Monday, June 26, 2017

Fireworks and Kids Safety and Information #kids #safety

Fireworks are pretty to look at, but they can be very dangerous if not properly handled.  I personally like to leave it to the professionals, when it comes to fireworks. They are trained in handling them. In my state, we have strict laws when it comes to fireworks, but in many states they are legal to use.  If you enjoy using fireworks, learn how to handle them first.  

Many parents let their little ones play with sparklers.  Sparklers are dangerous in the hands of little ones.  First of all they burn at very high temperatures. Second, they need to be held a certain distance from flammable materials, like clothing, and little arms are too short.

Here are some facts about sparklers from the New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Service.

 • Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 F 

• In 2013 there were 8 deaths and 11,400 reported injuries in the United States related to fireworks. Sparklers accounted for 31% of these injuries. Many of these injuries were to people under the age of 18. 

Please consider this information before handing your child a sparkler.

According to over 3000 kids are sent to the emergency room every year due to firework injuries.  Sparklers account for 1/3 of those injuries.

Something to think about:  Would you hand your child a lit match or lighter?  If your answer is no, why would you hand them a lit sparkler?

For a safe alternative, there are many light up toys or glow items.  Always supervise children at play.

You can read more about fireworks, sparklers and safety by visiting

If you still would like to allow your little ones to play with sparklers, here are fire, burn and scald prevention safety links from .

Enjoy your festivities and stay safe.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rainy Day #Family Fun Ideas

I never let a little rain get in the way of a good time with the family.  Here are some fun rainy day activities that you can enjoy with yours.

Go to the museum.  

There are so many wonderful museums.  I especially  love strange and unusual museums. You may have many close by that you don't realize are even there.  Do a little research and you will discover a whole new world of knowledge.

Here is a museum directory by state.

Visit a local recreation center.

Maybe museums aren't your thing.  How about an indoor water park or playground?  Many states have indoor recreation.  See if any is available in your area.  You can even visit your local YMCA for fun activities.

Have an indoor camping party!

Set up some make shift tents using sheets, or if you have the room, set up a tent inside.  You can improvise and make some smores in the kitchen.  Turn off all of the lights and tell scary stories by flashlight and make shadow puppets.

Play indoor games!

Play hide and seek or have a treasure hunt.  Hide items around the house and have your kids try to find them.  You can even incorporate a little tidying up in the list.  For example, find all of the clothes around the house that isn't in a hamper and put them in one.  The kids will have fun.  You can make the reward whatever you desire.  You can even play charades or guess the picture.

Have family movie day!

Let everyone pick out their favorite movie and make some popcorn and treats.  Camp out in front of the tv and have a movie marathon.

Do Arts and Crafts!

I like to visit my local craft store.  Pick up some inexpensive art projects to keep on hand for rainy days.  Some craft stores have $1 sections that have these types of crafts for kids.  Or, you can even make some homemade crafts.  Here is a website to give you some ideas.

Make a scrap book!

Create a scrap book of places you would love to visit, or places you have been.  You can even make scrap books of the past year's activities.   Here is some inspiration:

Catch up on your reading!

Go to the library and enjoy some new reading material.  Take out a few books to read during the summer.  Many libraries offer summer reading incentives.

I hope these ideas help make your rainy days more enjoyable and help make family memories.

Photo source: Pixabay

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

UPDATED: Get $20 when you sign up for Hulu #sponsored

Now is the time to sign up for Hulu and experience tv in a new way.

If the father in your life is a TV lover, you can get him the gift of a month of Hulu and get paid to do it. Thanks to an offer through Swagbucks, you get $20 (paid in the form of points called SB) for trying Hulu for a month. That will cost you $7.99, so you're making $12 on the deal!

Hulu has tons of current and classic programming, movies, brilliant original series, and more. Here's how you do it:

1. Click this link
2. Create your Swagbucks account (takes 30 seconds)
3. Click "Continue" and sign up for Hulu
4. Enjoy Hulu! You should have your points within 30 minutes.

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? They're a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like online shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try (like Hulu!). You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

This is a great time to join because when you sign up through the link above and get your 2000 SB, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of July. So that's $20 (2000 SB) for trying Hulu plus your $3 (300 SB) bouns, which gets you 2300 SB, which means you make $15 total for giving a cool gift to the Dad in your life (or yourself)!

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Ways to Save for a Summer Vacation

It's Summer! It's time for picnics in the park, days at the beach and  fun in the sun.  A few years ago I started to brainstorm about easy ways to save for vacations with my family.  Here are some of the ways that I save money for vacation.

I save my coin change.  Every time I go to the store or purchase something, I put the change in a  jar.  It is amazing how quickly that change adds up.  Within a year I usually accumulate a few hundred dollars.

Open a vacation savings account at your local bank and deposit a set amount each week into it.

Make grocery lists and stick to them.  It is so easy to walk into a food store and pick up things we never intended to buy in the first place. By sticking to your intended grocery list, you can save a lot of money over the year.  Give it a try.

Set weekly allowances and budgets.  Allow a certain amount of money per week for entertainment, food, shopping etc.  Whatever money is left over for the week, put in a vacation fund envelope.

Pick up a side job.  If time allows, pick up a part time job a couple of days a week. You can even look for temp work for weeks that you have nothing planned.

I have yard sales.  I like to get rid of clutter, and each year I go through all of the rooms in my home and sort out the things that we no longer use or need.  I make my own signs and make sure to post them at least a week in advance, in key areas that I know they will be seen, so that I can draw as much traffic to my sale as possible.  I usually net $300+.  I think the reason my yard sales are successful is because I don't overprice my items.  I also make bundle deals as the day gets later.  Afterall,  I don't want to bring the items back into my home.  Anything I don't sell gets donated to Goodwill directly after my sale.  I never haggle price.  If someone wants to pay me a dollar less, I take it.

Use coupons and coupon apps.  Not only do I cut paper coupons, but I also use my supermarket's app, which has digital coupons, and I also use coupon apps.  Apps like Ibotta (referral link) , Savingstar and Checkout 51 offer coupons for various stores.  When you purchase the items listed on their sites, you scan it and your receipt and they deposit your savings into your account.  Once you accumulate enough to cash out, the money is sent to your Paypal account.

Save those recyclables!  Saving bottles and cans adds up.  In some states you can earn a nickel or dime per item.  That is a dollar for every 20 items.  It's good for the environment too!

If you have a credit card, you may want to change it to a cash back card.  Some banks and credit card companies offer cash back for purchases.  The money accumulated can be applied to your credit card balance or deposited to your account.

Join  Swagbucks.  Companies like this pay you a percentage of your online purchases back.  They are free to join and easy to use.  Join using my referral link  and start earning today.  I have earned a few hundred dollars for shopping online, doing surveys and other activities on their website.

Sell unused items online.  Nowadays there are many online sites to sell your old unused items.  Sites like Ebay are great for selling items.  If you are good at a craft, you may want to sell things online at Etsy.  Have new items on hand?  Try selling them on Amazon.  The resources are out there.  You just have to be ambitious and find them.  Try a site that fits your needs.

I hope these tips gave you ideas on how to save for a summer vacation.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Swago: nCrave Edition

Attention Swagbucks Members!

Swago: nCrave Edition starts on Swagbucks today at 9am PT/12pm PT! nCrave Swago is just like regular Swago except all of the squares are nCrave activities to complete. Like regular Swago, complete as many nCrave Swago squares as you can to get the biggest SB Bonus possible. You’ll get a new nCrave Swago Board each day at 9am PT/12pm ET so come back each day to complete your nCrave Swago Board and claim your SB Bonus.

On Tuesday June 20th, head to your nCrave Swago Board and hit “Join”. Each square on your nCrave Swago Board will contain a specific nCrave activity to complete. Once you complete the nCrave activity in a particular square the square will change color signifying the nCrave activity is complete. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern each day so choose wisely. Each day you will have a NEW nCrave Swago Board which will appear at 9AM PT/12PM ET. This means that you must submit your nCrave Swago Board before 9AM PT/12PM ET each day to claim your SB Bonus.

The game ends Monday, June 26th at 9AM PT/12PM ET so make sure to come back to your nCrave Swago Board EACH DAY to complete nCrave activities and claim your SB Bonus.

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? You get points (called SB) for different things you're already doing online, like watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, answering surveys, and even searching the web! You then take those points and redeem them for free gift cards to retailers like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, and PayPal.  Joining is easy and free!

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Cash For Coupons #sponsored

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Swagbucks is the web’s most popular rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online. Whenever you shop, watch videos or search the web, Swagbucks gives you points called SB. You can use your SB to redeem gift cards to hundreds of your favorite stores. 

And with Swagbucks, it pays to save. Did you know you can earn free gift cards by redeeming coupons at your grocery store? By clipping coupons through Swagbucks, you can earn 10 SB for every coupon used. I have been a member of Swagbucks for a few years and have earned hundreds of dollars in gift cards and Paypal from them.

The Swagbucks coupon page lets me browse through the most recent coupons and cater it to my shopping list, from cereal to laundry detergent to pet food. I love saving money when I shop and I am always looking for ways to keep more of my money in my pocket.  With Swagbucks, not only am I saving money on my groceries, but I am getting cash back for using the coupons as well!

Swagbucks has over $700 worth of savings conveniently located in one place! Just use your cell phone number to verify your account, print and go.

Not a member yet?  Sign up here as my referral and start earning right away!

Hey Guys! Get Your Game On with Game Face Grooming @gfgrooming #mensgrooming #men #athletes #sponsored

I use face and body wipes all of the time.  They are convenient and sanitary.  Game Face Grooming is a line of wipes for men.  These wipes are great for work or gym bags and great for every day use.   I would recommend to keep a set in your office desk as well. 

I gave my husband and son the opportunity to try the Game Face body wipes and they both gave them a thumbs up. My husband and son both like to work out at the gym regularly.  I recommended these wipes to them.  I was sent a package of the deodorizing wipes and asked them both to try them.  They liked that they could easily transport the wipes and that it had a stay closed seal.  They also liked that the wipes were so sanitary and effective.  Each said that they would like the wipes for keeping in their lockers or duffel bags for the gym and for at work.  They are both first responders.

Game face wipes are also great for anyone who plays sports or likes to travel.

The wipes are available in:

Cleansing - for face and body

Cooling - for those hot days and after a work out

Warrior Wipe - Antibacterial for hands or wiping down gym equipment before and after use

Deodorizing - for underarm and body

The wipes are available at the Game Face Grooming site as well as Walmart and GNC stores. (

Disclosure:  I received a package of Game Face Grooming Wipes to review.  All opinions expressed are my own and based on my own personal use. Your opinion may differ. Powered by Brandbacker.

Thrift Shops, Antique Malls and Flea Markets are My Passion #visitpa

I have always had a passion for vintage items.  Not only do I find their simplicity to be a breath of fresh air, but I love the memories that are attached to them.

Primitive items always catch my attention when I am out at Antique Malls.  In case you have never been to an antique mall, it is a large building that is broken down inside, into booths, that house different vendors.  It is almost like being at an organized flea market.  Each booth usually houses a different theme of items from sports, toys, Americana, pottery, tins, automotive, etc.

One of my favorite places to visit antique shops and malls is Pennsylvania.  It is my home away from home.  There are so many shops, I couldn't begin to name or visit them all.

Here are a few items that caught my attention on my recent visit to Duncannon, Pennsylvania.  There is an old Sled Works building there that was converted into an antique mall and museum.  If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend that you visit it.  It is nestled in a picturesque little town that makes me feel as if I stepped back in time.

Here is a video of some of the items I saw on my trip.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the vintage items that I visited on my recent trip to Duncannon, Pennslvania.  I also hope they brought back some memories of your youth.

If you would like to see more pictures, please visit my Instagram page.

A Parent's Guide to Summer Safety for Social Media #safety #children

Hey Parents and Guardians!  Summer time is here, which means there will be lots of idle time for your children.  In a world of virtual reality, there will be many occasions that your children will be on some sort of social media channel.

Keeping our children safe is important when it comes to social media.  One popular app that children use is Snapchat.  It is a fun app that many teens use.  It is important for parents to understand how Snapchat works.  Here is a video from Safe, Smart and Social that thoroughly explains Snapchat and any safety concerns you may want to address with your child about the app.

I hope this video gives you a better understanding of how Snapchat works and addresses any safety concerns you may have.  Be sure to check out more of the online safety videos from Safe, Smart and Social as well.

Have a Safe Summer!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Get $25 through Gamefly #gamers #sponsored

If the dad in your life is a gamer, Swagbucks (the online rewards site that puts cash back in your wallet) has an AMAZING offer through Gamefly where you get 2500 SB (which is the equivalent of $25 in gift cards) for signing up.    
Gamefly allows you to rent games for lots of different consoles including Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, PS3, PS4, etc, with no late fees ever. Members can also play 100’s of PC games for free! You can try it out for 2 months at a price of $10 AND get 2500 SB by using this link!    
Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? This is a great way to do it, and when you sign up through the link above and get your 2500 SB, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of July.

Get your game on and earn SB!

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