Thursday, January 28, 2016

Free National Poetry Month Poster

As a homeschooling mom, I love to decorate my classroom with posters and other things that will inspire my children. Get yours here: 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Influenster Dove Dry Spray Review

A couple of weeks ago, I recieved an Influenster box containing two free sample bottles of Dove Dry Spray- one for men and another for women. I'm going to share my review on the one that I used. Maybe I can ask hubby to write up a review for his in the future.

First of all, I must share that I really like my deodorant. Wait. That came out wrong. I don't necessarily like it, but I definitely never skip a day. I make sure to shower, and then put on my antiperspirant/deodorant right away after I dry off.  It's as important as washing my face and brushing my teeth. Here in the deep south where it gets pretty warm all year, I wouldn't dare miss this crucial part of my morning routine in the. In fact, during the summer, I carry my antiperspirant/deodorant with me at all time, sometimes even keeping extras in the car. This may be over the top, but a.did you read the part about living in the deep south? and b. I HATE to sweat. I really hate it. 

I have friends who are all crunchy and natural and use only natural deodorants (note- NOT antiperspirants) and I just can't even. I mean...I'm crunchy too, but I am willing to take my chances on the aluminum in my deodorant if it means I won't sweat. 

I just feel icky without it and just can't.

So, anyway. Now that you know that I am freakishly attached to my deodorant and I will get to my review of Dove Dry Spray.

At first I was a bit leery. The last time I used a spray deodorant was probably about 30 years ago, and it was cold and felt wet and was kind of unpleasant. Back then I wondered why anyone would use such a thing.  

However, this was a free product that Influenster sent to me to test and I wanted to be sure to follow through. I decided to give it a try. 

I need to say that I was pleasantly surprised! It did feel a little wet/cool when it first landed on my skin, but it wasn't really all that unpleasant and I'm sure people who are less weird about their pits won't even notice. That maybe lasted a second and then I felt completely dry and normal, just like Dove promised here.

After it was on, I went about my day as usual. I'm just a stay at home mom who does stay at home mom things- nothing too strenuous. I'm happy to report that Dove Dry Spray held up just fine! I'll be honest and tell you that I didn't expect it to work, but it was fine. 

They claim that it lasts for 48 hours and I don't know if I completely trust that but that's ok! I shower every morning and I don't need it to last 48 hours because, like I said above, I'll reapply it every morning anyway. 

Will I buy it again? I think I will! Have you tried this? Comment below and let me know what you think.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Weekly Menu January 3-9

January 3- Chicken Enchiladas, Corn and Black Bean Salad

January 4- Lasagna- Caesar Salad

January 5-Taco Salad

January 6- Chicken Wings, celery, carrots, dressing

January 7- Quiche  from Holidays at Home Cookbook and cream of zucchini soup from Mary's Bread Basket and Soup Kettle (a must have book in my opinion)

January 8- Burgers roasted red potatoes

January 9- Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Best Free Printable 2016 Planners

If you are like me, you are starting the new year with big ideas about what you'll accomplish in 2016. You may be looking for some great planners to help you accomplish your goals, so I'd like to share with you some of my favorite FREE planners that you can print yourself or even have printed at your local print shop. Add a cute cover and you'll have something that will outshine those expensive planners any day.

Passion Planner
While you can most certainly purchase a Passion Planner to be printed and mailed to you, you can also print your own for pennies. This planner is ideal for goal setting and creating action plans and provides space for journaling and reflecting on previous weeks.

The Handmade Home
This planner is simply gorgeous and just the thing for a busy mom. I love that you can totally customize this, choosing to print only the pages you love. The various cover choices are so adorable. I am going to have a hard time choosing the one I love best.

The Confident Mom
The Confident Mom is offering a free planner that includes daily household tasks as well as space to write in your own plans. Like the HMH planner above, it is so pretty! Gosh, I just love this one so much.

The Peaceful Mom
The Peaceful Mom has lots and lots of great free planner pages that you can print out. There are so many forms here that you can use to build a nice planner. Bonus is that she has so many other great tips for organization on her blog. Definitely check this out!

Busy Moms Helper
Busy Moms Helper has a GREAT free  printable planner with special pages for your  menu, important contacts, dates to remember and more. I love this one because I find it helpful to have separate pages for the menu.

Mommy Tracked
Can I just say that I love that Mommy Tracked offers a planner page to help you delegate? Imagine that? Asking someone for help.  I love it and the other pages. This site is so straightforward. You can easily see the pages you need and then click the link to download.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Free Online Typing Course for Homeschoolers

I have been looking for a great free online typing course for awhile now and I just stumbled across this one so I MUST share! I'll definitely be using this with my 6th grader as well as my 4th grader. I think my little ones (K and 1st) are too young.

We'll try it for a few days then I'll come back here to add a review, but  in the meantime check it out and let me know what you think! Also, if you have another free online typing course to share, post in comments below.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to earn money with Swagbucks

If you are like me, you are probably skeptical every time you see an ad that promises to give you cash for shopping, taking surveys and exploring the web (whatever that means). This is how I felt when I originally heard about swagbucks, but after awhile I began to noticed that friends would tell me about earning $5 or $10 gift cards to Amazon....just for using swagbucks to search the internet. I finally decided to check it out for myself and several years later I am here to tell you that it is 100% legit and easy to use!

Basically it works like this- use swagbucks to search the internet, do your regular online shopping, print coupons and watch videos. You'll earn swagbucks and then you can redeem your swagbucks for cash, products or gift cards. It doesn't require any extra time because you already search the net and print grocery might as well make it count for something a little extra.

My personal favorite thing to get when redeeming swagbucks is $5 Amazon gift cards. You only need to redeem 450 Swagbucks for a $5 gift card and since you can use many of them at one time, I get these as often as I can. I recently redeemed 4 of these gift cards at one time to save $20 on Christmas gifts for my daughter.

I've also redeemed my swagbucks for Paypal money as well. I love this because I have a paypal debit card and use it for all of my purchases.

If you haven't yet signed up for Swagbucks, you definitely should check it out! Here's the link to sign up:

Search & Win

I have some tips for getting the most out of your swagbucks account-

1. Download the swagbucks toolbar and use that for all internet searches. It's easy to download and as far as I can tell, it is safe. Swagbucks has been around long enough and has a great reputation, so I trust that it isn't unsafe to add the toolbar to my firefox browser.

2. Use Swagbucks for all of your internet searches. The more you use it, the more you'll earn. Points are given randomly.

3. Go to all websites through Swagbucks search. For instance, rather than typing in the URL to a website, do a search through swagbucks. It's one extra step, but it doesn't take much time and will earn you money in the long run.

4. Do all of your shopping through Swagbucks. I've shifted my thinking regarding online shopping. I used to only shop online for things I couldn't get easily at a local store, but now I try to buy everything online. You can get most non perishable items on Amazon or Walmart and now you can earn points for them. I love that I can earn points, avoid the store and shop when it is most convenient for me (late night after kids are in bed). So, not only is it easier for me, but I actually get cash back for being lazy efficient with my time.

5. Share with friends. Us the refer a friend feature to tell your friends about swagbucks. If they sign up, you'll get points when they get points! It's a win-win!