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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Any thoughts or ideas that are presented in it, though, are 100% my own combined with factual information from the company’s website. For as long as I can remember, music has been an important part of my life. No matter what type of mood I’m in, I can always find something to listen to that reflects my mood....

A few weeks back my FSS (future stepson) celebrated his 10th birthday. We asked him what he wanted for a party and he chose a Minecraft one. That inevitably meant I had to go on a Pinterest search for Minecraft birthday party decorations. We had a limited budget to work with, so I got creative and made some decorations. He was thrilled with the results, as were my children. If you’re looking for budget-friendly options for a Minecraft party, these ideas will help you. ...

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I wanted to write an honest review of a service that I tried on my own in an attempt to lower my phone bill. Several months back I switched to Straight Talk from T-Mobile because I was tired of a high monthly payment. I pay $45 a month now for unlimited nationwide text, talk, data and 411. That’s a big difference from the $130-$140 a month I paid T-Mobile. As a divorced mother of two, I needed to find a way to cut costs and switching to Straight Talk allowed me to do that. When I switched...

Recently I was sent a link to a video about the new MySpace and it led to a conversation on whether or not I would create a new page on there now that it has undergone significant changes. My answer: HELL NO! Since the site first launched many years ago, it has changed drastically, and I think it almost has a Pinteresty feel now. I remember back in the day when I couldn’t go an hour without checking my account, kind of like how I now am with Facebook. But now, I couldn’t care less about MySpace and there’s a reason...

Yes, that’s right. I know it seems to good to be true, but it is. You can actually earn money while playing games online. And I love that. There are times throughout the day that I get stressed out over work or from dealing with my kids fighting each other at every turn that I need to take a few moments to myself and zone out and forget about everything else that’s going on around me. My brain needs that refresher. Sometimes I read a book. Other times I look for a game to play on my computer through download or at a...

Posted on Mar 8 2012 - 3:31pm by Nicole Smith
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If you haven’t seen Trevor Moran‘s Apple Store dance videos, you should definitely check them out. Amber from Thrifty Ninja shared one of his videos on Facebook this morning. I, of course, had to watch a few more of the ones available on his YouTube channel. What can I say? I LOVE this kid. I’ve included some of my favorite videos of his below for your viewing pleasure. ...

Christmas has always been a magical time in my household as I’m sure you can tell from reading my posts on Patrick, our Elf on the Shelf…or on the pan rack, since that’s where he is right now. In years past, we’ve even gone outside and used a red flashlight in the dark, along with bells, to make it sound like Rudolph, Santa and company were flying over on Christmas Eve. We’ve also dropped shredded carrots and cookie crumbs on the doormat by our front door to make it look like Santa and his reindeer are...

I love to cook. A lot. I love testing out new recipes on my family.  Some end up being huge hits that I make over and over again. And others not so much. Over the years, I’ve been known to spend HOURS searching online for the perfect recipe, and instead of printing them out because it wastes too much paper and ink, I bookmark it. Now if you’re like me, you know those bookmarks build up fast. And there’s nothing I hate more than a ton of bookmarks to search through when I want to make a particular recipe. So when...

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased Electronic Monopoly with my own money. We loved it so much that I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you. The other day I was talking to Amber from Thrifty Ninja and she mentioned she and her family had tried out Electronic Monopoly. I’ve been wanting to buy it for my daughter for quite some time but had held off because I didn’t know anyone who had tried it out. As soon as Amber told me what she thought, I knew I was going to splurge this weekend and buy my...

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at couponing but were unsure of how to start and what it entailed, then you need to check out my friend Amber’s videos over at Thrifty Ninja. She’s been working on a series of Couponing 101 videos that are highly informative. I know they’ve helped me, and I’m sure there are many of you that would be helped by them, as well. ...