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Affordable Party Ideas for the 4th of July

If you are wanting to throw a festive but yet affordable 4th of July party, then check out the ideas below! I am going to share some affordable party ideas for the 4th of July! You can have a festive time, and not break your piggy bank in the process. 

The 4th of July is one of the biggest celebrations of Summer, so you want it to be a bang! But if you find your strapped for cash after graduations, family vacations or money is just tight in general, then here are some affordable ideas! 

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Host a Festive 4th of July Party for Less 

Block Party: This is a traditional party idea, but a lot of towns don’t do this anymore. Consider doing a block party with your neighbors. Assign each household a certain food, drink, or dishware to bring. This will cut down the cost of buying a whole meal to feed a lot of people, and you will have lots of fun! 

Pot Luck: A 4th of July party is not a birthday celebration, so it is okay to ask family and friends to bring a dish. You could ask them to bring sides, or drinks, or designate each person a certain dish that compliments the main dish! 

Cups, Plates, Silverware: Don’t go all out for the red, white and blue star and striped paper dishes. You will pay a ton of money for these, and probably less count in the pack. Instead you could mix and match solid colored items for a lot less. Look at dollar stores or even the dollar bins at Target. They will have solid red, white and blue cups, plates, silverware, that won’t cost much. Or if you have enough dishes, use your own and just toss in the dishwasher after. 

Decorations: You might be surprised what the dollar stores have for decorations. You could find some really neat 4th of July inspired paper lanterns, centerpieces, and more to decorate with. They have really cute decor for cheap. Just budget a certain amount for decorations and make sure not to go over it. Streamers are a very affordable decoration idea, you can truly decorate a lot with a roll of streamers! 

Outdoor Games: If you have children coming, consider just simple outdoor games to keep them entertained. Spray paint stars and stripes on the lawn, or do a big hop scotch area on the sidewalk. Buy some glow sticks for them to play with, water balloons. Anything that doesn’t take much to do. Most kids will just run around and play the whole time or watch fireworks being shot off. 

Fireworks: If you plan to shoot off some fireworks, consider buying them the day of the 4th. A lot of stands will already begin to discount the fireworks on the 4th of July. You can save a little money this way. Also feel free to ask guest to bring a few fireworks if they want to shoot some off as well. 

Dress: Don’t feel you have to run out and buy the whole family red, white, and blue outfits! First hit up your closet and see if you can piece an outfit together to make it work! A lot of times you will find something that will work just as well as buying a new shirt. 

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Food Ideas 

BBQ: Consider doing hot dogs and hamburgers, the classic bbq food. Instead of buying pre-made hamburger patties, make your own, you will save a ton this way. Or buy a few pork butts and put them in the crockpot with some bbq sauce for slider sandwiches. Some stores will offer buy one get one free on these roasts! 

Side Dishes: Consider doing beans, potato salad, pasta salads, and so on. These are all easy to make and pretty affordable. If you make your own salads, you can make three times as much for half the price of buying a container already made. 

Fruit: Buy a few watermelons and then a star cookie cutter, and make cute star shaped watermelon pieces. This is a festive and very affordable treat. Also do strawberries and other berries, you can buy on sale and then have them out. 

Cake: Do a cake for a dessert. This is a very affordable dessert, and you could do a flag design on top, or do a jello poke cake, and then cool whip for frosting and top with slices of strawberries. It won’t cost more than $5-$7 to make and will feed a lot. 

Drinks: Consider doing water, tea and lemonade. All are very affordable drink options, and scream summer! If people want alcoholic drinks, as them to bring it themselves. 

Tips For Having the Perfect Movie Night at Home

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Tips For Having the Perfect Movie Night at Home

If you are looking to create a fun and perfect movie night at home, than try out some of these options below! Having a movie night at home with the family can be lots of fun! Plus it is a more affordable option than going to the theater, and you get comfier seats!

Below you will find the perfect way to create a movie theater feel in the comfort of your home! One thing I love about watching movies at home, is you can pause them when you get up to use the restroom or refill your drink!

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Creating a Movie Night At Home

Atmosphere: Make sure it is a nice low key atmosphere. Dim the lights or even turn them off, so you get that dark room effect like in the movie theater! Make sure you have good comfy seating, or lay out blankets and pillows to lounge on the floor if you want.

Snacks and Drinks: You can’t have a movie night at home without good snacks. Think delicious popcorn! G.H. Cretors sent me some yummy popcorn to try and I am inlove with the Just the Cheese Popcorn by G.H. Cretors, they do have other flavors. It is popped and ready to be devoured! Make sure to have licorice, chocolate candies, cotton candy or any other movie theater treat. Then of course you can forget tasty drinks to wash them down with! If you want a more healthy option do veggies and hummus or protein balls.

Themed Snacks: Say you are watching a chick flick, you might want a fun virgin drink to sip on, if it is a cartoon, make cupcakes that resemble a character, scary movies, do gummy worms or other gooey snacks. Just make it fun and light hearted.

Put Away Electronics: Make sure to put up your electronics when you watch a movie. Just like going out, you have to turn it on silent. Try and make the most out of your movie night, by spending time with each other.

Picking a Movie: Make sure to pick a movie that everyone would probably enjoy. Read reviews so that you don’t end up with a movie that turns out to be really slow and goes nowhere. Find a movie that is new for everyone to see or watch one of your families favorites!

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As you can see throwing a movie night at home can be very laid back and fun. Just make sure you have good seating, great movie, and delicious snacks and I think you will please everyone!

What tips do you have for planning a perfect movie night in for the family?

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Spring Cleaning Tips For Cleaning The Bathroom

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Spring Cleaning Tips For Cleaning The Bathroom

If you are thinking of tackling your home, and getting some spring cleaning done, let me share some tips to get your bathroom looking and smelling fresh!  Spring cleaning is a great way to de-clutter from the year! Get rid of clothes you no longer wear, organize your closets, clean out your medicine cabinets and more.

Today I have partnered with ScriptSave® WellRx to want to focus on cleaning your bathroom top to bottom and saving money when you restock that medicine cabinet! This will leave your bathroom looking fresh and clean and get you set for a whole new year! The bathroom can be one of the dirtiest places in the whole house, so it should be a room you really clean well!

Tackling the Bathroom for Spring Cleaning

Cabinets: Make sure to start with your cabinets. Take out all the items, dust the shelves, and organize your products and such. Great time to check to see if any beauty products are expired and need to be tossed, wash any bedding or towels that haven’t been used in a while.

Medicine Cabinet: If you have a medicine cabinet, make sure to take time to look over all your medicines for any that are outdated and expired. Wipe down your shelves and put your medicines back in the cupboard.

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  • Tips to Save on Prescriptions: If you are looking for more affordable prescriptions consider using ScriptSave® WellRx, it is a free card/app that you can access online or download on your smartphone for free. It requires no credit card, and there are no membership fees. You can find the best prices on prescriptions in your area when you use theScriptSave WellRx website or app on your smartphone. It has an expedia-like lookup tool that makes finding the best price on the prescription you need, simple! It will show all your local pharmacies on one screen! You can save up to 80% off on prescriptions, but on average you can save around 44%. This is a great app or site to use because prescriptions can really add up, so getting great savings is worth trying!
  • If you are like some, insurance doesn’t mean low-cost prescriptions. But with the ScriptSave WellRx program, you can get help tocut down the cost on your prescriptions!

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  • Now know, that prescription prices do change daily, and that is why sometimes your medicine might be $35 and other times it is $22. With the ScriptSave WellRx pricing tool, you use it each time you are ready for a prescription and they will help find the best pharmacy to refill.

As many of you know, Aidan has autism spectrum disorder.  There was a point in time when my husband and I had to make the decision to try medication for his hyperactivity and lack of sleep.  We went through several medications untill we found the one that lasted through the school day without causing him any side effects.  The problem was this medication cost over $350!  This was the first medication I searched for with Script Save WellRX, and I can refill it at the same pharmacy we are using for under $200.  That’s a huge savings!
However, that’s not the only prescription we’re saving on.  Between Lilly’s asthma, my husband’s cholesterol problems, and my chronic pain and arthritis, my family fills over ten prescriptions a month, some months it is over 20 prescriptions.  I have searched the prescriptions I will be filling at the end of the month and I can potentially save over $300.  ScriptSave WellRX is going to make my family’s medication costs a lot more manageable, and I am incredibly thankful for that!

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Shower: Next you want to move on to spraying down your shower and working on wiping it all down. If you have some soap scum buildup let it sit while you work on the rest of your bathroom.

Counters and Mirrors: Wipe down any counters and mirrors, getting it all nice and clean. I like to make sure my counters are nice and decluttered, maybe add some flowers to freshen it up.

Toilet: Next tackle your toilet, make sure to clean the inside and around the base of the outside. If you have to let it sit for a little bit to work inside the toilet to get rid of any rings.

Floors: Lastly you will want to sweep and mop the flooring. Then you are fully finished with the bathroom!

Are you ready to get busy with your spring cleaning?  I have the perfect way to start, use this Printable and you won’t forget anything!

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After spring cleaning comes summer vacation!  If your family is as adventurous as mine school break can be an expensive time of year, entertaining 3 kids isn’t easy or cheap.  Having a clean house going into summer break helps reduce my stress level that comes with a house full of love.  Saving money on my family’s prescriptions with WellRx, gives us more wiggle room in our summer budget, which is sure to increase our summer fun!

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How My Family Prepares for the Cold and Flu Season!

This post is written by me on behalf of Geometry Global. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve likely followed along as Lilly’s asthma acts up with each season change.  If not, let me say we have been on a roller coaster of colds, coughing fits, and hospital stays over the last few years.  I must be extremely careful to the point of obsession when it comes to cold germs or even worse the flu around her.  What would normally be a few days to a week of feeling yucky and run down for the average person, can quickly turn into pneumonia, low oxygen levels, constant nebulizer treatments, and days in the hospital for Lilly.

I know Lilly’s case is extreme, but all kids are miserable when they get sick.  Plus, once Lilly catches a cold it can quickly go through the entire house.  The boys will catch it from playing together or sharing a cup, then Aidan will want to do nothing but snuggle on the couch for the entire day.  This will lead to my husband and I catching the nasty virus and in the end, even without hospital trips we are left dragging ourselves out of piles of laundry, makeup work from school, and an endless to-do list.

We all know how draining cold season can be once it strikes so I try to prepare for it as much as possible in an effort to prevent the virus from taking over my house.
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What we do to keep the cold virus away:

Wash hands:  this seems like a no brainer, but with kids they sometimes need reminders.  Luckily, Lilly is a hand washing pro from watching an episode about it one “The Magic School Bus” and she constantly tells the boys what they are doing wrong.

Keep surfaces, switches, door knobs, and other high traffic areas disinfected.  During my daily cleaning I use an antibacterial wipe and quickly wipe down all the little spots that can easily be hotbeds for germs.

Stay healthy, I try my hardest to keep everyone active, hydrated, and nourished from a healthy diet so that their immunity is higher and their bodies have all the nutrients they need to fight off any virus’s that they come in contact with.
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I always stock up on cold season supplies, I make sure our thermometer has batteries and is working.  The same thing goes for our humidifier and oximeter.  Most importantly I stock up on Kleenex!  
I don’t want everyone sneezing and coughing into their hands and then spreading those germs everywhere they touch, and as parents, we know how gross it is to turn a shirt right side out while doing laundry to find that a little someone has wiped a day’s worth of snot on their sleeves.  So, Kleenex are a must, but I don’t trust just any tissue to help keep the cold virus from spreading.  We use Kleenex Anti-Viral tissues because they kill 99.9% of cold and flu viruses.  How amazing is that?  The active ingredients in the middle layer disrupt the viruses’ protective coating and kills the virus in the tissue within 15 minutes.
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Help prevent the virus’s from spreading at school too.  As much as I wipe surfaces and keep my kids hands clean at home, the cold virus still likes to circulate at school.  So, be your child’s teacher’s cold season hero and send a 4 pack of Kleenex Anti-Viral Facial Tissues that are available at Walmart, to school for your child’s classroom.

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Plus, each box comes with Box-Tops, which schools always appreciate.
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I try my hardest not to let the cold virus sneak up on my family and Kleenex Anti-Viral is making it easier this season.
So, for now I am waiting for cold season to be over dreaming of the fresh summer air.
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How do you prepare for cold season in your family?

Disclaimer: *In the tissue in 15 minutes.  Virucidal against: Rhinoviruses Type 1A and 2 (Rhinoviruses are the leading cause of the common cold); Influenza A and Influenza B (causes of the flu); Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV – the leading cause of lower respiratory infection in children).

Make your Money Go Further this Tax Season with Samsung Deals at Walmart!

This post was sponsored by Samsung as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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As moms most of us shop at Walmart, a lot!  I have a Super Center within walking distance from my house, so I am usually there several times a week.  I know where everything is and what isles to run down to get exactly what I need.  On a usual trip I try to stick to the grocery and household section, but I still always end up strolling through the seasonal and stationary isles with extra goodies in my cart.  However, I rarely make a sporadic trip towards the back of the store where the toys and electronics area.  The toy section I avoid at all cost, unless it is a holiday, and the electronics department could easily have me drooling over all the tech goodies I want.  

So, now that tax season is here and I have a little extra cash on hand, it is a great time to take care of my family’s tech needs.  With a family of 5, that extra wiggle room in our budget must go far though.  Luckily Samsung at Walmart has amazing deals on all the popular gadgets my families been wishing for. 

Here are some of the amazing Samsung Deals at Walmart during Tax Season:

Phones are always on our upgrade list, and Samsung has two great options.  One that will meet my needs along with a perfect option for my tween.

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Straight Talk GS5: $199

The Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE Prepaid Smartphone has a fast quad-core dual processor that is ideal for everything, from gaming to multitasking. It also has 5.1″ full HD touchscreen that makes all of your phone activity come alive. The incredibly powerful 16MP camera on this smartphone takes breathtaking photos. 

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Straight Talk GS7: $599
The Straight Talk Galaxy S7 is the smartphone your life can’t do without. It’s big on screen and slim on profile. And with an IP68 rating that protects it from spills, splashes and even dunks, you can forget about searching the internet for magical solutions to dry out your smartphone. Just wipe if off and keep going.

Beyond cell phones, Walmart has some great deals on Samsung TV’s, tablets, and speakers.  These are some awesome choices:

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Samsung LED Smart HDTV
Enjoy incredible picture and dramatic detail with UHD. Its 4K resolution means everything you watch looks 4x sharper than Full HD.

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Portable entertainment for everyone- The Galaxy Tab E was made to go wherever you go and do whatever you want to do. From watching a movie with the family at home to reading a best seller at the coffee shop, the big, bright screen keeps everyone entertained.

DAV-SoundbarThe Samsung Bluetooth Soundbar Wireless Subwoofer helps you to enjoy cinematic sound for a more immersive experience. It features TV Sound Connect to make it easy to set up with just one push of a button. The Bluetooth design means that you can connect wirelessly with no clutter.

Make sure you check out electronics department next time you’re in Walmart to make your tax refund go further!

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What’s on your tech wish list this season?

 

The 5 Best Long Distance Moving Tips for Families!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.

As many of you know we recently made a huge move from Boston to Tampa!  With three young children that was no small feat.  I had seen friends and family move long distances prior to our move and used to think “what a fun adventure” never really comprehending how much work goes into a long distance move, especially with little family members.

I was able to start the planning and packing months in advance which was our biggest saving grace, I cant imagine moving on a small time crunch.  I was also able to employ the help of family and friends with packing and with keeping the kids entertained.  However, we still made mistakes and as first time long distance movers we did somethings that cost us more money and cost us time, but we learned some great lessons and are so excited we made the move.

After all the hard work and fun excitement, we learned some great lessons and are super excited about our new life in Florida.  Here are my top tips for long distance move as a family.

Top Tips for a Smooth Long Distance Move as a Family

1. You will want to pick up all of your doctor’s records ahead of time this is especially crucial if you have special needs children or are facing your own health issues.  I currently have my own disabilities that comprise of five specialists along with my primary care doctor.  My children have a neurologist, optometrists and their pediatrician.  We also have a full medicine cabinet of prescriptions and in order to be able to seamlessly find a doctor and continue with the care that has been working, having our medical records in hand makes our transition much faster.  Otherwise I would likely get down to Florida and have to have my records forwarded to my new doctor’s office which can take up to a month.  I am being type A and would rather have them in my possession to hand to doctors immediately, especially knowing that I will need new prescriptions after taking the long road trip down there.

2. Get your kids school records, my kids all have IEP’s and I worked very hard over the last two years to get all of my children’s needs met within our current school system and because the new school system will have to follow the children’s agreed-upon IEP from Massachusetts until we can come to a new agreement, I want to make sure I have all formal documentation of the IEP agreement in the school records.  This also goes with medical records; I may not be able to get into a pediatric neurologist immediately so having documentation of the disability when fighting for new IEP services is imperative.

3. Start cleaning out and stocking up early.  you’re going to need tons of boxes and you’re going to be getting rid of everything that is not a needed unless you want to spend a fortune on movers or drive two trucks, and we’re trying to do it the cheapest way.  After pricing shipping containers and truck rentals we decided I will drive the kids in the van and my husband will drive the moving truck and pull his car on the back this will limit us to 24-foot truck space with two adults and three children we currently have a three-bedroom duplex plus a basement full of stuff.  I have been spending the last 3 to 4 months slowly getting rid of stuff.  I have sold the kids old clothes, shoes and winter supplies on apps such as Poshmark.  I have consigned the kids toys at local consignment shop and I have donated countless boxes of canned goods, extra shoes, clothes and household appliances because if it’s going to cost more to bring it to Florida than it is to buy it in Florida it doesn’t make sense to me.

4. Create a moving binder to keep all your documentation in is also a great way to stay organized.  I know the kids will be home all day for the next month which means I was not fully unpacked until September, after an August 1st move, because no one wants to spend all summer unpacking. Having my medical records, school papers, birth certificates, and insurance info in a moving binder that I keep in my “priority moving box” makes losing documents or having to dig through boxes less likely to happen.

5. Consider getting rid of your old furniture and renting some new pieces with CORT Furniture Rental.  Moving can be stressful and getting all of your furniture from one state to another is expensive.  Starting off fresh with less stuff to pack and unpack will cut your stress in half.  CORT Furniture allows you to rent furniture whether you want a single piece of furniture, a whole room, or an entire house full, for as short or as long as you need.  Think of arriving at your new location without the stress of a huge moving truck full of furniture to unpack.  Best of all this allows you to focus on making this big transition a fun adventure for everyone.

Have you made a long distance move?  What are your favorite moving tips?

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What to Keep in your Priority Moving Box, Plus my Top Moving Tips! #CleanHomeSavings

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Are you planning a move?  We are!  We announced to our family last week that we are are moving down to the Tampa area of Florida!
For the past 5 years or so, my husband and I have debated between moving to South Carolina or Florida, and a couple years ago we took a road trip up and down the east coast and all around Florida, trying to decide on where we wanted to transplant to.  We ended up staying in Massachusetts because I chickened out at the idea of being away from all my family while the kids were so young.  However they have gotten older, and easier, so the move was back on the table.  Then my parents made the sudden decision 6 months ago to make their Florida home, their permanent home.  Suddenly the idea of moving became easier.  My father is home during the day and my mother is working from home so they were able to find us an apartment to transition into and they had already gotten to know the area towns and local establishments.
Plus my brother is only 5 to 6 hours away from Florida in South Carolina, and visits the Tampa area every couple months.  We had been taking a long road trip to South Carolina twice a year over the last few years, so being closer to him is a huge perk.

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