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Minnie Mouse Costume Review

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It’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween costumes!  Wholesale Halloween Costumes has a huge line of costumes for every budget and person in your family.

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We received this adorable Minnie Mouse Costume for my daughter (About Minni Mouse). The package came with the dress and ears.  The costume is mostly polyester material. The headband does not have teeth on it, making it easy on your child’s head (I wore the headband myself for about a half hour and it didn’t hurt my head, either).

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My daughter looks delightful and ready to have fun in this Queen of Disney costume.  She said it was comfortable and it fit her well.  The costume was easy to put on and has Velcro on the back by her neck.

You can order this costume or choose from many that Wholesale Halloween Costumes offers!

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Kmart Layaway Dance Video

This is a sponsored post. I am a Kmart blogger, though all opinions are my own.

You’ll have fun watching this mash-up of customers doing the Kmart Layaway Dance! Dare we say it’s the latest dance craze? I know it caught my sons’ attention as they headed to bed! If you’re wondering what it is about Kmart Layaway that makes people spontaneously breakout in catchy dance moves, you should probably keep reading this. At Kmart, Layaway doesn’t start and end with the holidays. You can use Kmart Layaway all year round for celebrations such as birthdays, re-decorating or baby gifts. In addition, Kmart Layaway is available online and in stores. It’s simple: pick out the times you want, start with a down payment, make payments every two weeks (online or in store) and take your items home with you after your final payment (cue: Layaway dance)! Pro tip: Remember to give yourself plenty of time before you need the item, most Layaway contracts last about 8 weeks, so planning ahead is key! Plus, Shop Your Way Members get points on every Layaway purchase and exclusive Layaway offers.

Kmart Layaway Dance Video

Have an item in mind you’d like to put on Layaway? You know it’s about that time to start thinking grills and patio furniture! Get ready to practice your dance moves because you’re going to want to break out in a Layaway dance too! http://bit.ly/1hqSlD8

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TopCashback.com Plus $500 PayPal Cash Giveaway

This is a sponsored campaign with Mums the Word Network and TopCashback.com. All opinions are my own.

I had never heard of TopCashback.com until recently. It is a rebates site aimed to save consumers in the U.S. and Canada money on their online shopping. They give all the commission rates back to the consumer and their site membership is completely free to use and has a no-fee cash out policy. No minimum threshold on payouts either. Gotta love that.

How Does it Work?

When you visit a site referred by TopCashback, TopCashback receives a referral commission rate traffic and sales they drive to a store’s website. This is where they do not keep any money but give it back to you.


Visit TopCashback

Once on the website you can browse through the different headlines and what the site has to offer.

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Choose Company, Brand or Retailer

TopCashback provides you over 2000 stores to choose from, not to mention travel, insurance and utilities sites.

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TopCashback.com Takes Care You While You Shop

All you have to do is click the retailer or company you want to shop, visit their site, which will be pop up in new window, and TopCashback.com records your visit.

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While you at your preferred retailer, TopCashback.com is recording your visit to make sure you earn your rebate.


TopCashback Records Your Visit

This is the screen shown back at TopCashback.

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Under “My Account” you can choose a username, choose how to be paid (via direct deposit, PayPal or if you do a lot of shopping you can exchange your cashback for Amazon gift cards).
You will also be able to check your payout and gift card history, making tracking what you earned simple and in one place.

TopCashback.com is user friendly and easy to navigate.

$500 PayPal Cash Giveaway

Speaking of cash, could you use an extra $500? Enter this $500 PayPal Cash Giveaway below.
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Enter to Win the Ride of Your Life with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. or a VIP Cheerios® Racing Getaway with Austin Dillon

Are you a huge racing fan? Go to bit.ly/1doILQW to create a customized shopping cart for the chance to win a ride with Dale Earnhardt Jr. or a VIP Cheerios racing getaway to Charlotte, NC with Austin Dillon and many other prizes!

Check out these prize details:

Kroger Ultimate Race Fan Experience

Grand-prize: Win a ride with Dale Earnhardt Jr. sponsored by Unilever or a VIP Cheerios® racing getaway with Austin Dillon sponsored by General Mills.

You could also win:

· An autographed helmet sponsored by Smithfield

· An autographed fire suit sponsored by Smithfield

· 4 person ticket packages at 19 tracks sponsored by Coke®

· An autographed Carl Edwards diecast car sponsored by Kellogg’s®

· A $25 Kroger Gift Card

Increase your chances by entering daily anytime from 2/16/14-3/9/14.

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Fast Track to Savings

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Save big at Kroger! Save $3 instantly at checkout when you mix & match any 6 participating items with your Shopper’s Card. Items must be purchased in a single transaction. Participating item varieties and sizes may vary by store.

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5 Ways to Save on Time and Money at Healthcare Clinic Chicago

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #HealthcareClinic #CollectiveBias

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It has always been important to us to do everything we can to keep our family healthy. In the past when our large family has been under the weather it has taken us a l-o-n-g time to get over colds, the flu and even the chicken pox (7 children had it one after the other!). We are very grateful for our current health. It isn’t very often we get sick but when we do there are things that help us get healthy again. For example, when my husband gets wax build up in his ears to the point he can no longer hear, he goes to the Healthcare Clinic Chicago to get his ears candled or cleaned out. He has done this a couple of times, dropping by the clinic while out on errands or after work. No appointment necessary. It is very convenient and time saving for a busy parent.

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The Walgreens Healthcare Clinic in Crystal Lake, IL has been very clean when we have dropped in and the Healthcare Providers have been courteous and personable. Both of these things has given us confidence in the professionals caring for our needs.

5 Ways to Save on Time and Healthcare Costs for Parents

1. As stated above, the Healthcare Clinic takes walk-ins. No appointment necessary, though you can schedule one should you desire to do so.

2. Use the Walgreen app to find a healthcare clinic nearest you.

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Put in your information, customize what you are looking for and a list of clinics near you will come up:

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3. Save on costly and unnecessary trips to the ER by visiting a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic, since they are open on weekends and evenings.

4. With Walgreens Prescription Savings Club, club members receive 10% savings on all Healthcare Clinic services. Please note Walgreens website states: This discount cannot be used in conjunction with insurance.

5. Healthcare clinics have on-site pharmacies. No need to go elsewhere for prescriptions.

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As you can see, Walgreens Healthcare Clinic is very convenient and affordable. The next time we visit a Healthcare Clinic Chicago it will probably be to see if our youngest daughter’s ears need to be candled because we have a funny feeling she’s taking after her dad in that department!

What about you, have you ever visited a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic?

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day as a Family

Ah! Love is in the air – Valentine’s Day is coming!

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I remember the days of being Sweethearts -  going out to dinner, flowers, & candy.  My…My… can things change once kids enter the picture.  Valentine’s Day has changed in our house, we now celebrate as a family.   Here’s a few inexpensive ways to make Valentine’s Day a family event!

1.)     Make heart pancakes for breakfast – Make your favorite pancake mix, add a few drops of red food coloring.  Stir up the batter good and cook them.  When they are done cooking, take a heart shaped cookie cutter and cut out your heart pancakes.

2.)    Heart shaped sandwiches for lunch – This is a good craft as well as lunch.  Build your favorite sandwich and then use the heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out a really cute sandwich.

3.)    You need flowers for Valentine’s Day – Material needed:  a few sheets of colored tissue paper and a pipe cleaner for each flower.  Take the tissue paper and lay them on top of one another and then twist a pipe cleaner in the middle.  Fluff out the tissue paper to make tissue flowers.

4.)    You can’t have Valentine’s Day without chocolate -  My favorite is chocolate covered strawberries.  Buy strawberries at your local store and a bag or a few bars of your favorite chocolate.  Using a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate in 30 second intervals at first.  Stir the chocolate.  Once the chocolate starts to melt only microwave about 10 seconds or less, be careful not to burn the chocolate.  Use oven mitts to take the chocolate out of the microwave, it will be very hot.  Then dip your washed & dried strawberries into the chocolate, I sometimes use a spoon to coat the berry.  Place the chocolate strawberry on wax paper to dry.

Enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day as a family!

 

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Simple Moments with Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss & Giveaway

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Simple Moments with Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss

 

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All it took was one smell of Coffee-mate Natural Bliss and I was transported to somewhere else.  I’m usually just a cream & sugar girl.  But, all that has changed since trying Coffee-mate Natural Bliss.  Simply Put:  My favorite simple moment is coffee with Natural Bliss + my family.

Coffee-mate Natural Bliss flavors include cinnamon cream, vanilla, sweet cream, low fat vanilla, & low fat chocolate.  Check out these ingredients – I love when I can actually read them – Low fat milk, heavy cream, sugar, natural flavor. Count them, only 4 ingredients!

I tried the low fat chocolate. Just the warm smell of chocolate mixed with the coffee, was delightful! Especially during the snowstorm we had here in the Northeast recently.

Coffee-mate Natural Bliss is available at your local grocery store.

Simply Put:  My favorite simple moment is coffee with Natural Bliss + my family. Share your favorite moments with Natural Bliss on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram using #NaturalBliss.

If you click here and like Natural Bliss on Facebook you’ll get a coupon!

Take time for yourself with Coffee Mate Natural Bliss, you won’t regret it!  It’s a staple on my shopping list from now on!

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Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss Giveaway

 

Here’s what’s in the Coffee lovers Coffee-mate giveaway package:

· Reduced value coupon for Natural Bliss (more coupons may be downloaded here on Coffee-mate’s FB page: http://on.fb.me/HuE3o0)

· $5 Target Gift Card

· Coffee Tumbler

· Vanilla Bean Scented Candle

· Italian Biscotti Cookies

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Sears Shop Your Way #PersonalShopper

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“This is a sponsored post. I am a Sears blogger, though all opinions are my own.”

Sears Shop Your Way Personal Shopper

Do you wish you had a bigger Christmas budget? I think we all do, right? Sears and Kmart have created some interesting reasons to become a Personal Shopper. What’s great about it is you can earn commission to put towards your holiday budget on every qualifying purchase your family and friends make, plus you will the satisfaction of helping others with your shopping expertise. Since the season for giving is now, Shop Your Way is awarding its Personal Shoppers with more chances for a bigger commission. You can earn up to 5% in commission just by gaining more clients, reaching sales numbers, following new brands on Shop Your Way, sending client invitees and more. If you think you don’t have what it takes to become a Personal Shopper, you’re probably wrong. If you find yourself giving advice often, enjoy making connections and have an entrepreneurial spirit, Personal Shopper would be a great fit for your lifestyle. Your success awaits: http://syw.co/1cwBkCu. Follow @ShopYourWay and hashtag #PersonalShopper on Twitter.

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Wool Dryer Balls – Dryer Sheet Alternative

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About a month ago my 14 year old daughter “B” and I went to a Green Expo to promote our farm. We collected a few business cards, one of which was a local sheep farmer. I finally got around to visiting their website and discovered they sold wool dryer balls. These wool dryer balls are handmade by M.

When my older girls were little I had to stop using dryer sheets because a couple of them broke out with rashes. I never liked the expense of liquid fabric softener so we’ve basically gone without. I have used a rag with vinegar on it to get rid of static cling.

That’s why I was excited to try the wool dryer balls come in as an alternative. We have been using them since the weekend and they are working. We do not seem to have to turn the dryer on for a second cycle on our larger loads so it is doing what I hoped they’d do in reducing dryer time by soaking up extra wetness. No one has said anything about static cling yet so I am hoping that will be rectified as well.

I think I’ll get my mom a set of dryer balls the next time she comes to visit.

Do you have any dryer sheet remedies?

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Kmart Layaway

This is a sponsored post. I am a Kmart blogger, though all opinions are my own.

I’ve never actually used a layaway plan before but have always thought it was a great idea. Whether or not you want to admit it; the countdown is on to the holiday season! Although many of us don’t start shopping, decorating and celebrating until after Thanksgiving, there are a few holiday ‘musts’ that you need to start sooner rather than later (we’re talking before Halloween). First, putting your big (or small) items on Layaway. Since most Layaway contracts are eight weeks long, this is the ideal time to shop now and pay over time. You don’t want your wallet to go into shock on November 29th, do you? Didn’t think so. Still need convincing?

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Here are a few ‘Layaway Lessons’ to keep in mind:

1.) The cat ate your Christmas tree. OK, so even if you don’t have a cat but last year’s Christmas tree was on its last limb and this is the year you need a new one. On the other hand, maybe you just got a cat and the days of having a real tree are over. Either way, you need some new decorating digs. Pick up a pre-lit tree (because that’s the way to go), LED lights, wreaths and village houses now and pay them off in time for decking those halls! Or simply buy a real Christmas tree.
2.) Your gift list has grown. Maybe you’ve found a new group of friends, entered into a new family or you’re just feeling extra generous this year. Long gift lists call for Layaway. Fill that cart to the brim and roll it over to the Layaway counter. Your pals won’t know you paid their gifts off over time.
3.) Money is tight this year. It’s not just you; many of us are watching our spending. If you’re having trouble staying afloat while keeping those bills paid, Layaway is a must. Not only will you avoid ‘wallet shock,’ you’ll keep your pre-holiday peace of mind.

Whether you have one or 100 items , you can Layaway almost everything on your list without paying a service fee through 11/23. Plus, you can pay in store, online or using a mobile phone. Eight or 12 weeks later (depending on your contract) pick up your items and you’re good to go! Bonus: After you figure out how easy it is, you can Layaway all year round at Kmart.

Do you use a layaway plan during the holiday season?

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