Del Taco Giveaway: Try the #TurkeyTaco and Win $20 #EatWellWithDel (Ends 1/29)

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I try to avoid fast food whenever possible, but honestly, there are times when dinner just doesn’t get made on time and people are hungry. My family’s favorite place to dine out (fast food wise) is Del Taco. Not only is it budget friendly, but the food is really fresh and tasty every time we visit.

Del Taco has brought back their Turkey Taco to the menu and I am soooo glad. This is my favorite thing to order when I go there. Not only are they delicious, but they have 33 percent less fat than Del Taco’s seasoned beef. At only 150 calories per taco, I can easily get away with eating two without feeling guilty and I don’t feel like I am starving afterwards either.

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Del Taco’s turkey menu features the following items (price and participation may vary):

Turkey Tacos: a crunchy corn or soft flour tortilla layered with lean, seasoned ground turkey, crisp lettuce, and freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese, all topped with hand-made pico de gallo.
Turkey Combo Burrito: lean, seasoned ground turkey, with slow-cooked beans made from scratch, freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese, and zesty red sauce, in a warm flour tortilla.
Turkey CrunchTada Tostada: a thick, wavy, crunchy corn shell layered with slow-cooked beans made from scratch, signature tangy taco sauce, lean, seasoned ground turkey, crisp lettuce, and freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese.
Deluxe Turkey Taco Salad: lean, seasoned ground turkey, with slow-cooked beans made from scratch, crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes, hand-grated cheddar cheese, cool sour cream, tangy guacamole, and mild taco sauce, served in a crunchy tortilla bowl.

Buy it: If you’re ready to give the Turkey Taco a try, (which I highly recommend), be sure to bring this coupon with you that’s good for one free turkey taco with purchase.

Win it: One of you will win a $20 Del Taco gift card so that you can taste the magic that is the turkey taco! Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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Winter is Here: Is Your Heater Keeping Up?

 

There is nothing that makes me appreciate having a heater in my home than when it is cold outside. I mean, Oregon doesn’t get super cold compared to where some of you live. At least not in the valley, anyway. But there are times when the temperatures fall into the teens and all thoughts of outdoor activities are just plain laughable. Especially with the rain we get. For the most part, winter here keeps us somewhere between 30 – 50 degrees. It’s not exactly barbecue weather, so we mostly keep inside during the winter months. I do have to go out for a bit daily no matter what and tend to my chickens, but once I am done feeding, watering and checking for eggs, I am glad to be in the nice, warm, heated house. If you’d like to have your heater checked out, I would start with the yellow pages for your area. If you’re in the Nashville area, I recommend Halo Heating and Cooling for your energy needs.

Having a house of your own has it’s advantages and disadvantages. The advantage being that it’s yours to do with as you please and the disadvantage being that if something breaks, it’s your responsibility to fix or replace what’s broken as opposed to having a landlord take care of it. That’s where proper maintenance comes in and it can save you money in the long run.

Take your heating system for example. As you know, heaters are one of the most important parts of your home. The last thing you want is for it to go out when there’s a snow storm or freezing weather. When this happens, chances are that other people’s heaters are breaking down too and the repair company is probably out for, at the very least, a few days. Depending on the kind of heater you have, repair costs can be outrageous. Preventative maintenance is key. Knowing how to maintain your heater or paying someone to inspect it regularly can save you that headache and unexpected expense in the future.

Another thing you may not have thought about with your heating system is air quality. Keeping a clean furnace can keep your home clean, keeping a dirty furnace, well… You get the idea. The air that blows through your furnace is blowing through your house. Just imagine, bacteria, viruses, and fungus particles blowing in the wind. Oh my. Best to have your furnace cleaned if you think it might be dirty. You should also change your air filters at least every three months.

In general, having your heating system inspected yearly can give you peace of mind. Your heating professional can check for potential issues, which can not only prolong the life of your heater, but they can also give you an idea of how long your heater will last. This can give you fair warning so that you can save up for a replacement if needed. I’d say that’s much more convenient than having your heater break down when you least expect, costing you much more in the long run and leaving you freezing while you wait for repairs.

Proper maintenance can also keep your family safer. Did you know that having a heating system safety check can save you from icky carbon monoxide poisoning which can make you sick or can even be deadly in some cases? This reason alone should be the main reason you get it checked. Safety is so important! Heating professionals have all the gadgets and tools needed to seek out and find these types of dangers that could be potentially lurking in our homes.


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Awesome holiday gift ideas from Best Buy @BestBuy #HintingSeason @Xbox, @TomTomUSA and @Garmin

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Disclaimer:  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.

With Expert Service and Unbeatable Price these top gifts which are available at Best Buy are on my list for my loved ones this Holiday and here’s why they should be on yours:

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For the gamer: I know my kids would love to get the Xbox One as a gift. Xbox One is the place for games. What is Xbox One you ask? Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. With the best exclusive titles (Halo, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15, Skylanders) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level. In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.  Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.  With Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it. If the Xbox One is on your list be sure to pick one up at Best Buy.

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For the music lover:
JBL. Because who doesn’t love getting speakers and headphones? If you have a certain someone on your list who is all about that bass, they will most certainly love JBL. Best Buy has a great selection of JBL speakers and headphones. Here are some of the best for gift giving:

JBL Charge 2- Between the twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery and the hands-free conference speakerphone the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.

JBL Flip 2- Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.

JBL Reflect Earbud headphones-  Sweat proof ergonomic design.  With a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet, the JBL Reflect BT’s key benefit is the design of the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.

 

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For the adventure seeker:
Garmin and TomTom- There’s nothing quite like having the peace of mind that a GPS brings when you’re out in unfamiliar territory. It’s great because you don’t have to stop and ask for directions. You’ll truly never be lost with one of these. Features include bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates.  Also comes with lane assist, lifetime traffic and map updates.   What’s really cool is that is uses Voice Recognition Technology as well.  It’ll practically make you Knight Rider. Well, sorta. Each brand has different features, so I will list them below and you can decide for yourself which one will make the best gift.

·         Garmin 52LM and Garmin 2597LMT
o   5.0” display
o   Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
o   Lane assist with junction view
o   Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
o   Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
o   Spoken turn-by-turn directions

·        TomTom Go 50s
•    Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
•    Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
•    3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
•    5″ touchscreen with advanced lane guidance

Go here to view these GPS units and more  from Best Buy.

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VTech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops Review & Giveaway (Ends 12/18)

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Disclosure: I received a free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

If your kids are fans of VTech Switch & Go Dinos, they will love the new VTech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops. It’s has all the fun features you love about Switch & Go Dinos, but it’s the first dynamic remote control dino from Switch & Go Dinos Turbo. It transforms from a fierce Triceratops to a sleek race car with the push of a button on his remote control! Your child can use the remote control to move forward, backward, left and right in both vehicle and dino modes. Then charge the turbo boost lever to give him a burst of speed! What fun.

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Your child can press the buttons on the remote to turn on his headlights, hear realistic sound effects and learn cool facts. It’s really fun to switch between the modes of race car driver to dinosaur.

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Bronco’s LCD screen displays cool customizable dinosaur eyes and driver animations, and kids can choose from four different styles.

Overall I found this toy to be fun and durable. This toy is geared for kids ages 3-8 years, and I agree that is about the right age group.  I personally feel that it’s more fun than the previous Switch & Go Dino toys that we’ve owned because of the remote control feature. It gives you the feeling of being more in control, which is just more fun for some reason. It does however require a total of 8 AA batteries to run, between the toy and the remote,  which are not included, so if you have one of these under the Christmas tree, you’ll want to buy those in advance.

Buy it: VTech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops can be purchased here.  (Ages 3-8 years, MSRP: $44.99)

Win it: It’s time to get excited, because one of you will win a VTech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops to call your own. Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load. Please note that due to the timing of the giveaway and shipping processes, this prize may not make it in time for Christmas.

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Canon is a great family gift from Best Buy @BestBuy #CanonatBestBuy #HintingSeason @CanonUSAimaging

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Disclaimer:  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.

For all of those holiday moments that you want to capture for a lifetime, a good camera makes all the difference. Best Buy just so happens to be the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression. If you’re anything like me, the more user friendly the camera, the better. This one seems to fit the bill.

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More info about The Canon EOS Rebel T5i:

•      Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
•      Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
•      Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
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•      The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

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Buy it: If you’re in the market for a new camera, this one seems to be a great one. Right now you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy. Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20

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Light Up Your Child’s Life with Laser Pegs

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Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

What could be more fun than building bricks? Building bricks that light up of course! At our house, building with bricks is one of the things the kids love to do for hours. They are so creative and they love making their own inventions after they have built things the way the instructions tell them to. I am all for creativity, so I encourage this. Well, to take their creativity a step further, their creations can now light up with Laser Pegs.

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I was sent the Tractors 6 in 1 Kit for this review. This particular kit is geared for kids ages 5 and up and contains 65 pieces.

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To get started, I pulled out and sorted (mostly) the bricks. Included in the box is the Zippy Do Power Base, 1 Laser Peg and 64 Tinted Construction Bricks. Batteries are included. I like that this set does not have an overwhelming amount of pieces. It’s just enough that it will make a nice project for a child, but it’s not too hard. The instructions in the box make one of the 6 models of tractor. The other 5 sets of instructions are available online.

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I was able to piece this together in about 15 minutes by myself. I am sure it will take my kids longer than that, plus the time it takes to undo all the pieces and make the other 5 combinations. Plus they are so creative that I know they will have their own ideas as to what to make with the bricks and wheels.

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Here it is but the time, it’s lit up. You can see that the light comes mainly from the middle section. You can choose a solid light or flashing light setting. I think this is a super cool toy! Don’t you?

Buy it: Laser Pegs has so many different affordable sets to offer. As a reader exclusive, Laser Pegs has kindly offered a 50% off discount on The Bot set. Go here and enter code 4moms at checkout. Shipping adds a flat $2.99 (& applicable tax) or get free shipping on your order of $50 or more. Click here to shop the entire site.

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Best Buy: The Ultimate Destination for the Latest Cameras and Camcorders @BestBuy #CamerasatBestBuy #HintingSeason


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Disclaimer: 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.

Tis the season for family and lot’s of memory making! Would you like to capture your memories this holiday season with high resolution images? Did you know that the new cameras feature wifi so that you can share your images easily? Did you know that was even a thing? I had no idea personally. Just learning this myself. If you think it might be time for an upgrade, Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras and camcorders to capture your high-stakes memories.

The following three cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung, all come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can share amazing photos with ease. Upgrade your camera in time to capture precious holiday memories.

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Product features:
·  A DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi so you can capture high quality photos and share them instantly
·  This Nikon D5300 DSLR camera comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that enables you to capture sharp photos and video footage. Optical image stabilization helps prevent blurring to ensure image clarity
·  Also available in red or gray

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Sony α6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
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Product features:
·   A compact system camera with the World’s Fastest Autofocus
·   This Sony Alpha A6000 features a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you share stored content across devices.
·   Also available in White or silver

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Product features:
·  A digital camera that allows you to shoot, share, and use Android Apps
·  This Samsung Galaxy 2 digital camera’s 16.3-megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor allows you to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage. The 4.8″ touch screen simplifies operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing stored files easy.

Buy it: Visit the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center to see more great cameras, whether you’re giving as a gift or upgrading for yourself. Never miss a moment.

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SUSU Handbags Allen Two Tone Blue Leather Tote Review & Giveaway

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Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with SUSU Handbags and eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

I have to admit up front, I have never been one of those fancy handbag ladies. While I have had one or two in my life, I do not have a closet full of designer bags, nor do I regularly shop for them. However, I will say that carrying a fancy handbag can make you feel like a million bucks! A fancy purse is certainly an investment. One that can help you to feel and look good. And it’s something that you are more likely to take care of to extend it’s life since it is an investment. I am sure that you have heard of several brands of bags, but have you heard of SUSU? If not, you’ve really got to check them out. They offer beautiful, quality bags.

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I was blessed to receive the Allen Two Tone Blue Leather Tote from SUSU recently. I was quite pleasantly surprised when I opened the package to find this lovely purse. It features 100% Genuine Leather with a top zipper closure. I really adore the dual side expansion zippers, which shows a hint of teal color when opened.

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The inside features a cotton lining, with an interior zipper pocket and interior cell phone pockets. It’s really quite roomy on the inside.

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The bag measurements: Width: 12.75, Height: 10.5, Depth: 5.5, Strap Drop: 5.5

I am currently using this as my main purse. Needless to say that I love carrying this tote around for all of my daily outings and I have received many compliments on it. I have also been taking REALLY good care of it. It may as well be a puppy with the treatment it is getting, which is really unlike me.

Buy it: Do you just love the look of SUSU Handbags and want one for yourself, to give one as a gift? Get one here. Just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, SUSU will be offering up some great deals! Black Friday Offer! 40% off and Free Shipping on any order with Code: BLACKFRIDAY Valid 11/28/14 only. Cyber Monday Offer! 40% off and Free Shipping on any order with Code: CYBERMONDAY. Valid 12/1/14 only.

Win it: If you’d like to win a SUSU bag of your choice, be sure to enter SUSU’s contest via the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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