Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Dear 2015 Me... #BehindTheBlogger

This post is part of the #BehindTheBlogger campaign to give readers an insight into the blogger. This week's entry is called Dear 2015 Me. I can write about whatever I want. But I want it to be an actual letter to myself. A letter that I would give to myself if I could travel back in time a year ago today. I hope you enjoy this post. Feel free to follow the linky below the post to read other bloggers posts. 

Dear 2015 Me...

I am writing to let you know that you will have an interesting year. Not everything will go the way you plan. You'll have a few obstacles. Let me help you out with a few pointers to help you get through the year, and life to come.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Stock Up on Scott Bath Tissue at Dollar General + Coupons!

So who knew that Dollar General offered coupons on the website? "Not I, said the duck". I had no idea. I guess I haven't paid much attention. Then again, Dollar General isn't on my usual route, though it is pretty close (I had to look it up!). It has been a while since I been to a DG. So when I had the chance to partner with DG, I was on board. I remember that they are a really affordable store with a lot to offer. If you're on a budget, this store should be in your vocab.

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Perfect timing for this one, too. Christmas is next week! Did you know that? I didn't think you did. I hate realizing how fast something is approaching. While we aren't having guests at our place (we travel around the valley to family), we always make sure we're stocked on toilet paper. So it's perfect that SCOTT Brand toilet paper is trying to get your attention right now!
Back to those digital coupons at Dollar General, you can find several coupons for SCOTT Brand there! I went to the Dollar General website and signed up for an account so that I may use the coupons. It was super easy. Enter your number at checkout and the coupons are instantly applied to your order! I do love that SCOTT Brand is a great product with no frills. It's just the perfect choice for my paper needs.
So I added a few coupons to my account and headed to the store. There is a variety to choose from, and bonus packs help make it easy to stock up if you have company coming for the holidays! By the way, it would make a fun gag gift! Maybe if you're going to a White Elephant party!



SCOTT 1000 lasts quite a while in my household. I think they have some sort of magic that allows it to last longer than other brands. OK, maybe not actual magic. But those folks at SCOTT sure do know what they're doing.
So, sign up and then post what deals you find on your favorite social media account. Use hashtags like  #DollarGeneralDeals and #SaveOnScott (you'll find my posts with those tags, too!).

Sign up for DG Digital Coupons and add a SCOTT offer! No need to print or clip. Just give your phone number! There will be SCOTT® bonus packs in-store for a limited time. Signing up for Dollar General’s Digital Coupon site is easy and can be done in a few quick steps below:

To redeem Digital Coupons:
1. Sign up at  or visit the DG App.
2. Create account and load which SCOTT® coupons you would like to use
3. Visit your local Dollar General to redeem coupons at checkout. Find a Dollar General near you by using the store locator:

Digital Coupon Offers: Valid – December 6 to December 31
Save $1.00 off any (1) SCOTT® Paper Towels
Save $0.50 off any (1) SCOTT® Extra Soft Bath Tissue
Save $1.00 off any (1) SCOTT® 1000 Bath Tissue

Bonus Packs: Find 3 special SCOTT® Bonus Packs in-store through the end of February 2016.
• SCOTT® 1000 Bath Tissue, 16 pack (2 Free Rolls)
• SCOTT® Choose-A-Sheet Paper Towels, Mega Roll 6 Pack (Bonus 15% Sheets)
• SCOTT® Extra Soft Bath Tissue, Double Roll 16 pack (2 Free Rolls)




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Digital Coupon Offer – Participating Products
• SCOTT® Extra Soft Bath Tissue, Mega Roll 4 pack
• SCOTT® Extra Soft Bath Tissue, Double Roll 9 pack
• SCOTT® Extra Soft Bath Tissue, Double Roll 16 pack

• SCOTT® 1000 Bath Tissue, 4 pack
• SCOTT® 1000 Bath Tissue, 9 pack

• SCOTT® Choose-A-Sheet Paper Towels, Mega Roll 6 pack
• SCOTT® Choose-A-Sheet Paper Towels, Mega Roll 8 pack

Bonus Packs:
• SCOTT® 1000 Bath Tissue, 16 pack (2 Free Rolls)
• SCOTT® Choose-A-Sheet Paper Towels, Mega Roll 6 Pack (Bonus 15% Sheets)
• SCOTT® Extra Soft Bath Tissue, Double Roll 16 pack (2 Free Rolls)






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Friday, December 18, 2015

Cool Tech Gifts For The Man Child In Your Life

At Christmas, we buy lots of cool gifts and toys for our children. We love seeing their faces light up with delight as they open them. Then, they spend hours on Christmas Day playing with them while everyone else is getting ready for a big meal and celebration. However, some of use also buy gifts for those who can best be described as man-children. These are men who never grew up out of the things they loved when they were children. Star Wars has already made a hundred million in ticket pre-sales, and I guarantee you, that’s mainly due to the manchild. This weird species could be your husband, your boyfriend or your brother. Do you know what you’re getting them for Christmas? I’ve got some ideas.


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

#BehindTheBlogger: My Christmas Wish

This is my first post with Behind The Blogger. I'm not even sure what I want to write about. So I'm going to wing it as I go.

I think the :normal: person would say something like world peace, a place where my child can grow up without fear, etc. And yes, of course I'd like that.  But I'd also like to be selfish.

My Christmas Wish is for myself. I want something simple. My sanity.

I know that may sound absolutely crazy. But let me explain why.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Best Booze Gift Ideas for Any Occasion

When you’re choosing gifts for people it’s important to consider what they enjoy. It can be so difficult to make the right choice when it comes time to buy gifts. That’s why you’ve got to think hard about the sorts of things people might enjoy. Now, there are a lot of things to choose from when it comes to buying gifts, but it’s difficult to go wrong with alcohol.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Stella & Dot Best Gifts Under $30


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I am a fan of Stella & Dot. The products are so pretty, and there's a wide range when it comes to pricing. If you're shopping for a fashion-forward woman in your life, you can't go wrong with something from Stella & Dot. 

They have a gift guide with the best giftsunder $30, under $50 and under $100. The items in the $30 and $50 guide are nice. They are affordable, yet very stylish and current. You can find earrings, necklaces, charms, bracelets, even wallets.

They also have the cutest earrings for little girls! 

If you're new to Stella & Dot, you may not have known that they were on Undercover Boss not too long ago. They have a great income opportunity if you're into accessories and selling. Since there are a variety of price points, its easy to get a varriety of buyers. You can host home shows, or sell from your own website. You can click any of the links on this post and click "Become a Stylist". I love that you aren't a representative, you're a stylist. I love the wording, it feels fancy. 

Here are a few of my favorite pieces in the best gifts $50 and under! (link will take you to product page!)




There's so much to choose from. Check out the best gifts guides below!

Best Gifts Under $100 from Stella & Dot
Best Gifts Under $50 from Stella & Dot
Best Gifts Under $30 from Stella & Dot









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Introduce the World to your Preschooler with Little Passports (Discount Inside!)

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Give the gift of adventure this holiday season! Not sure which adventure to choose for your little explorer? Check out these Little Passports blog posts and learn more about their three subscription options: 




- Read the 5 reasons your preschooler will love Early Explorers! 

- Take a sneak peak at the World edition while Exploring Thailand with Kids .

- Finally, delve in to the USA Edition and Travel to Louisiana and Oregon with Little Passports.

Once you decide on the best adventure for your little explorer, make sure you take advantage of the 

JOLLY sale! From now until December 16, Little Passports is offering 15% off ANY subscription 
plan. All you need to do is use code: JOLLY at check out.

**This promotion is valid online only at www.littlepassports.com. To redeem enter code JOLLY at checkout. Offer valid on
new subscriptions only and cannot be combined with any other offers and/or applied retroactively to previously placed
orders. Offer applies only to the first month on a Monthly Plan. Offer not valid on Personalized Products and Shop items.
Offer excludes shipping and taxes. Offer valid from Dec 4th, 2015 at 8:00AM EST to Dec 16th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.

Give the gift of adventure and Let's be Jolly 


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Looking for Something Sexy for the Holidays?

Hips & Curves is one of my favorite lingerie websites. They offer a wide range of sizes, and is especially helpful for the plus sized lady. I have purchased many things from them in the past, and have been happy with them all!

So, whether you're looking for something for yourself to help keep warm (wink wink) in the cold nights, or you're looking for your girlfriend/wife, this list of sexy gifts will make any girl happy. Take a peek at the list, and decide if you want naughty, or nice.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Bright Starts League of Little Laughters Play Party | #BabyLOLL

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I was selected to host a Bright Starts League of Little Laughters (#BabyLOLL) party. My daughter was so excited when she saw the box. I think she's really excited for Christmas. So when I opened them I knew there was no delaying, I needed to have this party as soon as possible. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: Treating The Children In Your Life

Christmas is a time for the whole family to get involved in the festive fun. When it comes to presents, though, children are the focus.

We all have various children in our lives. Whether it’s our own kids, nieces and nephews or a friend’s child. Putting a smile on their faces is one of the greatest moments throughout the whole festive period. But finding the perfect gifts to achieve that aim can feel a little daunting.


Here are some fantastic options to help you navigate the minefield. I hope they can be of assistance.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Find Animal Themed Gifts at Sharp Shirter


Looking for an awesome gift to give this holiday season? You should check out Sharp Shirter. If your friends or family are animal lovers or love a good laugh, these gifts would be perfect. From Slothzilla on the Empire State Building or a pole dancing sloth, Sharp Shirter has you covered. Shower curtains, throw pillows, blankets, art, home decor and more. You can't go wrong. They also have beautiful prints, like the elephant shower curtain below. You can find something for everyone on your list!


They also have beautiful prints, like the elephant shower curtain below. 

From Sharp Shirter:
"We offer a wide selection animal themed products that have showcase the artwork of 30+ designers we have worked with since our grand opening in 2009. We are highly dedicated to the protection of animals and we've raised over $15,000 for the African Wildlife Foundation to help prevent the hunting of elephants. 

"Here at Sharp Shirter, we are intrigued by the way in which humans group animals into different categories. Some we eat, some we protect, some we own, and some we fear. Similarly, animals have a range of intentions when dealing with humans. Some are fearful of us while others love and protect us. Still, others will attack us and view us as a threat to their existence.

"We don't attempt to give answers to any of these relations, but rather we are satisfied with questions that we create we our animal tees. Find more information at SharpShirter.Com "

My readers get to save! Enter code PARTYTIME for 15% off Sharp Shirter orders!





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*This post was made in conjunction with US Family Guide. In exchange for posting, I'll receive product that I will review in a future post.

Celebrate the Holidays with Mixbook

Whether you want to create your own holiday cards, or you want to create a photo book to give to family members, Mixbook is a great way to share those great photos you've taken throughout the year. They're also making sure that they use only the highest-quality, heavy-weight papers that are ethically sourced from sustainable forests and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance.

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the festive and sentimental Merry Christmas photo book. Snowflakes, candy canes and colorful ornaments are featured on joyful holiday backgrounds to showcase your photographs. Layouts allow you to build collages, feature a portrait across the gutter or frame snapshots inside holiday artwork. Your personal quotes and tags are highlighted in eye-catching typography.

The Merry Christmas section is part of the Seasonal Photo Books Collection by Mixbook and is backed by their 100% satisfaction guarantee. All of their other photo books, cards and calendars have the same guarantee.

Dimensions
3 sizes available
Printing
Digital Press
Printing Time
1-2 business days
Customization


With Mixbook, everything is customizable. Add your own photos and text, change the layout, add stickers and backgrounds - you are free to design a Book that is personal to you!

My readers get to save just in time for the Holidays! 50% off cards & 10x10 photo books + 40% off site wide! Click here!




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*this post is brought to you in conjunction with US Family Guide. By posting this information, Mixbook will send me a credit to purchase my own product which I will review at a later date.

Monday, November 30, 2015

How I Monitize My Blog With Affiliates

*This post contains advertising links such as affiliate and referral links. I may earn compensation if you sign up through my links. Thank you for your support!

I recently posted on the more traditional ways I monetize my blog. But this time, I wanted to show the more "fun" ways that I earn. These links may contain referral links where I'll earn money if you sign up. Others are affiliate links that offer the same thing.


Monetizing Your Blog



As a blogger, you spend a lot of time curating posts, taking photos, sharing, and networking. You do all of this, and you do it for free. So that's when monetizing your blog comes into play. By monetizing your blog, you set yourself up to earn money for your time and efforts in a variety of ways.

I'm going to share a few of the "traditional" ways that I monetize my blog. Do I make a living off it, no. At least not yet anyways. But it sure does help offset the costs associated with a blog (and time!).

Adsense
The first thing I signed up for was Google Adsense. It made sense to me to allow Google to place ads on my blog that were relevant to the search history of the user who visits me. There are many people who earn hundreds per day on Adsense. I don't. And that's OK.

In-text Ads
You've probably seen these on a variety of websites. A few words per post is dounle-underlined. It's a link leading to something pertaining to that word. For example, the word "bathtime" may link to a coupon to get $1 off Johnson's Baby Wash.

Sponsored Posts
Occassionally, you'll see a post that a brand/company has paid me to post. Now, that post could have been written by me, or written by the brand (or one of the memnbeers of their writing team). I alwasys make sure that the ad is relevant to my readers in some way. There are other bloggers who
will just accept it for the money. I've turned down many sponsored posts because they do not fit my brand. There are a variety of ways to find sponsored posts. There are companies like the ones in my post about Monetizing with Affiliates, and sometimes these companies will find you and then contact you. This is why it is important to have your contact information listed.


There are so many ways to monetize your blog. My next post will be about using affiliate links and other monetizing ways.







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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving + BLACK FRIDAY + CYBER MONDAY Sales from Wedding Paper Divas!


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Here are some amazing deals from Wedding Paper Divas. If you're planning a wedding, these are the deals you've been waiting for!


11/27 - 11/29
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11/30-12/8
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*Save 15% off using the code WPDSAVE15 at checkout. There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion. Offer is not applicable to previously placed orders, shipping, taxes, rush processing charges, photo books and personalized postage stamps. This promotion code cannot be combined with other offers. Offer is only valid on Weddingpaperdivas.com and is not applicable on third party or partner websites. To prevent fraud or abuse, we reserve the right to discontinue or modify this offer or cancel any order.
 




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Monday, November 23, 2015

Great Kids Clothes Starting at $12!

Tea Collection’s Black Friday Event Is Almost Here & It’s Bigger Than Ever!

Some might know it as the $15 dress sale, but they have something for everyone…. Tea’s highly anticipated Black Friday Event kicks off tomorrow (11/24/15)! Grab best selling styles for Girl, Boy, Baby Girl and Baby Boy at $12, $15 & 17. It’s Tea’s biggest Black Friday Event to date and it’s running Tuesday to Saturday

It's the perfect way to grab great clothes for your little ones at great prices! I know I'll be buying a few things. Perfect for Christmas gifts!

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Click the link to take you where you want to shop.

Shop Girl Black Friday Styles at Tea Collection
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Shop Baby Girl Black Friday Styles at Tea Collection
Shop Baby Boy Black Friday Styles at Tea Collection 
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Friday, November 20, 2015

Little Moments Of Joy You'll Cherish As A Parent

Life is made up of a series of moments, as precious as diamonds. But imagine if those moments were as common as sand because you lived forever. They would be worthless and lose all meaning. If you think I’m being deep and philosophical, I’m not. I’ve just snipped that out of Once Upon A Time. It’s a brilliant show but not one that I thought would ever give me something so resoundingly true and beautiful. Yet there it is, and I think it fits in particularly well when describing the life of a parent. As a parent, you have little moments with your children that you will hold on to. Here are a few of the ones that I hold most dear.

Their First Steps

Is there anything more wonderful than seeing your baby take their first steps towards you? I was captivated and completely at a loss for words. It was like seeing all my dreams I never knew I once held come to life. To create life and then watch it grow into a wonderful little personality is truly remarkable. If you’re not a parent yet, you’re probably wondering what on earth I am on about. But trust me, you’ll see that once your baby walks for the first time your life changes forever. I think it’s also the first moment when I realised they wouldn’t always be there. They’d go on and live their own life.

Riding A Bike

It’s fun teaching your child to ride a bike. Well, maybe not always but most of the time it is. Even if they fall off they’ll get back on and try again. I actually started them young with a quality balance bike. Balance bikes are useful because then they learn how to ride in stages, first mastering balance. Teaching your kid how to ride is great because you are imparting wisdom. It’s also one of the first things where you can see them learn and grown. But it’s still one of their first steps towards independence. A pivotal moment I’m sure you’ll never forget.


Achievements

Seeing your child win or succeed at something, anything, is marvelous. I have my own unique memory for the first time my child won something as I’m sure you do for your children. It might be the first time their team won at soccer. Or, it could be an achievement they received at school. Either way, the immense pride you will feel at that moment will be repeated many times through their life yet never replaced.

Graduation

You’ll know my kids haven’t yet graduated from college or even school yet. After all, one of them is still a toddler! But, I’m looking forward to the day when they do and dreading it at the same time. On the one hand it’s the moment you know you succeeded in raising your children. On the other it’s when you realise they’re leaving the nest. But that’s life and I wouldn’t change it for the world because once your children grow up, we all know what comes next. The grandest years of your life.




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Cipralex for Anxiety

Anxiety is a state that can be characterized by feeling of inner unrest, disturbance, fear of dreadful events together with tension. Person who suffers from it feels as if he will burst, that he will lose control over his actions or that something bad will happen. Have in mind that this issue is not directly connected to any object or a person. Anxious individual is constantly on standby, always attentive, thinking that there is some danger lurking just around the corner. In these individuals, nervous system is activated much quicker so it is no wonder that anxious person fears sudden sounds and light or anything else that can quickly startle him or her.
This state of mind is nothing more than resisting natural way of living. Patients who are suffering from this condition have false belief that life is in fact dangerous and that they have to protect themselves from some unseen danger. In some cases, anxiety can be manifested mentally as person becomes depressed and starts withdrawing from friends and family.

Monday, November 16, 2015

It's OK To Ask For Help


I get it. 

You don't want to burden anyone, so you don't ask for help. No matter how big or small that help is. Whether it's for help with the kids, whether it's for help around the house, taking time for yourself or even asking your doctor. 

We, as parents, think we can do it all. 

Yet, we (parents) forget that it takes a village to raise children. 

yes, a village.

More than just you and your spouse. It involves aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, friends even. It's a whole village when everything is said and done.

So why are we afraid to ask for help? Not just with the kids. With everything. Even those who aren't parents. Why can't we ask for help? Are we afraid to show what we think is a sign of weakness? Are we trying to put on a show that everything is fine? Even when it isn't?

Who's that gonna help?

We need to keep in mind that it is perfectly OK to go ahead and ask someone to watch the kids for us so we can get a 30-minute break. We can ask someone to help take us to a doctors appointment if needed. We can ask someone to help us do something that for whatever reason we can't do alone. 

It's OK to ask your spouse to help you out. It's OK to need a break. From kids, work, life, we get it! 

I hate how that today we are so afraid to ask for help from our neighbors, family, and friends. Previous generations didn't do that! They were friends with their neighbors and could ask for help when needed. Can we get back to that?

So done be afraid or too full of pride to ask for help. Ask your spouse to help give you a break after a long or stressful day. Curl up with a good book (get a best seller on Amazon). Or take a nice warm bath with a spa set, or relax with a lavender candle (lavender promotes relaxation).

Check out these items to help you relax and take a minute for yourself.

  




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