Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Deals of the Day

Hurry Over to Amazon for the Amazing Deals of the Day! Get that shopping done! Amazon Prime members get early access to these deals... not a member, try 30 days FREE! 

Here are just a few of the deals happening now...
Apple Watch, Lego Building Bricks, Portion Control Containers and so much more!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday

Check out the amazing deals at Amazon... devices as low as $33! Score free shipping with an Amazon Prime account... New members get 30 days FREE (don't want to pay the membership fee after 30 days just use the free shipping for 30 days then cancel).

Don't forget to sign up for Ebates first to get cash back for all your online shopping. If you are a new member you will get $10 FREE and a chance to win a 2016 Toyota Highlander.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Experiences not Toys as Gifts

Have you ever heard of gifting experiences? Find out below how we will be gifting experiences this year for our children. December is literally the busiest month of the year for us. I know a lot of families say this but it truly is for us. Our three sons each have a birthday the week before Christmas. That is everything multiplied by three: parties, gifts, cakes, everything needed for birthdays. Then the following week Christmas gifts for all 3 boys not only from us and Santa, but from all their friends and family. Not to mention all the school and work parties and friend and family get togethers. You can only imagine what our house looks like post Christmas... the boys always end up with a ton of toys. They just have so many people that love them and want to give, which we are so blessed for. So after talking with some family members these are some of the changes that will be made this year... we are including experiences for our children and hope to make this a very memorable year.

1.  We have some family that will send money to the boys instead of gifts. Each boy has their own bank account (they are all under the age of 9). They will experience taking their money to the bank and putting it in their savings account, getting a balance sheet and viewing how much interest they have earned since their last deposit. Find out more about setting up bank accounts for your kids here.

2.  Another family member is going to purchase punch cards to the places the boys like to play. This will include the bouncy house type places that are local to us. This gift is great because not only can family gift the punch card but they can also plan time to spend with the boys later in the year.

3. We have another family member who is gifting the boys books in a unique way. Each boy will get an individually wrapped book everyday of December leading up to Christmas. The books will cover a wide variety of topics.

4. There have been times when the boys have gotten a duplicate toy. In the even this happens instead or returning or exchanging it we will be taking them to a local place to donate.

5. Tickets will also be given this year. This is a great idea and gives the kids something to look forward to. Some ideas to consider: Concert tickets, Movie Tickets, tickets to a play or to a theme park.

Experiences don't have to cost a lot either. You can cook a meal, give a massage, schedule a group or family game. There are many different ways to gift experiences.

Has your family given experiences as gifts before? What did you give?

*This post contains affiliate links for some of our favorite products.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Last Chance to get a Nintendo NES Classic Edition today!

If you haven't been able to get your hands on the new Nintendo NES Classic Edition click here
----> Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition <-----to order one today. They will go on sale at 2:00pm pt (5:00ET).  There will most likely be a lot of people trying to purchase here as it's one of the last places to purchase this today.  Good luck!

If you are unable to purchase today Nintendo sent out this message regarding the new system. 

*The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system is a hot item, and we are working hard to keep up with consumer demand. There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year. Please contact your local retailers to check product availability.*

*This post contains affiliate links

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Black Friday Deals Happening Now

Hurry and head over here to find some amazing pre Black Friday deals.

Right now you can score $20 off a new Kindle ONLY $59.99

Amazing: 56% of the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner, originally $219.99 now only $95.79

There are so many deals this week you need to check them out and get your shopping done early... there is something for everyone! Avoid all those lines and enjoy time with your family and friends!

Make these deals sweeter by signing up for a FREE trial of Amazon Prime.  You can score all your new products with FREE 2-Day Shipping!! You can sign up for 30 days FREE and get all your shopping done with FREE Shipping... this is going to equal some big savings!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

FREE Chipotle - 2 Ways

Hurry and you can score some FREE Chipotle

Head here and play a quick (under one minute) Chipotle matching game and get a Buy One Get One Free coupon texted immediately to your phone. 

If you are a Chicago Cubs Fan and in the Chicago area click here for details. Show support for Game 1 of the World Series and score Free Chipotle. All you need to do is wear your team gear to a participating Chicago/Illinois/Northwest Indiana Chipotle location!

Don't have any Cubs Gear? Score some great deals here.

I love Free Delicious Deals!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

FREE Amope Gel Activ Insert or Insole

Are you interested in trying Amope Gel Activ Insoles & Inserts for FREE?

Now through October 23rd, head to your local store and purchase an Amope Gel Activ Insole or Insert, SAVE your receipt, and submit an Amope Try Me Free Rebate. Head over here and click the pink "Click Here to Enter" button and fill out the form.  Choose to have a check sent to you electronically (direct to your email box) or have it sent to you by mail. If you choose the snail mail your check should arrive in 8-10 weeks.

In the meantime check out this awesome deal on Amope Pedi Perfect Foot File

Saturday, October 8, 2016

How to Hide Zucchini in your Pasta

Pasta has always been a favorite family dinner of mine. I have great memories of my mom preparing homemade pasta sauce. What I did not know for a long time as a kid was that my mom snuck in tons of vegetables into her sauce.  She added onions, carrots, celery and more. Now that I have kids of my own I make my very own version of "homemade" pasta sauce, but I add in zucchini.  The kids have no idea that I have added an extra vegetable to dinner, it's not sitting in a pile on their plate so out of sight out of mind.  Here is how I easily add zucchini into our pasta. I must add that we also use Barilla Gluten Free Pasta  due to my sons food allergies.

Pasta with Zucchini
Step 1: Clean your zucchini and chop on end off. Use a grater and grate your zucchini over a kitchen towel. Once the zucchini is completely grated, squeeze out the excess water over your sink.

 Step 2: Put grated zucchini in a pot and add your sauce.  Cook on medium low for about 10 minutes.

Step 3: Add in your noodles, eat, and enjoy

My kids really enjoy this dinner and have never noticed the added zucchini. If for some reason you have a child that does notice the zucchini, switch to the smaller holes on your grater and see if you can sneak it in that way.  Good luck and happy veggie eating!

*This post contains an affiliate link

Thursday, October 6, 2016

30 FREE Pampers Gift to Grow Points

Hurry and submit the following codes for 10 points:
Click here and here and scroll to the bottom of each page and click the "I've Read" button = 10 points each.

Check this out... Sign up for a 30 day free trial of Amazon Family and get 20% off diaper subscriptions with FREE shipping, exclusive baby registry benefits, plus unlimited instant streaming of movies, tv shows and songs for the whole family. 

Once you have your free Amazon Family subscription set up, order Pampers diapers for even more Gift to Grow points!

*This post contains affiliate links

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Perfect Salmon in 2 Steps

We love to incorporate healthy fish into our diets at least once a week. The Mayo Clinic states, "The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon help keep your heart healthy by protecting the health of your blood vessels, lowering your risk of dying of heart disease." I'm all for a meal to keep my heart healthy. With our busy schedules making a fish dinner had the illusion of taking to much time. I was determined to continue to eat healthy and finally have cooking Salmon down to a science that fits our schedule. In this recipe I use McCormick garlic and Herb Salt Free Perfect Pinch seasoning, but you could use any other seasoning your family prefers. It can be as simple as salt and pepper or a squirt of lemon. Whatever seasoning you decide this dinner will be absolutely delicious!

Fresh Salmon (preferably not frozen)
Preferred Seasoning (salt and pepper, garlic and herb, lemon pepper)
Olive oil


  • Heat 2 TBSP of olive oil in a paper on medium high heat. 
  • While oil is heating season your salmon.
  • Place salmon on pan cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Flip salmon over cook for another 2-3 minutes
  • Salmon will be done when it flakes easily off your fork
  • Eat and enjoy!

*This post contains affiliate links

Friday, September 23, 2016

Deals on NFL Gear

If you are anything like our family, you need to have your NFL gear. I am a mom of 3 boys and have a husband who absolutely loves football. I can't lie, I'm also a huge fan and yes I play fantasy football and I bought maternity NFL clothes as well. Needless to say shopping for our Broncos (or whatever team you cheer for) gear can get expensive for 5 fans. Here are some tips to save some money while shopping for your football fans, some tips include affiliate links... and I know we need to update the boys jerseys!

1.  Sign up at NFL Shop: Enter your email address and get a 10% off coupon. You will also get receive special discounts, promotions and new product alerts.

2. Search for NFL Shop deals and coupons at Retail Me Not.

3.  Find Sales on Amazon: like this NFL Denver Broncos Deluxe Youth Uniform Set or search for your favorite team. Was $59.99 NOW $33.33... now thats a deal!

4.  Check out Kohls. They currently have sales on certain team gear. *Before checking our search RetailMeNot for coupons to make these sales sweeter.

5.  JCPenny also has an NFL section on their website. *JCPenny always has coupons available, check RetailMeNot. 

6.  Check out the deals at Fanatics Outlet. They have some great prices right now.

Monday, September 19, 2016

A Beginners Guide To Generating Blog Income

Are you new to blogging and looking to generate income from your blog? I've been blogging for 7 years and here is a list of tips on how I started monetizing my blog in the beginning. My first son was born 7 years ago and at that time I was finishing up my college degree. Since I was in school and not working full-time and new that I needed to start making some money on the side, especially if I wanted to pay off student loans. I had a passion for living frugally, couponing and DIY projects and decided to start my blog to share my awesome tips. I have added some affiliate links to this post... you will see why in my last tip.

*If you're just starting out with blogging and still need a blog host you can get an amazing deal using Bluehost. Signing up with Bluehost you will; Get a FREE domain name for a year, FREE site builders, 1-Click Wordpress Install and 24/7 Support… all for just $3.45/Month. You won’t find another deal quite like this.
Once you start monetizing your blog, this will easily pay for itself.

How I started to Generate My Blog Income

1.  Adsense = $69.71
The absolute first and easiest step I took was to add Adsense ads to my blog. Most people think that as soon as they set up ads on their sites they will start to generate a ton of money. Sorry to let you down, but this is not the case. Adsense ads will trickle in maybe a few cents when you first get started. The key to increasing the amount you earn from ads is to increase your traffic.

2. Blogsvertise =$1065
Once my traffic started to increase and I had a lot of great content up on my blog I joined Blogsvertise. I was able to write sponsored blog posts and got paid to post them to my blog.  I also had the option to post pay per action posts to earn a certain amount every time someone clicked on that post.

3. Money Back Apps =$62.95
*I not only earned money from using these apps myself but also from referrals from my blog.
Ibotta: $60.45 earned simply by taking a picture of my grocery receipt. Use my unique link and get $10 FREE after joining and redeeming your first rebate.

MobiSave: $2.50 Just like Ibotta I earn money from snapping a picture of my receipt. The earnings from this app aren’t as high, but what I love is that the money is deposited directly into your PayPal account the same day. 

Receipt Hog: 709 Coins This app is another receipt scanning app which counts your money as coins.  Once you reach 1,000 coins you earn $5 to send to your Paypal or Amazon account. The more receipts you scan the more coins you get.

4. Tomoson = Multiple Free Products
Another route I took to start getting paid from my blog was to write product reviews. Thanks to Tomoson I was able to connect with some wonderful companies to review some great new products. I'm also working on paid posts this month. Check out one of my reviews here.

5. Affiliate Marketing = 0

I have recently started a new venture into affiliate marketing. I will report back after my first couple months to give a complete review. I singed up with

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Easy Oven Roasted Asparagus

Oven Roasted Asparagus

This is a ridiculously easy and absolutely delicious side dish. There is very little prep and won’t hurt the budget. What a great way to add some green into your meals.


1 Bunch
1 tsp
½ tsp
Olive Oil


Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. Was 1 bunch of asparagus and remove woody ends (grab asparagus at either end and bend until woody end snaps off). Line baking pan with aluminum foil. Place asparagus on pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss with your hands. Arrange asparagus in a single layer on the pan. Bake in pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or until just tender.

What's your favorite green side dish?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The 10 Best Science Experiments for Young Kids

Science has always been my all time favorite subject, so much so that I studied both biology and chemistry in college and currently work in a laboratory. I really enjoy passing along my passion for science to my kids. There are many benefits of learning science at a young age. Kids will be able to utilize all of their senses to research and investigate. Science encourages kids to ask questions, problem solve and develop patience. Here is a list a my favorite science experiments for kids. I believe that every child should try each experiment at least once. Make sure to bookmark this page so you can come back and try every experiment. All of these experiments can be done at home with supplies that you probably already have on hand. Most importantly make sure the kids are having fun!