Friday, December 8, 2017

Giveaway: $10 Amazon Gift Card

It's the time of year to celebrate giving!  

You have given me over a million pageviews and now I'm giving away an Amazon gift card! Just in time for you to snag one last Christmas gift!

Entering the giveaway is easy (just follow the Rafflecopter directions below) and some entries can be done every day to get you even more chances at winning!

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*fine print* 
  1. No purchase necessary to win. Open to residents of the 50 United States (including District of Columbia) who are at least 18 yrs old.  Winner to be selected at random by and will be announced within 24 hours.  Winner will be notified by email and has 24 hours to respond to claim their prize.  
  2. If the potential winner cannot be contact, fails to reply within 24 hours, or prize is returned as undeliverable, the potential winner has forfeited the prize and a new winner will be chosen.
  3. All prizes are non-transferable.
  4. Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same email address and/or household. Any attempt by any entrant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and log-ins, or any other methods will void that entrant’s entries and that entrant may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. 
  5. Void where prohibited by law.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday Funnies: Lego

It's the first Friday in December!!!  Take a break from the hectic decorating, wrapping, and party planning and let these 3 Lego funnies give you a laugh.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday Shopping Tips

*This post is sponsored by Swagbucks. Opinions are my own.*

Is there a petition to make Black Friday a national holiday? Because I would sign it!  I love a good bargain and saving money!  I still like to go to the stores but in recent years have also started doing some of my Black Friday shopping online.
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Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you do your holiday shopping on Black Friday:

1. Have a list of who you need to buy for and how much you want to spend.  I have found it handy this year to keep a list of everyone I'm buying for and what I already got them...that way when I can track and make sure I'm spending roughly the same on everyone.

2. Don't be in a hurry!  If you're out in the stores for Black Friday there is going to be a crowd. You're going to wait in line to checkout.  There will probably be grumpy children being hauled through the aisles at 2am.  Be relaxed and just roll with it.  

3. Keep your car doors locked and packages out of sight as much as possible.

4.  Check store websites for free shipping offers.  On Black Friday and Cyber Monday many stores lower what they require you to spend in order to get free shipping.  Plus lots of stores offer ship-to-store options that are free. Then you get to shop in the comfort of your home AND not have to pay shipping!

5.  Use a cash back shopping site such as Swagbucks before you click a link to a store! Swagbucks offers cash back at over 120 different stores! Kohls, Amazon, Target, Macy's, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Crate & Barrel, and more! You can get great deals without having to wait in a line!

If you aren't familiar with Swagbucks, here is a crash course in the basics: With Swagbucks you earn points, called SB, that you can turn into gift cards to places like Amazon, Sephora, Target, Starbucks, and even PayPal cash. You earn points by searching the web, watching videos, and even shopping online at stores you were going to shop at anyway!  

Click here to take advantage of the cash back, simply create your free Swagbucks account and you'll be all set!

6. Google for promo codes before checking out online.  I kick myself when I forget to do this!  Do a quick Google search like "Shutterfly promo code"  or "Sephora coupon code" and see if anything comes up. Retailmenot is usually pretty reliable.  Sometimes I find codes worth a % off, a free item, free shipping, etc!  Especially with the holiday season being here there will be lots of coupon codes coming out!  

Want more Black Friday tips? Check out this post from 2013!

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to get *cash* back for shopping online

Swagbucks is offering double cash back at dozens of different stores (like Macy's and Target) during their 2017 Holiday Sale. Just go to this page to see all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping. Shop through the links and earn cash back at stores you were already going to shop at (Sephora, Target, Macy's, etc)!
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In order to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set! Your cash back comes in the form of SB points, which you can redeem for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or get PayPal cash! I just cashed in points last week and got a $25 eBay gift card!

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before December 1st! This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

14 of the best Cub Scout Snack Ideas

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If you are the parent of a cub scout, you know there will inevitably be a snack sign up sheet/email floating around.  I've searched the web to find some ideas for when it is our turn to bring scout snacks and today I'm sharing those ideas with you!

1. Smores in a Bag

From the blog A Girl and a Glue Gun (which has TONS of crafty ideas), this is a super cute and easy snack perfect for Cub Scout meetings.  
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2. Armpit Fudge

Yeah. Gross.  Exactly why the scouts will love it!  This snack idea comes from

3. Tiger Cub Cuties

How adorable is this snack for your den of Tigers?!  Just buy a bag of the "cuties" oranges and get out a Sharpie.  This image was on Pinterest without any website linked to it. Here is the link to the pin!
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4. Cub Scouts are one in a Minion

AkelasCouncil has the free printables you need to make this for your scout pack! 
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5. Turkey Snack Bags

As we approach Thanksgiving, these snack bags (from That's What Che Said) would be fun for your scouts. You could make them ahead of time and bring them to let the kids enjoy at the meeting, or hand them out as a take home snack, or have the scouts assemble them and take them home.  Of course you'll use scout popcorn. ;)

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6. Tiger Tail Pretzels

Another snack for the Tiger cubs in your life.  These chocolate dipped pretzels from LaForce Be With You are easy and cute!  Directions are on her website!
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7. Camp Nachos

This requires you to cook the beef ahead of time, but don't they look delicious!?  From Spindles Designs
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8. Individual Fruit Cups

A healthier snack option for Scouts.  Plus, these can be prepped ahead of time!  Courtesy of Family Friendly Frugality.
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9. String Cheese Snowman

Another healthier snack for your Scouts!  These snowmen string cheeses (from An Onion Exposed) are super cute.
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10. Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

This great idea from A Thrifty Mom just requires refrigerated canned cinnamon rolls, roasting sticks, and about 8 minutes of cooking time.
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11. Dirt Pudding

What kid doesn't love dirt pudding??  Directions from Gummy Bears and Ponytails.
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12. Campfire Pies

Easy to make!  See the details on Made With Happy.
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13. Dutch Oven Dump Cake

Simple to make and it can cook over the fire while the scouts do other activities.  There are all kinds of dump cake recipes you can pick from.  Here's one from Diana Rambles.

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14. Pie Iron Pizza

You'll need pie irons for this. Hopefully your pack has some or you can borrow from other parents!
From Twin Dragonfly Designs.
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There you have it!  Fourteen snack ideas for your next cub scout meeting!  If you know of any other great ideas, please comment and let me know!  

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Funnies

It's Friday!!  Here are 3 new funnies for you this week....

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hesitating to join Swagbucks?

**This is a sponsored post from Swagbucks and the links are referral links.  Swagbucks is a free website that allows users to earn points towards gift cards.**

This is the time to join!  Right now you'll get an extra 300 points, called "SB" for signing up during October as part of their Three For Fall promotion.  That's worth $3.  No, you won't get rich.  But you wouldn't turn down someone handing you three bucks, right?  Of course not!

Swagbucks is a site I've posted about lots of times before.  You earn points and redeem them for gift cards or cash.  Last week I cashed out my points for $50 PayPal cash!  The points are easy to earn: web searches, watching videos, answering a daily poll, etc.

PayPal not your thing? That's okay. You can also get gift cards for places like Target, GameStop, Amazon, Sephora, Kohl's, Walmart, and TONS more.  

When you sign up through me this month, you get the extra $3.  Here's how:

  • Sign up with this link.
  • Earn 300 points before November 1st.  You'll get the extra 300 SB bonus!

Easy, right?

I usually earn several hundred dollars a year in Swagbucks.  The $50 Paypal I got last week went to buy a specialty chair for my classroom (I'm a special education teacher and my kids need special stuff ;) ).  It was great to be able to afford the chair without costing a dime of my own money!