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Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair 7 Day Trial #RapidSkinConfessionals

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Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

As I’m entering my fourth decade, I have begun to really notice a change in my skin. During my thirties, it was a gradual change, but in the past year or so, I’ve really started to notice more pronounced changes. Keeping my skin healthy, is a top priority to me. When I saw the opportunity to partner with Neutrogena to test out the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair and Ultra Sheer collections, available at CVS, I knew I had to give it a try. I took pictures each morning (make up free!), to show you the before, during, and after of my trial. I’m pretty impressed with the anti aging regimen, and am happy to share that while everyone’s results may differ, mine have been really positive.

These are the products I received to try out:
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70

Skin is the body’s largest organ, which is why it is SO important to keep it healthy, and looking it’s best. Eating right and drinking plenty of water are great places to start, but as we age, we may also need to use anti aging products to help prevent damage. Neutrogena shared that, “many dermatologists agree that using a combination of retinol and a broad-spectrum sunscreen can not only help fight the signs of aging, but also prevent new damage. Pairing Neutrogena Accelerated Retinol SA with Helioplex Technology work together to form the ultimate anti-aging power duo.” With science behind these products, I feel confident going into my trial.

Here is my Journal of makeup free daily selfies, along my 7 Day Journey. Please keep in mind I normally wear glasses, and am almost blind without them. I removed them for the pictures, so you could see my wrinkles in all of their glory as they disappeared 🙂 It’s hard to take a selfie though, when you can’t see the image you’re capturing, haha:

Day 1: I took my earlier morning photograph, where all of my lines, wrinkles, and dark circles under my eyes. I applied the Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 to my entire face, then applied the Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream around my eyes. Then, I applied my makeup like normal, to proceed with my day. Later that afternoon, my son had sports practice, where we are outside for a couple of hours. I used the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70, and it really protected my skin! As you can see, I have really fair skin, and some medication I take makes me ultra sensitive to the sun, and I burn fast. I didn’t use my umbrella like I normally do, to test out the sunscreen, and I’m happy to say that I did not burn 🙂 Before bed, I washed my face like normal, and used the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer.

Day 2: I followed the same routine from Day 1, except I alternated to use the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum instead of the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, just to try it out. I knew I’d be indoors all day, and so I’d be fine without SPF. It worked just as well as the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30. I’m really liking that these don’t make my hands or face feel oily or greasy, and I feel like I’m already noticing slight improvement in my skin. Before bed, I stuck with the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer after washing my face.

I’m excited to know that Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair is the fastest retinol formula available. The products are encouraging me with the promise of visible results in one week. I already knew that Retinol was the #1 Dermatologist recommended anti-aging ingredient, I just needed to find the right combination of products that contain it, to use on my skin. Retinol is THE most studied anti aging ingredient, because it’s been clinically proven to reduce the signs of aging by helping to enhance surface skin renewal, so it complements the skins natural processes.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair
Day 3: We had a minor incident with one of my kids that required a trip to the ER (nothing serious) overnight, so I didn’t get my normal amount of sleep. I was expecting my skin to look rough, but it wasn’t as bad as I anticipated 🙂 I washed my face, took my diary photo selfie, and applied the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30. I went through my day as normal, and before bed washed my face again and used the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair
Day 4: Had a great night’s sleep, and woke up feeling refreshed. Washed my face, and took a good morning selfie to show you how I’m progressing. Followed up with the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum to start the day. During this test, I’m continuing to eat my normal diet of food, drinking plenty of water, and getting about 30 minutes of exercise. These are all important to good health and skin care maintenance, and I didn’t want to vary my routine while I’m trying out new products. I want to make sure whatever product I find to stick with long term works well with my normal habits 🙂 Before bed, I washed my face like normal, and used the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer.

When I was much younger, I was not kind to my skin. Not only did I “tan” with oils and lotions that contained very little SPF, I also used tanning beds frequently. I was oblivious to what UVA and UVB rays were doing to my skin. It’s no surprise to me that the exposure from those UVA rays can lead to premature fine lines, deep wrinkles and uneven skin tone, and that is contributing to the way my skin is aging. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunscreen line features advanced, dermatologist-tested formulas with Helioplex Technology. I am not a fan of sunscreen that feels thick and heavy, and leaves my hands and face feeling oily. I’m really impressed with the texture of the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70. It feels very light, and not at all oily to me. It left my skin with an even, non shiny finish, so that I felt comfortable when I chose to go without makeup.

Day 5: I slept well again, and woke up right on time. Washing my face each morning and using the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is working well as part of my routine. My kids also notice my habit since I’m now taking pictures of my face each morning! It makes our morning go smoother, because they don’t grumble about having to wash their own faces after breakfast, before they head off to school for the day. I’m hoping that by setting an example of good skin care while they’re growing up, it’ll become habit when they are adults. Before bed, I washed my face like normal, and used the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer. It was gray and rainy outside, so I had to take this picture in front of the window, without much natural light.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair
Day 6: Since I’ve been using the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum every other day, I continued to use that today. Before bed, I washed my face like normal, and used the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer. The rain was gone today, and the sun was bright! I was able to take this selfie under the patio umbrella, and it makes me look my skin has a little color, but really it’s the light reflecting off the umbrella 🙂

I’m impressed to know that Neutrogena was the first brand to launch pure, stabilized retinol in the U.S. in 1996. That was the year I was married twenty years ago! It’s no surprise to me that Neutrogena has their own scientists who spend many hours researching the right ingredients to use, and the combinations to use them with, so they can boost and improve their own line of products to deliver results quickly. Their new research shows that by using retinol on a regular basis, you’ll notice improvements. I’d rarely thought about the skin “inside” the wrinkle, but Neutrogena shares that it’s often compromised by photo damage. If we leave that untreated, the wrinkles might continue to get deeper, and then your skin will lose its volume and fullness. I’ve found that to be very true with my own skin, which is why I like a rapid product to help get it on the right path quickly, then I’ll continue to use it on a regular basis, to maintain it.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair
Day 7: Can you see the difference? I am very happy to say that I feel like my skin looks a bit younger, and it definitely FEELS younger. I think it’s improved my wrinkles, dark eye circles, fine lines, the texture, and even the tone of my skin. It’s also really gentle on my skin, so it doesn’t feel like it’s endured any harsh chemicals. I tried to match the lighting to the Day 1 picture as much as possible, so you could get a true before/after comparison of my results. The angle was harder to capture, but hopefully you can see the improvements that I see 🙂

Even though my “test” is over, I do plan to continue with the routine I’ve established this week using the products I’ve mentioned. I love the way they are making my skin look and feel!

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair
If you’d like to test these products out and see how well the superior combination of Retinol and SPF works long term to help your skin fight the anti-aging effects, you can pick some up today at your local CVS drugstore or online at!

I’m excited to share that Neutrogena has generously offered to give away THIRTY Prize Packs (approximate retail value of $122 each)!!! Don’t miss your chance to enter to win a pack of Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair & Ultra Sheer goodies! Giveaway will include: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70.
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Neutrogena.

Homemade Bread


Homemade Bread

I love to bake bread at home year round, but in the fall, it’s especially enjoyable for me. Many, many years ago, my aunt gifted me with a Panasonic Bread Machine. We fell in love with using it, it makes the house smell divine while it’s baking, and it tastes SO DELICIOUS when it’s done. Today {Sept 14} it’s the Amazon Deal of the Day, and on sale for almost 25% off. Mine is a much older model (around 17 years old), and it’s still going strong! The newer models have some nice, updated features, but I’m too thrifty to replace a perfectly good machine just to update it. Although it was a gift to me, I still feel like I ‘ve gotten my monies worth from it, because I probably bake a couple of loaves a week in it. Over 17 years time, that’s a lot of bread! I shared some accessories I’ve acquired over the years below, because I’ve found them useful in my own kitchen 🙂

 Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser, White Prep Solutions by Progressive Adjustable Bread Keeper Generic eB-01 Kitchen Pro Bread Loaf Slicer Slicing Cutter Cutting Cuts Even Slices Guide Tool, White Farberware Pro Forged Bread Knife with Clear Sheath, 8-Inch


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Trick or Treat Bags



Trick or Treat Bags

Halloween is rapidly approaching, and your kids are probably getting excited planning to go to Fall Harvest Festivals or Trick or Treating. I’ve rounded up some fun ideas for you to use as Trick or Treat Bags. Some of these are small bags you can place candy in to hand out to kids, others are bags your kids can use to carry with them, as they collect candy Trick or Treating, Trunk or Treating, or just visiting booths at Fall Festivals. I hope you enjoy 🙂

 Disney R2-D2 Trick-or-Treat Bag Disney – 2015 Olaf Trick-or-Treat Bag – New with Tags Disney Cinderella Trick-or-Treat Bag Pumpkin Trick or Treat Bag, 8 Mud Pie Tulle Pumpkin Candy Bag, Orange Pumpkin Light Up LED Trick-Or-Treat Bag for Halloween Marvel Avengers Trick or Treat Bag Marvel Spider-Man Trick or Treat Bag Rubies Hello Kitty Witch Trick-or-Treat Bag Jack O Lantern Trick Or Treat Bags; 50 Pack Disney Princess Trick or Treat Bag Halloween Trick or Treat Glow in the Dark Tote Bags with Handles Variety – 4 Pack Drawstring Halloween Goody Bags : package of 72 Halloween Tote Bags – 12 Per Order – Large 16 Inch -Ionic Trick or Treat Tote Bags Reusable Fabric Halloween Trick or Treat Bag (Pack of 12) Halloween Treat Bags with Zip Seal 40 Pc Choose From 3 Bags Design Jumbo Disney Park Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Light Up Halloween Trick or Treat Candy Bucket Bag Pail Jack O’Lantern NEW


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Pumpkin Carving Kits


Pumpkin Carving Kits

It is time for Fall and cooler weather!


 Classic Disney Pumpkin Carving Kit Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving Kit with 12 Patterns & Tools Pumpkin Masters America’s Favorite Pumpkin Carving Kit Now with Stronger Tools Pumpkin Carving Tools- Halloween Sculpting Kit with 11 Double Sided Pieces (21 Tool Set) for Jack-O-Lanterns and More 1 X Brass and Walnut Pro Pumpkin Carving Tool Kit Ray Villafane Pumpkin Carving Tools Grampa Bardeen’s Family Pumpkin Carving Set Halloween Pumpkin Carving Deluxe Arts and Crafts Kit Kids’s Carving Kit (15 Pcs) Deluxe Pumpkin Masters 26 Pc Carving Party Kit Halloween Pumpkin Carving Kit – Pumpkin Teeth for your Jack O’ Lantern – Set of 18 White Shark Teeth The Perfect Pumpkin Stencil Book The Perfect Pumpkin Deluxe Pumpkin Scoop Pumpkin Pro Etch a Pumpkin Carving Kit Pumpkin Magic Glow-in-the-dark Pumkin Acrylic Paint Kit with Stencils – Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Hello Kitty Pumpkin Push-ins – Pumpkin Decorating Kit – Ages 3+ Disney Frozen Pumpkin Carving Kit


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2 Day Sale with a 20% off Foot Locker Coupon Code! #SaveAtFootLocker

This post is sponsored by, all thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own.

Foot Locker Coupon

We have three children who are all in Middle School this year, and they are all very active in various school and community sports teams. This week, Cross Country Season officially begins, with the first meets of the school year. In Cross Country, the kids run several miles every day at practice, and then compete in meets that are several miles long. It’s important to us that our kids have shoes that are made for running, fit their feet well, and are matched to their running style. Running so many miles in a pair of shoes, the wrong pair could damage their feet! Since they are running through the woods and all types of terrain, the shoes really have to be of good quality to hold up to the wear and tear they will be put through.

Saucony ShoesThe Saucony Guide 9 is what my oldest son wears for Cross Country Season. He likes the support they give his feet, the rubber sole holds up well on all of the courses he’s running on, and the lining wicks away moisture, so his feet stay dry and not sweaty. We know this shoe performs well for him, but since he’s a younger teenager, his feet are still growing. I check the fit frequently, watch for sales, and coupons, like this one, to help save when it’s time to get a new pair.

Foot Locker Cross Country ApparelOther apparel he uses for Cross Country varies, depending on the weather situation. We live in New Hampshire, so it may be in the 70’s one day after school, and in the 40’s on early Saturday morning meets. When it’s cold, he wears Under Armour Jogger Pants under his uniform shorts, an Under Armour Compression Shirt under his uniform shirt, an Under Armour Fleece Hoodie over his uniform until right before he heads to the starting line (they walk the course first, then the girls run, followed by the boys, so he may be waiting over an hour), and Performance Compression Run Socks to help prevent muscle fatigue and minimize shin splints.

20% Off $99 at Foot Locker

Don’t miss this opportunity to help you save on shoes and apparel to use for school sports, or any other activity you perform to stay healthy, active, and fit. We know which sports our kids enjoy, and what equipment and apparel they need to participate in those sports. With three kids competing, it’s necessary for us to budget ahead of time for these expenses, watch for sales, and then take advantage of discount coupon codes as they come available, to stretch our budget dollars further. 20% off is a GREAT savings, and one will be taking advantage of this year!

The coupon code: LKS16923 is for 20% off orders over $99 at Foot Locker, and is only valid Sept 11 & 12!!! It’s only available online, not at stores, and some exclusions apply.

What item from Foot Locker will you be using the 20% coupon on?

$25 Paypal #Giveaway {Ends 9/22}

Say Goodbye to Summer Blogger Sign Up

The kids are back in school and summer has come to an end. The Anti-June Cleaver and Our Piece of Earth have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to say goodbye to summer and welcome all things pumpkin spice.

Once you’ve entered my giveaway, hop around the linky below for a chance to win even more great prizes. Good luck!

The prize at this stop is a $25 Paypal GC.

I love Fall, it is truly one of my favorite times of the year. The cooler temperatures, FOOTBALL, and the changing of the leaves. Once the kids start back to school, the temperatures start to fall, and I enjoy some Fall Cleaning before I decorate for the upcoming Holiday Season! Here are some ideas that may inspire you to decorate your home for fall this season!

 Happy Fall Y’all Burlap Garden Flag Autumn Leaves Briarwood Lane 12.5 Pumpkin Spice Fall Halloween Decor Pillow Cover Sofa Decorative Throw Pillow Case Standard Size Pillow Sham Embroidered Autumn Leaves Table Linens, Runner Createforlife New Home Decorative Cotton Linen Square Happy Fall Vintage Letters Printed Pillow Case Cushion Cover 18 Pumpkin Autumn Welcome Primitive Fall Garden Flag Fall SCARECROW PUMPKIN Poke In Head and Legs CUTE Your Hearts Delight Harvest Fall Fun Word Sign, 10-1/2 by 2-3/4 by 4-1/4-Inch Darice Autumn Fall Decor – Bag of Small Faux Acorns 4oz/120g Your Hearts Delight Fall Blessings Burlap Banner Decor, 75-Inch Fall Jeweled Shelf Table Top Sitter Thanksgiving Autumn Home Accent Decoration (Owls) 3 Pc. Friendly Witch Figurine Set Table Top Accent Fall Autumn Halloween Decoration


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Cute Baby Costumes

Cute Baby Costumes

The year seems to have flown by so quickly, and Halloween is rapidly approaching. I’ve been browsing various costume sites trying to find some ideas to help people (I know how busy life can get). This past week a couple of my friends became grandmothers for the first time, and I was speaking with one of them about Cute Baby Costumes for Halloween. As I was looking for some ideas, I found some things that would be cute not just for Halloween, but for Baby Pictures any time of the year! They are only little for such a short period of time, you have to take advantage of the opportunity to dress them so adorably and capture it on film 🙂 I hope you enjoy some of these ideas and are able to use them or recommend them to some new parents (or parents to be) 🙂

 Wolkstore Cute Newborn Costume Crochet Outfits Baby Photograph Props (gray+red) Lovely Newborn Kids Baby Boy Girl Romper Jumpsuit (Age:6-12M, Hot Pink) Hobees Cute Newborn Boy Girl Baby Costume Knitted Photography Props Lamb Hat Jastore® Photography Prop Baby Costume Cute Crochet Knitted Hat Cap Girl Boy Diaper Shoes Mouse Rubie’s Costume Co Unisex-baby Infant Noah Ark Lion Cub Romper, Brown/Beige, 12-18 Months Berry Cute Costume – Infant Teddy Bear Child Costume Toddler 18-24 Months Foxnovo Cute Caterpillar Style Baby Infant Newborn Handmade Crochet Beanie Hat Clothes Baby Photograph Props (Blue) Fashion Cute Newborn Boy Girl Baby Costume Outfits Photography Props Hat Pant InCharacter Unisex-baby Newborn Monster Costume, Blue/Yellow/Orange, Small Cute Little Baby Duck Costume Set – Size 12-24 Mo. Children Infants Fruit Watermelon Cute Unisex-baby Costume (4 Months- 2 Years) (S (4 – 7 Months)) Costumes USA Little Stinger – 12-24 months Towall 1 Set Vivid Lovely Minnie Hat+Skirt+Shoes Crochet Knit Photo Prop Costume For Girl Infant Baby InCharacter Costumes Baby’s Lil’ Monkey Costume, Brown/Tan, 6-12 Months Rubie’s baby girls lamb costume Beige/pink FEITONG® Newborn Baby Boy Moustache Print Long Sleeve Romper Bodysuit Vest T-shirt (12 Months) SNOW WHITE INFANT Costume, Multi, 12-18 Months Kids Toddler Baby Halloween Cute Pumpkin Fancy Costume Comfy Jumpsuit JISEN® Baby Newborn Photography Props Cute Dog Handmade Crochet Knitted Unisex Baby Cap Outfit


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Applebee’s Best Date Ever #Sweepstakes

Applebee's Best Date Ever

I’m excited to partner with Applebee’s to share with you their new Best Date Ever Sweepstakes. Now through September 9th, Applebee’s will be rewarding 20 lucky fans with date packages and gift cards to come on back and enjoy the Best Date Ever. Just snap a photo of you and your date and share on social media using the hashtag #BestDateEver and #Sweepstakes, fans are automatically eligible to win this prize! For more details, just visit the Best Date Ever Website!

We have an Applebee’s restaurant near us, and we love to stop in for date night, or order take out, where you can order online and they’ll bring the food right out to your car when you get there. If you haven’t been there recently, I’m happy to share with you our favorite dishes, and we’ll be visiting this weekend to check out some new menu options too 🙂 There really are so many delicious items that it can be hard to choose!

Applebees Lunch MenuA couple of weeks ago, we were out on a Saturday running errands, and everyone was hungry. We saw an Applebee’s in a neighboring town, so we stopped in for lunch. The waiter there recommended the 4 Cheese Mac and Cheese. All four of my guys tried it and fell in love. We’ve had take out twice since then, and they keep ordering it. It’s an item you won’t want to miss, and it’s on the lunch menu with honey pepper chicken tenders 🙂

Fiesta Lime Chicken ApplebeesNick’s other favorites are the Fiesta Lime Chicken and the Loaded Brisket Enchiladas.

Loaded Brisket EnchiladasI love the Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken, Triple Bacon Burger, and the Clubhouse Grille.

What is your favorite item on the menu at Applebee’s?


Enter the Staples For Students Sweepstakes! Plus a $50 Staples GC & $75 Donors Choose GC #Giveaway {Ends 9/10} #StaplesForStudents

Staples for StudentsStaples For Students is one of my favorite programs, and I’m happy to be partnering with them, to help promote their Staples for Students sweepstakes opportunity which ends on Sept. 10, 2016, and to offer you a giveaway here as well!

Driven by a statistic from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms, frequently at a cost of more than $400 per year, Staples and Katy Perry have teamed up to inspire the public to help classrooms in need by making a donation in Staples stores or online.

When I first went to college straight out of high school, I was an elementary education major. I made many great friends in my Education College, who have now been teachers for almost 20 years! Over that time, I have seen just how much time, money, and effort they all put into their classrooms, to help their students be the best that they can be. I’ve also donated money and supplies to several of them, as they’ve had projects, or simply asked for people to help them. Many of you may remember a few years ago, I asked here for help for a teacher who taught in a very poor, rural school that did not have a library on campus or in town. When they did a book report, she had to read the book aloud to the students, because each teacher had just one copy of the book to use. Y’all helped donate enough books for not just her class, but the ENTIRE 3rd Grade to have one copy for each student. I love that Staples does so much to help, helping teachers help their students!

The Grand Prize in the Staples for Students Sweepstakes is a $50,000 Scholarship and a Trip for 2 to Los Angeles to meet Katy Perry!

Additionally, four first prize winners and one guest each will also win air travel to Los Angeles, two nights stay and spending money to meet Katy Perry at the VIP Winners Celebration.

How to get a code: Staples will print out a separate receipt with an entry code for every in-store purchase of $25 or more. The code can be entered at, and entries must be submitted before September 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET. Entrants must be 13 years or older. Visit for official rules.

The best part, you can enter once per day using a new code!

My own kids have just started school, but for the first week or so, they’ll come home with lists from each of their various teachers of supplies they’ll need throughout the year. With three kids, we’re sure to spend more than $25, on multiple trips. Luckily, we have a Staples a couple of miles from our home! Luckily, we have a Staples a couple of miles from our home, because I was just there this morning buying 1 1/2 inch binders for their STEM classes. I easily found an entry code with my receipts, and the cashier reminded me to use it as soon as I got home.

Staples for StudentsIf you don’t have kids, or have already purchased supplies for your kids for the year, here are some suggestions of some standard school supplies you could purchase to donate to a local school, for under $26:

  • BB8 Backpack $14.99
  • 1in Binder: $5.99
  • Pencils: $0.75 for 12
  • Paper: $0.75
  • Glue $0.50
  • Scissors $2.00
  • Ruler: $0.25
  • Notebook: $0.50 each
  • 2 Pocket Folders: $0.50 each

Total $25.98

You can help a child in need, who might otherwise have to go without supplies to call their own, and gain an entry code to enter to Staples for Students Main Prize Giveaway!!! I donate backpacks of supplies to a local school every year. It’s priceless to see the joy of a child’s face when they have their own personal backpack and supplies. Learn more about this great cause, and how Staples donated $1 MILLION DOLLARS to from here.

The Staples for Students campaign has included school supply drives, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for education projects, classroom initiatives such as Designed by Students, and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.

Staples has also generously offered to sponsor a giveaway for a $50 Staples Gift Card AND a $75 Gift Card to one lucky reader. I LOVE donating via Many of my teacher friends have had projects on the site that have been fully funded, and truly made a huge difference in their classrooms.

Favorite Superhero Costumes

Favorite Superhero CostumesMy boys have ALWAYS loved dressing up in their Favorite Superhero Costumes whether it was Halloween or not. A few years ago, one was some sort of Ninja, one was Captain America, and the third was Iron Man. It may also go down as the year they didn’t get to be their FAVORITE Superhero. Because they had SO MANY costumes at home, I felt like they could just choose one to wear when we went trick or treating. An hour before time, they put them on, only to find that we didn’t have ANY that fit ANYONE. They’d outgrown them all, too much to be able to make them work. We piled in the car, and drove to the closest costume store, and these what was left in their respective sizes. I think they look adorable, and they worked, but they were not what they really wanted. So, I’ll be sharing some costume ideas with you, so that you can plan ahead better than I did, and get your child the costume they want, hopefully ordering early enough that the desired item and size is still in stock 🙂 Favorite Superhero Costumes


Favorite Superhero Costumes


 Superhero Dress Up Costumes – 4 Satin Capes and 4 Felt Masks DC Comics Wonder Woman T-Shirt With Cape And Headband, Red, X-Large Costume Rubie’s Marvel Comics Collection, Amazing Spider-man 2, Deluxe Spider-man Costume, Child Medium – Child Medium One Color Deluxe Muscle Chest Superman- Small (Small (Sizes 4-6)) Batman Deluxe Muscle Chest Batman Child’s Costume, Small Captain America Movie Classic Muscle Costume – Large (10-12) Justice League The Flash Child’s Costume, Medium Super DC Heroes Wonder Woman Child’s Costume – Medium (50 – 54 Super DC Heroes Batgirl Child’s Costume, Size Medium Justice League Child’s Supergirl Tutu Dress – Medium Ant-Man Deluxe Costume, Child’s Medium Wolverine Classic Muscle Avengers Hulk Classic Muscle Costume, Green/Brown, Medium (7-8) Green Lantern Child’s Hal Jordan Costume – One Color – Small Avengers 2 Age of Ultron Black Widow Costume, Black, Medium Rubie’s Costume Co Men’s Avengers 2 Age Of Ultron, Multi, X-Large Rubie’s Costume Co Men’s Avengers 2 Age Of Ultron Deluxe Adult Thor Costume, Multi, Standard Avengers 2 Age of Ultron Child’s Thor Hammer (Mjolnir ) Thunder Storm Superhero Adult Costume


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Galaxy Note7 at 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.

BlogHer Samsung Mobile Project

Galaxy Note7

I am breaking out of my comfort zone this year, attending BlogHer Conferences. I am an introvert. I like shopping online, working online, and communicating online. I do enjoy being in the presence of my family and friends, and attending BlogHer is an opportunity to meet my online peers, colleagues, and representatives from the brands I enjoy working with. Best Buy has a wonderful blogger program and they are fantastic to work with, so I made sure to quickly pop into their booth and say hello, and get some information on the products they’re currently showcasing.

It’s time for me to upgrade my phone with my current plan, and if you know me well, you know I am hesitant to upgrade and change my technology, because it can be intimidating to learn all of the features and functions. I sometimes feel like I just get it all down pat, when it’s time to upgrade, haha. However, my current phone is beginning to show signs of its age, and I know it’s time for me to look into the various options and compare them, to see which one will best meet my needs. We are on the go most of the time, with the kids activities, so I need a smartphone that has a great camera, lots of memory, charges fast, holds its charge, allows me to easily access and use social media, and is user friendly.

I have to say, I was impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Note7. It’s been awhile since I’ve used an Android phone, and after playing around with the model phone, I decided it’s worth looking into.

Another thing I really appreciate about Best Buy is how knowledgeable and helpful the representatives at my local store are. They’re not overly aggressive salespeople, but they do know their products well, and they know which questions to ask me as a customer, so they can guide me to the choice they feel is appropriate for my needs. I even found out that about 50% of people overpay on their cell phone bill, and by using the Mobile Plan and Compare service, I can figure out how to reduce my bill! I am ALL ABOUT saving money whenever possible 🙂

BlogHer Samsung Mobile Project

These are a few of the Galaxy Note7 features I love most:

  • 12mp camera (Smile kids!)
  • 64GB of internal memory plus a slot of a microSD card (This is my FAVORITE feature)
  • Fast wireless charging (THANK YOU!)
  • 5.7″ Super AMOLED HD touch screen
  • Water resistant (no worries about the rain, snow, or sink when I’m washing dishes & chatting away!)
  • Iris scanner (security is awesome)
  • S pen which allows you to draw, write, even write on your screen when the phone is locked
  • Samsung Pay (security when shopping, I can leave my cards at home)

As I mentioned, the 64GB of memory and microSD card is my favorite feature. Here is why. When I’m at the drugstore waiting to pick up a prescription, I like to be able to pop a microSD card into their photo printer and print off copies of pictures. I do have a fab printer at home that does this, but sometimes I want multiple copies to give to the kids friends or mail to family members, and this is convenient for me while I wait. Also, I tend to take hundreds of pictures, to savor memories of all the kids activities. It’s been a real struggle for me to not use up all the memory on my current phone, then have to decide what must be deleted in the spur of the moment to make some space, only to discover I’ve missed the moment I wanted to capture. Can you relate? I really think the Galaxy Note7 can solve my smartphone problems, and I hope to have one really soon!

What is your favorite feature of the Galaxy Note7?

I saved 89% on Pillows at Groupon

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Groupon Pillows

Groupon Pillows

By now, my regular readers know that I am a big fan of saving money with Groupon. I have a running list of items that are due to be upgraded or replaced in the coming months, and the Groupon website is at the top of the list of sites I check regularly to see if any items we need are on sale or have special promotions. There are so many great deals on Groupon Goods!

With 5 people in our house, it seems like new Pillows are frequently needed. I have an Auto Immune Disease that makes it really difficult for me to get comfortable enough to sleep. My Rheumatologist suggested multiple pillows to help, so I have four that just I use each night 🙂 Pillows can last anywhere from about 6 months, up to 20 years, depending on the make and manufacturer. Be sure to save warranty information! The frugal side of me would like to be able to buy the same pillow for everyone in the house, and a couple of extra for the linen closet, when I find a great deal. However, it seems like we cannot agree on what the “perfect” pillow is, and we all like something different.

Every so often when we are in a store that sells pillows, we’ll browse the selection, and the different family members will test them all out. Typically they are NOT on sale when this happens, so we don’t buy them when we browse. Instead, I use the Notes section on my phone. I have notes for everything, I’m a list maker, haha! Under the Pillows Note, I list each family member name, and pillow preference. I know what brand, model, firmness, etc everybody wants. Then, the Groupon Pillow watching begins.

If you visit the Groupon Pillows page, you will see that they offer many of the more expensive pillows at a deep discount. I found a pillow similar to one I fell in love with at a hotel this summer during our road trip. Regular price $170 (I AM NOT PAYING $170 FOR ANY PILLOW!). Groupon Price, $29.99. That is MUCH more aligned with my budget! I am all about an 82% discount!

When should pillows be replaced?

  • When they are discolored or heavily stained. Some can be laundered, some cannot. If stains can’t be washed out, it may be time to replace.
  • You wake up frequently with headaches or neck pain. Look for underlying medical causes, and also consider if you are getting the neck support you need from your pillow.
  • Do you know how old your pillow is? If it’s been SO long you can’t remember, it’s probably time to replace 🙂
  • Are you finding it necessary to fold it in half because it has lumps and weird shapes? I’ll admit, sometimes that’s when they just start to feel broken in, but realistically, it’s probably time to replace it.
Be sure to “Like” Groupon on Facebook and Follow on Twitter so you can stay up to date on the most current deals!

What do you love to use Groupon to save on?

Weight Watchers Mini Apple Pies Recipe and Healthy Snack Ideas

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Weight Watchers, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #WWMarket

Weight Watchers Mini Apple PiesWeight Watchers Mini Apple Pies Recipe and Healthy Snack Ideas

Fall is rapidly approaching, and in our town, kids go back to school next week. Once school begins, our schedule gets so hectic with sports practices and games, after school clubs, and many other social obligations we need to fulfill. We are trying to be very aware of our food choices, and ensure that we are eating food that will help fuel our bodies, as part of a healthier lifestyle. That becomes more challenging when we are on the go every day. I ike that the Weight Watchers Market snack items are a healthier snack option that are really tasty.

I try to keep my pantry stocked with a few essentials that make it easy to come up with a variety of healthy snack ideas. I like to find ways to take snack ideas that have too many calories for my meal plan, and use ingredients to lighten them up. This allows me to enjoy the flavor of the food, and stay on track with healthier food choices.

Healthy Snack Idea 1

Healthy Snack IdeasWe love flavored popcorn in our home. By choosing Jolly Time 100 Calorie Healthy Pop Popcorn and melting down a few Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Candies & Bite Size Caramels, I can pour the chocolate and caramel over the popcorn, to enjoy a phenomenal snack. Once I pop it and flavor it, I can put it in a zipper top bag to enjoy as a snack on the go, or leave it in the bowl to snack on while we enjoy family movie night at home. If you just need a quick bite of a sweet snack food to satisfy a craving, the candies are yummy on their own as well 🙂

*Note: Each pack of candy and popcorn is one serving. Normally, I just choose ONE of the candies per pack of popcorn, and divide that in half, so I’m only eating one total serving of food per snack. Eat one now, save the other for later. For the purpose of demonstrating this idea for the post, I combined the chocolate and caramel with the popcorn. When I ate it later, I actually divided the popcorn into 3 snack bags 🙂

For me, personally, healthier eating habits are choices I make for each individual snack and meal. I try to be conscious and aware of each choice I’m making, and ensure that each choice is in line with my goals and meal plan. It’s also important for me to not feel like I’m depriving myself, so that I don’t get a craving and veer off the path.

Healthy Snack Idea 2

Healthy Snack IdeasWe also really enjoy eating fruit in our home. Our local Stop & Shop has a wonderful selection of fresh fruit. When I get home from grocery shopping, I like to wash and prep all of it, so it’s easy to grab and go. I make a few containers of mixed fruit up, and leave some Whipped Cream Cheese next to it in the refrigerator. I can grab both containers, put a dollop of Whipped Cream Cheese on top, and enjoy some extra flavor, while still making a  healthy snack choice by making one healthier substitution.

Healthy Snack Idea 3

Healthy Snack IdeasOne of my biggest weaknesses that always seems to derail my healthy eating habits is chocolate. Sometimes I just crave chocolate, specifically fudge. I don’t want or need to make a batch, because that’s a lot of temptation to try to resist. I was so excited to find that the Weight Watchers Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Bars give me the craving satisfaction that I really need. I can keep a box of these in my freezer, and with just 45 calories, 2 SmartPoints, and no artificial sweeteners, I am hooked on these bars. A full serving size is actually TWO bars, so if the craving is really strong, I don’t have to feel guilty if I decide to indulge in a second one 🙂

Focusing on healthier snack ideas does not mean I have to sacrifice convenience OR the taste and flavor of full fat snacks.

During the fall, it is Apple Season. All of the local farms and supermarkets will be bursting with fresh apples. While they are delicious on their own, they are divine when used in recipes. One of my favorite apple recipes to make is Mini Apple Pies. It makes my mouth water just thinking about how good they are! However, the original version does not make the cut on my meal plan. So, I decided to make healthier mini apple pies using a few substitutions so that I can still enjoy the taste and flavor of my Mini Apple Pies as a snack or dessert, and still keep my health on track.

Healthy Snack Idea 4

WW Mini Apple PiesWeight Watchers Mini Apple Pies Recipe:

To make this a healthy snack idea, I needed to eliminate the butter, sugar, and full fat crust that I have always used in my Apple Pie Recipes, AND find an alternative topping. It took a bit of experimentation to come up with the right combination of things to get the flavor and sweetness we enjoy. Using Local Honey is something we really like incorporating because it adds sweetness with its natural simple sugars, is naturally loaded with antibacterial and antifungal properties, and it can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms to local allergens. I cannot use Artificial Sweeteners because I have an auto immune disease, and they don’t play well with my medications 🙂  Using honey as the sweetener is a great alternative for so many reasons. Additionally, the Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cheese, instead of whipped topping, make the healthier substitutions complete.

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Weight Watchers Mini Apple Pies Recipe and Healthy Snack Ideas
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Serves: 12
  • 4 Baking Apples (I prefer to use Honey Crisp), peeled, cored, and finely diced
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Fresh Lemon or Lime Juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 4 sticks Weight Watchers Reduced Fat _______ Cheese Sticks, finely diced
  • 8 Graham Cracker Pie Crusts, Mini Reduced Fat
  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix your diced apples, Citrus Fruit juice, Ground Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla Extract, and Salt, until the apples are coated.
  2. Heat a medium sized sauce pan on the stove top over medium heat.
  3. Add Olive Oil to coat pan.
  4. Cover and cook for about 6 minutes until the Apples are soft and tender. (Check and stir at the 3 minute mark).
  5. Add honey, and cook uncovered for about a minute.
  6. Pour into Reduced Fat Mini Pie Crusts
  7. Top with Diced Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cheese
  8. Serve Warm
*You can also substitute the Reduced Fat Mini Pie Crusts with Phyllo Dough.

WW Mini Apple PiesFor me, personally, healthier eating habits are choices I make with each individual snack and meal. I try to be conscious and aware of each choice I’m making, and ensure that each choice is in line with my goals and meal plan. It’s also important for me to not feel like I’m depriving myself, so that I don’t get a craving and veer off the path.

Attending a Fall Festival, Tail Gate, or any gathering? All of these Healthy Snack Ideas would be perfect! You can make in larger quantities to share with friends and family, or just keep some in an individual container so you can have a healthy snack conveniently with you, and not be tempted by the higher calorie options that may be available!

Stop by your local Stop and Shop between 9/1/16 – 9/28/16 and when you buy any (5) FIVE participating Weight Watchers products (excluding Heinz SmartOnes & Meeting Room Products) you’ll Save $3.00 instantly while supplies last!

You can find more information about Weight Watchers ideas by visiting the the Weight Watchers TwitterWeight Watchers Instagram, or Weight Watchers Pinterest pages!


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