Friday, November 27, 2015

Tips to Prepare for Cyber Monday

Black Friday is just one of the best sale days we are lucky enough to have these next few days. I am not one for shopping Black Friday deals but Cyber Monday I am all about. I have a few ways I like to prepare for my shopping on Monday.

//Set Your Budget
It can be so easy to hop from site to site clothes shopping, toy shopping, etc. Before you know you have racked up quite the bill. Make sure you know before your start spending how much you really want to spend.

// Prepare promo codes
And there lots of them so you want to be prepared for the ones that you are going to use to shop. Whether it's 15% off or Free Shipping, make sure you're in the know!

//Browse ALL Cyber Monday deals here is the obvious place to get all the deals. They have an extensive list of deals AND coupons that are available through Monday.

//Get cash back
I recommend both of these sites for a few reasons. First, Ebates gives you a free $10 giftcard just for signing up. That can help your budget before you even start shopping this weekend. Swagbucks tends to have a better return on investment with regards to rewards. I prefer to use them over Ebates most of the time. The only downside is that there are many stores that aren't on Swagbucks. That's when I utilize Ebates and I am still able to keep earning.

//Be mindful of your work schedule
We all know how Mondays can get.Let's face it. We will all be in work Monday recovering from our turkey filled weekend, browsing all the deals. Make sure you adjust your work schedule and know just exactly when you can spare a few moments to do your shopping. Most deals start around 9 a.m. so you need to be prepared!

What are your Cyber Monday tips?


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

All the Thanks

It is so easy to get caught in the day to day and forget everything that is wonderful around you. WE try to count our blessings every day but life can get in the way and sometimes we can just get down on ourselves. I know for me, 2015 has not turned out 100% the way I had thought but I am trying more than ever to truly count my blessings. Get ready for some deep giving thanks.


This year has thrown is quite a few curveballs, but through it all he has been so supportive and continues to work hard. When I throw out crazy ideas like an Etsy shop, he says go for it! When I ask him to follow me to the park to take pictures, he does it. I am so glad I have someone who's there for me no matter what and loves me even when I make up my own Lily Belle rap songs. 


Because of course. How can you not love her? She's always a fluffy, purring machine that gives me smiles. Her attitude is like no other cat I've known and I absolutely love it. 


The holidays are still sometimes hard but getting to doesn't it with my family that's still here makes it a little easier. And whether it gets crazy or messy, at the end of the day we are all still family. 

And the husband who works hard for our insurance. Without either of those things we might be struggling more than usual and might have had to think twice before I got care. I am hoping 2016 brings me even better health. 

Good friends. 

As you get older, friendships take a lot more care and time. It's big things, little things but the ones that have been there this year are the ones that I will always be thankful for. And the ones that I got to share in all the special moments of their lives this year makes me even more thankful for all the beauties in my life. 

For providing us with a little bit extra nest egg to hopefully get into a house of our own soon. And boo to all the new rules. 

This blog. 
It provides me with an outlet to write and connect. It provides with occasional extra money and the possibility of growth. 

What are you thankful for this year?


Monday, November 23, 2015

DIY Christmas Gift with New Jersey Lottery Holiday Games

With the holidays quickly approaching, we are all looking at our gift list, making lists of who to buy for. It starts with the easy ones of mom and dad or significant other. But what about those last minute gifts for the co-workers? Or someone that stops by for a holiday meal?

I've have the easiest way to make sure you are covered for all these last minute gift needs this holiday season with the NJ Lottery Holiday Instant Games.  The New Jersey Lottery has four Holiday themed Instant Games available for the Holiday season. These Holiday games make for the perfect gift, stocking stuffer, party favor, etc for anyone and everyone on your list over the age of 18.

Usually when you think of lottery tickets, you think gift it in a card, but I've got a way to really "present" your tickets the right way. A lottery ticket present. The gift is literally the present and they are so easy to make. You can vary sizes depending on the lottery tickets you get and the recipient. The small ones can be made for party favors at each place setting or to take to the hostess of your holiday party.

1// Decide the size of your holiday box by measuring out your lottery tickets. It will also determine if it's a square, rectangle, etc.

2//Wrap the lottery tickets to make the outside of the box and secure with tape on the inside

3//Measure how many lottery tickets to cover the top and bottom most of mine took 2 for each side

4// Secure them side by side with tape

5//Place left side inside present and tape; following with the right side

6//Repeat step 5 for the top of the present.

7//Secure with bow, on top of another present or any other fun thing you can think of.

8//Give the gift of the NJ Lottery Holiday scratch offs!

This takes all of ten minutes to put together and takes away all of the last minute gift giving stress.All you have to do is pick up the lottery tickets; available at your local Wawa or Quick Check. I know if I was given a lottery ticket present and won, I would give a little back to my giver or take them on my tropical vacation with me. Just a thought to consider ;)

What would you do if you won the lottery?

 Disclaimer: Must be 18 or older to but a lottery ticket. Please play responsibly. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER®. Parents are urged to think twice about gifting lottery tickets to children.
For more information visit New Jersey Lottery 

This post is sponsored by the New Jersey Lottery.


Monday, November 16, 2015

We Say Goodbye

We say goodbye,
As tears roll down our eyes.
I know your place in heaven has a good view.
You're telling God,
I need to keep an eye on a few.

I know you will always be in our hearts and minds.
So Grandma,
I must go, but I'll never forget you're one of a kind.