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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Grace Unplugged

Sometimes, chasing your dreams leads you right to where you belong!
Having just turned 18, Grace Trey aspires to more than just singing at her church where her father, a former pop star, is the worship leader. So, with the help of Mossy, her dad's former manager, Grace records a cover version of her dad's old Top-10 hit, runs off to Los Angeles, and begins to taste the kind of stardom she's always dreamed about.
Yet with each rung of the ladder she climbs, Grace feels more and more pressure to compromise her values, further straining her relationship with her parents. Will everything she experiences lead her to reject her faith… or rediscover it?

Grace Unplugged opens in theaters October 4 and is “Family Approved” by the Dove Foundation.

The Grace Unplugged Cast:
AJ Michalka
James Denton
Kevin Pollak
Michael Welch

You will love the Grace Unplugged Blog App!

• Are You Ready for ROCKSTAR Life? QUIZ - Are you prepared to be a rockstar in all areas of your life? Take this fun quiz to find out!
• VIEW Heartwarming GIFs - Get all the action and the best scenes from the movie with this collection of GIFs!
• WATCH the Music Video - See the brilliant music video that accompanies “All I’ve Ever Needed,” the hit song by AJ Michalka who plays Grace Trey in the movie.

Grace Unplugged wants to give one of my readers a Grace Unplugged Prize Pack! 

Grace Unplugged Prize Pack INCLUDES:
• Grace Unplugged Soundtrack CD
     - Songs by TobyMac, AJ Michalka, Chris Tomlin and Shawn McDonald.
• Grace Unplugged: A Novel by Melody Carlson.
• Own It: The book Discover Your Faith in God by Michael & Hayley DiMarco.
• Grace Unplugged Exclusive Guitar Pick.

Enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below! And this one is open to US & Canada! Good luck! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

FREE sample Lipton K-Cups!

Hurry over to Lipton's Facebook page and pick your favorite variety.  The app will use your photos from FB to make a music video!  Or you can skip that, and just request your free samples!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FREE Nexcare Waterproof Bandages Sample!

For four days, Nexcare is giving away FREE samples of their waterproof bandages!  All you have to do to get yours is: visit them here, watch a short video, share on FB or Twitter, and then provide them with your information! Easy-peasy!!

Here's the information from their Facebook page:

Get ready for fall and stock up your first-aid kits! 

Starting today, we're giving away 25,000 Nexcare™ Waterproof Bandage samples every day for 4 days! Click the link below to sign-up -- these will go fast!!

I just got my sample (7:30 pm on Tuesday) so head over and sign up for yours.  If you miss out today, don't forget to check back!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My weight loss update!!

UPDATE on Wednesday: I've lost 30 lbs!! And Nicole has lost 89 lbs!! :) 

So, it's been about 6 months since I told you about discovering ACE! I have been taking it ever since, and LOVE the energy it gives me every day.  I am getting so much more done, and naps are a thing of the past! I love that ACE keeps me energized without feeling jittery, nervous or weird.  I just wake up and have lots of energy to get things done! I feel much better knowing I'm taking a natural supplement!

The weight loss has been steady, but if I was exercising it would be even better.  However, I hate exercise, even now when I have the energy for it!  I'm down 28 lbs with ACE, but even more importantly - 20 inches! 20!!!!!! I've lost 6 inches from my waist alone. AMAZING!  I would probably be down another 10 or 15 if I would consistently get some exercise, so I'm trying hard to add it in.  And I do drink at least 100 oz of water daily.

Since January 1, I am down 38 lbs - that is almost 2 of the disgusting 20 lb blobs of fat in the bottom of this picture! I feel really good know that nasty fat is gone forever!

I have a team of three great associates so far, and we're helping women (and men!) who thought they couldn't drop the pounds, to actually see results.  ACE isn't a magic pill or fad diet - it works by changing your eating habits! It helps you feel full, so that your portions go from big to normal.  It curbs the cravings for carbs and sweets (BIG deal for me!).  Sweet tea and soda lose their appeal after a few weeks on ACE for most folks (they taste much too sweet!) so you drink more water, less calorie-laden drinks.   I've seen friends who couldn't lose weight, actually lose weight! :) 

 You have to commit to the full 30 days when you begin, because ACE starts working differently for everyone.  A few lucky folks feel the energy and lose weight immediately, others, like me,  may take a few weeks! So give it 30 days.  You weigh & measure the day before you begin, and then no more scale or measuring tape for at least 4 weeks! If you weigh daily, you will get crazy frustrated! So put them away and let your body and ACE work together!

The energy gets you moving and getting more done -- I've finally gotten one room painted that had been unfinished for years -- and found out that painting burns lots of calories and works muscles we don't use often! I just never had the energy to tackle that over the last few years. My house looks better, I take my son out to play at the park or playground much more often, and I feel SO good!  I used to get headaches all the time - probably from the half sweet/half unsweet tea I'd drink - I never drank them at the same time and when I didn't have it early - headache arrival!  After a month on ACE I realized they were gone!   So I'm not a daily Advil/Tylenol user anymore.  Many positive changes since ACE.

One other change I've made after talking to the director of the group I'm in - I take a day off every week.  I didn't start that til week 12 per instructions that came with my ACE, but actually found out it is supposed to start after two full weeks on ACE.  This helps your body get used to not taking it every day, and actually helps with weight loss.

In case you wonder if your weight loss can be maintained after you stop taking ACE ~ I've talked to several ACE users who have lost and maintained the loss! Most people who lost weight with ACE still take it 2 - 3 days a week once they reach their goal, because they love the energy they get! And since they no longer drink caffeinated drinks or energy drinks, they take natural ACE to get that nice boost, without the crash!  My director and her mom have both lost 40+ lbs, and kept it off going on two years now!

My friend Nicole, who introduced me to ACE has lost almost 90 lbs now! She looks fantastic, which I told her Friday when I saw her!  Here is the latest picture of her from about 10-12 lbs ago!  She took some time off over the summer from her ACE and then started back working out with a trainer to get going again!

I have taken some time off from ACE myself - most recently for about 3 weeks in August.  We ate out alot for my birthday!  I didn't take my ACE, so I expected to see a huge change on the scale.  When I was finally brave enough to check it - not one ounce gained!  

I started taking ACE again and am expecting to see another 22 lbs gone by the end of the year.  I didn't gain it overnight, so I'm ok with it coming off slowly and steadily! Some girls are lucky and lose all their weight in 6 months.  I'm over 40, and have a slow metabolism, so I don't expect those results.  I'm just thrilled it is coming off and staying off! I still want to lose another 60 lbs or so total, so by this time next year I hope to be at my goal, thanks to ACE!  

The best part (besides feeling good and energized) has been watching all my clothes get saggy, baggy big! I've been able to wear some things from my closet and drawers that are from several years ago to get me by.  I don't want to shop for new clothes until I reach a goal I set for myself when I started! Almost there, but not quite.  I can't wait to go shopping for some new clothes! (I'm down 2 shirt sizes and at least 1 pant size, so far!)

If you want to order ACE yourself, I'd love to be your Associate and help you on your weight loss journey.  For me, starting ACE has been life-changing.   And if you are looking for a rewarding job that you can work on your schedule - ACE is it! I barely put a post on FB that it's back in stock and I have emails, online orders and pm's to meet people locally with it.  I have a hard time keeping it in stock, and a few times my upline has been out too - ACE is taking over everywhere! 

Here are a few more testimonials, and if you are ready to try it yourself, here's my store! It's on sale today and tomorrow to celebrate this update!

At the end of the year I'm going to do my own first side-by-side photo - I want it to be a bigger number than I'm at now, lol!   Please check out my facebook group - - I share lots of pics, recipes etc on there and would love to have y'all like my page!

Thanks very much for reading this ~ I just wanted to share an update.  I've had that little weight loss counter up top for all year, since I decided to lose 60 lbs this year.  I lost the first 10 on my own, and now almost another 30 with the help of ACE!  So keep an eye on that and I'll update it the first of each month.

If you are interested in a career with Saba, please send me an email ~ justkiddingaroundatlanta AT gmail DOT com.  :)  I would love to have you on my team and it doesn't matter where you live in the US, you can still be on my team, help others and make money!!  Thanks again, and y'all have a blessed Sunday!

(If you would be interested in an ACE giveaway, leave me a comment below.  If there is enough interest, I will do one soon! But I need to see how many of y'all would be interested!)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Free Snickers Bites coupon!

Snickers is giving away 10,000 coupons per day on their Facebook page for FREE Snickers Bites!  So hurry over and like their page for your chance to get one!  I just tried (12:50 pm Friday, 9/13) and got mine.

If they are out of coupons for the day, try again tomorrow - this is happening daily through 9/16!

Hip Hip Hooray for free chocolate!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Lorax BluRay DVD & free Growing Up Online ebook!

How did YOU teach your children to surf the web safely?  

The More You Know Learning Series, in collaboration with NBC News, has launched Growing Up Online, the FREE eBook for parents to keep their kids safe on the Internet!

Our kids have never known a world without the Internet. They’re spending more and more time on the web, so teaching them about using technology responsibly and safely is critical. Use the #GrowingUpOnline Blog App and take the quiz to see if your child is ready to safely surf the web!

Download the FREE Growing Up Online eBook and be sure to watch all four entertaining comic book stories as a family, which show real situations that may occur when your kids go online.

This free eBook provides easy-to-use information that addresses the growing concern about kids’ online privacy and cyberbullying in a unique and engaging way. Growing Up Online is packed with important tips that every parent should know!

Download these 6 tips to keep your kids safe online!

Growing Up Online wants to give one of my readers a copy of The Lorax BluRay DVD! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below! There are lots of ways to enter!

Free Samples: coffee, conditioner & more!

Good morning!! I've got a few free sample opportunities to share this morning! Hope you are able to get them all! What freebies do you like best? Leave me a comment below this post and I'll try to find what you're looking for!

Get a free sample of Maxwell House International Cafe coffee here!

Sign up for a free sample of Rosemary, Lemon & Garlic Salt!

Garnier Nutris Triple Nutrition Fortifying Conditioner sample from Walmart!

Get samples of Snapple K-cups and Airborne Immune Supplement from Target!

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Free Sample Tums Chewy Delights from Target

Head over to Target to request your free sample of new Tums Chewy Delights ~ you will have a couple of easy questions to answer and then you submit your mailing information, confirm it is correct and voila ~ a free sample will be on the way to your mailbox!

Friday, September 6, 2013

FREE Sample Maybelline FitMe Shine Free Foundation!

Head over here to get your FREE sample of Maybelline FitMe Shine Free Foundation! Leave me a comment if you are lucky and get one! Samples are limited, so hurry!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Stone Mountain's Yellow Daisy Festival is THIS weekend!!

We are way too excited here, because tomorrow, we get to go to The Yellow Daisy Festival! Yippppeeeee!   If you are a regular reader of Just Kidding Around Atlanta, you know how much we LOVE Stone Mountain Park.  It's one of the best attractions in Atlanta for families!  The Yellow Daisy Festival is just as fun as every thing else the Park offers up!  Shopping, festival food, shopping, music, shopping, and did I mention the fabulous shopping?!  Read on for all the details!

Stone Mountain Park hosts the 45th Annual Yellow Daisy Festival 

Voted one of the top three arts & crafts shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event and winner of multiple awards by the Southeast Festival and Events Association.

Thursday, September 5: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, September 6: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 7: 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 8: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Despite its growth from a small arts & crafts show to the four day event that it has become today, the Yellow Daisy Festival Presented by Humana continues to be a big show with a small-town feel. The mission of re-connecting families and friends with fun, shopping, live entertainment and good food has remained constant over the past forty-three years. Multi-generations of mothers, daughters and grandmothers meander the wooded trails together in search of the perfect item.

More than 400 artists and crafters from 38 States and two countries display their works for your appreciation and purchase. Daily live entertainment, Children's Corner activities, and crafter demonstrations throughout the event as well as fabulous festival foods.

Yellow Daisy Festival is free with paid parking admission. Vehicle entry to the park is $10 for a one day permit or $35 for an annual permit.

I will add pictures after our visit tomorrow, so come back this weekend! And if you are in Atlanta, make plans to visit The Yellow Daisy Festival - it's open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine!  You can knock out most of your Christmas shopping in one day!

We had so much FUN!! Here are some pictures ~ please try to go this weekend and check out this super-fun festival!!

Right inside the festival, looking towards the vendor section! Music stage is to the right.

We were the 2nd set of people in for this fun craft event hosted by Michaels.
We made some fun daisy-themed Mod Podge necklaces! 

Who doesn't love Bubbles?! 

Ford has a huge display set up - you can check out cars and trucks, play games for fun prizes, and enter to win a new Ford vehicle! We had a blast, and walked away with cups and reusable shopping bag prizes!

Looking from the Ford display over towards the back of one row of vendors! 

David won us each a shopping bag ~ he got the 2nd highest score of the day (as of 10:15 am, lol!)

Children's Corner. Nothing going on when we were there, except a sand art activity that cost $5 and up, depending on size.  

The vendors don't allow photos back there so I didn't take any others (the one below I asked permission for!)  Some of the cool things we saw today include: 

Brandles - candles made in containers of your favorite brands - think liquor bottles, soda bottles, etc., Homemade Sugar Scrubs, Maple Sugar Candy and Maple Syrups, 
Adorable Children's clothes, dolls, UGA signs, metal sculptures, Barbecue Sauces, awesome-smelling candied almonds and pecans, stone cutting boards, soaps, and so much more!! Lots of holiday-themed products for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas!  
I'm not kidding when I say you can do all your Christmas shopping here!

Tasty dips & soups to sample ~  and yes, we sampled and bought a little packet of butter garlic sauce for dipping your bread ~ yummmm!

For his treat, he chose grasshopper fudge (mint/chocolate, not the bug!)   Oh, and see his cool necklace? He made that, plus another one for his sister at the Michaels trailer! 

After walking through the entire Festival, he wanted to take a break under the shade for a few minutes to enjoy his fudge!

I was thinking there would be some great food trucks, but mostly saw restaurants there today  - Roly Poly, Chick Fil A, Sonny's, Moe's, etc.... there was a sushi/noodle truck and a grilled food truck, but it wasn't open when we passed by for this pic...

There was this food truck ~ and I was proud of myself for not trying a cupcake, they looked very good!

Plenty of shaded seats if you need a break or want to sit and eat ~ 

After we left the Festival, we drove around the mountain to the playground - it's a great big, circular play structure. David had a ball today! 

We LOVE Stone Mountain Park!! 
Thanks so very much for letting us visit the Yellow Daisy Festival today!

Stone Mountain Park provided me with a pass to attend the Festival and a t-shirt from the Yellow Daisy Festival in exchange for writing about the Festival.  However, all opinions in this post are my own and were not influenced by receiving these items from SMP.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

BumLuv Cloth Diapers

Hope y'all are enjoying this holiday weekend.  I have another giveaway for you ~ this one is FUN! If you've got little ones in your life, you'll love it!

If I say cloth diapers, do you get a mental image of white cloth diapers, big bulky pins, and stinky diaper pails? I used to think that too, until my friend Gaye & her daughter Elysabeth showed me the awesome cloth diapers Elysabeth sells through her company BumLuv Cloth Diapers.   Elysabeth is a mom of two, and both her kids use these adorable cloth diapers.  I had no idea how far cloth diapering had come in the last 20 years.  These are size adjustable so you don't have to buy them for every age.  They grow with your baby!

Here's some info from Elysabeth about why you should give cloth diapers a try:


  •  Better for the Environment
    • Disposable diapers are the 3rd largest one-time-use item in our garbage.
    • Disposable diapers take over 300 years to decompose in our landfills. Even “Eco-Friendly” composting diapers can’t break down in our air-tight trash piles
  • Better for Baby
    • Cloth diapered babies have less diaper rash
    • Many disposable diapers contain harmful chemicals, such as Sodium Polyacrylate, which was banned from tampon use for causing Toxic Shock Syndrome.
  • Better for your Wallet
    • Over the course of two years, your family could save over $2,000 by switching to cloth. You can save even more if you also use cloth wipes.
  • It’s So Easy
    • Wash once on cold, once on hot. Tumble dry the inserts and wipes, Hang the pockets to dry. Done!
  • They are Adorable!
    • BumLuv diapers come in lots of colors and prints, sure to complement any outfit or personality!

Now lets take a look at some of my favorites!

These are really easy to care for, and if you can save that much money over two years, why wouldn't you?! If I still had little ones I would totally be using these! Now I'll just have to wait for grandbabies.  I think I need to buy some to put away until that day comes! 

Here is sizing info on BumLuv diapers: 

newborn diapers fits babies from appx. 3.5 lbs to 18 lbs 

One size diapers fit babies/toddlers appx 8 lbs all the way to potty training! (appx 40 lbs) 

The bamboo diapers come with two inserts, and all others come with one insert.  

Elysabeth is going to give one lucky winner a diaper of their choice! All you have to do is enter through the rafflecopter widget below.  

And if you just can't wait to try BumLuv Cloth Diapers, she is offering a special to my readers ~ just mention JKAA and you will receive a free insert with any order! YAY! Thanks, Elysabeth!!