Create a Frugal Family Meal with this Hamburger Helper Rebate #FreeBeef #Helper #Ad

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Create a Frugal Family Meal with this Hamburger Helper Rebate #FreeBeef #Helper #Ad

Let’s face it, I’m a busy mom – There’s Girl Scouts, Cheer, Karate, Art Class, Mime Dance at Church, plus I blog full time, work full time and I’m a single parent.  That’s a lot right, I know and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  So sometimes I have to be able to improvise and make a quick family meal on a budget.  A lot of times in order to make a frugal family meal I rely on a box of Hamburger Helper to come to my rescue and right now you can make your favorite Hamburger Helper recipe an extreme value meal with this Hamburger Helper Rebate for one pound of free ground beef .

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Zoom Power Bank Review #Amazon #Review #Tech

Disclosure: I have been compensated by receiving the product/service at a reduced price or for free for this blogpost. However all opinions stated in this blog post are 100% mine.

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Zoom Power Bank Review #Amazon #Review #Tech 

Let’s state a fact:  I am a Blogger, I am constantly using my Techy Devices (i.e. Phones, Tablets, Digital Cameras etc).  

Let’s state another fact:  I am a Mother with two kids, they are constantly using my techy devices.

Those two facts alone is reason enough for me to always need a backup battery source for my devices, as they are always in use.  The devices I carry daily, yes daily, are 2 smartphones, one digital camera, and a tablet – and before you judge me at any point I can find myself using all of these devices, especially during a press trip.  So it is essential that I have a reliable back up battery device to use.  Before this opportunity arose I had a device that I was faithfully using, while I liked the device it seemed (since day 1) not to charge quick enough nor did it hold it’s own battery life for a very extended period of time.  So I was excited to get the opportunity to review the Zoom Power Bank to see if it would fit my needs.

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Get Rewarded with Verizon Smart Rewards #VZWBuzz #MoreChicago

Disclosure: As a Verizon #MoreChicago Lifestyle Blogger I’m a member of a pretty cool team of influencers. I have received a Motorola Droid Turbo (with a line of service) from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.
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Get Rewarded with Verizon Smart Rewards #VZWBuzz #MoreChicago

I am just one of those Divas that likes to be recognized and rewarded for the simplest things like….paying my Verizon cell phone bill.  I mean who doesn’t want earn points that can be used to get things for free or at a really discounted rate for those finer things in life.  You all know that I am a shopper and at times I can’t always find coupons to help me save, but then there are times when a wonderful option comes along.  Through that option I can pair coupons with a great program like the Verizon Smart Rewards Program to save even more.  Let me give you an example of what I mean.  

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Traveling with Verizon Wireless #VZWBuzz #MoreChicago #Ad

Disclosure: As a Verizon #MoreChicago Lifestyle Blogger I’m a member of a pretty cool team of influencers. I have received a Motorola Droid Turbo (with a line of service) from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

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Traveling with Verizon Wireless #VZWBuzz #MoreChicago #Ad

My New Years Resolution was to get out and see the world, by that I mean travel more and stay still less.  There is so much more to explore that I am determined to make this year the year that the Diva Travels.  First stop on my list to travel for 2015, was to have a fun filled vacation with the kids in Lake Geneva, WI.  Okay note the key words I am traveling with the kids so that means that I needed to keep them entertained for the 2 hour drive from Joliet to Fontana, Wi.  Now there was no way in the world I would have survived this trip with listening to “their” music or tablets the entire trip.  So thanks to Verizon Wireless and my Droid Turbo, I was able to make a compromise.  Armed with their headphones, tablets, and my Droid Turbo we made the trip drive easy for all 3 of us to enjoy.  How you are wondering?  Well, it was because of the hotspot on my #DroidTurbo phone, which by the way is an exclusive phone through Verizon Wireless. 

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Take a Getaway to the Abbey Resort #LakeGeneva #Wisconsin #AvaniSpa

Disclosure: I received a complimentary night stay at The Abbey Resort & Spa in exchange for my opinion. No other compensation is given. The opinions and experiences listed are 100% my own.

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 Take a Getaway to the Abbey Resort #LakeGeneva #Wisconsin #AvaniSpa

In desperate need of a getaway, the Marine and I decided to take a quick trip just to unwind and get away.  With so much going on for both of us we just needed that moment to breathe, not to mention it was something we had been talking about for a while now.  Neither of us had ever been to Lake Geneva and was anxious to see what it had to offer, so I contacted The Abbey Resort to see what options were available and find out more about the resort.  Now of all the resorts in the Lake Geneva area, I personally wanted to stay at The Abbey Resort because it came highly recommended by several of my friends.  I heard nothing but phenomenal things about the resort and it’s amenities…needless to say The Abbey Resort definitely lived up to the praises my friends and family gave them.  From our arrival to our departure, we knew we had made an excellent decision by choosing The Abbey Resort for our first Lake Geneva Getaway!

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Droid Turbo Review: 10 Reasons Why I love this phone #MoreChicago #VZWBuzz #ad

Disclosure: As a Verizon #MoreChicago Lifestyle Blogger I’m a member of a pretty cool team of influencers. I have received a Motorola Droid Turbo (with a line of service) from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback.  All opinions are my own.

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Droid Turbo Review: 10 Reasons Why I love this phone #MoreChicago #VZWBuzz 

Earlier this month I came home from a press trip and had a delightful little gadget to play with.  Verizon sent me their latest and greatest gadget the Motorola Droid Turbo.  Believe it or not I own the title DivaNerd, I’m what you call eclectic…as much as I love a good pair of shoes and love a great gadget.  So I was happy to have the opportunity to check out the Droid Turbo which is EXCLUSIVE on the Verizon Network!!!

 

Can’t wait to play with this baby #Droid #VZWBUZZ #MoreChicago

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Give thanks this Thanksgiving with a HoneyBaked Ham #HoneyBakedHoliday #Ad #Giveaway

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Give thanks this Thanksgiving with a HoneyBaked Ham #HoneyBakedHoliday #Ad #Giveaway

This Thanksgiving, no differently than any of my family’s holidays we are giving thanks with a delicious HoneyBaked Ham Dinner.  I always do and always will include HoneyBaked Ham into my holiday meals, not only because of how scrumptious it is, but also because of the affordability, the convenience and just because I LOVE the food (not hard to tell that I do, have you seen these hips…smile).  Thanksgiving traditionally is one of those holidays that I literally could spend 2 days in the kitchen prepping a meal, however I don’t have to with HoneyBaked Ham.  Since my family size changed it makes absolutely no sense for me to cook the way I used to cook for the holidays, especially since this year we aren’t hosting.  So why slave over the stove when I can let HoneyBaked Ham do all the work for me.  Plus with the specials that are available throughout the holiday season, like this one pictured below – it’s super easy and affordable for me to make that choice!

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Capture your Family Memories with GoPro HERO Cameras #Spon

Disclosure: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free for this blogpost.  However all opinions stated in this blog post are 100% mine.

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Capture your Family Memories with GoPro HERO Cameras #Spon

As a blogger, I take a lot of trips and I get to experience a lot of awesome things…however nothing is more important to me during my travels than to be able to capture my memories.  There is no better feeling than to be able to show your friends and family awesome pictures and videos of your experiences.  It’s your opportunity to give them a taste of your experience, plus you get to relive the moments too.  That’s why its extremely important to me to always have the right gadgets available to me to capture all of my precious memories.  You see memories last a lifetime and it’s important to choose the best tool to capture those unforgettable moments.

Best Buy is the home of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a broad assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life.

 

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Skip the Pre-Wash with Cascade Platinum #CascadeShiningReviews

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Skip the Pre-Wash with Cascade Platinum #CascadeShiningReviews

Let me start off by asking you, what is YOUR kitchen pet peeve?  For me, it’s wasting water.  Heck, that’s a pet peeve of mine period.  My stepsons love to just run my water when washing dishes or they over stack the dishwasher and we have to run the dishwasher multiple times, just to get the dishes clean.  I could faint some days when I see my water bill (smile). Come on would you expect anything less than that of me, I am FRUGAL after all, so wasting water means that my water bill increases and that means I am not being frugal anymore.  So how do you waste water you may ask, well of course I have an answer to that too…(Don’t judge me I told you this was my pet peeve).

1.        Running water, while washing dishes.

2.        Pre-washing your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher.

3.        Having to re-wash dishes in the dishwasher, because they didn’t get clean the first go around.

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Bathroom Routines: Keep them Frugal, Fly and Fresh with Cottonelle!! #LetsTalkBums Shall We? #spon

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for their fresh care flushable cleansing cloths is all my own!

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Bathroom Routines: Keep them Frugal, Fly and Fresh with Cottonelle!! #LetsTalkBums Shall We? 

What is your Bathroom Routine?  Yes I am asking and getting all in your bathroom.  It appears we have been getting quite personal on this blog lately, and well this blogpost isn’t going to be any different from the last few where I have “exposed” my life secrets.  I swear some of my readers know more about my personal than some of my friends…lol.  So since we are talking personal, let’s get to it, in fact #LetsTalkBums.  Yep as in your bottom, derriere or in my Forrest Gump voice “Your Buttocks”.  This post is all about keeping it Fresh and clean.  

Confession from a Diva: I’m pretty anal (no pun intended) when it comes to my hygiene, part of my bathroom routine include me taking a shower at night and in the morning when I wake up.  In the summer I find myself taking midday wash ups or even sometimes if it’s extremely hot I will hop in the shower again.  I’m not a germaphobe and while my kids will beg to differ there is nothing wrong with me, other than the fact that I like to have a clean, fresh feeling at all times.   But let me be honest, I am a busy single mother and sometimes my midday wash-ups or showers are virtually impossible.  That’s where Cottonelle comes in.

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