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Mar232017

Brick Loot: Subscription Box for LEGO & Brick Lovers + My Review!

Disclosure: I received a Brick Loot Box in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy)

My boys ages 11 and 5 are crazy for LEGOS! In fact, they would play with them all day long if I let them! I like that LEGOS really encourage kids to use their minds and their imaginations. It is great creative play for them and gets them away from electronics and the television. 

When my boys found out about Brick Loot, they beyond excited to review the service and to see what it was all about! Brick Loot is a box subscription company for LEGO and Brick fanatics! Subscribers receive a monthly box filled with unique, custom and never-before-seen items that work with LEGO bricks and custom building. Each month your Brick Loot box is filled with 4-8 items that were hand picked by Brick specialists who scour the world for the newest and coolest products for you to collect. They send your child unique building bricks every month, including Brick Loot exclusive LEGO items that you won't find at other stores.

Brick Loot is the creation of then 9-year-old Parker Krex. Parker has a deep love for LEGO and has accumulated a massive collection. He has played with LEGO since the age of 3 and, by the age of 4, he started reviewing his sets on YouTube. Here, his true passion for sharing LEGO with the world began. Parker has always looked for ways to make money so he can fund his LEGO addiction. One of the ways is his family’s yearly garage sale. As he was sitting at their yearly sale selling all his non-LEGO toys, Brick Loot's business plan was created. Parker and his mother put together a "Shark Tank Type" pitch to get dad as an investor and it worked! How awesome is that?

My boys received the March Brick Loot box which was all about Brickasaurus World and Dinosaurs! This was such a fun box that was pack filled with lots of fun products. My son Brady especially loved the Brick Loot exclusive minifigure while Drew loved the Triceablox! The boys spent hours putting the pieces together and have really enjoyed this month's box. 

If your kiddos are into LEGOS this is the subscription box for them! As I have said before, subscription boxes are the gifts that keep on giving! Think about gifting this as a birthday present and you will be the coolest person on the block! 

GO HERE to see all the details of Brick Loot and to sign your kiddos up!

Wednesday
Mar222017

Hefty Slider Freezer Bags Quart, 140 Count Only $10.53 Shipped! 

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Here's a nice stock up deal on Hefty quart size freezer bags! Amazon is offering Hefty Slider Freezer Bags (Quart, 140 Count) when you clip the 15% coupon and choose the Subscribe and Save option to the right of the page. 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Wednesday
Mar222017

Rice Krispies Bird's Nest Treats

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Easter is quickly approaching and these Rice Krispies Bird's Nest Treats are always a hit at my house. The boys love to help me make them and they are very yummy! You can change out the candies inside if you prefer something else over M&M's.

If you love this recipe don't forget to PIN IT!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
  • 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • Bag of Speckled Easter Egg M&M's

DIRECTIONS:

Melt the butter in the microwave for about 1 minute.

Add in the marshmallows and stir with the butter. Place back in the microwave for about 1 minute and 45 seconds. Stir together until completely melted together and smooth.

Place the Rice Krispies in the mixture and stir completely.

Have a 12-count Muffin pan already sprayed with Cooking Spray ready to go. 

Take a generous amount of the mixture and place in each Cupcake slot. 

While the slots are still soft, take a spoon and create a small hole in the middle of each one to form a nest or basket. 

Let the nests harden for about 10-15 minutes. You can also go back at this time to adjust your nests and take out more of the mixture if needed.

Add in the speckled M&M's to your nests. 

Eat and Enjoy!

You could really use whatever candies that you like in the middle of the nests but I love these speckled M&M's for Easter!  

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Wednesday
Mar222017

Unexpected Bills That Could Be An Absolute Fortune

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It’s not the bills that you know about that are going to hit your finances the hardest. It’s the ones that you would never see coming that you need to worry about. The heavy costs that will knock your income so hard you’ll have to think about dipping into your savings. Are there ways to handle costs like this or just avoid them completely. You bet there are, and you can find the answers you need to these issues right here. Let’s start by thinking about a big bill that everyone forgets to think about.

Boiler Burn Out

If you need a boiler replacement in your home, you could be looking at a bill anywhere up to ten grand. Nope, we’re not exaggerating here, some boilers really do cost that much to replace. It’s why you might want to think about twice about buying a fixer-upper house if you don’t have a lot in savings. Boilers can last a long time, or they can break down, but the good news is that there will always be signs. You can see if a boiler is in danger of breaking. Okay...you can’t but a professional can. That’s why you should arrange for your boiler to be checked regularly, almost like clockwork. A repair is a lot easier to handle and manage, at least financially.

Fun With Fines

There are few fines you could face that will cost you an absolute fortune. There’s a road issue that can be anything up to a couple thousand but most likely a few hundred. One of the best lawyers for DWIs says that the issue for defendants isn’t the points on the license or the record but the cost. It can be absolutely huge and is intended to make you think twice about doing it again. Off the roads, you might get charged with a piracy fine. This can happen to anyone who has ever accidentally downloaded a song for free or watched a film illegally online. People who receive the fines are often picked at random and made an example of. It’s the reverse of a lottery. The best thing you can do is make sure you know the law so that you never break it and leave yourself at risk of an expensive fine.

Weather Worries

Weather can certainly cause expensive damage to your home, as can all different kinds of elements. For instance, you might find that you have damp building up on a wall in your home. This can quickly lead to mold and before you know it, a full blown insect infestation. There are plenty of bugs and beasties that love damp walls. It can cost a fortune to get rid of them.

You may have noticed though that the issues occur in stages. So, if you want to avoid the heavy cost of a fix, get a humidifier as soon as you see the damp patch. This will dry it up in no time at all.

So, while there are certainly expensive unforeseen bills that you might have to deal with through the year, there’s always options on how to handle them.

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Wednesday
Mar222017

The Costs Of Going Self-employed

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Thinking of ditching the corporate ladder and finding a quicker route to becoming your own boss? Going self-employed certainly has its advantages, allowing you much more freedom over how much you earn and how you earn it. However, going self-employed also comes with a variety of costs that are worth considering first

Your taxes

As someone that is registered self-employed, you are in charge of calculating your own taxes. This can come with its perks, such as being able to claim expenses you otherwise might not be able to working for someone else. However, for many, it can also be a time consuming job which requires extra funding to make more efficient.

Make a miscalculation and you could end up paying a fine. You may wish to hire Joe Callahan for your tax attorney, or another local lawyer to handle these claims – most honest miscalculations can be legally battled against. However, you could avoid any errors at all in your books by hiring an accountant to take care of your books for you. On top of this there is software such as Xero you can buy for taking a DIY approach. Either way, you’ll be shelling out some money to keep your books in check, so make sure you budget for this.

Office space

Thinking of hiring an office? This can be a huge expense when going self-employed. Whether you rent or buy, you then have to further account for energy bills, various commercial taxes and potentially property insurance.

Fortunately, there are ways to cut costs in this area. A co-working space or shared office can be useful for giving you a place to work from home, whilst being much cheaper than a standard rented office. However, if you still want to save costs, working from home can be an even better option. You can outsource remote staff and meet clients in coffee bars, provide your work is wholly computer and phone based and you don’t work in retail or manufacturing. Working from home can have its distractions, so take this into account when choosing where to work.

Tools and equipment

Going self-employed will require you to buy all your own equipment and tools. Even if you’re working from home, you may want to purchase a separate phone and computer to keep your work/home life apart. There may be other costs too such as printer ink, fuel for meeting clients, company vehicles, security and specialist software, handyman tools, cleaning fluids, furniture and perhaps even uniforms. This doesn’t even include extra marketing and retailing costs. Depending on what trade you’re in, costs will vary wildly – some people may hardly need to spend a nickel, whilst others may need funds of hundreds of grand.

Hiring staff

The decision to take on staff should not be taken lightly. Whilst a bigger workforce will allow you to take on more work and therefore take in more money, there are all kinds of costs to consider such as wages, insurance, safety equipment, recruitment costs, training costs, legal costs and employee incentives.

Most business owners initially outsource staff from other companies to deal with aspects such as marketing or admin. Hiring part-time staff or voluntary staff may also be a solution. Don’t take on full-time paid staff until you’re certain you can financially provide all their needs.

 

Wednesday
Mar222017

KitchenAid Professional 5-Quart Stand Mixer Only $199.99 Shipped! (3 Color Options) Reg. $499.99

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In the market for a new KitchenAid Stand Mixer? Today only, BestBuy.com has a HOT deal! The KitchenAid Professional 5-Quart Stand Mixer is on sale for only $199.99 Shipped! (Reg. $499.99) Choose from Silver, Red or Black. 

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer. 

Wednesday
Mar222017

LEGO Easter Chick Set Only $9.99!

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Fill those Easter baskets with something other than candy! Amazon is offering the LEGO Easter Chick for only $9.99! 

  • Bring extra cheer this Easter by building this goofy little creature. Then turn the head and body or adjust the wings and toes for a variety of fun poses.
  • This buildable LEGO brick Easter Chick features a rotating head and body, plus movable wings and toes.
  • Create a variety of cute poses.
  • This set includes over 110 pieces and offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 7 and over.

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Tuesday
Mar212017

Review of Little Passports + Promo Code

Disclosure: I received 3 months of Little Passports in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy)

Little Passports is a subscription box that helps children explore the world around them with fun adventures! My son Drew was recently given a 3 month subscription to Little Passports Science Expeditions to review and he is loving it! So far he has received a Forensics box and a Hydrology box. Parents, if you are looking for ways for your children to be more creative this is the tool to do so! 

There are 4 different age levels of subscription boxes that you can choose from. Look through each plan to see which one best suits your kiddos. Prices are very reasonable and right now you can use promo code LEARN15 to save $15 on a 12 month subscription. This is the gift that keeps on giving! 

Early Explorers is for ages 3-5 and is the perfect way to introduce geography to your preschooler!

World Edition is for ages 6-10 is a great way to explore the world one country at a time! 

USA Edition is for ages 7-12 and is a great way to explore the USA with fun games, activities, science experiments and more!

Science Expeditions is for ages 9 and older is so much fun for the older kids and allows them to solve real-life scientific mysteries every month through science experiments, hands-on STEM activities and more!

Your kiddos will love this! Think about enrolling them now so they will have this for Summer fun! It will keep their creative juices flowing for hours! I highly recommend Little Passports to any family out there!

Tuesday
Mar212017

3-Compartment Bento Box Lunch Containers 10-Pack Only $11.99! (Great for Meal Planning)

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I personally own these and love them! They are perfect for meal planning and for the kiddo's school lunches! Amazon is offering these 3-Compartment Bento Box Lunch Containers 10 Pack for only $11.99 if you use the Subscribe and Save option or $12.62 if you use the One Time purchase only option. These have excellent reviews! 

  • LARGE: 10 Pack 3 compartments food container with lid, 36 oz
  • SAFETY: The container and the lid are made by FDA Approved, BPA-Free and Food-Grade Safe PP materials.
  • REUSABLE / STACKABLE / DURABLE : The container is designed to stackable in the freezer or lunch bag, with leaking-proof and air tight lid.
  • DISHWASHER / MICROWAVE / FREEZER Safe: Withstand temperature from -40°F to 320°F (Or -40°C to 160 °C)
  • KEEP FOOD FRESH: Great Meal Prep Lunch Box to keep your food fresh and meal preps easy.

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Tuesday
Mar212017

Request a Free Lemi Shine Product Coupon! (through 5pm CST)

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Hurry on OVER HERE to request a FREE Lemi Shine product coupon valued at  $4.49! This coupon is only valid to request through today March 21 at 5pm CST! Your coupon will be mailed to you within 4-6 weeks. 

Tuesday
Mar212017

Checks Unlimited: 2 Boxes of Regular Checks Only $6.99 Each Shipped AND FREE Address Labels!

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Have you recently moved, gotten married or just need new checks? Checks Unlimited (rated A+ with the BBB!) is currently offering both new and existing customers a *HOT* deal on checks! Snag a single box of regular checks for just $6.99 or a single box of duplicate checks for just $7.99 shipped with promo code 355M at checkout. 

In addition, when you order 2-4 boxes of checks, you will receive a FREE set of 60 sheeted, self-sticking labels automatically added to your cart! Such a fantastic deal! 

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer. 

Tuesday
Mar212017

Oak Leaf Hair Straightening Brush Only $16.99! 

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I have heard rave reviews about these brushes! Amazon is offering the Oak Leaf Hair Straightening Brush for only $16.99 with promo code 49X6BIHA at checkout. This brush features n ionic ceramic plate, auto shut off safety mode, LCD display and more.

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting. 

-thanks, Hip 2 Save

Tuesday
Mar212017

Catch the New Cartoon Series "Oscar's Oasis," On Netflix! 

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Have you heard of the hilarious new cartoon series called Oscar's Oasis? This is a non-verbal cartoon series for kids from TeamTO! This high-energy, action-packed show is available to stream on Netflix. My son Brady and I had the opportunity to check out several episodes and it is so funny! 

Oscar’s Oasis, for the school age set, follows the adventures of desert-dwelling, water-and food-seeking Oscar the lizard and the Trio – Popy the fox, Buck the vulture and Harchi the hyena – with whom he’s always competing for resources. Stuck in the middle of the arid desert, Oscar and his friends (and foes!) try to survive and, above all, not die from boredom in their endless quest to find water, shade, food, and something fun to do. Life can be tough for a lonely lizard and it sometimes seems like the entire world is against him – which, in the case of Oscar, it often is! – but he always tries to make the best of every situation.

Tuesday
Mar212017

PJ Masks Live! Coming to a City Near You + New PJ Masks Digital Download!

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Your kiddos will be so excited to know that their favorite heroes – Catboy, Gekko and Owlette! – are hitting the stage this fall for the very first time in PJ Masks Live! The brand-new musical production, based on the hit animated TV series from eOne, kicks off across North America in September 2017. Tour dates will be released soon so stay tuned! 

And in more super news, the PJ Masks mini-album, “Here We Come,” is now available for digital download! The new release features ten songs from the TV show and official music videos for you to enjoy with the little heroes in your life.

PJ Masks, the hit animated TV series, follows the thrilling nighttime adventures of three young friends who transform into their dynamic alter egos, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, when they put on their pajamas at night and activate their animal amulets. Together, they embark on action-packed capers, solving mysteries and learning valuable lessons along the way.

Monday
Mar202017

Doing Up Your Bedroom? Here’s What To Save On & What To Splurge On

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When you become a mom, your priorities change. You’re not longer the most important person in your life, your new addition is. The moment you hold them for the first time you swear to yourself that you will always do the best that you can for them, which is why a lot of parents put their needs on the backburner and focus on their children’s needs instead. When it comes to money, you most probably are always looking for ways to cut costs and make savings, to make your money go that little bit further, like all moms are.

This means that when it comes to doing up an area of your home, such as your bedroom, for instance, you naturally want to make as many savings as possible. While it’s good to cut costs where you can, it’s important to realize that there are some things that it’s fine to save on and others that you should splurge on. Sometimes, by splurging you can actually save yourself money in the long-run, so it’s worth it. Take your flooring in your bedroom, for instance. If you opt for carpet it’s cheaper than hard flooring, but it won’t last as long or wear as well, so you will end up replacing it a lot sooner than you would replace hard flooring, which means that carpet costs more in the long run.

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Without further ado, below is a list of things that you should save or splurge on when it comes to doing up your bedroom.

Save on: Furniture

Furniture is one of the things that you should save on when doing up your bedroom or any area of your home for that matter. This doesn’t mean buying cheaply made pieces of MDF or plastic furniture, what it means is picking affordable real wood pieces for low prices, either online or second-hand. Furniture doesn’t need to be expensive to fit with the design and style of your bedroom or to do the job it’s intended for, so it’s worth trying to save as much money as possible on it. That way you can put any money that you save into paying for another part of the update.

Splurge on: Bedding

Although you can pick up various designs and style of bedding for low prices, what you don’t want to do is buy budget bedding that’s not of a good quality and won’t be comfortable for you. The fact is that synthetic bedding can come cheap, but it’s not comfortable, doesn’t wash well, and won’t last for long, whereas cotton bedding tends to be more comfortable, washes well, and stands the test of time. It’s a much better option to get your bed linen and pillows from a luxury company like Plumeria Bay when it’s on sale, rather than buying it super cheap from a discount home store. As that way, you know that you’re getting good quality bedding. It might cost you more but at least it will last well and stand the test of time, plus it will also be more comfortable.

Save on: Paint

When it comes to buying paint for your room, don’t spend a lot buying a branded paint, as non-branded budget paint works just as well. Paint is paint, so whether you buy budget paint or high-quality branded paint, it won’t make a difference. So paint is one thing that you can save money on and not worry about doing so. Whether you want to paint your room white or add a little color to it with a pastel hue, there’s sure to be a budget-friendly paint available that you can use for it, allowing you to keep costs nice and low.

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Splurge on: Mattress

If there’s one thing that you splurge on, let it be your mattress. The fact is that cheap mattresses can not only damage your back and cause you not to sleep well, but they also don’t stand the test of time. If you want to ensure that you’re able to get a good night’s sleep and aren’t wasting money on a cheap mattress, then it pays to buy a good quality one. It might cost you more, but if it means that it will last well and be comfortable for you, giving your back and neck the support it needs, it’s worth splurging on it.

Save on: Rug

Every bedroom needs a rug; it adds color and style to the space. When it comes to picking a rug, you could spend a few dollars or hundreds, depending on what your budget is. The truth is that budget-friendly rugs can look quite expensive, so when it comes to picking a rug for your bedroom redesign, make sure to save as much money as possible on it. You would be amazed at the rugs you can pick up for a low price; it’s just a case of knowing where to look to get the best deal on them, that’s all. For budget-friendly rugs that look more expensive than they are, the best places to look are online and in your local budget-friendly home store. You will be amazed at just how nice budget-friendly rugs can look.

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Splurge on: Curtains

You might think of curtains as being a budget-friendly buy, and they can be, but if you want curtains that will last well and create the right look, it’s worth splurging. Say, for instance, you want blackout curtains, while you could line ordinary curtains with blackout material, they never seem to work as well as they could do. So when it comes to your curtains (or blinds), it’s best to invest in good quality ones, as that way you know that they will do the job. Ideally, you want to ensure that any curtains that you pick are easy to wash and dry, so that should they get dirty you can have cleaned without worrying that cleaning them will ruin them.

Save on: Accessories

When it comes to picking out accessories for your bedroom, this is one thing that it is super easy to save on. You see, there are plenty of stores that sell a selection of smart, stylish accessories perfect for using in bedrooms that are low-priced and budget-friendly. There are various high street stores, as well as an array of online stores to choose from when it comes to choosing accessories from, so you’ve got plenty of choice in terms of the prices that you’re willing to pay. The great thing about accessories is that even cheap designs can make a big impact on the look and feel of the space. It’s about being picky about the pieces that you buy and only investing in pieces that fit the style and design of your room. If you’re stuck for accessory ideas, sites like Pinterest and We Heart It can be really useful as they’re packed full of inspiration and ideas, so are worth taking the time to have a browse of.

When it comes to doing up your bedroom, it’s easy to spend a lot of money on it. However, the good news is that there are plenty of ways that you can save money when it comes to redesigning your bedroom, it’s just a case of knowing what to save and when to splurge, as explained above. There are some items that it’s fine to save on, while there are others that you really should splurge on, such as your mattress, for instance, as the last thing you want is to sleep on a low-quality mattress and develop a back problem.

 

Monday
Mar202017

The Night Before Books $1.97-$2.01 Each! (reg. $4.99)

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These books would be great Easter basket fillers! Amazon is offering many titles from The Night Before series priced from $1.97-$2.01! (reg. $4.99) Choose from titles like The Night Before Mother's Day, The Night Before Father's Day, The Night Before Kindergarten, The Night Before Summer Vacation + lots more! 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Monday
Mar202017

Scott Choose-A-Sheet Mega Rolls Only $0.44 per Regular Roll Shipped! 

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What an awesome stock up deal on paper towels! Amazon is offering Scott Choose-A-Sheet Mega Rolls 15-Count White, 15 Rolls, Pack of 2 for only $18.89 when you clip the 20% coupon. 30 Mega Rolls is equal to 44 Regular Rolls so that is like paying just $0.44 per roll!

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Monday
Mar202017

Pampers Swaddlers Size 1 Diapers 216 Count Box Only $20.47 Shipped! (only $0.09 per diaper)

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Amazon Family members (It is Free to sign up HERE for Prime members) can currently score Pampers Swaddlers Size 1 Diapers 216 Count Box for only $20.47 Shipped when you choose the Subscribe and Save option to the right of the page. That makes each diaper only $0.09 which is a fantastic price! 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Monday
Mar202017

Insignia AA Or AAA 48-Count Battery Packs Only $6.99! (Only 15¢ Per Battery)

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Need to stock up on batteries? Today only, BestBuy.com is offering Insignia AA Or AAA 48-Count Battery Packs for Only $6.99! (reg. $14.99) This makes each batter just $0.15! 

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer. 

Monday
Mar202017

The Secret Life of Pets Max Plush Toy Only $0.99 With Free In-Store Pick Up!

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These plush would be so cute for Easter baskets! Hurry on over to BestBuy.com where today only they are offering these The Secret Life of Pets Max plush toy for only $0.99! AND, you can choose Free in-store pick up if available at a store near you! This offer is only valid today March 20.

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer.