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It's been a long time coming!

Sorry for my absence these last couple of months. Starting today I am making my blog new again :O) I have removed some posts for editing and changed things up a bit so let me know how you like it and any suggestions that you may have for me. Also while I work on getting up and running again please check out some of my favorite bloggers. Many have some great giveaways going on as we speak.

It's My Side of Life has several great giveaways going on this week. She is an amazing blogger with just about everything you could want in a blog.

Coupon Clippin' Daddy is a great coupon blogging site that can help you get the most for your money and also find great giveaways and promotions.

Bargain Hound can help you with anything from coupons and the best deals to giveaways and product reviews.

Cookin' With Super Pickle has about every treat and recipe you could want with a homemade twist. With the holidays coming this is one of my favorites.

And last but not least if you are looking for inspiration in life check out Baron Batch he always has words that make you think.

Now off I go I hope you enjoy these blogs while I get mine together.

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