Save on Back to School Shopping with Goodwill

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How is it time for Back to School already? I know some of your kids already went back but mine won’t start until after Labor Day. Can I just say that I feel like a major procrastinator, because I am totally not ready? Well, I am done with the supply shopping, but I haven’t bought the kids very many clothes or shoes yet. I am planning a big trip to Goodwill very soon to get all of our Back to School shopping finished. I like to shop there because I get them name brand clothes at a great price and it helps the community at the same time. I am pretty picky and can find some really nice, gently used clothes and shoes that last them quite a while.

This Back-to-School season will cost parents hundreds of dollars. The Nation Retail Federation says this year the average family with school-aged children will spend about $674.00 on back to school clothing and supplies. That is 10% more than last year. College aged students expect to shell out nearly $900.00.

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Take a quick look at Goodwill clothes prices for kids/youth compared to typical department store prices. This year parents can get an “A+” in shopping.

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Goodwill also has new and donated school supplies such as backpacks and books, dorm room finds and electronics. When shopping in any of the 51 Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette stores – revenue directly goes to support local persons in need of free job services or job training in NW and Central OR and SW WA. Last year alone, more than 530,000 services were provided to people with barriers to employment. Persons, for example, who might have educational or language difficulties, physical disability, and broken work histories. Save money, get kids the stuff they want, be good to the planet and lend a hand to your neighbors in need. That’s a great start to a good school year!

When you shop at Goodwill, you are helping support Goodwill’s mission of providing vocational opportunities to people with barriers to employment by giving them free career training and development, English classes and help getting citizenship, and also helping them find job opportunities and much more. You can find more information about Goodwill and their Job Connection page, on the Goodwill Facebook Page and on Twitter.

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

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Back to School with Oriental Trading


It seems like every year, back to school shopping sneaks up on me. I know some of your kids have already gone back, but mine won’t start until after Labor Day. I’m grateful for the extra couple of weeks because I truly need it to get all of the school shopping done for my three kids. After all, we’re not only talking about the seemingly never ending lists of supplies, but also clothes, shoes, haircuts, etc. I feel like we’ve been so busy this summer, and while I do love a good sale and all, sometimes I just like to save my time and energy by buying as much as possible at one time.

One of my favorite places to get a chunk of the school supplies is Oriental Trading. They have a huge selection of school supplies and the best part is that I don’t have to leave the house. I love doing this because you’re basically buying in bulk, which means you have leftovers. For me, this means that I have less to buy the next year. Or, if you’re not the stockpiling kind, you can always donate the leftovers.

Here is what I picked up this year.
Elmer’s® School Disappearing Glue Sticks: Comes in a pack of 12.


Pacon® Composition Book Wide Ruled: You can order just one of these, but we needed three so, I got three.

Pencil Boxes: These are pretty sturdy and come in a pack of 12.
Mood Rulers: These are just for fun and also come in a pack of 12.


Fidget Busy Blocks: You get 6 of these in a pack. In my opinion they are better than fidget spinners and I have enough that we can use some for those birthday parties that come up over the school year.


Crayola® Washable Pip-Squeaks® & Paper Set: This comes individually, as do most of the Crayola products.

Still needing a few school supplies, or haven’t started shopping yet? Be sure to check out Oriental Trading. You’ll get free shipping on your order of $49 or more. Click here to shop.

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


For more must have items for school, be sure to check out my Back to School Guide.

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Never Forget to Change Your Fridge Filters Again with FilterSnap


Do you remember the last time you changed your refrigerator filter – you know, the one that keeps your fridge’s water and ice dispenser clean of contaminants, your ice cube tray full, and the dispenser water flowing smoothly? If you’re like me, things like that just kind of fall to the back of my mind until one day we notice that the water doesn’t taste as good as it once did and then I have to spend time trying to find out what kind of filter we need and compare prices, etc. It can be a pain.

Now you can make your life easier. FilterSnap offers a new automatic fridge filter delivery service in addition to their air filter subscription service to help keep you on track and also reduce the risk of bacteria and mold growth caused by long delays between refrigerator filter changes.

FilterSnap’s fridge filter selector is so easy to use. Just choose your brand of fridge, where the filter is located in the fridge and how often you want filters sent (every 2, 4 or 6 months) and you’re done. Your new FilterSnap-exclusive Untapped filter will arrive on your doorstep right on schedule. You don’t need to mark a reminder on your calendar or make a special trip to the hardware store, and you’ll save up to 50% off the retail price.

FilterSnap’s air filter replacement service works the same way, bringing furnace filters to your door exactly when they’re needed. Did you know that regularly changing your air filters can save up to 15% on energy bills, improve indoor air quality, and avoid HVAC breakdowns caused by filters clogged with airborne particles like pet dander, dust mites, pollen and mold spores? Energy Star recommends changing air filters at least every three months.

Prices for both air and refrigerator filter subscriptions begin at a very reasonable $3.97 per month per filter. Getting both from FilterSnap provides one-stop filter management that simplifies your home maintenance chores. Click here to get started on ordering your filters.

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





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Busy Mom? Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ bake Pizza Saves Dinnertime!


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I don’t know how you all are doing this school year, but I feel like I am ALWAYS busy. Between school drop-offs and pick-ups, work, trying to keep up with the household stuff and this blog, it can be a struggle to keep up with the pace. And then there is dinner. As soon as I pick up the kids from school I hear “Mom, I’m hungry. What’s for dinner”. By that point in the day, if I hadn’t already planned it, dinner is pretty much the very last thing I want to think about, but I know it needs to happen. The kids need to eat and so do I.


I try to feed us as healthfully (and conveniently) as I can. Many a time, Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza has come to my rescue. Not only do they offer freshly prepared ingredients for their pizzas, but they do so at an affordable price. When I say their ingredients are fresh, I mean they are FRESH! I’m talking about 100% whole milk mozzarella cheese on all their pizzas, scratch-made dough that is prepared (in an actual stand mixer!) daily in their stores, vegetables that are fresh and hand-chopped, and no freezers. This means I am feeding my family a quality dinner that my kids are sure to love.


I also love that we can customize our pizza to meet our family’s needs. My kids are, for the most part, pretty easy going and not what I would consider picky, but there are certain things that they will not eat. You can easily have the pizza you order modified to not include certain ingredients, or only add them to half of your pizza. They are pretty accommodating, which is nice.


Another great thing about Papa Murphy’s is that I can order online and pick it up while I’m out running errands and it’s ready for me when I get there. I can bring it home, then cook it when I’m ready.

As a bargain hunter, I really like that I can get email and text offers from Papa Murphy’s. It only takes a minute to sign-up. Click here for details!

Do you love Papa Murphy’s? Tell me your family’s favorite pizza that you get from them in the comments below.

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Give your bathroom a new look with the Pfister Breckenridge Bath Faucet

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When we bought our home a few years ago, it was definitely not in what you would call magazine quality condition. It’s an old house from the 60’s, and it still has a lot of the original features such as the light fixtures, wood paneling, etc. Updating it has been a slow-going process. It all takes time, money and energy, you know?

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This year, our goal is to update our one and a half bathrooms. The half bath isn’t bad, as we had already done a few things in there to improve it, but it needed a new faucet badly. The one we had was kind of unsightly. Our vanity still needs to go and I will be picking a new color for the walls as well.

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When Pfister offered the Breckenridge Single Control Centerset Bath Faucet for review, I couldn’t say no. I really love the nice clean and simple look it has. We got ours in the Spot Defense Brushed Nickel finish. This is great because the Pfister Pforever Warranty covers finish and function for life. You can see how much of a difference it made on our sink with just that one change and a few decorative items.

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The faucet can be used with or without the deck plate, if your sink only has one hole. Our sink has three holes, so we did use the deck plate.

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The first thing I noticed when I turned it on is that the water flow from this faucet is a little less than our last one and I personally like it better this way. I like the smooth, gentle stream rather than the gushing deluge that was coming out of our other one. When you turned it on it was splashing quite a bit, which is not so great when you have kids. This one doesn’t do that.

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The other thing I noticed is that there isn’t a hot or cold label on the faucet. You just lift up and to the right for cold and up and to the left for hot. Pretty easy to figure out.

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The other cool thing that I wasn’t expecting is that the drain plug was included. It’s a cool pop up and down plug. There are no levers to pull and it’s in the same Spot Defense Brushed Nickel finish. Pretty spiffy.

Overall I think this is a great little faucet and I’m really happy with it. You can get yours here.

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

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FXP Fitness Hula Hoop Giveaway (Ends 2/8)

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Do you want a workout that’s fast, fun and can be done from the comfort of your own home? If so, I’d like to tell you about the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop. Officially licensed from Wham-O, the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop is the world’s first portable exercise hula hoop. Weighing 2lbs and measuring 41” in diameter, this Hula Hoop is ideal for beginners as well as ninjas – in other words, all fitness levels. When using it, you can burn up to 800 calories per hour!

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For this review, I received the FXP Starter Kit which includes the FXP Hula Hoop with carrying bag, a workout DVD and a 6″ x 6″ non-slip surface. This kit is specifically designed for those who are just beginning their fitness journey or are new to fitness hooping. The workout DVD features internationally recognized fitness trainer, Niece Pecenka, who has designed this proven workout program using low impact exercises to keep you motivated and having a blast while you tone and sculpt your entire body.

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As you can see, the hula hoop is in sections which are very easy to assemble. The Posi-Lock system keeps it firmly together while you are using it. It’s very sturdy and durable.

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When you first get your kit, I recommend that you spend some time practicing hula hooping before starting the workout DVD as it will require you to hoop a good chunk of the time and if you don’t have it down, you will keep dropping your hoop. There is more to it than hooping though, you will lift the hoop, stretch with the hoop and more. The workout DVD is no joke. It really gives you a good workout in just 15 minutes. FXP Fitness is not limited to just a workout DVD, but they also have trainers across the country. You can learn more about that here.  Overall, I think this is a great way to work out when you don’t have a lot of time and it’s fun! I plan on using it a lot.

Buy it: If you’d like to try the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop, you can get them online. Just go here and click on SHOP.

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health-fitness-guidesmall Interested in other Health & Wellness products? Be sure to check out my Health & Fitness Guide. Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Get Ready for Christmas with Oriental Trading

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Are you ready to deck the halls? Or maybe your mantle? Did you know that Oriental Trading offers not only crafts and party supplies, but also a ton of affordable Christmas decorations as well? I was really impressed with their selection as I chose a few pieces to decorate my fireplace. Let me give you a little tour.

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This little White Metal Mini Lantern is so cute and fits the Mini Pillar Candles perfectly.

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This Antiqued Nativity Set is super pretty and is a steal at less than $12.

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One of the highlights of the mantle is this White Metal Lantern with Tree Cutouts. I put a candle in and wrapped it with the LED Cool White Mini String Lights. They are battery powered, so I don’t actually have to burn the candle.

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The Peace on Earth Christmas Garland adds a nice touch without being too flashy.

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By far, my favorite piece is this Lighted Star of Bethlehem. Priced at just under $20, this was the most spendy of the items, but it is SOOO worth it. This battery powered star has 2 settings. It flashes or can be set to a solid light.

Do you still have decorating to do? Be sure to check out Oriental Trading and their Christmas Decorations section for an affordable and high-quality selection.

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

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The Original PeachSkinSheets Review & Giveaway (Ends 11/16)

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If you are in the market for new sheets, then you will want to keep reading. I would like to tell you about my favorite brand. The Original PeachSkinSheets are amazingly soft, with a 1500 thread count feel. They have a brushed PeachSkin finish on both sides. These sheets are breathable, and won’t pill or snag. PeachSkinSheets are perfect for hot sleepers. The durable athletic grade performance SMART fabric wicks away moisture to keep you drier and more comfortable.

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I have used these sheets before and am have now added a second set in one of the kids’ bedrooms. My son chose the black color. Just as my other set of sheets, these are soft, smooth and fit great on the bed. I was wondering if this set might come off the mattress a little easier since kids can kind of get restless in the bed while they are falling asleep, but no, these sheets fit so well that they have not come off on their own. The only time they come off is when I take them off to wash them.

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The sheet sets come with the deep-pocket fitted sheet, a flat sheet and two standard pillow cases. They will not shrink when you wash and dry them, nor do they pill.  Prices start at $55. They always have 2 colors of the month priced at $55 for any size set. The regular sale price is $69.95 for any size set while Split King/Adjustable Bed specialty sizes are $85.  PeachSkinSheets really stand behind their product as they are backed by a 2 year warranty against any defects. I love these sheets and I know you will too.

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PeachSkinSheets are available in Split King, Cali King, King, Queen, Full, Twin and XL Dorm Twin and XL Dorm Full. Spoil yourself with some or buy it as a gift. You won’t be sorry.

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These sheets would make a great gift. For more gift ideas, be sure to check out my Holiday Gift Guide. Here you will find unique gift ideas for everyone on your list.

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

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