Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Package Winner

The fourth annual "Worlds Best Valentine" Contest has finally come to a close! This contest allowed all my readers to nominate their love ones for the glorious title and a dinner and movie package!
Thank you so much for the great response and wonderful tales of love to this contest I was so surprised.All of you represented your loved ones in such a way that I have to confess I got a very little jealous. Your family is so lucky!  I hope you all enjoyed yourself and that you will come back for of my ramblings in the future. Please take time to check out Ask Marty Anything: Learn all about Love,Sex and Relationships -
When I first started the contest I decided that I was going to judge it on my own personal preference.Whatever story I liked best was going to win! However after about entry number  10 came in it became clear that I was not going to be able to pick just one. Because no one love story is better than another... it just isn't. So I plugged the comments into and random generator and let fate decide!

And the Winner and Worlds Best Valentine is.......

My valentine would be my boyfriend of two years. He is not only my best friend but also my care taker. See I have a chronic illness called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome which has caused me to go from being very active to being in a wheelchair. My boyfriend has been there with me every step of the way. He will cook me dinner, give me massages and help me wash my hair if I need him too. He is amazing and gives his all to help me live as normal of a life as possible. He even let me adopt a kitten knowing that he is awfully allergic just to see me smile. He will listen to me complain about my illness and provides for me as I am unable to work. He will skype with me if I am in the hospital and take me to my doctors appointments no matter how boring and how many there may be. He expected none of this when we started dating as I was a fairly healthy normal 20 something but the first time I fainted he was there to catch me and he has been there for me ever since. I love him to the moon and back, forever and always. - See more at:

Congratulations Heather M! Here is her story

My boyfriend Jeff is the best part about me. As soon as I met him, he changed my life for better. He is the most caring and selfless person I have ever met in my life. He would bend over backwards to help even a stranger, and I've witnessed him do that multiple times. We've stopped countless times while driving around to help people with car troubles. He works with cars as a living so not only does he know what he's doing, he helps people save as much money as possible by fixing whatever he can. He is always putting others first and that's a quality that I admire so much about him. He is my best friend and always knows exactly what to say. Saying that I love him doesn't get the point across. He is a part of me, my soul, my being. Without him I would be incomplete. I can only hope that I can do as much for him as he does for me. He works a lot and we often don't have time to ourselves. We would use these gift cards to have a date night and spend some much needed time together. Thank you so much for reading and for putting on this contest. My email is And don't worry, I joined Fushioncash and your referral code was used. Have a great day!

my special someone is my husband. we've only been married for a little over a year, and together 3 years and change. I've been in serious relationships before him, but I never felt totally convinced they were the right one for me; I started to suspect there WAS no one for me, that I just wasn't cut out for marriage at all. and then I met him one day, randomly, playing a game online! I know it sounds silly, and I certainly wasn't looking, and certainly not there! and absolutely not with a younger man, living 3500 miles away. but he's convinced me that not only is there a perfect mate for me, but that he is that mate!!
Who will receive

Please join me in congratulating Heather M (who will receive an email from me shortly) and thanks again to everyone who participated I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day! Have a chocolate on me!

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Ask Marty Anything: Learn all about Love,Sex and Relationships

Congrats everyone with your help we were finally able to choose a topic for February. We are going to get  Spring season by learning more about

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                       Love,Sex, and Relationships

I am not an expert but I am pretty good at finding those who are! So tell me who you would love to hear from and your questions you want ask them. I will do my best to get them to answer your questions.

*I am not an expert but I am pretty good at finding those who are! So tell me who you would love to hear from and I will do my best to get them to answer your questions.
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                                     Let Your Questions Begin! Go to the comment section below and ask the questions you want and I will share the best questions in the interview

Share your ideas for interview topics for May by going to the Penny For Your Thoughts Page!   I look forward to hearing your thoughts and your questions!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Package Giveaway

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 Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Its a time where we show our love ones just how much they mean to us! It is also the inspiration for our next Marty's Thoughts On Life and Money Contest.

   World's Best Valentine

Do you believe that you have the worlds best boyfriend/girlfriend then now is the time to tell the world why! That's right we are giving you a chance to nominate your spouse gay or straight, (that's right everyone is welcome) to win the title of the Worlds Best Valentine!
      I like many people in this world am single and I hate when I am left out of all the Valentine's day fun. So I decided to add another element just for all the singles out there. If you are single but still want to participate you have two choices.
1.You can nominate a couple you believe is worthy of the prize
2. Love is universal and anyone can be your Valentine! You can nominate your mother, father, best friend or child.

Step 1    Visit the link banner below and sign up for free.You must confirm your email in order for your entry to be count. It also helps if you tell which username you used

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 You Must Complete the Step Above or Your Entry Will not be counted!

  Step 2. -Tell us why you believe your spouse or family member is the worlds best valentine
please be specific  don't just give me generalizations (ie shes awesome or hot...tell me why)
-Please write  a small paragraph explaining why you think they should win.
-Must be between around  50-100 words
examples- cute story of how you met,3 detailed reasons why they are awesome, a story that highlights how this person has impacted your life in a positive way!
-Feel free to send in a picture
-Last but not least Have fun!
-Please make sure you completed the first step and clicked and signed up for one of the free sites
( Please leave your email that I can contact me if you win!)

Example  Entry from last years Winner!
My Valentine is my husband of almost 16 years. We met in college and have basically grown up together. He is an awesome husband and father. He works so hard to provide for our family. This would probably embarrass him but I have a story of what kind of guy he is. In 2004 we had just had our 2nd child and we were very overwhelmed with a 1 year old and a newborn baby, so at the time we decided he would have a vasectomy. Three years later I regretted our decision. Although painful, he went through a vasectomy reversal because he knew what having another child would mean to me. We were blessed with our 3rd child in 2009. He will go to the ends of the Earth for us. He will go out even when he's sick just to buy our daughter something she wants, or to get something to cheer me up. When we were dating he would write me poems, and although he doesn't have time to do that any more, he shows me daily how much he loves me. I had a bad childhood and the years I've had with my husband have completely made up for it. I can't believe I'm this lucky. He takes care of me when I'm sick and 2 years ago was my support system when doctors found a tumor in my breast (after surgery it turned out benign). He is my best friend, makes me laugh and smile, listens to me patiently when I need to vent, and is my shoulder to cry on when I need it. In a word, he is my everything.

How do you enter? 
It's super easy first complete step 1 and sign up to the link provided. Then just go to the comment section  below and enter your story.Then use one of the many social media (twitter,Facebook,etc) buttons below to share the story with your friends.  
( Please leave your email that I can contact me if you win!)

When does it start?
NOW!! So go ahead and leave your story in the comment section below.
-Please make sure you completed the first step and clicked and signed up for one of the free sites

When does the contest end?
I want you have enough time to enter your story and get the prize in time for Valentines Day. So the contest will end on February 6th, 2016 at midnight

Whats do you win?
 Good question! The person who wins the title of the Worlds Best Valentine will receive Dinner and a Movie
This gift includes one $25 Fandango ( Movie Tickets) Gift Card and one $25 Darden® Restaurants Gift Card that will be sent via email. Darden Restaurants Gift Card can be used at any Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Season 52, Yard House and Red Lobster in the US. Fandango Gift Card can be used to purchase any movie tickets on Fandango.

* One $25 Fandango Gift Card ( good for two adult movie tickets or a child ticket)

*One $25 Restuarant Gift
- Olive Garden
-Longhorn SteakHouse
-Bahama Breeze
-Red Lobster

* This year I decided something extra to the package. So this valentine's day I am also giving away ...

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Vintners Path Valentine Chardonnay Gift Package.

  • Vintners Path chardonnay with tropical and citrus flavors is a great choice for Valentine's Day.
  • Godiva chocolate lava cake truffles, nutty blueberry rice bites, Truffettes French chocoalte truffles, sesame crackers, Ghirardelli Twilight Delight dark chocolate, walnut cookies, Mariani dried fruit and nuts, almond tea cookies, Lindt milk chocolate truffles and garlic chive bagel chips complete this Valentine's Day wine collection. Valued at $60


    So please go ahead and tell us about your special someone and enter to win a chance to show the world how much they mean to you! The contest has officially begun!

    ( Please leave your email that I can contact me if you win!)
     -Please make sure you completed the first step and clicked and signed up for one of the free sites

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    Over 300 Ways to Re-Imagine Lunch
    Sadly the holidays are over and its time to get back to reality. For most of us that means of us that means getting back to work and those with families school is back in session. One of the biggest challenges at for me about getting to my regular routine is trying to figure out what to eat. Of course we all know the usual sandwich and chips but after awhile that can get a little boring.

    So today we are on a mission to discover new ways to give our lunches a makeover

    First you and I need to make sure we have the proper supplies
    I like these bento style containers because it helps you separate the different groups
    •  ziploc bags 
    • refillable water bottles
    • washable plastic spoons (some plastic bento boxes come with utensils)
    •  thermoses
    • cloth napkins
    • Standard Baking Cups or Mini Dip/Sauce Containers

    Second we should figure out the best way to organize our new lunch extravaganza
    Here's what's in each of the bins, but I alternate from week to week
    (1) Nosh - Chips, cookies, bars
    (2) Snack - Pretzels, crackers, popcorn
    (3) Fruit - Apple slices, melon, orange, banana ect.....
    (4) Vegetables - carrots, celery, peppers from

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     We should investigate other ways to make the classic lunch box sandwich

    10 Sandwiches to Spice Up a Back-to-School Lunch


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    If your anything like me sandwiches are just not your thing and you need something unique

    10 Sandwich-Free Lunch Ideas for Kids and Grownups Alike

    20 Creative, Healthy Salad Ideas for Lunch

    Back to School Sandwich-less Lunch Ideas

    Cheap Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work

    Wrap Recipes


      Now we need to figure what we are going to feed the kids for lunch time

    I have classes on Saturdays from 8-5 and I never know what to bring for lunch ( like I said earlier I am not into sandwiches) so I eat out .But to be honest I really don't have the budget for it.What do you do to keep your family within budget when it comes to eating out. I know with allergies running rampend today that everyone does lunch differently.

    What do you and your family eat for lunch?

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