Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday Morning Roundup 12.3.12 (The Holiday Freebie Edition)

Happy Monday, all of you!

After all my big plans of creating some kind of artsy, wonderful advent calendar, I ended up throwing this one together in front of the kids on Friday.  Turns out, although it's sloppy, they were wowed by the opening flaps and think they have the most clever mommy.  Some of the spaces are just blank, while others show special events, like driving up to Grandma's house for Christmas.  

I have an Oprah's Favorite Things theme to my links today.  Every link is for something you can get for FREE!

One blog I like to follow is Dinner, A Love Story.  Though December, they are giving away PDF copies of their new book about their favorite children's books.  

I shared this on Facebook this week after my friend Andy posted it, but it's too good to not share again.  You can download Sufjan Stevens' entire new Christmas album Silver and Gold, for free, right here.  And you can poke around the site to find some other free music downloads as well.  

OK, this one was around last year, too, but I think this personalized video from Santa is freakishly believable.  I set one up with all Boo's personal information and played it for The Mister and we were so excited for him to see it.  

This is kind of lame, but I was recently in a thrift store looking through VHS tapes because we still have a VCR that we use for watching cheap kids' movies.  I found a copy of Frosty the Snowman for $.69, thought it was a great deal, and brought it home, only to find out the tape was broken and wouldn't play.  It occurred to me later to check YouTube, and of course, there it was.  The moral of this story: always check to see if you can watch something online first, especially if it's a movie you'd only watch once a year.  

Speaking of Christmas movies, Redbox has Love Actually this month.  Although it's totally worth the $1.29 to rent it for an evening, you could always try finding free rental codes.

Now for the big Oprah moment.  "Everay-boday gets some free monaaaaaaay!!!"  Have you heard about this?  If you purchased an LCD flat screen TV, monitor, or laptop between 1999 and 2006 you could be eligible for a piece of this class action lawsuit.  You only have until December 6 to file your claim, and it only takes about a minute.  I bought 3 laptops in that time frame and I don't know if that means I'll get something for each one, but it looks like $25 is the minimum payout.  I could use an extra $25!

That's all my links for the week.  Thanks for reading!

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