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As a parent with a child still in diapers several months after I assumed we would be all done with them, I can tell you that it is always nice to find ways to save a bit of money on diapers, as long as they are a brand that actually works for your child. We’ve always had positive experiences with Luvs® diapers, so I’m excited o see that he brand has just launched a loyalty program called the #LuvsClub. It is completely free to join, and it offers the following benefits:

  • The latest Luvs® offers and savings
  • Baby-related news, tips and articles
  • News and video releases from Luvs®
  • And much more!

In addition, the first 2,000 people who get registered will win a Walmart $5 e-gift card, so get yourself entered ASAP! Additionally, a drawing will be held in April 2015 from all the registrants, and one lucky winner will win a year’s supply of Luvs diapers (a $1,000 value!). Talk about a useful prize!!!

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One Simple Trick to Save Extra Money Shopping Online (That You Don’t Already Know)

I’m an affiliate of Ebates and have been a member there since 2007. I only promote what I use and love! 

I think most folks know that finding coupons for online purchases isn’t super hard to do. You simply do a quick Google search (for example: Toys R Us coupon code) and if such a coupon exists, you’ll find it in just a few seconds.

But did you know that there’s a site that simply offers a percentage back on your purchases to hundreds and hundreds of very popular stores ON TOP OF any coupons you might be using?

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It’s called Ebates, and I joined in 2007. Since that time, Ebates has sent me checks totaling $803.11. That averages out to saving $114.73 each year! If you are shopping online, you should absolutely be looking for coupon codes. But you should most definitely be going through Ebates in addition. Ebates often has the most up-t0-date coupon codes right there on site, so you can take advantage of percentage off sales or free shipping offers AND earn cash back at the same time! I love Ebates because it puts a little cash back in my pocket for purchases I was already planning on making. My latest purchase from Kohls.com saved me $1 just for going through Ebates for an order that was just over $16. Is $1 life-changing? No, but look at my grand total to see how it really and truly adds up to make a big difference! I saved $1.35 on Layah’s Jasmine costume from the Disney store, and that $1.35 really mattered to me, because that darn costume was not on sale and there was no free shipping offer. Bu her heart was set on that costume. This mama was desperate to save at least a little bit, and Ebates made that happen for me. :-)

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And it is seriously effortless. You click on the link to the store where you want to shop (and you see the percentage cash back you will be offered so there are no surprises, and it does vary by store) and then you buy what you were already going to buy. Some stores have a low percentage (Walmart is 1%, though occasionally it goes up…especially around this time of year!) but other stores might get you 8-12% back, or even higher. Promotions are running all the time with increased percentages back, which is great!

I personally shop online a great deal (much more frequently than going to a brick-and-mortar store), and I use Ebates to help me cut the bill total as much as possible. It may only save me a few dollars each time, but the savings add up, and that makes it totally worth the 6 seconds it takes me to go to Ebates, click on the store name where I want to shop, and be on my merry way.

So many people I talk with about online shopping don’t know about Ebates. Let’s fix that for once and for all! You are already shopping online. You are probably already looking for coupons. Take the next leap and add additional savings on top of it all with Ebates. Maybe your checks back will be even bigger than mine!

Teaching Young Children How to Clean Their Bikes: #DawnBeyondtheSink (BIG Giveaway!!!)

Thanks to Dawn and Double Duty Divas for partnering with me to make this post possible. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always! 

Our oldest is working hard on learning how to ride a bicycle. Her confidence is growing with every ride around the block! It wasn’t long ago that she couldn’t really figure out how the pedals worked, and now she can’t be stopped!

But the more she uses her bicycle, the more it gets, well, USED. And every once in a while, it needs some maintenance and care provided to it so that it can stay in good working order. Teaching children how to care for their possessions is an important aspect of helping them understand how to get maximum value from them. The idea of bicycle maintenance isn’t new to Darah, since she’s seen her dad work on his bicycle many times. But this weekend, she got the chance to give her own bike a little TLC!

All you need to get started with basic bicycle care is a bottle of Dawn and some water. We all know that Dawn cuts grease in the sink, but it can do the exact same thing with bicycle wheels and chains! Wherever grease and dirt can be found, let Dawn get to work for you. All you need is a few drops!

Let your child take the lead, but provide some guidance. They will be shocked by just how much grime-fighting power they can get out of just a tiny dab of Dawn. Have them help you fill the bowl with warm water and teach them how to ring out a sponge if they don’t already know. Then, set them free on their bicycle to get to scrubbing!

While Darah was cleaning her bike, her father was talking with her about the various parts of the bicycle, teaching her the names of the parts, and talking with her a bit about their jobs, and how they all work together to make a bicycle. By seeing and touching the parts as she cleaned and as she learned about them, I think she really absorbed what she was hearing. It was a sensory experience!

Darah felt proud of the work she did on her bicycle, and Dawn did a great job of making it easy to wipe away the grime that had accumulated on her bike during her practice sessions. I’m guessing that she’s going to ask to clean her bike again before it really and truly NEEDS to be cleaned. But that’s perfectly fine with me…this activity helps her better understand bicycle mechanics, and instills in her the importance of taking care of what is yours. And maybe we can work her up to cleaning our car for us, too! :-)

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If you’d like more ideas on great ways to put Dawn to use once your dishes are clean, check out Dawn’s Beyond the Sink page for a big list of alternative uses!

And now for 3 different ways you can win BIG BIG BIG prizes with Dawn!

Pinterest Party!

Dawn is having an AWESOME Pinterest party that starts October 27th and ends November 24th. There are weekly prizes of $250 Target gift cards (!!) and a grand prize, which is a $700 Home Depot gift card (!!!!!). Entering is super easy. Simply head over to the Dawn Pinterest Boards and re-pin something that catches your eye. Be sure to use #DawnBeyondtheSink in the description of your re-pin so that your entry is counted!

Twitter Party!

This Thursday, October 28th at 9pm EST, join Dawn for the #DawnBeyondtheSink Twitter party. If you RSVP, you get a free bottle of Dawn! Woo hoo! Here are the other amazing prizes up for grabs during the party:

  • Prize 1 - Rowenta Iron/Sorter Combo + Dawn ($100)
  • Prize 2 -. Shark Stick Vac ($100) + Dawn
  • Prize 3 - $100 Williams Sonoma GC + Dawn
  • Prize 4 - Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer ($350) + Dawn

To participate,  follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and our sponsor @DawnDish.

Giveaway! 

Right now you also have the chance to win an AMAZING prize in celebration of Dawn’s ability to get to work in your garage or with your tools! One lucky reader will win a 20-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit. (ARV $600). Wowzers!!!  Enter below right now!!!
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How We’re Keeping Artistic Creativity Flowing, but Away from the Furniture

Both of my girls really enjoy painting, but my 2-year-old seems to just LOVE it. She paints with so much energy and passion, with her paint strokes reminding me of a concert pianist in the midst of the most challenging part of a piece. I’m not saying that what Layah produces is always a masterpiece, though of course, as her mom, I think her work is pretty darn cool. I love to set out invitations to create for her and watch her get lost in her colors.

But I DON’T love the clean up that happens afterwards. She paints so intensely that she regularly breaks through her paper and gets paint all over our dining room table. We actually have a very cheap table, and it’s also painted black, and those two characteristics are real blessings in disguise during this season of life, let me tell you. But I still get nervous that I’ll miss a spot and that someone will get paint on their clothes by touching it later. And I always limit Layah to the table for her art time, too, because I don’t want our floors or our other pieces of furniture to get ruined.

Satsuma Designs is a brand that reached out to me recently and I immediately noticed their art mats. This company specializes in eco-friendly and affordable gifts for little ones. They have a great variety of products, but for now, I want to draw your attention to their products for young artists. We received the Kids Art Mat in the ladybug pattern (one of 4 different adorable patterns) ($25). It can be monogrammed for an additional fee, but I left that feature off since I wanted my girls to share it.

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And share it, they most definitely can! I was really pleasantly surprised by the large size of the mat. I wish it was a pinch wider, but it is quite long, and as you can see, two kids can actually work on art projects side-by-side, if needed.

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The art mat has pockets for tucking away any supplies you might be using, like paint brushes, scissors or crayons. That’s a nice feature, though I do wish the mat had a way to hang up so that you could more easily keep those supplies in the pockets when not in use. I suppose if you roll up the mat from top to bottom you might be able to keep them in tact.

But if your mat gets dirty with paint, you simply toss it in the wash or wipe it down. Easy!

I think the art mat is a great choice for anyone out there with little artists who can’t always keep their creativity on the paper. And Satsuma Designs is a really fun online shop you should definitely check out. This month they are giving 20% of every purchase back to the Young Survivor Coalition, to help support mommies out there who are fighting breast cancer. Take a moment to check them out! As for me, I’m looking forward to Layah coming from from school in a few hours because today, she gets to paint on the floor! :-)

Set it and Forget It: 16 Yummy Chicken Soups for the Slow Cooker

Thanks to Foodie.com for partnering with me to develop this yummy collection of chicken recipes. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own! 

Earlier today I threw together an insanely good chicken soup all thanks to some leftovers I had on hand. I had some shredded chicken and black beans in the fridge, and some homemade veggie stock in the freezer that needed to get used up soon or else get tossed. I put those items together, along with a little salsa, a little frozen corn, a handful of rice and a pinch of cumin. I let is simmer for about 45 minutes; it was just perfect for this beautiful fall weather we are enjoying here in Chattanooga.

Soups really are an incredible meal option because they can come together so easily. I especially love making soups in the slow cooker, and I find it to be a really great way to cook chicken, which can dry out pretty easily (but not in a slow cooker!). So today I put together a great list of 16 slow cooker soups that all make use of chicken in some form. I hope it provides some inspiration for your lunch or dinner table in the coming weeks. It doesn’t have to be hard to be tasty! :-) Check it out and save anything that looks delicious to you!

Check out 16 Cozy Chicken Soups for the Slow Cooker

by Tiffany at Foodie.com