Product endorsement…

About a month or so ago, I purchased a product for my feet after reading rave reviews about it.  Even after receiving the product, I still waited to try it as I maintained some skepticism about its efficacy.  A little over a week ago, I finally tried it and I have to admit that it actually works.

I followed the directions step-by-step, enjoying the convenience of doing in my home and at my leisure and being still for the 1.5 hrs it took to go through the process.  I soaked my feet for 30 minutes to prepare for the next step of the process, which was to wear the booties for an hour and then rinse, dry, and use a water based lotion on my feet thereafter.  I checked my feet after a day or two and can’t say I really noticed a difference. By the third day, I started to notice the soles of my feet peeling and by the end of the week, even more skin peeled away. It truth, the process of the skin peeling is a bit daunting and the feet become a little unsightly, but again, I admit, the product worked and peels both the soles, sides, and tops of the foot.

It’s been exactly 11 days and my feet are almost completely peeled and truly do feel softer…Like a baby’s!

The product cost $25, which is comparable to a pedicure or may even be cheaper depending on where you live and the type of pedicure you get.

Baby Foot can be purchased directly from the link; however, I purchased mine from Beauty Sage because they offered $10 off $30 for signing up and I received free shipping.  The product is a one time use item, but well worth the investment for the results that will dust off your winter feet and prepare them for the warmer weather; well, if it ever gets here. I plan on purchasing a couple more; one for my mother and another for future personal use or as “Spa Day” gift basket.

Check it out and let me know what you think. Since men read my blog too, yes, it’s safe and effective for you too 😉

Yea, I said it!

Free Kindle Books

I’m all about saving money, so when a friend turned me onto this site, I couldn’t have been happier. Pixel of Ink for FREE Kindle Books.

If you do not have a Kindle, do not be discouraged as there is a FREE Kindle App for PC available on Kindle App Download. All you need to do is follow the download instructions and you’re good to go. Also, if you have a Smart Phone; like I do (Android), there may already be a Kindle App re-installed on the device, which you can also use. And naturally, if you have a Kindle, you are already in business.

So, however you get the Kindle App, all you’ll need to do is sign up at Pixel of Ink for whatever genre of reading material you enjoy; one or more, and they will send you a daily email with the free or extremely reduced prices; typically .99 to 2.99 books. You read the description of the book and decide if you want to download it or not. Let me note that you need to have an account and email address setup with Amazon in order for this all to work.

So, go now and take advantage of this FREE offer and get your read on. I’ve found that the books I’ve read come with some typos, etc, so I’m assuming these are the rough cuts, but the typos did not take away from the story. And, what’s a typo or few for something you’re getting for free and worst case scenario you can always delete it with a clear conscious since you didn’t spend any money on it.

Happy reading…

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More ways to stretch your $$

With this jacked up economy and the rising fuel costs, I wanted to share some additional tips on how to save some money…

Iced coffee – Buy the flavoured creamer of your choice which is usually about $2.29 and add it to a pot of brewed coffee and keep  it chilled in your fridge until you’re ready to use it.  This saves up to $15 a week

Iced Tea – Same concept as Iced Coffee.  Brew the tea, add honey or sweetener of choice, and lemon/lime and save yourself from buying Arizona or whichever brand you do

Rotisserie Chicken – If you don’t have time to cook, instead of buying a meal for one from KFC or the like, buy a Rotisserie Chicken from your grocery store and you can eat off it for a few days . Use some as is, make into a chicken salad, make sandwiches, or add to a salad.  You’ll get 3-4 uses for roughly $5.99 a chicken

Coffee or Tea To Go – Unless you work for a company that provides coffee/tee or you have a per monthly unlimited coffee/tea club, you can save money by buying a Thermos (typically about $15-20 for lifetime use) and make your coffee/tea at home and then bring it with you drink from during the day.  I make tea at home in my travel cup for the ride in and also make tea in my 24oz Thermos which allows me to have hot tea to drink throughout the day.  Saving of almost $10 a week

Snacks – Purchase snacks for yourself as you would for your children and then bring them to work so you can stop buying snacks from the vending machine which average $1.25 per purchase

Bottled Water – Purchase a case of water and bring it to work instead of buying it from a vending machine. Or if you have filtered water at home, bring your water to work in a portable container.  A case of water averages $5.99 instead of $1.50 from a machine

Deli meats – Purchase deli meat and make your sandwiches the night before so you can grab and go in the morning.  The average pound of deli meat is $6.99 where one sandwich can cost that

Leftovers for lunch – Depending on what the meal was the night before, that’s always a viable option

Seasonal Items – Now that Easter (or any holiday) has passed, take advantage of the reduced prices on non-perishable items that you may need for next year such as eggs, grass, baskets, paper products, etc.  Check the shelf life on candy and you may be able to purchase certain candies also.  Store them in air tight containers to preserve them

Cable – Contact your cable company and inquire about any unadvertised specials/promotions they may have in order to reduce your bill.  Or if the show you were watching on a Premium Channel is done for the season, consider canceling the subscription until it comes back. You may be able to save $10-20 a month

Dining Out – Check with local places you dine at to see if they have any specials.  My local Thai spot that offers a 3-course meal between 5-6pm for $10.95 Monday – Friday

Coupons – I’m sure everyone is aware of using coupons, but some may not know that stores like Target have their own coupons that can be used in conjunction to a manufacturer coupon; sometimes doubling what you’ll save on the product.  Also, mobile coupons offer additional savings and are stored right on your phone so you don’t have to worry about forgetting your coupon at home

I hope these tips will help to keep some of your hard earned money in your pockets.

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I came across this and thought I’d be remiss in not reblogging. It’s a inexpensive, creative and practical DIY project that will be the centre of discussion during your next social gathering.
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SUGAR & CLOTH

DIY slate cheeseboard

What’s better than cheese and crackers? A good excuse to eat them. And that, my friends, is exactly what this super cute slate cheeseboard will give you– All for under $5.

1 | Slate tile (you can get free samples at tile & flooring stores)

2 | Felt Circles

3 | Olive oil

4 | Chalk marker / chalk (optional)

how to make your own slate cheeseboard

1 | Scrub (thoroughly) and rinse your slate piece, and pat dry.

2 | Coat all surfaces of the slate with olive oil, then scrub and rinse slate again. This will condition the surface and help create a barrier between the slate & food. Once you’ve scrubbed and rinsed the second time, apply one last coat of olive oil and dab away the excess. *

3 | Apply adhesive felt circles to each of the four corners.

4 | Using a chalk marker, label the cheeses.

5 | Display and…

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The many uses of hotel toiletries

Hotel toiletries, while not always the most complimentary to your skin; can provide a multitude of uses.  The following is how I have found ways to use and/or repurpose them:

  • Save them for overnight stays at friends or families homes
  • Use then in your Road Ready bag
  • Donate them to Girl or Boy Scout Troops for their camping trips
  • For your own camping trips
  • Donate them to shelters, the Red Cross, or to military bases for troops overseas
  • Use them in your guest room/bathroom in a basket for easy access and use

Now don’t you feel better about those little bottles?

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Road Ready

Depending on where you live, the chances of being stuck on the road during inclement weather could be pretty slim, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared at all times.  The following are essentials that you should have in your vehicle:

  • An emergency road kit that you can easily purchase at any auto parts/supply store (Keep in your car year round)
  • A small First Aid kit, a small to medium blanket,  a small pillow (Keep in car year round in a medium duffel or similar type bag)
  • A collapsible shovel, small bag of ice melting salt or cat litter if you live in an area that gets snow (Keep in car during winter months)
  • A large Ziploc bag containing a travel sized toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, wipes, deodorant, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, change of socks/underpants, wash cloth and hand towel.  Also, purse sized tissues, a roll of paper towels, and flashlight (These go in your medium bag)
  • A liter bottle of water and snacks such as Peanut Butter crackers, Granola Bars, or similar type snacks that can be sustained in your bag

Having these staples in your car prepares you for any misadventures that can occur and/or provide you with the minimum bath essentials if you visit a friend and you hadn’t planned on staying, but did.

Preparedness is something most take for granted, but it’s a essential for your safety, survival, and comfort.

Sidenote:  Similar preparedness should be employed at home also.  Have the following ready and available in a large tote box in case of a power outage or similar event:

  • Flashlight – always check batteries throughout the year
  • Emergency candles and a butane candle lighter
  • Foods that can be prepared and eaten without heating
  • 2 or 3 Gallon bottles of water; more depending on family size
  • A 5 gallon bucket with lid (may be necessary as a toilet)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby wipes

Extras:

  • Full propane tank. If you have a grill and weather permits, you can cook canned foods on it
  • A means of egress and a place to go if necessary

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Creative Housekeeping/Service Exchanges

As a mother and woman who strives to make a dollar out 15 cents, I’ve found some creative ways to use or repurpose products and items used in our daily lives.  I also make the most out of dining out.  The following are some suggestions for you to use or consider:

Baby wipes instead of eye makeup remover pads – Any unscented brand will do.  They come in large containers, are cheaper, and equally useful in removing eye makeup.  You use them in the same fashion you would Name Branded eye makeup removed clothes are, but you save money.  BJ’s brand come in a 500+ count box for less than $6.  Even if you buy Huggies, Pampers, Walmart, etc, you can still save.

Candle Jars – Candle jars; usually the larger  ones, but the smaller are equally effective can be repurposed into storage jars.  Once the wax has melted, put the jar in the freezer to remove any residual wax.  Remove the jar and use the blunt end of a fork or a butter knife to pop the wax out and removed the glued wick base.  Wash in warm, soapy water, and once dry, it’s great for cotton balls, Q-tips, or other items that require storage.

Candle Wax – Don’t you hate when you burn a scented candle and the wick burns out before all the wax does?  Well, you can salvage the wax by freezing the jar for about 10 mins (same process as above), pop the wax out, and save it for use in a potpurri burner, hot plates for wax holders, or other similar heating device. 

Baby wipe containers – They too can be used as storage containers for various household products outside of being used for refills.

Dryer sheets – Great for wiping dust of monitors, TVs, wood furniture if you don’t have a microfiber cloth handy.  They’re also great for putting under vent plates to make the house smell nice instead of buying the more expensive air freshners.

Childrens Clothing – This is a no-brainer.  Save clothes your children have grown out of and pass on gently worn clothes to friends with children younger than yours or solicit clothes from friends of older children.  You save money and know for sure the clothes are going where they’re intended.  Some donation bins are picked through by employees or are actually shredded to make clothes, which are sold as cleaning rags.  *Sidenote: Adults can do the same.

Service exchanges – If you’re good at something and a friend isn’t, offer to help them get a chore done in exchange for them helping you with something you’re not good at and they are.  You save money on calling in professionals and the work can be done on at mutually agreeable time.  I do my BFFs hair in her home for a nominal fee, which saves her scheduling appointments and having to be at the mercy of the customer and the hairstylist.

Coupon exchanges/donation – When you get the circulars and have secured the coupons you’ll use, consider offering the remaining coupons to a friend who may use them or donate them to a church or similar group where they can be used.

Liquor/Wine bottles – Some bottles are pretty enough that they can be washed and repurposed into storing vinagers and oils.  You can take garlic cloves, peel them, and put them into the bottle with oil or vinegar; not only do they look nice, but can save space if the oil was bought in a large can.

Meats – Consider buying the family packs if you have the storage space.  They’re often a little cheaper and save you time in buying at a more frequent rate.  Clean the meats and pre-season them with whichever dry spices or liquid you prefer, freeze them and they’re ready for you when you need them. 

Soups/Sauces – When making soups/sauces, consider making a little extra and freezing it, so you have them when you’re in a hurry to cook a meal.

Portion control – Some restaurants serve huge portions, so consider sharing the entree to cut your portion and save on the bill.

Groupon/Living Social – Being a foodie, I enjoy trying new places or dining out in general.  Using Groupon and/or Living Social has allowed me try try new places or save money on food.  They offer discounts on restuarants where you can eat for 50% or more on the bill.  Example: pay $15 for $30 worth of food.  Each company offers many other services also from Spas to vacations.  Give them and other similar sites a try.

These are some of the things I do; I hope they can help you too.

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