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Coloring Tips

February 7, 2017

Adult coloring has really taken off. While many color for peace and calming, there are those who would like a few tips to benefit even more from their hobby. My very first suggestion is not to put pressure on yourself. That would defeat the purpose. So let's begin with the two basic minimal materials. 

The pencils
I may not be popular with this opinion, but the brand or shape of the pencil doesn't really matter that much. They all work together the same way. We tend to put ours in containers and go from there. I don't pay attention to the brand of the pencil when I color. With a small caveat, I have found triangular shaped pencils feel good in my hand when I color. I bought a special set of pencil for myself, they didn't last long before my daughters got a hold of them. I am listing a few different pencil sets that I have bought over the past few years. With three drawing/coloring artists in the family, we go through these quickly. 


Colore' I was drawn to the packaging and the grouping by color [http://amzn.to/2jZN8YB]


Artistique, I bought two of these as gifts for my daughters [http://amzn.to/2ll4Wyv]


iArtker were bought because of the triangular shape to the pencils and the sharpener in the cap. [http://amzn.to/2kjdBkW]


Ariana's come in a great case, with eraser and sharpener in their own pocket. Case rolls up and the pencils are triangular in shape. This is one of my favorites. [http://amzn.to/2kjdBkW]

The coloring pages
When it comes to coloring sheets or books, I am not a snob. I don't buy expensive books. I tend to draw my own or grab something fun from the internet. The Color and Create books from DCWV [http://amzn.to/2kET0IM ] are my exception because of the manageable size to take with you. The pages can be used for a variety of different craft applications so when you are done coloring, you have really just begun. 

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February 3, 2017

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2017 Family Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

January 30, 2017

We are a family of four. So for Valentine’s Day, which typically symbolizes love and romance, we celebrate ours together. Here are a few fun family Valentine’s Day Gifts ideas to be enjoyed for the entire family. Many of these ideas last longer than just the one day.

Candy?
Valentine’s Day is full of heart-shaped boxes and candy. As a family gift, why not try a box of snacks. There is something for everyone. You could use them as game prizes or as a special treat at movie night. This snack box is a great alternative to expensive chocolates. [
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Flowers?
Cut flowers are expensive this time of year. Why not try an alternative and buy seeds that you can plant together as a family? They last longer and will be enjoyed more in the long run. [http://amzn.to/2kFWNbF]

 

Dinner out?
Reservations for dinner? Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest nights to get a dinner reservation. You can still go out and try these fun family friendly alternative “reservations”. Those that I have seen in our area, Chick-fil-a, Dairy Queen, and White Castle to name a few. You'll have to check your local locations to see what they offer.

Game Time?

Personalogy Family Fun Card Game - The Laugh-out-loud Discovery Game for the Whole Family

A Laugh-out-loud discovery card game for the family (ideal for kids 7-11). Brings families together instantly - the playful, heart-warming and silly questions gets everyone talking, laughing and having fun! Questions have multiple choice answers to make it easy for kids. Play at family meals or game night. Discover something new about your family. It is perfect for birthday or holiday parties, family gatherings, and a perfect antidote for traveling with kids, road trips, and plane rides. The specialty box is designed to be small enough to put in your purse, backpack or glove box. We took ours with us to lunch, the kids didn't want to leave even after the food was gone! Cards are the same size as a regular deck of playing cards. Many of the questions were co-created by kids 7-11. Three ways to play, with or without points and can be played in teams. 122 fun, silly, laugh-out-loud and memorable questions and even more surprising answers. Personalogy made Amazon's Best Sellers Top 100 Card Games for 2015! Enjoy!

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Purchase on Amazon: Family Edition / Party Edition

 

Photos?
Don't forget to document your family time together. Get a FREE 12x8 Canvas Print! This is a special way to remember times you spent together. Why not get it for free, just pay to ship. I did this over Christmas and the print arrived quickly and turned out better than I anticipated. [http://www.canvasonsale.com/congrats/]

 

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Slice Cutting Tools

January 26, 2017

I was really interested in the Slice Precision Cutting Tool. (close up above) My background is in Graphic Design and I was trained long before there were computers, so all design was done by hand. I have lots of experience cutting a variety of different shapes and materials. I don't know how many craft knife blades I have bought and thrown out over those years. I used to buy blades in 100 piece packs. This little precise blade was what I had my eye on. I was interested in the control of the cut. 

The bonus is that the blade being ceramic makes it last 10 times longer than traditional crafting blades. The safety of the ceramic blade wasn't even something I noticed. But I am so glad to have it.

The ceramic blade doesn't rust, it stays sharp, and there is no oil on the blade. It is finger friendly technology so it reduces the possibility of injury. I don't have to worry about my daughters using it or someone borrowing it and dulling the blade.

Slice was founded in 2008 by TJ Scimone as a way to help fund long-term care for his autistic son. A minimum of 1% of all Slice sales is donated to help fund autism research. By purchasing our products, you’re helping to find a cure for the millions of children and their families who live with autism every day.

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Cricut January Mystery Box

January 18, 2017

Cricut has an all new mystery box for January. There are two versions, one for US and another for Canada. 

The January Mystery box is full of fun supplies and captivating cartridges.

Contents are subject to change and quantities are limited. All sales are final.
 
What might be in your box:
  • Chalkboard Fonts Cricut cartridge
  • Mickey & Friends Cricut cartridge
  • Outdoor Man Cricut cartridge
  • Adhesive Foil Metallic, Copper 
  • Cricut Gold Marker
  • Cricut Silver Marker
  • Cricut Vinyl 
    • Bronze
    • Gold
    • Platinum
    • Silver
$135.90 $39.99   [Mystery Box]
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Soup Adds Flavor and Makes Dinner Quick and Easy

January 17, 2017

Soup can make your dinner quick and easy. Soup all so adds flavor by using one can rather than a ton of additional ingredients. For a light low-cal meal, I used a can of Progresso's Light and Fit Chicken Noodle Soup as the sauce for a baked chicken dinner. 

This recipe works well on vacation as well. When we travel, we stay in timeshare condos. There's a full kitchen at our disposal making meals cost effective. We don't like to buy a lot of products that will not get used up and we don't want to pack a ton of spices to take with us and bring home again. Using a can of soup can add all the necessary additional flavor needed with one easy to purchase or pack ingredient.

Ingredients:

  • 4 frozen chicken breasts
  • 1 can of Progresso's Light and Fit Chicken Noodle Soup
     

display of soup at walmart
Progresso's Light and Fit Chicken Noodle Soup display at Walmart. Couldn't be any easier to find!

 

progresso light chicken noodle soup
The can of Progresso's Light and Fit Chicken Noodle Soup I used.

Directions:

I baked the chicken in the oven, but it can easily be translated to a slow cooker or pressure cooker for similarly good results, making this recipe so flexible to use. 
 

blend soup to make sauce
To make a sauce, I blended the soup first.

 

bake frozen chicken for dinner
Then poured it over frozen chicken breasts. 
Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. 

 

finished chicken baking
Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of baking.

The results are tender and lightly flavored chicken and very kid friendly.

 

Additional Options:

  • You can add vegetables to cook with the chicken.
  • Serve the finished chicken over rice and add a vegetable or salad for a complete Light and Fit meal.
  • Top the chicken with cheese for an additional flavor. (this adds a few more calories)
  • Shred the chicken or cut into cubes. Mix it together with the sauce and rice.

This is a sponsored post by Progesso and Walmart. All opinions are my own.

Buy Buy Baby! Online Shopping Hacks Everyone Should Know

January 13, 2017

The internet has completely revolutionized the way we shop. Whether it's clothes, gifts or groceries, there's hardly anything that you can't buy online these days. There are more places that you can look to find the best possible deals, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home. Of course, there are limits to what you can get out of online shopping. As great as it is, there are certain things that make online shopping a little bit less than perfect. Unless, of course, you try out these amazing online shopping hacks!

 

Amazon price-match
Amazon is probably the number one place that most people go to do their online shopping. And that means that, for the most part, you simply end up paying whatever price Amazon is asking for a particular product. But it doesn't have to be that. If you find an item cheaper elsewhere then there are is a section in the "Product Details" area that allows you to tell them about a lower price. Then you simply have to wait a few days, and Amazon will often lower the price of their product to be more competitive. This doesn't always work, and it's not a service that Amazon advertises particularly openly, but if you're looking for a good deal on something particularly expensive, then this is a fantastic way to save some money.

 

Get international shipping anywhere

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Is there anything more frustrating that finding the perfect product and then discovering that you can't get it because they won't ship internationally? Fortunately, thanks so services like Skypax, you can bypass this issue. Skypax provides a UK address and allows you to purchase products in the UK no matter where you are. That way you no longer have to be limited by shipping restrictions when you're shopping for that one perfect item.

 

Leave your cart full

This one only works with certain online retailers, but when it does work, it's well worth it. All you have to do is sign up to a store, do your shopping and then simply leave the items you've chosen in your cart without making any purchases. Then you just have to play the waiting game. The following day, week, or month, you'll get an email from that retailer giving you a little reminder of your full shopping basket. A lot of the time that reminder will even come with a discount to tempt you into making a purchase. After all, retailers would rather you bought something at fifteen percent off than if you didn't buy it at all!

 

Be vocal on social media

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This one only applies if you've actually had a problem with a particular service. If you've used an online store and the customer service hasn't been up to scratch, the best thing to do is be vocal about it on social media. Companies don't want that kind of bad publicity and a lot of the time they will be more than happy to deal with your problem. If the issue that you have is legitimate then there could well be a discount in it for you as well.

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GA-DE Makeup Collection

December 31, 2016

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GA-DE’s Fall 2016 Collection has beautiful complimentary makeup colors! I love having a compact complete kit and earth tones have always been my go-to color palette. 

  • Idyllic High Definition Volume & Length Mascara
  • Basics Matte Eyeshadow Palette in earth tone colors
  • High Precision Matte Eyeliner
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Perks at the Grocery Store

December 30, 2016

This post brought to you by Market District & GetGo. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Try it - Like it.

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We had a few last minute items needed for Christmas baking and breakfast. My husband and I made a run to our Market District store. Market District is fairly new in our area, it opened this year. I am still getting used to the layout at this store. There are a few features I love about Market District. 

I need to have knee surgery, so being able to use the electric grocery carts is a life saver for me. Thankfully I have always found them available and charged. I can take it out to my car and a worker usually comes out to take it back into the store for me. The staff is so kind and helpful. 

kiosk

I really like the kiosk that helps you find the next available check-out line. With one line feeding into multiple check-out counters, you never have to wonder if you are at the fastest line. 

I have my Advantage card and app on my iPhone. I have used the Market District app to locate items in the store. I log in and use the app to swipe my bar code so I don't have to carry around another credit type card or key fob. And, it has my ecoupons loaded to my card as well. Having the app is so useful. introducing fuelperks + Now I can save even more.

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Buying Online: How To Make Sure You Always Get The Right Thing

December 30, 2016

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While the internet has made our lives a lot easier in some ways, there is no point pretending every change it has made is good. We now have blogs where we can put our thoughts out there, and social media. This allows us to interact with others who we never previously would have. On the other hand, both of these things have allowed people to put thoughts out there that aren't so friendly.

 

Similarly, it's made life convenient for us. When you need shopping for tomorrow's meals, but realize that you have to wait at home all day, what do you do? Not so long ago, you'd have had to choose between the two. Now, you can shop online while you wait.

 

The flip side to that is obvious. When you go to a supermarket, you have all the items in front of you. When you need to buy a present, if you're in a store you can ask to look at the item before buying. At home, you're taking a lot on faith. So if you're going to shop online, how can you be confident you're making the right decisions?

 

Word Of Mouth

For so long, it has been the most effective means of marketing. If someone on TV tells you a laundry detergent gets their whites whiter, you know they were paid to say it. If someone you've known since you were both toddlers tells you the same, that's another matter. If you're planning a purchase, ask around. The power of word of mouth is still persuasive.

 

Online Forums

So, you need to buy a present for a friend, and you know that they'd be jazzed with a new blender. But let's say your own kitchen is not exactly packed with gadgets. You want to get one that really stands out from the pack, but you don't even know where to start with that.

 

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Head online to a cookery forum and ask for advice. What features should you look out for? Which models promise more than they deliver? Which have real staying power? Take the tips your given, and compare the three that sound best. Then make a choice - you may even get some tips on how to save a few bucks.

 

Reviews

We all know that companies will put every selling point they can on a box to make a product sound indispensable. We would have to be exceptionally naive to trust they'll always be 100% honest. That's where consumers choice reviews come in - shoppers like you review and rate a range of items.

Because these sites are consumer-led, you don't have to worry about planted reviews like you sometimes get on sites like Amazon. As a consumer yourself, it's a relief to know you can get reliable feedback from peers.
 

No one of the above pieces of advice should be taken in isolation. The more opinions you get on something, the surer you can be before pulling the trigger on a purchase. It helps you filter out any little biases or outlying opinions. And it means you can save on petrol money and time spent out of the house when you really need to!

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