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Saturday, February 18, 2017

4 Ways To Get Closer To Your Growing Kids

Kids inevitably grow up. It is just a fact of life. One I've yet to accept, but a fact of life, nonetheless. Our little babies go from infants to teetering toddlers to cute kindergartners to oh my God what they are in first grade already? That's the stage I'm currently at. Of course with age, comes distancing themselves from their parents, you know, the waving off of the hugs, the wiping off of the kisses. You guys know how it goes. Or you will...mwahaha. Anyway. I came up with four different ways that you can still be close to your kids and have fun while you're at it.

1. Choose A DIY Project


Oh my gosh, the internet is such an incredible thing. It really is. The blogging world, even more so. There are a plethora of different things out there that you and your kids can do together, from painting, to making your own slime, to creating your very own dress up accessories. The sky really is the limit here, people. Find something that your child likes and run with it, even put your own spin on it!

2. Start Your Own Book Club



That's right! Does your little one, or, well, not so little one like to read? Why not start a book club? It could be so much fun sitting down each week reading a book and then coming up with activities to discuss what the book was about, how they liked it, what they liked about it, if they would like to read similar books, etc.


3. Make Up Your Own Games



Does your child love games? But are they tired of the old boring ones that have been played over and over and over? Why not sit down with your child and come up with their very own game! They'll love that they get to make up the rules, what has to be done to win, and even creating a game board if it is a board game! This could be a totally fun project for everyone to get in on!

4. Get Physical 



If it isn't blustery winter outside, and spring is nigh, why not get outside together? Find out what your child likes to do! Perhaps they enjoy roller-blading, or kicking a soccer ball around, shooting some hoops or going for a bike ride, or even just  a nice leisurely walk is great. Doing these together can bring you two closer!

Monday, February 13, 2017

3 Reasons We Love Shadow Shifters!

There is nothing like getting new clothes. Any person can attest to that! I think my favorite part is always shopping for my little one, he is the one I can buy the cutest clothes for. Well, recently, we were given the opportunity to try out Shadow Shifters, color changing t-shirts. Yes, you read that correctly...color changing t-shirts. How do they work you ask?

1. They're High Quality

Their tee shirts are made with high-quality fabrics and materials. From body heat, to just being outside, the shirts will change color! I think the thing that I love the most about them is that they come in so many different colors, and that, well, I'd never heard of a color-changing tee-shirt before!


2. They're A Talking Point


"Why yes, my son's shirt did just change colors, thank you for noticing!" People are going to do a double take when they see these shirts. There isn't anything else like them out there, so people are going to look. And when they look, they talk! And who doesn't love talking about clothes? I know I love it!

3. They're Just Plain Awesome

Syrus absolutely adores his Shadow Shifter shirt, plus he looks adorable in it. He was so excited when it came in that he immediately wanted to try it on! 


Now this is the normal color for this particular tee shirt. Syrus decided he wanted to sit in front of our little space heater for a moment to see what would happen. And what happened you ask? IT CHANGED COLOR


He was terribly excited about it! And even later on, he was SO surprised when his body heat was making the tee-shirt change colors! Needless to say, we absolutely love our Shadow Shifter tee-shirts and Syrus can't wait to wear his again! He wants to wear it to school to show all of his friends! 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Love YOURself With A Spa Day!

In this world today, we all know the importance of stretching our dollars as far as they will go. We spend most of our hard-earned money on necessities of life, and rarely do we have enough left over to do something nice for ourselves. So is it really possible to feel fabulous and pamper yourself while living frugal? All signs point to yes! There are quite a few ways to cut corners, and make yourself feel fabulous without spending a ton of dough. By following these few tips below, you'll be on your way to your very own "spa day" in no time!

Free Yourself



There are so many companies that often offer free samples or trial sizes of their products. These are perfect for your very own spa day. Hair care, skin care, shampoos, conditioners, nail polish, teas, there is so much out there! The internet is an invaluable tool when it comes to hunting for freebies. Sometimes companies will even run sweepstakes and contests where you might be able to score a full-size version of their product for free. To start your freebie search, I recommend heading over to your search engine of choice, and plugging in "freebies", "free samples" or "free stuff", and scope out the websites that come up from your search. Also, if you have a favorite beauty product of your own, try going to their website and searching around, they may have a section where they might be giving away free samples. When your free samples start rolling in, place them aside, in your very own "spa day" basket.


Find A Day





Choose a day when you have free time, or after the kids are in bed. Put some time aside for yourself and pamper yourself with all the new goodies you've gotten! The great thing about free samples are also the fact that you get to try a new product without any cost to you, and if you like it, then maybe you've just found your new favorite shampoo! If not, then no harm, no foul. Even if you're not into the idea of a "spa night", still collecting all those free beauty samples and putting them into a basket make a wonderful gift idea!



Why?


It is so important to take care of ourselves! Especially as parents! Even if you're not a parent, self-care is integral to a positive lifestyle. This time of year, especially, because it of the weather being all grey and drab, you can be inside beauty-fying it all up! Why not even get the gals over for a day of fun, giggles and pampering! And with all of those awesome samples, you can make up little gift baskets to send home with them!


Whether or not it is for yourself or for somebody else, treating yourself or a friend to a wonderful and indulgent day of pampering will be very relaxing, not only for you or your friend-but for your wallet as well.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

5 Dates For Mere Dollars

There is something special about hanging out with your significant other without the stress of fancy restaurants and high priced wines. As moms and dads, we need to be frugal, but still have fun!  Dates can be just as intimate and fun without the high price tag. Next time you and your honey want to have a date night, try some of these ideas!

Be A Bookish Couple 


If you and your sweetheart enjoy reading, one great idea for an inexpensive or even potentially free date idea is to head out to your local bookstore (no one says you have to purchase anything). Take a stroll hand in hand down the aisles of books and share with each other which ones are your favorites. Or grab a humorous book, or a book of jokes and find a seat and take turns reading jokes to each other. If either of you happen to see a book that you enjoy, try going to your local library and seeing if it's there, if it is, check it out! No money spent! 

Play [Coffee]house


Have a date at a coffeehouse...in your own kitchen! Break out the coffee maker, some yummy creamer and pop in some indie tunes and you have yourself a coffeehouse date! Pull up a chair next to your sugar and chill out to the music. 


Game On


Do you or your cutie own a home video gaming system of any sort? 
Challenge 'em to a game! Make it fun, too! Imagine up a prize, like winner gets a massage, or loser cooks dinner, something fun, yet silly! Your lovely love will surely love it!

Get Crafty!


Reminiscent of grade school, this is a fun activity! Break out the construction paper and markers! Make little cards! Write little notes to each other and slip them into little handmade cards. Make it even more fun by hiding the little cards around the house for each other to find. 

Dates for Dollars


Hop in the car and drive on down to your local dollar/discount store. Peruse the aisles, and each of you pick out a little trinket for each other, and then later on in the day exchange them. Put the trinket your love got for you in a special but visible place, so when your honey isn't around, you'll be able to take a look at it and it will make you smile. 

There are many other inexpensive ways to enjoy spending time with your love. All it takes is a little creativity. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Need Prescription Help? Try SearchRx!

This post is in partnership with SearchRx, but all opinions are my own.

Approximately 70% of the United States population takes one or more prescription medication. No matter what it is, we all know that prescriptions can be very expensive when it comes to paying for them. Over 400 billion dollars to be exact. That is approximately $1,300 per person, per year. Can you imagine exactly what you can do with that extra cash? Can someone say vacation? That purse you've been eyeing up? There is a lot you can do with that extra cash!

Sure, there are discount prescription cards out there, but how much do they really save you? When it comes to searching for the best price for your prescription medications, SearchRx will be your best pal. With prescription prices skyrocketing each year, and ridiculously high deductibles, you'll be able to find a great price when you use SearchRx. It’s a free service that allows you to save up to 75% on most prescriptions, no strings attached. 



All too often, we tend to find out the price of our medication only after we fill the medication, meaning we have to pay the price, since we've filled it. SearchRx helps you out by finding the best price for your medication before you fill your medication. They will share the best prices with you for the medication that you need at any pharmacy. Thus, helping us save money and time searching for the best price ourselves.

As someone living with a chronic illness myself, I am going to be using this, no doubt. You can you save over 75% of most prescription medications, at over 62,000 pharmacies. That is a lot of pharmacies, and a ton of medications! And with all the medication that I am on, which is a lot, trust me, this is going to be a valuable tool to me and other chronic illness patients for certain.

SearchRx is easy to use! And it is 100% free! They have a relationship with a leading benefit manager and that gives them access to the best discount prescription prices out there! When you show the coupons they find you at the pharmacy, users lock in a discount when it comes to their medication, and it's even possible to beat your copays! Now, how incredible would that be?! No matter what kind of coverage you may have, anyone can use SearchRx!


Also check out SingleCare, a similar service, which also offers discounts on prescriptions, but also on dental, vision and even video doctors visits!

You can also download SearchRx's application for Google Play and Apple!
Monday, January 30, 2017

An Uncommon Valentine's Day Gift Guide!

The shelves are lined with red and pink paper, heart-shaped chocolate boxes are around each corner, and the sale of roses have skyrocketed. There is no doubt that February is here. And with February, comes Valentine's day. But giving the same old candy hearts and expensive cards can get mundane after a while. So why not try something new this year? UncommonGoods is a website filled to the brim with a unique variety of different kinds of gifts that are sure to set your loved one's heart aflutter

For The Foodie

We all know someone who loves food, and everything about it, making it, eating it, displaying it! Here are some of the best gifts UncommonGoods has to offer!

Kentucky Bourbon Pie Filling


For the baker in your life, this Kentucky Bourbon Pie filling is the perfect gift! Just add eggs and butter, pour into a crust, and you have an exceptionally delicious pie. 

Foodie Dice

Whether you are a seasoned chef, or new to the kitchen, if you're stuck for ideas, why not try out Foodie Dice? It's like a game, but better, because, food! 

Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses



Have you ever wanted to drink wine and play music at the same time? Now you can with these major scale musical wine glasses

For Those With Wanderlust

Ah, traveling is one of the greatest feelings in the whole world. Getting to see brand new places where you have never been before, it's just an incredible experience. Here are some of the best gifts for the traveler in your life! 

Scratch Map Deluxe


This is such a fun and interesting way to show off all of the places that you and your love have been together! 

Hikers Journey Mug


For the hikers in your life, this awesome Hiker's Journey Mug is perfect for plotting out their next path while sipping on a delicious beverage!

Travel Stub Diary


Remember every little detail with this Travel Stub Diary! Keep everything from postcards, to tickets to photos and more!


For Her

Surprise her with one of these amazing gifts!

Birth Month Flower Earrings


Enchant her with a pair of earrings that feature the flower from her birth month. She'll be sure to swoon over these beauties!

How Do I Love Thee From A to Z


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways, through the alphabet! Imagine her surprise when she finds this little gem filled with all the reasons why you adore her!

Solar System Bubble Bib Necklace


Let her know she's your universe with this beautiful piece of jewelry!

For Him

Smartphone Magnifier

He'll love watching Youtube videos, checking the weather and more with this awesomely retro smartphone magnifier!

Beer Infused BBQ Sauce


Tickle his tastebuds with this set of three beer infused barbecue sauces! 

West Coast Style IPA Beer Brewing Kit


Let him have fun brewing his very own beer, created with Hops sourced from the Yakima Valley in Washington!

Geeky Gifts

Bubble Wrap Calendar


Have fun with this whimsical calendar filled with bubble-wrapped goodness!

Solar System Bath Bombs Set

Enjoy a relaxing bath that is out of this world with one of these expertly made bath bombs!

Lab Cocktail Set

Ready to mix up some fun? This Lab Cocktail Set will help you out!


For The Interior Decorator

Moon Clock


The moon will always be out when you hang this clock up in your home on your favorite wall!

Literary Candles


Love books? Now you can enjoy your favorites via candle!

Through The Woods Tealight Holder


Enjoy the warm glow of a beautiful mountaintop backdrop filled with trees and wildlife with this gorgeous Through The Woods Tealight Holder.


No matter who you are, Uncommon Goods has something for everybody! They were founded in 1999 in Brooklyn, New York. They are privately owned and love to feature unique items such has tabletop items,  designer decor, beautiful jewelry and handmade gifts. One-third of their entire collection features recycled or upcycled items! How neat is that? They have been awarded the Bizrate Platinum Circle of Excellence award for outstanding customer service! They are also quite charitable and give to non-profits such as RAINN, American Forests, Reach Out & Read and more! Finally, another thing I love about UncommonGoods is that CEO Dave Bolotsky believes in implementing a fair minimum wage and has written quite a bit on the topic. 

So go check them out! They've something uncommonly amazing for everyone!

This post was sponsored by UncommonGoods, but all opinions are my own.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Can Moms Really Have The Best Of Both Worlds?



Ah, moms. We hear our names for what feels like hundreds of times a day. We have tiny mini-mes running around the house all day, sometimes leaving messes in their wake. But would we really have it any other way? Doubtful. In author Beth Brykman's new book The Best Of Both Worlds: How Mothers Can Find Full Time Satisfaction In Part-time Work, she shows us just how we can have it all, family life, and a career!

It is possible to keep your career and be a mom, and strike that life-work balance. In her book, Brykman details how both stay-at-home and full-time working moms can get that balance back into their lives. It shows moms just how they can re-define their careers and their lives.

The book is based on interviews and anecdotes of over 100 part-time working women, from a variety of different jobs. It is chock full of what these women did to make the transition to part-time employment. By re-telling these stories, the author has found that many women believe they have the best of both worlds, family and bringing in an income for their family, and find satisfaction within themselves.

Juggling family life, careers, and taking care of oneself is enough to drive anyone crazy. This book helps to ease that burden and teaches us how to do all three without us moms losing our minds! Whether it is 5 or 35 hours a week, this book helps moms learn how to keep in touch with career and family. 

Over 2/3 of the 100 moms interviewed felt that working part-time was "the best of both worlds" - hence the name of the book! These moms are involved in being both career woman and mom, together! They felt more satisfied with their decisions to work part-time and found that the balance between work and home like can be struck.

I don't want to divulge too much of the book, but there is some great advice in there, including ways to help you outline your objectives, exactly what you want out of working part-time, and so much more! You'll have to read the book to find out exactly how these moms do it all, and how you can too! 

The book is written by Beth Brykman, a mom herself, who has held many executive positions at big name companies, she is also the author of The Wall between Women: The Conflict between Stay-at-Home and Employed Mothers and Second Wind: The Resilience of Women. She managed her own part-time business, Brykman Consulting. You can find her Facebook page right here! 

This blog post was sponsored by Beth Brykman, but all opinions are my own.