Aug 28, 2015

Make Your Bathroom Nicer in a Flash: My Favorite Tips

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home. This is because it can add value or take it away, depending on the condition of it. Not to mention the whole family uses it every day! It’s nice to have a nice bathroom, for you and your family and your guests. Here are my favorite tips to making your bathroom nicer in a flash!

Add Candles and Incense

Some bathrooms have a bathroom-y smell. You know the smell. Add candles and incense and you can eradicate this smell, making your bathroom smell as fresh as a daisy. Not only will it help the smell, they can make brilliant accessories too. They’ll give your bathroom a much more luxurious look!

Give it a Deep Clean

This is a really simple tip but it’ll make all the difference. Give your bathroom a deep clean and you’ll notice how much better it looks straight away. There are lots of tips online that can help you to make it look brand spanking new again. Kim and Aggie have plenty of tips that you should find simple to use!

Replace Some Fittings and Fixtures

Take a look at your fittings and fixtures and see if any of them would benefit from being replaced. It won’t be hard to replace some of them. New cabinets might be just what you need to brighten the place up. Click here to get an idea of what you can get. Taps and light fittings are fairly simple and will make a difference in an instant. You may also want to re-assess your bathroom accessories and see if you should replace or get rid of them.

Paint

Why not pick a fun new color for your bathroom and paint one wall? It won’t take very long to do, and you can make your bathroom look completely different this way! Just make sure you pick paint that can withstand a lot of moisture and be easily wiped down.

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Keep an Eye on Countertop Toiletries

Countertop toiletries can mess the place up and make everything look haphazard. Make sure the toiletries you keep out are left there on purpose because they look good. Anything else should be hidden away in cabinets and storage!

Use Wall Decals

Wall decals are a really quick and simple way to give your bathroom some personality. You can get phrases and pictures in just about any color and style you want. I love these in my bathroom!

Add a Flower

Adding a simple flower to your bathroom decor can give it a spa feel and finish it off. I like the idea of having a white orchid in a thin vase. Fake flowers are best, as they won’t be affected by the moisture of the room!

I hope you like these tips and that they help you to create a much nicer bathroom for your family. Leave any tips of your own below, I’d love to hear them. Thanks for visiting - come back soon!

Value Diapers from Dollar General

When you've got several kids, you look for ways to save money on every avenue.  With school supplies, new clothes, and other essentials, buying a pack of diapers every week adds up quick. That's why I am thrilled to tell you about Family Dollar’s Kidgets diapers, who is sponsoring this post.

We shop at Dollar General a lot, to be able to snag some of their great deals on every day necessities. It makes sense that we would buy diapers there too.


Tracking Pixel My baby girl is currently potty training.  I guess I shouldn't really call her a baby anymore; She's two now and doing so good with learning how to use the "big girl toilet" as she calls it.  We're still putting her in diapers at night though, because she's not waking up in the middle of the night to make it to the bathroom.  At this point, I'm glad to have found a less expensive option for diapers.

The best part?  They hold up over night.  Seriously, we've tried some diapers that just leak through as soon as she wets them - which makes for a wet bed and a mad little toddler at 3am.  The Kidgets diapers are absorbent enough to keep her little bottom dry throughout the night.


They have stretchable sides, and fit my very active toddler well. The cloth-like outer cover is soft and gentle on your her skin and doesn't leave red marks like some diapers do.  They're also available at a great value: Budget-friendly, Kidgets’ diapers are offered at a great value – allowing you to afford more precious moments with your baby. Even better, 100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!

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Aug 25, 2015

Single Income Family: Stretching Your Budget with 5 Easy Tips

There are a lot of families that are living with just one single income. It is definitely a hard way to live, but everything is possible if the whole family is working hard and does their best to save money. If you still struggle to find ways how to stretch your budget and avoid spending money where you can save it, I'm happy to share my top 5 best tips. It will definitely let you relax a little bit more and save money easily.


Shop for Value


It might sound weird and hard, but if you decide to keep yourself in a budget and stretch it, you should reconsider your shopping habits. The first thing you should think about is to shop for value, rather than quantity. It is much logical to buy stuff that will last longer and won’t need to be replaced soon than shop constantly for the same things over and over again. On the other hand, you should also shop for value and try to get as much as possible for a single dollar you spend. For instance, join a warehouse or shopping club and buy in bulk. Purchase clothing, furniture, and household goods only when they are on sale. Consider buying used cars and appliances and you will see – your budget will be stretched and bigger right away.

Shop with Coupons


Another way how to shop much cheaper and without much of additional effort, is to look for special online coupons. Couponing is great because you don’t need to wait for sales, clearances, etc. and can receive discounts no matter when and where. For instance, if you are looking for new gear for your active family leisure time or just simple but warm clothing, get special online REI coupons from Chameleonjohn.  With it you will instantly receive a discount of every item you wish for. Also, along with coupons you can save money on absolutely everything: from renting a car, to shopping for food. So definitely consider couponing as a way to stretch your family budget more.

Eat At Home


If you used to go eating at some fancy restaurant, definitely choose not to do that if you want to save money. Eating at a restaurant is great for some special occasions. But if you struggle with money on a daily basis, it is much logical to stay at home and cook your meals by yourself. But let’s not be so strict. You can definitely pamper your family by eating out. Just order meals without liquor and desserts. That you can easily eat at home. The bill afterward will be smaller for sure. I can guarantee.

Put Cash Aside


Another great way to stretch your family’s budget is to have a place (a box or a jar) where you can put cash aside. This is not only a nice way to save money for some bigger purchases, but it can also be a nice game too. Think of new ways how to make the whole family put money in that jar. Like penalty dollar for swearing or not doing chores. Everything works if you think of creative, fun, but frugal ways how to increase your savings. So include your whole family and put cash aside in a fun way.

Shop with a Budget


Finally, if you want to stretch your budget, you need to make a primary budget on things you want to purchase. And strictly keep on it! It is very important to never spend more than planned. Otherwise, the whole stretching budget thing will be useless. So write down your budget, with specific categories of spending, and stick to it. After some time of using it, you won’t even notice that you are letting yourself spend only some amount of money.

Aug 24, 2015

Check Out What Goes Into My Momma Kitchen

As a Momma, I like to think it is my duty to provide healthy, nourishing meals to my children. Don’t get me wrong. I know it is incredibly hard to do when you are busy, and your grocery budget is tight. For me, it’s about spending that time creating something that I know is good for them. There are times when I have to cheat, sure. And there are times when I am thankful for batch cooking!

Because I have so many great recipes to hand, some people ask me how I equip my kitchen. Before I go into what gizmos and gadgets I love, I think it’s fair to say that you can create fantastic meals without them too. I may have my preferences, and I’m sure you do too. That’s not to say you can’t create something incredible with just the bare minimum of equipment.

I love having a kitchen that has everything to hand. Lots of clear worktop space is important to me when I’m preparing a meal or baking something. I like to have a pot of cooking utensils to hand too. A spatula, ladle and slotted spoon are essential for me. I also like to have a masher and a whisk to hand too.


Of course, there are electric whisks. I like those little handheld electrical kitchen tools. They have interchangeable ends. You can have a mini blender, a slicer or a whisk on the end. They are handy, but I think a battery operated one would make more sense. The cable can get in the way sometimes.

When it comes to baking, I’m often asked whether I think gas ovens are better than electric ovens. I think the make and model of the oven are more important than how the heat is generated. If you have an electric fan oven, I think you can usually get a more even temperature throughout. Keep this in mind if you are following recipes from really old books, though.

In addition to my little handheld ‘blitzer’, I love big blenders. They can make light work of anything in any way you need them to. This is great for making sauces and soups. It’s also rather handy for smoothies and cocktails! Some models have a great slicer and chopper tools. They can be used to create more uniform looking vegetables and fruit when you’re in a hurry.

High on my wishlist for a great kitchen would be space for guests to sit and enjoy a drink while I prepare them a meal. Like most people, I hate people seeing the mess I’m making so the layout of the kitchen is really important. I like to be sociable, so one of those bars could be quite handy, or a large kitchen diner might work too.


The kitchen is one of my favorite rooms. I know how I like to work in the kitchen, so I try to set my space up in the most practical way to suit me. Yes, I do like my gizmos and gadgets, because I'm a busy Momma. But I think it’s important not to rely on them all the time. That way the kids can join in. Enjoy something tasty from your kitchen today.

Aug 19, 2015

The 6 Most Famous Attractions in Long Beach

Located on the Pacific Ocean to the West of Los Angeles, Long Beach is one of the most underrated places to visit in the United States. It has a perfect climate, plenty of beaches, and is a gateway to Hollywood and the offshore Channel Islands.

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Most people that plan to visit discover that finding Long Beach hotels online is fairly straightforward when you use a site like Hipmunk.com that focuses on providing information on all the hotels in every price range.

When you do visit, you will find a wide variety of things to do and see. Here are the 6 most famous attractions in Long Beach:

The Queen Mary: Located on the harbor with a perfect nighttime view of downtown Long Beach, the Queen Mary is a cruise ship that used to epitomize elegance while it sailed for the Cunard Line. Pressed into service to move US troops to Europe during the last World War, it took on many dangerous missions before it returned to civilian use. The city took a role in acquiring the ship when it was retired, making it a floating museum, hotel, and restaurant that is like a fascinating trip to the past.

Downtown Long Beach: As an entertainment area, downtown Long Beach offers some of the most popular nightclubs in the Los Angeles area. It also provides a large mix of restaurants that range from Spanish to Californian Bistro. One of the nice things for visitors is that the restaurants and clubs are arranged to fit any size of budget. The downtown area is also very safe to walk around in at night.

Little Phnom Penh: Cambodia is an up-and-coming country in Asia. Long Beach is home to one of the largest populations of Cambodians not actually in Cambodia. To celebrate their culture, their community business people got together and created a district known as Little Phnom Penh. Full of shops and restaurants offering traditional Cambodian fare, it is well worth a visit.

Naples: You don't often get a chance to take a gondola ride outside of Italy. Yet the Naples area in Long Beach offers gondola rides along the canals that criss-cross the area. Built in the 20th century by developers, the area also offers restaurants and shops that cater to people who are interested in European style.

The Long Beach Grand Prix: Every April, the city gets ready for its main event, an Indy car race that brings thousands of fans in to see the action close up. One of three races held during the same weekend, the Grand Prix has a storied history that goes back decades to a time when it was a Formula series race. If you are going to visit Long Beach for the race, it is a good idea to book your hotel room early so that you have a larger range of rooms available. The Hyatt The Pike Long Beach is one of the more popular hotels during this event.

The Aquarium of the Pacific: Long Beach has long been associated with the ocean that laps at its shores. However, it was only in the past few decades that developers became serious about building a world-class aquarium. When it wss finally completed, the Aquarium of the Pacific exceeded most people's expectations. Not only does it have a very large collection of sea life on display, it also hosts events and festivals that are open to the public, managing to weave the lives of different interest groups into the theme of each celebration.

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Adorable OshKosh B'Gosh Looks for Back to School

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


I can't really believe it.  My Sammy-man is starting preschool in less than two weeks. I mean, he's not a little guy anymore; he's really growing up!  So of course, after I shed a few mommy tears at the prospect of him not being a toddler anymore, it was time to go get his school supplies.

What back to school shopping trip is complete without picking up some adorable duds to show off in?  Admittedly, this part was probably more fun for me than for him, but he was excited about finding new shirts to show off to his friends.



We headed to the nearest OshKosh store to shop for back-to-school clothes. I'm pretty sure Sammy was getting nervous at the prospect of starting "big boy school" but armed with his B'Gosh Blue Jeans and handsome graphic tees, now he's confident that he'll make friends.  I know that with the durable construction and quality material, he wont wear through his clothes playing on the playground.


Little sister Kaya couldn't be left out when it came to shopping.  She's my little fashionista and fell in love with the cute OshKosh b'Gosh dresses.  I fell in love with the Tunics and Leggings!  Since she's still not 100% with the potty yet, we opted not to get any overalls this time - but the World's Best Overalls are usually my first go-to for her.

OshKosh has styles for every kids' personality - whether they're active and sporty or trendy and stylish.  My kids all have their own styles, so shopping at OshKosh is a must!


My niece even got a dress for back to school, and she loves it!  The fully lined eyelet lace skirt adds just the right amount of detail to make it gorgeous and unique, just like her!


OshKosh B’gosh wants all kids to have what they need for school, from blue jeans to books! That’s the inspiration behind the nation launch of the “B’gosh Jeanius Campign”.  That's why they're giving customers the opportunity to donate a new pair of jeans or make a cash donation to a students in need this school year.

All denim donated from July 28 through September 16, 2015, will be delivered to local children in need through K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, while cash donations will be dispersed to local DonorsChoose.org.

The Carters Charitable foundation will match all cash donations up to $50,000 and all denim donations with a new item of clothing.


Give kids a leg up! Donate a new pair of blue jeans or make a cash donation at the register.
For more information visit: www.oshkosh.com/bgoshjeanius

Oh, I almost forgot!  OshKosh is hooking you guys up with an awesome coupon to help in your back to school shopping.  Save even more on their great prices!  You can download the coupon here to use in store.  There's even a code if you're shopping online!


Aug 18, 2015

Bonus Box Tops™ at Walmart®!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of General Mills®.  All opinions expressed are my own.

With one kid going into fourth grade, and another just starting preschool, I want them to have the best education available.  Since they go to public school, the funds can get stretched thin from time to time between making sure that all of the programs have the money that they need.  As a parent, I do all I can to help out.  That means participating in all of the PTA drives, the fundraisers, and probably the easiest - Box Tops for Education™.

Last year, our school met it's goal of $1000.  That meant that they had an extra $1000 for whatever they needed.

With over 80,000 schools participating, Box Tops for Education is one of America's largest school earnings loyalty programs.  Earning for your school is simple!  When you're grocery shopping, look for the Box Tops logo:


I'd wager that you have a few of the participating products on your grocery list.  You probably already have some of these at home too!  Just clip the coupon off the box, save them up, and send them into the school!  Did you know that the school earns 10¢ for every box top brought in? They add up quick, too.


Here's some math:  If every child brings in 50 Box Tops, that's $5.00 each.  Let's say for example's sake, that in your school, there's about 400 total students.  That means $5.00x400, or $2000 for playground equipment, new technology, classroom supplies, or field trips!  Box Tops for Education has contributed over $525 million to participating schools since the launch of the program in 1996.

For a limited time, General Mills® is offering Bonus Box Tops; you can get 5 Box Tops on participating items only at Walmart®.


That means that for every one of the participating products you buy at Walmart, you're earning 50¢ for the school of your choice.

Learn more about Box Tops at Walmart


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

Aug 17, 2015

#BackToBlogging Giveaway

Alright guys, I am super excited about this giveaway.  Blue Sky planners agreed to give away 3 (that's right, 3!) of their fabulous Day Designer Planners.  It got me thinking, why not do a giveaway for bloggers?

I've met so many of you awesome bloggers (virtually and in person) and I would love to make someone's day with a Back to Blogging Giveaway.  After all, the kids are about to start school again, so now's the time we start to feel the blog crunch - the pressure to write more, create more, and bring in more readers.

Even if you don't have a blog (yet) this giveaway would be great to win.  I'm offering a full blog design or makeover, with matching social media headers, plus we've got the Blue Sky Planners, AND a coffee prize pack.


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Aug 14, 2015

6 Tips for Picking Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

If you have always wanted to visit Asia, there is no better time than the present. The history and culture of the Far East are certain to fascinate you and the other people you will be traveling with. There are certainly many Asian countries to choose from, so which one will you decide to make your destination? One beautiful location that you might want to give some serious thought to visiting is the capitol city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. It is not a surprise that Kuala Lumpur has become one of the most popular southeast Asian cities for tourism over the past two decades. The city has an equal amount of activities for children and adults, making it a good destination for families. Here are six tips for picking hotels in Kuala Lumpur.

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1. Consider the price


If you spend some time comparing Kuala Lumpur hotels, you will see that many comparable hotels are priced quite differently, even though they offer basically the same amenities. Therefore, you must do your best to avoid paying more than you need to for a hotel room, especially if there is a similar room available for a much lower price. You can use the Internet to help you learn more about Kuala Lumpur prior to your trip. If you use the Hipmunk website, you will be able to book yourself a room at The Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

2. Consider the amenities


Depending on your budget and your personal preferences, there might be certain amenities that you will want your hotel to have. If this is the case, you will need to find the hotels in Kuala Lumpur that offer the amenities you are looking for. Some hotels will charge more for certain amenities than others. Therefore, it would be wise to invest some time into shopping around for the hotel that charges the least for your desired amenities.

3. Consider the location


This is something that many travelers do not take into consideration. In many cases, the location of your hotel will have a direct impact on how much your room costs. Hotels that are located in the center of a city typically cost more than those on the outskirts of town.

4. Are there free meals offered?


Although they are getting harder to find, certain hotels will offer a complimentary breakfast every day of your stay. Needless to stay, this can definitely help you reduce the money you spend on food during your trip. It would be worth your while to search for hotels that provide this freebie to their customers.

5. Discount for advance booking


Hotels will often give customers a discount on their room if they decide to book it in advance. The amount of the discount they give you will depend on the particular hotel, as well as how far in advance you decide to reserve your room. Make some calls and find out which hotels give out the biggest discounts for advance booking.

6. Customer reviews


There are reviews for everything online these days. Take advantage of this before your trip to Kuala Lumpur. Read some customer reviews of the various hotels throughout the city. This will give you some idea of which ones are nice. These reviews will also help you to avoid staying in a hotel with lackluster service.



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