Fresh Step Target Cartwheel and Gift Card Offer

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step at Target for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I was shopping at Target the other day when I remembered that I needed to clean out our litter boxes for Luna. I always get the same brand because it is just what I do, plus it’s always a good price and helps keep the house smelling fresh.

This time I decided to try a new brand because they were on sale and I earned a $5 Target Gift Card back when I purchased two.  Since that is exactly what I needed and I am always looking for the best deal I figured it couldn’t hurt to try something new, right?!!

I have to say that the most important thing to me when choosing a litter for my cats is that it does a great job of hiding the smells that come whenever Luna does her job, if

This time I decided to try a new brand because they were on sale and I earned a $5 Target Gift Card back when I purchased two.  Since that is exactly what I needed and I am always looking for the best deal I figured it couldn’t hurt to try something new, right?!!

When I checked my Cartwheel App and I saw that I could also Save 15% with Cartwheel I knew I had struck the litter jackpot! Well I knew I was getting the very best deal, I just hoped it would be the very best choice as well.

I have to say that the most important thing to me when choosing a litter for my cats is that it does a great job of hiding the smells that come whenever Luna does her job, if you know what I mean.

I went with NEW Fresh Step® with the Power of Febreze™ and headed home to see how well it would work. Thankfully Luna didn’t seem to mind the new litter and got familiar with it right away.

I was happy to learn about the 10-Day Stink Free Guarantee that states that your Fresh Step® clumping litters feature 10-day odor elimination with activated carbon and bacterial odor inhibition for extreme litter control. If you find things are getting stinky before 10 days, just download the form below and send it in for a full refund which you can find here

Now that we have tried this new Fresh Step® with the Power of Febreze™ I can honestly say that I think we have found a new litter. Luna seems very happy with the new litter and I am in love with the ClumpLock™ Odor Technology that traps all of the odors for 10 days, guaranteed!

I also noticed that there is a lot less dust that fills the air whenever I am refilling the litter or whenever Luna is scratching the litter around.  I like that it leaves less of a dusty film on the surrounding area.

If you are looking for a good litter that does a great job, leaves less mess and comes with a 10-Day Stink Free Guarantee then I highly recommend the new Fresh Step® with the Power of Febreze™ especially now while you can get such an awesome deal on it at Target.

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AromaSoft Diffuser Spring Essential Oil Recipe

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Spring is one of my favorite times of the year!

There is something so nourishing to the soul about watching everything that once appeared dead, come back to life once again.

Spring is such a refreshing time of year and I have several diffuser Recipes that I love to diffuse during this time of year.

I recently was given the opportunity to try out a new AromaSoft Ultrasonic diffuser and I could not wait to tell you all about it because it has quickly become one of my faves!

But first I wanted to share one of my all time favorite springtime essential oil recipes with you :)


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Okay now let me tell you why I really LOVE my new diffuser!

When I opened the box I saw that inside was an offer for a FREE Bonus Diffuser Recipes Book!!

The perfect size! It is just big enough to hold enough water to run several hours pushing out a generous amount of mist continuously. Plus it is still compact enough to fit just about anywhere without taking up too much valuable space.

I have found that most smaller diffusers work best in smaller spaces. They usually don’t push out very much mist at all. Did I mention how much mist the AromaSoft pushes out? I mean it is quite impressive for the size, proving that bigger is not always better.

It has some really neat lighting features including constantly changing colors. I love it but I am SO happy to know that that is also a feature that I can turn off while I am working so it won’t distract me.

It is SO EASY to use!

Step 1 Lift off the top.

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Step 2 Use the include mini pitcher to fill the AromaDoft Diffuser to the max fill line.

AromaSoft pitcher

Step 3 Make sure not to overfill past the max fill marking on the inside of the diffuser edge.

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Step 4 Add your choice of essential oils to the water and turn on the diffuser .

It now has found a permanent home right on my desk where I can enjoy it every single day!

Seriously check out that powerful mist stream!!

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I can’t forget to mention the great low price! These are now on sale for just $29.87 (Was $49.99).

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: Right now you can save an additional 20% off this diffuser when you use the coupon code MARCH416 during checkout, making the final price just $ 23.90 for a limited time only!


If you are looking for a really great diffuser that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, then I suggest you grab at least one of these now, while you can!

Order yours here. 

The company that sells these great diffusers also has some really nice diffuser necklaces, including the one my husband was so excited to get!

I had no idea that he would even want one, so I just never thought to look for one for him.

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But when it arrived he could not wait to put it on and choose his own essential oils to add to it. I was pretty impressed with his first choice being Frankincense.

You can also save 20% off the following diffuser necklaces:

Men’s Diffuser Necklace – Use coupon code MARCH116 to save 20%

Heart Shaped Diffuser Necklace – Use coupon code MARCH216  to save 20%

Flower Shaped Diffuser Necklace – Use coupon code MARCH316 to save 20% off

*Although I was compensated for this post and received products to test out for myself, all opinions expressed are solely my own. 

Easter Basket Idea for Guys

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guys easter basket

I was trying to think of a gift to send to my son in the military this year that he would find useful.

My first thoughts were that I want to send him something practical because he really doesn’t have a lot of space for too much. Also I wanted to help him by sending something he would otherwise have to buy for himself.

After a little thinking I knew I wanted to give him a basket of shaving products since he must always keep a very close shave. I know his favorite brand has always been the Schick Hydro® Razors which is why I knew those were the right ones for his gift.

So I headed to Meijer since I know they always carry a nice selection of products and I wanted to get some different things to fill his basket.

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When I heard that you can save up to $11 via mPerks on the NEW Schick Hydro® Razors at Meijer it sealed the deal for me!

Sign up for the mPerks Digital Coupons and Rewards program before you head out and take advantage of this offer before it expires on 3/12/16.

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I feel great sending this to my son and I know he will get a lot of use from it as well.

Easter Basket idea

The NEW Schick Hydro® Razors now have:

Improved Glide – 80% more lubricant surface area for gel extrusion with new recessed micro-slits

Improved Safety – reduced blade spans minimize skin bulge between blades. Hydro gel now moisturizes your skin for up to 2 hours after your shave

Improved Comfort – hydrating gel reservoir reduces friction by 40% vs. lube strips. New larger guard bar design for increased skin stretch

The Schick® Line includes Hydro 5, Hydro 5 Sensitive, Hydro cartridge refills, Edge Shave Gel. Basically everything I need to make a basket I know he will appreciate receiving!

Luna Easter

I was having so much fun putting this together for my son, even our cat Luna had to get in on the action!

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We tossed in a bag of jelly beans because it is an Easter Basket after all 😉

Check out the following hashtags for more info #schickhydro #schickhydrorazors

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of HYDRO. The opinions and text are all mine.

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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