May 10

Sign Up For Swagbucks Now! Earn a 300SB Bonus

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Swagbucks. All opinions are always my own.



All throughout May you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you’re probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here’s how:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before June 1st, 2018. You’ll get a 300 SB bonus for it!

3. That’s it. It’s super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I’ve earned over 2,500! This has been useful for gifts including birthday and holidays as well as DIY projects at home.

May 08

CVS: Free 8×10 Photo


Perfect Mother’s Day gift! Get a free 8×10 Photo Print from CVS. Log into your account and use coupon code MOMPRINT at checkout. ($3.99 value). Choose FREE in store-pickup.


Free 8x10

Apr 25

Post-it Bulletin/Dry Erase Board Shoplet Review

I received the item below free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are always my own.

I am a huge fan of Post-It notes. I use them daily for homeschool and have them all over the place. Using them as much as I do I am starting to feel a bit wasteful so when Shoplet sent me the Post-it Bulletin/Dry Erase Board I was pretty excited to try it out.

Post-it Bulletin Dry Erase Board

     Product Details

  • Measures 22″ Width x 18″ Height
  • Dual purpose: Includes long-lasting adhesive surface and a superior dry-erase board
  • Includes 8 Command Fasteners
  • Includes Dry Erase Marker & holder
  • No pins, tacks, or tape
  • Quick & easy mounting and removal

I love this board because it has 2 purposes- a dry erase surface and a smooth adhesive surface. I can easily write and erase my to do lists and important reminders on one end and put papers I need  on the other. I love the fact that the board uses Command Fasteners to attach to the wall so I don’t have to worry about any damage when I want to remove the board. It’s quick and easy to mount to a wall and remove when done.

Another great product from Shoplet and Post-It that would help organize and home, business or office. They also carry wide variety of office suppliescleaning suppliesmedical supplies and office furniture too!  So many great products to choose from at great prices. Plus free shipping on orders over $25.


Apr 24

Free $2 Amazon GC From Coke Rewards

Coke Rewards $2 Amazon GC


If you have any of those Coke Rewards codes lying around now is a great time to use them! Enter 3 codes from Coca-Cola 12 packs and get a $2 Amazon GC free. Limit 1 per person. Ends 4/30/18.

Apr 16

2018 Tax Day Deals!


It’s that time again! April 17th is Tax Day and the last day to file your taxes. Whether you’re done or not check out these great deals to help you save.

Applebee’sDollarita’s are back for only $1 all month long

Boston Market– Get individual 1/2 chicken meal (comes with 2 sides, cornbread, regular fountain drink and cookie) just $10.40. Find out more here.

Chuck E Cheese’s– Purchase a large pizza and get a large cheese pizza free April 17th-19th

Firehouse SubsPrint this coupon and get a free medium sub with purchase of medium or large sub, chips and drink April 17th through 19th.

Great American Cookies–  Stop by and get a free Cookies & Cream cookie April 17th. Find a location near you.

Hardee’s– Use code word “Made from Scratch” and get a free sausage biscuit April 17th 7am – 10am. Find out more here.

Hungry Howies– Buy any large pizza at regular price and get a 1 topping medium pizza for just .15¢. Online carryout orders only use coupon TAXDAY18 at checkout.

Office Depot–  Print this coupon and get up to 5lbs of documents shredded for free through April 28th

Sonic– April 17th get a 1/2 price cheeseburger. Find out more here.

Sonny’s BBQ– 1/2 price St. Louis Rib Dinner valid on dinner portions only (dine-in or takeout). Find a location near you.

StaplesPrint this coupon and get up to 1lb of documents shredded for free through April 21st


Apr 16

Free Solar Powered Phone Charger from Marlboro(Must Be 21yrs+)


Solar-Powered Phone Charger

Smokers 21yrs. and older log into your Marlboro accounts and request a free Solar-Powered Phone Charger. Limited to the 1st 25,000 every week until May 7th. So if you don’t get one this week try again next Monday. at 9am ET.

Apr 16

Free Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Sample

Sephora Collection Rouge Cream

Head over and request a free sample of  Sephora Collection Rouge Cream. Fill out your shipping info and get a random sample. 1 sample per person. Allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.


Thanks reader Jenny for sharing this great freebie! :)

Apr 15

Free Sample of Garnier Whole Blends Oat Delicacy


Request a free sample of Garnier Whole Blends Oat Delicacy Shampoo & Conditioner plus $2 off coupon! Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

NOTE: If it won’t accept your address click Manually Enter Address and re-enter.

Apr 14

Fun, Colorful Adventures Await at Crayola Experience Orlando


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crayola Experience and USFamilyGuide. All opinions are always my own.

When I told my daughter we got tickets for Crayola Experience she was thrilled! My son is older and wasn’t interested in going so we invited our neighbor and her younger daughter to go with us.



Crayola Experience Orlando, Florida is located in the Florida Mall. Parking is free, and we went during the week so the lot parking lot was crowded but I would expect that to be different during weekends, holidays and summer. As soon as you pull around all you see is the vibrant colors and sign and this got the kids all excited! There are life size crayons and markers, perfect photo opp!

Crayola Experience is a 2 story, 70,000 sq. feet building attached to the mall. It is filled with over 26 interactive, fun and colorful exhibits. Also includes food like Crayola Cafe and a colorful gift shop when you’re done. They also have lockers for rent if you need to take diaper bags, change of clothes etc. This is wonderful for mommas so we don’t have to carry around all the stuff.

When you get get your ticket each person also receives a clear bag with 2 tokens inside. The tokens are used for specific attractions while some are free. If you need or want to purchase extra tokens they are only 2 for $1.00.  I would allow a good 3-5 hours to see everything and leave room for lunch too.

There is so much to do! I am going to highlight a few of the little ones favorites.

Crayola Experience Wrap It Up

Crayola Crayon

As soon as you walk up the 2nd floor you will see Wrap It Up. This is where you get to create your very own crayon! This is where you will use 1 of your tokens. There are several color stations to choose from. Choose crayon color, name it whatever you want, choose a design and print. A naked crayon and sticky label will pop out. Just take those to the roller station and attach your label. Now you have your very own crayon!


Crayola Experience Drip Art

Drip Art usually has a line so be prepared. You will get to choose 2 crayons to create your masterpiece. At the machine you insert your 1st crayon, close the lid and pull the lever up and down to speed the spin faster or slower. The crayon then melts and creates melted crayon spin art. Once that’s done insert your 2nd crayon and repeat.


Be A Star

Ever want to be the star of your very own coloring sheet? Now you can be at Be A Star. Choose your background, pose and print. You are now on your own coloring sheets. TIP: Do not let them color them there, save for when they get home and make copies.


Crayola Experience Art Alive

Art Alive even had us adults joining in on the coloring fun! Use the iPad to create your own drawing or color one of the digital pages. There are many different colors to choose from including crayons, glitter, markers and paint. When your done your coloring then moves to the big screen. The theme was under the sea while we visited but I know these do change.


Crayola Food

We ate at Crayola Cafe- seriously delicious pizza and soft pretzels. The prices were decent and the kids meals come with an adorable souvenir bucket, reusable cup, choice between slice of pizza or hotdog and snack of apple sauce, cookie or chips.


Crayola Experience Rainbow Rain

Melted Wax

When you need a break site down and let the kids play at one of the play areas for a bit. There is also clay molding and coloring stations and so much more! Like I said there is over 25 different exhibits and so much creativity to be explored.


Crayola Experience Gift Shop

The associates were pleasant and helpful and the building including restrooms was very clean. Definitely 2 thumbs up from the littles and a must do for anyone coming to Orlando. Be sure to visit the gift shop when your down for fun, colorful gifts featuring your favorite Crayola products and colors!



Ages 2+ are $23.99 plus tax a ticket or you can purchase an annual pass for just $30.99 which includes unlimited visits year round plus member only special discounts. Seniors 65+ are $20.99 plus tax. Purchase online and save.

Apr 04

Now Available! The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls: Book Three The Great Escape {Giveaway + Author Q&A}

I received this book from WorthyKids/Ideals for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are always my own.

It’s finally here!! The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls: Book Three- The Great Escape. This children’s book series by author M.J. Thomas is a mix of fun, adventure and learning about the Bible. The series follows siblings Mary and Peter, along with their dog Hank, as they travel back in time to important biblical moments in history searching for the ancient scrolls.  If you have young readers who enjoy reading this is a MUST HAVE book series!

The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls The Great Escape

The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls Book Three The Great Escape

In The Great Escape, Peter, Mary, and Hank journey to the pyramid-studded desert of ancient Egypt. When the trio become friends with Pharaoh’s daughter, they witness first-hand as Moses petitions Pharaoh for the Israelites’ freedom. Plagues wreak havoc as the group races to decode the scroll, gets chased by a panther, and battles Pharaoh’s cunning advisor, the Great Magician. Young readers will anxiously follow along as Peter and Mary’s thrilling adventures bring the biblical story of Exodus to life. Age 6-9.

Both my kids, along with myself, have enjoyed all 3 of these books- we are very much looking forward to a book 4! The Great Escape has fit right in with the time period we are learning about during school too. This book is full of fun and adventure and grabs your attention and holds onto it till the very end. I love that this is a book I can read along with the kids and we all enjoy it.

I feel good with any of my children reading this book. M.J. Thomas takes time to study the Bible and accurately include the information in his series and I love that about him and these books.

Know someone who would enjoy reading The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls? Don’t forget to start at the beginning with Book 1: The Beginning, Book 2: Race to the Ark and  Book 3: The Great Escape on Amazon.

Isaiah Asks: Questions to the author

My son came up with some questions for the author and hope to have some answers soon to include in the post as well.

Question 1: Do you have a favorite of the three books you have written so far?

Answer: I loved writing all three books in The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls. Its hard to choose my favorite because each one tells how wonderful God is and the amazing things He has done. I loved the discovery of God’s creation in Book 1. I enjoyed seeing how Peter, Mary, and Hank worked together to help Noah in Race to the Ark. And it was fun figuring out how Peter, Mary, and Hank could survive the plagues in Egypt in The Great Escape. I also enjoyed studying about ancient Egypt to help me write The Great Escape.

Question 2: Do you have a favorite character? and why?

Answer: I love all the characters (well except for the the bad ones). But I would have to say my favorite is Peter because he is based on my youngest son, Peter. I also love Mary because she is based on my niece, Mary. I have to mention Hank because he is based on my dog, Hank. I really enjoy seeing how they can work together to make it through all of the tough times and adventures they face.

Question 3: Now that 3 books are out is there anything you would change about any of them? Or anything you might do differently?

Answer:  I can’t think of anything I would change. Maybe I would have made Book 3 a little longer so there could have been a little more adventure with all of the plagues. But I have to stop at some point so that I can write the next books.

Question 4: How many books do you think the series will have? <<<Seriously don’t stop writing now we love them! :)

Answer:  I plan to write nine books in The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series. I have written summaries for all of them and I can’t wait to get them all written so you can read them. I also have some ideas for Peter, Mary, Hank and Great-Uncle Solomon in another book series. But you will have to wait to find out.

 Thanks for the excellent questions!

M. J. Thomas



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