Friday, May 27, 2016

Need a Coupon? Look No Further Than #GrouponCoupons #ad

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine

If you're anything like me, then when you shop online, you always have a coupon. I don't believe in paying full price for anything so before shopping, I always have a coupon. But sometimes it's hard to find that perfect coupon for the store you're shopping at. But that's where Groupon comes in now!

For years I have always loved Groupon because they give amazing deals for places like restuarants, attractions and more. And sometimes they even send out emails to their subscribers to take even more money off!

But now Groupon also has coupons which makes it even better! Groupon Coupons has partnered with over 8000 stores to bring you coupons all completely free. What's great is that you can also sort the coupons you are looking for by store or category too. One of my favorite stores here in the south is Belk and they have it on Groupon Coupons now. So before I shop, I can always get the code I need to save more.

So before you start shopping online, make sure to check out Groupon Coupons for some amazing deals!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

5 Steps to Spruce up Your Space for Summer Celebrations

There’s something about the long, warm days of summer that just beg for parties. Yet, whether you spend time playing games inside or enjoying the weather in your backyard, you definitely need your space to be spick-and-span before you invite people over to celebrate the season. If you were diligent in your spring cleaning, you might have a clean home ― but clean doesn’t mean uncluttered. Here are some tips to help you tidy up and organize before your summertime guests come over to celebrate the summer season.

1. Start With Storage Spaces

As you go through your home, inside and out, you are going to find items that you need to put away, but if you have the average American home, your storage spaces are already filled to bursting. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to start your summer sprucing by cleaning out your jam-packed cupboards, closets, and storerooms.

Undoubtedly, you sorted through your possessions before, but you probably haven’t done it as efficiently as you could. Playing “Keep, Toss, Donate” is the most common way people sift through their storage spaces, but often it is difficult to determine what is worth keeping. Here are a few tips to help you:

  • Pretend you are about to move. The less you have to haul to your new house, the better. This game of pretend helps you shed anything that isn’t absolutely vital.
  • Group like with like. It’s easier to know what you own when you see it. If you can amass piles of the same sort of items ― like boxes upon boxes of baby clothes and toys ― you can probably ditch them.
  • Think of a concrete time and place you’ll use the item. If you can’t make real plans to use your old family boat now, you probably never will. The same goes for any other item you have in storage, no matter how sentimental it seems. So you might be better off donating that old boat to charity along with anything else that seems in decent shape but you don’t have a use for.

If these tips aren’t convenient enough, here is a short list of items you probably don’t need to hold onto:
  • Your stash of plastic grocery bags 
  • Your old magazine collection 
  • Your stained T-shirts 
  • Your 20-year-old bicycle 
  • Your tax information from more than three years ago 
  • Your hoarded holiday cards, birthday cards, party favors, etc.

2. Look in Your Living Room

The most abused room in your home, your living room has likely become a catch-all for messes. Toys, shoes, mail ― anything that can accumulate fast usually ends up on your living room floor. Tidying up these small messes, vacuuming, and dusting is probably the most you need to do to regain control of your living room. However, if you want to go the extra mile, you can also “edit” the room, surveying the décor and extracting any decorations that cause imbalance.

3. Cleanse Your Kitchen

A dirty kitchen is a deadly kitchen, so if you are at all hygienic, your kitchen is clean. However, clean and tidy are not synonymous, which means your counters might sparkle underneath all the gadgets you store on them. Unfortunately, summer parties always tend to migrate into the kitchen, which means you will need as much counter space as you can make. After completing Step One (Start With Storage Spaces) you should have ample room in your kitchen cabinets and drawers for some of the clutter up top. While you shift your kitchen around, you should also consider ditching some of your appliances and tools, especially if a) they only have one purpose or b) you’ve only used them once.

4. Bask in Your Backyard

Fall, winter, and spring are not particularly kind to outdoor spaces. If your yard isn’t covered in dead leaves or snow, it is being pelted with rain for weeks on end. Only in summertime can you make good use of your backyard, but only if you clean it first.

Though it seems odd, the truth is yards are more idiosyncratic than houses. All houses have a kitchen, but not all yards have patios, pools, gardens, or lawns. Thus, it is difficult to prescribe a once-size-fits-all backyard sprucing strategy. Generally, you should hose off any hardscaping, like your deck, patio, or any walkways, and you should dispose of any debris that has accumulated in your landscaping and pool. While you are at it, you might also want to clean up your grill and dust off any outside furniture

5. Keep Your Family Culpable

Your home won’t stay summer party-ready unless you and everyone you live with are committed to keeping it so. You might establish summertime rules, like no slipping off shoes outside of bedrooms or no petting the dog inside the house. Eventually, these seasonal systems might become habits that keep your home tidy year-round, making your space perfect for celebrations on every occasion.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Stylish Clothes for Girls with Kidpik

As Mary has started to get older, she has started to gain a love of fashion. She loves checking out what's in style and loves even more to get new clothes. So when we were offered the chance to review Kidpik, she jumped on it.

Kidpik combines the luxury of personal styling with the convenience of home shopping; designed exclusively for girls (sizes 4- 14) and tailored to your budget. Seasonally, Kidpik will deliver a curated, fashionable collection of clothing for girls. Free shipping, free styling and free membership are all part of the no commitment Kidpik experience. Simply keep what you like and they will charge you for it. If you don't like something, return it in the prepaid mailer and you're not charged.

So how does the process work? We'll show you here!

When you head over to their site and hit get started, they send you to a quiz that lets your girl show what she really loves. Here, it asked what Mary's favorite colors are. Along with asking things your girl likes, it also asks what they would never want too.

Near the end of the quiz, it shows some sample outfits and lets your girl pick the ones she would love. Something else I love about Kidpik is that they also offer modest clothes with less on display. That's a huge plus for me because Mary isn't allowed to wear any skirts or dresses above the knee.

The entire process was so simple and in no time, our KidPik box was at the door! Just to show you everything that we received, here is a video of Mary unboxing her first box.

Overall Mary loved her first box and hopes to get more each season. She even wore her first outfit to her homeschool book club meeting!

Everything we received was just perfect for her, just like if she had picked it for herself. It all resembled her style wonderfully. Overall we love Kidpik and how easy it makes shopping for a girl.

Povi - The Connected Storytelling Buddy #ad

This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Povi. I received compensation for my participation, but my opinions are my own.

When your child is young, mostly teaching them their ABC's and how to walk is what's on a parent's mind. But what about their emotions? Children today are growing up a lot more different than when we did and a lot of them are having a hard time with their emotions. And that's where Povi comes in.

Povi is a connected toy with a mission, for children ages 3-8. Povi shares short stories based on children's everyday situations then engages young listeners and their parents in a discussion on emotions and feelings. Loaded with real-life stories children can relate to and endless conversation starters, Povi helps parents and child establish a daily habit of thoughtful conversation that in turn helps children develop crucial social-emotional skills.

The concept for this conversation-starting innovation came from Povi founder Seow Lim’s own experience with her son. “I always felt that I paid lots of attention to my child’s development and was very surprised when a school counselor said, ‘Your child is really smart, but he is not happy.’ It was so painful to me that I didn’t know this about my own son! In the process of transforming my parenting style from Tiger Mom to getting more connected to my child’s emotions, I created Povi.”

According to multiple studies, preschoolers who participate in social-emotional skills programs exhibit less aggression and anxiety and become better social problem solvers. Prosocial behavior in early childhood is closely tied to future academic performance and mental health. Thousands of schools now use programs with this goal in mind. Povi enables parents to implement social-emotional development at home.

Povi’s stories address subjects such as caring, resilience, confidence, motivation, thankfulness and other valuable life skills. And Povi is not designed to be played with alone, but rather always with a parent on hand to discuss the challenges presented and come up with possible solutions with their child.

Povi comes with 10 pre-downloaded stories and a free app (available for Android or iOS) featuring additional questions parents can ask related to the stories and 20 additional stories that are age appropriate for each individual child. Parents can choose from among three levels, for ages 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. The stories are written and curated by experts including psychologists, teachers and parents.

Currently, Povi is on Kickstarter to get funded. So make sure to check them out at their Povi Kickstarter page to help get this funded for all the kids who need one!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

How to Make Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a classic French baked vegetable dish that originated in Nice. It is cooked in a thick and silky roasted bell pepper and tomato sauce and is usually served as an appetizer or a side. If you've never made it, you're certainly missing out!

Check out the how to video below to learn how to make it easily!

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