Secret of Happy Pets: Dog Treat Bag

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I was asked to review this product, Dog Treat Bag, by Secret of Happy Pets. They asked me to give my honest review in exchange for sending me the product for free! This is a great item for dog owners! This Dog Treat Bag is really easy to use and comes with a fanny pack strap and an over-the-shoulder carrying strap. It also has a poop bag dispenser, a zipper pouch, a mesh pouch, a key ring for your training clicker or your keys, a metal clip, and a large pouch that is able to be closed with a string and adjustable toggle! This bag has great storage capabilities and makes it much easier to carry all of your and your dog's belongings when going to the park or just out for a walk. You can also use the large pouch with the adjustable toggle string to hold the used bags while on a walk, You can tie up the bag with waste in it and then place it in the pouch and tie it closed, so that you wont be holding a bag of poop in your hands for the entire time you are out with your dog! Here … [Read more...]

Dynamic Shape: Exercise Gliding Discs-Dual Surface

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I just recently reviewed a new product from Dynamic Shape. The product is called Exercise Gliding Discs and you can find them on Amazon for $15.94. I received these Exercise Gliding Discs discounted for my honest review. These discs are great for core and lower body and even upper body exercise! When I got the discs in the mail I got them in a nice nylon carrying bag. The discs are well made and not made with cheap material. The discs are made to work on hardwood and on carpeting. I recommend sweeping before using the disc with a hardwood floor or they will get pretty dirty. For hardwood flooring you put the foam side down and when you are on carpeting you put the foam side up.  I watched the videos on how to use them in exercise, which can be found on youtube. There are a few exercises in the videos that were demonstrated that I personally think would be better off done without the discs, but the majority of the exercises were great and even enhanced the intensity of the exercise! … [Read more...]

Thrift Books

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I am an avid reader. I love books! The problem is that I am a college student on a low budget who can't afford to go to Barnes and Noble all the time to get new books that I want to read. I recently went to the local library and got a library card which has helped with my reading addiction but I find it inconvenient to borrow books for a set amount of time. I prefer to own my books. I was on Facebook today just looking through my timeline and I saw an ad for "Thrift Books" so I decided to visit the website to see if there would be any good deals. THIS WEBSITE IS AMAZING! I only had to be on this website for 5 minutes to know that this website is amazing! They have a wide range of genres and the book prices range, but from what I've seen you can get a number of books at a range from $3-6 if you get paper back. If you want hardcover the price range is higher but in my shopping cart right now I have a hardcover book for $4.39! I have Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in my … [Read more...]

DIY Travel Box

DIY Travel Box

I was browsing the aisles of Porter's (a craft store near me) when I saw the cutest DIY project that I had to do and now that I have to share! What you will need: A Wood Memory Box A Sheet of Decorative Paper Paint Paint Brush Scissors Tape "Keep Calm and Travel On" Sticker The first thing I did was measure, cut and tape the decorative paper I chose to fit in the back panel of the memory box. Then I painted the box with some left over blue paint I had from a previous project. I put about 2-3 thin layers of paint and I let it dry for about 30 minutes. After the paint dried I put the "Keep Calm and Travel On" sticker centered on the glass. The finished product! I put some plane tickets to NJ, Disney tickets, BYU football tickets, Metro Subway cards and whatever else I had from previous trips into the new travel box. And now whenever me and my husband go on a new trip, we have a place to keep memories of where we have been! … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

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Make Your Own Laundry Detergent Don't laugh! Making your own laundry detergent is quick and easy and will save you tons of money. I first made this laundry detergent here, but I have refined it a bit and I love my new concoction. Supplies Needed: One 55oz Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (Walmart) (you will use one cup) One 76 oz box of Borax (Target) (you will use one cup) One 14.1 oz Bar of Zote Soap (Walmart) (you will use 1/4 of the bar) One small bottle of lavender essential oil (I had some on hand) (optional) Downy Unstopables (1 cap full) One large pot (it should hold at least one gallon of liquid) Cheese Grater Two - One gallon buckets with lids - Argee Corporation Versa-Tainer (Smith's) Instructions: Cut the Zote Soap bar in half and grate with a cheese grater. Place gratings in bottom of large pot. Measure in 128 oz (1 gallon) of water into the large pot. Turn on the heat to medium high. Stir occasionally until the soap is completely … [Read more...]

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

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How to Make Foaming Hand Soap   One way that I save money at my house is to buy items on sale or on clearance. One of my favorite clearance items is liquid hand soap at Bath & Body Works. My favorite is the foaming hand wash and it retails for $5.50 each. However, I usually buy a bunch when they are on sale and can sometimes get them for $3.00 - $3.75 each. However, I wondered if I could make hand soap myself for even cheaper! I found two small soap bars that I had collected from my hotel stays over the years. These soap bars are approximately 1.3 ounces a piece. I decided to see how much soap I could make from these two small bars. Here is what I did: Grate the soap using the fine side of my grater. This makes it easier for the soap and water to mix. Put the soap shavings and 2 1/2 cups of water into a saucepan and cook on medium heat until the soap is melted. Remove the pan from the stove and let sit overnight. The next day, check the soap … [Read more...]

Five Money Saving Apps

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Five Money Saving Apps for Your Cell Phone I use my cell phone all the time. I have an iPhone and I love that I can get apps that help me save money. Here are my top five favorite cell phone apps that I use that have saved me money: Favado - I was recently introduced to this app at a blogging conference. Basically, the app lists all of the sales at over 65,000 grocery and drug stores. You can compare prices on your favorite items at different stores or look for a specific item and see if it is on sale. Creat your own list of favorite categories and Favado will tell you when items that fit this category are on sale. This is a great way to save money on your grocery bills! Ibotta - Is a free mobile app for iPhone or Android devices that actually pays you money! Ibotta lets you unlock rebates by simply tapping a button in the app. You get to choose your favorite store and then see what rebates are available. You will be prompted to complete a task to unlock that particular … [Read more...]

Yearly Savings Plan

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This year, as one of my New Year Resolutions, I want to start a yearly savings plan to save money for a Christmas Cruise! My sister, who will be turning 50 this year, wants us all to cruise together to celebrate her birthday. Unfortunately, cruising can be very expensive when you factor in five tickets plus excursions, sight-seeing and souvenirs! 52 Week Savings Plan You may have seen across the web a simple savings plan that starts with $1 dollar and adds a dollar each week. By the time you have finished saving money for 52 weeks you will have saved a total of $1,378. It looks like this: Aggressive 52 Week Savings Plan This is a great plan if you want to save for a bigger purchase or for Holiday Giving, but this is just not enough for the cruise that I want to take. So instead I came up with an Aggressive 52 Week Savings Plan. The Aggressive Plan is simple. Start with an amount other than $1 and then add $1 every week to the amount. You will be amazed at how much money you … [Read more...]

Raising Independent Children – Five and Six Year Olds

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Five and six year olds are finally out of the toddler stages and enjoy planning!  They can also be real talkers and like to discuss what is going on around them.  They are eager to learn, but can get frustrated if things don't come easy enough.  At this age, they usually prefer one to two friends at a time, instead of a large group.  This is the age when they can be a bit bossy! Since they are capable of doing a lot more at these ages, chores and responsibilities should change.  Introduce them to money and let them save and spend.  Have them save for a bigger purchase and it will give them a sense of accomplishment. Children that are five and six should be able to: Clean/Straighten their own room Take a Shower (teach them how to wash their body and hair) Vacuum small areas Dust Empty garbage cans (with a little help) Set and Clear the Table Help make their own lunch Help load and empty dishwasher Clean sinks Know how to use a microwave Water plants Learn … [Read more...]

Reviewing Your New Year’s Resolutions

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I never make New Year's Resolutions. However, when the first of the year comes around, I do start to think about changes that I want to make in my life. I write down a few of these and then tuck them away. Why? January 1st is the absolute worst time for me to make changes! First, the holiday season as just come to a close. It is time to wind down from stress, not heap on more. Second, my son's birthday is in the beginning of January and the kids are going back to school. I don't have time to focus on goals. I have found that March is a great time for goal setting. I have more time to sit down and actually think about things that I want to accomplish for the year. Then I make a big, long list. I further analyze the list and then just focus on 2-3 long term (year long goals) and then a number of short term goals. How to I determine if the goal is resolution worthy? Must be Specific. Making a goal to lose 20 pounds is just not going to cut it. Instead a better goal is to limit … [Read more...]