Monday, August 22, 2016

Pack-It Freezable Lunch Bag Review

Just wanted to share something that my family uses quite often and loves. It's a Pack-It Freezable Bag.

Last year we were looking for something to take to Disney to keep our water bottles in. We were going in the middle of July and knew water would be really pricey.


I saw this little bag at my local WalMart and loved it. It's small enough to fit in a backpack, still keep our drinks cold, and not get everything else wet when it defrosted. 

It can hold 5-6 bottles (depending on their size) and keeps them cool all day.


It was super easy to use we would stick the bag in the freezer each night and fill it each morning. 

This year we used it for our trip to the beach. I love that it's not bulky.

It's perfect for school or work lunches, baby formula or for adding to a picnic basket to keep stuff like mayonnaise from going bad.

They are sold at WalMart, Bed, Bath and Beyond and online at Amazon.com and come in loads of colors and patterns.  They cost $18-$24 depending on where you buy. 

Feel free to share your comments or experiences with this product below. I'd love to hear them.

* This post contains affiliate links. However, all opinions were my own and I was not compensated in any way for telling you about this product. I just like it and thought I'd share with others.


Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Printable Binder Covers

I have 3 kids in school this coming year (7th, 9th and 11th grade). Let me just tell you that they have used A LOT of binders over the years.

Here's a quick tip, check your local thrift stores year round and pick up any binders in good condition. Shopping at your local office supply store gets real pricey when you need to buy multiple 2-3" binders.

When shopping in your local second hand/thrift store make sure they are in good shape and will last. They can't be ripping at the sides and they must close well.  My kids prefer that they have a clear front pocket to add their own cover to make it personalized.

Since there were so many cute designs out there, I thought I would share a few that you can print out and use from sites all over their web. There are so many more. This is just a sampling. Enjoy!

http://thecutestblogontheblock.com/blog/testing-123


https://www.template.net/design-templates/print/binder-cover-template/
Template.net/design-templates/print/binder-cover-template/




http://www.classroomdoodles.com/binder-covers.html
ClassroomDoodles.com/binder-covers.html


http://diy.myfeed.info/binder-cover-coloring-pages/


http://club.chicacircle.com/get-organized-customizable-notebook-cover-printables/




http://stage-presents.com/tag/back-to-school-binder-covers/

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Freebies on Friday - July 29, 2016

Happy Saturday everyone! Sorry this is a day late. I've lost power at my home and spent most of the day yesterday without power (internet included). Luckily, we have a back up generator to run our home when the power goes out. Hopefully our power will be fully restored soon and I'll be able to get back to my normal routine.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the freebies!

e-Books

Survival First Aid Guide: How to Prepare for an Emergency Situation


How To Make Money Blogging: How I Replaced My Day-Job and How You Can Start A Blog Today (Blogging Guide Book 1)


Take Control Of Your Life: A 2 hour plan to help you set and reach your goals


Anti-Aging Habits: 137 smart and sassy ways to add years to your life and life to your years


Samples
Free Wildflower seeds from FeedABee.com
Fancy Feast White Chicken Medley cat food sample
Free Puff Candy - Peppermint flavor


Misc.
Pocket Constitution of the United States - ACLU is providing one for free until November 8th. Just use code: POCKETRIGHTS
Adorable Summer planner stickers from BibleJournalingDigitally.com



* Please note the ebook links are affiliate links but at the time of this publication all the books were listed as free on Amazon.com. All the remaining links are not-affiliate links and I am not compensated for sending people to any of them.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Freebies on Friday - July 22, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you enjoy the freebies I've found for your this week.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the freebies!

e-Books

Preparedness Gardening: How to Grow Real Sustenance and Naturally Build Soil Fertility in Troubled Times


Alphabet Smash: Your Child's 26 Week Alphabet Adventure


Sewing: Sewing for Beginners - Master the Art of Sewing + 2 Bonus BOOKS (how to sew for beginners, how to sew, sew, sewing for beginners, sewing, sewing for dummies, sewing books)


Think And Grow Rich : 1937 Original Masterpiece (Xpress Book)


Samples
Vita Coco Coconut Oil Sample
Rachel Ray Nutrish Dry Cat Food Sample
Aqua Skincare Sample


Misc.
Mountain House Food Pouch Rebate - Purchase a Mountain House Food Pouch (up to $11) either at a store or online and receive a rebate in the mail.
Endangered Species Coloring Book - This coloring book has info on where the species naturally lives and other interesting facts.
Kids Bowl Free - Register your kids and they can bowl 2 games every day during summer.


* Please note the ebook links are affiliate links but at the time of this publication all the books were listed as free on Amazon.com. All the remaining links are not-affiliate links and I am not compensated for sending people to any of them.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Importance of Having An Emergency Fund


This morning I logged into our checking account and found out that someone stole my debit card information. There was a charge pending for $760 at a watch store in Brooklyn, NY and overage fees of $144. Needless to say our account was in the negative. 

I immediately called my bank and thankfully they had already cancelled my card. The person or persons had also tried my card at Walmart.com and OldNavy.com for over $500 each. Luckily they denied both of those charges but the first charge is still pending in my account. 

That means when my husband's check is direct deposited this week we won't have access to some of the funds. 

We are obviously going to file a fraudulent charge request with our bank, but we won't have normal access to our account until it's cleared up. 

So what do you do when someone messes with your account and you still have bills, gas and groceries to buy?

You need to have a small emergency fund.

Any amount you can afford to start one is good, but you at least want to work up to a week's worth of expenses at the minimum. Many experts say to save up $1000, or a month or even 6 months worth of expenses. Like I said earlier ANY  amount is better than no money at all. 

It may be obvious, but don't keep that money in your regular bank accounts. I suggest in a safe at home or another safe location that you have access to in time of emergency. 

A good friend of mine had here card hacked on Christmas Eve. You can bet the banks weren't open the next day. They aren't open on Sunday's either. Though some have phone centers open 24/7 but not all. 

There are many good reasons to keep a little cash on hand for emergencies. Here are a couple.

* Banking emergencies such as having your debit/credit card lost or stolen. 

* Power outages are another time when cash is helpful. We've all gone into a store at one time or another that couldn't take credit/debit cards. 

* Job Loss isn't always predicted and it may be a some time before unemployment or pay from a new job comes in. 

* Medical expenses are another common reason to have an emergency fund. Not just for you or your family but also for pets too.

I think it's obvious there are events in life we don't plan on or want but having an emergency fund helps get life back to normal quicker. 




Monday, July 18, 2016

Before You Decide to Adopt A Pet

Midnight (age 19 cat) and Bandit (age 11 dog)
Before you decide to get your little girl or boy a pet please consider how long they live.

Getting a pet is a life long commitment and pets can live a long time.

Yes puppies, kittens and other animals are adorable when they are babies, but what about when they are 7 years old or 20 years old. Yep, some pets live that long and longer.

And just like people, they can develop medical problems such as heart problems, arthritis, cancer, kidney disease, and more.

What you need to think about is how your life my look in 10 or 20 or even 50+ years from now.  Are you planning a move? Going to college? If so, can you take pet with you on campus or into a rental property?  If you can't take the pet with you -- what will you do? 

Do you go on vacation often? Who will feed and take care of the animal while you are away? Can you afford to keep their shots up to date? What if a medical emergency happens to you or your pet?  These are things you really should think about PRIOR to getting the pet.


Cats live on average around 15 years but can live as long as 30 years.

Dogs' life expectancy is 10 to 15 years. That varies between the breed of dogs Click here to see a list.

Birds can live upwards of 80 years. Click here for specific birds and their normal life expectancy.

Gerbil - depending on the type you choose they can live up to 8 years.

Hamsters live around 3 years.

Fish can live up to 30 years. The longest living fresh water fish are goldfish. Consider that the next time your child wants to win a fish at the carnival. Other live much shorter, for example, beta fish live 3 to 5 years and neon tetras live around 10 years. (Our carnival fish lived 3 years).

Bunnies can live 8 to 12 years old if kept inside and are spayed or neutered.

Please consider all the facts before adopting an animal because their life depends on it and lastly Adopt Don't Shop.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Freebies on Friday - July 15, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you enjoy the freebies I've found for your this week. I personally can't wait to read -- Aquaponics and Never Binge Again - topics that hit home for me.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the freebies!

e-Books

Quick Easy Recipes: 5 Ingredient Cookbook: Easy Recipes in 5 or Less Ingredients (Quick and Easy Cooking Series)


Supercharge Your Life: 7 Habits To Increase Your Success And Happiness (Includes Free Bonus Workbook)


Aquaponics: Everything You Need to Know to Start an Expert DIY Aquaponic System from Home (Hydroponics, Organic Gardening, Self sufficiency)


Never Binge Again(tm): Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person(tm). Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Stick to the Food Plan of Your Choice!

Samples
U by Kotex - Samples include 2 regular tampons, 2 super tampons and 2 liners.
Loreal Paris Advanced Hair care
Washeze - A 3-in-1 laundry detergent sheet.
Lego Mini Model Build - August 2016 - Register to build a free LEGO Apple on August 2 or 3, 2016 at a Lego Store near you. Registration is now required - walk-in aren't accepted any longer.

Misc.
Pokemon Coloring Pages - For the kids (and adults) into Pokemon Go here are a ton of Pokemon coloring pages.
Adorable Summertime Journaling Cards from PaperCrave.com
A Summer Travel Log from HomeSchoolDen.com - This is a very detailed log. It includes a daily journal, state park log, license plate log and much more.



* Please note the ebook links are affiliate links but at the time of this publication all the books were listed as free on Amazon.com. All the remaining links are not-affiliate links and I am not compensated for sending people to any of them.