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Earn Rewards for Getting and Staying Fit with Shop Your Way



For many of us, January 1st brings the usual annual resolution to get into shape.  For me, I need motivation to keep going past January 15th though and I have found mine!  SHOPPING!  That is correct, and I don’t mean as cardio!  You can earn FREE points from Shop Your Way ◄ FREE to join! for getting fit and other activities.  In fact, the first points are a super easy warm up: a few clicks gets you registered for FREE and earns you $5 in points when you register and connect a compatible fitness device.  5000 points = $5 to spend!  Make sure to also add me as your Personal Shopper so you can get the monthly client appreciation points, plus MY help for free and exclusive coupons and offers!


After that, the earning is fun and fast!  You earn when you move and you earn when you share, up to 400 points a day.  That adds up quick.  AND when you hit 15 miles or 1500 calories burned, you earn an additional $5 in points.


Sound easy enough??  Get moving and start earning!  Add me as your Personal Shopper so I can keep finding you awesome deals like this one, then Sign up for a FREE Fit Studio account and get your fitness and your points going UP!


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12 Old Fashioned Frugal Tips for Modern Times

12 Old Fashioned Frugal Tips for Modern Times

12 Old Fashioned Frugal Tips for Modern Times

Have you ever taken a look at how your grandparents or great-grandparents lived?  Chances are, they were really, really good with their money.  Why do you think that is?  Basically: they lived through times when things were hard…and I mean harder than you have (hopefully) ever experienced.  They may have lived through the Great Depression.  The Dust Bowl. World Wars.  Been immigrants.  Been part of big families with not enough for everyone.  They may have been poorer than you can imagine.  Because of that, they learned to do things differently than you and I have.  I remember many stories told to me by my grandparents and great aunts and uncles, fascinated by stories of no running water and no electricity.  Nothing compares to the life of comparable luxury we enjoy today — some of which is in part to their hard work and sacrifices to make future generations of the family successful.  Here are some of the best lessons I learned from the “Olden Days” that still apply today.  I try to incorporate these into our life and am teaching my daughter the same.

  1. Waste Not Want Not – Your grandparents learned to use everything until they couldn’t use it anymore, and most of us could take a hint from them. Are you using everything in your life until you no longer can?  For example, using chicken or beef bones until they’re mush to make stock then using the mush to make pet food, or keeping a bag in the freezer for vegetable scraps to use for stock or soup.  Make sure you extend this to every single area of your life and use the last of your makeup, toilet paper, ink in a pen and more.  My grandma always saved the last slivers of a bar of soap in a jar, and she added a little water to make her own Soft Soap.
  1. Save every dime (0r penny) you can – Savings account looking a little bare?  Or  is it non-existent?   Take a tip from your elders and save every penny you can.  A penny saved really is a penny earned.  In fact, a lot of people who were kids during the depression later invested those pennies and are living quite comfortably now thanks to that smart thinking.  In that vein, try to use coupons and shop sales.  Saving a few dollars (to a few hundred a month) just by using coupons really does add up.
  1. Let go of your pride – Ask anyone who grew up in that time period and they will tell you that they were willing to do any job at all to help take care of their families. In today’s world, it’s common to think that we’re above a certain job because it may pay less or we may just feel it’s “beneath” us. If things are rough? Nothing is beneath you when it comes to feeding your family. What you may think of as a menial job, they thought of as opportunity.  Do the same.
  1. Get Creative with your meals and eat at home – Some of the most memorable meals are the simplest and this holds true for cooks during the Depression Era. One of the best tips is to replace ingredients with cheaper ones. Lentils or beans are great for substituting ground beef and you can easily stretch most soups or casseroles with rice or egg noodles. Want to use the meat but make it go further?  Mix in some oats or oatmeal.  And save meals out for special occasions.  Even a drive through trip can cost $20!  Planning ahead for those busy nights by having some meals in the freezer will save your budget, and taste much better than a burger in a bag.
  1. Skip the store and make it yourself – Depression Era families learned how to make things at home instead of buying them. This could include things like toothpaste, deodorant, laundry soap, bread and more. All of these things are much cheaper to make yourself than to purchase.
  1. Grow it yourselves – Most families had gardens and they were a necessary part of life if you wanted to eat.  Victory Gardens were popular during World War II, and many families depended on what they grew to feed the family.  There was no super grocery store to run to when you needed food, and many families could not afford store bought anyhow.  If you try, make sure that you include things like celery that can be grown from scraps so that you don’t waste anything.  And a compost pile is a great way to recycle food scraps into beautiful organic fertilizer.
  1. Fix It Yourselves – Have a skirt that needs hemmed?  Learn to do it yourself.  Need a rip sewn?  Learn to mend it yourself.  Plumbing need fixed? You guessed it, fix it yourself. Your grandparents learned to do it themselves (often by sheer necessity) and you can too. Your wallet will thank you, and you will feel accomplished.  And these days Google and YouTube are fabulous resources of information for practically anything you want to learn to do.  Just know when you really should call that professional to be safe.
  1. Trade for it – Money was not the only commodity, and in fact trade was very common. People traded things they had or services they could do for things they needed.  Doctors were often paid in eggs or crops.  My own grandmother used to trade her excellent sewing skills for things the family needed all the time.
  1. Learn Needs vs Wants – Money does not in fact grown on trees, and when budgets are tight needs vs wants become stark reality. I am not talking about basics like food, shelter and utilities.  I mean the extras that we THINK we need.  Not sure if you really need something?  Try this test:  Consider the thing you need/want.  Would you be willing to have the thing or the same value in cash?  If your answer is the cash…you probably don’t need it, you just want it, so consider carefully.  Things like satellite tv, data packages on smartphones, and expensive coffees out are all nice.  But if you need cash more, then you need to consider cutting back.  Brew your own coffee.  Sign up for Netflix.  One trick I do when I want something is figure out how long I have to work to pay for that item.  Usually it goes right back on the shelf.
  1. Hand it Down and Pass it On – Ok this one can be really fun! I try to shop at thrift stores, and I learned this from my grandma who dressed very nicely on the cheap!  There are some good thrift stores nearby and the clothing is great quality, so when I have NOTHING to wear (lol) I head to the thrift store to satisfy my shopping bug without breaking the budget.  Here is the fun part — When I am done wearing something, I put it in a bag and then I pass the bag to a friend.  I get bags passed to me.  Take what you want and add to it and pass it along.  It is a great FREE way to rejuvenate your wardrobe.  And for kids, definitely pass those clothes (and TOYS as well!) on or even SELL them on resale sites.  And invest in classic items for things like coats, boots and bags.  Fads are pricey and often poor quality.  Sometimes it is a better value to spend a little more on something that you want to use for years.
  1. Sell Sell Sell – One man’s trash really IS another man’s treasure! I sell things we no longer need on Facebook resale sites.  You would be surprised what people will buy, so give it a go.  My grandma sold jelly and jam.  My grandpa earned extra cash working on boat engines in his spare time.  My other grandma made custom draperies at home.  If you have a hobby, see if there is a way for you to get paid to do it!
  1. Live Below Your Means This one is really the biggest.  My grandparents lived in the same small house they bought in 1942. They raised 4 kids in it and lived there proudly until the day they were unable to care for themselves.  They didn’t buy a new car every year, they used it till it wore out.  They could have afforded more than they had, but they didn’t spend frivolously or foolishly.    My parents still live in the house I and my brother grew up in.  Don’t take on debt for bad reasons, like keeping up appearances.  There really do come those rainy days (Or months.  Or years even.) when NOT keeping up with the Jones’ pays you back in spades.  My grandparents eventually needed their savings to take care of themselves in a decent place when the time came, and our family felt better that they were well cared for until they days they passed.  They taught us all well, and I am trying to live their lessons and teaching my daughter the frugal way.


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Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Win a 4-pack of tickets to the St. Louis opening night show


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Connect with brands on C Space and Earn Amazon Cards for participating


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How to Build a Gift Closet Without Breaking Your Budget

A pile of Christmas gifts in colorful wrapping with ribbons.

A pile of Christmas gifts in colorful wrapping with ribbons.

Are you famous in your family for last minute gift buying?  Do you spend too much because you don’t plan ahead?  If so, I have the answer for you –  Build yourself a gift closet!  What in the world is that?  Pretty much exactly what it sounds like.  It doesn’t have to be a closet, but it is a stash of gifts that you can go to whenever you need one before going out and buying one.  That’s all fine and dandy, right, but building one frugally one does take a bit of time and planning.  After all, if you just ran out and bought a bunch of gifts to stock it with, you would be broke in no time. Check out these tips on how to build your gift closet without breaking your budget.

Start small – As I said earlier, the last thing you want is to buy a bunch of gifts all at once.  Instead, start small.  Buy one or two things at a time when you find them on sale then stash them away.  Shop throughout the year with your recipients in mind.

Start early – Some of the thriftiest shoppers in the world start early…as in the day after Christmas early…for the next year.  Why?  Because clearance deals are too good to pass up during that time period.  Start building your gift closet as early as you can and you’ll not only save, but you’ll score awesome gifts, too.

Scour the deals – Not only should you make friends with your favorite deal blogs, but you should also get to know the clearance section at your favorite stores and websites. On top of that, you may want to consider signing up for your favorite cash back website to help you save even more on online purchases.  And if you shop Kmart or Sears and thousands of other partners, sign up with Shop Your Way and make me your Personal Shopper.  It is FREE and you earn points on every purchase = cash money off your next one.

Use Free Gift Cards – When you’re using gift cards to pay for something?  You’re not using cash.  See the savings?  If you aren’t sure how to get started earning free gift cards or want to start earning more, check out these 10 ways to earn free gift cards.

Think ahead – Your child might like Dora now, but will she the next time Christmas rolls around?  If not and you don’t have any other little ones to buy for, you may want to stay away from toys and things that they may grow out of before you can gift it.  Stick with the classics, as well as stocking gifts for kids birthdays

Check the thrift stores and garage sale sites for your area – I kid you not, I have scored some terrific, unique and brand new gifts at places like Goodwill and on the garage sale Facebook sites for my area (Search Facebook garage sale or buy sell trade then your local city, town etc.)

Don’t forget the cards – I also stash away cards to save me a trip to buy one at $4.99 while we are dressed and in the car on the way to the event — I like the $1 cards at Family Dollar and Target.  I keep a good selection, grabbing a few at a time when I see ones I like.  Remember, too, that sometimes a handmade card is just as great and way more personal (and frugal).

Having a gift closet around is a fantastic time saver, money saver and just overall sanity saver.  Keep your gifts stashed away where no one will find them and when the time comes and you need one, you’ll be all set with no shopping required!

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10+ Legitimate Ways to Earn Free Gift Cards for the Holidays and Beyond



The Holidays will be here before you know it and there’s no time like right now to start planning your holiday budget.  While you should optimally try to budget and save for gifts all year long, you should also look at earning as many free gift cards as you can.  It is fairly easy earn them to help pay for gifts, and to pay for regular stuff you need through the entire year.

Yes, you heard me right. Earning free gift cards is an awesome way to make your budget stretch a bit farther than it normally would.  There are a ton of different ways that you can earn them, but these 10 ways to earn free gift cards for Christmas are my absolute favorites, and totally legitimate.

Holiday budgets don’t have to be a scary thing. Use these 10 sites and apps to help you make it more manageable, and make sure you check out the BONUS site at the end!


Amazon Trade In Program Did you know that Amazon will pay you for items you no longer want?  Items like Books, DVD’s, Video games and more can all be sent to Amazon to exchange for Amazon gift cards.

InstaGC Do you like taking surveys and filling out offers or watching videos?  If so, InstaGC is right up your alley!  The selection of gift cards to choose from is huge and payout is instant when you cash out.  100 points = $1.00 gift card and you earn an automatic 10 points for signing up, plus easy to earn more fast by confirming your email and other easy tasks.

SwagBucksSwagBucks is still the standard when it comes to search and win. Use it in place of Google, take surveys, play games and more to earn points.  Those points can then be exchanged for gift cards or even Paypal!  I really just use the search engine portion and I earn $10 worth of Amazon gift cards a month (my choice – they have lots).

ShopKick Do you have a smartphone?  Are you constantly running in and out of stores?  If so, put that to work for you!  When you head to a store on the list, you’ll be given kicks just for walking in the door of stores like Target, Walmart, and more.  You can also earn for scanning barcodes in the store. Trade your kicks in for awesome gift cards like Target, Walmart, Best Buy and more!  Best part — the app reminds you when you are nearby so you don’t forget to get your kicks when you walk in.

iBotta If you’re not already using iBotta, you should be.  When you buy certain items and iBotta will pay you cash back!  It is so easy even a child can do it.  And kids love helping with this.  Look through the iBotta offers before you head to the store to help you make your list.  There are even offers to save on things like eggs, milk, and produce.  You will have to do something quick like take a one question survey to unlock the offer – it literally takes seconds.   Then, shop as normal.  When you get home you will need to scan the item and your receipt, then you get the offer amount given to you as a rebate.   You can choose to cash out your rebates via Paypal or you can get gift cards!  Join iBotta and earn $1 extra when you earn your first rebate.

Perk Another awesome way to use your phone to make yourself some free money is by using the Perk app to watch commercials!  There are other apps that will earn you points.  They have a very large selection of gift cards to choose from and points generally rack up quickly!

Receipt Hog Do you shop?  Of course you do! Scan your receipts into Receipt Hog and you’ll earn spins to win points. Trade your points in for Amazon Gift Cards.

Bing Rewards Another search and win that can score you gift cards for Amazon, Sephora, X-Box Live and more!

Harris Poll Online A true survey company, Harris Poll pays its members for taking surveys in Amazon gift cards.  (A Nielsen Company) – Get Paid For Your Opinions!  Easy to do.

MySurvey – Another true survey company, with MySurvey you can earn either cash or gift cards.  A group of consumers from throughout the United States who influence future products and services by volunteering to participate in consumer research.

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Good manners are not on discount with coupons. Don’t act like a B at the checkout!




We’ve all seen it happen.  You’re standing in the checkout lane at the store.  There is another coupon user ahead of you.  While you quietly watch in silent solidarity, thinking, “YAY!  Go sister coupon saver!”, they hand over their stack of coupons to the cashier.  She begins to scan each one.  Suddenly –


She scans again…


She tries a third time…

*beep!* and then she tells the customer that she cannot accept the coupon because it won’t scan.

Your solidarity sister in front of you gets flustered (I get that, we have all been there!), asking that the cashier hand enter the coupon because it is valid, it is from the newspaper.  The cashier declines, and a conversation about the store policy about coupons that don’t scan ensues.  Your coupon sister begins to get upset.  You begin to cringe, seeing where this is headed.  Suddenly that feeling of solidarity dries up and you want another checkout lane, now.  You try to hide your huge stack of coupons as the people behind you begin to deep sigh.  The irate couponer soon raises her voice and demands a manager.  The light goes on and the tension is oh so fun while everyone waits, and finally the manager arrives.  After a pow wow, the cashier ends up pretty close to tears and clearly upset, and a manager has to complete the transaction.  Ultimately the customer got her coupon accepted, probably just to get her to shut up already.  The customer, still mad but smugly gloating, finally leaves.  And as for the manager that was called over?  Well, this person is just really tired of dealing with coupons and rude coupon users.

Guess what?  Now it’s your turn to checkout with your stack of coupons!  How do you think your transaction is going to go after all of that?

Having manners at the checkout is something that we should all do.  Sounds easy enough.  Yes, it directly affects how you will be treated on your current shopping trip (or the next – cashiers DO remember you and they DO know who the difficult customers are!), but it also has a far larger reach than that.  When a couponer is rude and demanding, makes a scene, blames the cashier for an issue, tries to get the policy overridden, tries to purposely commit coupon fraud or acts entitled, it hurts every single person that shops with coupons.

With the rise in popularity of extreme couponing, many store policies have been changed to manage out of control or illegal couponers.  Some stores have stopped taking coupons entirely, or have stopped taking printed coupons, or have restricted the number of coupons that can be redeemed at a time or the number of products.  Most stores will now refuse a coupon that does not scan due to couterfits.  All of these things make couponing harder on the honest and well-mannered couponer.  Most take this in stride and act gracefully.  But I know of shoppers who have been banned from stores because of their attitudes and bad manners.  I have witnessed first hand actual arguments over a few dollars worth of coupons.  There have even been situations where cashiers have been threatened with guns over coupons!   It really is a situation where a few “bad eggs” can ruin things for the entire dozen.  In other words, bad couponers can make things harder or even ruin couponing completely for others at a store you love.

Planning a couponing trip and then actually shopping can be stressful enough already without adding anything extra to it.  Instead of adding stress by expecting a problem and going in already defensive, try a different tactic:

  1. Try not to shop hungry = hangry.  At least eat a snack so you are less likely to overspend and less likely to overreact.
  2. Be prepared. Make sure that your coupons are in order and don’t make the cashier and other customers wait while you sort them.  Have that stuff ready before you get in the line at all.  I find a quiet area of the store to go through them all before I check out.  That way I also make sure I got everything on my list AND it gives me a chance to take out the things that the kids (or the hubby) try to sneak in or that I have changed my mind on.  When you can leave the kids at home.  Less distractions and way less stress for you.
  3. Take a deep breath before you check out.  It really helps to settle you down.
  4. Realize that cash registers and bar code scanners are electronics.  They are going to mess up, and though it is frustrating, patience goes a long way.
  5. Remember that the cashier is a human being.  Remember the manners your parents taught you.  Smile and say hello and make eye contact and I guarantee that you just got some points in your favor.  Try to develop a friendly relationship with the cashiers so they will get to know you a bit.  Your cashier has probably been at their work station for hours.  They might be tired, or just having a bad day and really just want to go home.  I know, I know… they should love their job or not work with the public.  But ask yourself, do you always love your job?  No?  Then cut them some slack and don’t make things worse by having poor manners.  Now that is not excuse for a rude cashier, and if you happen upon one, by all means see a manager.
  6. If there is a problem, reacting to it calmly and politely will get you a lot farther than getting an attitude and arguing will.  Being prepared with the coupon policy or sales ad is helpful.  If you DO find yourself in a situation with the cashier or manager:
    • Be polite but firm if you believe you are in the right.  Try to resolve the situation with the cashier before nicely asking for a manager.  If the manager cannot resolve the issue, you can always cancel the transaction and/or contact corporate level customer service.  Don’t engage in a power struggle or make a scene.  It is better to walk away and deal with it externally.
    • Don’t be sarcastic or offensive.  Stay calm.  Never raise your voice or use profanity or be insulting.  Don’t gloat if you “win” and the cashier or manager has to do what you were initially refused.  Like my grandmother would say, “Show some class.”
    • Admit when you are wrong.  Every one of us is wrong sometimes, and a person with good manners will admit it and offer a sincere apology.  Saying, “I had no idea that your coupon policy was updated last week.  I apologize.”
    • Understand that no matter how right you may be that the store has the ultimate say in what happens.  So try to make the best of the situation, especially if you plan to shop there again.  Employees remember both difficult and nice customers, and it is a lot like Santa.  You really want to be on the NICE list because next time you have an issue it might go in your favor!

By showing your good manners, being friendly, and keeping calm, you’ll get a lot farther with your deal shopping than you will if you become irate and upset.  Using coupons is a privilege, not something anyone is entitled to.  Good manners have always gone a long way with making anything in life more pleasant and less stressful.  And I know I could sure use more nice and less stress.  Coupon on!


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15 DIY Halloween Decorations

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15 DIY Halloween Decorations

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to make decorations for.  It is so much fun and really gets me in that Fall mood.  Check out these great and fun 15 DIY Halloween Decorations and get your spooky crafting on, and pin the post for later reference.

1. Spiderweb Garland | Source: 100 Directions

2. DIY Halloween Wreath | Source: Passion for Savings

3. Easy Halloween Milk Jug Ghost Craft | Source: Drugstore Divas

4. Colorful Skull Luminaries | Source: Crafts by Amanda

5. DIY Fabric Halloween Wreath | Source: More Than a Mom of Three

6. Lovely Lace Pumpkin | Source: Living Frugal with Erika

7. Bat Hanging Centerpiece | Source: 100 Directions

8. DIY Frugal Porch Decoration | Source: Extreme Couponing Mom

9. DIY Skeleton Party Banner | Source: Baby Loving Mama

10. Halloween Footprint Sign | Source: Home. Made. Interest.

11. Jack O’ Lantern Jars | Source: Who Needs a Cape?

12. Halloween Garland | Source: 100 Directions

13. DIY Scarecrow | Source: Living Frugal with Erika

14. Easy Halloween Door Hang | Source: Drugstore Divas

15. DIY Halloween Fabric Strip Wreath | Source: Growing Up Gabel

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Oh NO! We broke a new Bronzer to pieces … See how we fixed it

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Chrislie Formulations is a California based cosmetics innovator for the modern beauty enthusiast = makeup lover.  Featured on shows such as Access  Hollywood and Rachael Ray, and sold online and in top stores like Nordstrom, Chrislie Formulations creates in-house brands sought the world over.  This is a company that aims to boost a woman’s confidence with quality-made, very affordable, and easy-to-use products that magnify your beauty.  old_new_makeupAnd as a mom to a toddler I need more magnifying than others these days.  I spend a lot of time in the palace office, but I still like to look pretty darn it and there are times I do need to actually SEE other people.  I was very excited to be offered the opportunity to review several of Chrislie Formulations’ great items.  Even though I totally dropped and broke the bronzer (SORRY Chrislie!  But fear not, I have an awesome fix for that!).  So without further ado, because it IS all about the makeup after all…

​Measurable Difference® Studio Makeup Collection Train Case Makeup Kit
I really am in serious LIKE with the ​Measurable Difference® Studio Makeup Collection Train Case Makeup Kit.  It contains a nice variety of of make up great for a beginner or a young lady to gain experience with applying makeup, or to have a complete kit for traveling.  It includes 24 pans of eyeshadow, 8 lip colors, pencils for brows, lips and eyes, blushers, brushes and more!  The case is CUTE and it is convenient.  It has a handle and there is space for a good amount of make up.  This is so easy to grab and go, while not being so large that it takes up too much room in luggage (preserving valuable space for accessories, shoes and cute bags) or on a vanity.

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Inside the make up case
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​This is a great picture of all that the kit includes.  A nice variety of eye shadows, lip sticks and glosses, blushes, eye liner pencils, and lip liners.  It has many different shades and colors to meet any mood.  BONUS!  It also includes a small compact for the eye shadows and enough brushes to complete the kit.

Measurable Difference® Professional 6-Piece Makeup Brush Set

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​This little Measurable Difference® Professional 6-Piece Makeup Brush Set is so nice. Not only is it pretty to look at but it has enough brushes to do a complete make up application. The brushes are of good quality and density. This high-quality set includes powder brush, eyeshadow brush, angled nose contouring brush, eyeliner brush, and an eyebrow brush comb.  The travel case makes it easy to take it with you for the day or to throw into a travel bag and go!
Measurable Difference® 6-Piece Makeup ER! Kit
Measurable Difference® 6-Piece Makeup ER! Kit
​This cute Measurable Difference® 6-Piece Makeup ER! Kit (hot pink travel case) has the essentials to use while on the go.  It includes mascara, lip gloss, contour palette, eye liner and a bronzer stick.  It is perfect to throw in your purse.  I especially like the contour kit, easy to use for face and eyes.  The lip gloss is soft and shimmery.  The mascara worked nicely, no clumping or flaking.  The brush seemed a little large to me which made it seem a little hard to apply, but in an emergency it works.  I am not a fan of liquid eye liner and am not experienced with it,  so application was not successful and we will just imagine how awful I looked hehe.  I like the bronzer stick to use on my eye lids as a quick easy shadow or on my cheeks for some quick color, especially after the gym or a fitness class.
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​This little Makeup ER case is super cute, small enough to fit in your purse yet large enough to fit the essentials.
Measurable Difference® Face & Body Bronzer
OK confession time…I was taking this Measurable Difference® Face & Body Bronzer out of the box and dropped it.  Naturally onto my makeup counter, which is marble, and it smashed into a bunch of pieces.  After I said *%$#, I thought well heck I know how to fix that and what a perfect time to share it with you!  Meet a little DIY tip that will save you and your fave shadow or blush or powder.  If it is a powder base, this will work.
To make the fix, you need:
1.  The evidence (aka the broken makeup) with as many pieces as you can salvage.
2.  Rubbing alcohol.
3.  A cotton swab.
Here is what you do:
Pour just enough alcohol onto the broken pieces to make them a paste that you can reform.  Use the cotton swab to get the mix together and then smooth it out.  Allow to dry completely, preferably overnight.  While not as pretty as new, it works just as well and does not harm the product.  Yay!  Easy AND frugal!
The next day after the bronzer was dry, I was finally able to try it out.  This is labeled a bronzer but this particular Pink shade I would use as more of a highlighter.  There are is a whole color palette of bronzers to choose from so you can find the shade that suits.  This has a nice little shimmer and works great to add some glow to your cheeks, under your eyebrows, on your decolletage, or anywhere you want highlight.  It is a large compact and will last a long time.  It goes on smooth and if you tap your brush before applying, it won’t fall off the brush onto area’s that you don’t want it.
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25 Delicious Recipes for the Grill you will want to make now


25 Summer Grilling Recipes

The barbecue grill is an icon of summer, but a barbecue can be way more than a backyard get-together featuring burgers and hot dogs. Grilling gives vegetables and meats and even desserts and fruits a delicious char and wonderful smoky flavor.  Not even your stovetop grill pan can give you the same flavors as the outdoor versions, so branch out and find some new grilling recipes to take advantage of outdoor cooking.  What type of grill is better, charcoal or gas? Well that depends on what you want to do.  Gas grills give you more temperature control with accuracy and quick adjustments, and features like warming racks can be employed.  My preference is classic charcoal for the pronounced smokiness that can’t be duplicated, especially with the addition of wood chips like mesquite, hickory, apple, etc.  Whatever your choice, check out these 25 awesome recipes for the grill and enjoy a delicious meal.

1. Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Cabbage Slaw from Cooking Classy
2. Grilled Brown Sugar Chili Pork Tenderloin from Katie’s Cucina
3. Grilled Potatoes with Rosemary Smoked Paprika from Cookin’ Canuck
4. Grilled London Broil from Spicy Southern Kitchen
5. Loaded Nachos on the Grill from Passion for Savings
6. Grilled Avocado and Vegetable Tacos from Two Peas and Their Pod
7. Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings from Casa De Crews
8. Grilled BBQ Chicken Potato Skins from The Recipe Rebel
9. Grilled Turkey and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers from Chili Pepper Madness
10. Grilled BBQ Shrimp from How to Feed Aloon
11. Grilled Tex Mex Chicken Burgers with Hot Pepper Corn Relish from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles
12. Grilled Steak and Feta Wrap from Recipe Geek
13. Grilled Buffalo Turkey Meatball Subs from Little Leopard Book
14. Grilled Strip Steak with Onion Sauce from Man Titlement
15. Honey Sriracha Butter Grilled Corn from Rasa Malaysia
16. Grilled Steak Fajitas from Veggie Balance
17. Grilled Basil Garlic Chicken Breasts from A Family Feast
18. Grilled Balsamic Vegetables from iFOODreal
19. Grilled Pork Chops with Spicy Balsamic Grilled Peaches from Foodiecrush
20. Grilled Brussels Sprouts from SugarDish Me
21. Perfect Grilled Asparagus from Or Whatever You Do
22. Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter from A Food Centric Life
23. Grilled Lemon Tarragon Chicken from Small Batch Treats
24. Southwest Grilled Salmon with Blueberry Corn Salsa from Recipe Runner
25. Bacon Wrapped Chicken Legs from The Weary Chef

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Just in time for Father’s Day – GoPro HERO+LCD camera at Best Buy


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This time of the year Dad is #1, and Best Buy is the #1 destination for the latest and greatest cameras and camcorders.  My hubs is excited about the new GoPro HERO+LCD.  He made sure to tell me that it is in Best Buy stores just in time for Father’s Day.   And that it would be the PERFECT family camera for us and an active toddler -great for capturing every sweet and funny family moment of every journey that lies ahead.  Not only does the new GoPro capture incredible shots, the LCD display allows you to relive them right then and there.




·         1080p60 video, 8MP photos and built-in Wi-Fi, plus the convenience of a touch display.

·         Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connect to the GoPro App for shot preview, total camera control and easy content sharing to Instagram, Facebook, and more.

Head to your local Best Buy and check out the new GoPro Hero+LCD for the true experience.  You will NOT be disappointed.  But Dad might be if you miss these great offers (ending soon so hurry!)

·        Buy a HERO+LCD (Sku 6954009) receive a free 32GB Extreme Plus memory card (Sku 9387066). Valid 6/14/15-6/20/15

·         Free $50 Best Buy Gift Card with purchase of the GoPro HERO4 Silver (Sku 8374096) or GoPro HERO4 Black (Sku 8374078). Valid 6/7/15-6/20/15


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I have clean confidence to #GoCommando thanks to Cottonelle. I dare you with a #free sample kit!


This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for their flushable cleaning cloths and toilet paper with CleanRipple texture is all my own!

I have the confidence to #GoCommando in my workout routine and beyond this whole summer.

I Dare YOU to #GoCommando – Order a FREE personalized commando kit for yourself!


With summer pretty much upon us, our family spends a LOT of our time outside and moving.  To make sure we have enough stamina to keep up with all that extra daylight and activity, we try to exercise as much as time and weather allows through the spring.  I personally want to stay fit, healthy and confident so that come summer, I am FUN in the SUN ready!  Running, biking, yoga, coupon shopping, swimming, heck chasing after toddlers is all exercise…and let’s face some truth here: nobody likes wedgies.  And wedgies are inevitable when you are moving and twisting with undies.  So going commando (that’s sans undies for those who don’t know!) is sure appealing.  But what about your cleanliness?  Cottonelle® has developed an awesome system that lets ME Go Commando when I exercise!  In fact, I have been taking the TP and the cleansing cloths to the park and the gym so that I can always feel clean and fresh.


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– Strong and effective for a confident clean
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– Two-ply
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Cottonelle®® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths feature SafeFlush Technology, so they not only offer you a confident clean but also start to break down immediately after flushing.

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– OneTouch dispensing tub
– Great for the entire family

Trying these cleansing cloths has really freshened up my bathroom experience and offered a clean so confident I can #GoCommando even in my  yoga pants.  And it gives me the confident clean I need to #GoCommando during my workout routine, whether it’s swimming, running, biking, yoga, or just playing at the park with my toddler!


Cottonelle® CleanRipple combined with Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths are my one-two secret weapons.  And now YOU know, too!!  There is no other way to #GoCommando with clean confidence this summer!  Don’t forget to grab your FREE sample commando kit and make sure to dare your friends to also #GoCommando

Thank you to Cottonelle for sponsoring this post and inspiring me to #GoCommando!

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Zaycon Fresh – Excellent Value, Direct from the Farm to Your Family Table


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Zaycon Fresh knows that you need good food to be happy and healthy, and they want you to know that their food tastes great.  AND with Zaycon Fresh, you  can save more than 30% off grocery prices when you order online and pick up at a location near you!  Zaycon Fresh is a privately owned company based in Spokane, Washington. The company was founded in 2009 with the simple mission to bring farm fresh meats direct to consumers at wholesale prices.  They currently offer a range of fresh foods to over 1,200 locations nationwide.

On the day that your local Zaycon Fresh has their pick-up event simply show up during the appointed time and follow the easy to find signs.  Stay in your vehicle and in just a few minutes the friendly staff will confirm your order and load it for you, anywhere you choose!  It’s as easy as that and you will drive away knowing that you are getting a great and healthy product from Zaycon Fresh.

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For this event I ordered 93/7 ground beef.  80 pounds worth!  I share with my parents and my brother so we use it all by the time the next event rolls around.  The meat is packaged in 10 pound tubes which are conveniently sized to be sliced into burgers, or do what I do and take the time to weigh and press into burgers.  This way not matter what I am making I can grab them and defrost them fast, and I know that each one is 1/4 pound.  I also package some 1 pound packs.  I have to say, though, that packaging 80 pounds of ground beef is a daunting task so someone to help is definitely advised.

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The ground beef is high quality and fresh, and 100% USA!  Though it is low in fat it is nice and juicy when cooked and beats the pants off ANY beef I have ever bought from any store or butcher, hands down.

Check out this awesome recipe for Spinach, Mozzarella and Mushroom Stuffed Burgers featuring Zaycon Fresh 93/7 ground beef.  Your mouth will be watering.


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Spinach, Mozzarella and Mushroom Stuffed Burgers


These Spinach, Mozzarella and Mushroom Stuffed Burgers are delicious and easy to make.  I use high quality Zaycon Fresh 93/7 ground beef to make sure that you get a delicious and healthy burger that doesn’t shrink up to a little bitty nothing.  Find out MORE about Zaycon Fresh foods and find out how you can save more than 30% off grocery prices when you order online and pick up at a location near you!


Spinach, Mozzarella and Mushroom Stuffed Burgers

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 10 Min

Cook Time: 8- 10 Min



1 Lb 93/7 Zaycon Fresh Ground Beef

1/2 Cup White Button Mushrooms

1/2 Cup Fresh Spinach

1/4 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1/4 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 Tsp. Onion Powder

1 Pinch Salt

Extra spinach, cheese and mushrooms for garnish.  




Chop mushrooms and spinach into small pieces.  Add in mozzarella.  In large mixing bowl mix ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and 1/4 of the mushroom mixture.  Separate the beef mixture into 4 equal balls. Pinch a small amount (1/4) off each ball.  Take the larger ball and make it into a round patty with a hollowed out center.  Place some of the mushroom mixture into the hollowed area.  Now take the small pinched off part and flatten to make a top to put over the stuffed burger.  Lightly push down on the sides of the top so that they sick to the filled burger, trying to seal in as much of the filling as possible.  Now cook for 8 – 10 minutes on a medium high grill or until juices run clear.  I used an indoor grill to makes these, but you could also use a pan or a outside grill.  Just make sure to adjust time accordingly and be food safe!  When burgers are done, top with extra cheese if desired.  Garnish with spinach and mushrooms and mayo as you like.  I also like to toast the buns on the grill.  Super delicious and nutritious!

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Grab a FREE Sample of Poise Pads for #LBL and See a Fun Way to #RecycleYourPeriodPad into Comfy Slippers


SOOOOO I had a baby.   And while it was certainly the most joyous time of my life, I have to say that there are plenty of things nobody warns you about.  Sleepless nights I expected.  Hair loss by the handful I was warned about.  Peeing my pants whenever I laughed, coughed, stretched the wrong way, sneezed…well, that part is not so joyous and not really discussed.  Pregnancy does a number on your pelvic floor muscles, and despite Kegels galore I STILL have some light bladder leakage.  In the beginning I used sanitary pads leftover from after my daughter was born, but they left me feeling like I was wearing a diaper – kinda damp and wanting a shower.  Fast forward a few months after her birth — I was hesitant to visit the incontinence aisle, but necessity (aka I ran out of pads) made me don a disguise and visit my local store in the dead of night.  Seriously I did.  I bought some Poise pads and very proud of myself I proceeded through life.  I even buy them during the day now, undisguised!  NOW Poise has brand new Poise Thin-Shape Pads that are awesome!  I found them at Target, but they are available at many stores and more to come. Contoured to fit and absorbent, they feel comfortable and discreet.  Now I can cough and sneeze with impunity!!  Grab a FREE sample of Poise and try for yourself.


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