Blue Woman © by Rob Lee

This is what happens when you don’t allow enough time to breathe: You turn blue, albeit in a vaguely artistic way.

I haven’t posted much lately, mostly because I was in Alaska. Meeting deadlines and spending as much time as possible with friends and loved ones sucked away most of my hours and all of my energy.

Last week I was so distracted that I never even posted a giveaway. More on that below.

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Last week I promised to give away a copy of “Saving Savvy: Smart and Easy Ways to Cut Your Spending in Half and Raise Your Standard of Living…and Giving” along with a matching shopping bag. I’m also giving away a second copy of the book, sans bag.

I’d like to get some prizes, too. More on that in a minute.

The random number generator has spoken:

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In my latest column at Get Rich Slowly, I reveal my latest bonehead move — one that cost me money.

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The random number generator selected Kit to receive the $20 Amazon gift card. In her comment she noted that she has “been a good (mostly) girl all year (so far).” Congratulations on that, Kit — and now you can let ‘er rip.

To all who voted for me in the BlogHer 2011 contest….You are wonderful! I won one of the tickets!  This will make my first-ever trip to the conference much more affordable. You guys are the best.

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The urban homesteading movement is a growth enterprise (sorry) in the United States. My current column at MSN Money shows why.

A chicken in every condo?” details some of the ways that let people with small urban properties — or those who don’t own property — produce food.

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