Thursday, March 31, 2016

Take A Break From Spring Cleaning With The Sale!

I received a gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Spring time has always been my favorite time of the year! (Well, I do love snow storms and Halloween is my most favorite holiday.) But, after the cold winter months, I can't wait to open the windows, start our garden, and start on clearing the clutter out of my house. It gets to be a lot of hard work and quite time consuming, so, a little break once in awhile, is like a reward.

I am obsessed with to do lists, agendas, chore charts, anything that helps me get through the chaos and helps to delegate the chores and things that need done. I am most content when I can take my pen and cross off a line on these lists and after so many, I feel my family is entitled to some sort of break. Whether it's movie night, game night, or a night out on the town, we try to fit all of these in in one weekend sometimes and that can get pricey.

One of our favorite ways to save money is using, certificates. (I also like to use these as gifts or as donations for auctions, adding in gift baskets, or to drop off at our local food bank.) You can't beat the price and when they have a big sale, that's when we stock up! (They don't expire!)

For $3 you can purchase a $25 gift certificate to use at the restaurant of your choice. Yes, $3 each means you can go ahead and not feel guilty of splurging and buying a few for yourself, for extra gifts to keep on hand, or to give to a local family who has been busy outside working in their gardens and preparing their yard for the warmer months. If you don't wish to have $25 gift certificates, the $10 gift certificates are on sale too! For just $1.20!! You can't lose with a pile of these babies in your account, to print out and use whenever you feel like taking the night off from cooking!


SAVE AT MORE THAN 23,000 RESTAURANTS NATIONWIDE is serving up $25 Certificates for only $3 with Promo Code: SALE. All their other deals are on sale too! For example, grab a $10 Certificate for just $1.20. (Hurry! This deal is running through tonight, Thursday, March 31st at 11:59m)

It's easy to set up an account and keep your gift certificates in one place. If you decide to use one, you just choose your restaurant and you're all set! If you decide to change restaurants, that's simple too! They are easy to transfer, email, print and redeem, it's a win win!

With spring comes Mother's Day and this is an excellent opportunity to purchase a few for a special mom in your life and still keep your budget under $10. (You may as well knock out any spring birthdays, anniversaries, or even a few graduation gifts while you are at it.)

I received a gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus Travel Hacks

** I received a free product in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own. **

Depending on where you are, the flowers are starting to bloom, you are getting your garden started, planning trips, packing up for spring break, or in some cases, stocking up on bread and milk because a blizzard is on the way! Whatever it is you're preparing for, chances are, you have warmer weather on the way (I promise, even for some of us, it will arrive soon!) and now is probably a good time to start dreaming of your vacations!

Whether you plan to fly or drive cross country, there is always a need for travel size products! There are some pretty fab products out there that are even better in a smaller size so you can take them with you wherever you go. I like to stay stocked up on tiny packs of mints, floss, cleaning wipes, bathroom wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer, and now, one of our most used and most loved products comes in travel size too!

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus now comes in a 3oz bottle which meets airline standards and fits practically anywhere! Even though I have never been on a plane and I still am not so sure I ever will be, (yes, it is one of my biggest fears!), these are the perfect size for my truck, purse, and my husband has a bottle with him in his tractor trailer. (I think he uses this magical stuff more than I do!) He is usually on the road for a few days at a time and has to pack his clothing in a backpack and try to ram it in a couple of small spaces inside the sleeper, so, he relies on Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus quite a bit.

I have a bottle in our "back to school/errand station" (my kids named this.) This is where we have travel size things, lip balms, other little goodies, some school supplies, everything we can think of that we need in a pinch, is right here on the back of our laundry room door. It is a shoe organizer, yes indeed. Most everything fits perfectly and it is all out of view! I know it is a bit overstuffed at the moment but we just refilled it. Just in case the kids have to quick spray their jeans, refresh their sweatshirts, or I need a refill, we just grab and go.

Where else does a 3 oz bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus fit? (Oh, quick! Click that link to find some special offers and coupons!!) These fit great in overnight bags, gym bags, sewing kits, diaper bags, any place you can stash a bottle is perfect! Not only is Downy Wrinkle Releaser for um, wrinkle releasing, but it has a lot of other qualities too! You can use it as a fabric refresher, an odor eliminator, static remover, ironing aid, wrinkle spray, and wrinkle remover. Of course it smells as fresh and clean and just like Downy fabric softener! My little ones love to use it on their stuffed animals and pillows too.

So, I guess I should probably share some travel hacks awhile. Otherwise, I'll have to change the title of this post!

To scared to fly on a plane? Or are you vacationing within driving distance?

My travel tips for on the road:

Always start a packing checklist a few days prior so that you can check everything off one by one as you pack. You could also have a general packing list for your family and then a small section for each family member. (I like lists, is that OK???)
Pack some snacks! Yes of course you can make a list of what snacks beforehand. We carry one of those small coolers with a handle and take some drinks and pack "homemade happy meals" which are much healthier then the fast food kinds. (and less expensive.) Stock up on some small toys, stickers, your kid's favorite blind bags, pack a sandwich or wrap, a drink, fruit snacks, granola bar, string cheese, and always fold a napkin and write a special note or picture for a special surprise.
Travel games are a fun option for little ones who constantly ask how many more miles (or blocks) are left. We like to play travel bingo when we are on long trips.
Fill your console with mom (or dad) things. Like, tissues, cleaning wipes, napkins, lip balm, lotion, change for tolls, snacks you don't want to share, phone and tablet charges, hand sanitizer and of course, Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus in their new travel size bottle!

You can find out more about Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus on their website , Facebook, Twitter, , and Pinterest,

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Amope Electronic Foot File Review (Yes, I LOVE This Product!)

** I received this product for free in return for my honest review, thanks to Crowdtap and Amope. All opinions and statements are my own. **

I have a few obscure disorders and diseases that affect my legs, feet and ankles. This all started from having broken and sprained feet and ankles, years ago, and bartending for over 20 years and finally, failed reconstructive foot and ankle surgeries that caused severe nerve damage, drop foot, RSD/CRPS, and some other nonsense that won't heal. Due to this, I am in severe pain almost 24/7 and my skin is very sensitive and extremely dry. The only time I can remember having silky soft skin on my feet was longer then 10 years ago. I have tried several creams, files, scrubs, nothing helps and this is with daily work. I can't use the metal files and some files due to the pain they cause. I was a little worried about Amope because it looked more rough then it actually is and I just can't believe how easy this is to use or how comfortable it is!!

Amope claims this will help instantly and it really does. I am surprised to be honest and I just can't imagine not having this on hand. I am very pleased with this product, it has given me the confidence to actually not wear socks 24 hours a day!! Oh, speaking of this, I am not able to wear shoes due to my conditions so, I am always wearing slippers. As long as they don't touch the tops of my feet. I have hyper active, hyper sensitive nerves and even just the wind blowing on my legs, is painful. I also live in Pennsylvania where we actually have winter weather and of course, rain. So, being out when it's wet, in slippers, just adds to my problems. I can say that Amope has changed this aspect of my life and I just can't thank them enough.

I do use this every other day, at least and I usually just use it dry. It seems to work better dry then wet. I think the handle is perfect and it charges fairly quickly. This does have 2 speeds, which is great and it is super easy to operate. (Another plus!) I also think the price for a 2 pack of replacement heads is reasonable.

Of course, it is quite messy, which is something I find with most products like this and it is expected. I mean, you are basically sanding off dry skin and it will leave a mess which is not at fault of the product itself. It's just one of those annoying things that happens. The fact that I am not embarrassed by my heels, means much more to me then my own icky, dead skin flying around.

The only other con I can think of is the packaging. I really, really, really wish that nothing was put in these annoying plastic boxes that are such a pain to open and I know there have got to be other ways to box this up and make it look pretty at the store. (Whoever invented this crazy packaging that brands seem to think is the best choice, needs to find a new line of work!)

Other then that, I love everything about this product and I am ecstatic that I was able to try it! I haven't been bothering with new files for a while, due to so many bad investments. Oh, I also should mention that this electronic file has a safety feature that will automatically shut the file off if you are pressing to hard. I understand some people have a problem with this feature but for somebody like me, with chronic pain and other health issues, it is superb!

Ok, so, I don't mean to gross anybody out but I have to include a few pictures so you can see the results!! (Don't mind my crazy dry skin. Especially since it is no longer there!! WOOHOO!) 

So, the top left is my before picture. The one at the top right is an instant picture because it seriously smooths the driest of skin, in an instant, just as they say! 
The next 2 pictures are from a few days later and as long as I keep up with at least every couple of days, I am golden! 

What do you think of Amope products? Have you tried their new Pedi Perfect Wet Dry Electronic Foot File? What do you think? 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Influenster #CheersVoxBox Review

** I received a #CheersVoxBox thanks to Influenster, in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own. **

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Hassle Free Way To Hook Up Utilities

** This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. **

One of the most annoying and most dreadful parts of being a grown up, is having to connect utilities, call utility companies and ugh, pay utility bills. I really would like to know why in the world it sometimes takes several minutes or an hour while waiting to speak with a human being at one of these places?! Actually, what's even more time consuming and irritating, is when you call to check prices on deals or any bundles they are offering at the time. Seriously, last time I called to check on electricity rates, the call lasted a little over an hour. Why? I have no clue. I remember gasping for air and begging with the salesman to please, please, please cut the small talk. I didn't call to chat about the history of electricity or every single state law when I really only care about my state law. (Pennsylvania.) Oh and guess what? He ended up not being able to help me after all! But, hey, I know all about the last 5 times his in laws visited and how much he saved money for the last 1989738 customers he spoke with!

I do wish so much I had known about Allconnect before my eyeballs were popping out of their sockets the other week!, is a one stop shop for utilities, bundles, appliances, even home security! You just simply type in your address and zip code and choose what you are looking for and volia! Allconnect will find the best prices from the service providers in your area. 

Another very cool thing about, Allconnect, is you just have to make one phone call to place an order for whatever you desire. (Well, maybe not everything, but, you know what I mean!) This is the perfect one stop shop for anybody who is moving or if you just want to compare prices to what you already have. I often shop around for the best rates. It often ends with me calling the service providers I already have and asking them if they have any offers for existing customers that will beat or at least meet what other companies are offering. 

Whether you are moving or just shopping around, you will save time because again, it's just one phone call to order. Oh, did I mention they are open 24/7? That is indeed quite handy for busy moms who are stuck sitting up at 3am or waking up at 4am because it's your only time to get things done. 

I also checked out Allconnect's mobile site and it works well and responds quickly so, that makes me super happy! I sometimes have a to do list for the internet and I just don't always get to log on through anything but my cell phone. A clean, responsive mobile site is a must have for me! 

If you have any questions for Allconnect, you can find them on Facebook, where they are "very responsive to messages" 

You can also follow them on Twitter where they share some tips and tricks for your big move and Youtube, where they share anything and everything from: Tips for speeding up the sale of your home to: Tips on reading your electric meter.