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Tuesday
Aug222017

Natural Ways to Clean and Organize

1. Use cloth instead of paper.  My grandma had a bucket of clean rags, that she used to wipe down everything. She rarely used paper towels. Microfiber cloths are also a great option, washable, durable and reusable. 

2.  Buy and use green cleaning products, or make them yourself! Just search on Pinterest for eco-friendly green cleaner recipes. Plus, shop for eco-friendly beauty products,  eco-friendly fashion lines and eco-friendly home decor. I really like Green Works and Method

3.  Laundry.  Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.  Line-dry when you can. There is nothing like line-dried clothing, that has dried in the sun! You will never forget that clean air smell. 

4.  Go Paperless. Pay bills online. I pay most of my bills online, along with getting paperless copies of bills. It is now so much more fun to go to the mailbox! Put a stop to unsolicited mail and sign up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers.  

5.  Conserve Energy - Turn off the lights when you leave the room, or open the curtains and blinds and rely on the sunlight to cut down on electricity use. Only run the dishwasher when you have a full load.  Shut down and turn off your computer completely at night. 

6.  Change your light bulbs.   Switch a few of your light bulbs to CFLs , which use about 75 percent less energy and last seven to 10 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs, until eventually you have all of your house switched over. This was a hard one for me because I love my old-school bulbs. Now that they are phased out of most stores, I have had to bite the bullet and buy the new bulbs. Six years ago, my 90 year old grandfather, was light years ahead of me because he used CFLs and preferred them! 

7.  Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers, bulk storage or even pretty vases. I love mason jars for this. 

8.  Buy used and donate.   Shop thrift stores and craigslist for clothing, home items and more.  Grandma was a thrift shopper, she loved a good deal. She also loved to knit, sew and crochet. While I'm not much of a thrift shopper, I donate a lot to Goodwill. 

9.  Stop using disposable bags.   Purchase reusable bags. They are more durable and don't clog up land-fills! I love, love, love my Target reusable bag. I keep one in my car and one in the kitchen. 

 

Tuesday
Aug222017

Amazon Prime Deal


Amazon Prime offers you FREE 2-Day Shipping on millions of items, unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows, unlimited and ad-free streaming of over a million songs and more!
Save $ this 2016 with Amazon Prime! I love it for the free movies and tv shows, like Downton Abbey, free shipping and more!

 

Tuesday
Aug222017

How I Cut Cable and Saved $200 a Month

We were Directv customers for at least 15 years and had frequently thought about cancelling cable. We are big fans of Travel Channel, HGTV, Food Network and more and of course, we needed to have a DVR. 
After noticing that we weren't recording as many shows and hardly ever watching cable, we decided to cut the cord. And the bill inching towards $150+ a month did not help!
We had been subscribers to Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu, so making the transition wasn't that hard. The more difficult part was finding the right DVR and antennae to get the local channels. I love watching Wendy Williams and Dr. Phil, so local channels were a must.
Here is how we did it!
We bought the TIVO Bolt for $160 on sale at Best Buy. Amazon also has it right now for $190, but with some price-matching the price can come down. 

If recording shows and fast-forwarding through commercials is important to you, you will want to have a DVR.

Here are the features:
  • Record 4 shows at once and up to 75 hours of HD programming.(1) Replaces your cable box and works with your existing subscription (requires CableCARD); or plugs into any HD antenna to record over-the-air channels easily (over -the-air reception varies by location and is impacted by multiple factors).
  • TiVo service subscription is required. Options include a monthly service plan at $14.99/mo and a 1-year commitment,(4) and an annual service plan at $149.99/year.(5)
  • Your favorite streaming apps are fully integrated: No more switching inputs, remotes or devices. Access Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO GO, Hulu, Pandora and more from one, integrated experience.(2)
  • Watch eye-popping 4K/UHD content. Fully 4K/Ultra High-Definition compatible right out of the box, so you can soak up all that crisp color, clarity and detail.
  • SkipMode allows you to skip through entire commercial breaks of recorded shows at the press of a single button.(3) QuickMode lets you watch recorded shows 30% faster with pitch-corrected audio.

Or a little cheaper, choose the TIVO Mini for $149:

  • Add a TiVo Mini to additional TVs in your home for an easy, economical and entertaining multi-room setup.
  • Tru Multi Room functionality means you get the full TiVo experience on every additional TV you equip with a TiVo Mini
  • Provides full access to your streaming content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, VUDU, YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio and more.
  • Connects to your TiVo DVR through your home network via Ethernet or MoCA (does not support Wifi). Compatible with TiVo BOLT, Roamio, Roamio OTA, Roamio Plus, Roamio Pro, Premiere 4 and Premiere XL4/Elite.
  • Video Output Modes 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

 

Next we bought an antennae. 

We bought this Clearstream Antannae and it's been working really well picking up about 20 local channels. This was $59. You can go a little cheaper with these options, but reception might not be good.

 

We decided which programming was most important to us. We got the channels free over the air but we had to think which shows we wanted to see the most. We found Hulu, Amazon Prime and Netflix were must-haves.

Try out Hulu for FREE!

For channels like Starz and Showtime, Amazon has some nice free 30 day trials with easy cancel if you change your mind before getting charged. 

Be sure you are an Amazon Prime member. Click below for a FREE 30 day trial!

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

 

Then click below which channels you'd like to try out!

 

 

 

  

Monday
Aug212017

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Acorns

  1. Melt 1/2 bag of Mini-Chips {5 second interval in the microwave, stirring really good each time}
  2. Dip the flat end of the Hershey's Kiss into melted chocolate and top with a bite-size NutterButter.
  3. Dip the flat end of a Mini-Chip into the melted chocolate and stick it to the NutterButter.
Monday
Aug212017

Win a $50 Walmart Gift Card #TRYDRSCHOLLS

Win a $50 Walmart gift card!
Go here to win a $50 Walmart gift card. There will be 10 winners! Ends Aug.27th.
Monday
Aug212017

New Kroger Instant Win Game

 

 

Go here to play the new Kroger Instant Win game called "Game Day Greats". Click on your store name to start. Then scroll down and click on "Pass for Prizes". You've got 3 shots at a prize per day. Enter daily through Sept 23. Prizes are:

Aquafina Sparkling 8 pk 3,000 winners
Bertolli Olive Oil 3,000 winners
Cap'n Touchdown Crunch 3,050 winners
Cooked Perfect Meatballs 3,000 winners
Foster Farms Corn Dogs 3,050 winners
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers 3,000 winners
Ball Park buns 3,000 winners
Chunky Maxx Soup 3,000 winners
Cooked Perfect Fire Grilled Wings 3,000 winners
Dr Pepper 20 oz 3,050 winners
Frank's Red Hot Sauce to $1.59 3,000 winners
Hillshire Farm Rope Smoked Sausage 3,000 winners
Kettle brand chips 3,000 winners
McCormick Chili Seasoning 3,000 winners
Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, etc 3,050 winners
Pringles free can 3,000 winners
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup King size 3,000 winners
Rotel Tomatoes 3,000 winners
Sabra Grab & Go Classic Hummus 3,000 Winners
Stacy's 3,050 winners
Lipton Recipe Secrets 3,050 winners
Nestle Regional Spring Water 3,000 winners
Perky Jerky 3,000 winners
Ragu 3,000 winners
Ritz crackers 3,000 winners
Solo HD Paper Bowls 3,000 winners
Snickers single 3,000 winnersSimply Tostitos 3,050 winners

Monday
Aug212017

Try out Sephora Products For Free

Monday
Aug212017

Kmart Denim Sale #DenimAtKmart

I would pick up these jeans for fall, perfect with boots!
Get ready for back to school with this Kmart denim blow-out sale.
  • All Denim Jeans Starting at $8
  • Free shipping on orders of $49 or more.
  • Some restrictions apply.
  • Valid through 8/26/17.

Get shopping here!