CurrentC Makes Shopping and Buying Gas a Little Less Tedious

by Tiffany in Tidbits

CurrentC HomescreenThe above might sound like a strange title for a blog post but it really does capture the essence of why paying for goods, food, and gasoline with a phone might appeal to so many people. This is why it appeals to me and why I have become such a fan of the CurrentC app that is in beta right now in my neck of the woods. I started using it a couple months ago if you recall. It is often easier and faster for me to pay and get out of store with my purchases than it is when I am using a good old fashioned debit card.

My first title concept was “CurrentC for the Lazy and the Paranoid.” That sounded too negative, even if it is true. CurrentC does allow me to get out of stores faster (once you get the hang of it) and it feels much more secure in this day and age of card skimmers. Just this morning I ran across an article in my Facebook newsfeed about data skimmers being found in 7 counties in my state…usually at gas pumps. Skimmers are devices that read the data on the magnetic strip of your debit or credit card. They get attached to ATMs and gas pumps and when you slide your card, you transmit the data to the skimmer as well as to the merchant. The criminal behind the device then makes a clone of your card and sells it.

So why do I like paying for gas with CurrentC instead? Well, there are a couple reasons and security is one of them. I am not swiping a card I am sending digital information and the Paycode (aka the pay token) used within the app is for one-time use per transaction, so a new one is created every time you pay with CurrentC. The Paycode is meaningless outside of that single transaction, and stores no identifiable account information. Another big plus is that I can send this information and handle the payment part of the transaction while sitting comfortable in my car. I just used the app this past weekend at a Shell station. I pulled up, opened my app, input my pin, selected the gas station I was at, selected the pump number, and the transaction went through in seconds. All I had to do then was get out and pump the gas. When I finished I could see my receipt on my phone, at the pump if I chose to print it, and I also got an email with this info. This makes tax stuff a lot easier!

I also used the app for a little shopping at Kmart recently too. I needed a couple gift cards and the transaction there was easy peasy as well. It works a bit differently at different places. At Shell I just transmitted information, at Kmart and Giant Eagle I scanned a QR code on a payment screen, at Target and at CVS they scanned a QR code on my phone. Sometimes I used gift cards that I added to the app to pay for my purchases and sometimes I used my checking account. The nerd in me is excited to jump on the mobile pay bandwagon, the paranoid part me likes passing up on potential card skimmers, and lazy part of me likes paying for gas without getting out of the car. I think CurrentC has something to appeal to all types.

If you are not in the beta area in Columbus Ohio be sure to check it out when it hits your area!


I was compensated for my time in testing this beta app in my locale. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


#DArtagnanFeast Giveaway

by Tiffany in Tidbits

So what makes a feast? Good food and lots of of it? Yep. I also classify I feast as a roundup of foods we don’t get the pleasure of eating too often. This is the only time of year when I eat turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, etc. It just makes it special because we don’t eat these foods all year round.

I recently added some new items to feast on via D’Artagnan Foods. They were kind enough to send me a bunch of goodies and we feasted before Thanksgiving and after.


We feasted on mousse truffee, pate, sausage, duck leg confit, prosciutto, and black truffle butter. I have had some of these foods before but they are rare treats. All were delish!

We ate the mousse, pate, and sausage on crackers as appetizers during a holiday get together. The prosciutto was eaten in a salad. The duck leg confit was used to make duck pot pie. The black truffle butter was the inspiration for a couple different steak and baked potato dinners. I love truffle butter on potatoes and a good ribeye.


The folks at D’Artagnan Foods are big into farm to table, as am I. They partner only with small farms and ranches that have strict standards and never use antibiotics or hormones. I will happily order from them in the future.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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26 Nature Inspired Adult Coloring Books

by Tiffany in Tidbits

Adult coloring books are all the rage right now. Art therapy has long been known to help improve mood and reduce stress so it is apparent why so many adults are buying up coloring books. Below is a collection of nature inspired coloring books… just remember to frame and enjoy or recycle when done. They would make great gifts (the finished art) for nursing home residents and great gifts (the complete book) for adult friends and family. Enjoy!

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1. A Coloring Book for Adults Featuring Mandalas and Henna Inspired Flowers, Animals, and Paisley Patterns – $5.87

2. Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs – $9.28

3. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book – $9.57

4. Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book – $9.57

5. Creative Haven Owls Coloring Book – $3.26

6. Adult Coloring Book: Butterflies and Flowers – $6.29

7. Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book – $10.17

8. Adult Coloring Book: Ocean Animal Patterns – $11.68

9. The Time Garden: A Magical Journey and Coloring Book – $8.79

10. Whimsical Gardens Coloring Book – $5.17

11. Animal Kingdom: Color Me, Draw Me – $10.67

12. Tropical World: A Coloring Book Adventure – $8.22

13. Creative Haven NatureScapes Coloring Book – $5.99

14. Midnight Forest Coloring Book: Animal Designs on a Dramatic Black Background – $5.99

15. Goddesses Coloring Book – $2.87

16. Enchanting English Garden: An Inkcredible Scavenger Hunt and Coloring Book – $13.46

17. Creative Haven Snowflake Mandalas Coloring Book – $5.17

18. Enjoy The Most Beautiful Landscapes Coloring Book For Adults As An Relaxing Activity and Stress Relief – $4.12

19. Butterflies Coloring Book – $3.88

20. Happy Campers Coloring Book – $8.99

21. Color Me Mindful: Underwater – $8.58

22. The Art of Nature Coloring Book: 60 Illustrations Inspired by Vintage Botanical and Scientific Prints – $12.88

23. Wonderful World Of Horses Coloring Book – $3.40

24. Owls Coloring Book – $3.09

25. Dream Catcher: A Soul Bird’s Journey – $7.99

26. The Language of Flowers Coloring Book – $3.99


Mary’s Secret Ingredients Subscription Boxes

by Tiffany in Tidbits


As I have mentioned..dozens of times before, I love subscription boxes. I don’t have to many coming to me anymore because it can get wasteful if I don’t watch it. I think I might just have one subscription box right now, for makeup.

A new one to me of late though is Mary’s Secret Ingredient box service and the theme is cooking. Yay! We all cook right? Having a subscription box that provides a theme to inspire your cooking is a great concept.

The photo above is the box I received from them recently. It was a goodbye summer, hello fall box. I think they nailed the theme. It had some pepper jellies (which for this Southwestern native is like coming home) that reminded me of the last goodness of summer. The Italian salt will be perfect for making savory dishes and soups that colder weather makes us long for, and the flour is perfect for all the baking that goes on in the fall. All the products were new-to-me and high quality.

There are four boxes annually and not only do they give your cooking an inspirational kickstart with each new season, there is also a charitable aspect as well. In addition to promoting healthy eating, MARY’s secret ingredients is on a mission to eradicate hunger and is a proud supporter of Feed The Children, the global initiative dedicated to providing aid to children and fighting the hunger epidemic.

If you frequently feel a cooking slump coming on then this subscription box might be fun for you and don’t we all love to support a good company with a great mission? Yes we do.



Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

by Tiffany in Tidbits

It is that time of year…it is getting colder, we are nesting, we are cooking and baking, we are spending time with family and hosting gatherings for friends. So it makes sense that a useful resource just might be the Ultimate Homemaking bundle…full of ebooks, tools, and resources for making your home a cozy, clean, and inviting place to be.

As rewarding as it is, homemaking is hard work and it doesn’t always come easily. This bundle though is full of effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker – help, inspiration, tips, encouragement, resources at your fingertips…

… the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is just for you.

It is a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audios, online conferences, and printable packs designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm.

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.

Here they are:

  • Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home
  • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
  • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
  • Pregnancy & Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby
  • Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies
  • Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family

… a complete library of 86 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.


For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of:

  • 63 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences, and
  • 14 printable packs

…86 carefully selected resources designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (A total value of $913.88.)

That breaks down to 30 cents per book.

Your 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If for any reason, you decide that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is not for you, then please send an email to customerservice@ultimate-bundles.com and we will refund 100% of your investment. No questions asked.

Don’t Forget the Bonuses…

Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.

  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)

Now It’s Your Turn

I think Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best…

“Just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is just like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens the whole fabric of civilization.”

The proven, simple, and effective skills you need to transform your house into a home are all waiting for you in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

This is your chance to get all the love, support, guidance and inspiration you need to nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker.

But time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is back for just 48 hours, until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 3rd.


Best wishes and happy homemaking!