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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I'm addicted to coupons and every penny counts. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your success stories with me as well.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

20% off any AvoSeedo Avocado Tree


GROW YOUR OWN AVOCADO TREE AT HOME! Save 20% on any AvoSeedo avocado grower or other product and enjoy FREE shipping too. Visit the AvoSeedo Shop today and get growing today! Visit: http://www.shop.avoseedo.com/ Use Code: sp20 #avoseedo
AvoSeedo avocado tree germinator bowl that makes it easy for everyone to grow their own plant at home from a simple avocado pit. Easy to use for all ages of amateur avocado arborists,
clever AvoSeedo bowl design keeps the avocado pit immersed in just the right amount of water to grow effectively. Made for durability from recyclable, non-toxic materials and is reusable for other vegetables like lettuce, celery, carrot tops! Germinate and grow an avocado tree in your own home, whatever the climate. Fun family (Millennial parents, their young kids, grandma/grandpa) project to make a tree sprout and watch it grow from the pit of a common avocado. Increase kids' understanding of ecology, interconnections in nature, responsibility and care for the environment in a participatory and concrete way

GROW YOUR OWN AVOCADO TREE AT HOME!
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Ozeri Instavac Nesting Food Storage Container Set Review

I received a set of Ozeri Instavac nesting food storage containers in exchange for a review.  This 8 piece set includes 4 containers in a variety of sizes with 4 locking lids that have a vacuum seal.  I was excited to try these out since we use food containers daily in our house.  I loved that they are BPA-free and I loved the secure lock that the lids offer along with the vacuum seal to keep food fresh.  
 
I put spaghetti in one container and froze it for a meal later and the container kept the spaghetti fresh and free from freezer burn.  However it the sauce stained the container which was a huge disappointment.  I used these containers to bring a meal to a friend and the staining happened again with sloppy joes.  
 
 
I would recommend using these food storage containers for dry food only.  Overall I was happy with the freshness that the containers provide but disappointed with how easily they become stained.  I probably will not be buying these in the future.
 
 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp



Bradley had the opportunity to attend British Soccer camp hosted by Challenger Sports this past week.  It was a 90 minute camp Monday - Friday night which helped Bradley learn the fundamentals of soccer.  This was his first soccer experience and he absolutely loved it! 


 Coach Jonathan was a fantastic coach.  He interacted with the kids on their level by using techniques that they could understand and have fun while doing it. 


We saw improvement with Bradley's skills in just one week.  This week of camp has created a love for soccer in Bradley that he will never forget.


I thought Challenger Sports did a great job with British Soccer camp.  The coaches were all professional and interacted with the children in an expert way.  The sessions were well timed and they kept the children active and focused the entire session.  The jersey's were well made and Bradley loved his uniform including shin guards and socks that I was able to easily purchase online after registering him.


To find out more about Challenger Sports, British Soccer Camp or more of their summer camp programs, please click here.

*Disclosure - I'm a member of US Family Guide and received a free week of camp in exchange for a review.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

LL Bean & Amazon Coupons using Groupon


I am a huge online shopper.  Besides the convenience of shopping online, you can find incredible coupons and deals online by using several different sites.  One of my favorite sites to use is Groupon.  I've purchased 3 different Groupon deals within the last week.  With a huge selection of restaurants, hair salons, local fun activities, and so much more, you can save a substantial amount of money along with having fun trying out new local places!  You can also find coupon codes for some popular retailers such as LL Bean and Amazon which are some of my favorite!  One of the great discounts on Groupon right now for Amazon is being able to receive free shipping without being a Prime member!

Check it out and let me know your favorite retailers and/or coupons you found on Groupon!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Our Staycation 2017

Bradley and Savannah's daycare was closed this past week so Mike and I decided to take off the entire week from work and have a staycation.  We might as well take advantage of the Vacationland we live in!  What an amazing week of biking, hiking, riding the Downeaster to Boston, taking a boat over to Peaks Island and exploring the island by golf cart.  We ate at some new restaurants, took advantage of some local Groupon deals, found new hiking trails, and some beautiful beaches.  The beauty of Maine is breathtaking and there's nothing that makes me happier than being outside and experiencing it all.  Here are some of my favorite pictures of the week!


 





















 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Label Daddy Review


With one kid in school and the other in daycare, name labels are a must have in our household.  Between water bottles, lunch boxes, and food containers, the kids are always bringing something to school or daycare with them.  And more than likely, someone else is going to have that same water bottle or lunch box.  I was recently able to try out labels from Label Daddy and I had positive results with them.  They are easy to apply and don't bubble up.  They have been through the dishwasher many times and haven't come off the container.  I have even put these labels on clothes which get washed and dried without affecting the label at all.  When I do want to take them off, they pull right off without any sticky residue.


The website is easy enough to order from and they have lots of designs to choose from.  I was disappointed they no longer offer Disney characters like they have in the past.  It took awhile for me to receive the labels despite choosing priority shipping so make sure to order at least a couple weeks before needing the labels.


To check out Label Daddy and order your own labels, please click here.  

Disclosure -  I received free product in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Bradley's Minecraft Birthday Party

Bradley has asked for a Minecraft birthday party for the past 2 years and he finally had his little dream come true yesterday!  I don't understand Minecraft at all.  I've tried watching him when he plays it on the Xbox but I can't help but to space out.  So planning a Minecraft birthday party wasn't exactly something I was excited about.  But thanks to a couple Pinterest ideas and my husband's amazing hidden decorating talents, the party was a huge success!

The birthday invitations were ordered on Etsy by seller CENDETGACOR.  I received the download within an hour.  I printed the invitation on white paper and then glued it on yellow card stock.



The best decision I made was to have his cake professionally made.  That saved me a ton of time and it was one less thing to stress about.  Cakes Extraordinaire did an amazing job and the cake was delicious!  


I ordered all of the party favor trinkets from Oriental Trading and Amazon.   The party favors included a mini rubix cube, a Minecraft bracelet, plush toy and sticker, a rock shaped bouncy ball, and milk chocolate rocks.  I used clear boxes to put everything in and printed out the Minecraft picture from his birthday invitation to insert in the front.




Mike made all the wall decorations and I was blown away with his creativity.  He got the main Creeper piece idea from Pinterest but the other pieces were his own.  He's pretty amazing like that!





 We had a bounce house for the kids to jump in and of course the tire swing and tree house was a big hit.  We had one group game that was a lot of fun.  Mike and I hid 8 bags of Legos in four different locations in the backyard.  One set was hidden in a tree, one set was in the fire pit, one set was in the tree house, and one set was buried in the ground.  We split the kids into 2 teams and each team was given a map.  The map had a drawing on where they could find their bags of Legos.  Once the team had found all 4 bags of Legos, they brought them to a table and created their own mini world as a team.  After they finished, we had bean bags the other team could throw at the mini world.  The mini world that stayed in tact the longest won.  

Bradley said the bounce house was his favorite thing about the party!

And the hunt begins!
Digging the Legos out was pretty cool for them.

Working hard to build their mini world out of Legos.
The finished results!

I kept the food easy by just offering cake, ice cream, and juice boxes.  That saved me a lot of prep time!  My favorite thing I did was to take pictures of all our party decorations and post them on our local online FB yard sale page.  Mike had spent so much time and hard work putting these decorations together that I hated the thought of them ending up in the recycle bin just a few hours after the party.  I had a lady contact me right away asking for them since her son was having a Minecraft party in August.  It made me feel so great to give her these decorations to be reused! 

The cutest birthday boy ever!  
Presents Time!


Opening Presents!  I love how Savannah is sitting right next to him.