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About Sheila Thomas

Hi, My name is Sheila and I am the Living Smart Girl. My goal is to bring everyone the latest and greatest tips and advice on fitness, healthy choices, recipes, shopping, beauty, home and garden, family and parenting, daily deals, travel, and so much more. I love fitness, but life is more than just exercise and when you visit Living Smart Girl you can connect the dots and live a well rounded life ~ the Living Smart way :)

I love working online and spend most of my day blogging, and researching new topics and tips to bring my readers.

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Sheila Thomas

Smooth Legs for Summer Fun with Gillette Venus

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Disclosure ~ This is a sponsored post for She Speaks/Proctor &Gamble.  All opinions are that of Living Smart Girl.  #ChooseYourSmooth

Living in Minnesota I don’t wear shorts or skirts that often, but when I do I need to make sure my legs are not wearing their own clothing, made of hair.  LOL!   You girls know what I mean.  If you live in a colder area like I do, sometimes shaving can be such a pain or a daunting task that we might go for days, or even weeks before taking the time to do it.   Then, when we do find time, oh my… it is not a fun job.  But, when I do bring my legs out to play at least I know they will be nice and soft because I used my Gillette Venus Sensitive razor and Sugarberry Bliss shave cream.  Gillette has 3 razors and all are great but I picked the one for sensitive skin, because I have very tender and sensitive skin and the 3 blades work best for me.

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Life has been busy and I have been in the house working or working my 2nd job which I always wear either leggings at home, or jeans at my 2nd job. So, when hubby suggested last week that on our day off we jump on the pontoon boat and float around the lake all day, I was totally in!!  But, my legs were not!  I hopped into the shower, and decided it was time to give my legs what they deserved, a nice, smooth, shave.   I love the way my legs are left feeling after using the Gillette Venus Sensitive razor.   No nicks or bumps or razor burn rash.  Usually my lower legs are good and never have razor burn, but my upper leg, closer to my bikini area always end up looking like I have a case of poison ivy or something.  Not this time, thanks to my new razor.  I am smooth from my toes to my bikini line.

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What razor would you pick ?   Venus Swirl, Venus & Olay, or Venus Disposable?The Venus Swirl is for the Perfectionist because it leaves your legs flawlessly smooth! It has 5 contour blades and Flexiball technology that contours to every curve for flawless skin.  You can pick yours up at any Walmart so you are never left with legs you have to hide under jeans, when the weather is calling for shorts. Getting and keeping smooth legs this summer can be easy with any of the Gillette Venus razors. Check out this video to see what might be your favorite and comment telling me what one you like.


 


How to Understand That You Are Ready for a New Relationship

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It seems that life becomes far less exciting without love. Undoubtedly, anyone dreams of finding a committed partner. Even people who claim they are interested in affairs with no strings attached get done with the endless circle of new faces. On the other hand, we all need to take a break from time to time. There might be plenty of reasons – an unhappy marriage, a personal crisis, or enormous workload. Sometimes, you simply have to relax. But when such periods are over, you need to go ahead. Discover the top 5 things which may signal about the readiness to advance your love life with Jump4love.com ukrainian girls dating site.

  1. Your personality is complete

Maturity is not the thing coming with age, you know. Some people may be in their mid-thirties and still act childishly, while some are fully grown in their early twenties. To have success in love, you have to find your true identity and define your life goals. We can`t say how long it`s gonna take, for this is genuinely individual. When you are able to evaluate yourself, to adequately interpret all your life experience and past relations, you start feeling your true essence. Keep in mind that only being yourself you will become ready to take responsibility for someone else.

  1. There is someone special

Once you realize who you really are, the right people come into your life. The more valuable contacts you gain, the stronger becomes the probability of meeting a soulmate. Telling the truth, we don`t recommend you dating the first available person if you don`t wanna waste your time and energy on a wrong partner. If there is no compatible man or woman around you, it is always better to wait for the right lover. Basically, when you grow up and understand your real needs, any disharmonious connection is dissatisfying. Thus, if you are looking for a long-term relationship, you must choose a like-minded companion.

  1. You don`t seek love to fill the gaps

Looking for a person to date just because you have nothing else to do is a huge mistake. Though it may be fun and alluring, such a relationship can`t last for too long. Before handling your love life, make sure that the other spheres (like your education or job) are OK. If you go out just because you`re just dying of boredom, your dates will be tedious as well. When the life is dull, you`d better hang out with friends. Unfortunately, it is unreal to attract someone extraordinary if you can`t present yourself as an interesting match.

  1. You know what you want

To have a blissful relationship, one must be mentally ready to devote himself to another person. It means that you have to fully determine your expectations unless you like fiddling around. You must be completely aware of your preferences. Think carefully and decide what characteristics you would like to meet in your prospective partner and what possible weak points you can`t stand. Try to work out a psychological portrait of a person you think you may be happy with. Character features, enthusiasms, life principles – every single detail matters.

  1. Your mind is in a harmonious state

To find the right match, you must be recovered from previous breakups and realize why your past relationships ended. If you don`t learn from mistakes, you will always have the risk to end up with a wrong person. Recall everything that used to make you upset in your ex and take those characteristics into consideration. This will help you avoid misplaced love. Another thing you should do is resolving your inner conflicts. Are you emotionally exhausted? Tired of being buried in work for a long time? When your mind is distracted, you cannot be in a healthy relationship.

Love Yoga? Get a Surprise Monthly with Yogi Surprise

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Disclosure ~  I received product to facilitate a review.  All opinion are 100% that of Living Smart Girl.

It seems like just yesterday that I was making my new years resolutions and vowing that 2016 would be my year. I’d finish projects that had been collecting dust, I’d start being more active, eat healthier and make more time for myself. Well, I haven’t been doing so bad with being more active or eating healthier because those are two aspects of my life that I do pretty regularly anyways but as for making more time for myself or finishing old projects, I haven’t even put a dent in those resolutions. With my busy schedule and running the blog, it’s a wonder I can get my regular day to day “chores” done without having to carve out personal time for myself or take up a hobby.

It seems like being too busy to color outside of the lines of my day to day is the soundtrack of my life. I used to love being spontaneous. Taking time off of work to enjoy the outdoors, booking a random trip or trying out new restaurants in the evening used to be balm to my soul but in recent years I’ve just become far too busy to stray from my schedule too much. Oh, how I often miss free time and the ability I used to have to soothe my soul with the things I long to do and incorporate into my busy lifestyle.

At Yogi Surprise they know that people just like you long to take hold of your life and transform it into everything they’ve been dreaming of. They formed their company around the belief that every moment of every day is a chance to open up to the life you’ve always imagined for yourself. A life filled with love, health, connection and joy is something that many of us have been longing for yet haven’t been able to obtain no matter how hard we’ve tried to make it happen. Yogi Surprise believes that by continuously choosing a path of wellness, you’ve already stepped into the current of your existence and all you have to do is ride the wave. Knowing that many of their potential customers strive to choose this path to wellness but have trouble getting themselves on the right path, Yogi Surprise has made it their mission to make this goal more obtainable.

How are they going about doing this? Yogi Surprise is a monthly care package designed to compliment your way of being. It’s like a retreat being delivered right to your doorstep, something that us busy folks will appreciate since we’ve become so desperate to free our souls from the confines of our stifling daily lives and often can’t find the time to attend retreats elsewhere. One way that Yogi Surprise can help you on your journey to obtaining wellness is to provide you with wholesome foods, holistic products and empowering accessories. Each month the company will send you 6-8 full sized products from either their Lifestyle or Jewelry Box. Each included item is designed to complement the active lifestyle and vitality that you’re trying to achieve.

Yogi Surprise is aware that you can’t always get away from the retreat you’ve been longing for so they’ve designed these special boxes to bring the retreat right to your doorstep. The goodies that come in your Yogi Surprise Subscription are designed to stimulate your senses, clear your mind and cleanse your soul.  Grab yourself a subscription at Yogi Surprise and save 15% by using a code LivingSmartGirl when you order. Here are some of my goodies I have had in a few of my boxes.

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Vehicle Washing Tips with Norwex

 

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It’s not that I disliked washing my vehicle “the old fashioned way” with a water hose, a bucket of soapy water and a big soppy sponge… I actually found it quite therapeutic.  An opportunity to enjoy some alone time with the outdoors…and my car! (Ohhhh, how I would swoon over that car.)  But, I digress…

My first introduction to Norwex MicroFiber was with the EnviroCloth & Window/Polishing Cloth Set.  It was love at first use!  And as a matter of fact, the first place I use them was in my SUV to clean the dashboard and all it’s gadgets and knobs, and of course, the windows. The result was mind-blowing!  I had to have more of these amazing cloths, so I booked a party, of course. The night of my party, I decided to sign up as a consultant, because I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get all the freebies.  All I wanted to do was stock my cabinet with as much Norwex as I could get…. Even though I had only used one cloth so far, I was hooked!

In this bunch of freebie stuff was an adorably cute and cuddly, fluffy green mitt.  This poof of puffy microfiber fingers was irresistibly intriguing to look at and touch, it actually made me smile, but to wash my car with it?  C’mon!  I knew the EnviroCloth did a spectacular job cleaning the inside of my car with just water, but that’s an entirely different kind of dirty, right?  I wasn’t convinced. So, the cloth sat in my closet…for years.

That’s right. Two summers passed before I had heard enough testimonials from other happy Car Wash Mitt users before I gave it a try.  And, quite honestly, I was still a bit skeptical, but the time had come. So, I filled a gallon bucket with water, tossed the green fluffy thing into the bucket and marched out to the driveway.  It was a nice warm sunny day, perfectly therapeutic…what did I have to lose.

I flopped the sopping mitt onto the roof of my car with the “finger-like” side downward to grab the dirt. Swooshed it over every inch, then wrung out the mitt and went over the roof with the “smooth” side to remove any excess water.  Then, I paused to watch as the rooftop dried quite quickly, and to my amazement, steak-free! This was a good sign, so I moved on to the hood and trunk areas, then the side panels, the front grill and even the tire wells and rims… everything.  I remember making an audible “huft” sound to signal I had done my part, as to dare the finished car results to prove the efficacy of the cloths.

I dumped out the dirty water into my lawn (which I had no issue with as there were no chemicals in it), went into the house to return the bucket and mitt and announced to my husband that I had just washed the car, proudly adding that it only took me about 15 minutes. I then invited him out to inspect my work, not really knowing what the true result would be.

Would I sound dramatic if I say the results were jaw-dropping?  I will admit I felt a little giddy.  The only issue I had was that the windows, mirrors and chrome were spotted. A result of washing and drying in the afternoon sun. It was an easy resolve.  Now, when I wash I also use the Car Cloth to quickly “shammy” the car dry.  No more spots!

Not that it takes two to wash the car, but my husband and I have established quite the routine. He does the green Car Wash Mitt on the exterior while I EnviroCloth the interior. I then finish the exterior windows and mirrors with my Polishing Cloth.  It takes us literally less than 10 minutes. We do this together weekly. Not that we have to, and not because it’s a big chore… because it’s therapeutic.

In a Nutshell;

The Car Wash Mitt & Car Cloth are both made of superior Norwex microfiber which allows you to achieve a real clean without the need for added toxic chemical cleaners.  All you need is the water out of your faucet!

I have also used the Car Wash Mitt to clean our house siding, the patio rails, outdoor furniture, and my girlfriend absolutely loves it for her motorcycle!  And, I use the Car Cloth in my bathroom to shammy the glass shower doors streak-free. The uses for this fluffy green mitt and window cloth are only bounded by your needs and imagination … don’t let the “car” title limit you.

The Car Wash Mitt & Cloth, like all Norwex microfiber, saves you time & money by eliminating the need to buy and pre-mix additional products. It also lessens water consumption, the disposal of toxic chemicals into our environment and their containers into our landfill. And most important of all, reduces your exposure to unnecessary toxic chemicals.

There’s so much more to share!

I invite you to learn more about Norwex microfiber and other home cleaning and personal care products @ www.ShawnDarleneNagy.norwex.biz, and join me on facebook @ Darlene Nagy – Norwex Independent Sales Consultant (https://www.facebook.com/gettingcleanwithdarlene/)

Feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance to your Norwex needs, and be sure to let me know Living Smart Girl sent you… Sheila has something special for when you do!

Happy, Healthy Cleaning!

Darlene

Get Ready for Fall Yard Care

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It’s the middle of summer, and you’re taking a well-deserved break before September signals the start of the busiest few months of the year. There’s no rush to get to it — relax and enjoy the lazy days — but you still need to add fall yard care to your list for when the weather starts cooling off.

You may have thought that late winter was the time to kick things into gear for the new grass that will sprout in spring, but autumn is actually the time to prepare your lawn for a healthy and lush carpet of green lawn that will thrive through the summer.

So sometime soon after the leaves start turning, here’s what to do:

Adjust How Much You Water

Even though the temperatures start getting cooler in most of the country, and grass grows a bit more slowly, it’s important to keep on watering. The thing during fall is to adjust the amount of water based on the weather.

To avoid overwatering, do the tuna can test. Place empty tuna cans in various parts of the lawn and see how much water they receive during a week’s time. If any combination of irrigation and rain deposit an inch in each can, you’re good.

This is also a test to see if your sprinklers are doing their jobs; if some cans have more or less water than others, adjust the sprinkler heads.

Keep on Mowing

Because the grass isn’t growing as fast, you can cut down on the schedule, but as soon as the turf reaches the recommended height for its variety (generally between 2 and 4 inches), get out the machine and mow the grass down one-third of its height.

Mowing not only keeps your lawn looking neat, but it helps keep the grass healthy and free of weeds and insects. And it also chews up fallen leaves and turns them into soil-enhancing mulch.

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Rake and Dethatch

This means more than taking a rake and removing the surface leaves that while pretty now, will soon turn into a soggy blanket that stifles the grass. Apply some pressure to loosen and remove the thick layer of plant debris that has accumulated under the grass during the summer and that would otherwise restrict water and airflow.

Don’t rake too harshly, though, or you’ll be removing healthy grass along with everything else. While you’re at it, it’s time to take lawn furniture, big toys, and the like off the lawn and stow them.

Aerate the Soil

Fall is an ideal time to aerate the soil, particularly if you’ve got clay or a lot of compaction. The process involves punching small holes all over the lawn so that oxygen, water, and fertilizer can reach grass roots easily. The plugs are left on the lawn and decompose by themselves as they feed nutrients back to the lawn.

Consider hiring a lawn care professional for this task because while you can rent what’s called a core aerator at your local garden center, they’re large and bulky. As for those silly “aerator” shoes with spikes in them, they might be fun to use but don’t get the job done.

Overseed

Even if your lawn is only bare or thinning in some spots, overseeding (seeding the entire lawn) will ensure a healthy crop of thick grass that will fend off weeds. It might seem counterintuitive to seed now, but fall is the best time for seeding because the sun isn’t too hot but the ground is still warm, and in most climates, moisture is plentiful. If there’s no rain, though, be sure to water regularly until seedlings appear.

Fertilize

If you fertilize your lawn only once a year, doing it now will give your lawn the added nutrients to grow deep roots now as well as keep some in reserve for a good start in the spring. If your variety of turf is on a twice-a-year feeding schedule, and you fertilized in the spring, now is the time for the second round.

Stop Weeds

Weeds, like most plants, absorb energy in the fall to build strong root systems. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide now, and stop them in their tracks. Don’t wait until it gets cold, though, because most herbicide manufacturers recommend doing the treatment when daytime temperatures are still above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

For more detailed information about lawn care, check out The Lawn Institute.

 

How to Read a Dogs Body Language

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Reading the dog’s body language is one of the first dog training tips that are usually taught to the owners. This is because they need to know how their dog is reacting to a certain situation. If the dog is uncomfortable, then they should not be in that sort of situation. If the dog is having a hard time, then you want to remove them. However, this can also be a good thing when they make a new friend and want to find out more about them.

 

Getting the Most Out of the Training for Your Dog

 

When it comes to dog training, you want to make sure that you get the most out of the training sessions. You need to make sure that they’re providing you with the best tips that are out there. You want a strong, confident dog, but you also want to make sure that they know that you’re the boss. When you can read their body language, you and your dog are better able to get along since you can have an easier time communicating with one another, since they can usually read your body language when it comes to being out and about.

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Ready to get started on the dog training tips and not just those from out of the dog training books that you’ve read?

 

Speak with the professionals at The Loved Dog to find out how they can help you with training and other concerns you may want to address. They have professionals that know what they’re doing and can teach you more about the body language and other aspects you want to know about for your dog. Skip the books and seek out the help of a professional. It can be well worth it in the end when you see how great your dog can be.

 

For the best services in Los Angeles dog boarding and training, visit TheLovedDog.com.

 

Going to Rock a Business Meeting?

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Going to Rock a Business Meeting? These Are the Three Basic Accessories You Need!

Whether you represent your own company or a company you work for, attending a business meeting and making a good impression is a hard thing to achieve. In terms of business wear, there are plenty of options to choose from. High-end designer business suits, slim fit feminine yet demure shirts, high heels, jackets, trousers or dresses – they are all within reach, making a statement of their own.

The first rules when picking the perfect business outfit is to make it look like a million bucks without having to spend a fortune on clothes. All you need to do is make sure your outfit is clean, neat, ironed, unruffled and by no means scruffy. Pick a slim-fit dress or jacket, make sure your shoes look like just taken out of the box and don’t let any loose stitching chip away your professional look. If you have all these bases covered, let’s see three essential pieces to rock a business meeting – presentation-wise.

1. One Piece of Pearl Jewelry

Don’t for a second think that pearls are dedicated to nostalgic grandmothers, sweet sixteen celebrations and weddings. As of late, pearls are all the rage in fashionable jewelry and your business attire shouldn’t lack a pearl piece. Symbolically speaking, pearls mean power, trust, wealth, wisdom and harmony – the same things you want to transmit to your business partners or the results you aim to achieve with the meeting. No matter how uptight or casual your business suit it, a delicate yet modern pearl pendant necklace will add the exact amount of femininity, strength and charm to the table you need. You can also opt for a discrete pair of pearl studs, a single-strand pearl bracelet or a pearl choker. No matter what pearl jewelry you choose, be sure you will make the correct impression.

2. A Drop of the Perfect Perfume

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Women and perfume have an almost intimate relationship and all men and women in the audience will appreciate a high-quality scent discretely emanating from your direction. According to specialists, a working environment should be complemented by floral and grassy scents that are light and fresh, on a traditional note rather than innovative. For even more formal meetings and business encounters, you should pick a slightly bolder perfume – one that speaks of your confidence, strength, independence, intelligence and so on.

We all know science has our backs: a tantalizing scent helps people become more comfortable and trustworthy around you, and this is what you want from your business partners. Pick a flowery perfume with a rich, innovative and daring fragrance. You can achieve this goal by inclining to roses, jasmine, and patchouli and so on. Before using the perfect perfume for the meeting, remember to refresh your memory on the basic perfume choosing guidelines provided by experts in the matter.

3. The Right Shoes at the Right Time

Victorians used to say that a true lady can be judged by her shoes: no matter how inexpensive her clothes might be, her shoes should always be the epitome of elegance. We are past Victorian times, but things didn’t change much. Women do appreciate a good looking pair of shoes and it is likely that your business partners will do the same. When it comes to business shoes, many women have things figured out: high heeled stilettos are timeless, classic and make the same powerful impression. However, if you don’t feel comfortable in high heels, there are at least two other types of shoes to try:

  • Nude pumps – they can sport a medium-height heel and you will still look great. Nude shoes have the “talent” to make your feet look slimmer, thinner and longer. You will thus create the visual illusion of being taller without having to wear sizeable heels.
  • The classic Mary Jane shoes: feminine, classic, timeless, with a dash of a retro flair to them, traditional Mary Janes speak of femininity, class, refinement and your inner preference for everything durable, stable, ageless and beautiful.
  • Oxford shoes – these low-heeled shoes can style up a slightly more casual business outfit. They go great with jeans and other elegant trousers and they make you feel comfortable and confident.

There are plenty of other dress-up tips and tricks when it comes to impressing a business-oriented audience, but these three above are the pillars you can build your looks and attitude on.

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Making the Smartphone Leap

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Have you ever found yourself starting to feel under the weather and unable to get to the doctor? Maybe it happens as you get home from work or in the middle of the night. You try to fight off the symptoms with home remedies, or by getting more sleep, but your efforts are in vain. You’re sick and your doctor’s office can’t give you an appointment until next week.

 

Even if your doctor’s office had an appointment for you sooner, you might not want to take it. According to a recent study by Harvard Medical School, the average doctor’s visit lasts 121 minutes and costs you $43 every time you wait. Where does that time add up? When you take into account calling to set up an appointment, traveling from your house or apartment to the doctor’s office, sitting in a waiting room with other sick people for an unknown amount of time, spending some time speaking with a doctor who is likely concerned about the dozens of other patients she is seeing that day, and then going home – it’s easy to see where the time goes.

 

What options do you have? It turns out – plenty. With the advent of telemedicine, speaking with a doctor online is possible and just within a few minutes. Through your smartphone, tablet or computer, you can speak to a doctor in a video chat about your symptoms and often receive a diagnosis and prescription shortly thereafter.

 

According to the American Telemedicine Association, telemedicine is not only convenient and cost-effective for the patient, but it is also a win for the healthcare industry, as it is effective at monitoring patient progress and can be more cost-effective in the long term.

 

For patients, telemedicine is hands-down the most convenient way to get medical advice, especially for minor illnesses. Unlike in-person visits, wait times are minimal and users can select their preferred method of communication. Telemedicine is especially useful if you have kids. When your child has a cold or another minor illness (think pink eye, for the third time), instead of rearranging your busy schedule to take them to the doctor, you can schedule an early morning video or phone call.

 

This extra convenience does not necessarily amount to extra cost. It may actually be the same price or less.  An increasing number of insurance companies are offering telemedicine services because they’re cost-effective and encourage patients to make more frequent contact with medical providers, a benefit which reduces long-term health risks. Even if your insurance doesn’t cover telemedicine visits, they tend to be cheaper than your standard doctor’s visit.

 

Besides consultations for minor illnesses, telemedicine is also good for prescription refills and getting second opinions. Many are turning to telemedicine for advice on nutrition or a new way to speak with behavioral health experts. Since the practice is still relatively new, state governments are still working on legislation regulating the kinds of medications that doctors can and cannot prescribe via telemedicine. Generally speaking, patients need to have seen a doctor in person before receiving a prescription virtually. But once that in-person relationship has been established, patients can get prescription refills through a telemedicine visit. As for second opinions, telemedicine saves patients from going to doctor’s office to doctor’s office when they’re looking for reassurance about a health problem or concern.
American Well and Teladoc are a couple of the established players in telemedicine, but there are also up-and-comers like Oscar, which is an insurance company that offers its members free telemedicine services. Check out this list of the top telemedicine companies to explore some other options. You can also book an appointment on Treato.com.

10 Ways to Save Money Online with FreeShipping.com

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We all dread the guarantee of having to battle fellow shopping enthusiasts at the mall, outlet or any other retail store we visit on a regular basis.

Online shopping is a wonderful excuse to stay at home, throw on a pair of sweats and become best friends with your laptop for a short while, and the idea of shopping from home becomes even more exciting when you know you can save and get the best deals on all your purchases. Is it possible to get the best of both worlds?

FreeShipping.com is an online shopper’s best friend, giving members 10% cash back on purchases, free shipping, free returns, price protection and exclusive coupons at over 1,000 top retailers. Say goodbye to overspending and forever avoid those crowded shopping trips!

 

Here’s 10 ways you can cut down on spending with FreeShipping.com:

 

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  1. Always Earn 10% Cash Back on Your Purchases

No other site offers this much cash back for online shopping every day of the year.

Earning cash back by shopping at stores you love not only helps maintain a budget, but it makes a session of retail therapy that much more rewarding. You can shop the best deals at stores like Macy’s, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Walmart, Target and more- and get paid for doing it.

Let’s say you develop an interest in photography and need to purchase a camera to support your new hobby, but naturally, you’re afraid to start looking at how much a brand new camera will cost. Well, just think: If you shop through FreeShipping.com, a $500 digital camera from Canon automatically saves you $50 in cash back, and that’s just one of the many opportunities for savings.

FreeShipping.com members receive cash back checks four times a year and users can earn up to $1,000 from cash back over a 12-month period. Getting paid as a result of my shopping addiction? Yes please!

  1. Never Pay for Shipping Again

Shipping costs are by far the most frustrating thing about online shopping.

With FreeShipping.com, we never want you to pay for a shipping charge and give you all the best deals to avoid shipping costs. But if our members ever pay a shipping fee, they can submit a rebate  for up to $10 per order. If a retailer already offers free shipping, you’ll still get up to $10 toward a faster shipping method. Free express shipping sounds pretty good, right?

  1. Get Free Returns, Too!

Returning or exchanging an item is always a hassle, especially when you have to pay for shipping again. Why should you have to spend more money to return an unsatisfactory item?

FreeShipping.com eases the fear of returns by allowing members to send returned items back for free via FedEx Ground®. Free return labels and free shipping equals happiness.

  1. Compare Prices on Thousands of Online Items

It’s easy to get used to opening twenty different browser tabs and extensively searching the web for the best deals on products. We’ve become so good at it that it’s become a natural part of online shopping, right?

FreeShipping.com does all the work for you by offering a comparison shopping tool that shows you the lowest prices on millions of different items across the internet.

Let’s say you’ve finally decided to invest in that digital camera. With thousands of electronic retailers residing on the web, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal from a trusted store.

Just log into your FreeShipping.com account, type what you’re looking for into the search bar, and voila! You’ll instantly get the inside scoop on who’s offering the lowest price for that particular product.

With just a click of the button, you can rest easy knowing you got the best deal.

 

  1. Move Your Everyday Purchases Online

Generally, we wouldn’t think twice about heading to the store for shampoo, paper towels or a new toothbrush, but wouldn’t it be nice to skip the trip and earn 10% cash back on these everyday items?

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Hotdish and Hops Festival Fun at Valleyfair

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This past weekend my family and I had the opportunity to visit Valleyfair for the Hotdish and Hops Festival. It was a hot one but a good one. We loved our time at the theme park and all it had to offer, including the special festival.

Because it was 90 degrees when we arrived at Valleyfair, we knew we needed to cool off right in the gate so we did what anyone else in our position would have done and that was ride The Wave.
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My poor husband. Our 15 year old told him that he wouldn’t get “that” wet.
I think that his sneakers might still be damp.
We don’t get to Valleyfair very often. In fact, the last time we did was nearly four years ago. Every time we’re there I realize how much it has changed and new things have been added but it still has some of our favorites.
New to us this visit was:
Dinosaurs Alive!
I also was again so impressed by Planet Snoopy. It was there when we visited four years ago but it was just perfect for our three year old, barely any wait for any of the rides and just such a fun part of the theme park so that she felt as though she had her own exciting rides to ride.
Of course, the older kids loved Mouse Trap, Wild Thing, Power Tower, Thunder Canyon and Monster.
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We tried to time our visit to the Hotdish and Hops Festival around lunchtime so we’d have worked up an appetite to sample a few different hot dishes.
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My favorite: the good ol’ tator tot hot dish.
Our 17 year old loved the Chicken Wild Rice hot dish.
My husband loved the spaghetti hot dish.
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There were a lot of options and each sample was good sized. Sample cards were available for purchase or if you had a meal plan, included.
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We timed it perfectly because as we arrived, the Chris Hawkey band was just getting ready to head on stage.
What a performer. Chris Hawkey was walking around with the audience, letting audience members snap selfies and thoroughly enjoying the show. It’s always so entertaining to see an entertainer really enjoying their performance versus just performing.
Once we had a chance to sit in the shade enjoying some music and food, we decided it was time to get wet in Soak City Waterpark.
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Isn’t it awesome that there is a full size water park INSIDE Valleyfair?
My girls and I enjoyed several runs around the lazy river and the wave pool. My fearless 7 year old also enjoyed a few slides.
It was busy but not too busy and there were plenty of places to seek shade and cool air too.
Of course, for me, no trip to Valleyfair is complete without some Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream, which we enjoyed before we hit up a few more rides on the way out.
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There are a lot of other festivals happening this summer at Valleyfair that you can take advantage of right here. https://www.valleyfair.com/things-to-do/special-events
 Have you been to Valleyfair? What’s your must do, ride, eat?
Living Smart Girl (Sheila) was not able to attend this great event so we sent an awesome blogger to cover it for us.  Her name is Samara and she lives in the Twin Cities and blogs about life as a family of seven.  You can find her at ~ simplicityinthesuburbs.com
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