Strut Resale Boutique Giveaway

Happy Friday!  We’ve got a special three-day giveaway this weekend from Strut Resale Boutique in Florence, KY and Your Strong Tower.  Strut is not your average consignment store; it’s an upscale retail boutique.  This is where you’ll discover high fashion designer clothing and accessories at a fraction of their original retail prices!  You’ll find brands like Coach, Michael Kors, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and so much more… including Magnabilities magnetic jewelry and Candleberry Candles.

Strut has recently relocated on Mall Road to the Kroger shopping center with three times as much space as their former location!  This means they now have plenty of room to accept consignment on *furniture,* men’s clothing, and children’s clothing in addition to their huge selection of women’s clothing (including plus and petite), handbags, shoes, scarves, and jewelry!  The best part is there’s NO FEE to consign.

Our winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Strut Resale Boutique!  Contest runs from Friday, November 30th through Sunday, December 22ndStrut gift certificates make a great Christmas gift, too.  Good Luck!

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Coming Soon! Last Minute Money Giveaway!

Last Minute Money FREE Blogger Event!

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Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash.

Date: Friday Dec 7th 6pm – Friday Dec 21st at 11:59

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$15 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

Happy Win It Wednesday!  This 3-day giveaway for a $15 Starbucks gift card is in celebration of My Magic Meal Plan reaching over 2,000 fans on Facebook!  (Because who doesn’t love Starbucks?)  The website will be launching very soon and you are going to LOVE it!

Unlike other meal planning websites, allows you to enter the recipes for the meals that your family loves.  Plus you’ll be able to track your pantry inventory, search for and print coupons right on the site, access your shopping lists right on your smart phone, and have access to recipes developed by fitness and nutrition guru, Robert Ferguson, creator of the Diet Free Life system!

This giveaway ends on Friday night, November 30th.  Enter via the Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!

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Meal Planning Monday ~ Pesto Perfection

            Hi, my name is Christine Luken, and I’m addicted to pesto!  Really – I can’t get enough of that basil, garlic, and olive oil perfection.  And lately I’ve been eating it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Breakfast?  Yes!  It wouldn’t have occurred to me to put a smear of pesto on an egg sandwich until Panera debuted their Mediterranean Egg White sandwich several months ago.  It’s essentially a breakfast panini – bread, egg white, pesto, cheese, and sundried tomatoes.  It’s super-delicious, but not cheap!

            So I decided to make my own version at home!  First I cook my egg in a little bit of Smart Balance spread or butter.  I take two pieces of whole wheat bread, outsides buttered and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.  Once the egg is cooked, I add it to the bread with a smear of pesto on one side and some sharp white cheddar cheese and cook it like a grilled cheese sandwich.  My mouth is watering as I type this!

            Of course, pesto isn’t just for breakfast!  You can add it to your sandwiches for lunch instead of mayo or mustard.  And I love making a great pasta dish with a pesto-based sauce and a good glass of red wine for dinner.  Here are a few great recipes ideas for you fellow pesto addicts!

  • Warm Italiano Spread ~ This is one of my favorite appetizer recipes from Kraft!  It’s simple, delicious, and my party guests always love it!

  • Creamy Pesto Chicken & Bow Ties ~ This is a new recipe that I’m trying this week.  It’s a little different from my usual pesto and chicken pasta recipe and I’m excited to try it!  See recipe below.

  • Pesto Stuffed Crescent Rolls ~ Leah suggested I try these rolls for a delicious side dish for dinner.  Pesto and mozzarella cheese tucked into a warm crescent roll – what’s not to love about that?

  • Pizza ~ If you like to make your own pizza, why not top yours with pesto, mozzarella, and fresh tomato slices?

What’s your favorite way to enjoy pesto?

Creamy Pesto Chicken & Bow Ties (From

2 Tablespoons of butter

1 ¼ Pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes

1 Can (10.75 ounces) of Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup 98% Fat Free

½ Cup of pesto

½ Cup of Milk

½ of a 1-pound package of bow tie (farfalle) pasta (about 3 cups), cooked and drained.

Heat butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chicken and cook until browned, stirring often.

Stir in the soup, pesto, and milk and heat to a boil.  Reduce heat to low.  Cook for about 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.  Stir in the pasta and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Giveaway

I am SO excited to offer my fans this Financial Peace University (FPU) giveaway!  As an FPU Coordinator and a Dave Ramsey Certified Financial Counselor, I know first-hand how this program can change people’s financial future for the better!

My good friend, Amanda Smearman, over at Girl Loves a Bargain, gives her review of the Financial Peace University program.  Here is what she has to say.

“Financial Peace. For many people, it’s something we dream about. In a world where it’s so common to “charge” it or think that “18 months same as cash” is a good deal, it’s hard to imagine not relying on credit. I was one of those people.

As many of you know, I’ve been reviewing Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University over the last few weeks. To use the term “Life Changing” is an understatement when describing this series. We have tried many different budget systems over the years. Few of them worked or provided the structure that we needed when in came to our money. We’ve had debt since before we were married and just assumed that we always would be in some sort of debt.

Enter Dave Ramsey…

He’s not shy when it comes to telling you what you need to do. I’ve spent a lot of time these last few weeks reevaluating our lifestyle, our needs and wants. It’s been eye-opening and for the first time in the 7 years we’ve been married I can see the light at the end of the debt tunnel. Each month it gets a little brighter, a little closer.

Dave offers a plan that anyone who is ready to get serious about their finances can follow. It’s not easy but the end result is so worth it. His plan consists of Baby Steps in which he covers each week. The plan helps you build up a small emergency fund so you can STOP using credit cards. He then takes you through his Debt Snowball plan and on to creating a larger emergency fund. You’ll learn about investing, saving for your kids college, retirement, and finally using your new-found wealth to give back. Dave also tells you how to teach your kids to be financially responsible.

No matter where you are in your life or financial plan, this 9-week course can help you. Imagine taking what you learn from this and teaching it to your kids or grandkids as they grow. One line that Dave said still sticks with me… Imagine your children never having to take out a loan to buy a car. Wow.”


Who’s ready to win Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University???

They’re offering ONE lucky reader a chance to win this 9-week course! Check out the picture below to see what all you’ll get!

It has everything you need to follow along and get started in your own journey to Financial Peace, including the 9-week series on CD, Financial Peace Workbook, budget forms, Envelope budget system, and Complete Guide to Money!

This giveaway is open to US residents, age 18 years or older. It will run 11/26 (12:00am) – 12/5 (11:59pm). All entries will be verified.

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Disclosure: The statements above are my own based on my own opinion. I received my copy of this series in exchange for my review. Your Strong Tower is not responsible for shipment of prize to the winner.

$ave a Bundle by Renting Your College Textbooks!

Attention college students and parents of college students!  How would you like to save a bundle – up to 90% – on your text books?  Sounds too good to be true, right?  Well, if you are renting your college text books from Campus Book Rentals, you KNOW these discounts are for real!

I SO wish I would have had this option in college!  I remember my parents’ shell shock over the price of my text books.  The interesting thing is, I only remember using one of those text books after I graduated.  What a waste!

Some of the perks of renting your books with Campus Book Rentals include:

  • Save 40-90% off of bookstore prices!  Still don’t believe me?  Click here to see an example!
  • Free shipping both ways
  • You can highlight in the textbooks
  • Flexible renting periods
  • Campus Book Rentals donates to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

To me, this seems like a no-brainer!  If you’re heading back to campus for a new semester in January, I highly recommend checking out Campus Book Rentals before buying your books.   If  you still have some questions, you can check out this informative – and hilarious – video. FAQ’s:

$25 Target Gift Card Flash Giveaway

Your Strong Tower and Confessions of a Coupon Queen is currently sponsoring a $25 Target gift card flash giveaway on Super Frugal Stephanie’s blog!  Head over there to enter now!  Contest ends November 21st.

Meal Planning Monday ~ Five-Star Thanksgiving Leftovers

             Happy Thanksgiving!!  In just a few days, we’ll all be lounging around the house – our bellies stuffed with turkey, watching football, hanging out with our loved ones…  And wondering what we are going to do with all of the Thanksgiving leftovers!  Whenever I cook for family gatherings, I seem to over-estimate the amount of food needed.  My philosophy is that I’d rather have too much food – and leftovers – than not have enough for everyone.

            Have you noticed that when people say the word, “leftovers,” it’s usually in a negative tone of voice?  Not at my house!  I’m a seasoned veteran at creatively re-purposing my leftovers into new culinary creations.  So let’s explore some interesting ways to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers!

  • Turkey ~ Of course you can make turkey sandwiches and turkey noodle soup with your leftover meat, but how about some Zesty Southwest Tacos?  (Recipe below.)  In less than 20 minutes, your family can have a fiesta that’s sure to please!  You could also shred the turkey and toss with BBQ sauce for sandwiches.  I also like to use my turkey meat in place of chicken in my Chicken and Wild Rice soup.  Really, any recipe that calls for shredded chicken can be made with turkey instead.
  • Mashed Potatoes ~ If you use sour cream in your mashed potatoes, they likely won’t freeze very well and no one wants watery mashed potato leftovers!  I found this great blog post with ten creative ways to use up those leftover mashed potatoes, including Shepherd’s pie, mashed potato soup, and salmon croquettes.
  • Pumpkin ~ If you’ve got leftover fresh or canned pumpkin puree, try adding it to baked goods, pancakes, smoothies, or oatmeal with some pumpkin pie spice.  I recently tried this awesome Pumpkin Bread recipe (Thanks Yvonne!), with a few alterations.  I substituted whole wheat flour and evaporated cane juice for the white flour and sugar, and added a scoop of vanilla protein powder for each loaf.  The bread was delicious and super-moist!  I made two loaves and froze one for later use.

Zesty Southwest Tacos  (From First for Women Magazine)

½ cup leftover cranberry sauce

1 small jalapeño pepper, minced

1 lime, zested and juiced

2 Tbs. canola oil

3 cups leftover cooked turkey, shredded

2 tsp. Southwest seasoning blend

12 taco shells, heated

1 ½ cups of shredded lettuce

1 ½ cups shredded red cabbage

1 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro


In a bowl, combine cranberry sauce, jalapeño, 2 tsp. line juice, ¼ tsp. lime zest.  Heat oil in skillet.  Add turkey, seasoning blend, and ¼ cup of water.  Cook 4 minutes or until water evaporates.  Divide turkey mixture among the taco shells.  Top with lettuce, cabbage, cilantro, and cranberry sauce mixture.

            Be sure and tell me if you have an interesting and delicious way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers!






Leapfrog Holiday Prize Pack Giveaway

Holiday Giveaway: Ultimate LeapFrog Prize Pack

Hosted by, Night Owl Mama,
In the Kitchen with KP, Cheap Mama Chick,
Suburban Coupon Mom, Busy Momma Loves To Save,

Confessions of a Coupon Queen
and many wonderful bloggers!

Parents, this is a prize both you and your kids will love!  Get your children ready for a lifetime of learning with educational games from Leapfrog. The Ultimate LeapFrog prize pack for your child ages 3-9! Open up a world of learning with game cartridges and downloadable Apps for the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer and Leapster Gs.

The LeapPad2 was rated #1 Kids Learning Tablet and in the top #20

Ultimate LeapFrog Holiday Prize Pack Includes:

  • LeapFrog LeapPad2
  • Leapster Gs
  • Leapfrog Brave Game
  • Leapfrog Leapschool Math Game
  • Tag with Human Body Discovery Pack.

LeapPad2 and Leapster Gs offers a world of learning at your finger tips:

  • Ultra Ebooks
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Along with the LeapPad2 Explorer learning tablet and Leapster Gs you’ll also get Tag with Human Body Discovery pack. Your Child will enjoy learning all about the human body and nutrition facts while playing with a 2-sided chart and game board with this LeapFrog TAG Interactive Human Body Discovery Pack! Use the #1 selling TAG Reading System to bring this human body chart to life.

Prize will go to One (1) Winner. Open to U.S Only must be 18+ to enter. Only 1 Person per household may enter.

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**Please Note: Prize is not guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas but sponsor will do their best.**  Your Strong Tower and Confessions of a Coupon Queen are NOT responsible for prize shipment.

Thankful for Thanksgiving Giveaway

Welcome to the Thankful Thanksgiving Giveaway!

Confessions of a Coupon Queen and other great bloggers are excited to bring you this  giveaway!  One LUCKY winner will receive an awesome prize pack with

$25.00 PayPal Cash

1 bottle of Advanced Formula Fat Fighters with Carb Inhibitors ($33.00 value)

AND $25.00 Origami Owl Gift Card to use with Rachel McKeown

This giveaway will run from 11/15 – 11/21 and is open to US residents 18 and over. Enter in the rafflecopter below.


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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Your Strong Tower is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.