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Monday, November 15, 2010

Turkey Day Countdown

$25 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway in this post..keep reading!

Thanksgiving is just less than 2 weeks away and the buzz around the blogosphere is......Christmas cards. What? We haven't had Thanksgiving yet..please don't rush me! I'm making my own cards this year, as I have for the past several years. I have my idea ready, just need a day to have our photo shoot and I'll probably use Thanksgiving weekend to create them, upload them to Walmart's photo service and have them printed in one hour for pick up. So.... let's get back to Thanksgiving, shall we?

We have just two weeks left. Do you have your Thanksgiving planned out yet? Here are some things you may not have thought about, but don't get overwhelmed by all of these.

Table favors: Place cards, favors with candies, etc. I personally don't think these are a must, but sure are fun if you're entertaining guests. If it's just your immediate family, it might be fun for your family if you created them without them knowing as a surprise. OR you can order mini craft sets from Oriental Trading Company and let your children make them as their contribution. (While you're there you may want to go ahead and order for Christmas and save on shipping)

Dishes: Don't be shy about making Thanksgiving easy. I have used Chinette paper plates and napkins before. What a relief it was! Less dishes to worry about after your feast.

Centerpiece: You can create a simple centerpiece with leaves and acorns from your own neighborhood. I recommend you do this the day before so the leaves stay somewhat fresh for Thanksgiving Day. Add a simple scented candle for ambiance.

Sale Ads: Most supermarket sale ads come out on Wednesdays and you can view them online if you're mail comes later in the afternoon. Once you find a price you like, head over to some Frugal Mom blogs to see if they have coupons for any of those items. Double check all expiration dates.

I'll be sharing more as the countdown continues, but in the mean time, how about a giveaway?

$25 Starbucks Gift Card

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated by Starbucks nor are they affiliated with this post or my blog.

Deadline to enter is Friday, November 19th 8am PST

And you can still enter for the CANDLE giveaway here!!

Find out about the 22 giveaways here. (value $250)

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21 kind words:

Jennifer Sikora November 15, 2010 at 4:59 AM  

I love my coffee with Stevia and Peppermint Mocha creamer from Coffeemate!

I love Starbucks!

Tyna November 15, 2010 at 8:15 AM  

Oh my, do I love coffee! If I make it at home, I need LOTS of CoffeeMate Creme Brulee creamer. At Starbucks, I go for the Cinammon Dolce Latte every time!!

Anonymous,  November 15, 2010 at 9:50 AM  

At Starbucks I get the Caramel Frapp!! :)

I tweeted...!/PardonMonFran/status/4229551504752640


Anne November 15, 2010 at 2:55 PM  

I am a HUGE Coffee drinker. I even carry French Vanilla Creamers with me wherever I go...seriously!

If I go to Starbucks I will either get a regular coffee to go with my creamers or if I am in the mood I get a Hot White Mocha or if I want cold I LOVE their Java Chip..YUM.

Anne @

Anonymous,  November 16, 2010 at 7:50 AM  

i like my coffee black. boring i know but otherwise it tastes like cocoa lol

Anonymous,  November 16, 2010 at 7:51 AM  

i tweeted

Karen November 16, 2010 at 11:03 AM  

If it is coffee at starbucks then it is a skinny vanilla latte!!! At home, I am partial to the coffeemate peppermint mocha right now!

Karen November 16, 2010 at 11:04 AM!/faithfamilyfibr/status/4610586734239744

I tweeted

kari jasus November 16, 2010 at 2:21 PM  

i love my coffee with cream and a stevia packet. if at starbucks i splurge on a caramel machiatto

kari jasus November 16, 2010 at 2:24 PM  


Dee November 16, 2010 at 3:44 PM  

I love it with skim milk and sugar - preferably pumpkin spice lattes though :)

deeg131 at gmail dot com

did anyone ever win pixospheres photo contest from a while back? I wish I had gotten to see everyone's entries! :)

Dee November 16, 2010 at 3:45 PM  

I tweeted and follow you @deegee13

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Sisterlisa November 16, 2010 at 5:15 PM  

Dee, I have had a few. Which contest are you referring to?

Dee November 16, 2010 at 5:33 PM  

Hi! It was the one right before the pixosphere launch a few months back where the contest was to take a creative photo of coffee! :)

Stacy November 17, 2010 at 5:37 PM  

I tweeted @smtilton

I like my coffee with vanilla flavoring.
smtilton @

Anonymous,  November 18, 2010 at 12:06 PM  

I am becoming a coffee snob *blush*

I used to be fine with cream and sugar. But the last couple of times I've been pregnant, those have been total turn offs and I've only wanted flavored creamer (typically French Vanilla).

I ran out of flavored creamer yesterday and tried it plain. It was *OK* but it is so delightful with a hint of something special!
So I tipped a couple drops of vanilla extract into my cup. YUM!

This morning, I added a dash of pumpkin spice right into my mug of coffee and it was delicious!! (And frugal!)

Chantelle B November 18, 2010 at 12:24 PM  

I love my coffee mixed with cocoa with a hint of peppermint. And sometimes if i want a cold beverage, chilled to perfection. :D

At starbucks, I love Java Chip and White Mocha. :)

Chantelle B November 18, 2010 at 12:28 PM  


Just forgot to put it on my first comment
-Chantelle B

va_grown November 18, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

I drink it with a little Splenda and french vanilla creamer. Yum!

Tweeted too.

Kelly November 19, 2010 at 9:27 AM  

Hazelnut coffee with cream and equal. Yummy.

Kelly November 19, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

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