Monthly Archives: August 2015

#NationalDogDay

Happy Wednesday, Readers!

I have a confession to make. I have not yet revealed to you that…I…am…a….crazy dog lady. Being that it is #NationalDogDay, it seemed only fitting to unveil myself, and my fur baby, Millie.

Millie

Millie

I have some solid discount deals and ideas for doggy ownership, but I’ll also tell you this: don’t cheap out on your pets food. A well-balanced, good food makes for a happy, healthy dog with a lifespan to boot. Don’t buy the cheapest food. Don’t buy the cheapest treats. Do the following:

Chewy.com

Chewy.com is an incredible resource for everything dog. Once you’re on their mailing list, they are constantly sending coupons and discounted deals. Shipping (1-2 days) is FREE with any purchase $49+ (hello, dog food). You can also set up autoshipments if you know the approximate time span in which you’ll need more food or particular item – this discounts you even more. I can’t recommend this site highly enough – they’re efficient and they have EVERYTHING. Millie is allergic to chicken and eats a relatively obscure all-fish food (quite stinky, but anything to please her) – Chewy not only has it, but has it in 3 sizes, and ships it to me, usually, in 24 hours.

Doggyloot.com

As if having a Bernese Mountain Dog on their signup screen isn’t enough…Doggyloot is pretty awesome. I call it ‘Groupon for dogs’. They send a daily email with discounted treats and toys, deals generally run for about 24 hours. Millie LOVES Zuke’s Treats, which can be fairly expensive at about $8 a bag. Doggyloot often sells two of these bags for that price. Yes, please! I always check these emails to see if any of her favorites are discounted. Added bonus? The packaging that it comes in is addressed to Millie. Love it.

So celebrate today, use these new resources, and celebrate your furry friend, because we all know that dogs are supreme, incredible beings with relentless love. Happy #NationalDogDay!

FREE Nexcare™ Sample

I totally love this marketing campaign. Nexcare™ is running a campaign featuring “Nana” – that’s right, an old lady grandma who is testing Nexcare™ products for durability and functionality as she works through life’s great adventures.

She is pretty fabulous. From roughhousing with the boys playing football, to dumpster diving, to beekeeping, Nana’s seen it all, and survived it all. Check her out!

Pretty hilarious. Join Nana in her tests by clicking here and getting a free sample of Nexcare™ bandaids to see if they’re as tough as Nana says they are.

$1 Short Stack Buttermilk Pancakes at IHOP®

You still have about 5.5 hours to get to IHOP® today to get a $1.00 short stack of buttermilk pancakes! IHOP® is running a deal from 7am to 7pm tonight for the No Kid Hungry campaign. Fifty cents of every $1 will provide 1 child with 5 meals. Learn more here.

This deal runs TODAY ONLY so if you’re a fan of breakfast for dinner, or a $1 dinner, or simply helping an incredible cause, get to IHOP®! File under: FREE, because…it basically is 🙂 Enjoy!

#NationalSecondHandClothingDay

That’s a mouthful, but my calendar tells me that it is National Second Hand Clothing Day. I have a lot of feelings about second hand clothes. They range from: “No, thank you” to “Wow, that’s a stunning vintage jacket. Where’d you get it?”

I decided to take some time on this holiday to check out the best thrifting tips. Huffington Post has a great article listing 27 tips for secondhand shopping, here’s some of my favorites:

  • Bring a set amount of money
    • This tip exists solely because once you hit the jackpot at a store, you’re going to feel like you’re getting SUCH awesome deals, that money doesn’t even matter. Money is still money, decide how much you’re willing to spend prior to your shopping trip.
  • Don’t rule out the unusual
    • Don’t like the color of some pants? Small stain on a shirt? Nothing that some clothing dye, or even a good scrub can’t fix. Get crafty.
  • Come dressed to shop
    • A lot of these places don’t have dressing rooms, so don’t forget to layer up and be practical.
  • When you get home, wash it
    • Clothing and bedding should be washed int he machine with warm water or sent to the dry cleaner. That blazer may be awesome, but you certainly don’t know where it’s been.

On the flip side, make some extra cash by selling clothes that you don’t wear! Mashable crushes this concept with their list of awesome sites that allow this to happen easily and quickly. Here’s a few highlights:

Threadflip

Threadflip is scaling very quickly. You can search and sell by category or brand. This  makes Threadflip the best option for you if you are looking for something very specific. You also keep 80% of each sale, which is pretty solid.

Tradesy

Tradesy is a good option! You can find some nice brands on there and browse by brands specifically. The best part about Tradesy? They only take about 9% of each sale – which is less than any other similar site.

Thredup

For those of you who are skeptical (and a little grossed out) by second hand clothing, this is probably your best bet. This is for unused or hardly used clothing specifically. It doesn’t allow users to sell directly to each other, but rather, works kind of like a consignment shop. They buy the clothes from you and then resells to the community. They note that this is especially great for their kid’s section – perfect for selling those clothes that fit your rapidly growing children for, oh, 2 months.

So there you have it everyone – do you have any top second hand clothing tips? Where do you buy and sell from the most? Share with us!

imPRESS Manicure Sample!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

I saw this awesome product on the Today show a few days ago and was super excited about it – not only do you get to try these out, but you get to try them out FOR FREE!

imPRESS Nails allow you to change your style easily and promises a no-hassle experience. Although this round is on the house, imPRESS nails press-on manicures generally cost around $6 – cheaper than a real manicure.

Each imPRESS bottle comes with 24 nails in 12 sizes, 2 nails per size – these differing widths allow most nail sizes to fit – resulting in a flawless fitting manicure that looks just like your own nails (but better!). They stick on with a similar adhesive to nail glue and generally hold for a week (for me, this is longer than a manicure generally holds for).

I’ve tried so many of these fake nail things to avoid costly manicures – and honestly, still willing to try more! Manicures are expensive, and I have the tendency to mess them up the second I leave the salon.

Click here to get a FREE imPRESS manicure sample. All you have to do is enter a mailing address, complete 5 survey questions, and share this awesome campaign with 5 of your girlfriends.

FREE Arm & Hammer™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste Sample

With a crisp, mint flavor, Arm & Hammer™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste does more than just whiten teeth. This revolutionary toothpaste goes beyond the surface to strengthen, clean, and repair tooth enamel.

It is clinically proven to whiten in just 5 days to beautify your teeth and smile. I’m always interested in how products differ from what I’m currently using – they just all sound the same and the details blur together. I’ve included their FAQ here so that you can learn some more!

Does ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste contain peroxide?

No, ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste does not contain peroxide.

Does ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste restore enamel luster?

Sodium fluoride helps strengthen enamel.

Is it safe to use ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste on bridges, braces, dentures and dental work?

Yes, ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste will not damage bridges, braces, dentures or other dental work.

Is ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste safe to use more than once a day?

Brushing teeth thoroughly is recommended after meals, or at least twice a day, or as directed by a dentist or physician.

How does ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste fight cavities?

ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste contains 0.243 WT. % sodium fluoride (1100 ppm fluoride ion). This level and source of fluoride is recognized as being efficacious in protecting against cavities.

How does using ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste clean your teeth?

ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste contains a unique combination of baking soda and active cleansing agents that effectively and gently clean away plaque on the surface of teeth and in the hard-to-reach places.

How does ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste whiten my teeth?

ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste utilizes a special combination of baking soda and silica to lift and remove surface stains for whiter and brighter teeth.

How long will a tube of ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™Rejuvenating Toothpaste last?

If used as recommend (2 times per day), ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™Rejuvenating Toothpaste should last about 6-8 weeks (30 – 40 days).

You can see for yourself by requesting a FREE sample here – all you need to do is fill out a quick form and answer some questions – no strings attached.

FREE Sample of Garnier® Fructis Full & Plush Haircare

Hey everyone! Solid brand name sample coming up for you.

Garnier® Fructis Full & Plush is a new haircare line that promises fuller, thicker hair that you can see, feel, and show-off. Fructis Full & Plush is their first haircare range with fibra-cylane™, pomegranate, and active fruits concentrate that penetrates and plumps hair for a full, voluptuous look. The result of using these products? 38% more hair mass, visible fullness, and luxurious thickness.

Anyways, get your free sample to check it out here and fill out a quick informational form.

Free Lunch Kit with Backpack Purchase!

Speaking of back to school supplies — found this awesome deal seconds after posting my feature back to school blog that I simply MUST share with you guys 🙂

Toys R’ Us has an awesome promotion where if you buy a backpack $12.99 or more expensive, you can choose a $9.99 value Lunch Kit for free!

Check out their backpack selection here. Some really cute trendy backpacks here! From Frozen to Minions to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there is going to be something to please just about any kid’s liking here.

Huge lunchbox selection for $9.99 or less as well — chances are that you can get a matching one! Nice!

Definitely check this out while this deals live.

Back To School!

‘Tis the season. If you aren’t experiencing this as we speak this Monday, you are sure to soon. Gone are the days of camping and vacations and entertaining your kids all day long, but only to be replaced by lunch packing, school supplies, and carpools. There’s been TONS of deals and cute ideas all over the internet for back to school, and I wanted to share some of my favorite ones!

Deals

Ah, Staples, a staple in back to school shopping. Check out their site for all their sales from $7 for 4 dozen #2 Pencils, to $3 for a 24 pack of Crayola colored pencils to $3 for a 10 pack of Crayola markers. Essential items, discounted.

Walmart is also an incredible discount resource that makes life easier by allowing free in-store pickup and even free shipping in some cases. Save yourself some time and check out some of their deals. From $7 4-pack composition books and $7 4-packs of spiral notebooks to $5 for 2 dozen ball point pens they’ve definitely got you covered. Also interesting are their bundles! Prices range for their K-2nd Grade bundles but these allow you to get all the essentials in the styles you’re looking for. Makes it much easier not to overbuy or forget necessary items. Love it!

Back to School purchases aren’t limited to supplies – your growing kids need some new clothes for the new year as well. I always hate splurging on clothes that hardly fit them after a mere year, so I stand by Old Navy as my go-to! They’re stylish and trendy and definitely do not break the bank. They run tons of promotions and discounts and you know you are NEVER paying full price – the best feeling! Old Navy has everything from $20 for a 4-pack of uniform collared shirts to $8 denim – insane!

Back to School Fun

Back to School is also an opportunity to be, well, adorable. I still have pictures from my first day from Kindergarten to my Senior Year of High School. I was annoyed while they were happening, but I truly treasure them now.

I absolutely adore these FREE chalkboard printables – print them, frame them, and voila – adorable.

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First Day of School [http://www.yellowblissroad.com/first-day-of-school-chalkboard/]

Thanks, YellowBlissRoad!

Also totally adore MeAndMyInsanity’s idea of simply using a spiral notebook. It’s to theme, it’s cheap, and so, so easy.

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Back to School [http://meandmyinsanity.com/2013/08/an-apple-soda-for-the-teacher-back-to-school-gift.html#comment-15656]

The options are endless, and you’ll really love having these keepsakes. Hope this was helpful, and don’t forget to also check out Free Printable Lunch Notes to make sure your kids know you are thinking about them all day long and to have a wonderful day!

FREE Photo Prints from Walgreens!

As summer dwindles down, I can only imagine the amount of snapshots you’ve taken on your phone of picnics, camp, lake and pool time, vacations. Does anyone ever print pictures anymore, or do you just tell yourself that you’ll print them out one day and make an album or frame them? Unfortunately, I fit into that category, and I so wish that I was more proactive about getting these pictures off of my phone and into a more tangible place in my home.

This should help the cause! Walgreens is offering 10 free 4×6 photo prints!

Here’s what you need to do to make it happen:

  1. Log in or create a new account
  2. Upload photos, and select the 10 photos you want printed (for free!)
  3. Select ‘Express Order Selected Photos’
  4. Checkout and enter one of the following promotional codes: TEN4X6FREE or FREEPRNTS
  5. Select ‘In-Store Pickup’ – you can even do same day, could this be easier?
  6. Protip: If you make two accounts, you can use each promotional code once, totaling to 20 free prints. If you want to put the effort in – do it!

Pretty awesome deal, tough to pass up. Enjoy, everyone!