Kid Lid: Keep Your Laptop Safe!

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With a very active household,  I live in fear of the day our TV, computers, game systems, or tablets take the seemingly inevitable beating that comes with mixing the two. Since a lot of my work is done from home and on my personal computer you’re more likely to hear me telling the kiddos to back away from the computer while having a drink in their hands or see me constantly moving any containers with liquid as far away from it as possible; my biggest fear being a well placed spill that renders our electronics useless and takes valuable photos and other data to the technology graveyard.

I loved the concept of Kid Lid and was asked to review one of their  Kid Lids. Focused on creating simple and innovative solutions that enable our kids to enjoy positive and safe interactions with our technology, Mogolo was founded by Matthew Mogol after he had experienced the same problems with his own daughter while using his gadgets. As a firm believer in cultivating the autonomy through self-mastery, Mogol set about creating the innovative Kid Lid; the solution that would help encourage children’s interaction with technology while keeping said gadgets safe.

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The cutest little reviewer: Maverick. I asked a friend of mine to have her sweet little guy review Kid Lid. As a homeschooler of 2, older children, I thought this would be beneficial to have for her youngest child. 

“Last year alone, consumers spent almost $3 billion replacing and repairing laptops, tablets and smartphones as a result of damage caused by children. Save yourself the headache and cash in 2015 with Kid Lid, a unique new solution that provides a stable surface that defends against inadvertent spills and resists the pounding of even the most rambunctious child. Kid Lid products protect computer keys from unwanted typing that disrupts movies, games and video chats as well as the removal of keys by small fingers.”

The Kid Lid is now available for pre-order, is available in Kid Lid Protect and Fold Up Board and comes in two sizes: 13″ and 15″. I was sent the Kid Lid Protect Board for my review.

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Both parent and child loved Kid Lid. This is definitely an item you want to have if you have little ones in your house!

The Kid Lid Protect Board is the innovative gadget protector that is universally sized for Mac and PC’s. It comes with a nifty elastic strap to keep it in place while in use is the perfect way to give yourself some peace of mind when it comes to your technology; in an age where parents and instructors are choosing to have their children/students learn on their computers and tablets this is a nifty solution for any accidents that might crop up. As of right now it only comes in white but don’t let that throw you off; more colors are in the works!

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Leprechaun Bark

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Looking for a St. Patrick’s Day delicious treat that you can make with the little ones? How about making Leprechaun Bark! It’s easy and the kids will have fun helping you make it!

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Ingredients:

15 Keebler Grasshopper Cookies
5 Andes Thin Mint Candies
¾ cup short thin stick pretzels
8 oz chocolate melts or Candiquik
¼ cup brown M&M candies
¼ cup green M&M candies
green & white sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Place Grasshopper Cookies in a plastic bag and smash into pieces. Place on a large cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  2. Place Andes Thin Mint Candies in a plastic bag and smash into pieces. Pour on cookie sheet and mix with Grasshopper Cookies.
  3. Break pretzels in small piece and spread evenly through cookie mixture.
  4. Spread brown M&M candies evenly through cookie mixture.

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5. Melt chocolate melts or Candiquik and quickly drizzle over mixture and mix thoroughly.

6. Place green M&M candies and sprinkles evenly on top of mixture and press down slightly into bark mixture.

7. Place in fridge to set. Once set, cut into pieces and enjoy!

Leprechaun Bark #4

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FREE Baby Sling, Carseat Cover, & More For Parents!

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We have quite a few readers who are having children or grandchildren in the next few months. I am always asked about gifts, savings, and more for these moms to be. Here is a roundup of a few of my favorite freebies. All of the following have been verified to be legitimate freebies. I in fact just ordered from one of these for a few friends who are expecting babies in the next few months!

Free Baby Sling:

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Get a stylish baby sling for FREE! You only have to pay for shipping and handling. I keep one of these on hand for baby showers!

Click on ‘Shop Now”, select any baby carrier you would like. Be sure to go to the sizing page so that you can get the right size carrier for you. Once you have selected your size, you will automatically be directed to the “shopping bag” where you can enter the promo code “ENBABY“. This promo code will take 100% off of the baby carrier purchase and all you are required to pay are the shipping fees. You can use the code more than once- simply open a new browser window to do so. These make great baby shower gifts!

 

FREE Carseat Carrier Cover:

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This would make a great gift for a new mom!

Click on “Shop Now”, select any canopy you would like (be sure to go to their sizing page so you can get the right size carrier for you). Once you have selected your size, you will automatically be directed to the “shopping bag” where you can enter the promo code “MYSAVINGS” This promo code will take off 100% of the canopy purchase and all you are required to pay are the shipping fees. You can use the code more than once – you just have to open a new browser/window to do so.

 

FREE 5 Pairs of Baby Leggings

Check out this great deal for the little ones in your lives. Right now you can get 5 pairs of baby leggings for FREE. You only have to pay for shipping and handling. These make great gifts and there are so many different choices.

These sell for $10 each. Here is how to get 5 for free. Pick 5 pairs (they can be different pairs and add them to your cart. Put in Discount Code: MYSAVINGS. This will take off $50 (your total for 5 pairs). You only have to pay shipping and handling. I tried it to make sure!

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Your total for all 5 is FREE, and only $12.95 for shipping and handling!! That is an awesome savings!!

Freebie for Nursing Moms: Free Breast Pads!!

Do you know a new mom or are you, yourself a new mom? Grab yourself 10 Free pairs of Breast Pads:

  1. Go Here
  2. Select your favorite pairs of Breast Pads – you will then be automatically directed to your shopping cart.
  3. Enter the promo code “ENBABY” and we will deduct 100% off the cost of your Breast Pads – a $35 value!

*Remember, you can use the promo code “ENBABY” more than once, just open a new browser to do so!

SUBTOTAL: $ 35.00
CODE DISCOUNT: ($ 35.00)     
SUBTOTAL: $ 0.00

*Offer valid while supplies last.

 

Free Nursing Pillow! Great Baby Shower Gift!

Enter promotional code MYSAVINGS to receive free Nursing Pillow. You only have to pay for shipping and handling!

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There are some really cute designs! These would make great gifts for a mom to be! I used mine almost every day, when my little one was born.

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If you prefer the higher price Minky pillows, the discount code will take off $40, so you only pay $4.95 +shipping and handling.

Here is  a picture of what the higher price Minky pillow looks like:

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FREE Pregnancy Belly Button Bands!!

 

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Am I the only person who didn’t know these things existed?! So I could have seriously have worn one of these instead of going out and buying maternity pants?!  I love that you can still wear your pre-pregnancy pants unbuttoned and this belly band will hold tight and keep those unbuttoned pants in place!!

Right now you can get 2 of these belly bands or one FREE Body band!! What a great gift for a mom to be!!!! Here is how to get these for free.

  1. Click here.
  2. Add 2 belly bands OR 1 body band to your cart
  3. Add promo code ENBABY at checkout.

You only have to pay for shipping and handling!!!

 

 

FREE Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards Program

Join the free Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards program and receive 100 free points toward your purchase of Pampers goods, gift cards, and more!

 

Read my article on how to prepare for a Baby On A Budget

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Finances + Relationships = Stress ?

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In almost any relationship when you bring up the topic of finances or money, you’re sure to be met with opposition. Statistically speaking, 35% of couples indicate that finances are the reason they have stress within their relationship.  Let’s focus on ways to help alleviate this stress by focusing on ways to talk with our spouses/partners about finances.

 

Before you even begin your financial discussions, make it a rule that there will be no finger pointing throughout the discussion and that you’ll both be open minded and allow each other to speak and explain their side of the equation.  Creating an environment where both sides can speak freely, without judgement, is crucial to establishing open communication, which makes it much easier to dig in and get to root of any would-be financial struggles.  Maybe one of you is hiding deep financial secrets, now is the time to come clean about them

Once you have laid out the ground rules — it’s time to dig in!
Set Financial Goals

Its important for both sides to be on the same page when it comes to finances.  In a recent SunTrust survey conducted by the Harris Poll, a whopping 47% of respondents said that they had different spending habits of their spouse/partner!  That is almost half! If you have one party that just wants to spend everything, while the other wants to squirrel it all away in rainy day funds — you’ll have nothing more than 2 upset people and mounds of disagreements.  Sit down and hash out realistic goals that you both agree on.  

Do you want to have all your debt paid off in 5 years?  Have you always dreamed of having a Christmas Club or Vacation Club account?  Discuss your dreams together and use those dreams to help plan your financial future.

 

Create a Working Budget

Once you know where you want to be, its time to figure out where you are.  Comb through and lay out all of your monthly expenses and create a monthly cash flow plan or budget.  What are you actually spending on a monthly basis?  Are there any areas that you can shave your expenses, such as your cable/satellite bill, cell phone, monthly subscriptions, etc?

After you know what you’re spending every month, figure out just how much you have coming in every month.

 

Make a Plan

Now that you know where you’re at and where you want to be, it time to make a plan that you both agree on.  If you have money left over at the end of every month, what do you plan to do with it?  Too much month left at the end of your money? How are you going to fix that?  Is it time to take on a second job or do you need to shave expenses somewhere else?

 

Plan a Date

In order to keep the lines of communication open, and the financial secrets at bay, plan a date every month for you and your spouse/partner to discuss your finances.  This is important so that not one person is in sole control of the finances and each knows exactly where you’re at financially.  Meeting once a month will also give you a clearer picture as to how close you are to reaching your goals and if something in your budget or your goals needs to be adjusted.


FREE: One Year Money Challenge Charts & Worksheets

 

SunTrust is offering a quick 17 question Money Personality Quiz to help you understand how you approach spending and saving.  Taking the personality quiz before meeting with your spouse will help each of you understand your financial habits and will also recommend areas where you should focus financially.

 

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Kroger Fuel Incentives = Big Savings For Shoppers!

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For more than 100 years, Kroger grocery stores have been offering exceptional products and remarkable savings to their loyal customers. In fact, this phenomenal company has successfully earned the title of the most profitable grocery store/supermarket in the United States and the second most popular general retailer in the nation.

Perhaps the reason they have continued to be such a successful chain is because they offer excellent products and unbeatable deals. Well, Kroger has done it again with their recent announcement of a stellar sweepstakes and limited time promotion where customers can not only take advantage of the already great savings opportunities at their stores, but can also apply their spending totals to earn significant discounts at the gas pump.

For every dollar spent on groceries, Kroger rewards members will earn one fuel reward point that can be spent on gas at any of the supermarket supported fuel/convenience stations, in addition to certain participating Shell stations. While they’re at it, Kroger customers can keep track of their reward point accruals and usage with the convenient Kroger App that is compatible on both the iPhone as well as Android devices. The Kroger app is also great for taking advantage of instant savings through downloadable digital coupons.

The incentives don’t stop there. Shoppers can earn double fuel rewards points by purchasing prepaid phones, airtime cards, or by purchasing Kroger gift cards. Additional points are also awarded to customers who choose Kroger pharmacies for their prescription needs as well as those who participate in Kroger’s exclusive customer satisfaction survey (50 points, for each survey. Limit of 1 survey per customer per week).  When you use your Kroger REWARDS Visa, card, you earn an additional 5 cents per gallon. New cardholders save 25 cents a gallon during the first three months as cardholders when you redeem at least 100 fuel points. With the combination of record low fuel prices and Kroger’s unbeatable fuel rewards program, some folks are paying less than $1 per gallon. These savings are unheard of!.

Just when you thought this couldn’t get any better, it does. To highlight these incredible deals and savings opportunities, Kroger is featuring a social media sweepstakes where participants have the chance to win free gas for a month! By tagging a picture of your fuel savings with #FuelPointsSweeps on Twitter, Instagram, or Kroger’s Facebook page, customers are automatically entered into the drawing. In February, forty-four lucky winners will receive a $200 gift card to be used toward their next gas purchases.

Full list of current and upcoming deals

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