Hello, dear readers.  As you know, I've been trying to make my house more orderly.  To do this, I've been doing lots of research, mostly by reading the blogs of mommies and grandmas who have a lot more experience in this area than I.  Most of these blogs are much spiffier than mine is, and they have awesome sponsors who help with promotions.  By commenting on The Intrepid Baker, I won an awesome little kitchen scale.  This promotion was sponsored by SlimKicker.com, a pretty cool weight loss/management website.  
Some Nutella fudge I made, sitting on my new scale!
SlimKicker.com works much like SparkPeople.com or Weight Watchers; you enter your meals and exercises each day, and are given "points" of some sort to help you keep track of your progress.  Those sites all proclaim that this method keeps people interested in living a healthy lifestyle, rather than constantly focusing on what the scale says from one day to the next.  What makes SlimKicker unique, though, is that it is designed like a video game!  That is to say, your goals are labeled "Challenges," and as you progress, you "Level Up."  You unlock achievements as you go along, and are granted real "Rewards" for your work.  SlimKicker's video game based template is really exciting to me.  The only reservation I have is that I've come to depend on a smartphone app to help me track my exercise and diet, rather than trying to remember to enter the data when I'm on my computer.  If SlimKicker develops a Droid app, though, I'll be leveling up right away!

Even cooler than the SlimKicker concept, though, (to me anyway) is this wide world of free stuff that can be had- just from reading other people's blogs!  The Intrepid Baker has some awesome recipes.  Other bloggers have great printables for crafting or organizing.  Still others have tips for ways to save money by making your own cleaning supplies or holiday decorations.  I know that I post some small projects or recipes now and then, but seriously, some of the bloggers out there have done something amazing!  They're so good at putting out regular content that they've gotten support from sponsors, who sometimes throw them some free stuff to give their readers.  My favorite place to find out about giveaways like the one I won, is TipJunkie.com, which sends out a weekly email of bloggers giving things away.  I don't have kids, so I can't take advantage of all the freebies, but it's always worth a look.  Anyway, all this is just to say, check out other people's blogs!  They have great ideas, and sometimes they give away free stuff just for leaving a comment.

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