STAINMASTER™ Carpet Cleaner Meijer Deal

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The last few weeks I have been trying to get my home a little more organized and in good order.

This week I am focusing on my office.

I am so glad that I was able to clear out a pile of books that we used when my kids were in school. Freeing up some space and removing the daily reminder that was keeping me from fully being able to embrace this newest season of life that I find myself on the brink of has been almost therapeutic for me.

I’ve been trying to clear out all of the clutter including the pile of unpacked boxes that have taken up residence in a corner of the room.

When I began going through everything and removing the pile, I found that the stains in the carpet were much more noticeable that before without the boxes distracting the eye from the stains.

I did the best I could to get the stains out. This carpet is fairly new and I don’t have the money in my budget to replace carpet that should still have many years left. So I knew I needed to find another way to restore my carpet to the state is should be.

Nothing was really working for me until I learned about a new product line debuting at Meijer stores now.

STAINMASTER™ is launching three new products in Meijer stores across the Midwest for households with kids, pets and everything else life may bring to cause a spill!

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STAINMASTER™ Carpet Stain Remover – Quickly powers out tough stains.

STAINMASTER™ Pet Stain Remover – Eliminates odors from pet stains through ODOR REMOVE™ technology.

STAINMASTER™ Rug Stain Remover – Designed specifically for area and accent rugs.

To celebrate the in-store launch, there is a featured mPerks offer running Sept. 13 – Oct. 10.


Head to Meijer now through October 10th and you can use this mPerks coupon to save $0.50 off your choice of the three different STAINMASTER™ options available.

My problem with these kind of products is that they usually leave a sticky residue behind which I swear just attracts every single particle of dirt around.

So you clean that spot away only to find it has returned later on.

What I really love about this stuff is that it not only cleans your stain away without leaving behind a sticky residue, it also is designed to actually repel dirt and other stain culprits so your carpet is protected from future possible stain situations.


The cast iron feet of my antique school desk left behind a nasty, stubborn rust stain that was no match for the STAINMASTER™ carpet cleaner!!


Check out how nice and clean my carpet is now that I used the STAINMASTER™ cleaner on it!

I had thought my carpet was ruined for sure and now it looks brand new again.

*Although I did receive a gift card and this product to try for myself, all opinions expressed are fully my own.

Nextbook Flexx 11 Back to School Giveaway

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Nextbook Flexx

I was sent the Nextbook Flexx 11 to review recently and I have to tell you it is awesome!

First I should mention that I was a little apprehensive about trying a new device because I knew that it would have the latest Windows operating system and I was right.

I have been holding off on upgrading from Windows 7 because I kept hearing how different Windows 8 is and how hard it is to adjust to a completely new system.

However making the transition with this device was so much easier than I expected it to be and after testing it out for a couple days I feel like an old pro using this new system. In fact, I cannot wait for included Windows 10 Upgrade to be released so I can try that one out too!

Once this device arrived, I opened it up and instantly admired how much smaller it was than my current device and also how incredibly light it was.

In fact it comes in at just about 4 pounds!!

Since traveling is part of my life as a blogger, I was thrilled by this fact because for the last 4 years I have traveled with a huge and heavy laptop and had been hoping for something that would be easy to toss into a carry on bag and take with me anywhere I would go.

I actually have a trip scheduled in a couple weeks and I cannot wait to take this with me instead of my huge, heavy and bulky laptop.

CaptureThe next thing I marveled at was the fact that the Nextbook Flexx 11 was a laptop and a tablet in one!

The keyboard is easy to remove to transform this laptop into a tablet with a simple push of a button. It’s also just as easy to replace again.  Truly, if I can figure it out anyone can 😉

While I think tablets are great for watching videos, I need a full size keyboard to actually work which is why I have never truly been a tablet convert until now. With this device I can have both a laptop for working and a tablet for fun!


I love that I no longer need to carry two devices and did I mention how incredibly light this thing is?

I mean I could carry it along with me in my purse and I am pretty sure it weighs less than my wallet.

Now that I have mentioned two of my favorite things about the Nextbook Flexx 11, let me tell you about the best part yet!

Walmart carries these right now for $227 shipped!

For under $250, the Nextbook Flexx 11 allows the entire family to stay connected, entertained, and productive with everything they want at their fingertips. Browse the Internet, reply to emails, read books, play games from the Windows Store, watch movies, video chat, and much more on the sleek, 11.6” tablet with detachable keyboard.

CaptureThe Nextbook Flexx 11 features:

  • 11.6 inch High-resolution 1366 x 768 IPS Screen
  • Intel® Atom Quad-Core / 1.8GHz (Z3735F)
  • 2GB DDR3L; 64GB onboard storage
  • WIFI 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Front facing 2.0 M
  • Back Camera 2.0 M
  • Micro HDMI
  • Pogo Keyboard with two standard 2.0 USB Ports
  • Micro-SD card slot for expansion to 64GB
  • Support 3 -axis G-sensor
  • Built-in microphone
  • 9000MAH Internal rechargeable battery
  • Charging indicator light
  • Windows 8.1

Pretty awesome right?!!

Bigger and better than ever, the Nextbook Flexx 11 tablet is the enhanced tablet you’ve been looking for. With an 11.6-inch screen, 16:9 aspect ratio and 1366×768 resolution (IPS), the Nextbook Flexx 11 delivers great image quality to read, work, watch, stream or play. Weighing less than four pounds, the Nextbook Flexx 11 is a sleek, lightweight tablet, making it the ideal companion to enjoy anywhere anytime.

The Nextbook Flexx 11 comes with the Windows 8.1 operating system, an Intel® Atom quad-core processor, and 64GB of internal memory that can be expanded with microSD cards up to 64GB each. With WiFi and Bluetooth support built-in, easily take the Nextbook Flexx 11 with you, around the house or around the world.

Equipped with 2.0MP front and 2.0MP back cameras and an integrated microphone, you can capture your favorite moments and video chat with your loved ones. The Nextbook Flexx 11 also features USB and microHDMI inputs for connectivity to other devices. With a 3-axis G-sensor and a Pogo keyboard, it allows you to play various games without constraints or boundaries.

Nextbook Flexx Giveaway

I am so excited to be giving away one of these Nextbook Flexx 11 devices to one lucky Saving Dollars and Sense reader just in time for Back to School!

Here’s how to enter:

Leave me a comment telling what you like most about the Nextbook Flexx 11 and who you would like to win it for and why.

This giveaway is open to all legal residents of the US age 18 and older and will end on July 31st.

**Although the product for this giveaway was supplied to me free of charge, all opinions expressed are solely mine.

TRESemmé Helps Unleash Your Inner Stylist

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Do you ever look back at pictures and realize maybe you had the same hairstyle for a little too long?

I definitely had that realization recently and that’s why I’m on the lookout for fun new styles I can recreate at home for the spring time .

TRESemmé has been perfect for my quest for a new look because they have so many helpful how-tos and tips so I can Unleash My Inner Stylist. I love that I can experiment with different looks and style without shelling out over hundreds of dollars on salon products.

Meijer and TRESemmé allow you to find your personal style and make every day more beautiful with quality products.

Check out some of my favorite how-to’s at Meijer’s TRESemmé page for fun new spring looks to try at home.

Meijer is my favorite place to pick up these amazing styling products because I can grab everything I need on my regular trip to the store. April is the perfect time to stock up because Meijer will be having many offers on TRESemmé in-store.

What spring style do you think you’ll try? Do you have any great at-home styling tips? Feel free to share in the comments below.Meijer_TresSpringStyling_Social_2[22]

Something I have noticed over the last several years as I continue to grow older is that my hair is starting to really show the signs of aging.

So far I have not noticed any grey hairs, although I am expecting them any day now.  But my hair feels dry and brittle and it just doesn’t hold the style I want it to like it used to.

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I spotted TRESemmé Youth Boost at Meijer and knew right away that it was time to try something new.


Right away I could tell I was going to like it.  The shampoo was smooth and creamy and gave me a lot of lather, and the conditioner was perfectly creamy as well and rinsed away nice and clean.

After I towel dried my hair and brushed it I noticed it already felt thicker and fuller.  I couldn’t wait to blow dry it to see if the heat protectant made a difference in the way my final style turned out and I was thrilled that it didn’t leave any kind of weird residue on my hair.

I really don’t like when hair products leave your hair looking wet or dirty and I was happy that nothing I used from the TRESemmé line did that to me.

I love all of the healthy looking body that hair has after usingTRESemmé Youth Boost!

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Buy $10 worth of  TRESemmé products and you’ll save $4 off your total instantly!


Meijer is having a pretty awesome sale right now if you would like to try something new this spring!


There are a lot of different products to choose from and I ended up bringing home a few different things to try because I was having such a time trying to decide.

I knew I needed to try the Youth Boost line, but I also wanted to try the Split Remedy line as well.  I went ahead and grabbed them both and plan to try the Split Remedy shampoo and conditioner tomorrow.

You can see all of the varieties available here.

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Do Over by Jon Acuff Giveaway

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Rich and I started reading the book Do Over by Jon Acuff together every chance we got a few weeks ago and it has completely changed how we are looking at the whole having to work to earn money to live thing.

Don’t make the same mistake that we did and assume that this book is all about getting the job you love. Yes it can help you with that, but this book is so much more!

It’s really about taking a good look at yourself and your relationships, and honestly taking inventory of your life and what you are placing value on. Mostly it is about making some real changes to the things that have been holding you back in all areas of your life, and I LOVE that!

With each turn of the page I could feel the reality of our perception changing and I knew I never wanted to go back to our old ways of thinking.

Jon talks about how for some people rock bottom is really nothing more than a trampoline and I like to think my husband and I are those people.

You know the ones that use rock bottom as an opportunity to spring back up out of the depths?

It could be they never ever want to find themselves that low again or so they can help others avoid ever ending up there in the first place.

The tagline on the cover says “Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck” which is exactly what we needed to hear.

Remember when you were a kid how easy it was to call a Do Over when things weren’t going your way?

Why can’t we do that still even though we are adults?

Jon Acuff knows that it is a very powerful tool to have in this life and he shares exactly how to position yourself to call a Do Over at any time that you realize things aren’t quite right in your life. He speaks from experience as he found himself in a position of walking out the Do Over himself not too long ago.Do-Over-Book

I share a lot here about the importance of creating a savings mindset.

After reading the book Do Over by Jon Acuff which is scheduled to hit bookstores everywhere on April 7th, I now realize there was a savings account I had neglected.

In Do Over, bestselling author Jon Acuff offers up his most important book yet, one that acts as a guide to making big career changes—by choice or necessity—and escaping the horrible feeling of being trapped in the wrong job.

Acuff finds it amazing that people spend more than eighteen years studying and preparing for college, but little or no time honing their careers between graduation and retirement. His response: an empowering tool he calls the Career Savings Account, which will change the way readers think about their skills, relationships, character, and work ethic.

Throughout the book, inspiring and funny true stories are featured—not merely just from Acuff, but also from friends who restarted their careers after a layoff, an extended maternity leave, or simply the realization that they were suffering fifty weeks a year just to pay the bills and enjoy two weeks of vacation. Everyone can benefit from Do Over, from new graduates to fifty-somethings and beyond.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind and before you know it your life has passed you by, you’re in pretty much the same spot and probably hate your job.

You do realize that you can change things right?

Using the common sense wisdom that Jon shares along with some humor to make the truth hurt a little less, I found myself challenged to make some changes and start investing in my Career Savings Account.

Relationships + Skills + Character x Hustle = Career Savings Account


There were a lot of aha moments for both my husband and myself as we were reading and thinking about the coming months as were making some changes in the area of how we earn money to live.

I especially appreciated the little assignments at the end of each chapter because it forced us to really figure some of the hard things out and see for ourselves in a concrete way how we needed to rearrange some of our relationships.

This is an easy to read book, and we loved the real stories that Jon shared of his own experiences that he has been through and how he found himself in a position that many would consider the bottom only to use the things he shares in the book to use a seemingly difficult situation to rise back up to the top in a new way.

Are you ready to make some changes and live a life you love?

This is so much more than we ever expected and I can’t recommend it enough!

You can preorder a copy here.

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Enter to win a $25 Family Christian Gift Certificate today that you can use to get your own copy of the book Do Over by Jon Acuff!

Here’s how to enter:

Leave me a comment telling me why you would like to win.

This giveaway is open to all legal residents of the US age 18 and older and will end on April 3rd.

**Although the product for this review and giveaway was supplied to me free of charge from Family Christian, all opinions expressed are solely mine.

Our Home Remodel Update #ApexSiding #Ad

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Several years ago, after a long time saving and pinching our pennies we were finally able to buy our dream home.

Now let me clarify up front that our dream home is probably not at all what most people would consider a dream home. There was no flooring, the plumbing did not work. No washer or dryer hookup.  The boiler did not work.  The entire inside needed major repairs.

The house had been sitting for over two years when we bought it. We joked that the only reason we were able to buy it was because everyone else that walked through the house was scared away by what they faced inside.

We have basically had to replace every single thing in this house to make it livable.  We slept in the basement for months while we worked on the bathrooms and bedrooms before we were officially able to move in.

My husband and I eagerly took on the huge remodel project that is our home.

One thing we never really paid much attention to was the outside of the house.  I think the main reason was that in comparison to the inside of the house, the outside looked amazing!

PicMonkey CollageBut now that we are over 2/3 of the way finished with the inside, we are noticing some of the work we will need to address on the outside of our home, like the siding for example.

We have some areas of our siding where it is cracked and even missing chunks.  I blame this on the harsh weather we seem to have all winter long in this area that we affectionately call the snow belt.

I also have noticed in one area, that the previous owners must have gotten a bit carried away with a painting project that left some overspray on the siding, not to mention there is a bit of staining as well.

Buying a bank owned home has been quite an experience and so far well worth it.  We saved over $90,000 by buying our home and doing the work to get it up to par.

Our outside projects are going to be much more costly than anything we have done inside the home, so I want to be sure I am making the right choices when it comes to how we end up dealing with updating the siding.


My husband and I heard about a new siding product called Apex Ultrex Siding System, in fact it is so new that there are only two location in our area that offer it.

Click here to find a location near you.

We made an appointment to meet with someone to discuss what makes this new product superior to the other options.

I will say right up front that the cost is definitely more than traditional siding, BUT this product is made so well that you should never have to replace or repair it.

So while you will pay a little more up front, you’ll actually save in the long run.

They offer several choices such as wood gran or smooth finish and 4″ or 7″ widths. Plus, you are able to get this siding in darker colors which was impossible with aluminum and vinyl siding which is always in lighter colors.  I really LOVE the Wineberry and Bronze colors!


So what makes it superior?

It has a built in water management system that protects your home and the siding itself from water damage. This means no trapped moisture, no molding and no rotting wood.


Extremely low expansion/contraction rate keeps it from gaping.

It withstands extreme temperatures which is so important to us because we live in Michigan where we experience all the season in the most extreme ways.

CaptureHigh resistance to impact and resists chipping, breaking or splintering.

No painting or caulking necessary since it is virtually seamless.


It comes with a APEX Warranty that includes fading!  It has built in UV inhibitors that protect the siding from the sun damage that causes fading on traditional aluminum or vinyl sidings.

I was happy to hear that the two locations in Michigan are offering some pretty great deals right now!

Window Pro in Metro Detroit, is offering some great deals on any purchase, including APEX.  Currently they are offering $200 off per square plus 12 Months same as cash. Offer ends 12-14-14!

Performance Fiberglass is offering one-half off installation at this time too.


Things to Consider When Choosing Siding:

  • How well does it manage moisture?
  • Does it shrink and expand in changing weather?
  • Does it resist sand and dirt abrasion?
  • Does it resist UV light and sun fade?
  • Does it resist the impact of hard and sharp objects (i.e. hail, weed wackers, golf balls)?
  • How well does the manufacture stand behind the product?
  • Does it have the ability to perform over time?
  • Has the material been proven in the market?
  • How much maintenance and cost is required to maintain its performance and beauty?
  • Does it require caulking for performance?
  • Does it have a built in water management system?
  • Can it be produced with crisp edges and straight lines?
  • Can it be cut to exacting standards providing an authentic look?
  • Does it have exposed nails and screws?
  • How visible are the seams?

I think you can see after reading that list, why we are seriously considering choosing the Apex Ultrex Siding System when we are ready to replace of current siding.

My husband is a contractor, he does a lot of exterior painting and finish work.  After asking the representative from Performance every question imaginable, he agrees that this is a superior product.

He even hinted that this is the kind of product that could eventually put him out of business because it’s truly an install and forget about it kind of thing.  No more yearly maintenance necessary, other than maybe spraying off with a garden hose after the winter.

Although I like to save money when and wherever possible, I am a believer that there are just some things that are worth paying more for and a quality siding product is definitely one of the things I would rather pay more for and never have to deal with it again.


Download your own Apex Ultrex Siding Brochure.

*Although I did receive compensation for writing this post, all opinions expressed are solely my own.

Jan Karon Mitford Series Giveaway

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CaptureI was recently given the opportunity to read the first book in the popular Jan Karon Mitford Series.

At Home in Mitford is celebrating it’s 20th year in print!!!

It’s easy to feel at home in Mitford, North Carolina. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are friendly. Yet, Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won’t go away.

Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that’s sixty years old. Suddenly, Father Tim gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a rich comedy about ordinary people and their ordinary lives.

I have to admit that I had never heard of this series before so I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into, but after reading the first book I can say that I totally understand why there are so many fans.

It took me a while to get into the story, but by the third chapter I was hooked!

Jan Karon has a way of creating a complete community that you truly do feel like you are part of the story.

This explains why she has so many die hard fans of her stories.

Jan Karon is the author of the bestselling series of nine Mitford novels featuring Father Timothy Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest, and the fictional village of Mitford. Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karon’s Mitford books include At Home in Mitford; A Light in the Window; These High, Green Hills; Out to Canaan; A New Song; A Common Life: The Wedding Story; In This Mountain; Shepherd’s Abiding; and Light from Heaven. The Father Tim Novels include “Home to Holly Springs” and last fall’s release of “In the Company of Others,” set in County Sligo, Ireland. There are over 40 million Mitford and Father Tim novels, childrens books, and CDs in print.


I wanted to let you know that the newest Mitford novel, Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good is available for pre-buy through Family Christian on sale for just $19.97 (Was $27.95).

The book officially releases on 9/2, but you’ll want to pre-order your book today because the first 150 pre-buys get an autographed copy!

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One person will have the chance to win the entire Jan Karon Mitford Series FREE!

Plus 4 lucky winners will receive the newest book in the series, Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good.