Giveaway Information & Official Rules


It’s been a while since I’ve hosted a giveaway and since I’ve decided I’d like to try it on Instagram, I’ll be conducting the contest there. Between now and the end of the year, there will be a giveaway each month, so be sure to follow me at: so you’ll see the contests. 

This is what will be given away: 

Three fan art creations – Mickey, Minnie and Mickey & Minnie together. You can keep them all for yourself or gift them. Each of them can be personalized on the back, too! 

Here are the official rules:

No purchase is necessary and a purchase does not enhance your chance of winning. This giveaway is being hosted by Rhonda James, Artist of The Cozy Loft. Winning artwork does not transfer rights. Contest void where prohibited. 

Contest begins September 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm CST and ends on September 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm CST. After all entries are compiled on a spreadsheet and assigned a number, the random number generator will be used to determine a winner. Winner will be announced on September 15, 2018 at 8:10 pm CST. 

To be eligible, you must be a follower of, liked and/or shared the prize photo and have commented on any post during the contest times and dates as mentioned above. One entry per person per day. This contest is open worldwide to all ages 3 and up. It is your responsibility to determine if glass ornaments from Tennessee, USA are permitted in your location. If the winner is disqualified, another winner will be selected. 

September’s prize to be given away: 3 glass fan art ornaments, hand painted. One of Mickey & Minnie together and one each of Mickey and Minnie for a total of 3 ornaments. 

By your entry in this contest, you are giving your consent to The Cozy Loft to use your name/user name in the same manner of which you entered the contest as well as the general country and/or state in which you reside. Otherwise, all information is kept in confidence.

Odds of winning depend upon number of entries. One winner will be chosen for the September giveaway. Once the winner is determined, it will be announced on and you have 24 hours to contact The Cozy Loft with your name and complete address (including country). 

Good luck and thank you for entering! Please be sure to check back often. There will be more giveaways to come between now and the end of the year. 

Warm wishes from The Cozy Loft! 

Finding Free Things

Yesterday’s shopping deals gave me such an uplifted spirit that I went back out today! Clearance for Christmas items will soon be over and in fact, it’s completely gone at many stores already, but I’m making the most of it as I can! Today, I shopped Walmart and Dollar General. Let’s start with Walmart first. The video is here if you’d like to check it out and these are the three items at great prices I picked up:


The two candles are American Home candles made by the awesome Yankee Candle Company. I couldn’t find a regular price, but these were marked down to $3.00 on clearance. When I went to price check them, they were actually ringing up at $1.00 each! Yes! The other fragrances were not yet marked down, so it’s only working for the Sparkling Cinnamon Spice candles as of this morning.  Also, the Creative Collection Premium Cardstock (colors are red, green and black) with 24 sheets was only $0.25. Another great deal to be had if you can find them where you are.

Dollar General was an exciting trip, complete with a money maker item. Here’s my mini-haul from there today:


The three Christmas bags at the top were regularly priced $1.00, but were part of the Christmas clearance so I scored those for $0.10 each. The picture doesn’t show all the sparkle in them but you can see that in the video here. The big deal, the super exciting surprise, the awesome steal is the toothbrushes! They are Oral-B Healthy Clean toothbrushes:


These toothbrushes are $1.00 each and the digital coupon from the Dollar General site is for $6.00 off of 4 manual Oral-B toothbrushes. That’s NOT a typo, my friends! You will make $2.00 by purchasing these toothbrushes. It’s one of those times that I’m going to tell you that you will get paid to shop and it’s going to be true! During my shopping trip, I also picked up some correction fluid/white-out that I needed for $1.00 and I also purchased a Glade oil warmer plugin for $1.50. Since I had to make sure my total was in the positive, that was very important. My total ended up being $0.50 before tax so I was pretty excited about that. Close up of the bar code:


But wait…there’s more! Have you heard of Ibotta? There was an Ibotta rebate available for $1.00 on the Glade oil warmer plugin. So, I had added that to my rebates before making the purchase and then scanned the code and uploaded the receipt when I returned home. Within less than an hour, I already had the $1.00 in my Ibotta account. This is madness! Where has this been all my life?? At any rate, this is fueling my excitement in getting this information to you as soon as possible, too!

Ibotta is an app that you must have a smartphone to use. Although you can sign up online, you have to have the phone to scan receipts and barcodes. I like being able to look through the available rebates on the computer and load them to my account. Somehow it’s much easier that way, at least to me. If you decide to try it out, I’ll include my referral link:   If you use the referral link, you’ll receive $10 in your account when you submit your first rebate. I can also tell you this works. I signed up about 2 weeks ago and turned in my first rebate the day after signing up. The $10 bonus was in my account immediately. I’ve earned almost $25 with them already so I’m super excited to have discovered this and am even more excited to share it with you!

If you decide to join Ibotta and/or you were able to get any of the deals I mentioned, would you please let me know? 🙂



Looking for Bargains

Some things are just too too good not to share! I had a friend share with me some great Dollar General deals earlier today. After learning about them, of course I couldn’t pass up a bargain so made my way there as quickly as I could! As an artist and just as a member of the work force, we work so hard for our money that it’s nice to be able to find some good deals from time time!  🙂

I used digital coupons from DG’s website and also lucked up on some great Christmas clearance as well. Have a look and see my score from today’s trip:


I decided to put it on video here or I can give you a breakdown of costs on the blog here as well (in no particular order):

  1. Christmas Ribbon, regular price $1.00, today $0.10 each, purchased 2
  2. Red Glitter Bottle Brush Tree, regular price $3.00, today $0.10
  3. Red Glitter Peace Ornament, regular price $1.00, today $0.10
  4. Set of 2 Pom Pom Bows, regular price $1.00, today $0.10
  5. Candy and Snowflake Glitter Foam Stickers, regular price $1.00, today $0.10
  6. Christmas Gift Tissue, regular price $1.00, today $0.10, purchased 10
  7. Tide Pods, 10 count, regular price $4.50, used $3.00 off digital coupon, today $1.50
  8. M&Ms, regular price $0.85 each, buy one get one free digital coupon, today $0.85 for 2 of them
  9. Fritos Chips, regular price $2.95, and Pepsi Product, regular price $1.25, used the buy one Frito Lay chips and one 2 liter Pepsi product, get $2.00 off digital coupon, today $1.10 each
  10. Pringles, regular price $1.50, used $0.75 off digital coupon, today $0.75
  11. The Freebie! Vaseline Lip Therapy, regular price $1.00, used $1.00 off digital coupon, today….FREE! 🙂

Please let me know if you are able to get the same deals in your area. I’d love to know what kinds of deals everyone’s finding! Happy Shopping!