Thursday, November 20, 2014

Why Have a Wedding When You Can Have a Weddingmoon?

(thank you to Beaches Resort and BSM Media for my invitation to Social Media on the Sand)

Ever wondered what it would be like to hop on a plane and get married at one the most romantic places on the planet while leaving all the hassles of organizing to the professionals?  I will be honest, when I was planning our wedding I would have done this in a heartbeat but pressure from family to stay in town did not allow for that to happen.  So we had the big church wedding with every bell and whistle possible and a guest list that was larger than what the largest hall in town could accommodate.

Then last weekend we were invited to a reception for a friend of Mike's who recently got married at Sandals and having just returned from a Beaches Resort we asked he and his new bride to share their experience with us. They were actually getting married one week before we traveled to Sandals Beaches Turks and Caicos for the Social Media on the Sand Conference.

Since this is one aspect of Beaches that we did not get to experience first hand here are their thoughts and pictures:

A large reason that we first chose Sandals for our wedding/honeymoon destination was because of the pricing for their Weddingmoons package. We could get a beautiful free wedding if a stay of 6 nights was purchased. We booked our October 2014 trip in January 2013 and had our first phone conversation with the wedding planner in March. She was very helpful and full of ideas and explanations. We were encouraged to plan for a morning wedding in hopes of avoiding the afternoon pop-up showers and it worked out perfectly. Our 11am wedding was beautiful, sunny, and dry. The day after arriving at the resort, we met with an on-site wedding planner to discuss locations, music, cakes, reception, and wedding meal. She was quite helpful in helping us plan our special day. 

The resort could not have provided a better minister. Two of our favorite people were the wedding photographer and videographer. The photos and videos were absolutely amazing and well worth the expense. Lisa had the Bridal Bliss hair, make-up, and nail package before the wedding, and we were quite pleased with the results.

 We chose Whitehouse after carefully looking at all of the Sandals Resorts in Jamaica. The fact that all rooms had an ocean view was a huge sell along with the fact that the resort was located far from the big, noisy city of Montego Bay. The atmosphere at Whitehouse was more relaxed and serene than others seemed to be. We were looking for a crowd that was fun but not too rowdy. The grounds were immaculate and well-tended. It was so wonderful being surrounded by lush, colorful plants and flowers. Our room was in the French Village area and was nice. We really spent very little time in the room. The balcony overlooking the pool and ocean was a big plus. We actually had our honeymoon "breakfast in bed" out on the balcony.

The service was outstanding from the moment we arrived at the airport. We were greeted with many warm smiles that never wavered throughout our entire stay. Everyone was so friendly, polite, and helpful. We ate in every restaurant and enjoyed them all. Our favorite places for dinner were Jasmine's and Eleanor's. The breakfast buffet at Bayside was very nice. For lunch we enjoyed Neptune's and Giuseppe’s. The treats at Café de Paris were yummy. The frozen drinks at all of the bars were just as delightful as those who were serving them. Our favorite bar was the swim-up bar at the French Village Pool. We never had to wait for any of our meals. We were always seated promptly and the staff made us feel very welcome. We utilized the water sports area and the dive shop often.  The snorkeling and SCUBA lessons were a lot of fun. Once SCUBA certified (a cost) one could dive 2 times every day for free. Will got certified, and now when we go back to Whitehouse or any other resort he won’t have to do any lessons. He can just schedule a dive and go. The Red Lane Spa was very tranquil and the ladies really pampered us. We did a couples massage that was very romantic. 


We hope to return to beautiful Sandals Whitehouse in the next year or so. The promise of a free wedding may have started us thinking about going to Sandals, but it was the staff and perfect atmosphere that have made us want to go back. We are truly hoping to see some of our favorite staff members again as they were part of what made our trip so memorable. Thanks to Monique, Reverend Hall, Trevon, Oneal, Keon, Garth, Natoya, Stacia and many many more.

A big travel tip: Use Club MoBay at the airport on your way home. It was well worth the $30/person. You get express service through customs/immigration, a private lounge with open bar, buffet, and free wifi. It made the couple hour wait at the airport so much less stressful.

Thanks to Will and Lisa S. for sharing their experiences and their photos. Photos may not be used without written permission.  
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Black Friday Price Comparison Chart

We wanted to help your shopping list budget by making a price comparison chart of the top holiday gifts Black Friday prices and current prices. There are also direct links to each of the items.You will find about 250 items listed!

CLICK HERE to view the full chart.

Here are a few resources that will also help you out this shopping season:

Black Friday Ads
Stores Price Match Policies

Black Friday Deals Not To Buy

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Playskool Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head $5
If your little one would like a Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, they are currently on sale for $5!

This is the lowest price I can find online.


This new and improved version is a slimmer, more active spud that has more facial features. This Playskool toy will provide hours of fun for children who will love building many different versions. When they are done, they can simply store the parts in the figure's Tater Tush.

Choose in store pick up to avoid shipping costs or shipping is free with your $50 purchase.

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Big Joe Bean Bag Chair $26.88 (Retail $39.88)

How comfortable does this chair look?! Today only, go and get this Big Joe Bean Bag Chair, Mulitple Colors $26.88 (Retail $39.88)!  Be sure to select in store pick up for FREE shipping!

Choose your color: red, emerald, zebra, lime, black, orchid, and sapphire blue.

  • Suited for the bedroom, dorm room or in front of the TV
  • Equipped with drink holder, pocket and easy-carry handle
  • Made with the tough, stain-resistant SmartMax ballistic nylon fabric
  • Easily cleaned, waterproof bean bag chair
  • Filled with UltimaX Beans that conforms to you
  • Double-stitched and double zippers for added strength and safety

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Walgreens: Free Photo Brag Book

Head to Walgreens Photo now through Saturday, November 22nd and get a FREE 4.5×6 Photo Brag Book with promo code BRAGZERO at checkout. Shipping is $2.99. 

Limit 1 per account, per household.

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New Printable Coupons 11/20

Buy 1 Carnation Breakfast Essentials get 1 free

$2.00 off any two Purex detergents

$2.00 off any AVEENO Hand or Body Lotion product

Here are the printable coupons that have been added in the past day or so. Print your favorites now before they reach their print limits and disappear.


Buy 1 Carnation Breakfast Essentials get 1 free
$0.55 off ONE (1) Simply Homemade Cornbread Mix
$2.00 off Tyson Cornish Hen & Kikkoman Soy Sauce
$1.00 off OFF 2 MARS Holiday candy
$1.00 off (1) DeMet's TURTLES Holiday package
$1.00 off any Reser's 3 lb Deli Salads
$2.00 off any two Purex detergents
$2.00 off any AVEENO Hand or Body Lotion product
$1.00 off ONE Secret Clear Gel Deodorant
$3.00 off ANY Revlon Beauty Tools $10.00 or more
$1.00 off Any Yes To Item


Earn $0.75 when you purchase Challenge Cream Cheese
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Earn $15.00 when you purchase Spend $100 on
Earn $2.00 when you purchase Heineken® Light
Earn $4.00 when you purchase Heineken® Light
Earn $0.75 when you purchase StarKist® Albacore White Tuna
Earn $0.50 when you purchase New StarKist® Gourmet Selects®
Earn $0.75 when you purchase StarKist® Tuna Creations®
Earn $0.50 when you purchase Bagel Bites®
Earn $0.75 when you purchase T.G.I. Friday's® Frozen Snacks
Earn $1.00 when you purchase Delimex® Products
Earn $2.00 when you purchase Diamond Collection
Earn $2.00 when you purchase Coppola Rosso & Bianco
Earn $2.00 when you purchase Francis Coppola Director's
Earn $2.00 when you purchase Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut
Earn $2.00 when you purchase Sofia Wines
Earn $2.00 when you purchase Gia by Gia Coppola
Earn $5.00 when you purchase Zarbee's® 
Earn $2.50 when you purchase Zarbee's®
Earn $2.00 when you purchase Votre Santé
Earn $0.50 when you purchase Zarbee's®
Earn $2.50 when you purchase Zarbee's®
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Walmart: Official Online Price Match Policy

Walmart has released their Official Online Price Match Policy!  I suggest not only printing this out to keep with your coupons, but bookmarking this page for easy reference.

Walmart's Online Price Match Policy

* Prices on and online retailers like will be matched – see full list of approved online retailers here
* Item must be currently in-stock at the online retailer's website at the time the request for the price match is made
* Quantities are limited to one-per-customer, per item, per day
* Will NOT offer rain-checks for items that are not currently in-stock in your Walmart store or
* Online price match is not available for Walmart One Hour Guarantee Items
* Online price match is not available in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico for in store purchases
* will not price match items purchased on between Thanksgiving and Cyber-Monday

How to match an in-store purchase to an online price:

* Request the price match right at the register
* Store Management has the final decision for matching an online price

Walmart will NOT honor:

* Prices from marketplace and third-party sellers or prices from auctions or sites requiring memberships
* Percent off or dollar off if the item's price cannot be determined independent of other items, fees or charges
* Bundle offers, Instant Rebates, Mail-in Offers, Offers that include financing
* Prices that require minimum quantity purchases
* Clearance, Close out, Liquidation, Special Hour/Flash/Limited Quantity offers
* Damaged, Used or Refurbished items
* Misprinted or inaccurate prices

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Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones $99.99 Shipped (Retail $169.99) + More

Head to Best Buy for their Beat the Black Friday Rush sale.They have some great holiday deals on iPad Air, Beats by Dre Over the Ear Headphones,  Sony TVs, and More!  Shipping is free on orders of $35 or more.

Here are just a few of the deals:

Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphones - Drenched in Red, White, or Black - $99.99 (Reg $169.99)

iPad Air - Starting at $319.99 ($80 off)

Sony - 60" Class (60" Diag.) - LED - 1080p - 120Hz - Smart - HDTV - Black - $799 (Reg $999)

iPod touch 64GB (5th Generation) - $249.99 (Reg $299.99)

Select Skylanders Trap Team Starter Packs - $49.99 (Reg $74.99)

iHome - AirPlay Speaker System for Apple® iPod®, iPhone® and iPad® - Black - $49.99 (Reg $299.99)

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Panasonic Smart Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray Player $54.99 (Retail $129.99)

Here is a hot deal on a Blu-ray player that you can get right now!  Pick up this Panasonic DMP-BDT225 Smart Wi-Fi 3D Blu-Ray Player for ONLY $54.99 (Retail $129.99). This is the Black Friday price for a Wi-Fi Blu-Ray player!

I would HURRY though, this model is selling for $110 everywhere else and it is selling out fast!

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Amazon: Black Friday Deals Start Friday, November 21st has announced that Black Friday deals will start even earlier this year, beginning on Friday, November 21, and adding new deals as often as every ten minutes for eight straight days.

Plus, Amazon will introduce three coveted Deals of the Day starting on Thanksgiving at midnight, as well as three more on Black Friday and this is in addition to thousands of limited-time Lightning Deals at Customers can shop Amazon on any device, including smartphones and tablets, and enjoy top Black Friday deals anytime and anywhere. Amazon Prime members will continue to receive 30-minutes early access to select Lightning Deals, including many sought-after Black Friday deals. By taking advantage of Prime early access, members will get the first pick of some of the hottest gifts and holiday essentials. Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at

Following are examples of some of the door-buster deals that will be available at various times between November 21 and Black Friday at


· Up to 45% off select Samsung TVs including: Samsung 40-inch Smart LED 4K Ultra HD TV for $598; Samsung 55-inch Curved Smart LED 4K Ultra HD TV for $1,298

· 32-inch LED TV, $79

· 40-inch 1080p LED TV, $119

· Toshiba 50-inch LED TV, $199

· VIZIO 55-inch Smart LED TV, $478

· LG 65-inch 120 Hz LED TV, $648

· Samsung 55-inch Smart LED 4K Ultra HD TV, $899

· Save up to 20% on Intel-powered laptops and 2-in-1s

· LG G3 and HTC One M8 smart phones for $0.01 with a new 2 year contract

· Top selling DSLR with two-lenses for under $500

· Select Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones, $199.99

· Xbox One console at the lowest price ever from Amazon, plus over $150 value in digital content

· Roku LT Streaming Media Player, $28

· Panasonic Smart 3D Blu-Ray Player, $35

· Plantronics Bluetooth Headset, $19.99


50% off Amazon exclusive Lincoln Logs Redwood Junction, $40.00
50% off Amazon exclusive Crayola Imagination Art Case, $19.00
Buy one, get one free - Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Toys
Up to 40% off select Lionel Train sets, including Lionel Trains Coca-Cola Holiday G-Gauge Train Set
LeapFrog LeapBand, $24.99

Books, Movies and Music:

· More than 50 Kindle books for $1.99 each including titles from Philip K. Dick and Ann Patchett

· 80% off The Complete Sherlock Holmes Heirloom Collection

· More than 80% off Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey, Collector’s Edition

· 50% off Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books 1-8, plus The Do-It-Yourself Book

· Save on popular books starting at 40% off

· Save on autographed albums including Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Michael W Smith’s The Spirit of Christmas

· Hourly Lightning Deals with savings up to 90% on over 90 movies and TV shows

· Up to 58% off 11,000+ popular movies and TV shows including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Friends: The Complete Series, Downton Abbey, and more


· Amazon Wine will feature deep discounts starting at 60% off on over 100 unique wines


· Up to 40% off TaylorMade Drivers (11/28 only)

· Save Over 40% Off FT7 Polar Heart Rate Monitor


· 30% off Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press Coffeemaker, 1-Liter (White)

· Artisan brand stocking stuffers under $25, including select baking sheets and baking mats

· Shun DMS0212 Classic 2-Piece Knife Set, $199.95

· Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set (Steel/Black), $107.00

· Wilton Avanti Everglide Metal-Safe Non-Stick 12-Cup Muffin Pan, $10.95

· John Boos Chop-N-Slice 20” x 15” Maple Cutting Board, $39.99

· Printed Damask Chef Kitchen Apron, $9.99

Patio, Lawn & Garden:

· More than 50% off Black & Decker LSW20 20-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Sweeper

· More than 40% off Cuisinart CGG-240 All Foods Roll-Away Gas Grill

· More than 40% off Vivere UHSDO9 Double Hammock with Space-Saving Steel Stand (Tropical)

· 60% off Perky-Pet No/No Red Cardinal Bird Feeder

Arts, Crafts & Sewing:

· Singer 4423 Heavy Duty Extra-High Sewing Speed Sewing Machine, under $100

· Brother LS2125i Easy-to-Use, Everyday Sewing Machine, under $50

Tools and Home Improvement:
· Nest Learning Thermostat, $199

· $25 off with $100 purchase of select tools from Makita, Bosch and DEWALT

· $25 off with $125 purchase of select tools from Dremel

· $10 off with $50 purchase of select tools from STANLEY, Black & Decker, RotoZip, SKIL and TEKTON

· 20% off select DEWALT tool accessories with qualifying tool purchase

Home and Pets:

· Up to 30% off select Dyson products, including vacuums and heating/cooling fans

· Up to 20% off select Petmate Chuckit! Pet Toys


· Up to 65% off select scan tools and diagnostic readers

· Up to 60% off select car care products, including 3M Complete Car Care Kit

· Up to 50% off select cargo car top carriers

· Up to 40% off Rugged Ridge X-Clamps and LED Light Kits

· Up to 40% off custom-fit floor mats, including Husky Liners

· 33% off PowerAll Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter

· Save on car seats and strollers including 35% off select Graco strollers, car seats and 20% off Maxi-Cosi car seats, strollers and accessories

· Save $250 or more on Samsung baby care washers

· 50% off Levana Sophia Video Baby Monitor

· Save up to 40% on select BABYBJORN bouncers, travel cribs and carriers

· Save up to 30% on select Skip Hop diaper bags

· Select Columbia fleece for baby boys and girls, $17.99

· Baby girls Calvin Klein and Nautica clothing sets, under $15

· Baby boys Calvin Klein clothing sets, under $15


· Select women’s and men’s sweaters, under $20

· Select women’s boots, under $50

· 50% off Vince Camuto Handbag

· 50% off men’s Patagonia shoes

· $14 Amazon exclusive Girls’ Bathrobe and Slipper Sets

· 50% off Amazon exclusive 'The LEGO Movie' Watch Set

· $10 and under for Frozen apparel for girls

· 50% off Nina dress shoes for girls

· 60% off Calvin Klein for boys

· $17 and under Nautica hoodies and sweaters for boys

· Under Armour clothing sets for boys, $29.99

· 50% off Hush Puppies dress shoes for boys

· $99.99 14K gold .025 carats diamond stud earrings

· $29 Swarovski Crystal earrings and necklaces

· $29.99 Freshwater pearl 3-piece jewelry set

· $19.99 and under fashion statement bracelets

· Invicta Women’s Angel Multifunction watches starting at $69.99

· 60% off or more on select men's Kenneth Cole watches

Health & Beauty:

· Save up to $75 on Men’s Grooming products including the Braun Series 7-790cc Pulsonic Men's Shaving System and the Panasonic ER-GB40-S cordless moustache and beard trimmer

· Save up to $30 on Oral-B toothbrushes

· Save 30% on Nivea Men skin care products including Nivea For Men Active3 Body Wash for body, hair & shave (Pack of 3)

· 60% off CoverGirl Outlast Lipcolor Brazen Raisin Holiday Gift Set

· 20% off 31" SpaMaster Stationary LX

· 40% off Shany cosmetics

· 22% off Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale

All prices available at select times and while supplies last.

Amazon Appstore Offers Over $115 in Top Paid Apps for Free on Android Devices

To get into the spirit of Thanksgiving, today only, Amazon Appstore is offering SpinArt for free. Starting on Thanksgiving and for a limited time, Amazon Appstore will offer a Free App of the Day bundle, featuring over $115 in top paid apps and games for free on Android devices. Throughout the holiday season, the Amazon Appstore will have hundreds of titles that are either free, or available between 50% - 90% off. The Amazon Appstore is available directly on Fire devices, from any computer, and on Android devices. Find out more at

Thanksgiving Becomes a Mobile Shopping Holiday

Thanksgiving has become one of the biggest mobile shopping days on Amazon. Between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday last year, Amazon customers ordered more than five toys per second from a mobile device. With Amazon’s free mobile shopping app, customers can go from “I want that” to “I bought that” in under 30 seconds. Plus, the latest Amazon app for Android phones includes support for Android Wear devices, extending the mobile shopping experience to smart watches and making Amazon accessible anywhere your watch can go.

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Infinity Instruments Traditional Wall Clock $14.99 (Retail $39.99)

If you need a new wall clock in your home or office, right now you can pick up this Infinity Instruments Traditional Precedent Wall Clock, Black for just $14.99 (Retail $39.99)!

The Infinity Instruments Traditional Precedent Wall Clock, Black displays a minimal yet antique take on telling the time. It is beautifully constructed in a weathered black case. The striking Roman numerical markers add a touch of uniqueness to the overall design. The oversize font in a bold black shade creates a distinguished look. Hang it on the wall and view the time, wherever you are.

This offer is good through 11/22 or while supplies last.

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