Crazy 8 Summer Favorites As Low as $5

Can you believe summer is already here! We’re still having unpredictable weather here in Vancouver but yesterday it was 80 degrees and so beautiful out. Today it’s raining cats and dogs “sigh”. That’s why here in Washington we buy things that can be layered. We need to be able to take layers off when the weather changes from full 80 degrees to 47 in a matter of minutes. Checkout Crazy 8 summer favorites sale below.  Make a style statement with new + now looks that kids love. Bonus: always get a good deal. Play with prints. Pop some color. Dress your way. Mix + remix—these styles are up for anything.

Crazy 8 Summer Favorites

For a limited time, Crazy8 is offering $5 summer favorites (tees, tanks, shorts & more) + 30% off regular merchandise and 40% off markdowns!

Crazy 8 Summer FavoritesWhen my son was 7-10 he loved board shorts and colorful t-shirts. We would always look for the shirts with skateboards, “cool words” and whatever else appealed to him in the moment. In fact right now he’s asking for a poop emoji t-shirt…


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Family Value Meat Pack Plus Cutting Board and Knife Set $29.99

Today Omaha Steaks has a couple deals going on that I thought might be worth sharing. I have only ordered from them a few times but each time I have been happy with what I got. There is a deal for a Family Value Meat Pack plus Free Cutting Board & Cutlery Set, all for just $29.99 and it is a STEAL. Who doesn’t need FREE knives and a cutting board?

Once you add the Family Value Pack to your cart the Cutlery and Board set will appear.  You should get a popup with extra deals you can purchase. You do not have to add the extras to your cart.

Family Value Meat Pack

Looking for recipes to cook once your Family Value Meat Pack arrives? Check out our recipe section, new recipes added monthly.

Beets Blu Bluetooth Bathroom Scales Review

I am really excited to share with you Beets BLU Bluetooth Bathroom Scales Review!

I have a new toy and I am VERY excited. I have been in the market for a new scale since I am embarking on a new weight loss journey and I finally found one that meets all of my needs. I needed to find a scale that did a little more than just gives me my weight. I was hoping for some advanced technology. What I got from this scale is much more than I ever imagined. It is the best scale I have ever owned!

Beets Blu Bluetooth Bathroom Scales Review

See, a couple weeks ago I joined a weight loss group that is connected to my day job. The stipulation is members must lose 10% of their body weight by the end of the designated time or you must pay $100 towards the pot for the winners (those that did lose 10% or more) and I plan to be one of the winners!

I suspect Beets BLU Bluetooth scales will change the way I lose weight from now on. You see, it doesn’t just measure your weight in KG/LB’s, it offers a whole lot more then that. Beets BLUE Bluetooth measures your BMI and body fat percentage, it also measures your hydration level and your bone mass. I am especially excited about the bone mass because I suspect I have lost some bone mass from lack of exercise and unhealthy eating.

Beets Blu Bluetooth Bathroom Scales Review

The scale works just fine by itself, however, when you install the app on your iPhone or Android based phone it opens a few extras that will kick your new year’s weight loss goals into high gear. It allows you to create new goals within the parameters of the app and its measurement capabilities.

I’m not much of a fan of record keeping but I am trying to become healthier and this scale will allow me to do it easily with all its high class whistles

When you setup the app it asks you for some details to set up the measurement options and gives you the opportunity to import some of it instead. I had the scale setup on the bathroom floor before setting up the app. I felt the app was very easy to use and the extra whistles felt encouraging despite the high numbers staring back at me when I weighed myself.

I actually had no idea what the Apple Health app was on my phone. I didn’t know I had the app but recognized the heart icon in my apps and had an ah ha moment when I realized what it did.

Beets Blu Bluetooth Bathroom Scales Review

After you sync everything you get some useful information that will take your health goals to the next level. For me, it was the hydration levels. Knowing I haven’t been drinking enough water and also seeing I am at the my heaviest weight really set things in motion for me.

There’s a few important things to know

  • no socks when stepping on the scale. skin to scale contact is necessary for most measurements
  • scale should be on a hard surface, no carpet!
  • scale must be synced to the app for you to get the extra measurements (body fat, hydration, ect)
  • wait for the 2 beeps and then information is sent to your app
  • the scale will give you better measurements on hard floor surfaces

I’ve set my goal to start small. I know I need to make better choices this new year but want to start small so I do not get discouraged and give up. This means starting with small things like eating 3 times a day, drinking water, and exercising. The bigger picture is to lose 10% off my current weight so I am one of the winners.

Googling muscle mass in women I found the average is 36% and I have 16.7%. Hydration for women should be between 40% and 60% and I am at 28%. I’m not going to share my BMI because its so embarrassing. I have some things to work on to become a healthier person and I will be sharing my progress on Facebook, Instagram and on my blog.

Give The Gift of Teleflora Vintage Sleigh Bouquet

Since as long as I can remember I have loved decorating for Christmas. Growing up my grandparents always had their home decked out with Christmas décor and the tree was always trimmed to perfection. My grandmother decorated with pride and it gave her a lot of joy. Teleflora’s Vintage Sleigh Bouquet brings me back to those special memories of my grandmother’s house all decked out to perfection.

Teleflora Vintage Sleigh Bouquet

When you purchase a bouquet from Teleflora you won’t have to worry about them not having what you are looking for. This is because they work with over 11,000 North American florists to ensure you get exactly what you want. I received Teleflora’s Vintage Sleigh Bouquet all decked out for Christmas in a fancy red sleigh. I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.

Teleflora Vintage Sleigh Bouquet

The bouquet came the day I requested it and it was even better than I expected. It was simply gorgeous. So breath taking its hard to put into words. Teleflora’s florists hand deliver the items directly to you so you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged. I live in an apartment so they delivered to our front office and my office called me immediately to pick it up.

From their website

Delivered in a rustic metal sleigh, this lush mix of fresh flowers and winter greens delivers classic Christmas style!
Teleflora Vintage Sleigh Bouquet
Since Douglas fir is a tree widely known in the Pacific Northwest, and a tree I grew up around all of my life I knew it would bring special memories for my family.  I knew this bouquet would be beautiful but was pleasantly shocked when it arrived. It was perfectly paired with red roses, carnations, red berries and pine cones to bring a festive Christmas feel to it.
I just love how detailed it is…so fresh and pretty
Teleflora Vintage Sleigh Bouquet
This delightful arrangement includes red roses, red carnations, red miniature carnations, flat cedar, douglas fir, variegated holly and noble fir. Delivered in a Vintage Sleigh keepsake. It is Approx. Size: 16 1/2″ W x 13 1/2″ H
The details really do matter and Teleflora ensures no details are left unnoticed
All Teleflora’s Christmas 2017 Bouquets will be available starting November 24th. Teleflora’s Vintage Sleigh Bouquet

The Thing With Feathers by McCall Hoyle

I haven’t read a book that wasn’t a textbook in a long time. Finally I had the chance this week. Truthfully I didn’t have much interest in this one but thought my daughter might like it since it is a young adult book.  But I decided to read a couple pages just to see and once I picked it up I could not put it down. I love when I find a good book.

the things with the feathers

A little about The Things with Feathers

Sixteen-year-old Emilie Day is not like the other girls from her town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She has epilepsy, is homeschooled, and would rather be reading classic literature than be the center of attention. Ever since her father’s death and her diagnosis, risk has not been in Emilie’s vocabulary. Unfortunately, all the safety she’s built for herself is about to be stripped away when, on her doctor’s recommendation, Emilie is sentenced to spend her junior year at North Ridge High School. Fueled by frustration, Emilie doesn’t plan to stay…or tell anyone about her epilepsy. But Emilie isn’t banking on meeting new friends or getting to know the handsome and charming Chatham York. And she definitely isn’t counting on falling for him when they’re paired up to do a research project on Emily Dickinson. Chatham challenges Emilie to face her fears—but he doesn’t know what she dreads most is a public grand mal seizure.

Regardless if you have read a book this week or haven’t read a book in ages this is a great one to add to your library, Kindle or Audible membership. Though it’s geared toward young adults any adult or teen will enjoy it. My favorite type of books are those that make me FEEL something. This book did that.

I felt I could relate to Emilie’s struggle to have a normal teenage life. I could understand her point of view and if I put my teenage hat on I could emphasize with her feelings about her peers knowing she has Epilepsy. I had empathy for her and understood why a teen might not want to go to public school after years of homeschooling. At the same time the mom in me kept screaming out tell them about the epilepsy because it would be impossible for her to hold friendships and keep that secret.

Not only is Emilie struggling with how to let her friends know about her epilepsy, she is forced to face her grief over her father’s death while her mother begins to date a new man. As she opens herself up to new friends, she sees that every family has its share of problems and that her problems are mild compared to some others. With empathy, a little humor, and some insight Hoyle draws us into Emilie’s world.

If you love stories about first love and friendship, families that aren’t perfect, and above all, hope, you will love this book

To purchase a copy of The Things With Feathers by McCall Hoyle go here



Change How You Charge at Best Buy

That dreaded low battery..ugh it happens all too often and always during something important! No way am I going to sit important events out while I charge up my phone so I rely on portable chargers instead. Portable chargers are a staple in my home with my social media needs as a bloggers and having 2 teens.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

best buy portable chargers

Best Buy wants to change how you charge your devices and make sure everyone knows how to charge on the go. No longer do you need to be attached to a cord while you patiently await a full charge. You don’t have to use the cable and charger that came with your phone, there are so many options out there and Best Buy wants to show you 2 of their favorites.

best buy portable chargers

My teens like things immediate. They don’t want to stop using their devices while it charges and they want it to charge fast. Samsung fast chargers allow you to charge your phone much quicker than a traditional charger, even while you’re using the phone. Samsung portable batteries allow you the freedom to charge anywhere you are – without being tethered to an outlet. Even at a party or holiday event. In fact just recently I was at a blogger event for a restaurant and had to reply on a portable charger because my phone was about to die due to using so much live video.

Change How You Charge

I love how Best Buy offers a large assortment of charging accessories for every phone. You can save on 2 of them now. See below for details
For sku: 5806010: Change how you charge – Samsung fast chargers rapidly charge your devices up to 1.4x faster for select models* The wireless charging system eliminates the cables and charges your compatible Galaxy device by simply placing it on the pad. Save up to 20% on Samsung charging devices at Best Buy through Nov 4th

For sku: 5806008: Change how you charge – Samsung portable battery pack lets you recharge your device quickly, so you can talk, text and surf longer when you’re out and about. Save up to 20% on Samsung charging devices at Best Buy through Nov 4th

Power Made Easy With Legrand In Wall Power Kit at Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Best Buy Legrand In Wall Power Kit

I have been wanting to have a cordless tv for some time now. I envisioned my flat screen hanging on the wall without a cord in site. You know, looking all pretty and presentable. I gave up on that dream a long time ago but I recently had my dream fulfilled by a Best Buy project and I want to share the great news with you!

You see, I never imagined there would be a device that would hide the cords without having to hassle with electrical components and that seemed like something I should leave to an Electrician.

This DIY project using Legrand in Wall Power Kit was so easy your husband could probably accomplish it without GASP…reading the directions…

Best Buy Legrand In Wall Power Kit

In all honesty we did read the directions because well, we are cutting into the wall and that is pretty permanent. It needs to look good and not be noticeable once the flat screen is mounted.

If you are still not sure what I am talking about see this video

The project included everything we needed for a quick and effortless 3 part installation. The kit includes a specially shaped saw with handle to allow you to cut holes that are then covered with special grommets that are also provided. Fish tape is also provided in the kit and we found it really made a difference for the task of feeding the cords from one hole to the next. The kit also includes a 54” power harness and a 6’ cord.

If you’ve been thinking about having a cordless wall I say go for it. It is super easy and took us less than 30 minutes to complete. All the equipment is provided in the Legrand – In Wall Power Kit

Bark Halloween Dog Treats at Target 3.50, Regularly $8

This week get up to 75% off Bark Dog products, including treats for as low as $3.50 with the Target Cartwheel App

Hurry to Target and score a treat deal for your pup using the Target Cartwheel App. The dog treat sale is for a limited time. Make sure to stock up! I have given these treats to Jasper and Scotchy and they love them so I plan to purchase enough to hold them down for a few months.

  • You can save up to 75% off on BARK dog treats! Starting 10/22 through 10/31, all BARK, Are you Afraid of the Bark, treats are on sale for 50% off through Target’s Cartwheel app.
  • Get and extra 50% off on top of that that during 10/22 – 10/28 through an advertised sale in Target’s weekly Ad! Final cost is a spooky low $3.50!

Save 55% on Yonanas Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker

There is a great deal on Yonanas Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker at That Daily Deal – only $29.49 with FREE shipping today! That’s 55% off what a great deal!

Yonanas Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker

I recently purchased the Elite version and really love it. It makes soft serve yogurt and ice cream a breeze. What I love most about it is how easy it is to use and how healthy the ice cream is. You put pieces of frozen fruit through the opening and out comes soft serve frozen yogurt! I have heard some people will freeze milk and put in chunks of frozen milk with the fruit to make it creamier. I have not tried that yet but plan to. Yonanas is great for those of us who want to start cutting back on sugar and sweets. You can make healthier versions on your favorite ice cream and it tastes just as good. This is a great holiday gift under $25

6-Minute Instant Pot Spanish Red Quinoa

I purchased an Instant Pot a couple weeks ago to make cooking meals easier since I have gone back to work full time. I did not expect to fall in love with it like I have. I have fallen completely head over heels for this thing.

Instant Pot Spanish Red Quinoa

I really thought I would use it to cook beans to make hummus, refried beans, black bean soup, and to cook rice quickly. I didn’t expect to be using it as much as I am but it really makes dinner so much faster. It’s got some nice features such as keeping food warm and sauteing food in the pot before sealing it. You can make yogurt but I have not tried it yet. What I love best is the ability to cook rice, quinoa, couscous, and beans in under 10 minutes. And when I am talking about beans I mean those bags of beans that are dry, not cans. Of course I am all about the one pot meals. The less dishes to wash the better!

This 6 Minute Instant Pot Spanish Red Quinoa was a hit with my family


1 cup Beef Broth
1 lb ground beef
1 cup red quinoa
1 red bell pepper
1tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1tsp salt
1tsp pepper

Instant Pot Directions

Set Instant Pot to saute and wait for it to get hot. Cook ground beef until 3/4 cooked and then add all spices. Add in chopped bell pepper and saute for 1 minute. Turn Instant Pot off. Add Red Quinoa to Instant Pot and then 1 cup beef broth and stir contents. Place the Instant Pot lid on, close, and turn button to seal. Set Instant Pot to Manuel 6 minutes and then once it beeps let it natural depressurize for 10 minutes.

Instant Pot Spanish Red Quinoa

Don’t have an Instant Pot yet? I highly recommend the 8 qt pot by Instant Pot with yogurt function that I listed below