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3 Atlantic Luggage – Win a Family Trip for Four Sweepstakes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Luggage is something we all need at times. Although we don't use it daily, in most cases, we need to have a good set for when we do travel! Atlantic Luggage has been pioneering great luggage since 1919, making family traveling easier with their versatile, lightweight and affordable luxury sets. With a range of varieties in color, style … [Read more...]

Save Money and Make Money with College Book Rentals

Are you or someone you know taking college classes? If so, I'm pretty sure you know just how expensive college books are. When I was in college I remember spending hundreds of dollars each semester on books and sometimes over a hundred dollars on just one college book. It's crazy expensive! I have partnered with CampusBookRentals.com before and I want to tell you about them again along with another program they offer. Who doesn't want to save … [Read more...]

Who Left the Lights On? The Blame Game: A Lighting Debate Resolved

Lighting Infographic

Most of us have been on both sides of the "Who Left the Lights On" question. I know, in our home, the finger pointing usually ramps up right around the time the electric bill shows up, and the blame game certainly intensifies when the energy bill starts to spike.  According to a U.S. consumer household lighting behavior study conducted on behalf of lighting control systems developer Lutron Electronics, leaving the lights on in empty rooms is the … [Read more...]

Braces No Longer…Invisalign Saves the Day! (or Months)


My husband and I both remember friends and family members who had to suffer through having braces to straighten their teeth when they were teens. I personally recall a friend who was often made fun of because of her "metal mouth" and I felt for her and watched her cry over the humiliation and pain of braces. As adults, we've also had friends who needed straightening options and we've had a few friends chose to go with something called … [Read more...]

For All You Love This Mother’s Day with Donations to Save the Children

J&J Campaign Manifesto

Are you celebrating this Mother's Day with a selfless and caring mother who has always given you unconditional love? My husband and I recognize how blessed we are with our mothers and we are so thankful to be able to celebrate them this Sunday. Not only are they fabulous mothers, they are both amazing grandmothers so this sponsored post through The Motherhood was just what I needed to express my love this Mother's Day. For All You Love, For All … [Read more...]

Year Round Uses for LED Christmas Lights

LED Christmas Lights

Over the past two years my husband was on a mission to change all of our Christmas lights to LED lights. After researching and realizing that LED lights are safer and eco-friendly we knew we needed to make the change. The lights were more expensive, but it was definitely an investment worth making and because we made the investment in changing all of our Christmas lights to LED, I've been determined to use the lights more often than just … [Read more...]

Kroger’s Cart Buster Savings Event and the Select Your Deal Promotion

Kroger Select Your Deal Promo

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kroger. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Kroger has been one of my favorite grocery stores since I've been an adult doing my own shopping. They have great deals and their double coupons are what got me started couponing early on! In fact, you can select coupons right on their site and add them to your Kroger card so no clipping involved if you don't like that … [Read more...]

Campus Book Rentals and Operation Smile – A Winning Combination

Statistics in Plain English

Attending college can be very costly, we all know that. Books for college courses are so expensive and rarely do we use them after a class is complete. I know I used a few, but not enough to validate the cost of the book. When I first heard of Campus Book Rentals I was in disbelief that something this wonderful could actually be available! Take a look at some of the benefits of using CampusBookRentals.com: You can save 40-90% off of bookstore … [Read more...]

Why LEDs are Safer than CFLs (Guest Post)

Traditional lighting solutions have become gradually safer over the years, but there is still a gulf between the levels of sustainable, uncompromised operation they offer and the significantly better performance of LED bulbs. The CFL market contains most types of bulbs, from filament-based models to the more modern energy-efficient fluorescent examples, which means that everyone will have come into contact with them and will probably have an … [Read more...]

Help Get the Kids out of the House: Top Water Fun Games For the Kids! (Guest Post)

Tug of War

When it is boiling hot in the summer, water games are a great way to have fun and keep the kids cool. You don’t need a lot of kit for this, just a little imagination – the adults can play too! Not only will this result in great exercise, but it’ll wear out the kids, so they’re more docile in the evening. Just keep a close eye on things because we don’t want any tears! If your child has a birthday in summer, these games make for a really exciting … [Read more...]

Fun, Historical Attractions for All the Family (Guest Post)

Does your kid start yawning in the middle of their history lessons, or do they love everything antiquated? Whether or not your children are enthusiastic about the past, these exciting, historical attractions are great for all the family. Blenheim Palace Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace in 1874. It was initially given to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in 1704 by Queen Anne who was thankful for his victory at the Battle … [Read more...]

Health Tips for Helping with Stress: Yoga and Stretching (Guest Post)

Yoga Girl

If there is any place that isn't Zen, it’s the workplace. Not only can work be a stressful environment, but being bent at a desk for around 8 hours a day can prove to be detrimental to your body’s health. There is a new workplace craze and it helps you to get in touch with your inner yogi…that’s a practitioner of yoga; not a bear. Stress Stress is one of the leading causes of employees taking sick-leave from work. Experts have even … [Read more...]

How to Generate Energy from Obscure Sources: Chicken Poop (Guest Post)


Some of us are more ecologically aware than others. There are those for whom climate change, recycling and carbon footprints are problems that someone else should be dealing with. Then there are those, the more socially responsible, who will go out of their way to do their bit to help save the planet for future generations. If you fall in to the second category then read on. Take methane, also known as biogas. Methane has a number of uses and … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Pest Management (Guest Post)


It may seem the wrong time of year to start thinking about your garden; however maintenance of your flowers and plants needs to continue all year round – even during the cold winter months. One aspect of garden management that causes a lot of debate is the way that we manage pests. Chemicals and pesticides used to be a common part of your back yard equipment. But now we know how damaging these types of chemicals can be, we need to look to … [Read more...]

An African Safari Coming Soon?

African Safari

Well, our wedding anniversary is next month and I am going to start giving hints to hubby about what I want to do. We'll most likely go out of town for a weekend...or even stay in town and get a hotel just to "get away". I have been telling him for years now that when we reach a milestone anniversary I want to get married again, have a bigger wedding and go on a huge honeymoon! Yes, that sounds just like a woman, doesn't it? :) I've had a … [Read more...]

An Exciting New Way to Play Bingo!


Recently I have been reminiscing about the days when I was younger. Granted, I'm not old, but to think that I was an adult 15+ years ago makes me feel old! Time has been slipping past us as we rush through our busy schedules. My grandmother used to play bingo a lot. She truly enjoyed the game and she loved getting out of the house to go play at a local bingo hall. I remember her having the game at her house and my sisters and I always looked … [Read more...]

Who Has Time for Fun? I’m Making Time!

Bingo Balls

I can't even begin to tell you how busy our lives have been since baby Addy arrived in February. My husband an d I both work full time jobs outside of the home. When we get home we cook, eat dinner and take care of the kids. We get the ready for bed and sit with them as they fall asleep. By the time the kids are in bed and we prepare everything for the next day many times we are left exhausted from the day and we don’t make the time for ourselves … [Read more...]

Family Vacations in the United Kingdom

Westminster Abbey

I'm sure you all know that I am hooked on finding great family getaways! I cannot wait until the kids are a bit older and we can travel a bit further with them! Right now we mainly go to places that are somewhat close so it doesn't require much travel time. One place that I am truly looking forward to visiting is the United Kingdom. I've heard so many great things about traveling there and about their family-friendly destinations. One thing … [Read more...]

Vertical Blinds are Economical!

Vertical Blinds

That's right, did you know that vertical blinds can be economical? I bet that caught your attention and you are wondering how!!? My husband and I are always on the look out for ways to save money and energy as we are on our green mission and we've been able to do this with using vertical blinds in our home! The living area in our home is on the small side but we have almost a full wall of windows that we've covered using vertical blinds. We do … [Read more...]

Off to College this Fall? How About RENTING Your Text Books?

Campus Book Rentals Logo

I remember one of the great expenses of college was the text books. They were scary expensive and I hope I never have to fork over money like that for books again! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fact that in today's world we can RENT textbooks from places like CampusBookRentals.com! Renting Your Text Books Have you ever thought about renting text books? You can actually save between 40 and 90 percent by renting and you get FREE shipping both ways! … [Read more...]

Is Asthma a Problem for You? Check out this App!

Asthma Sense App

As I have mentioned before, our little boy has asthma. He was diagnosed around 9 months old with what is called "viral induced asthma". Viral induced asthma normally only pops up when the person gets a cold or any other type of viral illness. With this diagnosis we've learned that for our little guy there is no such thing as a simple cold. Every cold he gets is a big deal and most times ends up with breathing treatments. Although I am relieved … [Read more...]

Save Money with Packages from Connect Your Home

Connect Your Home

In today's world we all rely heavily on phone, Internet and television services. Technology is a must in our lives. We recently had some storms in my area and we were left without our cable, Internet and home phone for a whole week! That quickly reminded us how much we really rely on these services. It also reminded us how much we pay for these services because when we didn't have them we wanted a credit for the days we were without service. … [Read more...]