Sam’s Club Membership Deal 69% Off

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Today you can get a great Sam’s Club Membership Deal!

Save 69% on a new Sam’s Plus membership package.  

Pay just $45 for a one-year membership that includes a $20 gift card, Free Rotisserie Chicken, Free Salsa, and 8 FREE Cupcakes!Capture

This offer is valid through Monday May 4th only.

Order yours here today!

Sam’s Club Offer:

$45 for a Sam’s Club Membership Package (69% Off!) which includes:

  • One-Year Sam’s Plus Membership (A $100 Value)
  • $20 Gift Card
  • Three Fresh Food Vouchers
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    -One Rotisserie Chicken
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    -Italian Rose Fresh Salsa (48 oz.)
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    -Eight Gourmet Cupcakes

Grab this special offer here.

10 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day & Save Money

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Earth Day SavingsEarth Day serves as our annual reminder to be more conscious of the environmental impacts of our everyday habits. While some may resist going green because of the cost, others know being eco-minded actually saves a lot of green, too.

Switching to CFLs, line-drying our laundry and switching to reusable grocery bags are common tips this time of year. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, consider these 10 unique ideas for saving money and the environment.

1. Make Your Own Cooking Spray
Commercial cooking sprays are not only bad for your health — they contain additives and genetically-modified ingredients — they’re also bad for the environment. Many sprays contain nitrous oxide, the largest ozone-depleting substance emitted through human activity according to ScienceDaily.com. Create your own cooking spray using a refillable pump-spray bottle containing your preferred cooking oil. Not only will this save our planet and your health, but it will keep some extra dollars in your pocket as well.

2. Buy Refurbished Ink
On average, 375 million ink cartridges are tossed into landfills each year. This statistic is especially bothersome when 97 percent of materials contained in an ink cartridge can be reused or recycled. Instead of buying new printer ink, reduce your waste and find the best price on refurbished or remanufactured cartridges by using InkjetWilly.com.

3. Swap Plastic Bags for Reusable
The U.S. alone adds 20 million plastic baggies to landfills every single day. SnackTaxi is among several companies trying to combat this waste by offering reusable snack sacks and sandwich sacks. So far, their mission has helped keep over seven million plastic baggies out of water streams, which equates to about 430,000 pounds. In addition to keeping our waterways clean, these bags are dishwasher safe and can be used again and again.

4. Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Clean Toilets
The toilet is one of the dirtiest surfaces in our homes, and killing bacteria with bleach and other harsh chemicals is typically the go-to solution. However, flushing these toxic substances into our waterways has grave environmental impacts. Consider swapping manufactured cleaner for natural household items to get the job done just as well. Pour a cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl and let sit for one hour. Dip the toilet brush into the bowl, sprinkle with one-half cup baking soda and scrub until clean.

5. Consider Alternative Uses for Lemons
Among the basic cooking ingredients, lemons are one of the most commonly used flavoring agents after salt and pepper. Additionally, lemons are a natural cleanser, helping to cut grease on dirty dishes and clean countertops when mixed with water. You can even use lemon juice to keep creepy crawlers from invading your house! Check out this complete list of green uses for yellow lemons, and stock up on one of nature’s most useful creations.

6. Repurpose Greeting Cards
From birthdays to holidays to other special occasions, Americans buy roughly 6.5 billion greeting cards annually. At between $2 and $4 a pop, this represents an enormous expenditure by consumers. In addition to sending evites and other digital well-wishes, you can reuse the paper greeting cards you receive during the year. Simply remove the personal message and retain the decorative part to be used as a postcard greeting.

7. Close Those Blinds
Warm weather has already arrived in some parts of the country, and is just around the corner for the rest. Since heating and cooling take up most of the energy use detailed on our utility bills, finding alternative ways to keep your home comfortable is paramount. Simply closing your blinds can help mitigate the warming effects of the sun, since 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows.

8. Try Cloth Instead of Paper
According to an article in Living Green Magazine, it takes 51,000 trees to produce the number of paper towels used in a 24-hour period. Since paper towels cannot be recycled or composted, they contribute heavily to the 40-percent ratio of paper products in our landfills. At an average of $1 per roll, you can save money and the environment by switching to cloth napkins, sponges and other reusable methods of cleanup.

9. Make Your Garden Native
It’s only April and yet several parts of the country are already putting restrictions on residential water use in anticipation of a record-setting drought. Instead of watching your plants wither in the hot sun, take this opportunity to revitalize your garden with native plants. Check with your local nursery about the best plants for your region and watch your garden thrive as your water bill plummets.

10. Recycle Your Cell Phone
On average, cell phone users upgrade their devices every 18 months. An estimated 140 million phones ended up in the landfill in 2012, and currently only 10 percent of all cell phones are recycled. This information is especially troubling since cell phones contain such toxic chemicals as lead, lithium and cadmium. Don’t toss your old device; instead, donate it to a charity like Cell Phones for Soldiers, which receives proceeds in exchange for recycling it.

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This has been a guest post from Andrea Woroch, a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoneyand many more. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

Home Team Hospitality Hotel Stay Giveaway

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Enter to win a FREE Hotel Stay with Baymont Inn & Suites!

I don’t know about you, but I can already see a few times in the recent future where I will be staying at a hotel, so being able to get a FREE night sounds great to me.

Also I wanted to make sure you knew about the contest they are running now through April 27th .

Home Team Hospitality is a contest that recognizes your favorite sports teams in real tangible ways. The last team that won received a desperately needed brand new scoreboard!

Your team, group or club could win $10,000 and 1 Million Wyndham Rewards® points!

In addition to the grand prize, 8 regional finalists will each receive $2,500 and 200,000 Wyndham Rewards points.

Whenever I am looking for a hotel to stay at, I make sure to check all of the Wyndham Hotel Group’s hotels, especially Baymont Inn & Suites for a great stay without overspending or sacrificing quality.

They offer FREE Wi-fi and continental breakfast which are both very important to me when looking for a place to stay.

Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest and most diverse hotel company, encompassing approximately 7,650 hotels in 70 countries under brands such as Baymont Inn & Suites, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, TRYP by Wyndham and more.

As a member of the brand’s Wyndham Rewards loyalty program you earn points that can be redeemed for so many extra perks above what a regular guest already receives. 

Wyndham Rewards is the free-to-join loyalty program offered by Baymont Inn & Suites and parent company Wyndham Hotel Group. Points can be earned and redeemed at more than 7,000 hotels in more than 50 countries. 

I am giving away 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points, which is enough for one FREE Nights Stay!

Points are good for a one-night stay at most Baymont Inn & Suites locations, or can be put toward a stay at any of Wyndham Hotel Group’s brands
Points will be awarded after the winner signs up for the Wyndham Rewards program at (http://bit.ly/SIGNUPS) and provides their membership number.

Here’s how to enter:

Sign up for the Wyndham Rewards program (it’s free) at http://bit.ly/SIGNUPS

Leave me a comment telling me where you would go if you won.

This giveaway is open to all legal residents of the US age 18 and older and will end on April 26th.

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

No Churn Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream

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Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream




One of my favorite warm weather treats is always Homemade Ice Cream!

I had a lot of fun using the Ice Cream Maker I bought a while back.

But to be perfectly honest with you I much prefer the simplest ice cream recipes like this No Churn Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream recipe that I couldn’t wait to share with you today.

cherry cheesecake ice cream ingredients

INGREDIENTS
2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
8 oz softened Cream Cheese
2 tsp Vanilla
2 cup Cherry Pie Filling
3 tbsp Sugar

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy and smooth.

cherry cheesecake ice cream process

Using a electric whisk, add condensed milk and vanilla, whisking until smooth

Add in vanilla extract and heavy cream. Whisk on high speed until soft peaks form.

Spread half of this mixture into a loaf pan.

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Spoon cherry filling over the whipped mixture.

Top with remaining cream mixture, spreading evenly.

Using a knife, drag or swirl the cherry mixture into the cream mixture.

Cover with foil and freeze for 6 hours or until firm.

no churn cherry cheesecake ice cream

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Watermelon Cupcakes

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Watermelon Cupcakes



If you are looking for a fun and unique watermelon recipe please allow me to introduce these Watermelon Colored Cupcakes.

Now they may not taste just like watermelon, but they sure do look the part.

Bring these Watermelon Cupcakes to your next gathering, they are sure to be a hit!

watermelon cupcakes ingredients

INGREDIENTS

Cake:
1 box White Cake Mix + box ingredients
3/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
Red and Yellow Food Coloring

Frosting:
1 cup softened Butter
3 cup Powdered Sugar
3 tbsp Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
Green Food Coloring

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DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven and line muffin tins with paper liners.

Prepare batter according to box directions.

Add just a touch of yellow color and enough red to achieve watermelon pinkish color.

Fold in chocolate chips until distributed.

watermelon cupcakes process

Fill liners 2/3 full and bake according to box directions for cupcakes.

Allow to cool completely.

Whip butter and vanilla for until fluffy.

Gradually add powdered sugar.

Add milk and food coloring until you reach desired consistency.

Transfer to piping bag with round tip and frost each cupcake.

watermelon cupcakes frosting

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Top 10 Pool Toys

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4.12 Amazon Pool Toy Round UpI woke up to the sun shining and the birds singing. I even heard the frogs last night.

All of this means that summer is coming very quickly!

Get ready for outside water fun with these great toys for everyone in the family.

Top 10 Pool Toys for Kids:

1. Intex Pool Volleyball Game — $11.99
Free Shipping with Amazon Prime or $35 Purchase
Final Price: $12.75 Shipped

2. Melissa & Doug Shark Toss & Catch Game — $13.38
Free Shipping with Amazon Prime or $35 Purchase
Final Price: $13.38 Shipped

3. International Leisure Shark Ride On Pool Toy — $16.95
Free Shipping with Amazon Prime or $35 Purchase
Final Price: $10.95 Shipped

4. Melissa & Doug Undersea Treasure Hunt — $13.59
Free Shipping with Amazon Prime or $35 Purchase
Final Price: $13.59 Shipped

5. Water Bomb Splash Ball, 12 pk — $7.91
Free Shipping with Amazon Prime or $35 Purchase
Final Price: $7.91 Shipped

6. Intex Sea Turtle Ride On Inflatable — $18.99
Free Shipping with Amazon Prime or $35 Purchase
Final Price: $18.99 Shipped

7. Green Toys Submarine — $12.66
Free Shipping with Amazon Prime or $35 Purchase
Final Price: $12.62 Shipped

8. Water Gear Turtle-in-Eggs Pool Game — $14.84
Free Shipping with Amazon Prime or $35 Purchase
Final Price: $12.62 Shipped

9. Poolmaster Extreme Cyclone Football — $11.80
Free Shipping with Amazon Prime or $35 Purchase
Final Price: $12.62 Shipped

10. Disney Princess Diving Sticks, Set of 3 — $12.80
Free Shipping with Amazon Prime or $35 Purchase
Final Price: $12.62 Shipped

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