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Enter to Win 2 Tickets to Lantern Fest

by Katie on April 25, 2016

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One of the most memorable events for our family last year was our experience at Lantern Fest at the Kentucky Speedway.  Joined by thousands of others across an expansive field, we wrote messages and sentiments on paper lanterns, and when the signal was given, we lit our lanterns and set them afloat.

Words simply cannot describe the image of thousands of glowing lanterns floating through the night sky.  We dedicated our lantern to my dad who passed away six years ago from Parkinson’s Disease.  It was such a moving experience for our family, and I was incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to participate in such an inspirational event.

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This year’s Lantern Fest will be held at the Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, May 21st.  The gates will open at 4 p.m., and families and friends can enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painting, s’mores, balloon artists, and more.

You’ll want to be sure to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on, a jacket in case the evening gets chilly, snacks for the evening (and why not hot dogs to roast on the fire pit?!), your dancing shoes, and money in case you want to buy a snack or a drink.  Please note, no glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages are permitted.

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Be sure to arrive early enough to park (it’s a $5 fee), check-in, and find a spot to enjoy the Lantern Fest with your family members and friends.  The best part begins when the sun goes down…..when thousands of glowing lanterns will be released!  This will be an unforgettable event as thousands of people come together to light up the sky.

Tickets are currently priced at $35 each for adults and $5 for kids ages 4-12 (kids 3 and under are free!).  However, my readers can save an additional 10% off your ticket purchase when you enter the promotional code cincicents2016 at checkout.

So, on to the giveaway!  One lucky reader will receive two FREE tickets to Lantern Fest!  You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – has your family ever attended Lantern Fest?
  2. Subscribe to Cincinnati Cents’ feed via RSS or e-mail and then leave a comment letting me know that you’ve subscribed. If you already subscribe, leave a comment letting me know that as well.
  3. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  4. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Like Lantern Fest on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you!  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 10th, and it’s open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by Lantern Fest.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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$25 Skyline Chili Gift Card Giveaway

by Katie on February 11, 2016

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With just a few days left before Valentine’s Day, stores are filled to the brim with all the usual gifts…boxes of chocolates, heart-shaped balloons (did you know they now have singing balloons?!), teddy bears, and of course, roses.  Finding that perfect gift for the one you love can be a daunting task, especially if you’d prefer not to choose a cliché gift.

Skyline Chili Gift Cards are not only a “thinking outside of the box” Valentine’s Day gift, but they’re sure to warm your recipient’s heart as well as their stomach this year!  Even though I’m a Cincinnati native, my first visit to Skyline Chili was with my husband on one of our first dates, and it still brings back plenty of fond memories!

If you’re looking for more unique ways to show your love this Valentine’s Day in addition to 3-ways and cheese coneys, Skyline has compiled several heartwarming ideas:

  • Stop by your local fabric store and pick a unique print to make a custom tie blanket.
  • Surprise your special someone when they get home with a balloon gallery of all your favorite photos together from the past year.
  • Purchase a plain matted photo frame and write a note to turn it into a cherished keepsake.
  • Fill a mason jar with a homemade cocoa mix and top with marshmallows for a tasty treat to share.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Skyline Chili would like to offer a $25 Skyline Chili Gift Card to one of my readers.You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – what is your favorite Valentine’s Day gift that you’ve ever received?
  2. Subscribe to Cincinnati Cents’ feed via RSS or e-mail and then leave a comment letting me know that you’ve subscribed. If you already subscribe, leave a comment letting me know that as well.
  3. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  4. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Like Skyline on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you!  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the Skyline Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 18th, and it’s open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by Skyline Chili. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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$25 Skyline Chili Gift Card Giveaway

by Katie on December 10, 2015

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If you’re a Cincinnati native, you’re probably well aware of the delicious-ness that’s associated with Skyline Chili!  From their cheesy 3-ways to their saucy coneys, this is one menu that’s a favorite for most people in the tri-state area.

Skyline Chili is offering customers a $5 bonus this Christmas season.  For every $25 gift card purchased at Skyline Chili from now through December 24th, you’ll receive a FREE $5 gift card for yourself to enjoy your favorite Skyline menu item!

Skyline Chili gift cards are the perfect gift for college students, your local mailman, co-workers, teenage boys (trust me…I have a household full of them!), teachers, family members, and more.

To help celebrate the holiday season, Skyline Chili would like to offer one of my readers a $25 Skyline Chili Gift Card!  You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – what is your favorite menu item at Skyline (if you can pick just one!)?
  2. Subscribe to Cincinnati Cents’ feed via RSS or e-mail and then leave a comment letting me know that you’ve subscribed. If you already subscribe, leave a comment letting me know that as well.
  3. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  4. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Like Skyline on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you!  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the Skyline Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 17th, and it’s open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by Skyline Chili. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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World Vision Royal Silk Scarf Giveaway

by Katie on December 2, 2015

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Over the course of the Christmas season, most Americans plan to make a charitable donation to at least one organization between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  With so many worthy causes available both in the United States and abroad, it’s difficult to decide where to donate.

Throughout the past several years, socially responsible giving has grown in popularity between fairly traded items and products that positively impact society.  However, many consumers are uncertain where to find products of this nature or which items actually make a difference in the world around them.

World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.  It is their mission to work with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

The World Vision Gift Catalog offers more than 250 gifts, starting at just $16 each that help fight poverty and save lives both in the United States and around the world.  The gifts they offer are not only beautiful in a material sense, but a blessing to both the recipient and the people helped by the organization.  There are a wide variety of items available from World Vision:

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Royal Silk Scarf – This gorgeous silk scarf adds color to the holidays and supports the needs of children and families worldwide. The luxurious silk is woven by Vietnam’s Ma Chau villagers, who receive sustainable income through their craft. 

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Balinese Multi-Strand Necklace – This beautiful, draped beaded necklace is handmade by Balinese artisans in a project that helps children in Bali receive an education.

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Mango Wood Beaded Bracelet – Created by a community on the island of Java, these unique bracelets provide a sustainable income to help feed and care for their children – honor the special woman in your life with this gorgeous bracelet.

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Silver Vines Cuff Bracelet – Women and girls will love wearing this elegant adjustable silver cuff bracelet designed by artisans in Old Delhi, India. Each bracelet supports their families through fair trade practices.

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African Soapstone Box –  The hand-carved African Soapstone Box is a perfect place to store necklaces, rings and other trinkets. This ornate handmade gift is etched by talented artisans in Kenya who are using this sustainable resource to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

To help raise awareness of the World Vision Gift Catalog, World Vision would like to offer one of my readers a Royal Silk Scarf.  You have five ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – what will your family be doing this Christmas season to help out those in need?
  2. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  3. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  4. Like World Vision on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Follow the World Vision Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry on this post.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 9th, and is open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by World Vision. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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With Black Friday sales beginning earlier each year, and stores extending their hours of operation, it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of bargains, discounts, and sales.  To help temper the busyness of the Black Friday sales events, Giving Tuesday provides an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

On Tuesday, December 1st, World Vision will partner with Thirty-One Gifts for the 4th annual #GivingTuesday to help charitable donations make twice the impact.  On #GivingTuesday, when you donate to World Vision by phone (1-888-511-6588) or online, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by Thirty-One Gifts.

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Thirty-One Gifts will donate one of their products such as a tote bag or a blanket for each donation made to World Vision, up to a total of one million dollars worth of products!  These bags will be distributed to women and children in need throughout the world.

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They’ll also be sent to those helping out in various communities.  For instance, tote bags from Thirty-One Gifts have been distributed to volunteers in Burundi who utilize these bags to carry materials for educating local families about malnutrition.  Prior to receiving these totes, the volunteers carried everything by hand.  This simple gesture of giving preserves the teaching materials, and makes it easier for volunteers to visit each home.

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One of the simplest ways to donate to World Vision is through the World Vision Gift Catalog, featuring more than 100 ways to improve the lives of children through gifts such as clean water, food, medicine, education, job training, and more.  Gifts start at just $16 and be donated in honor of a loved one.  In 2014 alone, more than 822,000 people were helped through the World Vision Catalog.

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To raise awareness of #GivingTuesday, World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts would like to give away a Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote from Thirty-One Gifts to one of my readers!  Winners may add free embroidery on their tote as well.  

You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – how does your family plan to give back this holiday season?
  2. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  3. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  4. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Like World Vision on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the World Vision Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry on this post.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 25th, and is open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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KidStuff Coupon Savings Book Review & Giveaway

by Katie on November 5, 2015

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I guess it comes as no surprise that I have a special fondness for coupons!  Not only do I save by using coupons at the grocery store, but I also consistently search out coupons for retail stores as well as for activities and events for our family.

The KidStuff Coupon Savings Book is crammed full of coupon savings for retail store purchases, online offers, family activities, and restaurant bargains.  Not only can the KidStuff Book save your family money, but it helps to support local schools at the same time!

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Since 1993, KidStuff has helped schools raise more than 60 million dollars!  The books cost $25, and schools earn at least 50% of each sale with no up-front costs.  So, what exactly do you get in exchange for your $25 purchase?

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In addition to supporting your local schools, the Cincinnati-Area Coupon Savings Book includes coupons for shopping, activities, and food at a variety of locations such as:

  • Macy’s
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Payless Shoes
  • Gymboree
  • Aéropostale
  • Claire’s
  • Charming Charlie
  • Disney Store
  • Lego Store
  • Beach Waterpark
  • Disney on Ice
  • Regal Cinemas
  • Scallywag Tag
  • Web Extreme Entertainment
  • Gameworks
  • Sky Zone Trampoline Park
  • Entertrainment Junction
  • Pizza Hut
  • Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken
  • Orange Leaf
  • Outback Steakhouse

….and hundreds more!  You can find the full listing of coupons in the KidStuff Savings Book here.

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KidStuff would like to offer a FREE coupon savings book to 3 of my readers!  You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – which coupon in this book would be most helpful for your family?
  2. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  3. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  4. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Like KidStuff on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the KidStuff Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry on this post.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 12th, and is open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winners will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by KidStuff. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

You can find more great holiday gift ideas on my 2015 Christmas Gift Guide page.

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Each week, I visit the local library with our two youngest children.  While they peruse the kids’ section of books and movies, I love taking a few minutes to skim through the library’s selection of cookbooks in search of new recipes.  My favorite recipes are those that are not only healthy and delicious, but are budget-friendly as well.

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day is a cookbook that embraces all of those factors.  Leanne Brown, the author of the book, set out on a mission to help families eat healthy, nutritious meals that are also affordable.  Knowing that many families in the United States struggle to put food on the table for their families, Leanne created a cookbook that is filled with recipes that are very budget-conscious, but at the same time, are filled with delicious flavor.

The book is broken down into several categories such as breakfast, soup and salad, snacks, dinner, big batches, pantry, drinks, and desserts.  In addition to the recipes, Leanne offers some very practical suggestions for families as well.

For instance, she outlines more than a dozen tips for planning ahead and for grocery shopping in order to help families stretch their budget while creating delicious meals.  She also has a section that helps families repurpose leftovers into a variety of innovative meals as well as foods that are best to keep on hand for basic recipes.

Good and Cheap is definitely not your average cookbook.  Tucked into its pages, you’ll find such recipes as chocolate zucchini muffins, butternut squash soup, Mexican street corn, mashed celery root, pulled pork, lemon hummus, caramelized bananas, and many more.

My favorite part of Good and Cheap is the author’s dedication to those in need.  For every book that is purchased, a book is donated to someone who needs it.  Plus, for those families who cannot afford the book but are still searching for healthy meals on a budget, the recipes are available online as a free download – how awesome is that?!

So, I hope I’ve whet your appetite, because Leanne Brown would like to give one of my readers a free copy of Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day!  You have 5 ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – which meal is hardest for your family to find creative solutions for?
  2. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  3. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  4. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  5. Like Good and Cheap on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry on this post.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 9th , and is open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by Leanne Brown. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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