Target Cartwheel App + $1,000 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Have you heard about the new(ish) Target Cartwheel program? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. I discovered it a couple months ago through a friend, and it’s pretty awesome.

What is this Target greatness? It’s a money-saving program that can be used on your computer, tablet, mobile web, or iPhone and Droid. The program includes over 700 coupons to use on in-store purchases. And if you’re a big couponer, you’re able to use Cartwheel with any other Target discounts or coupons, manufacturers’ coupons, and your REDcard discount.

Target Cartwheel App

I use the iPhone Cartwheel app. Here’s what it looks like on my phone.

Each barcode generated by Cartwheel is unique to the guest and holds all of the offers on their Cartwheel list.

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There are categories for every section in the store– from grocery to the Target cafe.

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Here are some of the offers available in the home section.

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If you find a coupon you think you’ll use, add it to your Cartwheel and you’re ready to go. When you’re checking out, have the guest services person scan the barcode (after scanning any other coupons, discounts, etc.) and all the discounts on your list will be applied.

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Another cool feature is when you’re shopping in the store, using either the iPhone or Droid apps, you can scan any barcode in store to see if that item has a Cartwheel offer on it. Pretty cool, huh?

There are different extras with the app, like collections and badges.

Cartwheel collections are curated lists of offers that make it easy for you on the go to add items to your list. The collections are created to support seasonal offerings and categorical offers (grocery, women’s apparel, baby items, etc.).

Badges are a fun way to earn more spots on your Cartwheel list. They are awarded for reaching savings milestones ($10, $25, $50, etc.), interacting with Cartwheel (example: adding an offer from a collection to your list), and via social sharing (an invited friend who joins Cartwheel). For each badge that is earned, a new spot on your Cartwheel list is opened.

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One more thing, you are able to use your Facebook login to sign up with Cartwheel. This enables you to see what offers your friends have on their Cartwheel lists in the app experience as well as via Facebook’s open graph stories. I, personally, don’t log in through Facebook (I log in with my Target.com account) because I don’t want my business all over Facebook. But if you want to use your Facebook login, but do not want your Cartwheel activity posted to Facebook, you can manage that by not allowing Facebook to post on your behalf during the authentication process. You can manage this at any time via the app privacy settings. You can also add any offer to your list as “private.” This will keep from any story being posted to Facebook about that offer.

Now, who wants to win a $1,000 Target GiftCard®?

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment and tell me, your favorite offers in Cartwheel!

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Our Christmas Entryway

Thank you, Philips, for sponsoring today’s post!

Hey, friends!  Today I’m sharing our Christmas entryway.

For the past few years, I’ve set up a smaller Christmas tree that displays our sentimental Christmas ornaments (here’s 2011 and 2012).  But there’s a slight twist this year– I used a real tree.  My first real tree.  Well, first real tree as an adult with my own house.  Jack digs it.

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I worked a lot of sentimental items into the entryway this year.

The copper boiler, which is acting as the tree stand, belonged to my mom.  I grew up with this antique gem in our house.  My brother has had it for the past few years, but I’ve been holding on to it since he moved to California a few months ago.  I’m hoping he forgets it’s in my possession and fails to ask for it back.  I showed the photo of it acting as a tree stand to my mom, and she thinks I should keep it.  Basically because I’m her favorite child.

Christmas entryway with copper boiler tree stand, vintage sled, and framed vintage Christmas sheet music.

I used boxes inside the copper boiler to give the tree height.  A random black and white houndstooth print piece of fabric I found at a thrift store outlet a year ago acts as the tree skirt.

copper boiler as tree stand

I also used my childhood flexible flyer.  I was so happy when I asked my mom about it and she said it was up in her attic.  I still have vivid memories of sledding down the giant hill in my hometown on that thing with my mom.

flexible flyer

yankee clipper flexible flyer

When I was home this summer past, I came across a box full of my late Grandma June’s sheet music.  We’re talking sheet music from the 1920s.  I also found some sheet music that belonged to my mom and my aunt (they’re identical twins, in case I hadn’t already told you that) when they were kids.  So I grabbed Bonnie’s and Connie’s Christmas sheet music books and a copy of Jingle Bells, that belonged to my grandma, and framed them.

Framed vintage Christmas sheet music

I’ll show you how I framed them, without harming the delicate sheet music with tape, on Monday.

I love how it looks, and that it’s something with meaning.  I’m a sucker for sentimental stuff and family heirlooms if you hadn’t picked up on that yet.

Framed vintage Christmas sheet music

The flocked wreath was a Shop Small Saturday find from a few weeks ago.  It was only $25 so I jumped on it.  In case you’re wondering, I got it at Gehlhausen Floral in Evansville, Indiana.

traditional christmas entryway

Here’s how this part of the entryway looks at night.  I love how the tree glows.

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The other part of the entryway involves our entryway table.  I’ve been decorating it for the past few years with the white ceramic Christmas tree my late Aunt Pat made for me when I was a kid.  Every Christmas my mom would display the tree in my bedroom.

entryway table

Unfortunately, the bulb for the tree burnt out this year.  But thankfully, my friends at Philips offered to send me a new LED bulb to try out.

philips dimmable 40w LED lightbulb

I never thought I’d love a lightbulb, but I love this one.  It makes the blue lights on the tree shine so much brighter than the old bulb.  Photos don’t do it justice.

I’m also in love with this bulb because it has a 25,000 hour life, which equates to nearly 23 years.
I repeat, 23 YEARS.

vintage white christmas tree with blue lights

Speaking of Philips, they’re currently hosting a giveaway for a $3,000 lighting makeover!  One lucky winner will receive a design consultation, new fixtures and bulbs for their home.
Click here to learn about all the details.

Also, I’m pinning some great entryway ideas onto the Philips Bright Ideas for Entryways Pinterest board so definitely check it out!

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Easy Holiday Gift Baskets + Pier 1 Imports Giveaway

This post is brought to you by Pier 1.  As always, all opinions are my own.

I was thrilled when my friends at Pier 1 Imports asked me to come in and check out their great holiday gifts.

I’m a big gift basket fan.  I find them fun to put together, and I’d like to think the recipients enjoy them as well.  So when I spotted the themed kitchenware items at Pier 1 I knew they’d be perfect in holiday gift baskets for some special ladies in my life.

One of the things I love about giving gift baskets is that if you get the right basket, the person can reuse it somewhere in their home.  The wicker baskets I found would work perfectly anywhere in someone’s home.

I went with a snowman theme for this basket– a cute snowman dip bowl & spreader set, two kitchen towels, giant red mug, Christmas tree-shaped soap dispenser, and ornament.

snowman basket

The second basket I made is more of a kitchen theme– two kitchen towels, snowman measuring cup set, gingerbread man spoon rest, gingerbread man mug, ornament, and gingerbread man shaped soap dispenser.

gingerbread man basket

The third gift basket has a penguin theme going on– penguin measuring cup set, two kitchen towels, penguin shaped soap dispenser, penguin mug, and ornament.

Seriously how cute are the measuring cup sets?

penguin basket

 When putting together a gift basket keep size in mind.  You want the gift basket to look full, not sparse.  So if you only plan on filling a basket with three small items, grab a smaller basket.

You can also mix things up a bit.  If you look carefully, I folded the towels differently in each basket.

After I arrange a gift basket I wrap it in cellophane.  I left out that out because it’s harder to photograph and see everything in the basket with cellophane on.  I buy cellophane by the roll, but you can also find cellophane bags, which makes it a lot easier to package.

Easy Holiday Gift Basket Ideas + Pier 1 $50 Giveaway!

Now on to the extra fun part– I’m giving away a $50 Pier 1 gift card!  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

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Ryobi Nation + Giveaway

This post brought to you by Ryobi.  As always, all opinions are 100% mine.

Hey, friends!  Today I wanted to share a pretty awesome program and website from my pals at Ryobi.  It’s called Ryobi Nation and it’s the official project sharing community of Ryobi tools.  Membership is free, members save money with exclusive offers, and there’s tons of how-to tutorials from popular DIY bloggers.  They also have fun monthly challenges where 3 winners win over $500 in Ryobi tools.  I’m a member, and I love it.  If you’re interested, sign up here.

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And because Ryobi is so awesome, they’re giving one Two Twenty One reader a Ryobi ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit.  Hubba hubba.

Brad and I own these two tools and we love them.  A cordless 18-volt drill is an essential tool all homeowners should own, in my opinion.

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Mind Blowing Technology + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

This post brought to you by Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always amazed by technology.  There are apps for smartphones that track sleeping cycles, robot vacuums, fingerprint key locks, and voice activated blinds.  And I thought things were getting fancy when you could program your coffee maker to start brewing at a certain time.

You can imagine my mind being blown when I heard about a wi-fi voice activated thermostat.  I know, some of you are probably all “Really, Chelsea? Excitement over a thermostat?”  But now that I’m a home owning, tax paying, bill paying adult I have to think about these things and subsequently I get excited.

Honeywell recently introduced a first-of-its-kind wi-fi voice activated thermostat, which utilizes advanced far-field voice-control technology– breaking through the ambient noise of a busy household and recognizing commands such as “make it warmer” or “make it three degrees cooler”– even from across the room.

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They even have an app you can download onto your smartphone, tablet, or computer, which allows you to program the thermostat whether you’re across the room or around the world.  This will come in extra handy when Brad and I go out of town and forget to turn the temperature up or down (depending on the season) in order to save a little extra money.  And then, when we’re headed home we can program the thermostat to adjust to our ideal temperature so the house will be just right when we arrive.  This also means that when I go out of town and Brad cranks the air conditioning down, I can adjust the temperature from my iPhone.  Muhaha.

And get this, it even has a customized color touchscreen.  You can match it to your wall color so it blends in better, change the color according to the season or holiday, or display your favorite color.  How cool is that?

Like many newer thermostats, you can schedule the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control so it changes temperatures according to the time of day so you don’t waste energy heating or cooling your home when it’s unoccupied.  My parents do this in their home.  In the winter months, they keep the house cooler from about 10PM to 5PM the next day since they’re either sleeping or at work during those hours.  Brad and I don’t use that aspect of our current Honeywell thermostat because my work hours vary from day to day.  But we’ll have to change that this winter, at least setting the day temperature to 68 and nighttime temperature to 58.

Soon Brad and I will be installing one of these thermostats in our house.  I’m excited pretty excited to put it to use.  But for now, I need to decide on the touchscreen color…

Now for some exciting news for you, I’m giving away a $100 Amazon gift card.  To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with a voice command you wish your thermostat could fulfill (bake me a pie, scratch my back, give me a pedicure, do the laundry, etc.).

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Fall Decorating + $100 Home Goods Gift Card Giveaway

It’s officially fall!  Time to buy a bunch of mums and pumpkins, hang up your “welcome fall” bunting, and drink copious amounts of apple cider slushies.  I’m looking forward to dragging Brad to our favorite orchard this weekend to pick up some mums, gourds, and other goodies so I can start decking out our house for fall.  Brad’s excited too, he’s just not showing his enthusiasm yet.

To help you decorate for fall, my friends at Homes.com are offering a $100 HomeGoods gift card to one lucky reader.  Homes.com is all about creating home moments, which is the theme for their awesome nationwide ad campaign, so they want to help a Two Twenty One reader create a new decor look for fall.

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To enter, all you have to do is visit the decorating section of the Homes.com blog, look around, and then come back here and comment telling me your favorite tip or idea you would like to recreate in your home.

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