My 5 favorite apps to save money

My 5 Favorite Apps To Save Money #my360independence

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One 360. I’m not a coupon user. There, I’ve said it. I’ve clipped coupons in the past and they were always forgotten on my kitchen counter. I meant well, but in the end I’d just wasted the time it took me to cut them out. One of my very favorite things about smartphones is how easy it is to download coupons and deals–literally the click of a button. I can…

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Let's be an example for our teens and put down our phones. Nothing is worth it.

Let’s be an example for our teen drivers. #DecideToDrive

In just 18 short months, Michael will be able to get his learner’s permit for driving. While this makes me nervous, what really scares me is the state of other drivers “out there.” It seems that most of the people I see while driving are busy–too busy. Applying makeup, staring (literally) at their phone while texting or surfing the internet, eating lunch. The Virginia Transportation Institute reported that teen drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved…

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3 Summer Pool Cleaning Tips

Summer Pool Cleaning Tips from #CloroxPool

Clorox Pool & Spa has sponsored this post giving you summer pool cleaning tips to make your life easier this summer.  Summer is here and it’s officially pool season! We have been in our pool almost every day since early May. Every year around this time my husband and I look at each other and agree that we are so thankful we decided to put a pool in our backyard when we did–the kids have a blast swimming every year, and…

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Massage Envy Spa Gift Card

Which type of massage will Dad want? #Massage4DadsDay

  Aftershave? Neck tie? Power tools? No… What Dad’s really want for Father’s Day is a little bit of pampering. A massage, maybe? In addition to relaxing, massages can benefit Dad’s health! It has been said that massage can lower blood pressure, increase circulation, and decrease levels of cortisol–a stress hormone. This Father’s Day, wake Dad up with breakfast in bed and then kick him out of the house and have him head to Massage Envy Spa. My most recent…

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5 Ways to thank military members #ChevySalutes

5 Ways To Show Appreciation for Military Members #ChevySalutes

Compensation for this post was provided by Chevrolet via MSB New Media. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Military families sacrifice so much every day, and showing them we’re a thankful country is important. In addition to months spent away from their families, the military is expected to be on call all day, every day for their ‘regular” jobs. They can be called in at any time, made to stay as long as needed, and often miss important events that we…

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How do I use #AmazonCart?

How to use #AmazonCart to Shop on Twitter #cbias

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias. We live fairly far out of the city of Tucson, so “running to the store” isn’t a phrase we often use. We save our trips and run several errands at once, and if we forget something then we go without. Amazon Prime has changed a lot of this for us in the last few…

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What I'm loving: my health & fitness favorites

What I’m loving: my health and fitness favorites.

A portion of this post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market. There are affiliate (and non-affiliate) links in this post. I’ve been trying to find that fine line of balance–for me, my family, my work, my blog… I wish the line was neon and flashing sometimes! Health and fitness is a big area that I’m trying to improve right now. Michael and I have been going to the Crossfit gym three times a week and I’ve been really concentrating on…

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Celebrate summer with grilled pizza (and Drumsticks!)

Celebrate Summer with Grilled Pizza #SummerGoodies

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This #shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser.  Summer is here, and we are celebrating every way that we can. We love summer because we can enjoy the sunshine a little longer, eat dinner a little later, and spend more time together as a family. Last week, we grilled pizza with the boys and then surprised them with their favorite–NESTLÉ®…

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#ChevySalutes

#ChevySalutes Military Appreciation Month and Instagram Contest

Compensation for this post was provided by Chevrolet via MSB New Media. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Did you know that May is Military Appreciation Month? Steve and I met in 1996 while we were both stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. I was working in the classified communications room and he was an aircraft mechanic. We were married shortly thereafter (very shortly-we were dating for about 9 months before we were married!) and…

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When should I use a home drug test kit?

When should I use a home drug test kit?

This post is sponsored by Touch&Know®. The content is my own. Being a parent these days is tough. And by these days I mean the days of internet and smart phones. Parenting is more difficult now than it was 30 years ago, and it’ll only get harder. It’s easier for our kids to get into serious trouble and to find access to things they shouldn’t be around–I’m thinking about drugs. Thirty years ago it would be a little tougher to get access to…

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Reebok ONE Cushion: A Review

Meeting My Goals With the Help of Reebok ONE

The following post is is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Reebok I really, really can’t complain about the running path near my home. I have this view to look at, the weather is perfect 95% of the time, and I have amazing shoes to run in. The Reebok ONE Cushion: Shoes designed with performance in mind. I love how breathable they are–there is mesh throughout the design, not just in the toe area. While the shoe is flexible,…

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Mother's Day gift guide for the fitness fanatic

Mother’s Day Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic from Best Buy

Mother’s Day is coming up fast, and you need some gift ideas for your fitness-loving mama, don’t you? Here are my top gifts for the fitness fanatic mom in your life, both over and under $100. All of these gifts can be found in the Best Buy Gift Center But first… if I had to choose one, it would definitely be this: I have several friends using the Jawbone Small UP24 ($149.99) and I’d love to connect with them for motivation. This…

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BOLD Cucumber Sandwich: A no-carb recipe

BOLD Cucumber Sandwiches: No Carb Recipe

My family recently tried the new Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh BOLD lunch meat and we love them! Their new flavors, Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast, Cajun Style Turkey Breast, Maple Honey Ham, and Chipotle Season Chicken Breast are so flavorful that they can easily be used alone without extra sauces and spices. My favorite part? There are no artificial preservatives and no artificial flavors! I’m sharing my recipe for BOLD Cucumber Sandwiches today! To make these cucumber sandwiches, you’ll need: Cucumber, skinned Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh…

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3 Uses for a Magic Eraser

3 Uses for a Magic Eraser #PGBestForMe #Giveaway

This post is sponsored by SheSpeaks and P&G It’s spring time, and that means that we’re all doing some spring cleaning in our homes! Today I’m sharing my uses for a Magic Eraser and bringing you a giveaway to win a P&G gift box worth $70! 1. Remove hard water spots: I use Magic Erasers to remove the water spots on my granite countertops. I tend to always have a buildup of hard water spots right below the handle for…

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Sell your old phone on eBay

Sell Your Old Phone On eBay!

This blog post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay. I’m especially excited about this partnership because it’s a service we use often in our home.  We have a great love of technology in our home. We actually have an additional line on our cell phone account that we pay for (just $10/month) so we can upgrade our iPhones more often. Upgrading often means that we would always have an “old” phone lying around, but about 2 years ago…

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Kohls Disney Clothes Line: Magic At Play

Celebrate Disney with Kohls Disney Clothes #Giveaway

 This post and giveaway are sponsored by Kohl’s. Congratulations, Kelly (comment 16)! I’ll be in touch soon! I am all about bringing Disney magic home with you whenever you can (you know about our Disney blog, right?), so you can imagine how excited I was to hear about the new Kohl’s Disney clothes line! The Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse themed Disney apparel by Jumping Beans Capsule Collection is now available at Kohl’s! I first noticed the #MagicAtPlay collection because…

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