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5 Moving Tips to Make Life Easier #SamsClub3M

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Savings.com. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy)

We recently moved into a new home, and while it was not easy, there were several things that we did along the way to make the move less challenging and more comfortable for our family. Here are 5 of my favorite tips that made our move much easier and the transition into the new home a much smoother process.

  1. Pack as much as possible several weeks before you move. While I know that this may sound a little crazy, good preparation is the key to any move. When we moved, I found so many things that we were able to throw away, donate or even give away. Moving is also a great time to declutter. It really shows you how much junk that you have collected over the years! After you have consolidated, go ahead and pack as much as possible. I would highly suggest that you pack each room separately and label the boxes accordingly with a permanent marker. This allows you to find items easily after the move.
  2. Utilize free boxes from local grocery stores. We actually found the best boxes at Sam’s Club. The grocery clerks let us take as many boxes as we needed each time that we went into the store.
  3. Use clothing and linens to pack fragile items. Instead of purchasing bubble wrap, consider using clothing and linens to pack fragile items. I even used some of the boys stuffed animals to pack around items like glasses and dishes and it worked out great!
  4. Hire a reliable moving company. I don’t have to tell you that moving is very stressful. One of the best things that you can do for your family is to hire a moving company that will be there with you every step of the way during the moving process. The moving company that we used was just a local company, but they were fabulous! They had us in and out of our old and new home within several hours.
  5. Give yourself time to adjust– Moving is very tiring! Don’t feel like you have to get everything settled right away. It is nice to give yourself some time to enjoy the new surroundings. Obstacles are sure to come to come up and you will have to make changes along the way. I would highly suggest that you are prepared to replace things like smoke detectors and air filters. Some people totally miss checking their air filters when they move into a new home!
    Sam’s Club offers fantastic low prices to their members on items that are useful for people who’ve recently moved, like 3M Filtrete Air Filters. Through November 25, we can save $8 off on 3M Filtrete Air Filters with Sam’s Club Instant Savings! That is one sweet deal and a great time to stock up! If you are not a Sam’s Club member, now is the perfect time to join! GO HERE to join and get all of the great member benefits that Sam’s Club offers. 

To help spread the word about how Sam’s Club can make your life easier and how they can save you money during your move, you can enter to win 1 of 10 $100 Sam’s Club gift cards HERE. Good luck everyone and happy moving!

*Giveaway will begin Monday, November 12th at 12:00 AM ET to Friday, November 16th at 11:59 PM ET.
*Ten (10) winners will receive a $100 Sam’s Club Gift Card.
*Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Sam’s Club page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
*The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (11/19) via the email address they used to enter.
*See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

Explore Sea Adventures at Westfield Countryside Mall Through August 26th + Enter to Win $100 AMEX Gift Card!

Disclaimer: In partnership with Westfield Shopping Centers I was provided with a $100 gift card for myself as well as a $100 gift card to give away to one reader. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy) 

The summer is winding down, but that doesn't mean the fun is! Through August 26th, Westfield Countryside Mall in Clearwater is hosting an EPIC event filled with pirates, mermaids and treasures OH MY! Sea Adventures is a three-week Westfield Event featuring pirate, mermaid, and sea life activities on Friday's and Saturday's. This fun event has something that your entire family is sure to love! Brady and I had the opportunity to check out Sea Adventures this past Saturday and we had a blast!

On this particular Saturday, Brady and I had a chance to meet and pet animals from HorsePower for Kids, (how cute are those animals?) learn about Dolphins from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (did you know that there are over 120 varieties of dolphins?), meet Phinley, the Mascot of the Clearwater Threshers, see live sculpture paintings, meet a real live mermaid, (how cute is Brady with the mermaid?) enjoy balloon making and more! To see what activities will be going on for the remainder of the week and this weekend, you can see all of the event details and times of the Sea Adventures event HERE.

In addition to these activities, Sea Adventures includes movie nights on Friday evenings. This Friday August 24th, there will be a double feature! From 5PM - 8PM, you and your family can enjoy Dolphin Tale (2011) and Dolphin Tale 2 (2014). Complimentary popcorn, and refreshments will be provided while supplies last. Feel free to bring towels and beach chairs to sit on the shore during the movies! This event is first come, first serve. Tickets are not required for entry but, it helps for planning purposes.  You can see more details of Sea Adventures-Movie Nights HERE.

While you are at the mall, be sure to take advantage of this amazing offer if you need to do some shopping for yourself or for the family! Through August 26, you will receive a $25 Westfield Gift Card when you spend $200 or more! Now that is one sweet deal! *Limit (1) one per person per day. Limit one per receipt. Same day receipts only. Redeem receipts only during center normal operating hours. While supplies last. Other restrictions may apply. Valid only for purchases made on August 10 – August 26. Guest must present receipts to Concierge or Management office to redeem reward.

To sweeten the deal, I am giving away one lucky person a $100 AMEX Westfield gift card here on My Sweet Savings! To enter the giveaway, please follow the directions on the Rafflecopter form link below.

I will choose a winner at random via email. (Giveaway open to all US residents 18 years of age and older) The winner has 48 hours to respond, after that an alternate will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone!

Explore the #WildWonders Exhibit at Westfield Citrus Park and Enter to Win a $100 Westfield Gift Card!

Disclaimer: In partnership with Westfield Shopping Centers I was provided with a $100 gift card for myself as well as a $100 gift card to give away to one reader. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy) 

Update: The random winner was chosen via a Random number generator and has been contacted. Congrats to Philip! Thanks to all who entered!

Tampa parents! Are you looking for more family-friendly activities to get the kids involved in this summer? Westfield Citrus Park recently unveiled their Wild Wonders event, which is an an enchanting, imaginative and interactive family experience perfect for kids of all ages! Wild Wonders at Citrus Park is a four-week Westfield event featuring product demonstrations, food sampling, a petting zoo, giveaways, character meet & greets, and more. It features Westfield’s top retailers, restaurants, and local partners. This event is happening now through August 5 so there is still plenty of time to get in on the fun! Geared towards children and families, the Wild Wonders exhibit, in partnership with Big Cat Rescue, The Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) the YMCA and more! 

The Wild Wonders exhibit emulates an enchanting zoo animal topiary garden, adorned with captivating florals to invite a sense of discovery and delight. There are topiaries of elephants, lions, bears and monkeys. I am amazed at the intricate detail that goes into each of these topiaries. It is worth a trip to the mall just to see these works of art! 

One of my favorite exhibits was the “Did You Know?” Exhibit. This is a great exhibit that really gets kids to think and teaches them about animals and nature. For example, did you know that a green iguana has a third eye? I never knew that until going through this exhibit!

My son Brady and I had the opportunity to check out the Wild Wonders event this past Saturday and we had so much fun! Learning Express was hosting a creative giraffe art class where the kids got to make their own giraffe planters. It was a lot of fun, and as you can see from the photo, Brady had quite the time!

Over the next few weeks, Wild Wonders will continue with some exciting events and activities for every kid in your family! Here are just a few of the exciting events that you will be able to experience:

Join us select Thursday evenings for Movie Night In The Park as part of Wild Wonders At Citrus Park! I love this idea! They will be playing the latest and greatest animal character movies in Macy’s Court. Complimentary Popcorn, and refreshments will be provided while supplies last by the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA. Feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on the green turf during the movies! How fun is this and the entire family can enjoy this activity! 

On July 21, from 10AM – 2PM join Busch Gardens at Wild Wonders in Macy’s Court for animal activity sheets, crayons, and giveaways!

On July 21, from 1PM – 4PM, HorsePower for Kids will be bringing in a live petting zoo to the Wild Wonders area in Macy’s to the Wild Wonders area in Macy’s Court. The petting zoo will feature: goats, a pig, a tortoise, ducks, chickens, sheep and guinea pigs!

There are even more Wild Wonders events and activities that you will definitely want to check out! GO HERE for the complete list of details and times.

Jul 29 – Aug 4 you can play with a Greyhound! The greyhounds from GST’s Sun State Greyhound Adoption were at the mall this past Saturday when Brady and I were there and they are so gentle!

Don’t forget to do some shopping while you are at the mall! After all, school does start next month, and Westfield Citrus Park has got you covered! When you spend $200 or more, you will receive a $25 Westfield gift card! Now that is one sweet deal!

To sweeten the deal, I am giving away one lucky person a $100 Westfield gift card here on My Sweet Savings! To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment in the upper left hand corner of the reply section above this post letting me know which activity that your children would enjoy the most at the Wild Wonders event at Westfield Citrus Park. I will choose a winner at random on July 25 and the winner will be notified via email. (Giveaway open to all US residents 18 years of age and older)

Good luck everyone! Please let me know how much fun that you have at the Wild Wonders event and what your favorite activity is!

Score Sweet Savings on ID OREO Iced Coffee & OREO Thins Bites with Ibotta at Walmart!

This post was sponsored by Nabisco as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Anyone who knows me, will tell you that I have a love affair with iced coffee. Yep, I could drink it morning, noon, and night. With that being said I was so excited to learn about the new limited edition International Delight OREO Iced Coffee! YUM! Pair a glass of that with my favorite OREO Thins Bites and I am one happy girl! I love OREO Thins Bites because they are a fun twist on the traditional version, but in bite-size form. They are also portable and my boys love that we can take them with us on-the-go! You know what else that I love? A really sweet Ibotta offer where we can score up to $2 back from Walmart on these delicious OREO products!

OREO Ibotta Offers:

  • Receive $1.00 off the limited edition International Delight OREO Iced Coffee at Walmart using the Ibotta offer.
  • Receive $0.50 off OREO Thins Bites at Walmart using the Ibotta offer.
  • Receive and additional $0.50 off OREO Thins Bites and International Delight OREO Iced Coffee when both items are purchased together. 

Stay up-to-date on all of the sweet offerings that OREO has to offer by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Make Outdoor Cleaning Fast & Easy with Mean Green! #MeanGreen

Disclosure: I am a Mean Green Cleaner Ambassador and was provided product to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy) 

Now that summer is in full swing, we are spending a lot of time outdoors. We especially love to grill several times a week, so that means the grill can get dirty and greasy quickly! I was able to put my Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner and Degreaser to the test and now our grill is now shiny and super clean! You can see from the photos all of the grease that had built up on the outside of the grill. I sprayed on the Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner and Degreaser and it literally just wiped away! Talk about a heavy duty cleaner!

I love partnering with Mean Green Cleaners and sharing their amazing product lineup with you! They really do make cleaning any area of your home or outdoors a breeze! If you are not familiar with Mean Green products, they are a line of superior heavy duty cleaners, degreasers, and all-purpose cleaners. Lab tests prove it beats nearly every other cleaner on nearly every stain. And because it’s biodegradable, non-toxic, and contains no acid, ammonia, or bleach, you can feel safe using it just about anywhere, inside and out.

The Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner and Degreaser that I used on our grill, is a powerful, multi-purpose cleaner and degreaser that can get grease out and eliminate grime from most surfaces. It can be used on everything from fabric to concrete, both inside and outside the home. It is the ultimate cleaner for any grill and perfect for outdoor use. No wonder Mean Green has been a trusted name for over 20 years! Mean Green not only gets the job done, they make it easy doing so! 

I also wanted to test out the Mean Green Auto and Garage Cleaner on our vehicle since we have so much rain here lately. As you can see from the photos, there was a lot of dirt and mud that had caked on to the side of the car. After I sprayed on the Mean Green Auto and Garage Cleaner, just look at that shine!

Mean Green Auto & Garage is a concentrated, multi-purpose cleaner and degreaser. It has been proven to beat other brands on tough grease and grime, and is specially formulated to remove and dissolve petroleum based grease, grime, and oil from engines, tools, and concrete, to outdoor furniture, grills, painted surfaces, and more! 

I am sure that you can see why I am such a huge fan of these products! Would you like to check out the Mean Green product lineup for yourself? They have a product for everything! GO HERE to see the products available. Many products are available to purchase at your local retail stores, so be on the lookout the next time that you are shopping.

Stay up to date on all of the latest Mean Green news by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Until next time! Have fun cleaning with Mean Green!

TGI Fridays Raises the Bar with Their $12.99 Big Ribs Deal! #DemandBiggerRibs

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TGI Fridays. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy) 

Meat lovers rejoice! TGI Fridays is raising the bar with the return of their $12.99 Big Ribs DealAmericans deserve a higher quality rack of ribs on their plate and this deal from TGI Fridays definitely will not disappoint! The $12.99 Big Ribs offer is for a full rack of Big Ribs in any of three savory styles: Traditional BBQ, Jack Daniel’s, and new Bourbon Bacon. Included with this offer is your choice of two sides. All of that for $12.99? Now that is one sweet deal! In one, bold voice with meat-lovers across America, Fridays wants everyone to #DemandBiggerRibs!

In addition, you can still take advantage of the Choose Two Meats promotion (which includes Big Ribs as a half-rack portion) that was launched earlier in the year. Choose 2 meats off the grill AND 2 side dishes for only $14.99! This is such a fantastic deal and makes for a fabulous date night! This offer is valid at participating TGI Fridays through October 2018.

If that wasn’t enough, Fridays rolled out the new Blackberry Buzz Rita. It’s a disruptive cocktail on their bar menu that is based on a variation of Fridays existing Blackberry Margarita. The secret to this amazing cocktail is the Buzz Button (aka the Electric Daisy). The Buzz Button, when eaten, accentuates flavors and provides a unique tingling sensation. First, your salivary glands activate. Then your tongue begins to tingle. That tingle turns to a prickle, and suddenly your whole mouth is numb. You can pick apart each ingredient and the drink is electrified.

Have I tempted your tastebuds yet? Head on over to your local TGI Fridays with family, or for a fun date night with your sweetie! You are sure to have a great time no matter what item you choose from the menu!

Fish Tacos with Sweet Corn Salsa

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed are my own. 

 I often feel that since we live in Florida it is sometimes easy to take for granted the wealth of fresh in-season produce that abounds. Whether it be fresh sweet corn, zucchini, tomatoes or peppers, there is always something in-season! While Florida farmers make it easy for everyone to eat fresh produce year-round, my local Publix supermarket is my go-to place for Fresh From Florida in-season produce.

A couple of our favorite varieties of Fresh From Florida produce are tomatoes and sweet corn. I used these products last week to whip together a batch of our favorite Fish Tacos and Sweet Corn Salsa. My entire family loves this dish, and I take pride in knowing that I am giving them fresh, quality ingredients. Why not try my Fish Tacos with Sweet Corn Salsa for yourself? 

Fish Tacos with Sweet Corn Salsa

Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh tilapia

1/2 bunch of chopped cilantro

4 ears of fresh sweet corn, cut off the cob

1/2 red onion, diced

1 small diced jalapeño

1 small diced chili pepper

1 carton of red grape tomatoes halved

the juice from 2 limes

salt/pepper to taste

1/2 tbsp. butter for the fish

tortillas, warmed

Cotija Mexican cheese

avocados sliced

Directions:

Season tilapia with salt and pepper. Place into a buttered skillet and cook until flaky and tender. Cut into bite size pieces and set aside.

To make the Sweet Corn Salsa, combine the tomatoes, corn, red onion, jalapeño, red chili pepper and cilantro. Add in the lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.

To assemble the fish tacos, place bite-sized fish pieces into a warmed tortilla and top with salsa. Add avocado slices and cotija cheese. Squeeze fresh lime juice on top and serve. These are so fresh and mouthwatering. Each bite has the perfect amount of sweetness and heat!

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Get Your Chocolate Fix with OREO Chocolate King Size Candy Bars at Walmart for Only $1!

This post was sponsored by Nabisco as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I can’t think of anything better than saving money and chocolate! I am super excited that Walmart is offering my favorite OREO Chocolate King Size Candy Bars for just $1! This is one sweet deal that is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!

OREO Chocolate King Size Candy Bars are available in two varieties- original or mint chocolate. At this price, why not pick up both flavors? These indulgent bars combine two of the world’s favorites, Milka Chocolate and OREO! We all know that OREO is milk’s favorite cookie, so what’s not to love? These bars are deliciously dunkable OREO Cookies enveloped in a rich vanilla flavored crème filling and coated in chocolate candy. Yum!

These delectable treats also make great gifts, so why not pick up several and give them to friends as a sweet treat? Don’t delay! Head over to Walmart and stock up on OREO Chocolate King Size Candy Bars today!

AND, be sure to enter the giveaway below between Monday, April 9- Friday April 27, for your chance to win! There will be 1 $200 Walmart Gift Card Grand Prize and 6 $50 Walmart Gift Card Prize Winners!

I-C will randomly select 7 winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the 7 winning prizes.
OREO Chocolate Candy Bar Sweepstakes

Make Life Easier with the Google Pixelbook from Best Buy!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

As a blogger, I am always on the lookout for ways to make my life easier, especially when it comes to the computer. In addition, I love a computer that allows me to work faster so that I am more productive with my time. The Google Pixelbook from Best Buy is a new high performance Chromebook that is sure to help you work faster and easier. Through April 7, we can save $100 on our purchase of this amazing product! 

Here are some important features about the Google Pixelbook, and what makes it the perfect computer for anyone!

  1. Google Assistant Built in– It’s the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in, so you’ll be able to get more done faster and smarter. It’s easily accessible via the dedicated Google Assistant key on the keyboard, or by using the “Ok Google” wake word you’re already familiar with. You can also use the Pixelbook Pen, which is a plus in my book! 
  2. Size – At just 10.3mm, Pixelbook is Google’s thinnest laptop ever, with a lightweight aluminum construction that enhances portability. 
  3.  Powered by Chrome OS – This computer will ensure that you always have the latest security and software features with software that automatically updates in the background.
  4. Pixelbook Pen1– the smart, responsive stylus — designed to enhance the way you work and play.
  5. Touchscreen– I love a computer with a touchscreen, and the Google Pixelbook is no exception! The 360° touchscreen and versatile 4-in-1 design will seamlessly adjust to whatever you’re doing. How cool is that? You can sketch or edit photos, stay productive with GSuite apps that Drive automatically backs up to your device5, and enjoy on-or-offline access to movies and TV shows with apps like Google Play Movies and YouTube Red.
  6. Apps for work and play– Do more of what you love with apps including Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, Photos and more. You can always download your favorites from YouTube Red and Google Play Movies to enjoy even without Wi-Fi.
  7. Speed and Battery Life– I love this feature! Your Pixelbook will start up in under 10 seconds and stay fast throughout the day, and won’t slow down over time. With up to 10 hours of use, Pixelbook’s battery lets you stay on the move without looking for outlets. And when you do need a charge, get two hours of use with just 15 minutes of charging. Wow, that is very impressive! 
  8. Price– This computer is priced very reasonably. Don’t forget that through April 7, the Google Pixelbook is $100 off at Best Buy! Sounds like a great time to upgrade for a new and sleek computer!

Save on Air Wick Essential Mist Kits at Walmart + Enter to Win a $50,000 Air Wick Home Makeover or a $5,000 Air Wick Room Makeover!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Air Wick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Spring is in the air! I don’t know about you, but there is something about the springtime that gets me in the mood to clean and refresh my home! One of the ways that this can be done without breaking the bank is with fragrance. I love to ensure that my home smells inviting and fresh and that there is a relaxing atmosphere throughout.

Air Wick Essential Mist Kits found at Walmart are the perfect complement to any home! Infused with natural essential oils for natural fragrance, these kits automatically diffuse scent with a gentle mist to surround you. I personally love that these kits are elegant, compact and portable. The sleek design allows them to fit right in with your home décor no matter the style that you may have. I placed my kits in the living room, entryway, and bathroom, and the subtle design looks beautiful with my décor.

Found at Walmart in the household cleaning aisle, Air Wick Essential Mist Kits are sure to be the preferred way to keep your home smelling spring-fresh year round! Available in Lavender & Almond Blossom and Fresh Water Breeze, these kits transform natural essential oils into a gentle fragrant mist to surround you with fragrance that is subtle, yet invigorating and welcoming. When you entertain, be sure to have several of these kits on hand as they provide the perfect amount of fragrance throughout your home. I purchased the Lavender & Almond Blossom scent, and am basking in the soft, natural lavender and delicately sweet almond blossom scent that it provides. I love the tranquil feeling of serenity and joy from every fragrant puff of Air Wick Essential Mist!

Would you like to try the Air Wick Essential Mist Kit in your home? From 2/23/18 to 4/30/18, you can receive a coupon HERE to save $1.50 off the Air Wick Essential Mist Kits found at Walmart when you enter the Air Wick Home Makeover Sweepstakes! You could win a $5,000 Air Wick Room Makeover or a $50,000 Air Wick Home Makeover! How fabulous would that be? Be sure to enter and let me know if you win big!