Play Dollar General’s “Bracket of the Brands” Game on Facebook!

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love playing games on Facebook, but what I love more is winning free stuff when playing these fun games. Dollar General has a fun game you can play on their Facebook page to celebrate March Madness. The fun game is called Dollar General’s Bracket of the Brands. It’s very easy to play and the best part is you can win free coupons!

First go to their Facebook page and “like” the page. Then you pick a brand to play, and answer 3 fun and easy trivia questions. Finally you win a coupon. I have included a screenshot which you can view below. The coupon printer will open in a new browser.

 

The Dollar General coupons will increase in value each week. This means you can play for a new coupon every single week! There’s still another great bonus to this game. You can enter for a chance to win a grand prize trip to the big game and Dollar General giftcards! Just imagine all the great stuff you could buy at Dollar General with a free giftcard. A grand prize to win a trip to see the Championship game in person would be the cherry on top for any basketball fan.

Don’t wait to long to visit Dollar General’s Facebook page to play this fun game. The Bracket of the Brands game ends on March 25th, 2012. Bounce on over to their Facebook Page and remember to “like” the page and win some free coupons from Dollar General.
 

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TMR Frugal Living Tip #92

Today’s thrifty living tip is to use a bag as a paint tray liner. I don’t have any pictures, but basically use a plastic shopping bag or even a garbage bag as a liner for the paint tray. It’s much cheaper than buying those plastic throw away ones at the store. It is much easier to clean up when you are done. I just put the paint tray inside the bag and tie at the end. It stays in place, and all I have to do is untie and throw the mess away. Try it for your next painting project.

Blogger Opportunity for The Month of May Giveaway (signup through 3/30/12)

Month of May Giveaway

(This is NOT like any other giveaway we’ve done so PLEASE READ IT ALL TO GET A FULL UNDERSTANDING!)

Important Information for Bloggers:

COST:$7 to enter, $2 is admin fee due to the magnitude of the giveaway, $5 is for Facebook Link only which will be due on May 13 to the winner of the giveaway. In addition, each blogger will supply the winner with $5 paypal cash. (This one is going to cost A LOT of my own time to organize, set up and make it a success I’m certain it will be. I’m pretty sure it will make the HP giveaway look like child’s play.)

When:Blogs can sign up until March 30, 2012. Giveaway runs April 1st- May 13, 2012 which is Mother’s Day.

How it works: There will be teams: The number of teams depends on how many people sign up. If 100 bloggers sign up, the teams will be divided into 10 bloggers per Rafflecopter and which means there will be 10 Rafflecopters. Once the entrant has entered the giveaway via team 1 RC, they can move on to another team 2 RC and enter there as well. They can enter on all ten RCs!

This is how the prize will work: 1 winner will be selected from each of the Team Rafflecopters. Each winner from each team RC will receive the cash prized from that winning RC. The bloggers on that team RC will send their $5 to the winner. For example: Team 1 RC has ten bloggers in it. Jane Doe wins Team 1 RC. All ten bloggers on Team 1 RC send Jane Doe $5 paypal cash for a grand total of $50 winnings for Jane Doe. Each Team RC will do the same thing for their winner. Finally, all cash winners from each team RC will be put on a new RC drawing. Random.org will select one of those cash winners to be the grand prize winner of the NETBOOK COMPUTER! Bloggers win too! All bloggers on the Rafflecopters will be entered into a drawing at the end of the giveaway to win $100 paypal, courtesy of LaDonna Dennis. At the end of every month, from now until the giveaway starts, all bloggers who’ve entered and PAID their fee will be entered into a drawing to win $25 paypal for that month.

RULES: You must agree to follow the rules of this giveaway!

  • Sign up and pay your $7 fee.
  • Agree to pay the cash winner on your RC $5 via Paypal.
  • Find as many others participants as you possibly can to come and join us on this fabulous giveaway. The more sign ups, the more LIKES! If 100 bloggers sign up, you will get the traffic from their fans coming to enter your RC and vice versa.
  • Make sure all the bloggers you refer put your blog’s name in the signup sheet.
  • The Blog with the most referrals will get their $7 sign up fee returned. And I will pay your $5 cash winnings as well.
  • You must advertise the sign up for this giveaway on your blog, both via a post and a button in the sidebar.
  • Once the giveaway starts all members signed up are required to advertise the giveaway via all their social networks and by placing a button in their sidebar.

Important Information for Entrants: Entrants can enter all Team RCs. They can enter Team 1 RC and complete all the entries, then they can go on to enter all remaining team RCs. Technically, they could win all the Team RCs! On each team RC, they could win up to $50 paypal cash. Each blogger on the Rafflecopter will pay the winner $5 paypal cash.

And, the best part: All Rafflecopter winners will be entered into a random.org selection for the Grand Prize: the NETBOOK!

ALL IN ALL THIS GIVEAWAY WILL ONLY COST EACH BLOG THAT SIGNS UP A TOTAL OF $12! $7 due at the time of sign up and $5 due May 13 when the winners are selected. SIGN UP NOW FOR MORE LIKES AND TRAFFIC THEN YOU CAN IMAGINE

EntreCard Top Droppers for February

Another month has come and gone. The year is already starting to fly by, and it seems like we just celebrated the new year. I want to thank all my top droppers and everyone who drops by my little ole blog. I have met some wonderful bloggers through Entrecard. I hope they will have less downtime in the future. It would be nice to see some good improvements implemented at Entrecard.

Here are the February Top Droppers:

  1. Rambling Thoughts
  2. Positive Men
  3. The Cooling Stream
  4. Funky Town Disco Music
  5. bethere2day
  6. Photography by KML
  7. Mutual Love
  8. Serian Man
  9. Graphic Texts
  10. Unofficial Chart Blog

Help Make a Brighter Future with Bright Future International

Bright Future International is a non-profit organization helping to make children’s lives better and brighter. BFI  has launched a worldwide charitable initiative entitled “Bright Future for Children” to raise funds and awareness about the needs of children in Burundi, Kenya and Russia. They are helping underprivileged children achieve a better future by promoting values such as: compassion, self-esteem, the willingness to help others, and hope.

I learned more information about on their website about CHABHA (Children Affected by HIV/AIDS) in Burundi, BFI Children’s Studio in Russia, and Heshima Kenya. It is very sad to read how these children aren’t receiving the proper care they deserve. It really broke my heart to read about the young girls in Eastern Africa without families or support to help them.

You can help this wonderful organization by visting the Bright Future International (BFI) Facebook page. For every new “Like” $1 will be donated to BFI! It only takes a few minutes, but you will be doing so much to help make these children’s lives better and brighter.

Any person who makes a donation in the amount of $15 or more will receive a free DVD of the hit music video “A Merry Christmas,” featuring Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Larry King, Jordin Sparks, Jermaine Jackson and other stars. Put together by BFI, the goal of the music video was to promote community and peace by uniting people around the world regardless of race, religion and social status.

So please visit Bright Future International (BFI) Facebook page to learn more about this wonderful initiative. You can also follow them on Twitter.

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central for Bright Future International. A small donation to Bright Future International was made in my name from Mom Central as a thank-you for participating.

Tiramisu as My Birthday Cake

Divine Tiramisu

My mom is an amazing baker. She makes all her delicious desserts from scratch. When she asked me what I wanted for my birthday, then I immediately replied Tiramisu please. I recently asked her where she found the recipe so I could share it on my blog. She got it off the back of the bag of lady fingers she uses (the brand will be listed in the recipe below). The Tiramisu cake was just as divine as it looks in the picture.

*Note: She usually uses Brandy but did use Marsala which made it taste a little stronger. You could smell the wine more than the brandy. Strange but true.

Tiramisu Recipe

To make tiramisu begin by making zabaglione cream as follows:

5 egg yolks from Large Grade eggs – 1/4 cup sugar – 1/2 cup Marsala

In the top part of a double boiler, beat eggs and sugar together until the mixture is pale yellow in color. In the bottom part of the double boiler, bring water to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Place egg yolk mixture over water and gradually add Marsala, beating continuously. Scrape bottom and sides of pan occasionally and cook 6-10 minutes until soft mounds can be formed. Transfer to bowl, cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

1 cup whipping cream, chilled

4 tbsp. sugar

1 lb. Mascarpone Cheese (if unavailable, substitute two 8 oz pckgs. cream cheese combined with 1/2 cup whipping cream and 5 tbsp. Sour cream)

1 recipe Zabaglione

2 cups (16 oz) freshly brewed espresso or other strong brew coffee

1/2 cup Brandy or Marsala

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 7oz pkg Alessi Savoiardi Cookies

3 tbsp. cocoa powder

*Chocolate curls or edible flowers for garnish (optional)

Whip Cream with 2 tbsp sugar until soft peaks form. Fold in Mascarpone and Zabaglione and mix till well blended. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour. On a separate bowl, mix espresso, 2 tbsp sugar, Brandy and vanilla. Arrange 16 cookies on the bottom of a 9″x13″ pan. Carefully spoon about 1 tbsp of the coffee mixture over each cookie so they are well saturated but not falling apart. Spoon 1/3 cheese mixture over cookies and sprinkle with 1 tbsp cocoa. Repeat two more times ending with cocoa. Cover and refrigerate at least 5  hours or overnight so that cookies can soften as they absorb moisture. Garnish and serve. Makes 12 servings.

*My mom does not use either one for garnish and just leaves the cocoa powder on top.

Enjoy the wonderful tiramisu cake and please let me know what you think.

Thrifty Momma Ramblings $50 Gift Card Birthday Celebration Giveaway!

Help me celebrate my birthday by entering for a chance to win a $50 gift card with the Thrifty Momma Ramblings Birthday Celebration Giveaway! Happy Birthday to me today! I promised you guys a giveaway to celebrate my actual birthday (not the blog). While I will not disclose my actual age, flattery will get you extra entries. Just kidding.

I decided the best way to celebrate my birthday is by giving away a $50 gift card! I will have the choices listed below. I also wanted to show off the redesigned blog in my new home. I moved to WordPress which was very simple (ok so I had someone move it for me), but I love being self-hosted on WordPress. I still need to add the final touches, but school is keeping me very busy. I am glad I only took 4 classes this semester. I want to thank everyone for being so patient with me while I made the move.

Now on the actual $50 Gift Card Birthday Celebration Giveaway!

I am using Rafflecopter for the first time and I must say it is going to be much easier to manage the giveaway. I have one mandatory entry of leaving me a comment on which gift card you would choose, and then tell me how you will spend my gift to you! It will be easy as pie (or cake). Yummy!

All the information such as when the giveaway ends (March 4th at 11:59 EST) and the rules are listed at the bottom of the widget. I will say this giveaway is only open to US residents aged 18+. The winner will be pulled using Random.org the following day. The winner will be emailed within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will need to let me know which gift card they want. Good luck to all who enter. Below are the choices for the gift card. Enjoy.

$50 GIFT CARD LIST:

  • Wal-Mart
  • Target
  • Amazon (online code)
  • CVS
  • Walgreen’s
  • Best Buy
  • Rite-Aid
  • Itunes