Snag this Hot FREEBIE while you can, You can NEVER have too many Koozies!!
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Snag this Hot FREEBIE while you can, You can NEVER have too many Koozies!!
Make sure to come back and comment letting us know you got your’s…
Here is a Freebie that will help keep your little ones safe, this is also a great idea to give to a friend in a Gift Basket filled with Goodies at an upcoming Baby Shower…
It says allow up to 10 weeks for delivery but I got mine within 2 weeks!
Campus Book Rentals Partners With Operation Smiles
Did you know that Campus Book Rentals donates to Operation Smile with each and every textbook rented and are donating over 1,000 life saving cleft lip surgeries this year to children in need. How awesome is that?!
Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.One in ten born with these conditions die before their first birthdays. Often unable to eat, speak, socialize, or smile.
Fact #1 Did you know every three minutes a child is born with a cleft palate
Operation Smile is the volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft surgeries. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided more than 3.5 million comprehensive patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities. They train local doctors in developing countries and strengthen healthcare systems so more children in some of the poorest areas in the world can be treated.
How Can You Help
If you are wanting to help make a difference in a child’s life then Operation Smile is a great charity to help do just that! There making a difference one smile at a time and you can help be a part of that.
You can donate to Operation Smile directly or there are several other ways you can help out as well! Why not start a fundraiser, join one of their service projects, or simply connect with a local chapter and ask how you can help!
Another way (which is how I first learned of this organization) is through www.campusbookrentals.com. If you or someone you know is in college then have them check out Campus Book Rentals. Campus Book Rentals is a great inexpensive way to get your text books. They donate to operation smile with every textbook rented. I love businesses that love to give back as well!!
A Chocoholic’s Guide To Cutting Down On Chocolate
If you absolutely had to, would you be able to give up chocolate? There are some that have tried and failed. Some have tried and succeeded for a while. A very rare few and tried, succeeded, and somehow lived to tell of it! All joking aside, if you are a chocolate lover, giving up the good stuff is never going to happen.
With the price of chocolate and candy ever climbing upward, at what point do you need to say enough is enough? And which chocolates would you give up (or at least cut back on)? There are so many great chocolate bars out there from our great chocolatiers and candy bar makers that perhaps it is possible to let go of one or two.
For some, there is a favorite, and if ever there was a national shortage of this particular chocolate of choice, insanity and mayhem may well ensue. Can there ever be a replacement? And what happens when they change the recipe, and it just isn’t the same anymore? Of course, everything changes, but there is something about a chocolate bar, that we struggle to deal with alterations. We need it to be the same as it always has been. Even though our taste buds change as we age, we don’t need chocolate to change.
If you have ever cooked with chocolate, you will know there is nothing more satisfying than licking that spoon and that bowl when you are finished mixing. The smell from the oven as your home made chocolate cake starts to bake fills the house with a glorious aroma that you never want to dissipate. If only there was a way to bottle that odor.
Even winemakers are starting to realize that chocolate has a substantial effect on people who love chocolate. It calms us and excites us at the same time. It soothes us and fills us with passion in an instant. It is intoxicating and revitalizing all in one go. And we can’t get enough of it. It certainly makes sense to incorporate chocolate in wine making when it shares so many qualities with the good stuff.
Making chocolate cookies is a great way to keep the kids quiet too. You don’t have to let them eat the entire batch in one go because they freeze OK for later. You can get hold of some gourmet chocolate – it’s bittersweet but it is incredibly luxurious and indulgent. Just what you need on a cold winter’s night. Chocolate ice cream, chocolate drinks, chocolate cake and chocolate puddings are just what you need any night of the year!
There is a world of exciting chocolate products out there to buy, but sometimes it is nice to try out some great recipes. Making chocolate puddings or cakes is a great thing to do if you are expecting company. They needn’t take too long or too much effort either. A chocolate cake is sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who comes to visit as well.
For those of you who really can’t say no to chocolate, cooking with it may be the ultimate sin for the chocolate addict. Are there really any alternatives to chocolate? Is there anything out there that will help us cut down on the good stuff? Like any true addiction, it may be best to try cutting out little amounts of it at a time. If you regularly eat several chocolate bars a day, you may well be damaging your health. If chocolate didn’t do us any harm, it seems a certainty that we would all be eating far more of it!
The trouble is, chocolate is high in fat and high in sugar and very high in calories. This all leads to weight gain. In high quantities, there is just no way we can burn off all that we put in. The good news is that chocolate is beneficial to your health in small quantities. It is not just the feel-good factor that is good for us either. It can have a positive effect on our hearts. The only challenge with this concept is keeping the quantity of chocolate down when it is just so moreish!
Alternatives to chocolate include fruit because fruits are sweet. The sweetness of fruit comes from naturally occurring sugars, whereas the sugar from chocolate is refined. There is less sugar in dark chocolate. It tastes more bitter than the chocolate in candy bars or milk chocolate. There is also less fat in dark chocolate. The great thing about having fruit instead of chocolate is that a fruit tends to be very low fat. Fruit will also contain fewer calories than a chocolate bar too. Like chocolates, fruit comes in many varieties. If you don’t get to grocers very often, try bananas, strawberries, kiwi, melon, raspberries and blueberries.
If you’re not too sure about preparing fruit, supermarkets provide prepared fruit in little pots. Admittedly, these are way more expensive than a chocolate bar, but in fairness they do contain way more nutritional value. As a special treat, you could drizzle a little melted chocolate or chocolate syrup over your fruit. Dipping strawberries into melted chocolate then popping them in the fridge is a yummy treat.
There are lots of ways to continue to enjoy chocolate in smaller quantities. It’s possible they will cost you more money in the long term. But think of the benefits to your health of cutting down a little. You might never give up the chocolate, and that may be OK. Taking it easy in front of the TV with a chocolate bar is one of life’s little pleasures at the end of a hard day. Mixing it up with a little extra exercise can go a long way to improving our health.
Only buy your chocolate from the corner shop or convenience store that you have to walk to. You will go a long way toward burning off the extra calories if you have to walk to get hold of one. This may work out more expensive than buying in bulk once a month in the supermarket, but it may be worth it for the health benefits.
The Ultimate Guide To Freebies, Giveaways And Coupons
The cost of living these days is high. With our outgoings growing and our rate of pay seemingly to be less than ever, it can be hard to keep your family afloat. The new year is an especially difficult time for any family trying to stick to a budget. This means that families and parents are having to get creative with how they make money and how they shop. Looking for bargains is a great way to cut your costs. There are always discounts and freebies to be had; you just need to know where to look.
Coupons and Vouchers
Couponing is now a hugely popular way of life. Making savings in your day-to-day grocery shopping and clothing or accessories budget is rewarding for any family. It can sometimes be the only way to get through a bad financial month. You can collect coupons from various sources, including the below: -
Magazines and leaflets: Spend some time looking through magazines and leaflets that come through your door. You’re likely to find various money-off coupons and special offers that you can cut out. These are the most widely accepted as they can’t be easily faked or duplicated.
Write to companies: Sometimes, writing to companies and expressing an opinion on their products, can get you coupons. Brands love feedback, and if you’ve enjoyed something they’ve made, they want to hear about it. Tell them why you loved it, did your family enjoy it? The more information and helpful comments you can provide towards their market research the better.
Newspapers: You’ll often find money off coupons in your local newspapers. These can be easily missed, so make sure that you carefully read each page. Cut them out neatly and store them ready for use.
Directly from stores: sometimes stores themselves will give out coupons and savings deals. These can often only be used with this specific store but if you are a regular shopper there, it may pay off.
Online: Lots of coupons are found online. There are hundreds, if not thousands of people who run Facebook pages, websites and blogs that are dedicated to tracking down coupons. These friendly and helpful communities are a great place to make friends and find the latest coupon deals before they run out. Some coupons that require online entry run out fast. You need to be quick and enter your codes as soon as the offer goes live in order to take full advantage of the deal.
Buying in Bulk
Sometimes buying in bulk can gain you huge savings. When there is an offer on, and a product is heavily reduced, you can cut costs. Be careful not to buy more than you really need though. Use coupons on reduced brand names in order to maximize your savings. Some extreme couponers can end up only paying a few cents for their items after discounts and offers. Read your coupon policies carefully and learn which coupons and offers can be combined in order to maximize your money saving.
Many companies will offer up trial sized samples of their products from time to time. You can find these samples by signing up for a brand’s newsletter. They will occasionally send out news and offers that will allow you to gain a limited chance of free products.
For example, even Target offers free samples sometimes! If you visit your local drugstore or beauty store, don’t be afraid to ask to try products. Sometimes if you spend money on beauty products, you’ll be given some free travel sized products in the bag with your purchase. If not, you can always ask. Rather than just asking for freebies, simply say: “Oh hey, I’ve heard good things about [insert new product name here] and I wanted to see if it would be suitable for my skin. Could I possibly get a couple of samples to try at home, please?”
The assistant will usually have a few samples that she can give out. These will probably be kept out of sight, under the counter. So you will need to be brave and ask for these most of the time!
Entering Online Giveaways
Most brands hold regular giveaways online these days. These are mostly held via social media accounts or brand’s blog pages. They range from small incentives to huge ‘haul’ style giveaways that attract thousands of comments and entries. You can make a living by simply entering thousands of competitions each day and seeing what you win. There are people out there who live off their freebies and competition prizes. You will need to invest a lot of time and effort to get to that stage though. Are you up for the challenge?
Patience and Perseverance
As with anything in life, it will take a lot of patience and perseverance to get to a level of couponing and competition entering that will see you actually make massive savings. You need to treat it as part of your everyday life and make couponing a priority if you want to reach extreme couponer status. Finding like minded people to share the experience with, will keep you on track. Join some facebook groups or start a local couponing and competition entry club. Get together with your friends and enter competitions or look for coupons together. It is a great way to multi-task.
A few last top tips to remember when you are first getting started: -
Buy a Coupon organizer: If you are new to coupons, or are an extreme couponer then you might need somewhere to store your coupons and clippings. A good coupon Organizer is handy. You can look at it whilst you shop and see all of your coupons in one handy place.
Keep a competition spreadsheet: Keep a spreadsheet detailing all of the competitions you’ve entered. This is an easy way to track what you’ve entered and to keep track of how much you are winning. Only enter free competitions so that you don’t incur any financial risk.
Use your free products as gifts: Recycle your freebie sample size products and use them as birthday or Christmas gifts. These work great in homemade hampers or gift baskets and will save you plenty of money.
There are times toward the end of the month that most of us start to wonder where on earth all our money went! Sometimes the credit card bill comes in and we can’t figure out how on earth it got so high. Then we look at the bank statement and see we have gone overdrawn, and we realise it might be time to figure out what on earth is going on. If there is no sign of theft, I’m afraid you have overspent. With the cost of everything going up all the time it is really easy for that to happen at the moment.
If you are finding it happens more months in a row than you care to remember, it could be time to start preparing a budget. This means you will have to cap your spend each month to stay within a limited figure of affordability. It is hard to do and takes a lot to create, but if you can’t afford to keep paying all those high credit card bills, it may be time to give it a go.
Start by analysing your spend. If you can detail exactly what you spend in a month, you can start figuring out where to make cuts. Start with food. Total up all your receipts for anything that you eat or might label as household. Coffees and meals out can come under a different heading called ‘going out’ for now. Within your grocery total, could be lots of foods that you could have done without. If your bill is too high, it might be time to cut those out. Work out a sensible amount that would cover your clothes, salon and other social costs. Essential bills like phones, TV, energy and rent can all be totalled up. Put in an amount for savings. Now you have your budget.
If the budget is nearly all your income, you may want to look for other ways to save. Get into the voucher habit to save on your groceries and other things. If you shop at places like Walmart, you can complete a survey at survey.walmart.com to be in with a chance of winning some free shopping. Look for opportunities to find vouchers for your favorite brands or stores. Customer survey cards can be found in almost every one of them. You can also complete them online for chances to win money off or even cash prizes.
Saving money on your shopping is possible. Some people live on sales and voucher items only, so it is possible to buy everything on discount. Being able to pay a reduced rate for most things will save you substantially over the course of a year. It is worth the effort of searching out those opportunities online or in store. Sometimes we have to pay full price, especially when we have to suddenly replace an expensive item. Always shop around for the best price, by utilising your cell phone while you are out to check prices online. You can also use price comparison websites.