30
Jun

Frugal Friday – Feeling the ibotta Love

by Tiffany in Frugal Green

Here are my recent wins with money…

ibotta – So I am a bit late to this game I think. I joined the app about a year or so ago and quickly decided that the rebates offered where not for stuff I would normally buy. So just like coupons for random stuff you don’t need, this app was not a good fit. Fast forward to NOW and there are some rebates here and there I will use. The weekly .25 cent refund for buying anything and the .25 rebate for bananas…sure. I will take .50 cents every week. Oh but then they offer $2.00 for coconut water when it is already on sale for $2.99 and $2.00-3.00 off craft beer, which my husband buys every week. Yep, sign me up. In three weeks time I made…$27.25. Download it, redeem two different rebates on branded items, and get $10 back immediately.  Oh and from the rank section of my app I can see how much my Facebook friends are saving. A local friend has earned over $8,000 from this app. Good golly!

Admittedly it seems like an invasion that you can even see this info but you can see how much your Facebook friends “earn” from ibotta. One of my friends has made over $8,000. Good golly!!!

Facebook Marketplace – I LOVE that Facebook now has a marketplace. In addition to local buy sell groups on Facebook I have been selling off unused or unwanted stuff with great success. Every little bit helps because we just renovated our master bathroom!

It is also great for buying stuff cheap. My daughter and I have started playing tennis and we got two rackets for $5. We could not have done any better at Walmart.

Menards Rebates – We love Menards for all the rebates they offer, including their famous 11% on everything offer. We bought kitchen counters during one of their 11% events. Booyah! Anyway this month we used $46 in rebates to buy stuff for our bathroom renovation, making all the paint (and not the cheapy stuff) pretty much free.

Focus Groups – Did two focus groups this month and got paid $215 for three hours of my time, which was spent sitting and chatting. Nice.

How are you winning with money right now?

29
Jun

GloryBrew 100% Compostable Coffee Pods

by Tiffany in A Green Home

Every morning for the past few weeks my day has begun with GloryBrew coffee, bulletproof of course. Yes these are coffee pods and yes we do have a Keurig (the 2.0 specifically). My husband adores it…seriously its a little concerning just how MUCH he adores it. So I embrace the Keurig and its kcups too. Marriage is all about compromise and while at first glance it may seem that single use disposables is a place to draw a hard line, you cannot come between a coffee lover and their coffee. You just can’t do it!

Not to throw my man under the bus though. I too love the ease with which we can brew a cup of coffee for one and making tea has never been easier either. Just throw a mug with a tea bag under the Keurig and you have tea brewing in 30 seconds. I can’t lie, that is very nice.

Early on we embraced the reusable cups that you can use in these machines and often times we buy loose coffee grounds to brew instead of disposable cups. But I am loving the Glorybrew 100% compostable coffee pods and they will need to be a part of my regular Amazon Prime orders.

As mentioned they are 100% compostable in 7 weeks time because they are made of plant based materials. No petroleum-based plastics are used in the ring. It is made from coffee chaff, a waste product of the roasting process of coffee beans. The bottom part is a soft, compostable mesh filter, made using renewable materials.

Glorybrew is also certified by the Rainforest Alliance™. This means it is grown to meet standards that require environmental, social, and economic sustainability. This make coffee pods a guilt free purchase for me…one that I can feel good about. I also LOVE love the flavor of the coffee and my husband does as well, especially the extra dark roast, which has subtle hints of chocolate. He loves dark roast coffee while I prefer medium. The variety pack on Amazon is perfect for us.

Stop by the Glorybrew website to subscribe to their newsletter and you will get a 10% off coupon for Amazon. Their coffee is already really budget friendly but every little bit helps! Enjoy!

17
Jun

Fascia Blasting Resources, Products and Supplies

by Tiffany in Beauty

fascia blasting suppliesFascia blasting has turned out to be a more involved process than originally thought. You see, you need to heat your body internally and externally for the best results. You need to exercise specific muscles in specific ways to fire and build the underlying muscle. You also need slippery oils (DIY or purchased) and a way to store your devices without breaking them.

It can get quite pricey when you add up the cost of the fascia blasters and all the accessories that make them work that much better. Yet, once you start following the advice in the book, reading the suggestions from the private Facebook group, and seeing amazing results…it is all worth it. I know I was hooked when I dropped a jeans size with no dieting and no drop in weight, all within three weeks.

Here are some blasting resources, supplies, and products to make your fascia blasting journey smooth and free of bumps (pun intended).

Resources for Heating the Body

Sauna 3 Zone Fir Far Infrared Sauna Blanket – For heating yourself before blasting. Not everyone has access to a real in home sauna or one at a gym or spa.

TheraPearl Face Mask – For heating the face.

 

Blaster Storage Resources and Containers

Hard Case Travel Bag – This case is technically for wireless speakers but it is PERFECT for holding the faceblaster and Mini2.

Command Broom Grippers – Stick these on your walls or even in your shower and they hold the FasciaBlasters perfectly!

Tools for HeartButt Exercises and Firing Muscles

SmarterLife Resistance Band Set – These are perfect for working the muscles associated with the heartbutt challenge. Use them with…

Resistance Loop Bands – Helps isolate the muscle groups you want to work.

 

Fascia Blasting Oils

Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil

Anti Cellulite Treatment Massage Oil

Coconut Oil

Avocado Oil

 

Detox Resources

The fascia blaster can cause detox as fat cells lyse and release stored toxins. This is why you can feel sluggish, get headaches, or feel like you have the flu after you start blasting.

Read Hashimoto’s Protocol (even if you have no thyroid issues) for a wonderful liver and adrenals support program for detoxification.

NOW Liver Detoxifier & Regenerator – One of the main ways that the body rids itself of toxins is through the liver. In fact, it is one of the hardest working organs in the entire body.  You need a supplement to help support your liver as extra toxins are presented for detoxification.

 

Any tips or resources to share??

14
Jun

Eco Stuff to do With the Kids This Summer

by Tiffany in Children

With summer vacation approaching, you might be wondering what your children are going to be doing this year with all that time off. We’ve put together some things to try out with the kids that’ll keep them busy and hopefully save you money too.

Do some decorating

Whether it’s painting the walls, upcycling a chair, or scouring curbs for tossed treasures, summer is prime time for decorating and designing. The warmer days should make paint dry faster and you’ll go back to school or work knowing that you’ve improved your home.

Yard sale

If you’ve got some junk to get rid of at home, or want to encourage the kids to give up their old toys, a yard sale could be a fun way to make some money and know that you’re not just throwing your old things away. The get the kids more involved, why not add an incentive like allowing them to keep the money made from their toys, or give a prize to the child that sells the most?

kids eco summer

Wash the car

Something as simple as washing the car can be really fun on a hot day. Kids love to make a mess and they’ll have great fun spraying the hose and you can reward them by having a water fight at the end! You can also try using an eco-friendly soap from Fragile Earth.

Try some summer recipes

The amount of clever summer recipes are endless, and there are lots of child-friendly ideas that are simple and fun like making smoothies or real-fruit popsicles.

Do some gardening

Vegetables such as beetroot and salad onions are perfect for planting in the warmer months and do not take long to grow. Kids will love seeing them grow and having them to help with the planting might even make them more likely to eat them!

Do you have any other ideas of how to keep your kids busy over summer vacation? Whatever you do this summer – have fun and keep learning!

Written by Laura Hall at Shiply.

12
Jun

Natural Ways to Remedy Vaginal Dryness

by Tiffany in Health & Healing

This may be one of those taboo subjects for you, that you don’t like to discuss. But a mom/woman striving for health should always consider her own reproductive health and the health of her sex life. All too often when we experience a health issue we reach for a prescription bottle, which may help with the symptoms of initial concern but they open up a whole other can of worms, such as low sex drive or dryness. Perhaps these issues are creeping up on their own due to the simple fact that we are aging. No matter though, there are things we can do to feel better if we are in pain and enjoy the pleasures of life and love to fullest extent we can.

The graphic below outlines some things we can do including:

  • Cutting back on medications if we can, especially ones that are designed to mess with our hormones…ie birth control. It is never too late to try NFP! Also look at the side effects listed for ALL your meds. You may be surprised.
  • Begin a meditation practice to help eliminate stress. This can improve many aspects of your life and health, this issue included.
  • Get rid of irritants and toxic products…perfumed menstrual products, tampons with pesticide residue, lotions with parabens, etc. You cannot expect to have healthy nether regions when you use toxic stuff down there.
  • Rev up the foreplay and use natural lubricants.

I would also add that you need to eat a healthy diet and look into essential oils that help support hormones. I know I used one such oil blend recently and the it helped amp of the natural juices and clear my skin or hormonal acne flare ups. I was in love until I started getting my period every 3 weeks instead of 4 and decided to cut back on usage. It did show me however though that natural methods can work! Hope it helps.

Why Can't I Get Wet? The Truth About Vaginal Dryness

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