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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Staples back to school shopping trip

Went to Staples this week. Due to internet issues, wasn't able to post about it until now. So I'll show you in the video everything I got and how much I paid! 

Also picked up my Lego set of the Big Bang Theory! SUPER HAPPY!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This weeks Office Depot/Max deals

They too have the 25¢ notebooks, 1¢ packs of 12 pencils, 1¢ rulers, 1¢ protractors, 25¢ single Sharpie markers, 25¢ mechanical pencils, and 25¢ compass. They are limited to 3 of each per customer. The penny deals are with a minimum of $5 purchase before tax. My 3 packs of pencils came to that amount alone so you don't have to buy anything else if you didn't want to. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Label Daddy Promotion

I've got a promotional deal to share from Label Daddy! 


Are you ready for Back to School? You can Save 20% on Label Daddy labels for all your Back to School needs!  This is THE BEST deal available on Label Daddy, the number one solution for labeling your kid's belongings!  Remember to label all clothing, sports equipment, electronics, and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, vacation, and other places.  Label Daddy labels keep them from getting lost or mixed up with others.

These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels -- they're washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant!  Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive.  You design your own labels!  Pick from tons of colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more.  Their exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for camp!  These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.  

Remember, Save 20% on your entire Label Daddy order  -  this is the best discount available anywhere. Use code USFAMILY20 at checkout.

Thank you!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Chocolate at a steal? There goes the diet...

Cartwheel has an offer of 50% off the Lindt Creation bars.
Those are currently on sale 2/$5. 
My personal favorites are the Molten Lava Cake and the Mint Coulis bars. At $1.25 a piece, it's a treat not to be ignored! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pixels movie review

I was fortunate enough to watch the premiere for the movie Pixels.
When I first heard about it, I wasn't thrilled. Adam Sandler isn't as funny to me as he is to everyone else. I usually choose not to watch his movies in general. But this one was about gaming. So how could I not? Besides, it was a free movie. 
So Adam Sandler plays a classic gaming nerd. As a teenager in 1982, he became a champion at the original video games in the newly opened arcade. His high scoring success was based on his unique ability to recognize, memorize and beat the patterns embedded in the codes of the game. Pac-Man, Duck Hunt, Q*bert, Galaga, Space Invaders and the formidable Donkey Kong were his time consuming passions. Every chance he got, he was playing at the arcade, beating everyone else's high scores. When the world championship came around, he met other gamers and put his abilities to the test until he best everyone except the Fire Blaster.
Fire Blaster was a dwarf with fast fingers and a big ego that slipped insults to anyone and everyone without caring who he hurt. Donkey Kong was the champion-crowning game. Sadly, Fire Blaster (Eddie) won. Sandlers character (Brenner) is heartbroken. His passion is lost. 
Fast forward to modern day. Brenner is a professional nerd who installs others entertainment devices. His best friend is the unpopular president of the United States. His other gaming days buddy is an awkward conspiracy theorist that only shows up after a random attack on a U.S. Military base in Guam occurs. 
In 1982, a video was taken of the gaming championship. It was added to other video clips and put in a Nasa capsule that was shot into space in the hopes of contacting extraterrestrial beings. Apparently they (extraterrestrial beings) did get the message. And interpreted it as a threat against them. Challenge accepted! They mimic the games characters as the attack. So here comes Galaga and Pac-Man to destroy us.
The Pac-Man fight scene was my favorite part. The ghosts were modified mini coopers that had me wishing I was short enough to own one. 
They sent a message that in order to save the planet, there will be games. Whoever wins the games, is champion. The Nerds are suddenly given power to train the best of the military in gaming techniques. Then it's out to the field. Sadly, the military couldn't keep the game training as well as they could military tactics. So the nerds are sent in with boasters to take care of it. Eddie the Fire Blaster was even taken from prison to join the fight.
But he has a secret. And his secret puts the planet at risk. Can they work together and save human kind from the impending invasion? 
Overall I enjoyed the movie. There was humor and nerd talk to keep me happily entertained. I'm not thrilled with the ending and how Q*bert turned out. But no movie is truly perfect. This is for mature audiences. Plenty of language and references that kids aren't going to get. I hope you can enjoy it as I did though. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Parenting is fun

Let's face it, parenting is trying on the nerves more often than not. But it can have some pretty funny moments. I know I've had some interesting conversations with my 6 year old recently. I've wondered where he got his ideas on how things work. 

My son has the talent of talking. A lot. And he loves asking questions. "Mommy, how did I get out of your belly?" "What's that red bump on your side?" "Why does Ana have a peepee that's different than mine and Allen's? It's so small and ours is big." 
At first I was thrown for a loop. I don't believe in lying or making up stories to explain things. But he's six. How do you tell the full explanation? A friend suggested giving part of the answer and asking what he thinks then explaining some of it that he is wrong about. How he got out of my belly is the question he won't let go of. I told him I went to a hospital and the doctor helped me push him out. The follow up question is where he came out. My mouth? My belly button? My rear end...? Close enough on that last one, right? I've tried asking him what he thinks. He doesn't give me a straight answer. My son is better at child psychology than I am! We are figuring out the answers as we go. And he brings up more interesting conversations often. Below are some of the recent favorites I have.  

Walking into Target my oldest son looks at me says, "Mommy you're fat, right?" 
I look at him and ask, "You think I'm fat?"
"Just a little. Your belly shakes." 
Thanks son... 
"So when are you having another baby?" 
"I'm not."
"But your belly is ready. Its bigger."
"But I'm not having a baby."
"Then why are you getting fat?" 
Because I eat and haven't been working out as much....  

Tonight was a good one... They bring me all the Barbie dolls and clothing and ask me to dress them again. Princess Jasmine comes around and all they could find were her pants at first. Then my son gets excited and runs down the hall yelling, "Mommy, I found Princess Jasmine's boobie holder!" 
Then there is my daughter who makes some fascinating observations... especially when she doesn't get her afternoon nap. Sleepless toddlers are the BEST! 

My mother is amazing. Her parenting has reached expert level now that she is a grandmother. She sent me a text with this picture.  

What does she call this? Multitasking Mom. "Here is how a stay-at-home mom babysits, takes a nap, and sunbathes. All at once."
This is how its done. 

Children don't have filters. Their minds are directly connected to their mouths. The first thought they have at any given moment is quickly translated to a verbal release. Curiosity is at its peak for my kids. Everything needs to be questioned. Its how they learn. How I can teach them. And how I have entertaining stories to tell their girlfriends later... 
Guess who loves to sneak selfies...

Free sample bandages from Nexcare

The Nana campaign continues. And with it is the chance to get some free waterproof bandages from Nexcare. I love getting the free ones from them! Just go to the link below and enter your information. 

Nana campaign free bandages

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Back to School steals at Office Max!

After work this morning I stopped by Office Max to see the .01 deals they have for the back to school add this week.
There will be penny deals every week I believe through the back to school season. This week was the glue, pens, and note cards. 
I got all these for only a dime! You read right, .10. 
This is how it works....
These are the items for the promotion. 
 Pens, there are black and blue ones. 
The note cards. And not pictured are the glue. 
It is limited to 3 of each item per family. The pens are 3 no matter which color. Not 3 of each color. Once you get 3 of each item, the total goes way above the required $5 purchase minimum. Its over $12 actually. They ask for your number and if you want the rewards program. After entering your number, the cashier enters the transaction and the promo prices are taken into account. Your total then drops to mere nickels or dimes! So get ready for school and save money as you go. Keep an eye on the sale ad for them. Never know what will be in the next one. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

I love coupon deals with Target!

I usually stumble across deals randomly. The ones I found yesterday were no different. Chips Ahoy cookies and Magnum ice cream multipacks were my favorites. There is a coupon book for back to school summer that has coupons for these deals. 
First up is the Chips Ahoy cookie deal. Buy the Family Size pack for $3.54. 
Use the 20% off coupon from the book to bring it down to $2.83. Then stack the Cartwheel offer of 15% off to knock it down to $2.41!
If you have a Redcard it will be $2.27 a pack. This is going to mess with my diet but I love cookies.. 
Now for the Magnum ice cream. They are on sale for $3.25 for the multipack. 
The coupon book has $1/1 of those packs. So there's an immediate drop to $2.25. Cartwheel has an offer for 20% any ice cream.
These brings them down to $1.80. Redcard drops it down to $1.71! Don't know about you, but nothing beats coming home to a cool snack on a hot day. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The best rolls I've ever made!

I was scrolling through posts on the Krazy Coupon Lady blog when I came across one that had 10 of the Best Copycat recipes. One of those recipes has now become a family favorite that my kids beg me to make over and over. Its for the Texas Roadhouse Rolls.
My honey cinnamon butter never comes out just right, but the rolls are always divine. Bakerette.com came up with the recipe so I won't copy it here but the link is above and pictures of mine are below. Enjoy them! 

Bagblaze website review and giveaway

I was recently contacted by Bagblaze to check out their updated website and host a review.

They revamped their website and made internal changes to provide better service to their customers. They offer quality products at steep discounted rates. What makes them different from their competitors? They keep their inventory in a controlled warehouse so they have less mistakes when it comes to shipping products out. Right now they have a special running. Every new customer can get 10% off their first order.
This is a great addition since everything listed is at a discount already. I like the variety they have and I hope they can expand it to even more products. I found that I was unable to add things to my wish list though as I browsed the home page. You have to click on the listing itself to add it to your wish list or cart. And then, the only way I could get something off was if it were ordered. So after I compared the products that I saw I might be interested in, I couldn't narrow it down as I read the description of each one.

I was a little confused at first about the ordering process. I had a code for $20.00 to use as part of the review. Knowing that what I was ordering was under $20, I wasn't sure at first that the amount left over would be added to the shipping which was just $2 flat rate (SUPER CHEAP SHIPPING!). After entering my card info though, it came out of the remainder.
So be patient as you order if you get a gift card code or such. The website overall is easy to use. Everything is clearly described with as much detail as to be expected. Pictures give you a pretty good idea of what you are considering buying. 
I think it's great that the shipping is a cheap flat rate, but it takes a long wait. I ordered on June 29th. And it arrived on the 14th of July. It's your average pleather-like purse. Not much to say about the item itself. 
Time for some giveaway fun! I'm hosting a Rafflecopter contest so that one lucky winner will get a coupon code for $20 to use on the Bagblaze website. Good luck everyone! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Ant Man movie review

I was pleasantly surprised at this movie.
The Ant Man brings a little known hero to the big screen in ways I wasn't sure they could pull off. Paul Rudd plays the Ant Man.
An ex-con who wants to be the hero his daughter thinks he is instead of the loser everyone else believes him to be.
He has to take a chance to get redemption and prove that he has what it takes to make a difference. Learning to communicate with ants, shrinking to the size of one, and to defeat the protagonist who is joining forces with Hydra. (Here's a hint, this movie is blending stories with Captain America and the Avengers, so get caught up!) 
I loved the fight scenes. Rudd brings so much comedy to his role that you almost forget how serious it is. His mentor and the creator of the Ant Man suit is Hank Pym played by Michael Douglas. Don't worry ladies, his look is neither real nor makeup but actuall CGI effects. He's still as dashing as always. And he brings the wise old man with serious attitude to the big screen superbly. His daughter, Hope, is played by the beautiful Evangeline Lilly. This chick fights hard and doesn't let you get by with anything. She assists her father in training Scott to fulfill his mission. He had to make sure that the technology of the suit doesn't fall into the wrong hands. And this means taking on an Avenger, leading an army of ants, and frying a room full of circuits with his Crazy Ants. It's an action packed ride that I enjoyed the whole way through. 
As for the ending, please stay seated. There's more when you think it's all over. After the giant dog-sized ant and the Thomas train engine big enough to crush a cop car... There's a lead into what comes next. And following the credits, there's more! Thought Stan Lee wouldn't show? You're wrong. His cameo will come. It's worth the wait. 
For families, there's intense fight scenes and I believe some language. But should be okay for your children otherwise. Its not what I expected, but I was pleased. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Summer clearance deals at Target

Target stores are shifting things around and it's time to say goodbye to the summer items. Don't know about your store but I know mine has marked down their stuff to 70% as of today.
Most stores are doing the same or starting with 50%.
Sorry ladies, this cutie is already taken! 
Outdoor baby swings are going out too. Also, check the Home department as there should be shelving items on clearance as well. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Never believe the fine print without testing it

Cartwheel is an amazing way to save money at Target. I usually catch sales, use coupons and then tack on my employee discount to get stuff cheaper than anywhere else. Double or triple dip and watch that price tag drop like an anchor! Sometimes though, Cartwheel has restrictions. And then, some of those restrictions aren't correct. "Excludes clearance." Or "excludes such and such". Take for instance the Cartwheel offer for clearance toys. You get an additional 20% off up to 20 items per guest on clearance toys. It's supposed to exclude Lego (among other things).
But when you go to purchase, you'll find it works on the Lego sets as well.
It also takes 20% off non clearance toys.
I bought my daughter the new Elsa Frozen Fever doll and it worked! 
So be sure and try it out! Nows the time to be stocking up on gifts for birthdays and Christmas. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Need a night out?

Sometimes as parents, we just need a night alone without the kiddos. A chance to unwind, run errands, maybe just sleep... Whatever it is, we need time to recharge our batteries every so often. This isn't always easy. Especially if you are like me and have no family and limited friends around where you live. You have to be creative. I play hide and seek and put my phone on silent. Usually hiding in the closet buys me 10 minutes of hearing the kids running around yelling, "Mom! Where are you?" 
But if you are looking for a better solution every once in a while, I have something you need to check out. A friend of mine has a Lego store that he holds parties or events in. He also now offers Parents Night Out. 
You get 3 1/2 hours of alone time while your kids get to play and wear themselves out. They also get to take home a Lego mini figure! 
Check out their Facebook Page and see what other amazing things they have to offer!