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The always popular 25 Days of Christmas series will be starting December 1, 2012 and I thought this year it would be fun to get you involved, plus have a fun giveaway for all my amazing readers.

Just submit a short guest post for the 25 Days of Christmas on one of the following topics for your chance to enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

  • Holiday Recipe
  • Homemade Gift Idea/Instructions
  • Holiday Craft or Do-It-Yourself Project

Your submission may be selected to appear on the In Good Cents 25 Days of Christmas Series!

**Bloggers, this is also a opportunity to promote your own website during the holidays. Add a short author bio with a link to your website in the “About the Author” field.

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Four (4) lucky In Good Cents reader will be randomly selected to win a FREE $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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This giveaway is part of the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, which is filled with wonderful gift ideas for you, plus exclusive coupon codes to help you save on your holiday shopping!

Just after Thanksgiving, it will be time to send out your holiday cards, so you’ll need beautiful photos of your family to personalize those cards. Finding an affordable Indianapolis photographer who can handle uninterested little ones and impatient husbands is always a challenge.

Plus, for grandparents, parents, and other family members, photos always make a great gift. You can give them as is or use them to create personalized gifts like t-shirts, mousepads, coffee mugs, quilts, and more.

On our wall hangs a photo of our son when he was just a few months old between the girls latest school photos. Considering that he’s now 3, I was obviously in desperate need of new family photos!

We headed to Coxhall Gardens, which is a beautiful park in Carmel, Indiana. With all the fun architecture and spaces, there were tons of great spots for photos. Unfortunately, there was also a lot to distract my little ones, but Shannon did an amazing job of capturing their personalities and getting us great family photos, while letting them enjoy the park.

I loved that instead of working against my kids, she worked with them, asking them where they’d like their photo taken and giving them jobs to keep them involved. Plus, because the children were enjoying the session, they even cooperated enough to get a photo or two of me with my wonderful husband.

Keep in mind, fall is the perfect time to capture the changing colors in the cool outdoors!

About Photo Sessions

Full, two-hour family photography sessions are $100 and include your choice of date and Indianapolis area location. Session covers up to 4 persons, with small fees for additional persons. Unlimited props and wardrobe changes throughout the two hours. A MINIMUM of 30 photos are available for viewing and ordering in regular color, black and white, and urban/vintage options on a password-protected website. Wide variety of prints, Christmas Cards, Float Wraps, Canvases, and Albums are available for purchase.

30-minute mini-sessions are $50 and available for specific dates, times, and locations in the Indianapolis Area. See www.lanterntreephotography.blogspot.com for specific details. Mini-sessions include up to 4 persons, with small fees for additional persons. 10-15 photos are available for viewing and ordering in regular color, black and white, and urban/vintage options on a password-protected website. Wide variety of prints, Christmas Cards, Float Wraps, Canvases, and Albums are available for purchase. Mini-sessions also come with a $25 coupon code toward online purchases.

Exclusive Savings

Use the Lantern Tree Photography coupon igc20off to save 20% off full sessions and gift cards for sessions and prints at checkout!

Coupon expires December 15, 2012.

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One (1) lucky In Good Cents reader will win a FREE Holiday Gift Package from Lantern Tree Photography valued at $125 that includes:

  • Lantern Tree Photography Family Sessio
  • $25 credit toward prints

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I’ve been told I have some weird kids, since they happily eat salad and other foods not typically on the kid-friendly food list. I promise you though, getting our kids to eat their vegetables takes some creativity!

You see that delicious strawberry smoothie pictured above? It has carrots blended into it, along with strawberries, mango, and cauliflower. My kids know this, but love it so much they gobble them down. In fact, I always make too much, then put our left over smoothie in small containers and freeze them for lunchboxes. They keep their food cold and are just melted enough for them to enjoy by the time lunch rolls around. That way they are getting vegetables, dairy, and fruit in their bellies at lunchtime – guaranteed!

But, my favorite way to get vegetables in their belly willingly is to have them do the cooking (or at least the assembly). Not only does it give me a night off from cooking, but usually guarantees plates will be emptied without a fight.

Our favorite quick meal, especially for chaotic evenings, is Kiddie Kabobs. Basically, we lay out random foods from all the food groups and the children build their own kabobs, then enjoy them!

Kids Make Dinner Ideas

Taste Tester Corn Jalapeno Dip Recipe by Birds Eye

When it comes to my kids, everything tastes better with dip! We dip food in yogurt, cheese, and just about anything to add some fun to our  meal, but when dip becomes the meal it’s even better.

While I use to have to pull out my large steamer to get vegetables cooked in a more healthy fashion, it took so much time and wasn’t that much fun to clean. That’s why I love Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables.

Ingredients

Recipe Directions

Cook the Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables according to directions.

Mix 1/2 cup sour cream with the entire package of Birds Eye Steamfresh Broccoli Cuts or Florets.

In tortilla bowls or bowls, evenly layer Birds Eye Steamfresh Chef’s Favorites Lightly Seasoned Southwestern Corn, 1 cup of cheese, tomatoes, broccoli mixture, guacamole, remaining sour cream, and jalapeno.

When done, sprinkle with remaining cheese to finish.

Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite dippers. You could use vegetables, like carrots for dippers or try something like pita bread or pretzels. Or crunch up the tortillas and make a taco salad out of it!

I have to admit, the thought of broccoli in dip didn’t sound appealing, but these were absolutely delicious! We all gobbled ours down, even my anti-vegetable husband who is more trouble than my kids.

Kid-Friendly Recipes from Birds Eye

You can get more Kid-Friendly meal ideas and tips to get your children happily eating in my Kid-Friendly Meals Series an find more delicious recipes for kids on Birds Eye Facebook page.

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One (1) lucky In Good Cents reader will win (5) coupons for one FREE package of Birds Eye vegetables (up to $3.49 in value), plus a $50 gift card.

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I have two daughters and remembering how delicate my self esteem was while growing up, how to empower them to be comfortable in their own skin one is often on my mind.

To help inspire girls to understand they are beautiful and bold, Dove provides Dove’s Movement for Self EsteemWith every Dove Bundle you purchase at Walmart in store or online, you’ll get a FREE ZinePak valued at $7 that includes:

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  • 80-page Bold & Beautiful magazine with tips to look and feel your best
  • CD with 12 songs from popular female artists lik eNelly Furtado, Carly Rae, and more
  • $6 in Dove coupons
  • 108 nail decals

Dove bundles range from $9.25-$18.42 in price online, but in-store prices may vary slightly. You can find Dove coupons in the Coupon Database to help you save in store.

Download a FREE Zinepak preview and see a video that really makes you feel on The Living Project: Live for a Better Life, Better World.

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Four (4) lucky In Good Cents reader will win a FREE $25 Walmart Gift Card to get your own Dove Bundle!

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Here’s a new product to add to your list of deals at Kroger! Buy $5 worth of General Mills participating products and you’ll earn a coupon for $5 off your next purchase at Kroger starting tomorrow. That’s like getting an extra $1 off each General Mills item.

Watch for the Kroger Ad Matchup tomorrow, plus here are a few General Mills printable coupons to get you started.

Betty Crocker Helper Coupons

Pillsbury Toaster Coupons

General Mills Cereal Coupons

Yoplait Coupons

You can find more General Mills coupons in the Coupon Database.

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One (1) lucky In Good Cents reader will win a FREE $25 Kroger Gift Card.

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So many of us struggle with our skin. It’s oily. It’s dry. Itching, acne, blotches… the list goes on and on. Some days it can seem like you were never meant to be comfortable in your own skin. Literally.

At least that’s how it is for me. Every time I go to battle with my oily skin, I end up with dry skin that feels like it’s on fire.  It wasn’t until high school that my mom picked up Neutrogena oil-free facial cleanser that I started to notice an improvement.

Since then, I’ve tried so many Neutrogena products and they’ve never let me down. In fact, my newest favorite are the towelettes, which make it so easy to remove my makeup.

Neutrogena is helping everyone deal with acne problems and busting skin care myths with their new video “So You’ve Heard…“. I didn’t realize that washing your face too often can actually make the problem worse!

Which acne myth shocked you the most?

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One (1) lucky In Good Cents reader will win a FREE Neutrogena Acne Skin Care Package valued at $78.

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit line:

  • Foaming Scrub, Oil-Free Acne Wash
  • Foaming Scrub, Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector
  • Body Clear Body Wash
  • Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes, 25 ct

Neutrogena Acne Products

  • Power-Cream Wash, Oil-Free Acne Stress Control
  • Oil-Free Acne Wash Daily Scrub (2-Pack)
  • Redness Soothing Cream Cleanse Oil-Free Acne Wash

Neutrogena Sun Care

  • Dry-Touch SPF 100 Ultra Sheer Sunblock
  • Clear Face Break-Out Free Liquid-Lotion Sunblock

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