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Creative Date Night In Ideas (Free Offers & An Easy Fondue Recipe) #KYdatenight #ad #cbias

These creative date night in ideas are a part of a #KYdatenight #shop campaign with the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias …

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Kids and Cellphones: The Right Way To Do It & The Best Wireless Plan #shop #cbias

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Kids with cell phones, it’s a tricky thing. I will admit that I have been against kids having phone for years. Over the last few years, as cell phones have become more common, my husband an I have been certain that our children would not get a phone.  Then, in what seemed like the blink of an eye, our daughter started growing up and things changed. She is now in after school activities, staying with friends, going places with other families and away from us more than we expected her to be. I have started thinking about if she were to be in a dangerous situation or simply needs to reach me. What would she do?  I do not want my little girl to have to ask a stranger for help. I decided now is the time. I need to find the best wireless plan for her.


I have AT&T right now. For me and my husband to share 700 minutes, have unlimited text and a high data limit we spend over $200 a month! I shuddered to think what it would be to add another line. So I did a lot of research and discovered the Walmart Family Mobile Plan.

Have you heard of it? All this time I thought Walmart only had prepaid or limited plans. I was so wrong! They have unlimited plans and the cheapest wireless plan of any provider! Not only are they the cheapest, they also have no contracts or credit check!

I went shopping to find out more. I was still in shock to see the unlimited everything monthly plans under $40! This was an easy decision for us to make! Let me tell you why…

The price: The first line is $29 for unlimited talk and text + $10 if you want the web. That is the monthly price! There are no activation fees. You simply purchase the $25 activation card. For each additional line we add it is only $24.99 plus $10 for the web. The whole family can be covered at an affordable price!

The plans: You choose if you want talk and text only or talk,text and web! Either way it is all unlimited!

The control: You have access to the online account management and information which allows you to control web settings, hours of use, limits and much more! This is so important for a mom! I can control what her phone can and can not do!

So we did it! We got our little girl a phone! But she has rules and we have all the control! Thanks to the Family Mobile Plan and the affordable phones, we can stay in touch at an affordable price!

What did I buy and how did I get started? Check out this video:

I will update you in about a month after we receive the first bill. The most common questions I have received are:

  • “Is it REALLY unlimited minutes, text and data?”
  • “Is it REALLY that price?”
  • “Can your child really stay under your controls?”
  • “How does it compare to other networks?”

So I will let you know an prove it! Stay tuned for more on the #FamilyMobileSaves plan.

 

 

Be sure to check out the great digital magazine! It is full of great ideas for back to school and features this awesome cheap wireless plan!

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Sun, Sand & Snapple Sweet Tea = The Perfect Summer Day #shop #SnapTea

To enjoy a relaxing summer day and as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® I enjoyed the sun, sand and Snapple sweet tea this weekend. This is a sponsored post but all of the opinions are 100% mine.

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It’s hot in Texas! We are lucky enough to live near a beach and we LOVE the beach! So we go as often as possible. This weekend was no exception. The high on Saturday was 108 and we knew we had to be in the water to enjoy this day! I always try to plan something different each time we go to keep it exciting. This time I decided to plan for a picnic on the beach. I really wanted this to be easy, fun and cheap! Taking a lunch is always the cheapest way to go but not always the easiest.

When we got to Galveston we stopped by our favorite Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart on the seawall is like none other. It has such a beach and summer feel to it. We grabbed a few lunchables, chips and headed to the drink aisle. That is when I discovered Snapple Snap Tea. Have you heard of this? It was new to me and stopped me in my tracks. They had a gallon sized container in diet and regular and it was less than $3! That is when a light bulb went off and I knew that we had to enjoy sweet tea on the beach! See my full shopping trip to go behind the scenes.

We spent hours in the sun and then decided it was time for lunch. Our beach picnic was amazing! My husband picked up some ice for us and I had red solo cups. They were perfect for the sweet tea!

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We enjoyed lunch full of laughs and yummy treats.

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My kids were thrilled I choose sweet tea as the drink. It really hit the spot!

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It was super easy on me to just have the one container to carry and refill when they wanted more.

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The taste was perfect! It had a hint of lemon and sweetness that was not overwhelming but was just right.

When they had finished lunch they were ready for more time in the waves and searching for sea shells.

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I sat back with my magazine and sweet tea and enjoyed the view.

Life doesn’t get any better than that!

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We had the best day! It was really what I needed to recharge my battery. Time in the sun and sand with my kids and sweet tea was the recipe for the perfect day!20130703-104351.jpg

If you decide to spend a day in the sun you simply must try this refreshing Snap Tea by Snapple. There is a Snapple coupon you should use to save even more. It runs from 5/24 through 9/30. While you are printing it out check out the photo contest.

 
Check out this issue of Live SoFab for summer ideas and recipes.

 

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Kid Friendly Summer Snacks: Fruit Scoops & Chili Cheese Scoops #shop #cbias

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It is officially summer and that means the kids are home. They are already using the phrase “mom I’m bored!” I decided to put an end to that today by trying a new summer time snack that included the kids from the beginning to the end. After putting on my creative hat I came up with two very fun and yummy snack ideas but I needed the kids to help with the details.

I took the kids shopping early in the day and we gathered all the ingredients for our two projects. The main ingredient for both projects was Tostitos Scoop Chips. That seemed like the perfect mini bowl and it could be paired with anything! It is always an experience when I shop with the kids so I gave them each an assignment: “What do you want in your scoop?” My kids are like night and day so the items they choose were just what I would expect. We ended up with fresh fruit and chili and cheese to help dress our scoops.

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Once home we were ready to get to business. We had a variety of items and with such amazing deals it was a really cheap trip! With my sweet tea in hand I was ready to help them dress their scoops. Here is what we came up with:

Fruit Salad Scoops

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Ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Apples
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Tostito Scoop Chips (I suggest Multi Grain Scoops)

Create:

    • Chop all the ingredients into bite size pieces.
    • Mix in a bowl.
    • Sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon.
    • Spoon the fruit salad into the scoops.

Chili and Cheese Scoops

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Ingredients:

  • Canned Chili
  • Tostitos Chili Con Queso
  • Tostitos Scoops Chips

 

Create:

  • Cook the chili.
  • Warm the cheese (just a few seconds in the microwave).
  • Allow the kids to add a spoonful of each to each scoop.
  • We did some with only cheese or only chili as well. Mix it up.
  • If you would like you could add salsa as well.

 

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Then it was time to soak up some sun and enjoy. Boy did we enjoy! The sweet and salty fruit scoops paired along side the chili cheese scoops were perfect!

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I really enjoyed the Multigrain Tostitos Scoops with the cinnamon fruit salad. It was the perfect combination of salty and sweet. The multi grain had a slightly different texture that I really enjoyed. I found this to be a great snack for me in keeping with my healthy living diet. I was excited to see the kid enjoying it as a healthy snack. The fruit was also great for keeping us cool. The scoops provided the perfect size and shape for our bite sized treat.

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I added some delicious Lipton Iced Tea to make it truly the perfect summer snack. The fresh taste of the Sweet Tea paired with the salty scoops was divine! It was so refreshing while we sat out in the hot sun! Even my kids, who normally do not drink tea, were very impressed. That gallon did not last long!

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The Tostitos Scoops are like mini bowls. The kids really liked eating each one as a special treat. One thing I liked was they could play a bit and come back and have another. The Tostitos Scoops proved to be very sturdy through all the handling of my kids! I was surprised even as time passed none of the scoops became soggy or lost their shape. They stayed strong until the last one was enjoyed!

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This is something we are going to do often now. We discussed ideas for the next time we make our scoops. There are so many fun things that we put in the Tostitos Scoop Chips. I am thinking we should try ice cream next week.

What would you dress your scoops in?

 

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Get Moving & Get Rewarded In Many Ways #BalanceRewards #cbias

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I have been working on getting healthy. I am trying to lose weight but also to feel better over all. I started with my natural smoothies that I am enjoying daily. Now that my energy level is picking back up I am ready to take the next step and get physical.

I have to say that I am NOT a physical person. I do not like to exercise or getting hot and sweaty. I realize that physical activity is something that my body needs but it is a struggle for me. And now that I am so out of shape and over weight it is especially challenging. Sometimes it feels like it takes forever to get results and feel rewarded for getting off my tail and getting physical. I was really excited to hear about a way that I could receive immediate rewards for taking this next step.

Walgreens has a really cool program referred to as Steps with Balance Rewards. This programs is really great for many reasons!

  • Receive points that lead to MONEY BACK just like you would when buying products in the store.
  • Keep track of your progress both in your physical activity and weight loss.
  • Set goals
  • See how well you are doing and feel motivated to keep going. It is easy to set up Steps with Balance Rewards right from your phone. I used my iPhone to check out the Walgreens App and the see what the program was all about. I logged into to my Walgreens Balance Rewards account using the App and set up a “Steps” account that will be connected to it.

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Set up your goals. I have to admit when I saw 6000 steps a day I was spooked. I’ll talk more about that below. You can also customize your daily goals.

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Add activity daily such as walking or your weight. I recorded my weight after I set my goals.

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This is really cool! I was sitting in my favorite chair while I set up that account and it took about 5 minutes. Check out the before and after of my Reward Points. SWEET!

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Here is a closer look at how Walgreens is rewarding me for getting physical. WOW! Just as the items I buy earn points so does getting up and working on my health. That is is awesome!

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I went to Walgreens earlier today to get a few things and had my healthy lifestyle in mind. I found a few things to help me. It is amazing what you can purchase at Walgreens now. I was very impressed. I purchased a few things that would help me on this mission to get physical including new (super soft) socks and hot pink ear phones for my phone. Neither of these brought in extra rewards points but that is ok because my receipt reminded me that I am earning points for walking. See my shopping trip here.

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I downloaded a free app to my phone to count my steps. You would be surprised how many steps you take a day when you are home with a little one. Reaching that 6000 steps is much easier than I thought.

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I have my walking pretty and comfy socks on, walking shoes on and head phones in and I am heading out for an evening walk. I am excited to make this a part of my daily routine, I am loving how Steps with Balance Rewards is making this more fun and rewarding for me! I was so excited I posted on Instagram and Vine.

Give it a try! Sign up for free or learn more at the Walgreens Steps With Walgreens Balance Rewards page. Also I encourage you to visit the Walgreens website and follow on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest.

If you haven’t already check out the Aisle Share FUN page for more great ideas from bloggers.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Walgreens #cbias #SocialFabric All opinions are my own.

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