Month: August 2011

The Grace Card *Review & Giveaway*

The Grace Card *Review & Giveaway*

If I had to sum up The Grace Card with just one word it would be “Wow!!!” This is hands down one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long, long time! I absolutely love the fact that so many companies are finally realizing […]

Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin *Review & Giveaway*

Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin *Review & Giveaway*

You might remember my review of the first Wings of Glory book, A Distant Melody. I loved it so much I could wait to read the rest of the series. Although I actually missed out on reviewing the second book in the series Memory Between […]

MyMemories Suite Digital Scrabooking Software *Review & Giveaway*

MyMemories Suite Digital Scrabooking Software *Review & Giveaway*

As many of you know by now, I’m some what of a digi-scrapping addict! In case you missed it I talk about how I came to begin digitally scrapping here. The bug that bit so hard has never gone away! I still also do pages for my scrap-for-hire site, Artistic Albums by Nicole. Although I’m not actively promoting it I just got 2 big orders from loyal customers and have been staying up late scrapping!

If you have followed me along my scrapping journey you know that up until this point the only software I’d ever used was Photoshop Elements. While it is true that PSE is wonderful for scrapping it is also far from user friendly! I actually ended up crying (literally) when I first was using it because I had spent an hour trying to figure a certain thing out and even with online tutorials I just couldn’t get it to work! I don’t get easily flustered or frustrated but I was pulling my hair out! Also PSE running price is right around $100-for you frugal (total side note, isn’t that a lovely word–we no longer have to be called “cheap” or “tightwads” -no we’re frugal!!! but I digress) if you are *frugal* like me that price is enough to make you drop the digi dream right there.

The wonderful aspect of MyMemories Suite is that it is extremely user friendly and also affordable! I put the above layout together in about 15 minutes and that was with never using the software before at all! (even with knowing PSE it still takes me a good 30 min to an hour to complete a layout start to finish) This layout is extremely simple but as I said, it was my very first try with using the software. They have a great feature in that it can be as easy as them building the pages for you, or you can build it all yourself, as I did above. You can still use their templates but I was pleased that I could move the photo slots around, delete them, or adjust their size-so even when using templates you can truly make the page your own. I took a picture so you can get a feel of what it looks like when you first open a template:

ย Another thing that I loved about this is that although it does come with a bunch of pre-built papers and embellishments already in the program, if you have digital scrapping kits on your computer you can actually go ahead and use them as well. I had actually fallen in love with MyMemories digital kits before I’d ever used the software or was approached by the company. I used the Coming Home kit that I had previously gotten from them to do the layout above, since I felt that it was only fitting! Their digital kits are extremely high quality, I love them! The ones I got are also scrap-for-hire friendly–which instantly endears them to my heart as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just in case you’d like a little more in-depth look so you can see all of the great things that you can do with this software (you can create things like calendars, photo books, cards, videos and lots more!) here is a video:

Welcome to the Family! from Lisa Jurrens on Vimeo.

I saved the best for last! If you use Coupon Code: STMMMS65515ย  You can get the great deal of getting $10 off the software and $10 in free merchandise from MyMemories.com!! Since the software is only $39.97 you will be getting a great bargin!ย 


One Lucky Reader will also win their own MyMemories Suit Digital Scrapbooking Software! Just enter using the Rafflecopter Form below! Also please feel free to let me know if you like the Rafflecopter Form–or if you prefer the old comment way better!

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SIMPLE GIFTS By Sharen Pearson *Guest Blog*

SIMPLE GIFTS By Sharen Pearson *Guest Blog*

I just love having guest bloggers from time to time, and this article really hit home for me because it is *exactly* how I feel birthday parties should be ran! I’ve now thrown 4 (what I would consider) wildly successful parties for my children and […]

Little Looster *Review*

Little Looster *Review*

As I blogged about quite a while ago now, Amber was potty trained before Tyler was even born. We suffered a relapse, big time, during the beginning of this deployment, however. Everything I read had said to expect that, but it was still very discouraging […]

Right from the Heart by Bryant Wright *Review*

Right from the Heart by Bryant Wright *Review*

Right From the Heart: Turning Your Day Toward GodRight from the Heart by Bryant Wright is a 365 Daily Devotional book. It’s in the style of many devotional books in that he gives one Bible verse and the a short pages worth, about 3 paragraphs, worth of thoughts about the verse and subject matter for the day. Although I would not recommend using this exclusively for your devotions it *is* the perfect way to start out your day-each takes less than 5 minutes to read through, and great thoughts to “turn your day towards God” just as the book says. The devos could also be used for further study on your own, if you care to dig a little deeper into the subject matter or read the surrounding verses. He includes a huge spectrum of thoughts which range from money, to parenting preschoolers, to old age. Everyone could benefit by starting their day with these thoughts and verses!

Global Green USA’s Green School Makeover Competition

Global Green USA’s Green School Makeover Competition

I recently just signed up to be part of a great new program called Influenster and so far I’m loving it. I think it’ll be great and a valuable asset to this blog. I found out about this competition and thought it sounded great so […]

Skin MD Natural Stop The Burn Campaign *Review & Giveaway*

Skin MD Natural Stop The Burn Campaign *Review & Giveaway*

Everyone knows what record heat waves have been sweeping over the country. My kids are *loving* the hotness and the sunshine but I want to make sure that I’m keeping their skin safe while they’re enjoying themselves! On a side note, hahaha–this picture so cracks […]

Pampers Gifts To Grow Point Codes

Pampers Gifts To Grow Point Codes

I first heard about Gifts to Grow from my lovely and wonderful friend Jaimin (who blogs on over at Crazy Love) when she posted about it on Facebook. Since my little man does best in Pampers I’ve been buying them by the bucketloads since he was born. I’ve always liked their wipes best as they as so soft and don’t make my kids, who both have eczema, break out in rashes like other wipes do. I’ve been impressed with how many points I’ve gotten even though I just started inputting them a few months ago and there are some really awesome prizes you can save up for! It totally made my morning when one of my fav bloggers My Litter posted these Point Codes! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ So I thought I’d pass them along to you as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ There are a few that are expired, but it’s worth taking the 4 minutes to put them all in ๐Ÿ™‚

There is a new code out for Pampers Gifts to Grow to add 10 points to your account! Just enter the codeย 2beginearning10 to get your free 10 points!
Here are a bunch of other codes you can also use to add points to your account! You can pick from a variety of different freebies and coupons on the Pampers Gifts to Grow site so the points are worth collecting!

  • WELCOME2PAMPERS ~ 50 points
  • JOINNOW4REWARDS ~ 50 points
  • 2BEGINEARNING50 ~ 50 points
  • GIFTSTOGROW4MOM ~ 50 points
  • pampers4momjfm1 ~ 10 points
  • CONGRATS2NEWMOM ~ 10 points
  • NEWWIPESPACKAGE ~ 10 points
  • GTGWELCOME10PTS ~ 10 points
  • PAMPERSGTG10PTS ~ 10 points
  • PAMPERS4MOMSOND ~ 10 points
  • 10PTSFREECODE4U ~ 10 points
  • PUNTOSPARAMI123 ~ 10 points
  • CAREFORNEWBORNS ~ 10 points
  • GTGCOUPONPOINTS ~ 10 points
  • WELCOME2VILLAGE ~ 10 points
  • GETSTARTEDNOW10 ~ 10 points

Thanks,ย Keeping Cents!

Kabongo ~ Online Learning Games for Kids *Review*

Kabongo ~ Online Learning Games for Kids *Review*

I’m normally not an advocate of kid games that are played on a screen, either tv or computer. Then I heard that Kabongo was designed to help 4-7 year olds develop early literacy skills. Of course we all know how crazy I am about books […]