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41 Easy Ways to Make This The Best Year Ever

 

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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 @ Shambray.com

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

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

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 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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Use OnStar to Track Santa this Christmas Eve

 

 

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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 www.noradsanta.org 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

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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!

 

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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 Outback.com 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 Outback.com 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 www.Outback.com. 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 Outback.com 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.

Cool Minecraft Gift Ideas for Kids and Teens

Cool Minecraft Gift Ideas for Kids and Teens

If you have Minecraft-loving kids or teens, you will love these fun things we have found. My boys are hooked on this popular game and so are all of their friends. From clothes to toys to crafts, you can find lots of neat Minecraft gift ideas on this list, in all price ranges.

 

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Mom Version Of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space – Starbucks Lovers?

I thought you all might enjoy this fun video! It really does sound like Taylor Swift is saying Starbucks Lovers in her version. If you are wondering why,  my musical friend said Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” lyric, “Got a long list of ex-lovers” sounds like “Call all your Starbucks lovers” because the “of” is placed on a strong beat. There you go…

 

 

 

 

5 Points To Consider When Choosing a Smart Phone

 

5 points to consider when choosing a smart phone

Finding the perfect smartphone for you can be difficult. We came up with a 5 important key points and features  to consider when choosing a new smart phone. We recently received a Huawei Ascend Mate 2 that my oldest daughter put through the paces and has confiscated as her her own. I also rated it against our key points to consider.

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FREE Kids Cookbook from Door To Door Organics & The Detroit Zoo – Wild Light Ticket Giveaway

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Door to Door Organics has teamed up with the Detroit Zoo to create a fun, colorful cookbook filled with 10 wildly healthy recipes. It is called Rezoopies® and you can download it for FREE! It will help you tempt your kids into eating healthy fruits and vegetables, just like their favorite animals.

With this cookbook for kids, it’s easy to lure your little animal lover into the wild kingdom of healthy eating. It’s packed full of fun animal facts and photos, plus yummy Rezoopies® like Pita-Roos, Chimpanzee-licious Pasta, Porcupine Pick-ups, and more! At last, fewer “bear-ly” touched plates and growling tummiesjust roaring for more healthy Good Food. Cook together, eat together, and enjoy inspiring good eating habits that will last a lifetime.

 

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If you are new to Door to Door Organics, you can use the promo code: DETROITZOO to receive $10 off your order. This is a great offer to try them out. Healthy food delivered to your doorstep. Gotta love that!

 

The Detroit Zoo and Door to Door Organics is also offering a reader of Everyday Savvy  a 4 pack of tickets to Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo!

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Detroit Zoo Wild Lights

Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights with more than five million LED lights that will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 100 animal sculptures throughout the front of the Zoo.  Guests can enjoy a variety of activities including a craft, carolers, ice carvers and can even write a letter to Santa.  The Detroit Zoo also invites guests go on an extraordinary adventure in the Wild Adventure Zone with “The Polar Express 4-D Experience” at the 4-D Theater.

 

Enter to win tickets below. It is so easy to enter just click the easy entry button! This is a quick giveaway so we can get the tickets to you and you can enjoy Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo!

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Discloure: This post was sponsored by Door To door Organics and the Detroit Zoo.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

50 Great Kids’ Christmas Books List

50 of the best Kids' Christmas Books

50 Great Kids’ Christmas Books

 

Looking for some great Kids’ christmas books?  This list will help. I love to have special Christmas books that we read all of December. I have seen ideas where people wrap up the books each year and then open and read a new one each night. This seems like such a fun idea. Check out these great Kid’s Christmas books and seen if there are any you want to add to your bookshelf.

 

  1. The Night Before the Night Before Christmas
  2. The Polar Express
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  4. A Wish to Be A Christmas Tree
  5. Merry Christmas, Stinky Face
  6. Charlie and the Christmas Kitty
  7. Reindeer Christmas
  8. A Bad Kitty Christmas
  9. The Berenstain Bears Get Ready for Christmas
  10. The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book
  11. Snowmen at Christmas
  12. Danny Dozer’s Perfect Christmas Tree
  13. God Gave Us Christmas
  14. The Christmas Story
  15. I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles
  16. Llama Llama Holiday Drama
  17. Richard Scarry’s Best Christmas Book Ever!
  18. Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas
  19. A Christmas Carol
  20. Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House, No. 29)
  21. The Christmas Owl
  22. Merry Christmas Mom and Dad
  23. Light of Christmas
  24. A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas
  25. Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons
  26. Disney Princesses Sing-Along Christmas Songs
  27. How Santa Got His Job
  28. Bear Stays Up for Christmas
  29. Peanuts: A Charlie Brown Christmas Deluxe Ed
  30. Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story
  31. The Littlest Elf
  32. The Wild Christmas Reindeer
  33. Christmas in the Manger
  34. Mortimer’s Christmas Manger
  35. One Little Christmas Tree: A Children’s Christmas Picture Book
  36. Christmas Tapestry
  37. Stick Man
  38. Jingle Bells
  39. Clifford’s Christmas
  40. The Christmas Wish
  41. Twas the Night Before Christmas: Edited by Santa Claus for the Benefit of Children of the 21st Century
  42. Christmas in the Trenches
  43. The Legend of the Candy Cane
  44. The Night Before Christmas Pop-up
  45. The Nativity
  46. The Nutcracker Ballet: A Book, Theater, and Paper Doll Fold-out Play Set
  47. Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve?
  48. Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.)
  49. The Nightmare Before Christmas: 20th Anniversary Edition
  50. Humphrey’s First Christmas

 

Looking for more holiday deals and bargains?  Be sure to check out our holiday page with gift ideas and shopping tips.

 

Thanks to Pandora’s Deals for this round-up of the best kids’ Christmas books.

More Tween Boy Gift Ideas

More Tween Boy Gift Ideas

More Tween Boy Gift Ideas

Shopping for a tween boy has you stumped?  EverydaySavvy  has chosen out some unique, top holiday gifts that your boys will rave about. We included a few electronic items, but there is so much more for your boys to explore here and you will love our tween boy gift ideas.

 

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Cool and Unique Teenage Boy Gift Ideas

Cool & Unique Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys

 

Finding that perfect thing for your teen boy can be a big challenge. We are here to help with lots of super cool things your teenage boy will love. Instead of buying him a bunch of small gifts, he will appreciate one or two nice things that he will use. We have a little of everything on this list like electronics, something to wear, games and more. You won’t want to miss this list of teenage boy gift ideas.

 

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