Gotta Have It!


4 Comments 28 June 2010

So here’s a new one for the JonesLife blog: a contest with real freebies for the winner! The creators of the widget you see below have teamed up with CoolSculpting, a cosmetic procedures company, to offer the readers of this blog and others a chance to win a free CoolSculpting procedure. All you have to do is click through the items shown below (on this post) and ‘grab’ the ones you like. Here are the specific rules:

  • You must grab at least 3 items in the widget. Hover over an item to see the grab button.
  • You must comment on at least 3 items in the widget
  • You must make all comments in the widget (not at the bottom of the post)
  • You must add your email to your comments (so they know how to identify the winner)

It’s as simple as that! CoolSculpting will judge the comments based on the quality and helpfulness of the comments. The winner will receive a free CoolSculpting procedure at a doctor that provides the service near them! Please make sure you leave your comments on the widget below for the purposes of this contest! The contest ends in two weeks and is open to US and Canadian residents only.

In addition to leaving your comments on the widget, feel free to email us or post a comment to the blog to let us know if you like this sort of thing and would like to see more of it in the future. Here is the widget:


And before I go, I wanted to let you know we are really, really busy – even more so than before – but as usual, it is all a really good, fun kind of busy! Second, we cannot talk much about anything that may end up on the new episodes of the show and videos are an absolute no-no so it kind of limits the blog topics quite a bit. Hopefully we can work something out with TLC to allow us to blog a bit more once filming is complete, but we are more than happy with the freedom they have allowed us…(apparently we have a bit more liberty than others because the blog was well established at the time TLC entered the scene). Thank you, TLC, for allowing us to continue blogging…your viewers love keeping up with the JonesLife while they wait for the new episodes to air!! :)

Good luck on the contest!


Change Anyone?

Gotta Have It!

Change Anyone?

3 Comments 06 January 2010


2009 – oh, what a year it was!  The year just gone by will forever be remembered in the Jones house as the year of change…big, ginormously big, dramatic, life-altering (sometimes excruciatingly so), mind-bending CHANGE!!  Of course, you are reading this blog so there is a 99.9% chance that you know the reason for all of this…hmm, what is another word for change…how about this:  ADAPTATION. Obviously, the Fab Five had an impact on our family that will never be undone, which is a really, really awesome part of the change that has happened in our lives.  But what I do not refer to very often on the blog, but has no doubt been a very active participant in the remaking of the Jones family dynamic, is the financial side of our world since, well, January…2009.  Like I said, oh what a year it has been!

I won’t go into details, but I am sure you can imagine the enormity of the impact that bringing five babies into your world can have on the bank account.  Couple that with The Great Recession we have all endured the past 18+ months and you have one heck of an ADAPTATION in the battle to balance the budget!  (You like that…adaptation?  I’m a walking thesaurus ;-)) I know that we are, unfortunately, in very crowded company where the money pinch is concerned so I put together a collection of tips, tricks, and little known freebies that will help us all with that wonderful TRANSITION into the brave, new world of pinching those pretty, under-appreciated pennies (hmm…I think I like adaptation better, but transition is probably more accurate).

For example, did you know that Wal-Mart gives away stuff…for free…all the time?  I had no idea…until now!  Music, product samples, and all kinds of free software tools to help you manage your diet, your days, and your dollars are all offered for, as my Spanish-speaking friends would say, “gratis…por nada!”  (That means free for all you gringos out there.)  Did you know that they also have a whole website dedicated to clearance items and also an online auction site similar to Craigs List and Ebay where you can save major bucks on the things you need every day?  Pretty awesome stuff!  But the list isn’t just all about products; there is also an article with 50 different money saving tips, another site that lists Amazon’s coupon codes for the month of January, and a site that offers free budget software and budgeting tips to help you corral the cash in times of…REVOLUTION (oooh, I like that one…sounds so stickin’-it-to-the-man~ish!).

So play around with the widget and START SAVING TODAY!!  That’s how the commercials say it, right? I am pretty certain that most of us reading this blog have had to do some major belt-tightening this past year so let’s help each other out by sharing your own stories of how you’ve been able to ride the waves of CHANGE to a brighter, happier day!!

Gotta Have It!

Gotta Have It!

Gotta Have It!

2 Comments 22 November 2009

I’ve been working with a new company to enhance the interaction between me and the readers as well as between readers and other readers through the JonesLife website.  In essence, we are looking to foster a community on this site and this is where we begin.

Scroll through the collection below to see our favorite blogs, charities and products. If the item is a something you like, you can click the picture to see more info!

Click the “grab” button to instantly add any items you like to your own personal collection. You can also rate, add your comments, and recommend more cool stuff that you think will benefit the entire JonesLife community!

Let me know what you think by posting a comment to this blog or sending me an email. As more readers begin to interact on the tool, the more relevant the items and recommendations will become.


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