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DawnsDelights: October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011


Blank Project Design Mug
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Chunky Bling Giveaway!!!!

Chunky Bling has so generously offered one of you, my readers, a chance to win a Swarovski Ring, your choice of color and style! There are so many colors and styles and combos of jewelry and watches! I have been checking out their stuff and I came across a Mothers Birthstone Bracelet!  I think I need one, to keep those loved ones close! Beaded chunky jewelry is really popular and I think these are great!

Mothers Bracelet

They have created a coupon code (DAWN 846) just for MY readers! Use it to get any watch set for just $24.95 (this is a really good deal)! This coupon will be good through Nov 21, 2011.

Beaded Watches

Here is a little info about these Rings:

What is a Bead Ring?

Swarovski rings feature elegant Swarovski crystals and Swarovski pearls set in rhinestone-crusted rondelles and accented with sterling-silver findings. All are strung on a stretchy cord which allows them to easily slip on and off of your finger, allowing flexible, comfortable sizing. This is great for me, because my
ring size changes a lot since I had my 4 kids.

An interesting fact from the Chunky Bling site! About "Swarovski is the brand name for a line of precision-cut crystal and glass products produced in Austria. Swarovski first entered the US market in 1977. Since then, Swarovski crystals and pearls have become famous for their unparalleled quality and lustor. Swarovski jewelry is sought after by jewelry enthusiasts and fashionistas around the world. Our ring designs prominently feature Swarovski crystals and pearls accented by rhinestone rondelles and sterling silver."

You can also host an online jewelry party, earn free Jewelry!!!!

Mandatory Entry Requirement:

The first and minimum entry requirement for my giveaway, please visit the Chunky Bling website and select your favorite watch band and face combination! Come back here and comment on this post, on my blog, the name of your selected jewelry combination! Go To the Build Your Own Watch page to make your selections!

The following are optional entry requirements that will give you better chances of winning!

Additional entry methods (leave a comment for each):

1. Participate in our Name That Bling contest.

1. follow Dawns Delights on Google friend connect (1 entry)

2. follow Dawns Delights on Networked Blogs (1 entry)

3. tweet about this contest, be sure to include your time stamp in your comment (1 entry per day)

4. blog about this giveaway, be sure to include a link in your comment (1 entry)

5. "LIKE" the Chunky Bling Facebook page (1 entry)

6. follow Dawns__Delights on twitter (1 entry)

7. like the Dawns Delights Studio Facebook Page (1 entry)

The fine print: Giveaway deadline is Monday November 14th, 2011 at 11:59 PM, EST. Winner will be chosen the following day via Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Make sure I have a valid email address. Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 or older.  Email addresses will not be sold or used in any other way than to notify the winner.

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Paper Coterie Giveaway Winners

Thank you all for making this Giveaway Fun and successful. The 4 Winners of the $30.00 Gift Certificates are using

The numbers generated by this widget come from RANDOM.ORG's true random number generator. I will add the widgets later when I am at a computer that I can access the widgets.

I Follow Dawns Delights through Facebook - Gina H

By Gina on Paper Coterie Giveaway on 10/13/11

I follow via GFC as Mercedes!

Followed Paper Coterie on Facebook and Twitter ( Kaylie Nguyen and ckaylie777) ckaylie777 at hotmail dot com
By Kaylie on Paper Coterie Giveaway on 10/15/11


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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sharing Your Memories

You have created wonderful, breath taking digital layouts of family that you want to share with your loved ones this Holiday Season. Over at CanvasPeople is offering a free 8 x 10 photo canvas (just pay shipping) OR 40% off any larger canvas + free shipping as a special introductory deal! Remember 2 Canvas are always better than 1 and with 40% off + free shipping on larger sizes, you can get the size you want even cheaper!

Choose your own photographs to be placed on a lovely canvas, or from the many photographs they have to choose from.


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Snapfish 300 Prints for $3.00

For the next few days, you can print all those wonderful Fall Activities, Hay Rides, Halloween, and scrap them for pennies just in time for the Holiday gatherings. Visit by HP

300 Prints for $3 Code: SPOOKY 300 and 100 prints for $1 Code: SPOOKY100 Exp: 11/6/2011

The witch we put up this year. The little ones love it.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Free My Memories Layout

Here is another FREE cute little layout to share with everyone. 

This Digital Kit Includes:
2 Digital Papers
5 Page Elements
2 Quick Pages

Dont forget to use this $10.00 discount code on your digital Software, STMMMS36408. When you get your software there will be an additional $10.00 to use on any of the wonderful kits available..

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Here is the latest coupons from Glade and

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Free Shipping Family Tree Maker 2012

I got my newest edition of Family Tree maker 2012 a couple weeks ago, and love it. Get FREE Shipping and Build Your Tree with Family Tree Maker 2012. Many love the tree sync feature that allows you to share the information with other family members on Ancestry easily.

Family Tree Maker 2012

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Volunteer Researchers

We all are aware of sites such as,,, however one thing that many aren't aware of is all the volunteer researchers out there. Organizations such as Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness, Find a Grave, Names in Stone, are wonderful resources to find information that you don't have access to. Many can retrieve old land documents, marriage records, they will know where and who to talk to get the information for you if it is available. As a Volunteer, it is a great honor to help others solve the mystery, take one more brick down in their quest to complete their family tree.

One individual I took a request for wanted a photograph of a Grandma and her son. He couldn't locate the Grandfather. Turned out there were 3 Generations of the same name for the males, when I went to the cemetery on the back of the stone was a list of family, and next to the Grandmother's grave was that of the Grandfather. 

The back of this headstone helped clear up the confusion. It was set in between the two individuals and had a list of Father, Mother, children on the back. There is one name at the bottom that I will go and do a stone rubbing for, it was a child's name and different last name. At the time there was snow on the ground and limited the amount of time I could apply to photographing the details of the stones.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Memories Freebie

My Memories is very flexible and adaptable. My regular laptop is getting a new hard drive so I have "pieced" together different working parts into an old laptop. It is working alright and my projects have still been just as quick and easy. has another layout for free. Their site has so many different freebies, always something new and fresh for any and all scrapbookers.

This Digital Kit Includes:
  • 9 Page Elements
  • 2 Quick Pages

My Aunt Pat and Uncle Dave Kistle 

Dont forget to use this $10.00 discount code on your digital Software, STMMMS36408. When you get your software there will be an additional $10.00 to use on any of the wonderful kits available..

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Slideshow of old family photos.

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook
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This scrapbook customized with Smilebox

I wanted to share the different technologies available to preserve and highlight those wonderful old photographs. This one is made with Smilebox, they have different formats to fit everyone's different needs. Create, share, and preserve digital scrapbooks in minutes! You can email it, post it, print it, or burn it to DVD.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Real Work at Home Jobs.

As a mom, I have always looked for something that fit our family. Being a blogger has worked well for my family. But I constantly am looking to help others find their fit. There are companies out there that ask for a start up fee, those are businesses, and then there are jobs with real companies you work for. It all depends on what the mom is looking for. The Homejobstop site has been a few years and was featured in Yahoo! in 2009. It has everything listed from customer service, blogging, transcribing, lots of job opportunities.

It's worth the time to check out, it's a free site, free to join. So check out Make Money Online! Visit the Internet's Leading Work From Home Job Bank.

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QVC The Joy of Christmas

Celebrate the Joy of QVC! From October 17 to October 23, The Joy of Christmas Week will be stuffed with events that you can't miss! Join QVC as they reveal their new holiday look and unveil this season's style, and be sure to check out their 50 Gifts Under $50 on And they are giving you a little extra joy every day all season long by offering Easy Pay on every Today's Special Value® now through Christmas Eve. Experience the Joy of Christmas with special low prices and new items added daily all this week on!

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Upcoming Giveaway

It is getting cooler, we are spending more time indoors with loved ones. The Holiday season is approaching fast. I am hosting a Giveaway for Chunky Bling on November 1, through November 14, 2011. You design your own watches, rings, necklaces with the stones and pearls that you want. Want something unique to the birthstones of your family-done. I just ordered the pink pearl Swarovski ring.

Chunky Bling isn't only a jewelry store but also a place where you can host a jewelry party with friends and family to earn FREE Jewelry. What a lovely opportunity to spend more time with your family.

Mothers Bracelets

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cool Munchkins

As a mom of 4 kids, the youngest three still preschool age, I love finding sites that have neat new items for little ones. I wanted to share tonight this site I stumbled on today, Cool Munchkins. Cool Munchkins is an online store with several baby clothes, swaddle blankets, toys, bath robes, things to sooth your little one into dream land.

Cool Munchkins is a new sponsor of Dawns Delights, I am not paid to write this post, these are my own thoughts on another family owned business.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Organizing your research

First I sort everything by the family surnames into binder inside page protectors. 
Then I arrange all family documents into Location, it also helps break things down into a time line, using Ahnentafel numbering system.

The Ahnentafel is a list of all known ancestors of a specific individual. It charts use a strict numbering scheme to make it easy to see at a glance how they are related to the root individual.

Here are some photos I took tonight of my little system. Some are blurry, I will have to take better pictures when it's not so late at night and the little hands cant get curious.


sheet separators that are labeled by the name and generation link Ahnentafel numbering system.

I will look through more of my stuff to see if there are any other suggestions. My Grandma's cousin "Bubbles" Edna did most of the research on I am confirming with documentation, and linking photos with names. LOL one of my Grandma's Uncle Joseph Akin was quite the ladies man, he had 7 wives all together... Interesting when you are going through photos and try to figure out which wife is standing next to him. And my Grandma's  Grandmother, Mae Durbin out lived 7 husbands herself, so there is a lot of blended family names to be added. Her married name at death was not Durbin, so I needed to find out who she was her last husband. Through an obituary I was able to find that information. 

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Meeting Distant Relatives

I have written about how I love Facebook. Not because of Farmville, or CafeWorld, but for all the re-connections, and discoveries I have found. My Grandparents had divorced before my mother was born, so the most I knew about Grandpa's family was just names and dates. Other than pictures the people behind those photos were a mystery to me. Well as soon as I got up the courage to get on Facebook the first person I searched for was my Grandma's sister in law. I knew that my mother had been in contact with her in the past. Why not see if she was also on Facebook. Well she was and we have had a very nice friendship. This summer during our Las Vegas Trip, my family was able to visit with her Daughter, Sandra. My family really enjoyed sharing our vacation in Las Vegas with her. 

Recently she started a blog of her own, highlighting her business. Her blog is Hard Times Auctions, much better than Storage Wars. I wish her the best on her blog and hope others will check it out.

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Couponing-saving money

So more on the controversial TLC show- Extreme Couponing. One of the ladies was very irresponsible and honestly even though she had multiple transactions. Violated the terms on the coupons. Shelf clearing and 30+ transactions are not only a violation of the terms 4 coupons PER customer, but very RUDE.. Please review your coupons closely with store policy, most of what this show promotes is not REAL life situations. Only once have I had a 98% savings, and that was at Rite Aid, buying clearance items, using coupons and using Wellness card. The norm is 50-60% savings with A LOT of work at first. Then over time like everything else you become a pro...

I highly recommend Jill's Super Couponing DVD

Her DVD will show you how to properly use coupons, and truly save. The way the show promotes it doesn't fully explain the process nor rules you are to follow. Click to view FREE clips from my Super-Couponing® and Super-Couponing® 2 DVDs online. Shipping is a flat $5.95

Some other really helpful sites that have great instruction on saving money is We Use Coupons, Nathan from the first season is Mr. Coupon. This is his site, and very helpful. Another useful site is Pinching your Pennies, this was the first real forum type site I visited. It helped me save so much on a new blue ray player for my husband a few Thanksgivings back. It was great being online browsing the Pre Black Friday sales and getting better deals while in the comfort of my home and being around family.

Sites such,, have great specials on everyday items. Anything from photos, to magazines, travel, coupons, discounts, you name it... And check out my tab on saving money for more links to save money.

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Thank you Blog Hospital

For featuring Dawns Delights on your Blog of the Month. It was a pleasant surprise, and great honor.

The Blog Hospital

The Blog Hospital

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Fun Freebie Wednesday

I am so happy to announce that each Wednesday I will be posting a new digital  kit from My Memories Digital Scrapbooking site, this week I will start off with 2 kits. I just love this site, and love all the creative digital art that they offer. Get the quick page kits and all the elements needed to complete your layout. 

Dont forget to use this $10.00 discount code on your digital Software, STMMMS36408. When you get your software there will be an additional $10.00 to use on any of the wonderful kits available.. 

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Paper Coterie Giveaway

I love that my family has kept every photograph through the years. And now I have the honor of preserving them for future generations. Someday my great grand children will have a well preserved memory books of several generations, along with letters, post cards- that personal touch that is so often lost.

Paper Coterie is one of those companies that provides beautiful books, calendar, decor, and memory keepers to preserve those special moments. One of my personal favorites is the Memory Keepers. They are perfect for those special moments, such as our concert tickets from Paul McCartney live in Sandy, Utah in 2010 with my husband. It was a dream come true for him to see his favorite Singer live... These are also great for the little special cards the kids make for us. 

Another favorite of mine is the Growth Chart for kids. My kids love seeing how much they have grown. I write their name and date each time, and it is something that will last forever. As a military family we often move and this will always be something we can take with us. Doesn't damage walls, doors, is the perfect keepsake.  

So whether you’re looking for a great gift or something for yourself that you’ll treasure forever, you’ll find it at Paper Coterie.

Paper Coterie has generously donated a $30 gift code for (4) lucky winners! 

To enter, comment when each is done to earn more entries:

1. Just stop by Paper Coterie before midnight, Oct 30th and check out their product line.
    Then come back and mention which one you’d order if you won!

2. Follow Dawns Delights through Google Friend Connect, or through Email. 

3. Follow Paper Coterie on Facebook and Twitter

4. Follow Dawns Delights through Facebook

5. Share this giveaway with your Facebook Friends.

6.  Place Dawns Delights Button on your sidebar.

A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter. The winner will then have 2 days to claim their prize.

This will make a perfect keepsake for a loved one and just in time for a loved one. 

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!
This post was written for Paper Coterie who provided the information and item for giveaway. By entering this giveaway, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and agree to our disclosure policy.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011 latest Hot coupons Thursday's specials has released some new great printable coupons.

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FREE Webinar Family Tree University

Researching your family history can be a great adventure. In this free Expert Webinars, Desmond Walls Allen, author of Family History Detective: A Step-by-Step Guide to Investigating Your Family Tree, will discuss research principles guaranteed to give you success.

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Starting Time: 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific
Presenter: Desmond Walls Allen, author of Family History Detective: A Step-by-Step Guide to Investigating Your Family Tree

Duration: 60 minutes
Price: FREE!


Participation in the Live presentation and Q&A session
Access to the webinar recording to view again as many times as you like
A PDF of the presentation slides for future reference


Anyone who has an interest in family history
Genealogists looking for general guidance on conducting family history research

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