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Amazon Prime Day - July 16

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Are you ready for Amazon Prime Day on July 16? You can use the link with the image above to get your 30-day free trial access to Prime so you will be ready. Just click on the image. 

And if you choose to shop for Prime Pantry items, you can click the image above to get $10 off an order of $40 along with your free trial. 

And for the college student in your life, sign them up for 6 months free of Amazon Prime. After your trial, Prime Student is just $6.49/month. Cancel anytime. 

Tips for Prime Day:

1. Get your Amazon Prime Membership (see links above)

2. Download the Amazon App

3. Add items you are interested in to your list, and the app will notify you when they go on sale

4. Try the camera search on the Amazon App and get $5.

Cricut - Christmas in July Sale

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This week, Cricut is giving Access subscribers early access to the Christmas in July sale! This sale features 50% off supplies and $20 off machines including the Maker, Explore, and BrightPad! Make sure to sign up for Cricut Access and take advantage of these great savings today! is offering Free shipping (US & Canada) on orders of $99+ with code: JULYSHIP. 

Access Exclusive: 50% off supplies! Valid 7.11-7.17. 

Access Exclusive: Get $20 off Cricut Maker. Valid 7.11-7.17. 

Access Exclusive: Get $20 off Cricut Explore machines. Valid 7.11-7.17. 

Access Exclusive: $20 off Cricut BrightPad. Valid 7.11-7.17. 

$100 off Cricut Explore Bundles. Valid 7.11-7.17. 

Free shipping (US & Canada) on orders of $99+ using code: JULYSHIP

Cricut Announces New Scoring Wheels for the Maker

Two New Scoring Wheels

Introducing the latest in Cricut Maker’s expandable suite of tools: Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel! For all you paper crafters, home decor enthusiasts, prototypers and 3D makers, these tools will make your DIY dreams come true: magically make crisp folds with thick, thin and coated materials.

  • Scoring Wheel makes a deep single-line score perfect for uncoated light materials like crepe paper and light cardstock.

  • Double Scoring Wheel creates two deep, parallel score lines that are ideal for coated, heavier materials like poster board and cardboard.

  • Both scoring wheels are compatible only with the Maker – they utilize the Adaptive Tool System and all that extra force to create  A++ results beyond what the scoring stylus does. (which is still awesome, of course!)


available June 18th

  • Scoring and Double Scoring Wheel Tips and QuickSwap™ Drive Housing (for interchangeable tool use) will be available for $49.99 MSRP
  • Scoring Wheel Tip + QuickSwap™ Drive Housing will be available for $39.99 MSRP
  • Double Scoring Wheel Tip will be available separately for $19.99
  • Scoring Wheel Replacement Tip (single) will be sold on only for $19.99

Insterested in learing more? Check out the Cricut blog.

What Photo Editing Software is right for you?

You probably know that you can edit a photo to make it better. In this digital age there are a lot of options for Photo Editing Software, but what works best for your price range and needs? Most cameras and phones come with some kind of editing or enhancing features. But let’s say you want to move beyond the basics, where do you turn next? What Photo Editing Software is right for you?

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As a graphic designer, I have to recommend Photoshop. I know it costs an arm and a leg, and now they have a monthly subscription service so you are always paying. What most people don’t know is that you can download CS2, an older version, for free. Even better? Adobe offers the entire CS2 suite for free, including Illustrator, After Effects, InDesign and more. Go to and sign up for an Adobe ID, then log in to the site, accept the terms and conditions, and choose the language you want to download. It’s that easy. While CS2 isn’t supported and doesn’t get updated, it might just be what you need.


A new program I just recently discovered is Photolemur and it is phenomenal. You load your images and have the program run its diagnostics on your photo, you can adjust some of the settings. I’ve found it to be a real time saver and able to fix and adjust some things I would never be able to do myself.


I know a lot of people swear by GIMP for photo editing. GIMP has a ton of options and a huge library of plugins. I haven’t found GIMP to be that user-friendly and the learning curve to be steep, but if you want free and powerful, this might just be the thing you need.


PicMonkey is well known in the blogging community. It is not a true Photoshop alternative. It is fun and easy to use. PicMonkey offers a premium subscription that offers you more control and software functions. The free version limits you to editing online.



Fotor is an online program that offers photo editing, photo collage, graphic design, HDR, and beauty retouching. Fotor also offers a paid upgraded program. Because I can do a lot of the functions in other programs with my design background, I have to say I am most impressed with the beauty retouching.


Another well-known program in the blogging universe is Canva. It offers more than just photo editing and is often used to make social media graphics.



Pixlr comes highly recommended, however, I have not tried the program. It works on a lot of different platforms and it is free.



Sumopaint is another online program I understand is free with ads. It seems to be very powerful but it is another program I don’t have experience with. There is a pro version you can access with a yearly fee.


With all these options you might be asking, “which program is right for me?” Well, that isn’t an easy question to answer. I would say if you are already working with one program and you are happy with the results, stick with it. If you need a different function that the program doesn’t offer, take a look around, try a few programs out. If you are looking for the simplest way to edit and improve your photos without much effort, I highly recommend Photolemur. In the end, I would suggest steering clear of working with all of them. It is just too much to learn and not be able to master any one of them. If you can find a program that works for you and you don’t need to pay for the pro or ungraded version, that would be the route to take. If you find you need to pay, then I would ask yourself if online or download is necessary. What other options might you need in the program beyond photo editing?












free or paid

CS2 free or $20.99 a month


free or donate

$5.99, $7.99, or $9.99 / month

free or $39.99/yr or $8.99/month

free or $12.95/month


free or $24/yr

download or cloud









social media templates










If you have tried any of these programs, I would love to hear your take on them in the comments below. I bet your experience would help someone else in making their photo editing program decisions. 


Summer Movie Programs in Theaters

It's summer and that means all kinds of programs geared towards kids. Here is a list of theaters offering Summer Movie Programs for no or little cost. So if you need a place to get out of the summer heat, head towards your local theater for some fun movie viewing. 

You might also look into Summer Reading Programs - see the list here [reading programs]




Get admission to a kid-friendly movie and a KidsPack for just $4+tax, every Wednesday at 10 am all summer long! Tickets available soon at the box office only.



Summer Movie Clubhouse $1 per person, per movie, at the theatre box office on the day of the movie or see all 10 for $5! Get a ten-week series punch card at the theatre box office, while supplies last, at participating theatres.


Classic Cinemas

The Wednesday Morning Movie Series will return for the summer on June 6th! This year the series will be 9 weeks and will run every Wednesday starting June 6th - August 8th (no show July 4th).  The Series will show PG-rated films, which makes it perfect for all ages!

Admission is only $1 per person.


Flix Brewhouse
Flix isn't just a great place for a night out, it's also an awesome way to spend time together as a family! Flix loves when families can share some time together watching movies, so we make it easy to get away and come to Flix with discounted throwback family films every month. 

Harkins Theaters

Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film. 


Metropolitan Theaters

All shows are Tuesdays at 10 am and cost $2.



Free kids movies every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.



Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies in most locations start at 10:00 am. Check with your theatre for exact showtimes. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.


Studio Movie Grill

SMG's Children's Summer Series offers a budget-friendly entertainment option for families, summer camps, and weekday programs to escape the summer heat to watch $1 screenings of recent, popular, children films.


If you know of any other summer movies series, please add a link in the comments below.

Memorial Day Cricut Sale

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This week, Cricut is launching the Memorial Day Flash Sale which features up to 40% off on cutting materials, accessories, and iron-ons! Valid 5/23-5/29. This week only, Cricut is also featuring $10 off the Brightpad! is offering Free Economy Shipping (US & Canada) on orders $99+ with code MAYSHIP.

Memorial Day Flash Sale, featuring up to 40% off supplies. Valid 5/23-5/29. 

$10 off Cricut Brightpad! Valid 5/23-5/29. 

Free economy shipping (US & Canada) on orders of $99+ using code: MAYSHIP

Cricut has Fusible Fabric!

Cricut® Riley Blake Designs® Fusible Fabric Samplers


Save time and add the amazing with Fusible Fabrics – ready-to-press without interfacing. 

• 4 pieces, 12” x 21” 100% cotton  
• Personalize quilts, totes, pillows, and other phenomenal fabric projects 
• Get flawless, proven results with Cricut EasyPress™ or use a household iron 
• Use with all Cricut® cutting machines

$12.99 [link] - just scroll down the page to find the fusible fabric sets

Cricut Maker on Sale - 1st Time Ever!

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Cricut Maker

This week, the Cricut Maker is on sale for the first time ever! Valid from 5/9 through 5/15, the Cricut Maker is only $379.99. Also, Cricut is featuring 30% off printable materials. is offering Free Economy Shipping (US & Canada) on orders $99+ with code MAYSHIP. 

Cricut Maker on sale for the first time ever!! ($379.99). Valid 5/9-5/15. 

30% off printable materials. Valid 5/9-5/15. 

Keep up with iron-on fashion and checkout our newly launched items. 

Free economy shipping (US & Canada) on orders of $99+ using code: MAYSHIP




Every Item is $3

brandless products

Are you familiar with Brandless? I had heard of them through online ads but I had never tried them. I have actually looked at their website but I didn't order. So when offered to do a review through Moms Meet of their Organic Cheese Duck Crackers I jumped at the chance. 

I was going to my daughter's school to finish up the yearbook. I knew it was going to take a bit of time and as a special treat, I brought my box of Brandless items to share. The kids were thrilled with the snacks and wanted to try the other items in the box as well. 

brandless popcorn

One guy loved the Organic Crushed Pepper & Truffle Oil Popcorn and Lemon Verbena Hand Cream so much he wanted to write my blog post for me offering a testimonial! Way to rock it Brandless!

brandless lotion

My favorite and probably my daughters too was the Organic Oats & Honey Granola. My only wish would be that it would come in larger chunks making it easier to snack on. The small pieces tend to get away from you!

brandless granola

Helpful Fact: Every time you place a Brandless order, a meal is donated to people facing hunger through Feeding America®. In Brandless’ six months of operating, they’ve already donated over 250K meals.

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Paper Mart Gift Card Giveaway

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If you sell your craft or food items you really need to know about Paper Mart. They carry all kinds of bags, boxes, packaging, and craft items.

Retail, Food, and Industrial Packaging items are their specialty.
Paper Mart is the largest discount packaging company in the US and they have been in business for 97 years. So, they know their stuff!

They carry really cute glass jars and bottles for your diy bath and body products. 

If this is your first time ordering from them you will enjoy

  • 5% off your first order!
  • Promo Code: SAVINGS5
  • Some exclusions apply.
  • Valid through 4/30/18

They're running a $200 PaperMart gift card giveaway.
Enter to win here: Enter Now!

Giveaway starts on Monday, April 9th at 12:00 AM ET

Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 15th at 11:59 PM ET


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