Monday, February 20, 2017

Groupon Coupons: Save Money on Online and In-Store Purchases! #ad #GrouponCoupons

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Who doesn't love to save money? You've seen me write about ways I save money, like using the Ibotta grocery app, shopping through Swagbucks and more. Groupon Coupons is a site I head to before we do any online purchasing for travel, baby gift items, endless leggings for my daughter who wears them out so quickly, shoes for my sons with the wide feet, books and gifts. 

I recently enjoyed using Groupon for a trip to our local trampoline park, but Groupon Coupons is a site that's more than just for saving money on outings with the kids and eating out at restaurants. Searching for coupons is super simple and I love that I don't have to leave the house to do it! The best part is that it's totally free!

Here are some of the places you can find great deals on with Groupon Coupons, and make sure to check out mobile coupons you can use while you're in the store just by showing your phone!
  • Michael's (where we get our soap-making supplies and can show a mobile coupon to get 20% off!)
  • Kohl’s (already great deals at this place but with Groupon Coupons, even better!)
  • Amazon (crazy deals on e-readers as well as % off coupons)
  • Orbitz (checking out these deals for our upcoming Florida trip)
  • Best Buy (we always need printer ink)
  • Target (I pretty much live there)
  • Office Depot (I'm an office supply fanatic)
  • Famous Footwear (15% off at the only place that has the shoes that fit my son's wide feet!)

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Friday, February 17, 2017

4 Clever Tips to Make Your Spring Cleaning Fast and Easy

It’s dirty work, but somebody needs to do it and I’m willing to guess you’re the designated individual, but don't spend more time in cleaning than you need to! Follow these spring cleaning ideas to get your cleaning chores done fast.

Alright, so all of us realize that we have to complete spring cleaning on our home if we want to make our home clear and less stressful. If you are in the same position as I am, then a few of the cleaning chores get put off a little in winter with some justification. So we have to open up our house to make it clean.

No problem. It's soon to be spring, and so we have to complete the hectic work now. No more hesitation. We will get our home clean and breathe fresh air, but let’s not spend more time than we need to.

So here are some spring cleaning ideas to get your cleaning done quickly:

·        Make Your List
For me, this makes my work go super quick.

You might ask … why?

Good question!

When you have a complete list of your work, you spend less time looking around your home searching what you have to do and trying to figure out what you haven’t done yet. You will need to be much more focused and diligent when you do the spring cleaning; otherwise, it will take forever.

So it’s time to create your spring house cleaning checklist, but how do you do it?

Well, at first you need to go through each room and find out what you have not cleaned for a while. This may include walls, fans, under couches, etc. Don’t forget to list the corner of the ceiling.
An effective way to clean cobwebs is with a broom. A broom can reach any height of the wall, which means you don’t need to climb. 

So, walk around each room and carefully make your spring cleaning checklist of tasks you want to accomplish. Without a checklist, the whole task may turn into messy and time-consuming work.

·        Right Vacuum Cleaner Accessories
A typical mistake made when cleaning is that we always try to use a couple of multi-purpose vacuums to clean everything in the home. As far as spring cleaning tips go, it is very important to realize that utilizing a multipurpose vacuum for everything means that you are spending too much time scrubbing what you don’t need to. You can read reviews on the best cheap vacuum cleaners online and make a decision to buy one based on your requirements.

So, what type of vacuum cleaner should you use for your spring cleaning purposes?

Ensure that the vacuum you're using is the perfect one for the job. For instance, if you want to clean your bathroom, you should use a bathroom cleaner that is designed for soap scum. If you are not doing it this way, then you are spending too much time cleaning your shower.
Now, if you are looking to clean your floor, it is recommended to use a canister vacuum and try to use a scrub brush instead of a mop. You will spend less time when you use a scrub brush. Your tendency will be to make the floor shiny again, and the output will be nicer.

·         Paint Your Walls
You are not cleaning anything here, but painting your walls. Technically, painting walls is a very easy and affordable way to make your home sparkle again. Spring is the perfect time to do the painting because you can keep your windows open to do the task.

Now, which color should you use to paint your home?
Yes, it’s an interesting question because it will change the whole outlook of your home. You can use an existing color to paint it again, but I think you should be more creative in choosing the color.
If you like to have a light, airy feel in your home, use a light color, but at the same time, if you find a darker color that you love to use, then paint it on one of your walls and for the rest, use a lighter color. The contrast will be dazzling.

·        Learn How to Clean Home Fast

When you have learned how to clean your home faster, then your spring cleaning housework is likely to be completed, and you'll have lots of time to savor the spring weather since you have brought your home back up to a higher level.

When I have mastered the art of speed cleaning, I don’t need to be afraid of drop-in guests or spend the whole day cleaning my house throughout the year … or nagging the kids to help me. I’ll have more time to do the things I enjoy!

No-Bake Drop Cookies #chocolate #peanutbutter #easytreats

It drives me nuts how much grocery stores and cookies shops charge for these cookies when they are so cheap and simple and fast to make at home! Our local cookie store charges $1.50 for one of these cookies, which is the equivalent of about 2-3 of the cookies from the recipe below (they just made it bigger and in the shape of a patty). They also charge $3 for one dozen of the small cookies. Plus, this recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies, which makes them perfect for taking to school or other events while you save some for yourself at home!

You can find this recipe along with 12 more great dessert recipes in my book, The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook!

1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sugar (I made these with 1.5 cups coconut sugar and 1/2 cup regular sugar and they were okay; taste was different but probably better for your glycemic index)
3 T cocoa
1 t vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick cooking oats (not old fashioned)

Bring first 4 ingredients to a full rolling boil in a saucepan. If you don’t, the cookies won’t set up and will be a blobby mess.

Take them off the burner and stir in the peanut butter until it’s all mixed in. Then add vanilla. Then add oats. You might need a little more than 3 cups, but go easy because they do set up once they are on wax paper.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. A small scoop is great for this. Wait a little bit before eating and eat the rest out of the pan using a spatula!
don't let small children help with this recipe because it's HOT!!! here is Samuel back in 2011 helping make some other desserty concoction!

Physical Investment Ideas For The Beginner

Getting into investment can be tough. Of course, at first you’ll need some form of disposable income that you need to get your foot in the door, and this truly does need to be disposable because you could lose it if something goes wrong. You can mitigate the chances of losing your money by being savvy and doing your research. This way, you can hedge the investment in your favour as best as possible, after all that’s what investment is all about. The true investment skills come with years of practice, so caution is needed until you are competent. To start out, here are some tips that can see your investment opportunities pay off.

Go For Property

If you have disposable income, then property is one of the best routes to take. Primarily because you can actually have something tangible and physical to show for the investment of capital. You can start buy buying to rent out, which is always a good earner on the side. You can go for lovely places where people would want to go on holiday, such as this land for sale. If you find nice areas like this then you are pretty much guaranteed a return, but be weary because if the weather turns for a portion of the year then you may be without income for this time. You don’t need to buy to let either. Instead you can buy a property, make some changes then sell it on at a profit. The issue here is tradesman costs. It can work if you know a tradesman who can do the work at a good rate. Otherwise, your margins need to be dead on to ensure you are making a profit. These changes can be small, or large such as major structural expansions. Whatever you decide, make sure to do your research first. Work out how much you will make by investigate similar sales in the area. If you fail to plan you plan to fail, map it all out and you’ll be fine, but if you go in blind you could lose your money.



Again, another type of investment that you can actually hold and see is in art. It can be quite hard to get the investment right, so be sure to find something from someone with skill and indeed something you know will look good in your home. Further down the line, when there are no pieces left from that particular image or painting you can sell it for a profit. To truly make huge profits in art you need to be well versed in the industry, but you can still invest. You can find some good pieces here for all budgets.

Precious Jewels

Physical investments like in jewels or metals are a great bet too. Gold has never been more expensive, so those who have it can sell it on for favourable rates. It is far better than stocks where you cash can vanish into thin air, because again you actually have the items in your grip. Prices fluctuate, so keep an eye on the price and sell when high for a return.

Naturally Fun Ways to Get Outside with Your Kids

Sending your kids off to play is a great way to get rid of them when you need a break. But you don't always want to send them off to do their own thing. They're growing up fast, and you don't want to miss out on too much with them. Perhaps you want to join in with their play, but you're not sure how or if you're welcome. Playing with your kids outside can help to keep you fit, and it gives you time to bond. But you have to be able to keep up and make it fun for them, or they won't want you tagging along. Try these ideas to get outside with your kids.

Be Willing to Run Around

If you want your children to keep fit and run around, you have to be willing to join them. Leading by example is the best way to pass on your values to your kids. So if you want them to have a healthy attitude to exercise, show them that you're happy to back up your words with your actions. If you're not used to running around, it might take you awhile to get used to it. But the more you play soccer or touch football or join in with a race, the easier it will get to keep up with your kids. You can even go on runs together.

Get Some Wheels

If you're not that keen on running, getting something with wheels can change things. You can get a bike, look at scooters for sale, or even try a pair of rollerskates. Whether your kids are on their own wheels or just on their feet, you'll be able to keep up with them. If they like going to the skatepark, you can join them and maybe even try out some tricks together. You could go for a bike ride together, and even put smaller ones in a seat or trailer if they're too young to have their own bicycle.

Encourage Playing Pretend

The world is a big place, and it's easy to turn it into a land fit for adventure. Whether you're in your backyard or roaming a forest, there are so many ways for the kids to use their imagination. You can help them get started and encourage them to keep going. If you feel like you don't have a great imagination, it's easy to find some ideas online.

Explore Nature Together

Another way to explore when you're outside is to pay attention to nature. You can help your children to do this by giving them activities to do and helping them out with them. For inspiration, just look online for nature activities for kids. You can print out some activity sheets, use pieces of paper to draw and write things down, or even buy some simple tools like magnifying glasses or binoculars. You might find yourself enjoying nature just as much as the kids do.

You don't have to send off the kids on their own whenever they play outside. Join in and have fun with them while they'll still let you.
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