Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Cheaper Shave

It wasn't long ago that I was able to coupon and get free or cheap razors weekly.  Those days are gone and our reserve has run dry, so I needed another option.  I looked into a service that would deliver us  razors on a schedule to our home, but found an even more reasonable and convenient method for us.  I found Dorco where if you spend $25 you get free shipping. 

We placed an order over a month ago and have been very happy with our new razors. I shave every day summer or winter so my razors get a good workout! Rich raved about the men's one and he is very picky.  Check it out and please share with others if you are impressed!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Purex and Cartwheel

If you don't use the Cartwheel app from Target, then you must start! It is a great way to save and every little bit counts.  Get ready for back to school this year as Target and Cartwheel pair up by offering 10% off using the Cartwheel program.  You can stack this promotion with coupons for further savings. So head over here to start saving with this deal! Even without a smart phone you can print from home.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kids Eat free Outback

Having two children who have now passed the phase of eating off our plates means two kids' meals when we go out to dinner. We have begun to look for Kids Eat Free deals of which we have already enjoyed a meal at TGI Fridays. Outback has just released a coupon for Kids Eat Free. The beauty of this is that you can choose the night that works for your family. Here is the link, remember to check that your location participates and that you don't try to combine it with other offers! You must print the coupon from the site. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Dial Coconut Water Body Wash Review and Giveaway

Dial has a new scent added to the Coconut Water Body Wash family with the new Mango body wash.  Though I would prefer to really be in the tropics, looks like this summer the fresh tropical coconut and mango smells from Dial Coconut Water will have to mentally take me there.  The Purex Insiders provided me with a full sized bottle of Dial Coconut Water  refreshing Mango in exchange for my honest opinion.

I never do so well with any type of strong smelling body wash as I end up with a headache if the smell is too reminiscent of perfume.  The mango scent was light and refreshing.  The body wash provided a good lather and the scent lasted several hours n my skin. Dial is designed this wash to be hydrating to refresh dry summer skin.  You can find it now in your local retailers and two lucky winners will win a coupon for a free bottle of Dial Coconut Water. 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Check Out These Great Daily Deals

I love checking out Daily Deals and have scored great deals on entertainment, dining, and vacations.  Here are some deals worth buying.  They are in varied areas so check first that it is near you. As always check the fine print. Also if you share after purchase with many deal if friends buy too, you can get a discount or refund. 

Franklin Institute Tickets $9.25

Adventure Aquarium Tickets Discounted

Splashzone Water park Tickets Wildwood 

Back to School Haircut at Sports Page $8.99

Kayak for Two on Susquehanna Limited time deal of $40

Ticket to Philly Brick Festival $22

Cape May Whale and Research Center Boat Tour $15

Family Pirate Ship Ride $23 for two

Josh Groban at Montage tickets start at $10

Sam's Club Membership $45 including $20 gift card and food vouchers that basically pays for itself.
I was able to use a 20% off and get this for $36!

Great bowling package for Wilkes Barre.  Perfect night out includes dinner and fun! This is a very clean place and has great pizza.
$25 for 4 people to bowl 2 games including shoes, soda and pizza at Chacko's.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's All About the Sticker Shock

I have been designing sticker charts in many capacities for almost two decades!  As a teacher I used them often, as a friend I have recommended them frequently, and as a parent I have used them almost never.  Finally, I have found a system that is working for us.  To make a successful sticker chart system you need it to motivate the kids while not torturing the parents!
So here is what is working for us.... The sticker chart is reinforcing a few positive behaviors that we are seeking from the children while trying to also assure that over the summer there is still some learning.
You choose what your goals are for your children.  I believe creating a system where the child easily earns at least one sticker a day will make sure there is reinforcement and success.
Our goals are as follows: (you can guess which child each goes to if you know my kids well)
Sticker for...
  •  Making your bed, putting the laundry in the basket, picking up your floor, hanging up your bath towel.
  • Extra chore of choosing including wiping down bathroom, sweeping the porch, walking the dog will equal extra sticker.
  • 20 minutes of summer work. 
  • 15-20 minutes of reading.
  • Getting ready for the morning and night without a fuss including selecting an appropriate outfit in a timely manner, brushing teeth, fixing hair, using the bathroom.
  • Being kind most of the day 
  • Not crying over small things.
Stickers can be given for other reasons such as finishing meal well without complaint, showing compassion, sharing,etc...

Rewards in our house mimic fun things we would do in summer, but the kids need to earn them.
  • Bowling (kids bowl free)
  • Special snack at the grocery store of their choosing.
  • Roller Skating
  • Fishing
  • Paddle Boat Ride
  • Creating a Science Experiment
  • Movies
  • Select a book at Barnes and Noble
  • Museum
  • Miniature Golf
  • Ice Cream for Dinner
Sticker packs can be purchased at The Dollar Tree.  One pack would last for an eternity!  I print out a new chart about once a week.  The kids select the themes.  I have found this has not only kept the kids on track, but me as well.  We are certainly doing more school work this summer than we have ever done before!
Cecily working hard to not cover her unicorns.
Cole's only motivation to read!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Back At It...

So yes if you have been checking in on the blog, you probably heard some crickets chirping and nothing else.  The lack of writing was certainly not due to lack of things I felt compelled to ramble on about, but rather it was because I had too much other writing to do. After 10 years I have moved back to Pennsylvania and more specifically after 16 years have moved back to Northeastern Pennsylvania.  As the kids are now growing to an age where I am needed less on an every waking moment basis, it is time to consider the next step of heading back to a job that pays money. The last time I taught school was in in New Jersey.  Between those years teaching and my years home, my license in Pennsylvania lapsed.  This means I can not apply for a job or even substitute at a school without getting my teaching certificate in order.  First step towards that was taking 2 graduate level courses or 180 hours of free online courses.  I went with the free option that I could do at my leisure.

My kitchen became my work station, though my husband suggested a locked bedroom where the children could not find me.
For all of you that work from home or take classes and do coursework at home with children around, wow!  I am pretty sure an electric lighted sign started to advertise to my children, especially Cecily the moment I would begin working on a class.  I promised myself that I would focus on getting this done and would not be doing the blog or other for fun writing until it was done.  Something like 100 short papers later and I am finally done.  It is at least the first step towards re-upping my certification. 

So now I promised my friends that I would be back with some sort of deal ideas or antics in my life.  Perhaps a full essay of the pros and cons of the skirted bathing suit would be a good start. Whatever it is it will never be all that well written, but hopefully it will ave you money or make you laugh!