Chicken or Earth Fare Veggie Burgers
Rustic Mashed Potatoes
Organic Baby Carrots

Fun project for VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

Need some inspiration for a cute Valentine project, well look no further!  Simple, beautiful, and yummy!  Rachel over at the Sun Scholar blog has one of the cutest ideas I have ever seen.  Check it out HERE.  Be sure to look around, she has some other great ideas and make sure to comment and tell her that Dawn @ 25 Hours A Day sent you!!!

FREE Bayer Aspirin sample

Request a free sample of Bayer’s Aspirin, courtesy of Sam’s Club. You do not need to be a member to request this sample, just skip over the member number section of the form.

Monday, February 7, 2011

FREE Redbox Movie (Tonight Only)

Redbox released a code for a FREE rental good tonight only.  Go to any Redbox and use code: FEB7MOVIE for a FREE rental TONIGHT!!!

$2 FREE Amazon MP3 Credit!

Click on the “Redeem a Gift Card or Promotion Code” on and enter code VDAYMP3S to get a free $2 MP3 added to your account!
This coupon code expires February 14, 2011.

Dr. Oz Giveaway TODAY @3pm (EST)

Dr. Oz is doing a big round of giveaways this afternoon at 3 p.m. EST. You have to be very, very quick about it because the items are usually gone in less than a minute.

You’ll want to choose which item you’re going to try to get for free and then be at the specific giveaway link (see below) a few minutes before 3 p.m. EST to sign up.

Aerosoles shoes (800 winners)
Nook eReader (600 winners)
HoMedics Swedish Massage Cushion with Heat (200 winners)
Magic Bullet (200 winners)
Essentia Pillow (200 winners)
$100 SpaWeek gift card (100 winners)

Monday, January 31, 2011

30,000 FREE Samples of Downy (Facebook Fans Only)

 You have been following Comedian Mike Birbiglia take the Clean Sheet Week Challenge LIVE from inside a Macy's Window. Now is your chance to take the challenge! Downy will be giving away 30,000 samples (yes - not a typo!) tomorrow (February 1, 2011) at 4pm. For the latest infomation "like" Downy and Mike in Window.

Free Stride Gum (Facebook Fans Only)

Just "like" the Stride 2.0 Facebook page to get a FREE pack of Stride 2.0 Gum!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Valentine's Day Stuff

As I was looking around for some cute ideas for some "made from the heart" Valentine's for my six year old to make for her classmates I came across this web site for some cool cards, games, and crafts.  I just thought I would pass it on for anyone interested.

So go HERE and check it out.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Shooting for the Stars!

So I have been racking my brain trying to think of something I could do to promote my blog.  Of all the ideas I thought of I kept coming back to how much people LOVE giveaways!  Right?  My thought was "hey offer them something"!  
So here it is...once I have 25 followers I will put all the names in a bowl and let my daughter randomly pick one.  I am not sure yet what the giveaway will be, but I do know that it will likely be something made especially by me, with love!  :-)  

So get your family, your friends...get everyone who loves to read blogs and send them my way.  I'll be waiting...

Dawn  :-)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Daily FREE Sample Items or Giveaways by All You!

All You has taken the work out of finding a daily freebie or chance at a giveaway.  Sign up for their daily emails or check in daily and sign up for one, two or all of the great items!

Go HERE to sign up TODAY!!!

FREE Box of Clairol Color Blend Foam (For Facebook Fans)

Clairol is launching a new Color Blend Foam and they are giving away free 100,000 boxes of it!

Just click on the “Like” button on the Clairol Facebook Page and at 12 p.m. EST, you’ll be able to sign up for your free box of Clairol Color Blend Foam.  They go FAST each day, so be ready promptly!

They’ll be offering 25,000 free boxes each day through January 27, 2011.

Homemade Watercolor Paints

If you have a child like my daughter then you know what I mean about those tiny little watercolor sets not lasting past one or two painting sessions.  I found the following blog with this recipe that makes a nice big set of paints with ingredients you have around the house.  So the next time your kids want to paint you can be more than happy to let them paint until they are content!

Thanks to Andrea over at Pie Birds, Buttons and Muddy Puddles for this fantastic idea!

GOAL! Cupcakes

My husband has coached our baby girl's soccer teams since she was just 4 years old.  Which ends up making me the "planner".  This is a great thing, because that's what I like to do.  Anyway, last season I decided to do something I had never done before.  I planned a party at a local indoor kids play place (no biggie), but I also provided homemade cupcakes...not the usual store bought ones.  With a little insight from a good friend who makes designer cakes and cupcakes for a living, I think I did pretty good.  The kids gobbled them up like crazy, I was convinced they tasted as great as they looked!  :-)

Vanilla cake with "green grass" butter cream frosting and sprinkles for fun!

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Year...New Ideas...

Here it is...the 10th day of 2011. WOW...where did 2010 go? For me personally, I am ready for a new year as 2010 was in some respects a rough year. I started this blog the early part of 2010 with all the intentions or posting at least once if not several times per day. I struggled with that idea since I was at the time a full-time mom as well as a full-time employee. I also suffered an auto accident in July of 2009 which sent me to so many appointments I can't keep count. I am still dealing with that. However, in August of 2010 I was laid off from my job. At first it seemed like a huge loss but after some reflection of my own and talking it over with my husband I realized that the world was in fact not coming to an end! I miss my coworkers of course, but I do not miss the time I spent away from my family and the time I lost being able to do the things I love. I have been learning so many new ways to make our family able to live on just one income, hubby's. In the long run the layoff has benefited me greatly, in my opinion.

So here we are, 2011...WOW! Oops, I said that already didn't I? hehe Anyway, I am not a believer of New Years resolutions...but I do believe greatly in having goals. So this year it is my personal goal to see that this blog flourishes with ideas, deals, etc. I would love to hear some ideas that you all might be interested in knowing more about. So please if you have something in mind and just don't have the time to research or ask people about, send me a message and I will do my best. If I just don't know or can't find an answer...believe me, I will be the first to admit to it. Some ideas I have for 2011 just off the top of my head are: Making my own laundry soap. Organic home cleaners. Checking our some new recipes. Time organization. Home organization. Home DIY projects, etc. These are just a few of my ideas, so please let me know if you have more...I am open to most anything!

My biggest goal is just to see my followers grow. I would love to start some product giveaways and contests but in order to do that I need to get this blog to grow! So if you have friends that would be interested please, pass this link on to them all!!! Ok, time to go do some research...this is going to be SO fun!!! Hope to hear from you all, flood me with ideas...please!