Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Free Granola Bar & Gold Bond Lotion

FREE Cascadian Farm Chocolate Chip Granola Bar

Gold Bond Ultimate® Soothing Skin Therapy Lotion

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Promoting Your Business Using Social Media

Many of you 'met' me on my Bella Casa - Decorating on a Budget blog. And I am so glad that you have joined the other 5 people to read what I am up to over here at bella casa news ;)

I notice that many of my blogging friends have etsy shops or other online shops, but are only advertising them on their main blog. There are so many other outlets to get the word out about what you are selling, such as:

  • Twitter - a social media avenue to help promote your blog and business in 140 characters or less. I love twitter, you have real time conversations with people all over the world, you may even make a few friends, too. You can follow me here.

  • Entrecard - a place to meet other bloggers by visiting their sites and 'dropping' your card on their site. There are many etsy folks on Entrecard, so it is probably a great place to network with other creative minds. Actually, if I were selling something, I would make up a brand new blog just for my shop and then use that blog for EntreCard & all business inquiries. You can find me here and Bella Casa here.

  • Project Wonderful - this is a way for you to advertise for pennies on other people's blogs. If you set up an ad on your site, you can also make money from ads being placed on your blog. The most used ads are the 125 x 125 size. My Bella Casa ad was designed by Kim at JA Blog Graphics for $5. This was a really great price and you can use it on all of your sites to promote your business, truly a bargain price!

Well, these are just a few ideas that I have. I am sure there are even more things that you can do to promote your business on the web. Facebook and MySpace also come to mind as well as any Message Boards that you participate on, etc.

How do you promote your business on the web (and elsewhere)?

Monday, December 29, 2008

Free Sample of Total Cranberry Crunch Cereal

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Sounds yummy!

Monday, December 15, 2008

And The Winner Is...

December 15th, 2008

The winner of the $50 gift certificate for is:

Research Randomizer Results 1 Set of 1 Unique Numbers Per Set

Range: From 1 to 61 — Unsorted Job Status:

Set #1: 5

And the 5th person to post an entry was:

Mary from
Everyday Babsteps

Congratulations, Mary!!!

Please contact me as soon as you can so I can get you in touch with Ira from

Thanks everyone for participating, and I hope to be bringing you more giveaways soon.

If you would like to order a gorgeous photo canvas from, remember to use coupon code: bella15 to save 15% on your order! I love my fiddled photo canvas and know I will be ordering from them in the future.

Thanks again!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Welcome To My New Blog…How About A Giveaway???

December 9th, 2008

Hi Friends!

Welcome to my new blog, Bella Casa News. I'm so glad you popped on over to visit me! I still need to make it pretty over here, but for now, the new digs will just have that minimalistic look ;)

I will still be over at
Bella Casa blog, I just wanted to start a new blog where I will post money saving tips, blogging tips and product reviews, as well as giveaways.

My first giveaway on Bella Casa News is a GREAT one, too….just take a look…

Here is my youngest son, Robert when he was about 2 years old…it is one of my favorite pictures of him, I just want to squeeze his sweet rosy cheeks whenever I see it!

Now, take a look at this, isn't is gorgeous???

It's an 18 x 18 color canvas of my sweet little Robert! I couldn't love it anymore if I tried…it really, truly is a work of art!

I received this beautiful canvas of Robert from Ira at
PhotoFiddle. Have you ever heard of them? They have been featured on Oprah's O List, The New York Times and The Today Show.

All you do, is visit their site, upload a photo, pick your size and cost…it's so simple! And to save 15%, just enter coupon code: bella15 . There are many sizes and styles to choose from, too. Such as charcoal, oil canvas and many other fun styles. I chose Color Pencil Sketch for Robert's picture.

Would you like a chance to win a $50 gift certificate? Then, please, visit their site and comment here on what style you would pick and what picture you would pick to be fiddled!

For extra entries:

  • Mention this giveaway on Twitter.

  • Blog about this giveaway on your blog.

  • Stumble this blog post.

Leave a separate entry for each of your extra entries.

Make sure to leave a link if you post about this, or your twitter or Stumble account name if you earn an entry that way.

I will pick a winner next Monday, December 15th.

Good Luck and thanks again for visiting my new blog, I hope you'll visit me again soon!

PS: If you can't wait to find out if you are the winner, you can place an order here and use coupon code: bella15 to save 15% !!!

More info on

The site went online in June 2004 and not to long after the launch we received a bit of press from the Washington Post, USA Today, PC Magazine & more. The Washington Post called us "buzz worthy", USA Today reviewed our photo on canvas and picked us as the best, and PC Mag rated us 4 out of 5 stars. What really put on the map was when Oprah put us on the O list in 2006. Since then we have become one of the top sites on the Internet. Our current Alexa traffic rating is 182,995. More recently, the Today Show picked as a great DIY decorating idea, the CBS Early Show featured us as a best Mother's Day gift idea, and the New York Times editor wrote a great article including was recently voted by the viewers of the CNBC show "The Next Big Idea" as a million dollar idea.