Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours as we Celebrate the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Today is a day for family, friends, and for celebrating the birth of our Savior.  We are going to enjoy the peace from our Savior, savor moments of excitement with our children and celebrate the significance of today.  We wish you and yours a Blessed and Merry Christmas.

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Gutzy Gear Event : School Supply Donation with the Kiddos! #payingitforwardisgutzy

 

Recently, I had the honor of participating in an event with Gutzy Gear to provide a child with a backpack and school supplies. Gutzy gave each of the participating bloggers $25 to purchase a backpack and school supplies for a child in need.  Gutzy Gear also provided super cool backpack straps and patches. 

 

I ended up getting such a great deal on a backpack, I was also able to purchase a lunch box and pencil bag. 

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Since I wasn’t familiar with Gutzy Gear before this event I snapped a pic of the back of the box of patches to show you some of the different products.  My kids were so excited when the Gutzy Gear arrived in the mail.  I was their hero for all of 15 seconds……until they realized that the patches weren’t theirs.  Once I explained that the Gutzy Gear would be going with a backpack and school supplies that they could help me pack and donate for a needy child, they were very excited. 

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I hit up the Target clearance aisle for the school supplies.  I was excited to find such a great deal on the backpack and lunchbox.  Knowing how much my son loves Star Wars, I wish I could be a fly on the wall when this little boy gets his backpack!

Here’s what I bought:

  • Back Pack
  • Lunch Box
  • Pencil Bag
  • Pk of Pencils
  • Pk of Pens
  • 2 Pks of Glue Sticks
  • Pencil Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Notebook Paper
  • 2 Notebooks
  • Pk of Erasers

 

I took my kiddos with me to donate the backpack to the Caring Place.  They were proud as little peacocks, and insisted that they hand deliver the backpack:)  Ya’ll know we are all about being purposeful givers here at Time 2 $ave.  Makes my heart happy to see my children so excited to GIVE.  They asked a lot of questions and were very curious as to why a kid would need school supplies. It was difficult for them to understand that some parents just can’t afford it.  It opened the door for us to talk about why, and how important it is to treat all children the same no matter what they have.  Although we talk about giving all the time, donating a backpack with school supplies seemed to really hit home to them. 

Disclosure:  This event was sponsored by Gutzy Gear and powered by Madame Deals Media.  Gutzy provided me with $25 to use toward purchasing school supplies as well as Gutzy Gear Products.  All opinions and experiences are my own.  See my full disclosure policy here.

Don’t Forget to Check your Pantry & Owl City’s Photo Montage Video #childhunger

 

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Over the past couple of months I have posted about the ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here campaign several times.  It’s honorable when a brand steps up to help end and raise awareness of child hunger. Nationwide 1 in 5 children are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  If you missed any of my previous posts here’s a link to two of my favorites here, and here.

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As I was reaching in the pantry tonight to gather ingredients to make homemade salsa and chicken fajitas (YUMMY- I’ll post pics and the recipe soon) I realized I still had a couple of cans of Hunt’s products with the push pen logo and code that I had not entered.  GASP – I Can’t believe I forgot!  I could have kicked myself, as the deadline to enter codes ends on August 31, 2012. I had four cans in my pantry which means I almost missed out on the opportunity to help ConAgra donate 4 meals.   I figured if I had cans still in my pantry and I’m a Child Hunger Ends Here Ambassador then there is a good chance that some of ya’ll do too.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want to miss this super easy opportunity to feed a hungry child.

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So…….real quick, take a break and run in the kitchen and glance over your canned food and frozen items.  Look for the pushpin logo (see my pantry above) and code on the back/side.  If you find any cans or frozen items still lurking around grab them and bring them back to your computer.  Go to the Child Hunger Ends Here site here and look for the image below to enter your code/s.  It’s that simple; for every code you enter ConAgra donates one meal.

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You’ll get to download the song “Here’s Hope” preformed by Jewel, Owl City or Jay Sean each time you enter a code from a participating ConAgra product.  Thanks so much ya’ll!  I feel so blessed that our Time 2 $ave Community has such an amazing heart to give and make a difference in the lives of others.  .
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Again, don’t forget to enter all of the 8-digit codes found on the back and sides of specially marked packages at ChildHungerEndsHere.com

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Recently, Owl City rallied their followers to help raise awareness of child hunger by asking, “What surprises you about child hunger?” ConAgra Foods asked their facebook fans to post photos in response to Owl City’s question. Check out the video above of the photos and comments that were submitted.

You can also follow the discussion on facebook here. You can also tweet along by following www.twitter.com/ConAgraFoods using #ChildHunger.

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I am a blogger correspondent for ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Opinions and experiences shared here are my own.

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#ChildHunger: Schools Out for the Summer but Child Hunger Isn’t

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School is out, and it’s officially S U M M E R T I M E!  Many of us are planning vacation getaways with our families and other fun family activities.   It’s so easy to get busy and forget about needs around us, especially since daily school routine has been interrupted with promises of summertime fun.  In reality, during the summer months free and discounted school lunches are gone. Therefore, the number of children are food insecure is even greater.

 

This summer, approximately 18 million children will face a greater risk of hunger while they’re out of school. During the school year, almost 21 million children depend on free or reduced-price school meals to help keep them from going hungry. But only 2.3 million children are enrolled in similar summer meal programs.1

(from http://www.hungerfreesummertour.org/)

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The past couple of months, I have posted several times about the ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here campaign as one of their blogger ambassadors. I’ve include links below to a couple of my favorite posts!  Remember, all you have to do is enter the codes on the back of participating ConAgra products online and ConAgra will donate a meal.

Child Hunger Ends Here- 3 Ways to Include Your Kids in Giving

ConAgra- Child Hunger Ends Here! We can all help by entering

ConAgra Child Hunger Ends Here- Enter Codes to Donate Meals!

 

All you have to do is enter the codes on the back of participating ConAgra products online and ConAgra will donate a meal. If you have codes that you haven’t entered yet you’ve still got time!  Codes will be accepted up to a maximum of 3 million meal donations or until 8/31/2012

 

You can make a difference by purchasing participating ConAgra products at your local grocery store. Look for the push pin logo, and enter the code online at Child Hunger Ends Here. For every code entered, ConAgra will donate the equivalent of one meal.

You can also follow the discussion at www.facebook.com/ConAgraFoods, or tweet along by following www.twitter.com/ConAgraFoods and using #ChildHunger.

 

I am a blogger correspondent for ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Opinions and experiences shared here are my own.

 

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You Win a Signed copy of Amy Giggles by Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band….. #childhunger

 

Amy GigglesAlright – it’s time to announce the winner…..

Congratulations to Rose, NeeNah, Abby, Julie and Linda! 

 

You’ve each won a signed copy of Amy Giggles by Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band.  We’ve already sent you an email, and look forward to your reply!

Winner: Please look in your inbox for an email from- time2saveblogger@gmail.com

 

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Thanks to ConAgra for providing 5 signed copies of Amy Giggles so that we could offer our Time 2 $ave Community this awesome giveaway.  As a blogger ambassador for Child Hunger Ends Here we wanted to encourage you to be part of the solution to Child Hunger.  The statistics are staggering, it’s hard to believe how many children don’t know where their next meal is coming from right here in the US under our nose.

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Child Hunger Statistics

  • Children who are at risk of hunger can be found in our nation’s classrooms, on our playgrounds and in communities throughout the United States. It affects Americans of all backgrounds — urban, rural, young, old, unemployed and employed.
  • Children don’t need to be starving or homeless to struggle with hunger. Many children are simply missing a meal or not eating on a regular basis.
  • Feeding America’s network serves nearly 14 million children each year, and since 2006, the organization has seen a 50 percent increase in the number of children relying on the services provided by food banks. Of the 14 million children served, 3 million are under the age of 5.
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You can make a difference by purchasing participating ConAgra products at your local grocery store.  Look for the push pin logo, and enter the code online at Child Hunger Ends Here.  For every code entered, ConAgra will donate the equivalent of one meal. Codes will be accepted up to a maximum of 3 million meal donations or until 8/31/2012.

 

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If you missed our previous post about Child Hunger Ends Here click the following links here and here.  You can also follow the discussion at www.facebook.com/ConAgraFoods, or tweet along by following www.twitter.com/ConAgraFoods and using #ChildHunger.

 

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I am a blogger correspondent for ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Opinions and experiences shared here are my own. *A portion of the proceeds of sale of Amy Giggles will be donated to Camp Southern Ground, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

#Giveaway: Signed copy of Amy Giggles by Coy Bowles from The Zac Brown Band! #childhunger

 

 

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A couple of weeks ago, we posted about working as a blogger ambassador with ConAgra Foods and the Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign.  Ya’ll know we are all about giving….we are thrilled to have the opportunity to spread the word about a cause that is so near and dear to our hearts.

 

When Jamie and I were at Blissdom (a blogger’s conference) in Nashville back in February we received a copy of the children’s book “Amy Giggles” by Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band on behalf of ConAgra Foods and the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign.

 

 

I loved Amy Giggles, a very real story about a little girl who was determined to change her BIG LOUD laugh after kids made fun of her.  She did everything she could to conceal her laugh, yet after a while try as she might her laugh just couldn’t be contained.  Before she knew it all the effort in the world was in vain, and her Big Ole laugh came barreling out along with a change of heart.  No matter what she wouldn’t hold back anymore.  It didn’t matter if people made fun of her.  I love the last line of the book , “I like my laugh, and I’ll never hold it in again.”

How many of us can relate?  I know I do, I was the 6ft tall girl that people called Big Bird.  I hated being tall, I was so self conscious about my height that I started slouching.  As a result I’ve got terrible posture now.  Don’t get me wrong I am 100% okay with being tall now, however it took years for me to be able to accept and be comfortable in my own skin.

 

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So what’s the deal?  How did a country music star end up writing a children’s book?  I recently had the opportunity to chat with Coy over the phone and ask him personally about his book and his involvement with the ConAgra Child Hunger Ends Here campaign.  It was really neat to hear his heart, and his passion for helping children.

 

Where in the world did he come up with the character, Amy Giggles?

Coy met the real life inspiration behind Amy Giggles while having dinner with a group of friends.  After he had listened to a lady huff and puff obviously trying to conceal her laugh someone finally interjected and asked why she didn’t just laugh out loud.  Coy was shocked to hear how she had changed her laugh after being made fun of as a child.  It’s crazy to think how much other people influence who we become.  Our laughter is something that is inherently who we are.  Yet, as a result of hearing a couple of kids make fun of her laugh this lady was holding back years later even as an adult.  Although it took much longer to complete the book, Coy actually wrote the story of Amy Giggles in 15 minutes. 

 

Why is Coy involved with the ConAgra Child Hunger Ends Here campaign?

Coy told me it was hard for him to believe that so many children could be hungry here in the USA. Although he doesn’t have any children himself, he is passionate about instilling confidence and encouraging children to achieve their dreams.  Without food, children have no hope.  When children have to worry where their next meal will come from it crushes their hope and affects their drive and zeal for life.  Coy believes that we can make a difference, that’s why he has joined ConAgra in helping spread the word about Child Hunger Ends Here. 

*A portion of the proceeds of sale of Amy Giggles will be donated to Camp Southern Ground, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

 

Amy Giggles

It’s such a cute book, and I appreciate the fact that it tackles real issues that I can talk to my kids about. And…….we’ve got 5 signed copies of Amy Giggles to give away!!  Follow the instructions below, and enter to win.
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ConAgra: Child Hunger Ends Here! We can all help by entering codes from participating products. #childhunger

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Jamie and I recently attended Blissdom, a blogging conference in Nashville.  While there we made a great connection with ConAgra Foods.  ConAgra felt that our message of balanced couponing and becoming a purposeful giver resonated with so many people.  After all, successful couponing doesn’t have to come at the expense of our lives.  The goal is to bring financial relief to our family’s finances.  Then, out of our new found abundance, we have the privilege to give into the lives of others!

 

When we got home, ConAgra invited me to be a Blogger Ambassador for their Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign!  (SO excited!!  Can’t even tell you what a surprise)  I boarded a plan the next week for a trip to Los Angeles for the kickoff of the Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign.  It was an amazing experience, I’m proud to be a part of this program.  When a brand steps up, like ConAgra to use it’s influence to maker a difference (to the tune of providing the equivalent of 3 million meals to hungry children) I for one take notice. 

In case you missed our first post about Child Hunger Ends Here jump over here – we’ve provided links to videos with more information.

 

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Love these girls!!!   Piera (Jolly Mommy), me (Time 2 $ave), Linsey (Lille Punkin’ Reviews) & Rachel (A Southern Fairytale) at the LA Food Regional Food Bank.

 

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To kick off the campaign we toured the facilities at the LA Regional Food bank.  We had the incredible opportunity to meet and interview singer/songwriter Jewel. 

My favorite event of the day was helping stuff backpacks full of food.  These backpacks are given to school aged children who otherwise may not eat over the weekend.  It’s hard to imagine…many children would go hungry on the weekends if they weren’t provided backpacks.

 

 

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Here’s the girls and I stuffing backpacks.  Every tub had two backpacks that we stuffed so full they would hardly zip.  These girls were so much fun to hang out with, I was so sad our time together didn’t last longer. 

 

 

 

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Jewel was a trooper – she jumped in and helped us after her interviews.

If you haven’t heard her personal story you’ll be shocked to hear she was once homeless.  You can hear her story here.  Jewel grew up poor, and has faced the same food insecurities that 1 in 5 American children face today. 

 

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What can you do?  Buy a participating brand product and enter your code online.  ConAgra will donate a meal each time a code is entered! 

 

 

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Once you enter your code, you’ll get to download the song “Here’s Hope” each time you enter a code from a participating ConAgra product. To hear the “Here’s Hope” song and to learn more about how to become involved in the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, you can visit their website.

 

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Here’s Hope” performed by Jewel, Owl City or Jay Sean – your choice! The more codes that you redeem, the more exclusive content you’ll be able to access.

 

Child Hunger Did You Know??

  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity or the inability to access
    enough food to live active, healthy lives affects more than 16 million children in the United
    States.
  • By comparison, the number of kids who struggle with hunger every year is the same as the total populations of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston combined.
    • Children don’t need to be starving or homeless to struggle with hunger. Many children are
      simply missing a meal or not eating on a regular basis.

Follow the discussion on facebook at www.facebook.com/ConAgraFoods, or  www.twitter.com/ConAgraFoods on twitter.  Use the hashtag #ChildHunger.

All You Magazine for 50% Off + $6 Will Go Towards Tornado Relief!

This month, once again we have all watched or suffered through a new round of tornadoes sweeping through the nation.  In fact, one of our dear friends lost her house and her entire neighborhood this week in Harrison, TN.  Many of you have voiced the question on all our hearts: 

How can I help?

Well, this morning, we are bringing you one simple and powerful way to immediately reach out and help those who are trying to rebuild once again…  Purchase a subscription to All You Magazine.  For every subscription sold through this special fundraising link  –   $6 will be donated to tornado relief efforts.

Last year, right after the April 2011 tornadoes hit, we began this fundraiser, naming it Click4Hope.  We invited other bloggers to join us  – and together we all raised a whopping $28,000!  (See the news coverage HEREThis past December we donated $7,000 each to the following:  Cleveland, TN., Ringgold, GA., Moody AL., and Joplin, MO

What is All You Magazine?
All You Magazine is the ultimate couponer’s magazine.  Each issue is stocked with up to $100 in coupons, money-saving tips, and frugal recipes, style tips and activities.  Normally you would pay $2.49 an issue at Walmart – which is worth every penny.  (April’s issue has over $80 in coupons!)

Through Click4Hope’s special fundraising link – not only can get All You for just $1.25 an issue (50% off the cover price) – but $6 will be donated to help disaster relief efforts in your own hometown!


Choose Your Subscription!

This year – our goal is $50,000, and I know that we can reach it together!  Please share this post with friends and family – let’s combine our reach to make a big difference!