Friday, February 23, 2018

Netflix shows centered around Antiques

From a very young age my family has enjoyed shopping for Antiques at Sales. No matter if we are on vacation we still find time to search out deals. Watching Netflix to feed this passion of finding great deals during the Winter months. Enjoy our look around Boulder City, Nevada at Antique shops while I suggest some great Netflix shows!! I also threw in some DIY/ Home improvement shows as well because that is what we use many of our finds. Restoring my house I bought when I was 20 back to it's former traditional style.
**I received a free service to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
1. Backyard Bounty- These guys know how to search out treasures in the back countries of the US. 
2. Deal$rs Put your Money where your mouth Is- Love watching to see what they find while out shopping.
3. Find it, Fix it, Flog it- Watch as Auctioneers find pieces to resell. See who gets the bigger bang for their buck!
4. Can't Pay we'll Take it away- This is not so much finding deals but what happens when people do not pay. Watch as the repo teams take back items that people have NOT paid for.
5. The Renters- Watch as landlords clean up apartments people left in horrific conditions.

6. Carver Kings- Watch as guys make wooden creations and then later sell them.
7. Deals, Wheels and Steals- These people buy cars without knowing if they will even run. Watch as they buy to resell.
8. Reno my Reno- Everyone loves great renovation house projects!
9. Brojects- Just another great home renovation show I had t mention.
10. Canada's Worst Handyman- I think the name of this show says it ALL.
11. Selling Houses with Sarah Beeny's-While redoing my home I have thought about selling it many times!
12. Treasures from the wreck of the unbelievable- I threw this show in because many times I come across underwater pieces in my deal shopping adventures!
Do you shop Yard Sales??
What DIY/Home Improvement or Antique show is your favorite??
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Eco-friendly Way to Send Flowers

Valentine's Day was last week and I have to say i did NOT buy flowers this year! The price of flowers have drastically gone up over the years especially if you want them delivered. 
I love fresh flowers in the house but they tend to die quickly. I can't justify spending loads of money on something that will die in two days! I have found a solution that will save you money and still allow you to send flowers!
The Flowerling app allows you to do what you already love to do – send flowers – but in a new way. Using this app also makes a positive impact on the world we all share.


“This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for the Flowerling App. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
The Flowering app is free to download from iTunes and you get 3 days to play around. Flowerling purchases are made using coins that you can buy through the app. 
5 coins is equivalent to $0.99 
10 coins is $1.99 
26 coins is $4.99 
38 coins is $6.99 
55 coins is $9.99 
These are just some examples of purchases you could make. You can select individual flowers, potted plants or bouquets. It really is just like going to the Florist shop without the traveling hassle! Each day you can watch your flower change, open and eventually die (don't worry you can composting once it has died).
For every flower sent they plant a Mangrove Tree in Madagascar with the Eden Reforestation project. Why Madagascar you ask? It’s a nation with over 200,000 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anywhere else in the world, but more than 90% of their forests have been destroyed. Planting 1 tree, or 2 or 3, will help tremendously as the years go on to rebuild what was lost.
The Flowerling App is not only easy to use but is a socially conscience and eco-friendly way to buy and send flowers.
Who would do you send flowers to?
Which flower is your favorite??
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Monday, February 19, 2018

With Amwell, See a doctor immediately

Today I went out of my norm and had a Heath visit online. EEK! Did I just shove myself into the year 2018 where this is a "thing" you can NOW do??? First let me back up and give you some information about who I chose and WHY!

 Amwell is the nation’s largest telehealth company, connecting users with board-certified, licensed doctors for immediate and live, online visits—day or night, on either mobile or desktop. Some general conditions our doctors encounter include: minor illnesses and injuries, general health and wellness concerns, prescription refills, and chronic condition management. We employ primary care and specialist physicians, as well as licensed behavioral therapists and registered dietitians, to meet our patients’ health and wellness needs. Amwell doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are dedicated to keeping you healthy -- all from the comfort of your home.
Compensation was provided by Amwell via Momtrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Amwell or Momtrends
I recently had surgery and have been on bed rest for the last week. Lucky me I have a horrific ear ache and had an inkling I have a ear infection. TRUE STORY! This idea of taking to a doctor from the comforts of my home was so appealing that I had to try it!! I headed to the Amwell website to research some physicians that could help. If you are completely weird-ed out by this concept think......."no more traffic, waiting rooms, or rescheduling—just you, your device (smartphone, tablet or computer) and a doctor. Your visits are secure reachable 24 hours a day from home or on the go.
I started by creating an account which took about a minute. Your information is then stored securely for all future online visits.
Next, I searched around to find which physician I needed to book an appointment with. They show you a list of available doctors, their experience and ratings before starting your visit.
Once you have done this you are paired with a physician. They will video call you on your laptop/mobile and talk until they feel they can help you or direct you to seek more medical attention if needed. It is THAT easy! 

Amwell offers: 
Urgent Care 
Therapy 
Psychiatry 
Allergy & Immunology 
Breastfeeding Support 
Cardiology 
Chiropractic Medicine 
Dermatology 
Digestive Health Ear, 
Nose & Throat 
Neurology Nutrition 
Counseling 
Pediatrics 
Physical Therapy 
Pulmonology Radiology 
Sleep Therapy 
Speech Therapy 
Women's Health
Rather than self-diagnosing or visiting a healthcare website for medical advice you can experience a visit within your home. Great for those who do not have transportation or when you don’t feel well enough to drive or those who are newly relocated and don’t have providers yet!!
Would you like to try this out??? Enjoy the coupon code"MOM33" and enjoy a $15 off your visit!
Amwell on the Apple App Store, here.
Amwell on the Google Play Store, here
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Combat the cold with a BlindSpotz Sensor

Should be no question we live in the North East area where cold weather dwells. One day it can be 40 degrees and the next -14 degrees. Cold fronts, lake effect snow move in just as quick. Every Fall we  prepare the house for these frigid temperatures.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Review Wire Media for BlindSpotz.
This year one of our windows, I thought, has not been keeping the cold out. How can you really test it and do any other windows/doors need to be replaced? After searching around I found BlindSpotz DIY Cold Sensor. This little device tests cold areas in your home! 
They come in a package and you just peel them off and stick on your walls. 
It is so simple and easy to use!
The typical energy efficiency audit costs between $300 and $500. Not only is that expensive, the contractor will come when it is convenient for him (the middle of a single day) not when it is the best time to figure out where your problems lie (usually at night or on a colder day).
I would much rather save my money to buy replacement windows if needed and use the Blindspotz sensors myself.  The results are simple and obvious!
If you are wondering all of our windows/doors tested well except the window in question. i had a feeling that was the issue but checked the whole house just to be on the safe side!
Ready to WIN some of your own?? 3 packages of BlindSpotz are being given away, Retail Value $9.99 each!! If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Buying new Appliances at Best Buy

Last year we won several times at bingo. Why am I telling YOU this? I thought I would share what I spent the money on. I also want to share some of the HORRIFIC experiences we had along the way! I truly hope this helps some of you, do your research!! 
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. 
I kept my bingo winnings and added to it over the year saving enough to replace all of our appliances. I thought after owning my home now for almost 13 years it was a nice time to splurge! While I do still stand behind this idea, I will say it MATTERS which store you purchase your appliances from ! Our closest Best Buy is about an hour from us so I typically try to shop local. NEVER again after the experiences we had (still having actually)! I purchased our stove at another store locally ( I will leave their name out but if you are clever enough you can pinpoint which store, think "orange"). The stove was delivered by a third party (basically guys who rented a van and threw it in our home) and came faulty (the burners are not lined up and are burning the top of the stove finish off). This particular model has since been recalled and we are still waiting for the replacement 4 months LATER! My washer and dryer combo was bought at Best Buy ( thank goodness)! They delivered them with a week and even installed them! Plus, they have a wonderful guarantee and geek squad protection plan. Now, I did a lot of research to models, brands to pick the best fit for our family. Applances can be expensive so you really need to do your research and Best Buy will even Price match!

From 1/11-4/25 receive up to $500 off a LG laundry solution for your home.

Because of such a great offer I thought i would share some LG appliances in case you are also in the market. 
The LG’s TwinWash system is great for small loads that can’t wait (The sweatpants after hot yoga, the red shirt in a pile of whites, the dirty school uniform on a Sunday night) there is the LG SideKick pedestal washer. You can even use it simultaneously while you do a bigger load up top on your LG Front load washer. Not only do these washers have mega capacity to tackle any size load, they are energy efficient while giving you the best cleaning performance. 

 If you're interested in refreshing your clothes without laundering, consider the LG Styler ─ a steam clothing care system that can reduce wrinkles and odors in as little as 20 minutes. A large capacity lets you reduce the number of loads you do, and an anti-vibration system cuts down on noise and damage to flooring. 
Raise your appliances to a comfortable height and get valuable storage with a traditional pedestal. Or choose the SideKick pedestal washer that will wash an additional small load ─ perfect for a load of delicate items. 
I had the pedestal for years and enjoyed it. Since we are moving our laundry to our bedroom floor I no longer need this option. When I purchased my machines I did spend a bit more for larger capacity. I like to wash/dry my king sized comforters at home. Again these are personal options but I thought I would share.
Have you ever bought new appliances?
What brand of appliances do you have currently??
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Valentine's Day Inspired Cookies

 School's typically celebrate all holidays. Which means parents have to either break out our creative side or buy something to supply the classroom. Call me old fashion but I still enjoy making something for my child to bring in. This month is his Valentine's Day party! I decided to put a festive spin on Betty Crocker's cookie recipe. 
 What you will need:
Heart shaped cookie cutter
1 family size package of M&M candies
3/4 cup granulated sugar 
3/4 cup packed brown sugar 
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 egg 
2 1/4 cups flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
Nonstick cookie sheets ( I recommend the Calphalon baking set!)
Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Roll out dough and cut them into heart shapes. We used single and double heart cutters. 
 Once they are cut out we pushed the candies in. 
Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. Serve & Enjoy!
Anyone else still bake cookies for school??
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Sunday, February 4, 2018

9 Ways to Paying off Debt

I am sure by all of the travel I post on social media you would assume my family is well off. I wish I could say we are millionaires but that just is not the case. Honestly, just a hard working couple raising our son. When I was younger I came from a very poor family. My mother was the Queen of saving money and pinching every penny we had! I learned so many great money saving tricks from her that I thought I would start sharing them. Many of us want to pay off our debts but it can be so overwhelming you might not even know where to start. 
1. Know how much you owe! Knowing how much you owe can help you figure out what needs your immediate attention. I classify these to: Mortgage, utilities, Water/Gas, Vehicle for work purposes, Kid/YOUR needs, Food and Insurances. 
2. Start making meals at home! I would wager you probably eat out during the week. I understand as a busy Mom, I myself, eat out to get to all of our commitments on time. I also enjoy a night off from making dinner. This can get rather expensive! If you grabbed a $2-4 coffee every morning it adds up. You think you DESERVE that for your all your hard work. On some levels I agree BUT if you are serious about saving money and or paying off debt this is NOT a need based expenditure! Besides that is a $1,092 ($3 x 7 days a week x 52 weeks a year) a year habit! 
3. Sell your never worn or out grown kids clothing. You can sell any clothing that is in good condition really. So many great online places can help you with this. Ebay, Swap.com, Thredup and Esty to name a few! Sell a few jackets just laying around for $20-50 (depending on brands) each. Jeans and tops can be $5-15 each. Together you can surely get a few hundred dollars for clothing you no longer wear or have out grown.
4. Eliminate the Clutter! Over the years I have just flat out realized I have hoarding tendencies. I save things, I have no intention of ever using, reading, seeing or playing with again. I used to collect things but I had no where to store them. After going through my rooms I realized I could sell several items for someone to use/love instead of letting them to continue to collect dust! So many apps (Letgo) are out there to help you with this. Join Facebook garage sale sites even to get rid of some of your household items you no longer want. 
5. Break up your bill payments. I find this to really help you feel less overwhelmed. If you only get paid every other week break up your payments. An example would be rent, say you owe $300. Instead of coming up with that in one paycheck break it up between two (Every other week pay $150).  
6. Car pool or have pot luck dinners. So many people want to save money why not branch out to others? I love getting a bunch of families together and saving money together! If you only have to make one dish to pass it really helps save and lessons the time in the kitchen. Not really your thing how about sharing rides to work? Still not comfortable? Try riding a bike to work or the store or even walking. This save wear on your vehicles and gives you exercise!
7. Start getting crafty. I make my sons birthday party decor, invitations and games. You can see a few examples here. Sign up for HP instant Ink and they send you printer ink in the mail at a fraction of the price. Because of this I can print invites, photos, signs you name it! This is also great for gift ideas as well. I save SO much money on stationary and party stuff just by doing it myself. 
8. Find events that are less expensive. I LOVE going to concerts but they can be so overpriced! I find sites like Groupon or Living Social are lifesavers! They sell tickets at a fraction of the price including vacations!!
9. Send something in. If you have racked up credit card payments or have medical bills the key is to be honest. Many agencies will work with you you send them something. Payments can be arranged as low as $5 a week! Pay a little at a time might take a while but it will keep them at bay and you less stressed. 
Do you have debt you want to pay off?
How do you pay off debt you have??
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