Bookroo Black Friday Sale

Curated. Wrapped. Delivered. Basically, it’s reading made easy. Bookroo is a subscription service that sends your child 0-6 two to three books every month.


Bookroo’s mission is to help kids fall in love with reading. At $23 or less per month for your monthly book box they make it convenient and affordable for parents to build their children’s libraries. And, for Black Friday you can get an extra 25% off any multi-month subscription with code TREATYOSELF . That’s less than $16 per month if you sign up for a 12 month subscription! It’s hard for me to purchase even 1 book for $16. Talk about a great deal!


Bookroo’s goal is to send the hidden gems that you don’t already own. They find books that are not easy to find online or in stores. Which means you won’t be getting books that you already have. If you receive a book that you already own, just send them a picture of you giving the book to someone else and they’ll give you $5 off your next subscription. Because Bookroo is all about giving back.  My kids just love new books!


Their books are extensively reviewed by a panel of 12 families attending Stanford University and their combined 22 kids.

Bookroo helps parents build their children’s book collections in an affordable and exciting way through curated monthly book deliveries. Because it’s never too early to start reading to children! And what better way to encourage your kids to read than with a monthly box of books just for them! I know my children love opening any box that comes in the mail. And a box just for them is super exciting!


Bookroo’s packaging is recycled (and recyclable!) and they donate childrens’ books to children in need through Reach Out And Read!

Check out Bookroo’s website for more details and to start your own subscription. And, don’t forget, enter code TREATYOSELF for 25% off your multi-month subscription.

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Groupon, Save on Mattress Toppers

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Lately, Hubby and I have been discussing when to purchase a new mattress. We’ve been needing a new mattress for a little while now, but we just can’t seem to decide on what mattress to get. He’s a back sleeper, and I’m a side sleeper, but we tend to migrate toward the middle of the bed (especially when one of the kids climbs in and joins us) so a mattress with different sides just isn’t a good option for us. Which means we need to agree on a mattress.

Speaking of which, have you ever gone mattress shopping with kids? I did, once. It’s not happening again – I know, it probably will, because how else am I going to go mattress shopping? But, it’s awful. It’s a room full of beds. To be jumped on. Rolled off of. Hidden under. Etc. I don’t actually get any shopping done.

As you can see. Mattress shopping is going to take a long time. So, what to do with my increasingly uncomfortable mattress in the mean time? I visited my mom a while back and she had this awesome mattress pad on a previously uncomfortable mattress. If that’s all it takes to make my mattress more comfortable, I’m all in. But I don’t want mattress pad shopping to be a pain like mattress shopping is. Since I do plan to buy a mattress soon, hopefully. I don’t want to spend a fortune on a mattress pad either.

This is where Groupon Goods comes in. They have some great deals on mattress toppers & pads that will help me sleep more comfortably until I actually find the time (and energy) to go mattress shopping.


With so many great deals to choose from, It’ll be easy to find something that fits my budget. I’m just loving that Groupon has so many ways to save money!

In the comments below tell me, do you have a mattress pad that you love? Maybe I can find it on Groupon Goods and save myself lots of time and money. And sleep better as well!

Oh, and if you just can’t get enough of Groupon, feel free to follow their facebook and twitter!

Make Money Shopping Online

This post is sponsored by Giving Assistant.

Giving Assistant’s goal is to solve one of online shopping’s most frustrating problems. Promo codes rarely work! You know, you find a code, enter code, and it’s denied. Repeat 5 times and then give up. The entire process is frustrating.


Giving Assistant is a free digital loyalty program, over 1,100 largest retailers, avg. of 5% cash reward after each online purchase. Giving Assistant’s solution is to always provide a discount. They have 3 types of discounts.

  1. Promo codes – Percentage off, coupons, and deals. For example, Walmart has lots of online deals listed like up to 80% off electronics.
  2. Charity Donation – You can designate a percentage of your cash back to go to a charity of your choice. You can pick any percentage from 0% to 100%. Amazon, which is one of my favorite online retailers. You cannot earn cash back from them, but you can donate to your favorite charity every time you purchase. So, even if you can’t get something back, you can help out your community when you shop. I’ve selected my favorite local charity as my designated Charity.
  3. Cash Back – You can get cash back through Paypal or as a mailed check. For example, Bed, Bath, & Beyond offers up to 10% cash back on purchases. Your cash out minimum is $5 so it’s pretty easy and fast to rack up cash back credits.

How Giving Assistant Works

  1. Retailers pay them a commission for purchases originated from their website. Typically a percentage of the sale (avg ~5%).
  2. For purchases originated by members they pay the entire commission as cash back directly and digitally to the members.
  3. For non-member purchases they retain the commission, and make a small donation to Feeding America to give one meal.
  4. Members are given the option to automatically donate any % of their cash back to any charity of their choice.

My Experience

I tried out Giving Assistant for the first time this week and it is so easy to use! I needed to order a wedding present for my sister from her Bed Bath & Beyond wedding registry, so I created my account on Giving Assistant (which took less than 5 minutes), searched for Bed Bath & Beyond, and went to their page.

For each retailer there’s a list of instructions so you know what you need to do to earn your cash back and what you can earn cash back for.


If you’re looking for deals before you shop, just close this little pop-up and you’ll see the full deal page.


I didn’t need any of these deals so I just clicked “shop now” and did my shopping. Once at Bed Bath & Beyond’s website, I searched for my sister’s wedding registry. I selected and purchased her gift.

A couple of hours later I received this e-mail.


So, I bought a wedding present AND earned some cash back. Pretty awesome and easy! In my Giving Assistant account it lists this total under Pending Earnings and it says that the cash back will be released between 15 and 60 days depending on the retailer. It won’t actually be in my PayPal for a couple of weeks still, but it will be a nice surprise when it arrives.

Earn $5 for Signing Up

One more great deal. Sign up through my referral link and you can earn $5 just for creating an account. And I get $5 too! Pretty awesome. Then go shop at your favorite online retailer and you’ll be all set to get your Cash Back in the mail or via PayPal (just set this up under your account settings)

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Save Money With Groupon Coupons

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I don’t know about you, but with kids, I’m always looking for ways to save money. Whether it be on kid’s clothing, groceries, toys, or household supplies. Anywhere I can save money is a win.

I’m constantly using coupons in the grocery store and for my online purchases. And Groupon Coupons has such a huge listing of coupons, I can almost always find a coupon that will save me some money off of what I’m purchasing. Yay for spending less!

With over 60,000 coupons for over 9,000 retailers both online and in-store, Groupon Coupons is free to use and can save you money! Groupon Coupons posts coupons and deals on their Groupon Coupons site to many of my favorite retailers such as:

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Amazon
  • Kohl’s
  • Starbucks
  • ToysRUs
  • JCPenney
  • Talbots
  • Coldwater Creek

Groupon Coupons lists promo codes as well as info on online and in-store sales. What a great way to save some additional money when shopping!

For example, Nordstrom has some awesome sales going on right now. Like 50% off selected men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing. And Kohl’s has a code for 20% off online or in-store. And Coldwater Creek has 20% off your next order when you sign up for e-mails. With Groupon Coupons saving money has never been so easy.

If you want to keep up with Groupon’s latest offerings you can follow them on facebook and twitter for updates about the latest sales and deals.


Dinner Club

A while back I found this great idea an and old cooking magazine that I had lying around. It’s called a Dinner Club. Sounds pretty impressive!

When you get down to it, it’s actually very simple.

You get 3 or 4 families together for dinner once a quarter. More often if you want, but once every three months is good for us. You rotate houses. For our first dinner I hosted. Next time, someone else will host. If you have 4 families and you meet once a quarter, each family will only host once a year.

The host family provides the main dish. Anything they want. And then the other families bring the sides and dessert. Since it’s great grilling weather, we decided to do hotdogs and hamburgers. The other families coming brought broccoli with cheese sauce, chips, brownies, and soft drinks.

You could do tacos, steaks, stir-fry, pork roast, or really anything that you want. Just pick the main dish and let everyone know what it is and then the attendees can bring the sides that they like to eat with this main dish.

We met at 4:00 on a Saturday. Since we all have kids this worked well because we had plenty of time to eat and talk and let the kids play but everyone was still able to head home and put the kids to bed on time.

We had a lot of fun! It was simple, and low pressure to prepare for. And we can’t wait to do it again!

New Affiliate Sites

I spent the first couple of years with my blog just figuring out what I want to do. Now, I think I have a system down – a mixture of product reviews, and life with kids including crafts, baking, and thoughts about life.

So now, it’s time to find a larger audience, learn to write better blog posts, and find some affiliates that will work with a small blog.

I found Mom’s Affiliate a few weeks ago and so far, I’m really liking it. You can pick whatever projects you want to participate in and promote. They also have featured articles available but I don’t have enough monthly blog readers to do any of these yet. So I’m sticking with the brand affiliate links for right now. Some pay a flat amount per conversion. For example if you click through my link to Mom’s Affiliate, sign up, and start using them, I get $2. Pretty awesome!

Some are percentage based, so percentage of sale after click-through. I haven’t tried out any of these yet but they have some popular brands on there like Zulily and such.

This Affiliate site is for Mommy Bloggers so there’s a lot of brands and products on here that I love! Which makes it easy to pick a campaign to join. I just have to restrain myself and not join all of them at once, because then you all would get really tired of seeing a gazillion affiliate posts on my blog! So I try to pick only things that I already know I like. Like this Pillsbury Newsletter. I’ve been subscribed to this for a long time and always find it useful!

My biggest issue with the site so far, there’s no dashboard that shows all my current campaigns together so I have to just go to the main list and find them. There’s not that many so it’s not a big deal but it would save some time if they were all listed in one place for me.

A couple of days ago I had my first conversion. Someone signed up for Mom’s Affiliate through my link! WooHoo! I’ll make my first $2. I told my husband about it and he suggested that with all this money I’m making we can go out to dinner this month. I’m so glad he has more confidence in me than I do in myself!


The second site I’m trying out is Boost Insider. They have campaigns with different types of links. Some are simple click through campaigns like this one inviting people to join Boost Insider. You get paid per click.

Some are conversion based, you only get paid if people actually download or purchase something.

On this site you get invited to campaigns. They look at your social media and blog reach, consider your interests you entered in when signing up, and then offer you campaigns that they think will be a good fit for you.

dress4_1428547379412_800You can reject campaigns if you don’t want them. I rejected one for Game of War because It’s not a game I’m interested in playing so why would I promote it? But this campaign for DHGate prom and formal dresses looks pretty interesting so I joined it. I just love that right at the start of the site I can pick my style so there’s less hunting randomly and more actually looking at dresses that I like. Now, I just need an excuse to order one!

I’m super excited to have found some sites that will work well with a small blog like mine and maybe one day I’ll get better at this and can graduate to something a little larger!

Beyond Meat Giveaway

Disney Parks and MomSelect provided me with an awesome box of Disney party supplies and sponsor products to host a #DisneySide party. We had a great time at our party showing our Disney Side – and celebrating a Birthday! Pics and info about the party are on my page here.

One of those party sponsors was Beyond Meat. They provided a coupon for a free Beyond Meat retail package. Unfortunately, there’s not a convenient Grocery store for me to pick up my free item so rather than just throw the coupon away I decided to host a giveaway.

Beyond meat has some tasty looking product, and I’ve had many people tell me that the products make great tacos, chili, and anything else you would ordinarily make with meat. They also have some great recipe suggestions here if you want some ideas. I love trying out new foods!

The winner will be picked at random and I will contact the winner by e-mail.

Thanks to Disney Parks and MomSelect for the awesome box full of Disney party supplies and sponsor products! I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.

My Disney Side Party

Thanks to Disney Parks and MomSelect for the awesome box full of Disney party supplies and sponsor products! We had a great time showing our #DisneySide!

There were several hostess gifts, A full-size box of laundry packets from All – which I’ve been wanting to try but didn’t want to spend the money and find out I don’t like it, so now I get to try it for free! Horray!

Also included was a Mickey Mouse pan and this awesome Duff Tie-Dye cake mix. Which you can purchase at Target. How did I not know about this already?!

My box was perfect! We celebrated my little girl’s 4th birthday this weekend and she wanted a Minnie Mouse party. Guess what! I got the Mickey and Friends box, she was super excited!

There was nail polish – the peel off kind, that I love for the girls – two Palace Pets, Minnie and Mickey party supplies and some fun Mickey Mouse party games like “pin the smile on Mickey”, Disney bingo, and a princess word search.

I already had her Birthday party scheduled at a local Bounce House place and I couldn’t bring food to that so I used the Minnie treat boxes to make the gift boxes for the kids that came to the party. I put in them the purple confetti that was packed in the box (it was used as packing material and purple is my 4yr old’s favorite color so this worked out really well). The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse pencils, crayons, stickers, and each child got a Mickey or Minnie luggage tag, and I assembled the Disney Diamonds and put candy in them. It made for a cute and easy treat box! I posted a video to my YouTube channel showing off my gift boxes!

The cake tower was so much fun! I didn’t have a way to integrate it into the party so we ended up using it for cupcakes on her actual Birthday and had a mini celebration on our own.

We have lots of family that lives in town, so, not to leave them out, we had another Birthday party the day after her party with friends (I know, 3 birthday parties, it doesn’t get much better than this).

I made the Mickey Mouse cake for this party. I had trouble getting the cake out of the pan – I ended up getting it out in pieces, piecing it together, and using lots of extra icing and it turned out great. Plus, everyone loves extra icing! The TieDie Cake mix is awesome! Everyone was so impressed with my cooking skills and it was so super easy! I’ll be making more TieDye cakes for parties. This is such a perfect party cake and really way easier to make than it seems it would be.

For my Sunday guests, I passed out the HP photo paper and we played the Disney games with the kids. Such fun! We had an awesome week of showing our Disney Side!

I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.

My Favorite Sites

A while back someone asked me to post a list of my favorite sites. Some of these include links that give me stuff if you sign up, other’s don’t offer that option, but either way, I hope you find something that you like! And sign up with my links just in case 🙂

Site with Points for Searching and Shopping:

1. Bing – You earn points for searching. It’s 1 point per 3 searches and a maximum of 30 points per day – or 40 points if you want to install and use the mobile app as well. I like to redeem my points for groupon gift cards and then get some free food with my groupon bucks. Actually, these days, I get free lunches for my husband with my groupon bucks, but either way, it saves us some money and he gets tasty lunches during the week.

2. Swagbucks – Points for searching and a few other things, the search points are random so you may get 20 points or no points, you never know. There’s also surveys, daily polls, and you can click through when you’re shopping online. So, there’s multiple ways to earn points here. I like to redeem my points for Amazon gift cards.

3. My Points – This is another site where you click through when you’re shopping and you get points you can redeem for gift cards. They have a great selection of gift cards on here. Also, Bzz Agent (discussed below) gives you My Points when you interact with brands, so you can earn two ways.

4. Coke Rewards – Collect bottle caps, enter the codes for points you can redeem for merchandise or free cokes. If you’re drinking it anyway you may as well get a few free ones!

5. Kelloggs – If you eat cereal, crackers, or plow through the eggos like my kids do, this is a great way to get some free cereal bowls or other merchandise. Just enter the codes from the inside of the boxes.

Product Review Sites:

1. Pinch Me – They offer a small box of free samples every other week. You have to be on there right when the samples become available to order yours or you won’t get any. These are all sample size and a bit of a hassle to get but if you want to try out interesting products, you can give it a try.

2. Smiley360 – Free products to try and review. They recently updated their website and it’s so much easier to use and they have so many more products available. I’m currently trying out a new Nescafe instant coffee, and I’m waiting on some scented markers to arrive for the kids to test. They seem to have a lot of home stuff like soap and toilet bowl cleaner and other fun things like markers and coffee.

3. Bzz Agent – Free products to try and review. I get lots of food products from here. I just tried a new Sara Lee Pound Cake (the blog review for this is coming soon), and several Kroger $5 off coupons to promo their digital coupons and their community rewards. Plus they do toys – which the kids love, and other products like deodorant, roomba, etc. Usually the products are totally free. (I got a huge discount on my roomba but I did still have to pay something – if you don’t want to pay you just say so and don’t accept the campaign). They offer you a product and you say that yes you’d like to receive it and review it. I’ve been using this site for years and love all the fun products I get to try!

Survey Sites:

1. YouGov – Mostly government related surveys. Usually about 1 survey a week, they have a few decent redemption options.

2. My View – I’ve been using this survey site for a long time. They have a great selection of rewards.

3. Toluna – Surveys mostly, there’s also a few other activities you can do on the site for points to redeem for gift cards.

4. Schlinger & Associates – A few surveys for points. Mostly, these are research studies and they’ll tell you up front what they’re offering you to participate. Sometimes it’s a check and other times it’s a gift card.

5. Pure Profile – Surveys, you redeem for PayPal in $25 increments.