Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Save $100 on family-friendly Hawaii vacations with Pleasant Holidays

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, sponsored content or reviewed products. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer


I just learned that US Family Guide has partnered with Pleasant Holidays, a leading provider of package vacations. They're based in the U.S. and have great deals on family vacations worldwide - Hawaii, contiguous United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, Tahiti, Fiji and more. They can also book complete cruise vacations with airfare, onboard accommodations, and pre- and post-cruise hotel stays for vacations where everyone can relax and enjoy. 




Pleasant Holidays is new to US Family Guide, but has been partnering with hotels and resorts for more than 55 years to get great offers you cannot book anywhere else. When you're planning to explore close to home or farther afield, make them your one-stop-shop for everything you need: flights, accommodations, car rentals, ground transfers, exciting activities and tours, and travel protection coverage to protect your travel investment (because if parenthood has taught us one thing, it's to expect the unexpected). And unlike some other online travel providers, they have in-destination customer assistance should you need it.

They've currently got a great deal on Hawaii vacations that saves you $100 per booking. Select from 26 hotels and resorts on the four most popular islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai and island of Hawaii. Explore the exciting sights of Oahu, including world-famous Waikiki Beach and historic Pearl Harbor. Watch the sun rise from the slopes of a dormant volcano on Maui. Snorkel, hike, kayak, surf, experience Polynesian culture and more. This deal is valid on new vacations booked by 10/30/16 for select travel through 6/30/17 that include roundtrip airfare from the continental United States and a stay of five nights or longer at a participating hotel or resort. The $100 savings is per booking and taken at time of booking - no waiting! For more information or reservations visit www.PleasantHolidays.com, call 1-800-837-5154 or contact your travel agent.

Be sure to keep an eye on my blog page. I'll be sharing more great deals for memorable family vacations from Pleasant Holidays soon!









Monday, October 24, 2016

Run Your Household At A Fraction Of The Current Cost: Advice Moms Need!

It will come as no surprise to you that the cost of running a home has doubled in the last decade. In fact, half of a person’s income goes on household bills. It can even end up costing more than the mortgage or rent! Therefore, a lot of families struggle to afford their household bills. However, it doesn’t mean that debt has to be around the corner. Here is some advice for moms on running a home at a fraction of the current cost!

Monitor your heating

One of the largest bills your household will encounter is the energy bill. After all, we need to keep our home warm for our children. However, it’s easy for these bills to spiral out of control if we are not monitoring our heating. Therefore, you need to ensure you alter the temperature as necessary. You don’t need the heating on high when everyone is in bed, or not in the home. But so many families keep it on, and it wastes so many dollars. Therefore, adjust your heating so that it only comes on when necessary. You might want to invest in a smart heater which will enable you to alter the temperature while on the move! That way, if you forget to turn it down before you leave your home, you can quickly do it at the school gates. Also, remember to make sure your home is air sealed. That way, you won’t be losing essential heat in your property!

Look into packages for technology

As you know, technology is a huge presence in a family’s life. So many kids now have devices they use on a daily basis in the home. And most of these require internet, so you have to get it installed in your property. However, a lot of families are making mistakes by getting lots of different packages for all the technology in their home. For example, they have one supplier for their television and another company for their phone and broadband. But if you go with one provider, you could save a lot of dollars for your family. Therefore, make sure you look into the bundles that are on offer such as triple play verizon. By combining services, you will just have one monthly bill to worry about for your technology!

Ensure you maintain your home

It’s so important that moms make sure their home is maintained if they want to cut costs for their household. After all, if you don’t check things in your home, issues will occur that will cost you a fortune in the long run. As this feature explains, set a maintenance schedule so that you never forget to do things such as checking the boiler. That way, you can cut down some money by making sure everything in your home is working correctly. And make sure you keep on top of cleaning your property. It will prevent pests and mold which both can cause problems in your home!

Remember to be careful with your water usage. It’s worth swapping to showers so that you don’t have to waste money when running a bath. And use appliances such as dishwashers and tumble dryers sparingly. It will only take a few moments to hang washing outside and clean dishes, and it will save you a ton of money!

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Customized Holiday Greeting Cards

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, sponsored content or reviewed products. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer

Can you believe that October is almost over? It's that much closer to Thanksgiving (yum!) and we're inching closer to Christmas. It's time to start thinking about holiday cards, especially if you're planning on getting customized cards. I love putting my kid's pictures on our Christmas cards. Our family loves it, too. It's an easy way to go ahead and send out an updated photo to the family!


Luckily for me, AdoramaPix has a great holiday collection. I've written about them before, and received beautiful photos of my kids from them.

Now's the best time to get a head start on your customized holiday cards! Go check out AdoramaPix's holiday collection. Choose from a wide range of stunning designs and paper options. Then, upload your photo and customize any holiday card with your own personal touches. Holiday snail mail has never looked so good!
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

FREE Lego Duplo Play Set

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, sponsored content or reviewed products. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer

Do we ever need an excuse to treat our little ones with a fun new toy? Or maybe you're trying to get a head start on holiday shopping? So I thought this freebie is perfect for the little one(s) in your family. How does a Lego Duplo play set priced at $9.99 with complimentary in-store pickup sound?

Toys "R" Us is selling a Lego Duplo baby animals play set for $9.99. TopCashback's offering $9.99 cashback on the purchase of one box, effectively making the kids play toy free after taxes. Do you think your readers might like this? Please note only new TopCashback members are eligible for this promotion.

I've used Top Cash Back for my own purchases, and I'm really happy with the discounts and rebates I get back. It is my go-to site when I plan on shopping online. 

Simply sign up here for Top Cash Back, and then click to go shop. It will track your purchase (but not the personal information) and soon your rebate will show up as available for cashing out. Go check it out! Comment below if you got it! 


(I don't know when this deal expires! If it has, please comment and let me know!)




Thursday, October 13, 2016

Christmas Comes Early For The Super Organized With These Top Tips

Christmas is fast approaching. It’s scary how quick this whole year has gone. But I just think the moment fall comes around our minds just naturally wander to Christmas, am I right? For some organized ladies out there you might be sat with smug faces thinking you are all done and dusted for the holiday season. For others, you could just be thinking about it. Well, it’s time to get organized. You won’t believe how less stressful Christmas time can be when you don’t leave things to the last minute. So I thought I would share with you some top tips to get organized ready for the festive season ahead.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

10 Halloween Books Your Kids Will Love

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, sponsored content or reviewed products. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer


Boo! Halloween season is here! Get your kids in the spooky spirit with my favorite Halloween books! We love reading these fun and not-too-scary stories before bed. In the mood for monsters, ghost stories and all-around Halloween fun? Check out my list below.

P.S. You can read all of these books on Epic!, my new favorite app! You can access more than 15,000 popular kids' books (and audiobooks, read-to-me books and more!) from any device -- for just $4.99/month. Plus, you get your first 30 days 100% FREE! 

Keep scrolling to check out my list!



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Discounts On Party and Wedding Invites

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, sponsored content or reviewed products. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer
Starting 10/12, you can save 25% off party invitations! Perfect for the holiday parties you'll be throwing. Also, there are limited time promotions offering up to 25% off Thank You Cards, Party Invitations, and Wedding Suites. Check below for all the deals they're offing right now. 

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You Can Do Hard Things

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This week's Bold & Full Wednesday is a reminder we all need...especially heading into the busy holiday season. The story is touching, and something we can probably all relate to. 

You Can Do Hard Things Graphic T-Shirt
The code is YOUCANDO and it will make each tee $15.95 in the cart, with FREE SHIPPING. The code is valid 10/12/16 - 10/19/16

 Bold & Full Wednesday - 10/12/16 - You Can Do Hard Things Tee for $15.95 + FREE SHIPPING w/code YOUCANDO

This shirt was made for Cathy from Fabulessly Frugal. We love her grit and determination, and love the reminder about how we can do hard things...and just how strong we each are:
Well, over the last 2 years I’ve learned that I can do hard things… I can almost pinpoint the moment that this light bulb went off. I was at the YMCA, in a BodyPump class. I was pushing myself through a pretty tough set of squats....Anyway, my wonderful instructor Karen always motivates me to keep on going. Through her inspirational yelling at me above the loud music and positive energy in the room, she’s taught me that I can do more than I think. 


So there I was, in pump class, and she yelled something about doing hard things, becoming stronger and better… and then I had this thought, “HECK YA! I can do hard things! This is changing me! And I LOVE it!”. And then as the class went on, my mind continued to think about all the hard things I’ve overcome. I’ve struggled with depression, discouragement, feelings of low self-worth, negative self-talk… all that junk. But it was at that moment that I realized that all the challenges I had gone through had made me a pretty strong person!

Up to 65% off Kids Clothes

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, sponsored content or reviewed products. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer


I don't know about you, but my kids outgrow their clothes many times a year. Plus with the seasons changing, many of your kids may need warmer clothes. Well, Crazy 8 is offering up to 65% off the entire site! Yes, the entire site! Now is the best time to go check out those deals, because I have no idea when they'll end this sale! 
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Make a style statement with new + now looks that kids love. Bonus: always get a good deal. Play with prints. Pop some color. Dress your way. Mix + remix—these styles are up for anything. 







Monday, October 10, 2016

Dream Big, Princess Personalized Book

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, sponsored content or reviewed products. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer


The holidays are coming, and if you're like me, you're trying to figure out what the heck to get the kids. If you're already done shopping, kudos! I hope to one day study under you lol

But for the rest of us who haven't even begun to think about shopping, here's an idea. This beautifully illustrated book allows you to put your child in the story. Your child will match up each princess with her greatest wish and then fill in a page with her hopes and dreams. This book will teach your daughter that being a princess isn't about wearing a fancy dress and living in a castle but rather it's about being brave, honorable, and hardworking.

Plus, if your little princess is a fan of the Disney Princesses, she'll absolutely love seeing her photo in this book, along with the other princesses!

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Use code DREAM20 to get 20% off! Click the image above to shop!


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Friday Night Lights

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, sponsored content or reviewed products. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer

Clear eyes, full hearts, must have! Our love for all things Friday Night Lights runs deep. Whether you are a die-hard Tim Riggins fan, love Football, or really just love awesome sayings, you are going to want to take a look at these t-shirts! We love these so much that we are sending a newsletter about them. Because, Texas Forever.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

(for the record, my husband is a HUGE fan, and he loves these shirts lol. Too bad they're not for men)

Friday Night Lights Tees
The coupon code is TSHIRT29 and will make each tee $16.95 + FREE SHIPPING in the cart.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Best Kids Reading App

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, sponsored content or reviewed products. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer

The Netflix of Children's Books

This is the seriously the best kids' reading app ever!



As you may know, if you're not raising natural bookworms, getting kids to read can be a major challenge. So you can imagine my utter delight when I discovered Epic!

Epic!, for those of you who don't know, is this amazing digital library for kids 12 and under. It's basically a Netflix for kids' books -- and my kids (even those who would never voluntarily pick up a book) are obsessed with it! You can read it on your computer or laptop as well as any mobile device so it's perfect for long car rides, reading aloud at home and vacations, too! (And when I just need some ME time ;)

Plus, teachers love Epic! too. In fact, Epic! is being used in 70% of U.S. elementary schools! So you know it's a resource that's actually working!

You get instant access to more than 15,000 popular children's books, audiobooks, read-a-along books and videos all for $4.99/month. You guys, this costs less than one book!


And if you're not convinced yet, here are some important FACTS about how important reading is for now and the future:
  • Reading is the best exercise for your brain -- it relieves stress, improves focus and concentration. (source)
  • “Reading a lot” is one of the most powerful methods of increasing fluency, vocabulary, [and] comprehension. (source)
  • Children learn an average of 4,000 to 12,000 new words each year as a result of book reading. (source)
 The best news? You get to try your first month 100% FREE. Sign up here

Have you tried Epic! yet? Let me know what you think of it so far. 


Reading on Epic!





Help For Moms! Fantastic Ways To Make Fruit More Appealing To Kids

It’s a sad fact that studies have found almost seven out of ten kids are not getting their recommended daily fruit and vegetable intake. As you may know, they are essential to keep our children healthy. And if they don’t have enough now, it often leads to health problems when they are older. But it can be a nightmare to persuade our kids to eat some during the day.  They put their nose up at delights such as bananas, kiwis, and apples. Therefore, here are some fantastic ways to make fruit more appealing to kids!

Add them to a sauce

Kids often don’t know what they are eating when it comes to sauces. Therefore, one of the best ways you can make fruit more appealing to kids is to hide it in sauces! For example, if you are making a chicken curry for the kids, you might want to add pineapple to the sauce. That way, they are getting more fruit in their diet without even knowing they are eating it. You could even add apple sauce to pork dinners so that they can enjoy the dish with the added benefit of nutrients!

Smoke or grill them

We know how delicious meat and fish can taste on the BBQ. And the kids love tucking into a BBQ chicken wing or sausage. Therefore, you can make fruit more appealing to kids by smoking or grilling it! Fruit such as apple or banana tastes delicious once it’s been on the grill. Your kids will be more inclined to eat it, and you could even serve it with ice cream to make it more of a treat! If you don’t currently have a grill, you can look online to find a new one. There are plenty of grills out there; rec tec grills are some of the best pellet smokers available, and there is so much other choice!

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Make a fruit salad

When you give your child one piece of fruit, it can often be met with a tantrum. After all, it’s boring to a child. Therefore, you should consider making a fruit salad with lots of different types of fruit. It will make it much more interesting for kids as they will have different flavors to try. You could even add cream or ice cream to make it more of a treat for your children!

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Eat it yourself

Children love to copy their parents on a daily basis. After all, it’s cool to feel grown up. Therefore, if you want to make it more appealing to kids, you should make sure you are eating it yourself. When they see you are eating it, they are more likely to be keen to try it themselves. Also, keep the fruit in sight so that it stays clear in your kid’s mind that it’s something they should be eating!

And remember you could create some fruity muffins for your kids to enjoy. Children will love banana or blueberry muffins for breakfast! But as I discussed here, make sure you use a refined sugar-free recipe!








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