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Ebates.com: Spring Fashion Giveaway & Double Cash Back!!

I was compensated by Ebates to work on this campaign, however as always opinions and text are my own. Visit my full disclosure policy here.
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I don’t know about you, but with a change in season I am ready to go shopping for new Spring clothes. Since I homeschool my kids and run two businesses at home it’s not always easy for us to make it out to the stores. Personally, I prefer to shop online. Not only is it stress free, but I can also rack up extra savings by shopping online through ebates.com. And, ebates.com has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway exclusively for Time 2 $ave readers!! Before I give you details – let’s review what Ebates is and how it helps you earn money.

By going through Ebates on your way to an online merchant – your purchase is tracked and you earn a percentage back in cash!  Who doesn’t like to get cash back from something they already intended to buy? This percentage  back is on top of sales and coupon codes!

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It really is easy to join free. I recently received a check back for right at $15 for online purchases that I made last year at Old Navy.

 

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First, sign up for an Ebates account. Then, you’ll get your $10 Giftcard as soon as you’ve made a $25 purchase by going through Ebates. In addition to the regular cash back amount, right now many stores have doubled their cash back for the Spring Fashion Sale. The Double Cash Back runs April 8 – 21.

Spring Fashion Sale Stores and Double Cash Back

  • EXPRESS – Plus 5.0% Cash Back
  • American Eagle – Plus 4.0% Cash Back
  • Neiman Marcus – Plus 8.0% Cash Back
  • Rodale’s – Plus 10.0% Cash Back
  • Nordstrom – Plus 6.0% Cash Back
  • Fossil – Plus 10.0% Cash Back
  • Magazines.com – Plus 40.0% Cash Back
  • The Limited – Plus 3.0% Cash Back
  • Saks Off 5th – Plus 6.0% Cash Back
  • Lucky Brand – Plus 5.0% Cash Back
  • Neiman Marcus Last Call – Plus 5.0% Cash Back
  • eBags – Plus 12.0% Cash Back
  • Ulta – Plus 8.0% Cash Back

Now, for the awesome giveaway!! Ebates is giving away $100 in Ebates credits to (2) Time 2 $ave readers to use towards their Spring Wardrobe!! Follow the instructions below to enter!!

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Shark Steam & Spray Mop Review @SharkCleaning

Disclosure: I received products from Shark to facilitate a review. All views and and opinions in regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed by the company prior to posting.

Shark Steam Mop Review

Recently, I had the opportunity to review the Shark Pro Steam & Spray Mop. I have lots of light colored tile (worst decision ever) in my house and hardwood floors. I’ve been looking for something to make the job of keeping the floors clean a little easier. I really like the fact that the Shark Steam & Spray mom has 3 different cleaning options, depending on my need. In addition to mopping the floors from top to bottom, sometimes I just need to spot clean. It’s important to me, to find a cleaner that does the job and saves me time. As much as I like my floors clean, I really really hate to clean up.  I know some people genuinely like to clean, I’m not one of them. So, when I find something that makes my job easier, and saves me time I’m sold!

The Shark Steam Mop comes with:

  • Shark Pro Steam & Spray Mop
  • 1 bottle Shark Steam Energized Cleanser
  • 1 Washable Cleaning Pad
  • 2 SaniFiber Disposable Pads
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Water tank filling flask
  • quick start guide
  • owner’s manual

We have used the washable cleaning pad several times and it holds up really really well.

3 Cleaning Modes

  1. Steam
  2. Spray – quick cordless clean ups
  3. Steam & Spray

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We have a small bar in our kitchen where my kids always eat breakfast. To say that the floor underneath the bar stools gets dirty is an understatement. Getting out the mop and bucket after every meal is just too much and other quick cleaners I’ve tried just didn’t do the job. With the Shark Steam & Spray Mop, my kids can easily use the spray option without having to plug in the mop. It only takes an extra minute or two, and it makes this mama really happy to have a clean floor under their bar stool.

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I don’t know about your kids, but mine kids don’t typically smile when it’s time to mop. The request is usually met with a sad face. I don’t know how long this will last, but you can bet your bottom dollar we are going to take full advantage of it. The steam feature is particularly of interest to my children, as it just makes mopping so much more fun!

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I don’t think my floors have ever looked this clean. My daughter and I mopped the kitchen while my hubby and son were out getting firewood for the impending snow that is supposed to be coming our way. My husband, who doesn’t usually notice the floor even said it looked super shiny. An added bonus, with all the crud that is going around, I really like the fact that using the steam mop eliminates 99.9% of germs and bacteria, including e-coli, staph & salmonella. Also kills 99.9% of the virus that causes H1N1 (does not prevent H1N1).

To find out more about the Shark Steam and Spray Mop, click here

 

Announcing New Tru Moo Chocolate Marshmallow Milk #TruMoo

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Chocolate milk is one of my kids favorite special treats. I was super excited to hear that this month Tru Moo is releasing a brand new chocolate milk flavor………Chocolate Marshmallow Milk!!! Oh my word. My kids LOVE chocolate milk AND they love marshmallows. Who wouldn’t? I have a feeling that they are going to be asking for Tru Moo Chocolate Marshmallow milk more often. Since it’s important to me that my kids are eating healthy, I really like the fact that TruMoo contains no additional growth hormones or high fructose corn syrup. For the month of February, TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow milk will be available in the dairy section at grocery stores.

One thing I REALLY like about TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow is that it can be served either hot or cold. I don’t know what it’s been like where you live, but it’s been flat out freezing here in Tennessee. My kids are constantly requesting Hot Chocolate. Since TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow milk can be served either hot or cold, it’s sooooo easy to just pour a mug and warm it up in the microwave. In under a minute I can serve my kids a hot mug of Chocolate Marshmallow Milk. I think we will start adding extra marshmallows for good measure, just to make it more fun. What about you? Does your family like to warm up with a hot drink on a cold winter night?

TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow milk is made with fresh white milk sourced from regional dairies around the country – pure cocoa and just enough natural sugar to make it taste great.

  • Nutritious and Delicious
  • TruMoo Milk contains no artificial growth hormones and no high fructose corn syrup.
  • Enjoy TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow hot or cold! Enjoy it hot and you have yourself a s’more!

It’s available in the dairy section at grocery stores nationwide through the month of February.

Make sure to follow TruMoo on facebook and twitter, or check out the TruMoo website here. You can also use this handy dandy store locator to find out where you can purchase TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow Milk.

Ninja Ultima Blender Review Plus Our Favorite Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Disclosure: I received products from Ninja to facilitate a review. All views and and opinions in regard to the products or company itself are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed by the company prior to posting.

Ninja Ultima Review

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a Ninja Ultima Blender. I was so excited because my kids LOVE smoothies. We’ve already gone through 2 blenders in the past couple of years, and really neither did a great job with smoothies.  I have always heard rave reviews about Ninja blenders but didn’t really know a lot about them. When it arrived my kids couldn’t wait to give it a test spin as it had been a while since they had one of “mama’s smoothies.” Can I just say HOLY SMOKES! The Ninja Ultima gets it done. I had no idea there could be this big of a difference between blenders. Compared to the Ninja, I might as well have been using a whisk before. Seriously, no comparison. My daughter said, “Mama, it’s like having our very own Smoothie King in our house.” I would have to agree, it really is. Our Ninja Ultima Blender Review is definitely two thumbs up.

We have made smoothies almost every single day this week. I also made natural peanut butter. Since both my husband and daughter are type I diabetic our smoothie recipe is a little different than most. We use lots of fruit with a little Crystal Light for a perfect low-sugar smoothie. I’m going to order some protein powder this week to add to our smoothies so that they are protein packed as well. We use all different kinds of fruits. Our favorite recipe includes peaches, oranges, bananas, strawberries, pineapple, and grapes blended with Strawberry Orange Banana Crystal Light.

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Look for $0.25 Coupons for Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Smucker’s. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

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@Hallmark $5 off a $10 (or more) Purchase Printable Coupon

I was compensated by Hallmark to work on this campaign, however as always opinions and text are my own. Visit my full disclosure policy here.
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Hallmark is one of my absolute favorite stores, especially during the Christmas season. Even better when I can pair up a coupon with an item I’ve been eyeing. Right now, you can print this coupon for $5 off a $10 (or more) purchase at any Hallmark Gold Crown store.  Coupon is valid for purchases of full-priced merchandise only. If you haven’t had a chance to check out all of Hallmark’s seasonal offerings this year, you can look at their digital online magazine. I absolutely love their ornaments and usually pick out one that is extra special to my family every year. Some years my kids pick out ornaments for each other, while other years we pick out a family ornament that is significant to all of us.

I’ve included screen shots below of some of my very favorite items. Take a look at the online digital magazine for yourself here, and don’t forget to print off the coupon for $5 off a $10 (or more) purchase!

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I absolutely love this customized JOY Frame. It would make a perfect gift for my husband to keep on his desk. I especially like that it says JOY, I don’t know about you but in the hum drum of daily life sometimes I need to be reminded to choose JOY. Seeing my sweet family’s face right smack dab in the middle of those words would be a perfect gift for me too. Shhhh….someone tell my husband.

 

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Elf on the Shelf is VERY popular this year. Not only does Hallmark carry Elf on the Shelf, but they have this cute Hallmark Gold Crown Exclusive Elf on the Shelf Ornament.

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My kids are all about the magic of Christmas this year. As they are getting older, I want to take advantage of the time we have left to believe in the all the magic that goes along with the season. I thought this North Pole Magic Mail Stationery Kit was super cute! I have never thought about putting letters in the freezer for Santa to retrieve! What a fabulous, magical idea. Plus, since I’m a homeschool mom I’m always looking for a way to incorporate a lesson without my kids realizing it.

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Our closest family lives three hours away, so my children’s grandparents don’t get to read nighttime stories too often. I really love this idea, and I know my kids would be mesmerized to hear a story, especially about Christmas, from their grandparents. What a special memory to capture and enjoy.

Go print your $5 off a $10 purchase (or more) and follow Hallmark on Facebook and Twitter.

@Hallmark Card Rewards: Get 1 Reward for Every 5 Cards You Buy!! #hallmarkcardrewards

I was compensated by Hallmark to work on this campaign, however as always opinions and text are my own. Visit my full disclosure policy here.
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H allmark Card Rewards – Get 1 Reward for Every 5 Cards You Buy!

It seems as though our methods of communicating with friends and family near and far has changed. After all, in our digital and hurry it up world, it’s so easy to send an email or Facebook message to friends and family to let them know we are thinking about them. However, in the end, nothing takes the place of a card specially handpicked for friends and family.

Not only does a hand picked card make them feel special, but it this digital world it shows you went the extra mile. It makes the recipient feel happy, cared for, and appreciated.

Last week, I received a card in the mail from a good friend of mine with a very kind handwritten message inside. Honestly, besides my birthday it was the first time I can remember in a long time that I have gotten a card in the mail. It is an understatement to say that it truly made my day.

Not only did this card make me feel special, but it presented me with a challenge. I asked myself, “when was the last time I sent a card to a friend,  just to let them know I was thinking of them or a birthday card other than a facebook wish?” If I’m being honest, I’ve gotten in a bad habit of sending a quick and generic Facebook “Happy Birthday” message. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when that is appropriate, but for those close to me a handwritten card says so much more.

And so I made a pledge. This holiday season, I want to take the time to let those near and far know we are thinking of them. And I want to do this in a way that is more sincere than sending a quick email or Facebook message. Now, this doesn’t need to be a pricey endeavor. Even though we are always looking for ways to stretch our dollar around here at Time 2 $ave, we have found that sending a card to someone we love is still in our budget.

It seems as though Hallmark has now made it even easier to send our love to friends and family wherever they may be with their Hallmark Card Rewards program. In fact, I found out that you can get rewarded for the Hallmark Cards you buy at more than 30,000 grocery and drug stores and supercenters across the U.S. When you buy 5 Hallmark cards, you can earn 1 reward. Thanks to program partners such as Land’s End, Omaha Steaks, Applebee’s, Starbucks, and Nike, these rewards vary in nature, and can include gift cards, discounts, dollar off coupons, and more. So while you are making someone else’s day brighter, you are also getting a little perk for yourself. To make this reward earning a little easier, you can download the Hallmark Card Rewards mobile app (which is available for Android and iPhone), so you can scan the barcode on your Hallmark cards and start earning.

You can take advantage of Hallmark’s fantastic reward program, by registering here. As an added bonus, one of the first 1,000 new members to register will win $500! Below are examples of the kind of rewards available. This is by far the most generous rewards program I’ve seen.

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Make sure to follow Hallmark on Facebook and Twitter.