Monday, April 14, 2014

Tax Day Freebies & Deals 2014

Taxes got you stressed? Well, relax with some of these Tax Day freebies and deals 
Valid Tuesday April 15, 2014, unless otherwise stated
  • Arbys- Free Snack-Sized Curly Fry with coupon on April 15 at all Arby’s locations nationwide.
  • Bonefish Grill- Get a $5/2 Dinner Entree’s Coupon Here. Expires 4/17.
  • Boston Market- 2 Half Chicken Individual Meals for $10.40
  • Blimpies- Buy a regular sub and a 22-oz. drink, and get a second regular sub for free with Coupon.
  • Bruegger’s Bagels - April 12th through April 15th you can get a Big Bagel Bundle for just $10.40 with coupon! That’s 13 bagels and 2 tubs of cream cheese.
  • California Tortilla- Say “Taxes Shmaxes” on April 15, and get FREE Chips & Queso with any purchase
  • Chili's- Purchase an adult entree and get a free appetizer or free kid's meal; expires Wednesday
  • Cinnabon- Join the e-Club and get a FREE Minibon Cinnamon Roll at Participating Cinnabon Locations
  • Culver’s - $2 Turtle Sundaes all day long on April 15th.
  • Entertainment 2014 Coupon Books- Purchase for $10.40 on Tuesday only
  • Great American Cookie Co- FREE Chocolate Chip Cookie All Day Long
  • Hard Rock Cafe- FREE Entree when you Sing your Favorite Song!
  • HydroMassage- FREE Hydromassage with Printable Coupon (April 14th – April 18th). Click here to find a HydroMassage location near you
  • $5 off $15 purchase with code TAXDAY5
  • McDonald's-Buy one Big Mac, get a second one for just 1 cent, valid at most McDonald's 
  • Melting Pot - Just say “cheese me, please” and you will receive 15% off your total bill on April 15th.
  • Office Depot- FREE Shredding on April 16th (up to 5lbs) with Printable Coupon (exp. 4/29/14)
  • Olive Garden- Buy one entree and take one home for $12.95.
  • Orange Leaf-Fill your cup with froyo and toppings for $4.15 on 4/15 with coupon
  • Outback Steakhouse-Free blooming onion on MONDAY April 14  
  • Papa Murphy’s - On April 15th you can order a Large Pepperoni Pizza for just $5!
  • Large pizza with choice of breadsticks, cinnamon sticks or chocolate dunkers for $10.99 with code TAXDAY for online orders on 4/15
  • Pollo Tropical- Get 15% off with a coupon good on 4/15.
  • Schlotsky’s- FREE Original Sandwich with purchase of 32oz Fountain Drink and chips
  • Sonic- 1/2 Price Drinks all day on April 15th
  • Taco Bell- $1 Grillers, Drinks, Sparklers and Freezes anytime from 2-5 PM
  • Travelocity- $120 off flight/hotel package with code TAX120 and $50 off $300 hotel booking with TAX50 on Tuesday.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Tools4Wisdom 2014 Weekly Planner Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

My family has had a lot going on in the past year and because of that I have to keep track of important appointments for myself, daughter, and husband; it seems like every day there's something one of us has to do. My wall calendar only used to have birthdays marked on it, now it's penned up with all these appointments I can barely keep track of. So, when I saw that there was an opportunity to review the Tools4Wisdom Weekly Planner, I jumped on it.

The Planner Features:
  • 2014 Calendar
  • Yearly and Monthly Goals Sections
  • Journal Pages
  • 1-year unconditional money-back guarantee
The Planning pages include:
  • 12 goal setting pages
  • 12-months weekly planner with 2-page/month goals pages
  • 2-page/month calendars
  • 2-pages/week planner journal pages

Click here to view the Full Weekly Planner

In all honesty, I find this planner to be a little overwhelming. This would be a better fit for someone more goal oriented, my goals are simply to go to my appointments. Every page has a section for goals or priorities, which I really have no use for, except to write down "Keep breathing" and "Don't freak out."

My likes:
  • Beautiful cover design
  • Very nice paper quality 
  • Frosted plastic to cover the front and back pages
  • Each day starts at 5am and doesn't end until 11pm
  • The pages in the back for notes are handy
  • The goal and priority portion is a neat concept

A few of my recommendations would be:
  • To extend the height of each block because there is only a narrow 1 1/2" block to write down what or where you need to be, which is only enough room to write about 4 words
  • To include a large blank area below each date, so that users can write down birthdays/important dates
  • Add a blank section to the bottom of each weekly page for plain notes, like if someone needed to write down an address to one of their appointments
  • Add a section in the back for addresses or phone numbers

In the end I would give this product 3 out of 5 stars because of the improvements I think could be made. Plus, as I said, it's overwhelming for me and I don't have use for most of the "extras" in the planner, but I can see a goal orientated person loving the hell out of this product.

I checked out the Mommy Planner and it's along the same lines as the Weekly Planner, but has blank areas at the bottom for Mom, Dad, and Kids goals, a section for a grocery list, a meal section, and a notes section. I think if I chose the Mommy Planner I would have been more satisfied with the product and would have bumped up the star rating.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Earth Day Freebies 2014

Earth Day this year will be Monday April 22nd
All Freebies listed below will take place on April 22nd unless noted

  • Caribou Coffee: Bring in Your Reusable Mug or Tumbler for FREE Coffee
  • CVS: Pick up a green bag tag at CVS and go green! Have it scanned whenever you use a reusable bag at CVS and get a $1 Extrabucks each 4th time it’s scanned
  • Disney Store: Get a FREE Reusable Tote Bag when you bring in 5 plastic grocery bags!
  • Evos Get FREE Organic Milkshakes ALL day!
  • H-E-B: Bring in 5 plastic bags, and get a Free tote bag from 3-7pm
  • Itunes: FREE Itunes Earth Day App!
  • Jo-Ann Fabric: First 50 Customers get a FREE Reusable Shopping Tote! 
  • Lake Shore Learning: Kids can make a light catcher, April 19
  • National Parks: Visit Your Favorite National Park for FREE! (April 19 - April 20th)
  • Origins: 
    • Get a Tree Planted for free when you Buy One of the Best-Seller Limited Edition Products for Earth Month. 
    • Bring in your empty cosmetic tubes, bottles and jars, etc. – regardless of brand – to your nearest Origins retail store or department store counter nationwide. They’ll give you a Free Sample of Origins. Select stores may be participating in Origin’s Earth Day promo: 4/17-4/26
  • Pottery Barn Kids: Get a FREE Packet of Seeds to Plant from your nearest PBK 
  • Starbucks: Bring your travel mug to Starbucks to get Free Coffee or Tea
  • Wegmans: Exchange a clean plastic bag for a Free Reusable Bag + $10 in Organic item Coupons. First 300 customers on 4/26. 11am-3pm
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gaiam Balance Ball Chair Review

When I moved to the new house I'm in, I threw out my two office chairs, they were thoroughly used and this is going to be TMI, but my water broke on one of them when I had my daughter, lol, so yeah they were done. Anyway, I needed a new chair, but it was honestly the last thing on my mind with all the, were just going to say issues, I was going through at that time. So, for 6 months I was using a kitchen chair and boy was that terrible, within 5 minutes my legs would go numb because of cut off circulation, then when I would try to stand or walk, I'd have to 5 minutes for the pins and needles feeling to go away. God forbid someone knock on the door when I was sitting at my computer, I almost broke my ankle once trying to get to it not waiting for the circulation to return to my leg.

I first saw the Gaiam Balance Ball Chair on a blog review and for some reason I fell in love with it and had to have one, but honestly I was too cheap to buy one, I was also too cheap to buy any office chair, they were all around $75. But one day, one lucky day, the Balance Ball Chair showed up on Amazons Deal of the Day and I was able to get the chair I wanted for only $53 with free shipping!
After I ordered the chair, it showed up within the week and I put it together right away. It came with directions and workout guides, the chair, the yoga ball, and a nice air pump. Want to know something great about this chair? It took me 10 minutes to put together, that included filling up the Yoga ball! So easy. Another great perk to this chair is that you can have it firm or soft, if you want it firm fill it up as much as you can with air, softer take some air out.

I love it. The Gaiam Balance Ball chair is comfortable and offers back support (although I don't use it, I "perch" on it. lol). When I sit for long periods of time and need to move around a bit, I bounce and it takes away my restlessness. As you can see from the picture below I'm not the only one who loves it, I walked into the office to my daughter using her "computer" and sitting in my chair one day. It is funny though that when people come over and need to use my computer and see my chair, they get an instant WTF look and walk around it like it's going to bite them. Then after they cautiously sit in it, they're like "Oh! This isn't that bad," well duh, I wouldn't keep a torture device in my office (I keep those in the bedroom closet, bahahha, I kid? You'll never know).

I've been using my Balance Chair for a few months now and it's still great. It's sturdy and helps me maintain my posture while at the computer. My only complaint is that I do miss having armrests. My opinion? I would recommend getting a Gaiam Balance Ball Chair. Why? Because:
  • They're comfortable
  • It can be used to exercise, whether on or off the chair, since the ball is removable
  • The firmness can be adjusted easily
  • It can strengthen core muscles
  • And helps build a healthier back, align the spine, and relieve pain
A few notes:
  1. This chair does NOT adjust (except for the ball itself)
  2. I do NOT recommend this chair if you are under 5' tall, over 5'11" tall, or weigh over 300 lbs
  3. Every few weeks, the yoga ball will have to be given a few pumps of air

So, check them out, read some Amazon reviews and see if this is something for you :) 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 2014- Freebies & Deals

April 20, Sunday-Happy Easter
April 19, Saturday
  •  Toys R Us Easter Parade today from 4/19 12 p.m. – 2 p.m 
  • BassPro shops also has free Easter activities today
  • This deal ends today (and can be Price matched at Walmart). Get 2 Scrabble games for just $5
  • Toys R Us:
April 18, Friday
April 17, Thursday
  • Buy a 24 pack of Scott® Extra Soft Big Rolls, and get the equivalent of 8 FREE large rolls, only at Family Dollar.
  • Free sample of Zarbee's Seasonal Relief, click the 3rd tab that says "Get a Free Sample"
  • Shop Your Way Reward members check your emails, they just gave me $4 in points to spend on anything before 4/22
  • Just got ANOTHER $4 worth of free points from Shop Your Way Rewards. Go to:
April 16, Wednesday
April 15, Tuesday-Tax Day
April 14, Monday
April 13, Sunday
April 12, Saturday
April 11, Friday
April 10, Thursday
April 9, Wednesday
April 8, Tuesday
April 7, Monday
April 6, Sunday
April 5, Saturday
April 4, Friday
April 3, Thursday
April 2, Wednesday
April 1, Monday
Past Freebies and Deals that are still valid
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Victoria Secret Reward Card -Expired

Spend over $10 and get a Victoria Secret Reward card worth between $10 and $500!

Use Ebates for 2% cash back (new members will receive a $10 gift card if they spend over $25). Search Victoria Secret and click the orange SHOP NOW button

OFFER CODES: Codes DO NOT apply to clearance items
  • Free umbrella with purchase over $75: UMBRELLA75
  • 20% off select swim styles: SWIM20VS 
  • $15 Off $100+, $30 Off $150+, $75 Off $250+ purchase: SPRING14
  • Free shipping with any shoe or clothing purchase over $25: FASHION25
  • Free beach bag with ANY swim purchase. Use code: SUNNY14
  • Add qualifying PINK merchandise totaling $50 or more (including at least 1 PINK MLB® item) and a Victoria’s Secret PINK MLB® tank (item #318-463) to your shopping bag (Search “BALLPARK” to view available teams). Use code: BALLPARK
  • Free shipping with any $50 beauty purchase. Use code: BEAUTY50VS

To get a great deal:
  • Add Cheeky Panty's (item #323-212) or Cheeksters (Item #GM-316-102)
  • Add a Bandeau (Item # GM-284-402)
  • Checkout and enter codes SHIPBRA, GETCHEEKY or CHEEKSTERS (depending on which panty you added), and SECRETEXTRA in the Offer code section for FREE shipping, FREE panty (with ANY bra purchase), FREE bonus reward card 3/28 only
  • Your total should be around $19.50 AND you'll get TWO reward cards worth at least $10, essentially making your order FREE! :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector's Edition App Tour & Giveaway

Welcome to the 
Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition 
App Tour!  

The app has hit a bit of a snag and is currently only available on iTunes, but should be available soon for other devices. To buy just the e-book of the series, go to Amazon, it's on sale for a low price of .99 for Poughkeepsie and $2.99 for Return to Poughkeepsie.