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Best Backpacks for Back to School & Current Backpack Coupon Codes

If you are looking for back-to-school gear like backpacks and lunchboxes, the best way to save is to buy quality sets with coupons and discounts. I like to spend a little more to on my gear and then have my kids use them for a few years.  Some of the lower quality sets tend to rip, break or have zipper problems mid-year and then you will end up replacing them before the year is over or replacing them yearly. If you use your coupons, you can find durable backpacks and gear with coupons at Land’s End, Pottery Barn Kids, eBags, Garnet Hill, LL Bean and more. Also, many stores are shipping backpacks to your doorstep for free. Instead of spending precious time and gas, stopping at store after store, order your backpack online and take advantage of free shipping offers. [Read more…]


Wireless Service Made Simple with Total Wireless


Disclosure: I am a member of the Total Wireless Team and have been compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have you ever tried to compare mobile phones and services? It is so confusing with contracts and different amount of data talk and text for every provider and the prices are all over the map. It seriously makes my head hurt when trying to compare the options.

I wanted something simple for my new teenager so we recently purchased a phone and monthly service from Total Wireless. With Total Wireless, you get everything you need and nothing you don’t on America’s largest and most reliable network. No contracts. No credit checks. Total Wireless is making wireless services simple again with plans that give you everything you need and nothing you don’t. [Read more…]

beach bag essential

Add This To Your Beach Bag Essentials

I keep all my beach bag essentials standbys in the bag including sun screen and a fun beach read but my new beach bag essential is Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer.

I recently purchased this cute Vera Bradley Tote in a Pouch that is the perfect beach bag for travel since it folds up into itself.  I keep all my beach bag essentials standbys in the bag including sunscreen and a fun beach read, but my newest beach bag essential is Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer.

It is a continuous spray lotion that moisturizes and absorbs in seconds to heal dry skin. The Aloe Soothe version is great after a long day in the sun. I love this lotion for me and my kids. It contains pure aloe and leaves our skin feeling healthy and fresh. It  includes micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly and leaves skin instantly soft – not sticky or greasy. It is perfect for dried out summer skin!

 At the end of a busy summer day no one wants to spend a ton of time applying lotion but this easy to use spray is fast to apply and quick to dry. It is so easy that my kids love to use it.

I keep all my beach bag essentials standbys in the bag including sun screen and a fun beach read but my new beach bag essential is Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer.

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer is available at major retailers for $7.99.

If you would like to win a bottle for yourself, be sure to like the Everyday Savvy facebook page. I will be doing a quick facebook giveaway for one lucky fan in the next few days.

Check out for more information about Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer and be sure to add it to your list of beach bag essentials today!

I keep all my beach bag essentials standbys in the bag including sun screen and a fun beach read but my new beach bag essential is Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vaseline. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Limited Edition Coffee Mate Bottles At Target & $200 Target Gift Card Giveaway

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This is a sponsored post by NESTLE Coffee-mate. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are unbiased and based on my personal view. This prize was provided by NESTLE Coffee-mate, but NESTLE Coffee-mate is not an administrator or connected in any other way with this giveaway.

Coffee-mate  has a new partnership with David Bromstad with the launch of two limited-edition Coffee-mate bottles exclusive to Target. The limited edition bottles feature creative wrappers designed by David Bromstad with the theme “The Art of a Fresh Start” for Coffee-mate’s French Vanilla and Hazelnut flavors. They help bring a little something extra special to your morning coffee.

Sometimes we get busy and forget that every morning’s a blank canvas. A chance to do something new. Dream something big. See something beautiful take shape. These exclusive Coffee-mate bottles bring some beauty to your morning and you can get them at Target for no added cost. I love that! It is so nice to have beauty even in the little things like your morning coffee.

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The limited edition bottles are sold exclusively at Target store’s nationwide July 5 through Sept. 5, 2015. There are 4 designs in total (2 of French Vanilla and 2 on Hazelnut), all with a flower packaging motif.

I know you can’t go to Target and just get Coffee-Mate so we are giving away a $200 Target gift card so you can try the new limited-edition Coffee-mate and pick up those other necessities!


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This giveaway is live on Instagram just click over and enter today!! 

Giveaway ends on July 28 at 10 pm PST. 

This giveaway is not sponsored by, endorsed by or associated with Instagram. The Bullseye Design, Target and Target GiftCard are registered trademarks of Target Brands, Inc. Terms and conditions are applied to gift cards. Target is not a participating partner in or sponsor of this offer.





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How To Make an Easy DIY Homework Station Bin

This post brought to you by Dollar General. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Everyday Savvy.

Check out how to easily make your own diy homework station bin with a shower caddy, tumblers and school supplies.


Before you know it school will be here again plus my girls also have summer homework to complete. It seems like we are always scrambling to find everything we need when the girls are doing homework. In order to solve that dilemma, I wanted a dedicated spot for highlighters, pencils, crayons, rulers, paper clips and more. Even though both girls have a desk, they often complete their homework in other spots of the house. Therefore, I made the bin portable with all the necessary supplies plus it looks cute too!


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I bought all the supplies to make the DIY Homework Station Bin plus all the school supplies at Dollar General. It cost me under $30 for everything. Save on back to school essentials with Dollar General! I started with a basic shower caddy and my youngest daughter used washi tape and patterned duct tape to give it some style. She also used the sticker letters to add the word homework to the side. The beauty of this project is that you or your kids can decorate it however you like. Dollar General carries a bunch of cute washi tape patterns and duct tape patterns. We picked pink with white polka dots, mustaches and owls.


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I bought some tumblers that we decorated as well to hold pencils and highlighters. They fit right inside the shower caddy and give some more organization. It helps when everything has an assigned spot. I also bought some small plastic containers in the kitchen section that are perfect for paper clips!
Check out how to easily make your own diy homework station bin with a shower caddy, tumblers and school supplies.

Overall, I love how this project turned out. It is so easy plus inexpensive as well. I think that this DIY homework station will keep us on track for the upcoming school year!

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Make Life Less Complicated with Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh

 Check out this easy, tasty Sweet Heat Chicken Sandwich made with Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh lunch meats.This post is brought you by Oscar Mayer. All opinions are my own.

Moms are busy and life is sometimes complicated. There are no two ways around that and things don’t always go according to plan no matter our best intentions. Kids also have their own ideas about how things should be. No matter how much we think we know.

One thing that isn’t complicated is Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh lunch meats. These deli quality lunch meats which are available anytime can help keep it simple. Oscar Meyer sent me a sanewhich card and fun Oscar Meyer sandwich recipe.




The Never-Ending DVD sees a future where your children will only watch the same movie with the same characters over and over and over again. Settle in for the long-haul with an easy, tasty Sweet Heat Chicken Sandwich. If you have little ones you will fully understand this situation. I think my oldest watched Finding Nemo about 1,100 times.  The good thing about this situation is that if you embrace it you can have a bit of time for yourself which is something every mom needs.

You might as well enjoy a yummy lunch while the DVD is playing. You could serve with a mixed green salad and your favorite fresh fruit to round out the meal.

Sweet-Heat Chicken Sandwich
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How 'bout a little hot habanero with that chicken sandwich? It's the cheese that spices up this yummy, hearty handful.
Serves: 1
  • 2 slices multi-grain bread
  • 1 Tbsp. KRAFT Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
  • 4 thin apple slices
  • 5 baby spinach leaves, stemmed
  • 2 oz. OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast
  • 1 KRAFT Big Slice Hot Habanero Cheese Slice
  1. Spread bread slices with mayo.
  2. Fill with remaining ingredients.


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Share Your Life On A Bigger Screen with Xfinity



I am always trying to capture moments with my kids and their activities but many times those moments only get shared on Facebook or via email. My daughters’ grandparents don’t all live near by so they sometimes miss out on birthdays, school activities, soccer games and more. I have always wished there was a way I could easily share video or pictures with them right on a big screen.

Comcast has come up with a new solution to just this issue. They have a new app that lets Xfinity customers’ stream live video from their smartphone to the TV to share with friends and family. The app, lets you stream live video as well as send photos and recorded videos to your own TV, or another Xfinity customer’s TV (For example, Grandma!). You can also stream live video and share content to mobile phones. How cool is that?!



You also get cloud service so you can share vacation pictures, school concerts and more on your own TV when relatives and friends come to visit. This is much better than everyone huddling around a little iPad. Think how much better your pictures will look on the big screen. Unfortunately, there are  also those times when my husband and I can’t make it to one of our kids events.  I love the idea of my husband being able to live stream part of a soccer game to our TV when I can’t make it to a game.

In order to use the new app, both the sender and the receiver must be Xfinity Triple Play customers withOnly with the X1 Entertainment Operating System. It is super easy to use. All you have to do to stream to the TV, is open the new Xfinity app on your iOS or Android device, then select “Stream Live” and accept the notification that appears on the TV. The app is free to download as well. I love technology that helps make my life better AND is simple to use!

I can’t wait for this new feature to become widely available so I can share our fun moments easily with family and friends. Click here for  a video that helps explain the new app and product. Plus be sure to enter to win sweepstakes for a $1,000 gift card! To enter, you just need to comment below. Good luck!

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Outback Steakhouse Bold At Steak New Items & Giveaway



This post and giveaway are sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I have always loved steak every since I was a little girl and so does the rest of my family. My oldest daughter ate steak every single night on our Disney cruise. That is why heading to Outback Steakhouse works well for our family especially since it is affordable to even buy my 13 year old a steak for dinner off the adult menu. Plus I love that with click thru seating it usually means little to no waiting to be seated. 


Outback Steakhouse recently added some yummy new items to their menu that we wanted to try out. These include the Wood-Fire Grilled Flat Iron Steak and Victoria’s Filet Portabella.


Available in eight different cuts, Outback’s Signature Steaks can either be seasoned and seared with a secret blend of 17 spices on the flattop grill or wood-fire grilled for a delicious natural flavor – of course in true Outback spirit, guests can request their steak any way they want! In addition to the new steak entrees, Outback is unveiling new Premium Sides, including Steakhouse Mac & Cheese, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli and Cheese and Parmesan Fries that are sure to quickly become customer favorites.

Did you know that America has yet to unveil an official national food? The French are synonymous with the baguette, Italians have a claim on pasta and Belgium has ownership over chocolate.   Outback Steakhouse is launching a nationwide petition to make steak the first official food of the U.S. and urging fellow steak loving fans to rally behind the cause.

To show their bold love for steak, fans can sign the petition here.

If you’re interested in trying out the great new offerings from Outback, then you’re in luck. I’m giving away a $50.00 Outback gift card, so you can experience their Bold at Steak campaign and all its flavors for yourself!

This giveaway is open to US residents and ends on June 22, 2015 at midnight EST.

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Huge Jane Giveaway – $1000 Amazon Gift Card, $1000 Sephora Gift Card or Madsen Bicycle


What do a Madsen Bicycle, $1,000 Amazon Gift Card and a $1,000 Sephora Gift Card have in common? Well nothing exactly, except they are the prizes in a new Jane giveaway.  

These are some awesome prizes. Imagine what you could buy with $1000 gift card!  I have teamed up with Jane as one of their official partners and when you enter my code MELISSA8535 each day you can get an additional 5 entries to win!!! I would love to have an Everyday Savvy reader win.

Jane is one of my favorite spots to shop for fun accessories, home goods and clothing.  If you haven’t checked them out yet, you are missing out!

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Fun & Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas from EverydaySavvy

Fun & Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Fun & Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas from EverydaySavvy

Fun & Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Whether you do something small or big for Mother’s Day, Mothers and Grandmothers love being appreciated on their special day. If you need help with finding the perfect gift this year, we have some very unique gift ideas that the women in your life will love. We chose fun things in all price ranges, so you are sure find something special for the mothers in your life.  [Read more…]


Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion Salon Inspired Products – Great Looks On The Go

I am always on the look out for great beauty products that are salon proven to work as well as higher end brands. Get great looks on the go with Suave’s all new Professionals series of Sea Mineral Infusion hair and body products! #BeautyByMe #ad

We all want to look great but don’t always have the time and money to head to the salon or spa.  I am always on the look out for great beauty products  that are salon proven to work as well as higher end brands. Looking great on the go without paying a fortune is everyday savvy.

I recently tried out the new  Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion products which  is a salon-inspired range of products infused with a carefully chosen blend of rich minerals from the sea for effortless volume. I have a bunch of hair and am on the look out for products that give me volume without frizz and make it easy to style. The new Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Shampoo & Conditioner system hit the mark.

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I loved that  Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Shampoo contains no heavy silicones and helps remove build up from hair for natural looking body and bounce. The Suave Professionals®  Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Conditioner offers just the right amount of conditioning for natural, healthy looking body and bounce. Plus these are salon proven to volumize as well as Bumble and bumble. Surf® Foam Wash Shampoo and Crème Rinse Conditioner!


Here is the nice loose waves look I was able to achieve using these products. I also loved that it made my hair smell nice too with a luxurious, sea-inspired fragrance. I also used the  Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray to help create a loose, textured look with full-bodied waves that last up to 24 hours.

In addition to helping your hair look great, the Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion products include body wash and lotion. I sampled the Suave® Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Spray Lotion and it is so great for moisturizing quickly. I must admit sometimes I am in a hurry and skip lotion but with this spray it takes under a minute. After a long dry winter, my arms and legs just sucked in this lotion.  I loved that it is infused with a carefully chosen blend of skin rejuvenating minerals from the sea. Plus it makes you smell nice too!




Want to try these new products out for yourself?  You can use this handy product locator to find the nearest store where they are available.  They are also available for purchase at Walmart and Walgreens.

Discover the Beauty of the Sea with NEW Suave® Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion products.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Suave Professionals ®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Fun & Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Tween Girls

Fun & Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Tween Girls

Fun & Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Tween Girls

Tween girls can be hard-to-please and if you need help filling Easter baskets this year, we have lots of great ideas they will love. My tween loves arts, crafts, games and other fun activities. I like to fill her basket with a few non-candy items for her to enjoy. We have filled this list with lots of great Easter basket ideas for tweens at all price points.

To save this cool list for later, press the “pin-it” button at the top of the page to save it to your Pinterest boards.  [Read more…]

EasterCool & Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Tween Boys

Cool Easter Basket Ideas for Tween Boys

EasterCool & Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Tween Boys

Cool Easter Basket Ideas for Tween Boys

While your tweens might not still believe in the Easter bunny, you still might want to treat them to a few things for Easter, especially if they have siblings that still believe. We have found lots of great non-candy options to fill those baskets. We have a variety of items, in all price ranges, to fill those baskets. You won’t want to miss our cool Easter basket ideas for tween boys.

To save this cool list of Easter basket ideas for later, press the “pin-it” button at the top of the page.  [Read more…]

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids Arts and Crafts

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids – Arts and Crafts

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids Arts and Crafts
Easter Basket Ideas for Kids – Arts and Crafts

One of my favorite things to do is to stuff arts and crafts supplies in my kids’ Easter baskets. In my mind, I am restocking to keep my kids busy in the coming months. I find that when I buy high-quality arts and craft supplies they last longer. If you need Easter basket ideas for kids, check out all of the neat things we have found to help you build your Easter baskets.

You can save this fun list of Easter basket ideas to your Pinterest by pressing the “pin-it” button above.
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Refreshing New Simply Juice Drinks Plus Giveaway


We  recently were asked to try out  Simply Juice Drinks which is a new line from makers of Simply Orange and Simply Lemonade. This premium line of refreshing juice drinks is available in three delicious flavors: Fruit Punch, Tropical and Mixed Berry.



I found them at Target next to other Simply Beverages in the refrigerated section. All three great-tasting flavors are available in a 59-fl. oz. multi-serve bottle, with Fruit Punch and tropical also offered in a convenient, grab-and-go, 11.5-fl. oz. single-serve bottle.

My girls were begging to try them and I have to admit they looked pretty tasty to me too.  I love that Simply Juice Drinks are made with simple, all-natural ingredients, including real fruit juice and there are no added preservatives, colors or artificial flavors. That makes it easier for me to enjoy them and feel good about giving this drink to my kids.




These drinks are a refreshing mid afternoon treat and helped me forget about winter for a bit. If you close your eyes while drinking them you can almost imagine you are in a warm tropical locale. I think these juice drinks would make a great mixer for an adult only drink. I love a great rum punch and with these juice drinks it would be very simple to make. You can learn more and get further Simply Juice Drink themed inspirations by liking the Simply Orange Juice Facebook page

Now on to the fun part! Simply Beverages is providing one Everyday Savvy reader with a ‘Simply Great Taste’ prize pack which  is filled with premium items that complement the Simply Juice Drink serving experience, and they include:

  • 5 Simply Juice Drink coupons
  • 1 Glass juice carafe
  • 1 set of Essential Highball Glassware
  • $50 AmEx gift card


This prize was provided by Simply Beverages, but Simply Beverages is not an administrator or connected in any other way with this contest.

Enter below to win!  Good luck!

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Disclosure: Thanks to my friends at Simply Beverages for hooking me up with some free product to try and other free items to help them promote this product launch.

Fun & Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

Unique Ideas for Easter Baskets for Toddlers

Fun & Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers
Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

If you are looking for really fun and unique Easter basket ideas for toddlers, check out all of the fun things we have found for their baskets. At our house, we stuff our kids’ baskets a few small toys and just a tiny bit of candy. I like to find fun things to keep my kids busy for the Spring and Summer months.

If you want to save this fun list for later, press the “pin-it” button above to pin this list to your Pinterest.  [Read more…]

Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Girls

Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Girls

Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Girls

If you plan to build your own Easter basket this year and need some fun ideas for girls, we have found some great non-candy items. At our house, I like to do just a tiny bit of candy and a few small other things. Sometimes I like to include a book, some small toys and other years, I add art supplies or fun things for the upcoming Summer. I like to choose practical items or things that will last my kids a while. Check out all of our great ideas.

If you want to save this list on your Pinterest for later, press the “pin-it” button above.  [Read more…]

Fun & Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Boys

Fun & Unique Ideas for Easter Baskets for Boys


Fun & Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Boys
Easter Baskets for Boys


If you are filling easter baskets for boys this year, we have some great ideas of non-candy items you can put in your baskets this year. At our house, we put just a small amount of candy in the kids’ baskets and we like to add a few small toys or books to fill the baskets. They already get so much candy at local Easter egg hunts that we like to limit the sweets, plus I like to restock things like art supplies, reading materials or outdoor toys. We found lots of fun things in all price ranges to help you shop for Easter this year.

To pin this list to your Pinterest boards for later, press the “pin-it” button above.

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Easter Basket Ideas for Kids Outdoor Games and Toys

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids – Outdoor Toys

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids Outdoor Games and Toys

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids – Outdoor Toys

Get ready for Spring with some really fun outdoor toys in your kids’ baskets this year. I love tucking a really fun outdoor toy in my kids’ Easter basket and they are just thrilled on Easter morning. It gets them excited about playing outside and I can hide the fact that I didn’t stuff their Easter baskets with tons of candy. We have found so many neat options for kids of all ages. Check out our huge list of great ideas.

To save this fun list to your Pinterest for later, press the “pin-it” button above.  [Read more…]

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Small Changes For a More Heart Healthy Lifestyle Plus Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest Sweepstakes

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Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States, and with risk factors steadily on the rise, it has never been more important for women to maintain a healthy lifestyle? One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year was to be more healthy.I have been doing this by closely watching what I eat and making sure I get more exercise.

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My Fitbit Charge HR has really been motivating to me. I can easily see what my heart rate is when I walk on the treadmill and make sure that I am in a nice fat burning mode. I also can check my steps and realize how inactive I am when I spend a major part of my day working on the computer.  If I am low on steps, my girls and I will have a little dance/walking party before dinner. These small steps help me make heart-healthy lifestyle choices every day. I feel healthier and I have even lost 20 pounds!

I am proud to partner with Campbell Soup Company which launched the Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest sweepstakes to encourage small steps towards making heart-healthy lifestyle choices every day. The Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest sweepstakes provides you with the chance to win a variety of daily prizes – from heart-healthy products to bakeware and kitchen utensils – throughout February which is American Heart Month. Campbell is giving away daily prizes totaling more than $100 each, including a grand prize trip for two to the luxurious Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson, AZ!

You can enter for a chance to win by visiting, simply completing the entry form and clicking “submit”. You can then also click “follow” on Pinterest to follow @CampbellsKitchen and pin your favorite recipes with inspiration from the Campbell’s Address Your Heart Pinterest board.

Campbell’s  long-standing partnership with the American Heart Association encourages women to incorporate delicious and easy-to-make Campbell’s heart-healthy products and recipes into their daily lives.  They even have a whole section of easy recipes that are heart healthy. Plus many of them have prep time of 15 minutes or less!I love that! Healthy and quick is perfect for the on the go mom.

When you are at the grocery store, be sure to look for Campbell’s products featuring the American Heart Association heart check mark. Certified Campbell’s products include Healthy Request® soups, V8 beverages, Prego pasta sauces and Pepperidge Farm whole-grain breads.

Be sure to come back next week when I will highlight one of my families favorite heart healthy recipes adapted from one found on the Campbell’s Kitchen website.  In the meantime, be sure to enter this great Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest sweepstakes and start making heart healthy  choices for you and your family.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company.

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Small Indulgences Gift Bag – Perfect Frugal Valentine’s Day Gift!

You don't have to spend a ton of money to make your sweetie happy this Valentine's day. One of my favorite frugal gift ideas is a small indulgences gift bag. The secret to this bag is to spend some real time thinking about what you Valentine loves and filling the bag with all her favorites. This works for all the women in your life from age 2 to 100. Most women just want to feel appreciated and special on Valentine's day.

Vaseline sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to make your sweetie happy this Valentine’s day. One of my favorite frugal gift ideas is a small indulgences gift bag. The secret to this bag is to spend some real time thinking about what you Valentine loves and filling the bag with all her favorites. This works for all the women in your life from age 2 to 100. Most women just want to feel appreciated and special on Valentine’s day.

One item that would be perfect in the bag is Vaseline® Lip Therapy® Rosy Lips. It is a sheer rose-tinted lip moisturizer that deeply moisturizes dry lips to instantly leave them soft and beautiful. Perfect if there is going to be any kissing this Valentine’s day. It has a yummy rose/vanilla/red berry scent too!

It is just $2.29 at food, drug, and mass retailers, nationwide. You can find where it is sold near you here. It is super cute and would easily fit in a purse or backpack. Made with 100% pure, triple purified Vaseline® Jelly, these formulas instantly soften lips, while providing an occlusive layer that locks in moisture – so lips feel better over time. Perfect to keep your lips from getting chapped in the cold winter!

Vaseline Lip Therapy perfect for chapped lips


If you want to go a little more special, Vaseline is spreading the love by creating limited-edition jars adorned with fine European crystals and a heart on the lid. These are super cute. Both my girls are fighting for this one but I am keeping it all for myself!  It is available at Kitson and for $45.


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I would then add some candy or maybe petit fours, some bubble bath, their favorite magazine or book and your small indulgences bag is ready to go. You could even purchase a subscription to their favorite magazine too! If she is crafty, you could add some fun washi tape and stickers. This bag can easily be taylored for kids to teens as well. Add a cute stuffed animal, fun erasers etc.



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You can even put the Vaseline® Lip Therapy® Rosy Lips right in with the petit fours. How cute is that?!

If you have kids, offer to watch them while she takes and bath and reads her new magazine. If you want to really take it up a notch you could even clean the house while she is relaxing. You will be a Valentine hero without spending big bucks!

Vaseline sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.


Host a Fantastic and Frugal Valentine’s Day Party for Children

5 Easy and Frugal Tips to Host a Fantastic Valentine's Day Party for Kids.  Includes links to some great printables.


Easy Budget Friendly Tips for Hosting a Valentine’s Day Party for Children


Hosting a Valentine’s Day party for children can be a load of fun and accomplished inexpensively with a little preparation and planning.  Jennifer Carver, of Spaceships and Laser Beams, is here sharing her tips for hosting a budget friendly celebration your children will love (we think you’ll love her money saving ideas for invitations, decorations, treats and activities too!)!


Tip #1:  Handcraft your invitations.  Instead of buying expensive store bought, boxed invitations, create your own!  Using basic craft materials and hand cut paper hearts, add all of the essential party details including date, time, and location and whether guests should bring Valentines to pass out or a treat to share.  Another fun idea is to inflate heart shaped balloons with helium and tie the party details to the balloon with pink or red twine.  Hand deliver the invitations for extra excitement (and to save money on postage and envelopes). Not crafty? There are lots of free Valentine’s printables boys and girls will love.

No Spread Sugar Cookies and Perfect Icing

Tip #2:  Invite guests to bring a Valentine’s Day treat to add to your dessert spread.  Whether you are going all out on a full dessert table or just setting up a small display of tried and true favorites, inviting guests to RSVP with a treat they’d like to bring will help you provide a sweet variety, save on out-of-pocket costs and reduce your party prep time.  Plus, most guests will bring something that they personally like, which means satisfaction guaranteed!  Win-win!  One great activity and treat is to decorate heart shaped cookies. Here is a can’t miss no spread sugar cookie recipe and tips for cookie decorating with kids. 


Tip #3:  Choose no fuss decorations from your party and entertaining stash and purchase remaining items at after-Christmas clearance sales or dollar stores.  With many holidays throughout the year that traditionally incorporate red and white (4th of July and Christmas quickly come to mind), chances are you already have a few décor staples on hand that you can reuse and repurpose.  Gather up linens (tablecloths, runners and napkins), serving trays, platters and cake stands and leftover tableware such as paper plates, napkins, cups and utensils.  All of these items will make perfect additions to your décor!


If you plan ahead you can take advantage of after-Christmas sales to bulk up your décor and party essentials.  Many basic red and white items can be found for practically nothing!  Even solid color holiday wrapping paper or something with stripes and dots could be used for a table runner, for making disposable place mats, to line trays or spruce up water bottles.  Plain packaging items on clearance can be used to create party favors or to package sugar cookies if your party includes a sugar cookie decorating station.


Additional items can be purchased from dollar stores.  Many dollar stores sell cute red and pink plastic heart embellished glasses, red and pink plates, cutlery and even small heart confetti.  Add heart shaped helium balloons, some DIY tissue tassel garland, a love banner cut from cardstock and you are set!


Tip #4:  Plan a few simple games and crafts geared towards Valentine’s Day.  Keep costs down by focusing on the sharing of Valentines.  Guests can be invited to bring Valentines premade, or you can provide simple card making materials at the party.  Valentine mail bags or boxes can also be made as a simple craft.  Other party games can include classic party games twisted to match the party theme.  “Cupid Says” or “Pin the Arrow on Cupid” are easy adaptations of crowd favorites.


EverydaySavvy DIY Valentine EOS Lip Balm Card with a Free Printable


Tip #5: Hand Out Simple Favors –  These cute Magical Pony Valentine favors are super cute and so inexpensive. This EOS Valentine card  (pictured above) would make a great favor too!


These five budget friendly tips will help you host a Valentine’s Day party the kids will be smiling about for a long time! Plus they are so easy that you can throw together in no time at all!




Frugal Valentine Gift Ideas

frugal valentine's day gift ideas for women, men and kids


I recently filmed a piece for Channel 4 WDIV with frugal Valentine Gift Ideas.  The main point with Valentine Day gifts is it really is the thought that counts.  Think about what activities your Valentine loves and that can get you started on some great frugal Valentine gifts for women, men and kids! We have a few ideas to help you on your way.  [Read more…]


Connected With OnStar – My Experience with an OnStar Connected Vehicle



As part of my ambassador position with OnStar this year, they let me borrow a 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe for a week to try out all the fun and very useful new features that OnStar offers. As a busy mom, I find myself in the car quite a few hours a day. Driving from school to practice, to dance and more. Sometimes with traffic it really doesn’t make sense to go home.




Using OnStar with 4G LTE*, I was actually able to work in my car and not waste time. It was so easy to connect my laptop, I just plugged in the password that I found in the Wi-Fi settings of the car and I was good to go! It was so nice to get a little more done especially during this busy time of year.


wifi in car

My girls loved having the built-in OnStar Wi-Fi hotspot because it supports up to 7 mobile devices and is easy to stream video. We had to travel a few hours for an event and they were able to stream Netflix easily right on their mobile devices. I didn’t hear “When will we be there?”once.

You could use a smartphone’s hotspot but the built-in OnStar with 4G LTE provides a better in- vehicle experience. The stronger signal means you have a reliable connection and the built-inWi-Fi hotspot is powered by your vehicle. You don’t have to rely on a mobile device battery. It is nice not using up my smartphone’s battery to power the Wi-Fi connection. Another nice feature is that it is automatically on and ready to connect to your devices. You don’t have to set it up each time you want to use it.

I love that OnStar can easily get you directions anywhere you need to go or to the nearest gas station or even a Starbucks plus they download the directions right to your car. It really can’t get easier than that! Check out this video I made showing exactly how it works.

I have talked all about the fun features of OnStar but my favorite features are still those related to safety. OnStar has Automatic Crash Response, Vehicle Diagnostics, Stolen Vehicle Assistance and Remote Door Unlock. I feel so much safer in my vehicle knowing that if I ever get in an accident, OnStar will help me. This gives me such peace of mind whenever I drive my current vehicle with OnStar service.

Be sure to learn more about the technology and how to get it here. You can also learn more about how people are using in-vehicle Wi-Fi. Be sure to like OnStar on Facebook to get even more great information!

Disclosure: This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and OnStar blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

* Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan. Visit for details and system limitations.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Men from EverydaySavvy

Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Men

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Men from EverydaySavvy


Men are hard to buy for and if you exchange gifts, I try and find gifts that my husband will love. If you are looking for Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Men, we have a great list of gift ideas that will help you find something unique for the men in your life. We tried to find really fun things in all price ranges to help you with your shopping this year. [Read more…]

Valentines Day Gift Ideas for Women

Great Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Women

Valentines Day Gift Ideas for Women

Sometimes my husband and I exchange little gifts on Valentine’s Day and other years, we just do something sweet like candy. If you need gift ideas for women for Valentine’s Day, we have found some really cool and unique things for teens, signifigant others and other women in your life. We have found items in many price ranges to help surprise your loved one. [Read more…]

how to make 2015 the best year ever

41 Easy Ways to Make This The Best Year Ever


how to make 2015 the best year ever


It is officially 2015 and I know we all want to have an amazing year. I teamed up with 40 other bloggers to share ways to make this the best year ever!  There are so many great tips and ideas to get you started off the right way on your 2015 New Year’s resolutions. You will want to check them all out and then leave me a comment with your resolutions for this year.


How you enjoy!

1. How to Set and Keep Goals to Make This the Best Year Ever | Jen @ Girl in Garage

2. 15 Ways to Stay Organised at Work During 2015 | Elizabeth Harrin @ A Girl’s Guide to Project Management

3. How Personal Style Will Help You Achieve Goals Faster in 2015 | Cherene Francis @ Aura Image Consulting

4. Completing Those Unfinished Projects in the NEW YEAR | Angela Lerew @ Unexpected Elegance

5. 42 Ways to Practice Perfectly & Become an Expert at Almost Anything | Amy Garro @ 13 Spools

6. Easy Exercises to do on a Cruise Ship | Amanda Woods @ Adventures All Around

7. 10 Simple Ways to Eat Healthier This Year | Dawn @ Reveal Natural Health

8. 31 Days to a More Fabulous You | Julie Bonner @ Mom Fabulous

9. How to Make This the Best Gardening Year Ever | Kendra Spencer @ a Sonoma Garden

10. 5 Ways to Make this Your Best Monarch Season…Ever! | Tony Gomez @ Monarch Butterfly Garden

11. 12 Scriptures for Goals and Guidance | Julie @ Loving Christ Ministries

12. How to Build a Starter Emergency Fund in 30 Days or Less | Jackie Beck @ The Debt Myth

13. Family Verse of the Week Challenge for 2015 | Jamie Yonash @ Life is Sweeter By Design

14. Hot Work at Home Jobs for 2015 | Holly Hanna @ The Work at Home Woman

15.  A Year of Intention | Hilary Bernstein @ Accidentally Green

16. 2015: Our Best Year Yet | Ashley @ Leaving the Rut

17. Create a Better Life Story | Bronwen Warner @ Tummy Time and Beyond

18. Get Ready to Get MDfit | Tom and Anne @ Eat & Be Fit

19. 5 Free Ways to Learn Something New This Year | Sarah Fuller @ Earning and Saving with Sarah Fuller

20. Healthy Leek Soup | Mirlandra @ Mirlandra’s Kitchen

21. Health Resolutions: Baby Steps to a New You | Ellen Christian @ Confessions of an Overworked Mom

22. 5 Ways Busy Moms Can Get Motivated to Work Out | Diane Nassy @ philZENdia

23. Be Prepared for the New Year | Jennifer Dunham Starr @ The Memory Journalists

24. 3 Steps to a Healthier Life in 2015 | Joe Goodwill @Average Joe Cyclist

25. New Year’s Resolution: Cook More Often! | Kim Pawell @ Something New for Dinner

26. I Should What? 28 Ways to be Happier | Karen Young @ Hey Sigmund

27. 9 Ways to Get Healthier In The New Year | Amy Maus @ Home and Farm Sense

28. In 2015 Resolve to Take Control of Your Money | Kristia @ Family Balance Sheet

29. Eucharisteo: A Year of Thanksgiving | Lani Padilla @ Simply Fresh Vintage

30. No More Tears at IEP Meetings: Make This Your Best Year Ever! | Lisa Lightner @ A Day In Our Shoes

31. Learn to Save Money on Groceries | Melissa Buckles @ Everyday Savvy

32. How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution – For Real This Time! | Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies

33. 52 Weeks to a Better You: Week 1 – Go to Bed Early | Mindi Cherry @ Moms Need to Know

34. Food Street: How a Community Has Joined Forces to Start a Street Farm | Sam Walker @ Bubble ‘N Squeak

35. Organizing Coupons with the Binder Method | Sara Steigerwald @ Sisters Shopping on a Shoe String

36. How to Make This Year the Happiest Yet | Shambray @

37. A New Year, A New You | Sharon Rowe @ How to Get Organized at Home

38. 5 Ways to Get Paid for Losing Weight This Year | Anna @ Real Ways to Earn Money at Home

39. Tips for Successful Whole30 | Deanna Michaels @ From This Kitchen Table

40. 75 Ways to Be Healthier in 2015 | Maryea Flaherty @ Happy Healthy Mama

41. How to Make 2015 the Best Year Ever! | Jennifer @ My Boys & Their Toys

Bonus links:

Fashion Resolutions: How to Add Style to Any Outfit | Ellen Christian @ The Socialite’s Closet

visit twelve oaks mall

Twelve Oaks Mall Holiday Shopping – Fun For The Whole Family Plus $100 Plus $100 Giftcard #giveaway

visit twelve oaks mall

 Just a few more  days left to enter to win a $100 Shopping Gift Card!!! Works at any Taubman Center including Twelve Oaks & Great Lakes Crossing. Scoll down to enter!

Need to cross off those last few gifts off your list and make sure you have all the right holiday outfits for you and your family?  If you are in Metro Detroit, you can do just that when you visit Twelve Oaks mall located in Novi. Twelve Oaks asked me to visit and share my experience with you and you know I can’t say no to shopping! 

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track santa with onstar

Use OnStar to Track Santa this Christmas Eve



track santa with onstar


So tracking Santa has gone high tech this year plus you can give back to the United Way just by tracking Santa via OnStar!


From 7 a.m. (EST) Christmas Eve until 5 a.m. Christmas Day, OnStar Subscribers can follow Santa’s  journey around the globe with just a push of the blue OnStar button, thanks to a collaboration with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Tracks Santa program. Plus for each call received, OnStar will donate a dollar to United Way for Southeastern Michigan! Having fun tracking Santa and giving to a great cause. It doesn’t get much better than that.


Check out this fun video my girls and I made when we tracked Santa using OnStar.




If you aren’t near your vehicle — er, sleigh —call (877) 446-6723 or visit to check Santa’s progress.  Santa’s on social media too and you can tweet @NORADSanta with the hashtag #Santa or #NORADSanta for his location.


You can read more about how Santa used OnStar and his sleigh’s Wi-Fi hotspot here.


Remember, that Santa doesn’t visit your home unless all children are fast asleep so be sure to track Santa and then settle down for a long winter’s nap.


Have fun tracking Santa and Merry Christmas!



This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and OnStar blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.


Use Click Thru Seating & Get Seated Fast at Outback Steakhouse


I love to go out to eat but I hate to wait for a table. Doesn’t everyone? Outback Steakhouse recently did a survey asking consumers about their typical wait time at restaurants across the country and found that, on average, Americans have waited nearly 40 minutes to be seated at a restaurant.  This is more time than it takes to cook and eat an entire meal!




With the busy holiday season and especially if you bring your kids, waiting for a table can be a real pain. Recently my family visited Outback Steakhouse and used their Click Thru Seating service on to access to wait time information and add our name to the wait list before we arrived.

When we arrived, we were seated within 5 minutes!  I think we got a few looks from other people waiting wondering how we get seated so quickly. I didn’t have time to tell all of them how we did it but I  wanted to share this time saving trick with you!

Click Thru Seating service on informs you od the urrent wait time at your local Outback Steakhouse restaurant and you then can add your name to the wait list or for a later time. Please keep in mind this is NOT a reservation. You are not guaranteed to be seated at the time you select. You are simply being added to the wait list. However, unless the restaurant is extremely busy you should be seated fairly quickly.


To find an Outback Steakhouse location near you visit You can also find them on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

So next time you are hungry and don’t want to wait and wait for a table at a restaurant, give Click Thru Seating service on a try. My girls are begging to go back. They love the loaf of bread you get before dinner. They eat almost at a whole loaf themselves.


Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Outback Steakhouse. All opinions are my own.