Friday, August 31, 2012

Freebies, Special Offers & More from Inklings' New Sponsors

Last week I announced on the Inklings' facebook page that I had some new sponsors. Each day I featured a new sponsor and asked facebookers to check them out. Many of y'all did, and many of y'all emailed me with questions. Are the sponsors spam? Are they reliable? What does it mean to be a sponsor of The Inklings of Life? I answered many emails one-on-one, and realized that  maybe a quick blog post would help out. I want to properly introduce y'all to the newest Inklings' sponsors and let y'all know what they are all about, so if you decide to check them out yourselves, you know what you are getting.

First thing's first: No, these sponsors aren't spam. They are companies that I trust, that I have personal accounts with, that I enjoy enough to share with my readers. All of the companies have free accounts you can sign up for, you can opt for their newsletter, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

The second most asked question I get is, what does it mean to be an Inklings' sponsor? No, I don't get paid if you decide to place an order with any of these companies- they aren't "affiliates". Basically, they pay me to advertise on my site. It's that simple. Does that mean I'm pushing advertisers down y'alls throats that I don't like? Hell no. See the paragraph above- I was a member of many of these sites before they decided to advertise with me. If I don't like them, they aren't on my site. It's that simple. Y'all should know me better than to think I'd push anything I didn't believe in.

So, do I want y'all to check them out? Of course I do. They are amazing companies, many of them have specials for my readers, and if I send people in their direction, they help me out. Every little bit helps keep Inklings running, helps keep my sanity in check, and helps Hubby relax some when I go to do crazy things with Inklings, like give away its merchandise for free.

Here's a quick rundown of who these sponsors are, what they have, and why you should check them out!! I've made it really easy if you see something you like- just click the picture and it will take you straight to the site!

Sneekpeeq



When I found out about this little beauty of a company a few months ago, I fell in love. I signed up for an account quickly and easily with my facebook account, and I was rewarded with a free gift- They just started the Bed of Roses Earrings promo you see above, and I'm sure these will go fast; they are beautiful. You go through the site 'Peeqing' at items, and the more items you view, the more site credibility you build. There
are cosmetics, jewelry and so much more, at hella discounts if you decide to buy (I just 'peeqed' some designer eyeshadow that dropped it down to $1.00 for the compact). The site is so much fun, you can share things easily with your facebook friends, and if you decide to buy, it's at major discount prices (like 90+% off!). Signing up for an account to start 'Peequing' (I LOVE that!) is absolutely free, so check them out!

Care.com



I have been a member of Care.com for years now, even before they became the forerunner of finding care in your area. At Care.com you can find baby sitters, pet sitters, housekeepers, senior care providers, tutors, special needs care givers and so much more, all based in your area, all with background checks and reviews from others who have used them.

The thing I love about Care.com (besides the obvious of finding trusted help in your town) are the articles. When you sign up for a Care.com account (which is free- there is a paid option, but if you want to check them out, just sign up for the free one), you'll see lots of screens about filling in your information to find a sitter or whatnot, but down in the right hand corner is a 'Skip this Step' option, so you can see what the site has to offer before filling in all of your information. Skip on through at first, and there are amazing articles. In each drop down tab, the bottom option is 'Articles & Resources'. Click on that for great articles on bullying, tips for child-friendly activities, and so much more. Their site is so informative that it's been a go-to site for me for years. Great stuff. Definitely worth checking out, even if you don't want to find a sitter or caregiver in your area.


Totsy



I've been a member of Totsy for a few months now, and absolutely love it. They launch time-sensitive deals on pretty much everything from kids' clothing to mom clothing to kitchen items to home decor items to chocolate (they have some amazing boots right now for all of you shoe whores out there). These sales run for a few days and can be up to 90% off of the regularly priced items. The featured items are always changing, meaning there's always something new to look at. Signing up for an account just to see what they have is free (and easy if you just log in using your facebook information), and right now they are running free shipping on your first order if you decide to place an order. Definitely worth checking out, especially since they have things for the kids, for moms and for the home!



Grocery Coupon Network



Y'all know I love my coupons. There are several sites I print coupons from, and Grocery Coupon Network has been one of the main ones for me for months now. Free to sign up for an account, and the site is very easy to use. The coupons are categorized (a lot of coupon sites don't do that) and you can enter in your zip code to find restaurant coupons in your area. Definitely worth checking out and adding to your bookmarks if you are a couponer like me!


Daily Look



I can spend hours on Daily Look. It's a fashion site, where they give you a look a day, and if you want to buy the look, a hella deal on that look of the day. I like to browse through the User Looks section, where people have uploaded pictures of an outfit they've put together, and you can rate them, or share them on facebook or pinterest. This site gives me amazing ideas for putting together unique outfits, and you can sign up for an account for free to start looking.

I have some other great sponsors, all found in the right sidebar. Smarterer is a quiz site where you can either see how your professional knowledge matches up with other people, or just take some quizzes for fun (there's a '50 Shades of Grey' quiz, ladies). Signing up for an account is free and easy with your facebook account, and the site is addictive as hell.  Jewel Mint is an amazing members only jewelry site, with personalized recommendations based on your style. Membership is free, and signing up for an account is easy. Definitely worth checking them out to see what they have. Zulily is another great site for finding deals on stuff for kids, moms, the home and more at 90% off regular retail price. Signing up for an account is free and easy, so it costs nothing to see what they have! EverydayFamily.com has free samples for babies, formula and diaper coupons, and great articles on parenting and starting a family. Free to sign up for an account to start saving!

Now that you know a little bit about Inklings' new sponsors, please take a few minutes to check some of them out. They have deals that benefit you, and keeping the sponsors happy keeps me happy and Inklings running strong, so it's a win-win situation for everyone!


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