How To Tighten American Girl Doll Limbs At Home

How To Tighten American Girl Doll Limbs At Home

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You guys, I’m back! I know it’s been about a week since I’ve written a post, but I promise I’ve had a good reason. We have had some health issues in my family. Even as I type my daughter is at home with a nasty case of Scarlet Fever (I didn’t even know people still got that!). But now I’m back. And I’m back with an an awesome tip for you guys. If there is one thing my kid love it’s her American Girl dolls. And to be honest, I’m ok with this. I love that American Girl is all about girl power and I would much rather have my daughter exploring her imagination with dolls than in front of a TV all day. [Read more…]

Black Friday Shopping Tips That Make Your Shopping Trip Fun!

Black Friday Shopping Tips That Make Your Shopping Trip Fun!

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Now I know that Black Friday is becoming more and more of a controversial shopping day. This is mainly because Black Friday tends to fall on Thanksgiving now. Now I understand why someone might not want to go out shopping on Thanksgiving. But I will be out shopping at 6pm on Thanksgiving with bells on! We have always had Thanksgiving lunch, and then prepared for shopping the next day. This is something we do as a family (well, other than my daughter, who hangs out with Grandma while we shop for her) and it’s always such a fun time for all involved. So for those of you that can’t get enough of those good deals, I’ve got some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way that will make your Black Friday shopping trip go by smoothly and fun! I hope you enjoy, and if you have any tips of your own please leave them in the comments for me, I would love to hear!

Here are some great Black Friday Shopping Tips That Make Your Shopping Trip Fun:

1. Find your Tribe! Shopping is never fun alone, and Black Friday is no exception. Not only is it more fun to have someone to talk to while you wait in line, but it will also be helpful in the “divide and conquer” method. Speaking of…

2. Divide and Conquer! Now that you have your tribe, you need a battle plan. With the amount of people all going for the same deals, you might not have time to grab all of them. So here is the plan, you split up the group, and have each member go to a certain section of the store and when all the deals are had, you meet in the middle and take your spot in line. Easy Peasy!

3. Know before you go! Thanks to the wonderful thing that is the internet, we not longer have to wait for the Thanksgiving newspaper to get the scoop on the best deals. Check out TheBlackFriday.com for the deals as soon as they get leaked.

4. Comfort is key! No matter what store (or stores!) you go to, expect that your going to be waiting in lines, a lot. You’ll probably be in line outside waiting for the store to open, and you’ll be waiting in lines inside to check out. It’s just a fact. It will also probably be cold. So make sure they you wear really comfy shoes and layers! It’s going to be cold and then it might be warm in the store. Be ready!

5. Don’t forget Cyber Monday! Even if you don’t want to get out in the craziness on Black Friday there are still so awesome (and sometimes better) deals to be had on Cyber Monday. And the beauty is you can shop from home. I always save some money for Amazon on Cyber Monday.

6. It pays to be loyal! A lot of stores like to keep their loyal customers happy. This includes giving them special deals and promotions on big shopping days like Black Friday. So before the day comes, make sure you sign up for alerts from stores you plan on visiting.

7. Create a budget, and stick to it! I know how awesome all the deals sound, but you don’t want to wake up the next morning with a trunk full of gifts, and a head full of buyers remorse. So go in with a budget, this will help you from splurging on that mixer that is on sale for a really great price but you know you will never touch.

8. Not all that glitters is gold! This is especially true for electronics. A lot of big ticket door buster deals (like big TV’s) might not be the best bang for your buck. They are normally not name brand, and may have lower specs than you might want. It comes down to doing your research before you go!

9. No one ever regrets planning ahead! Speaking of research, that is something you will want to make sure you do. Know your stores Black Friday price matching policy before you go. It also helps to know the layout of your stores, and what exactly you want from any product you buy.

10. Shop with Cash! I say this for a couple of reasons. One of those reasons goes back to budgeting. If you have cash (leave your card at home or in the car) you won’t over spend. Another one of those reasons is security. Last year as you might remember, Target had a huge security breach during Black Friday and I know you don’t want that to happen to you!

There you have it. My top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips to make your day go by smoothly. But my most important tip is this, it’s just a little shopping. Don’t be greedy, don’t be mean, and Have fun! 

 

How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

$3,000 Beautiful and Elegant Wedding for 200

Did you know that in 2014, the average cost of a wedding in the US was $28,671? In New York City in 2010, the average cost of a wedding was $70,730! Isn’t that crazy? Many young couples go into debt to have the wedding of their dreams, and many of them are still paying off their weddings 7 years later!
When my oldest daughter got engaged on Christmas Eve four years ago, my husband and I put $5,000 into a checking account for her wedding. We gave her the checkbook and wished it were more, but with 6 kids in the family; it was all we could do. Rather than being disappointed, she made it a challenge to only spend $3,000 and be able to save the rest! We talked about some ideas over Christmas break and by the time her classes started at the University for her last semester of college, we had some plans. I’m going to share with you some tips we found that helped us make her wedding and reception truly special while staying within our budget. [Read more…]

Uses for Leftover Champagne

Uses for Leftover Champagne

Leftover Champagne

I love gathering Life Hack Tips, these tips and tricks are not only effective but they make life a little bit easier and great for the budget too. Now since the holidays is over and after all the parties for sure you got some leftover champagne left, so are you thinking of uses for flat champagne? I’m sure some of you will say that the best thing to do with it is to drink it up but why not spice up things and use your leftover champagne for other stuff.

20 Uses for Leftover Champagne

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Easy Tips To Get Organized For The New Year

Easy Tips To Get Organized For The New Year

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Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015! Can you guys believe that a brand new year is upon us? It seems like 2014 flew by! As I sit in my office (hm, my Livingroom) I look around and suddenly get inspiration for my 2015 goal. You might have already guessed it considering the title of this article right? I need to get organized like no one’s business! One of my favorite ways to stay motivated to see a goal through is to right them down and share them with others in hopes of keeping myself on track and helping anyone else that might want to join me. So with that in mind let’s check out some of the best easy tips to get organized in the New Year that I have found!  [Read more…]

Winter Storm Safety Tips

Winter Storm Safety Tips

Winter Storm Safety Tips

Winter is one of my favorite seasons. I like the cold, and love the snow. Winter can be fun and beautiful, but as we see from what happened in Buffalo, it can also be deadly. 2 years ago we had an ice storm that shut down our streets and knocked our power out for 9 days. 9 whole days with no heat, no phones, and no running water. It was scary and since then I have made sure that each winter we are prepared for a winter storm. So today I thought I would share some of my winter storm safety tips with you that way you can become prepared for any bad winter weather heading toward you this year. Lets check them out:

Here are my Winter Storm Safety Tips:

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Halloween Party Tips

Halloween Party Tips

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Can you believe Halloween is in less than a week!? We love throwing Halloween parties each year and as of 2 years ago we had an even better reason to celebrate because my nephew was born on Halloween! Having a Halloween party is like having any other party expect you get to dress up and scare people (or not, depending on what your style is). Since I’ve planned quite a few Halloween parties I thought I would share with your my Halloween Party Tips! Ready to check them out?
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Tips for Online Dating

Tips for online Dating

In today’s fast paced world, a lot of us don’t have time to go the traditional routes of dating. That is why online dating is such a fast growing trend! Make a profile, strike a cute pose, and wait for the “flirts” “pokes” and messages to come in right? Not exactly. If you want to find someone worthwhile, and not waste your time on someone you have zero in common with, it’s going to take a little work on your part, just like traditional dating. A little work now can pay off in the long run!  [Read more…]