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Friday, May 26, 2017

South Carolina Giraffe Mom Finally Meets Her Inspiration, April the Giraffe in Person

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Even though there are almost 4.5 billion web pages on the Internet, last month the entire world seemed to be fixated on one in particular -- the live stream of a pregnant giraffe.

You know the one we're talking about, moms -- the video of a pregnant giraffe prancing around her pen was likely all over your Facebook feed for months. The giraffe in question's name is April, and her baby, a gangly little boy, was born on April 15 amidst a chorus of squeals from adoring fans around the world.

April's pregnancy saga has been ongoing since mid-February, when her keepers at the Harpursville, New York Animal Adventure Park announced she was getting ready to deliver at any time. To delight giraffe lovers everywhere, April's keepers set up a live Facebook feed in hopes she would give birth sooner rather than later.

Well, it turned out that April wasn't quite ready for her little boy to show up. As each day went by, April became more and more of a viral sensation as worldwide viewers were tuning in to watch in anticipation. And considering that an estimated 23% of Facebook users check their account at least five times daily, this video reached a ton of people.

As a way to gently mock April's viral fame, South Carolina mother-to-be Erin Dietrich decided to have a little fun. Nine months pregnant at the time, she donned a realistic giraffe mask and started her own Facebook video while she waited to go into labor.

Well, the Internet loved that, too. Dietrich was quickly dubbed "Giraffe Mom" and went viral in her own right. To this day people recognize her on the streets, and she is slowly getting used to her 15 minutes of Internet fame.

“It’s just been surreal,” Dietrich explained to WSOCTV. “I still don’t know, like -- how did this all happen? Because I was, like, 100 weeks pregnant dancing around in a $16 Amazon giraffe mask?”

To make things even better, the television show Inside Edition arranged to get the two giraffe moms to meet once their children were old enough for visitors. Erin and her one-month-old son Porter were flown to meet her fuzzy giraffe compatriot, and the resulting encounter was too cute for words.

Porter was dressed up as a giraffe himself to meet his giraffe cousin, who was named Tajiri after a nationwide naming contest. Oh, and that $16 Amazon mask made an appearance as well.

Dietrich feels that she has now met a friend for life, even if April can't talk back to her. They do have adorable giraffe sons though, to bond them for life.

“We’re buddies. We’re companions," Dietrich told Inside Edition. "She just doesn’t know it.”

Or does she?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

DIY Popsicle Stick America Flag {A #MemorialDay Kids Craft}

As a military family, it can be safe to assume we're pretty patriotic! We love showing our pride for our military and our country throughout the year, but especially on those days set aside to honor them, like Memorial Day. For many, this may be just a day for barbecues, parties and to break out some red, white and blue, but we really want to be sure to teach our kids to truly appreciate this day and everything it stands for...most importantly, to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country.

Today, I am revisiting and resharing a simple craft that is perfect for kids to show their pride in their country and their military- a super easy, popsicle stick flag!

  • Popsicle Sticks-Various Sizes. 
  • Wood Stars
  • Paint
  • Glue
  1. First up, paint your popsicle sticks and stars. The longer, regular size sticks will be red and white. Use some shorter to create your blue. (If you'd prefer, you can use one size, just keep this in mind as you paint... I find the addition of the shorter sticks to be easier!) Paint your stars white. Allow all to dry.
  2. Next, it's time to put the flag together! Use two shorter sticks to create a base to glue your stripes onto, alternating red and white. 
  3. Take your shorter blue pieces and glue to the top left corner (alternately, if you have small wooden rectangle pieces, you could use these instead!)
  4. Finish up by gluing on your stars- I've found you can add about 1-3 of these craft stars, but if you'd prefer a more genuine flag look, consider painting them on, or use stickers!
  5. Add another stick to the back for easy waving. (Or ribbon for hanging, magnets... get creative!)

Not only is this a perfect craft for Memorial Day, it's also ideal for the 4th of July, Veteran's Day or every military family member's favorite day- homecoming!!

How do you teach your children about Memorial Day and the sacrifices of the military? 

Take Care Of YOU with NOW® Women’s Probiotic 20 Billion {A Review + Giveaway} #MomsMeet

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Hey mom! Look at you, taking care of business! Lunches are made. Parties are planned. Meals are prepared. Kids are bathed. Kids have been given their vitamins. Husband has been encouraged.

But what about you?

How many times have you skipped a meal because you were too busy doing for others? How many times have you just fought through sicknesses rather than taken the time to rest or visit a doctor because your children needed you? How many times have you put the needs of everyone else in the family before your own needs?

If you're like me, you can answer those questions with A LOT. Actually, scratch that... ALL the time. And let's be honest.... it can be exhausting. Physically and mentally draining. All that constantly taking care of others can leave US feeling worn down, making it hard for us to take care of the rest of the family too.

That's why we need a good probiotic routine to help keep us at our very best. Today, I'm sharing with a probiotic made JUST for women: NOW® Women’s Probiotic 20 Billion.

NOW Women's Probiotic 20 Billion was formulated with three clinically tested probiotic strains to support women's health throughout each stage of their lives. L. rhamnosus HN001 and L. acidophilus La-14 have been shown to colonixe the vaginal tract and help to maintain healthy pH when taken orally. That's probably not a topic we like to talk about- or truthfully not one we even think about too often--- until there's a problem, so why not help take care of it before any problems arise!? B. lactis HN019 and HN001 may provide some support to the healthy immune system function of pregnant or nursing women. HN019 also helps to support GI irregularity and can help to reduce the occasional gas and bloating. All of these also help suport heathy, balanced immune system function in all women, regardless of age or where they are in life.

That all sounds great, but are there other specially design probiotics for women? Why not another brand? Why NOW?

NOW is one of very few supplement companies that is using technology to genetically verify their probiotics. They are using DNAfingerprinting technology to guarantee the identity, potency, and purity
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Women’s Probiotic 20 Billion is available to purchase at natural healthfood stores nationwide, and at amazon.com, iherb.com, and now-2-u.com. To find Women’s Probiotic 20 Billion in your area, visit: nowfoods.com/storelocator for the full list of locations. It has a suggested retail price of $33.99.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Max 2 White House Hero {A DVD Giveaway}

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Summer vacation is almost here and we are already making our lists of everything we want to get done this summer. Much of that is playing outside of course... but what about those rainy days? What do we do on those days to keep from bouncing off the walls? Or hearing the inevitable, 'Mom, I'm BORED!'

For us, on those rainy days...nothing can cure boredom like a movie day. Pop some popcorn, get some theater candy and make a day of it! Of course, we cannot do that without a great movie. Today, I'm excited to share a great option for that movie night!

Man's Best Friend Is The Country's Biggest Hero
MAX 2: White House Hero
The All-New Original Movie Is Available on DVD, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack On May 23, 2017 & Digital HD Now.
Duty calls again, and our hero dog Max returns to action in "Max 2: White House Hero." His new assignment brings him to Washington, D.C. to serve on the U.S. president's Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with his precocious daughter Alex (Francesca Capaldi), tensions arise between both countries. First Son TJ (Zane Austin), along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy. A highly-sensitive mission will push Max’s specialized skills, intelligence and loyalty to the test.

Sounds great, right? I know my kids and I are certainly looking forward to it! You can learn more at the links below:

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You can also bring the movie to life with these fun activities:

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Save on Gifts and More with Dayspring's Memorial Day Sale #Dayspring #LiveYourFaith

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It's almost Memorial Day Weekend...which for us bargain shoppers means, we know there are going to be a LOT of great sales! And while that's certainly not what the day is about, we still cannot help but love those deals, am I right? But why wait for the weekend!? Dayspring has started their Memorial Day Sale already!

From now through May 31, you can save $20 on your purchase of $60 or more, plus get free shipping!

Let's break that down! Thinking of ordering the new Illustrated Faith Devotional Kit...or maybe a couple older ones? They are regularly $30, plus $8 shipping-$38 total. But with this deal, you can buy 2 kits, or one kit and some additional supplies for $40 shipped! (Plus all applicable taxes!)

Or stock up on gifts to fill your gift closets. June brings about wedding season, and Dayspring offers many great gift ideas. Or think ahead to birthdays or Christmas. So many amazing options, and with this deal there is no better time to buy!

Head on over and shop Dayspring while it lasts!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How to Hack Savings at Rite Aid, Using Plenti Points and Coupons [Infographic] @Dealspotr

Rite Aid is one of the big three drug stores in the US. Along with CVS and Walgreens, it's a place for shoppers to purchase health, beauty, and everyday items at usually low prices. And like its competitors, Rite Aid offers a rewards program for shoppers along with frequent coupons and deals.
While Rite Aid was recently purchased by Walgreens, the two have yet to merge their couponing and rewards policies. Rite Aid's main perks can be found in its wellness+ with Plenti points rewards program, and in its coupons and online deals. There's a way to maximize your savings here, but it sometimes takes a deeper look into the couponing policies and rewards that Rite Aid offers to understand how.
So we, along with our Dealspotr community & some pro coupon bloggers, came up with our best Rite Aid savings hacks that can save you money each time you shop.

Sign up for the wellness+ with Plenti rewards program

In lieu of a traditional rewards card, Rite Aid offers their wellness+ with Plenti card that lets members earn two types of points. First, you'll earn wellness+ points while shopping, which can redeem for discounts up to 20% off storewide. Wellness+ with Plenti cardholders will also earn Plenti points through this program.
Plenti is partnered with many retailers - including Macy's, AT&T, and Mobil - and you can earn Plenti points by shopping at any of these participating stores.  You can then use these points at Rite Aid to receive savings when you checkout.
This Rite Aid savings hack was submitted by One Frugal Girl.

Chat live with a pharmacist, 24/7

A benefit of your wellness+ with Plenti membership is 24/7 access to a pharmacist, via either online chat or by phone. These pharmacists are available around the clock to help you out with any medication-related questions, including side effects and drug interactions. There are also diabetes specialists available Monday - Friday. Non-wellness+ members can submit questions to a pharmacist online as well, but can't chat live with a pharmacist like members can.

Load coupons straight to your Plenti card - no printing needed

Another perk of the wellness+ with Plenti program is the Load2Card feature. Instead of clipping coupons, you can load them from the Rite Aid site directly onto your Plenti card and have all your coupons in one place. When you swipe your card at checkout, the coupons will be automatically applied to your order.
Pro Tip: On the Rite Aid website, you can filter items by which ones have a Load2Card coupon available.
This Jet savings hack was submitted by Ashley Drewes of Closet of Free Samples

Shop online for bonus savings 

Before heading into the store, the Rite Aid website should be your first stop. With an exclusive Online Deals section, some products you buy in-store (like cosmetics and household cleaners) might be cheaper to purchase online instead. As a major help to shoppers, each product in the Online Deals section lists out any type of savings that are available on that particular item - from daily deals, to wellness+ points, to Load2Card offers.
So if you're normally an in-store shopper, be sure to check the site first to plan your savings, and see if what you're purchasing might be cheaper online. And be sure to check Dealspotr's Rite Aid page for the latest coupons and promo codes.

Join the wellness+ program that fits you

Yet another perk of this rewards program are the niche benefits for certain communities  - seniors, people with allergies, and people with diabetes. The wellness65+ program offers seniors a 20% discount on monthly wellness+ Wednesdays, and a free consultation with a pharmacist.

Allergy sufferers can earn bonus Plenti points with qualifying allergy relief purchases, and diabetics have access to online specialists and monthly educational e-newsletters.
This Rite Aid savings hack was submitted by Ellen LaFleche-Christian of Confessions of an Over-worked Mom.

Stack your coupons on every purchase

Rite Aid is one of the major retailers that allows coupon stacking. So, aside from the Load2Save offers you've already loaded to your wellness+ with Plenti card, look out for these, too:

Manufacturer Coupons

  • These are found in newspapers, magazines, and sometimes on "peelies" that are attached to the product itself.  The UPCs on these coupons usually begin with a “5.”


  • These are coupons that generally appear in the weekly Rite Aid circular, or are sent in emails to customers.  Their UPCs start with "49," and they are normally labeled "manufacturer coupon" so they're not confused with "valuable coupons."


  • These store coupons have a UPC that starts with "48," and are labeled as "Valuable."
Pro Tip: Rite Aid does not offer overage if your coupon is worth more than your purchase.

Utilize rebate apps for major cash back

While stacking coupons and using your rewards card will get you so far, there is also the option to get cash back on your Rite Aid purchases. Using rebate apps like Ebates and Ibotta, you can get cash back on the things you buy most. A search for Rite Aid on either site returns multiple results, and sometimes they will offer additional savings for new signups.

Wait for a promotion to buy gift cards

While you're not able to use Rite Aid coupons on gift card purchases, you should always wait to purchase a gift card until there's a Plenti points promotion. Rite Aid offers gift cards to many popular retailers, and at times there are Plenti points gift card promotions that give you cash back for a certain amount spent. For example, there might be a promotion where you get $5 back on a $20 Apple gift card purchase - a.k.a. you'd get $5 to Apple free.

Get a rain check to guarantee sale prices

You're allowed to ask for a rain check at Rite Aid when a product that's on sale sells out. For example, if Crest toothpaste is on sale, but out of stock, you're guaranteed to get that sale price when it comes back in stock - but only if you get a rain check. Some stores may even take into account the Plenti points you'd be receiving for purchasing the item without a rain check. 

Shop the beauty section guilt-free 

Drug store beauty hauls are becoming all the rage with beauty bloggers and regular shoppers alike. At Rite Aid, you don't have to be worried about buying the wrong shade of foundation or the wrong color mascara. Their Money Back Beauty Guarantee allows you to return any makeup product, used or unused, for a full refund with a valid receipt.


You can read more Rite Aid couponing hacks on this forum thread. We'd like to congratulate Erin Huffstetler on winning the $25 gift card for sharing the most helpful and original Rite Aid savings hack!
Emily Helwig posted this article on the Dealspotr blog.
This post originally appeared on the Dealspotr blog. Dealspotr is the most accurate coupon site that pays you to save. I'm @RandiKaye on Dealspotr, use my link to join today and earn 5,000 bonus points.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Traveling With Kids? This App May Make Trip Planning Easier

You're wandering around an unknown place, phone in hand, frantically searching for a kid-friendly restaurant, museum, or park to entertain your little ones for the day. It might be raining, your children might be tired and hungry, and you are certainly worried. We've all been there. Sometimes, the ideal family trip does not turn out to be as smooth as it could be.
One startup is trying to change that with a new parenting app.
Meet Yuggler, the activity planning app created by brothers Thomas and Stefan Bodenski. The Los Angeles Times reports that the app curates a set of kid-friendly activities on an interactive map, allowing users to customize their experience by time frame, type of activity, weather, cost, and other variables. Recommendations include nature, shows, playgrounds, hotels, and food, to name a few.
The app addresses the unique set of challenges that parents face while traveling with young children. Travel is a stressful experience to begin with, and it's no surprise that business people flying commercial report a 40% drop in productivity, for example. For busy parents, however, that might sound like a cake walk. Especially with little kids in tow, family travel can be tricky.
According to the app's original press release, the founders created the app based on their personal experiences struggling to keep their kids at the center of their family plans.
"Nineteen months ago, I asked my brother Stefan for help," Thomas said in the release. "It was so difficult and time consuming for me to find fresh ideas for kids activities that I can do with my son... Within the blink of an eye, my whole family and a team of developers around the world were involved in building Yuggler, the community for family fun."
Users can cultivate this community by connecting with friends and chatting through the messaging feature, according to the company's website. Parents can also set up customized notifications for events happening in their own community or the area in which they are traveling.
"I was able to find gardens and parks, bowling alleys, gymnastics classes and animal attractions near our home that I hadn’t heard of," Jen Leo writes in the Los Angeles Times, having tested the app. "Then I searched for attractions in London for our vacation and had more fun options than we had days to enjoy them."
Yuggler's website boasts the ability to curate results based on family interests. Many parents choose to avoid urban environments and take their children camping, as the great outdoors offers seemingly unlimited entertainment for kids. In fact, about 85% of campers took their first trip between birth and age 15. But if your family is more inclined to explore a city, Yuggler will find the right spots for you.
"Stefan and I are on a mission to maximize family fun," Thomas said in the press release. "We made it our mission to simplify the busy and hectic lives of parents, and enable them to spend quality time with their kids."
Leo does warn of a few drawbacks. In her Los Angeles Times review, she points out that the app's features, such as in-app purchase options, are not the same for every phone. She also warns that the navigation is not always intuitive, as a new search sometimes took her back to a map from a previous search.
The Yuggler app is currently only available in the Apple store and requires iOS 7 or later. You can use the app with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.