Saturday, May 26, 2018

#AD: Killin' It In 2018 With The #Cue Vapor System! #CueVapor #CB #CollectiveBias @SoFabLife #CueTheNewYear #CueVapor #SatisfactionAtLast

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Guys, can you believe that it is the middle of May? It's crazy to me to think that four months of the year have already
flown by! My babies are getting ready to have their birthdays, another school year is coming to an end, and we are
gearing up for Summer fun! It's hard to believe that it's already Spring!

The truth of the matter is, usually by this time of the year, I have already fallen off the wagon when it comes to my
New Year's goals and resolutions. My big plans and dreams for the new year are usually long gone by the time
bikini season hits. Crazily enough, this year has been different for me! I don't know if it's because I am in SUCH
a different place in my life than I have ever been before or what, but for some reason, it's the middle of May and I
still have my eyes on the prize, and I am going hard to reach my goals. I think honestly, I am so far deep into what
we are doing this year, that I have had my head in the sand a little bit, and that's why the first few months of the
year have passed by so quickly.

As many of you know, one of my biggest goals in 2018 has been to get out of debt, so we can buy a house in the
fall. We have been knee deep in the Dave Ramsey plan and becoming financially secure, and one of the biggest
and best feelings came just a few weeks ago, when we paid off our car, four years early! This means that we are
well on our way to buying a house, and that as of right now, this very second, we are consumer debt free!! What a
great feeling, and I can tell you guys that making that final car payment has really made all of the sacrifices worth
it for us!

However, along with the joy of paying off that beautiful car comes with a few changes. That car out
there in the driveway, it's 100% mine now, and I find myself being extra cautious when it comes to taking
care of it. No more handing the kids a juice box in the backseat, no more snacking on fries on the way home,
and most of all, no more stinking up my car with smoke.

I recently discovered the Cue™ Vapor System, and it really is changing a lot of things in my life. I have to admit
that making the switch to using Cue products was for selfish reasons for me, since I needed nicotine that was low
on the "stink factor" scale, if you know what I mean. I hate, hate, HATE the shame that goes along with smoking
, as I am sure that most smokers do. I have been switching to Cue products lately and I am really happy with my
decision to do so, for a number of reasons.




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My big issue with vaping has always been the fact that I thought it was complicated. I am too busy to be worrying
about building coils, mixing juice, charging batteries, and carrying around a bunch of stuff to add to the huge
bunch of junk I already have to carry around. This is one of the reasons that I put off vaping for so long, but
with Cue Vapor, everything is different. Seriously, this company's motto is Vaping. Made Simple.®, so it's like
they were made for me! Another great thing about Cue products is that I am able to pick them up at my local
Kroger store (at the customer service desk), which means I can swing by and get what I need during my regular
grocery shopping, no fuss!

Seriously, from the time I got started with Cue products, I really started to feel a lot differently about vaping as a
whole. I feel really inspired and really motivated to reach my goals and I am starting to see that there are things
out there to help me do what I want to do, without all the fuss and hype. The Cue Vapor System is incredibly
simple,and that is what I love about it most.

From the time you open up your Cue Vapor System, it takes just a few minutes to get started. Seriously,
you can break it down into just a few simple steps.

Step #1: Charge the device with the included mini USB charging cable until the light turns green.
(You can even do this in your car, so you can charge on the go, which I love! My Cue Vapor System fits
right into my car's center console!)

Step #2: Remove your e-liquid cartridge (whichever one you choose, there are so many flavors!) from the
foil packet and remove the small silicone plugs from the bottom, the side vents, and the mouthpiece.
Step #3: Slide the cartridge into the device (at a slight angle) until it snaps into place.
Then click the power button five times rapidly to turn the device on.


Step #4: The End.
Seriously, I am not kidding. Those are the three steps. If your device is already charged up and ready to go,
inserting your cartridge or switching your flavor literally takes less than ten seconds. How's that for simple?
I love, love, love that all you need for the Cue Vapor System is included in the box. The device itself, the e-liquid
cartridge, the mini USB charger, and even a "buddy tip" so you can share your Cue with a friend! I am especially
loving the Fresh Melon flavor, it is perfect for summer! Another great thing about Cue Vapor Products is that you
can sign up for their subscription program and save 15% on cartridges! If y'all know me, you know I am all about
saving money, so this is right up my alley! To find Cue products in a store near you, just click here for the store
locator. Oh, and follow Cue on Twitter and Instagram if you want to stay up to date with all their latest offerings!

I am really enjoying my Cue products. It's just what I needed, a simple "click and vape" technology that isn't
too complicated, and gives me exactly what I need without a lot of fuss. I love that there are so many different
colors of the Cue system along with all the different flavors, so you can really customize it to your own personal
style. Oh yeah, and being the clean freak mom that I am, I almost forgot to tell you guys my favorite part. You can
take the cartridge out and switch it to a new one, even if it's not empty, and guess what... there is no spillage!

Seriously, no leaks! Come on, now, there is not many things I hate more than spilled "vape juice"! I feel lucky to

have found Cue products and I really feel like it is just another stepping stone to help me on the journey I am on
this year.

What about you guys? How's it going with your goals for 2018? Have you found any great tools or products out
there to really help you reach your goals? Let me know in the comments below!!

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Setting The Record Straight About Emergency Contraception! #CB #CollectiveBias #LetsTalkPlanB #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsTalkPlanB #CollectiveBias #ad

One of the (very many!) things that I wish I had learned more about when I was younger is women's health. As I get older and have a daughter of my own who is entering her teenage years, I see how I went into my teens and into womanhood blind, unprepared, and really having no earthly idea what was going on. I came from a family where things like sex, periods, and overall personal issues and questions were swept under the rug and not discussed. At the time, I thought it was normal and what all families do, but now, as I raise two teens and one tween, and a grade schooler following close behind, I see that not learning about my body and women's health in general really just hurt me in the long run.

Along with misinformation about sex and my period and birth control, one of the things that I feel like I was misinformed about most of all was the availability of emergency contraception, such as Plan B One-Step. Plan B One-Step is also sometimes called the "morning after pill". I really wish that, when I was younger I would have learned the truth about Plan B One-Step, instead of just listening to the rumors about Plan B One-Step. Now that I am older, and I have learned the truth for myself, I am able to dispel the myths, and clear up what people think about emergency contraception versus what emergency contraception ACTUALLY is. Most people have no idea!

I mean, sure, lots of people have ideas of what they THINK Plan B is, but really, they are wrong. I am sure you know what I am talking about, and I am sure you have probably, like me, heard emergency contraception be referred to as some "not so nice" names. However, it's all really just a myth. Plan B One-Step is just a higher, single dose of a regular birth control pill (but not meant to be used as regular birth control). Seriously, the active ingredient in Plan B is levonorgestrel, which is found in a ton of super common birth control pills. The difference is that with Plan B One-Step, it's just a higher dosage in one pill.

The way that Plan B One-Step works is probably also a little bit different than what you may have heard. The truth is, emergency contraception works in a similar way as birth control pills to prevent pregnancy.  Plan B works by delaying or preventing a woman's ovulation, which means it helps to prevent a pregnancy before it even has a chance to occur. Okay, I am just going to go ahead and say it. Plan B One-Step is NOT an abortion pill. There. I said it. In fact, guess what happens if you are already pregnant and you take Plan B? Nothing. That's right, absolutely nothing. Plan B One-Step does not have any effect on an already existing pregnancy. It's also not something that is going to impact a woman's chances of getting pregnant or having babies in the future.

Plan B One-Step at my local Walmart! (Please note: the price for Plan B One-Step is the price on the right, not the left, it was just in the wrong spot!)

Plan B One-Step is readily available over the counter right on the store shelf at pharmacies, drug stores, and big box stores. You don't need a prescription to purchase Plan B One-Step, and you don't need an ID, either. I purchased Plan B One-Step at Walmart, and the process couldn't have been easier. Plan B was located in the Health and Beauty section, near the condoms and pregnancy tests. It was super easy to find and super easy to purchase. I know that at some stores, Plan B One-Step is behind the pharmacy counter, so in those stores, you do need to ask an associate to get it for you, but there should be no questions asked.  You can just ask for it. If you have a hard time finding Plan B One-Step at your local store, a pharmacy associate will be happy to help you. The whole process of buying emergency contraception is super easy.
Here is the section where Plan B One Step is located in my local Walmart store!

The whole process of TAKING emergency contraception is easy too. You need to make sure to take Plan B One-Step within 72 hours of unprotected sex or birth control failure (such as a condom breaking). The sooner you take Plan B One-Step after you have unprotected sex, the better it works. Always use Plan B One-Step as directed, which isn't hard. The entire process is super simple. Plus, you can even get a coupon for $10 off the purchase of Plan B One-Step when you click here!
It's a common misconception that Plan B One-Step is for younger women, say 18-24 year olds. However, that is not true. In fact, more than half of all women who use Plan B One-Step are older than 25. Emergency contraception is an important option for all women and their family planning efforts and we are really lucky that we live in a time, whereas women, we have this option available to us. It's so important not to label anyone who chooses to use emergency contraception like Plan B One-Step . There is no certain type of woman who uses this product and many women benefit from having options like this readily available.

I'm so glad to be able to voice the truth about emergency contraception and Plan B One-Step. It's so important that we, as mothers, set the record straight for our children so that they do not grow up with the same misconceptions that we did as children. I'm happy to be able to lead the way for others and to be able to help them to discover the truth about things like this!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Great Father's Day Gifts from NOMAD! #Nomad #FathersDay #GiftGuide #Dads




I am so excited to share another great company to get your perfect Father's Day gifts from! I recently got the chance to try out some amazing products from Nomad! This is an amazing company that makes some really unique and interesting products, and they are perfect for Father's Day! Nomad makes a ton of different really cool, minimalistic products such as phone cases, charging products, cables, wallets, straps for iWatches and more. The products that Nomad makes are not only really minimalistic and cool, but strong and made with really high quality as well. 


We received a great variety of products to check out for our Father's Day gift guide! I am so excited to tell you guys about them! 

The Universal Charging cable is absolutely amazing, and I can't believe I have never had one of these before! These charging cables are amazing, first of all they are super strong, made with a braided ballistic nylon cord. The best part about the universal cable is that, well, it's universal! I LOVE that we can charge any kind of device. This is especially great when we are traveling. I can have just one cord, and I can charge anything that I need to. With four kids, plus my hubby and me, with two devices each, there is ALWAYS something to be charged! I love this Universal Cable, and it seems like something that can stand up to the kids! Definitely a great Father's Day gift and it's super to give my man a gift that he will be using every single day! 


Another great product that we got to check out as a part of our Father's Day gift guide was an awesome leather Iphone X case. It's called the Rugged Case, and I have to say, it's actually really beautiful. The leather is Horween leather from the USA, and it is actually designed to look better with time, as it gets more wear and tear over time. This case is designed with 10 foot drop protection, and it really is a super nice looking case. My man got the iPhone X right after Christmas, and it's his baby for sure. He takes such good care of it and he is so funny about which cases he wants to use on his phone. However, he instantly fell in love with this case, and I am actually excited to see how it wears over time, I think it will just look even cooler as it gets used more and more! 
The other product that we got to try out is the Wireless Travel Stand. This was one of the things I was most excited about when it came to getting the iPhone X, the wireless charging option! It's so cool that we can do that with this phone. It has a kickstand that folds out so that you can have it folded flat for storage, and the base is made of rubber, so it's really super sturdy. We have tried many of the flat "disc type" chargers since the iPhone came out, and we don't like them too much. However, this stand up charger is amazing, and we have really enjoyed having it. 

Wireless charging is really useful, besides the fact that it just looks really cool. I love the fact that if you are using wireless charging, you can reach over and grab your phone when your alarm goes off or if you get a text message while your phone is charging. This is super great when you are half asleep and your phone goes off! I love that! 

I am super excited with all of the great Nomad products that we received for our Father's Day gift guide! They have a ton of other products as well, from beautiful leather straps for your iWatch, to gorgeous wallets and more. One of the really cool products that they have and I want to try is the charging hub. It can charge several products at once, and what mom of four does not need that!?!? I am super happy with the products that we got to try from Nomad! Definitely check them out if you are looking for any super unique and cool products! Also, make sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated with what they have going on! 


Complete Baby Shower/ Party Menu for UNDER $100!! #CheapBabyShower #CheapParty #CheapBirthday #DIYparty #BudgetPartyFood #OnABudget #DaveRamsey


Okay, guys, don't get me wrong, I love throwing baby showers for my friends. I love planning parties, decorating, making food, and all the crap that goes along with it. 

That being said, whenever someone drops a hint about me hosting their baby shower, my first thought is always the same. How much is this shit going to cost me? 

Does that make me a bad friend? No. I think it makes me a realist. 

I don't know about you, but in my real every day life, we are not spending $1K+ on food for a baby shower. I am not that fancy, none of my friends are that fancy, and quite frankly, I think Dave Ramsey would hunt me down and kick my ass if I ever spent anywhere near that much on food for a party. You have probably already learned that from my post on How To Have An Awesome Baby Shower (For Cheap). 

However, that doesn't mean that your party has to be full of $5 Hot And Ready's from LC. There are so many amazing things that you can make that can still be really inexpensive. Now, I am not a Pinterest-worthy food blogger. If you came here for that, you are going to be sorely disappointed. 

Instead, I'm going to show you some real life things that you can put together with a quick trip to Walmart and Aldi, and throw together in an hour or two to guarantee a fun, relaxing, stress free baby shower or party. Seriously, I am all about enjoying my time with my family and friends, not spending hours in the kitchen or blowing my entire paycheck to feed these folks. If that's what you are here for, then keep on reading, because I am going to share some of my favorite ideas for baby shower/party foods! 

Idea #1: Sub Sandwiches
If you have ever seen those super awesome "6 Foot" sandwiches from Subway, you already know where I'm going with this. Unfortunately, most people can't afford $100 for a sandwich. This is a great way to get the same effect, for much cheaper! Here's how I do it! Walmart sells those loaves of french bread in the bakery section for $1.00. I usually use about three of these. Next, just layer your sandwiches with your choice of lunchmeat, cheese, and veggies. My favorite thing is to make a Club sandwich. I layer ham, turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and mayo. Then add in a little bit of microwave bacon, and that really makes it super yummy! Then you just cut them into small slices and arrange them on a plate. It's the same effect as something much, much more expensive! Plus, if you have leftovers, you can wrap them up and have lunch for a week! 

Idea #2: Finger Sandwiches
Yeah, I know, finger sandwiches sound so SUPER FANCCCCCCYYYYY, don't they? We are going to talk about the super cheap version here, that are so yummy! Just grab a couple of loaves of bread, even the super cheap Aldi ones will do just fine. I like to make these sandwiches with pimento cheese and chicken salad. You can get huge tubs of these for pretty cheap at Sam's Club, but you can also get good ones at Aldi and Walmart as well. Really, this couldn't be easier. Make the sandwiches, cut them into fourths. This is one of my favorite things to do, then stack them on a plate. This is also one of the only ways I can get my kids to eat pimento cheese or chicken salad. 

Idea #3: Dips and Such

I absolutely love dips and cheese balls, etc for parties and showers. They are super cheap options that are easy to throw together and make a LOT! Chips and dip, and chips and salsa are definitely classics that everybody loves. Another one of my go to's is a cheese ball made with cream cheese, green onions, and chopped ham. Another great one is cream cheese, cocktail sauce, cooked shrimp and green onions. These are both great served with crackers! I always make these for just about every single occasion, and they are my faves! 

Idea #4: Punch! 

Punch is a classic at any party or shower, and I love making punch! My go to punch is a simple, cheap, and super tasty version that you can make for just a few bucks! If you don't have a punch bowl and scoop, you can pick one up for just a few bucks at Walmart, or even at the Dollar Tree if you are really on a budget. I love making "duck punch" for showers, which is basically, just regular punch with rubber ducks in it to make it cuter for a baby shower. Here are the ingredients: 

One large jug Hawaiian Punch Fruit Drink (Any color!) 
One 2 liter bottle Sprite or 7up
One Half Gallon Vanilla Ice Cream
Rubber Ducks

Pour the Hawaiian Punch and the Sprite into your punch bowl. Slowly add scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream. As much or as little as you want. The ice cream will make "clouds" in the punch, which makes it super cute, and sort of like a bubble bath. Add your rubber ducks in for a cute touch! We love this punch and it is super yummy! 

Idea #5: Cupcakes! 
I know it's not the norm these days, and that every birthday party or baby shower MUST have a $100+ layered, fondant covered, super decorated cake, but I am going to take just a minute to scream the praises of cupcakes. I am a huge cupcake fan,whether it be for birthday parties or baby showers, or any celebration in general. First of all, cupcakes are cheap. Second of all, they are easy to obtain. All you have to do is call the week of your event to your local grocery store bakery and order your cupcakes in whatever colors you are needing. Instead of a themed cake, you can order cupcake picks to match your theme or you can even order from Etsy and print your own. Amazingly easy! Plus, once you stack cupcakes on a cupcake stand, they look adorable and can make a great centerpiece as well! 

Idea #6: Healthy Options 
You know you just gotta have some healthy(ish) options at your party or shower as well, but the good news is, these don't have to cost out the ass either! First of all, forget everything you know about buying a fruit or veggie tray from your local grocery. The mark up on that stuff is crazy! Instead, hit up your local Aldi, take $20 or so and just stock up on all the best fruits and veggies. Yes, you will have to wash, cut, peel and arrange them on your own trays or platters, but you can enlist the help of a friend or even one of your older children if you are lucky enough to have free child labor like I do! Again, grab your trays at the Dollar Tree to save even more money, or you can talk to your grocery store deli about buying their empty trays for just a few bucks to save you money as well. 

Fruit trays are another great idea, but consider doing fruit kabobs or fruit on a stick as well. You can see a little bit of these in our top photo on this post. Simply grab the wooden skewers from the Dollar Tree, and get to cutting up your fruit. You will have to wait until right before the party to assemble these, since bananas and apples, etc can lose their color if they are cut too early. (Also, a plastic knife can help with this as well!). For our "fruit on a stick", we used green grapes, banana slices, strawberries and apple slices, but really, the options are endless when it comes to this, and it's a super cute display as well! 

Stuff To Remember: 
As you can see, following this list above will give you a pretty good spread when it comes to party or baby shower food, without spending a lot of money. Of course, you can use this as a guide, and add or take away food ideas depending on what you like or don't like. However, you can probably get everything on this list, enough for an entire party, for less than $100, if you shop sales and stores like Aldi, and don't go too crazy or overboard. That's another important thing to remember, is that you don't have to fill everyone's bellies beyond belief. This doesn't have to be a four course meal here. Simply give everyone some yummy stuff to snack on, and don't worry too much beyond that. I've said it before and I will say it again, worry more about enjoying your time with your guests and your friends, and less time about making everything perfect. It's what hosting parties is all about! 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Father's Day Gift Guide: Lucky Tackle Box! #Dads #FathersDay #LuckyTackleBox #giftguide



I can't believe that Father's Day is almost here! I know it's super cliche', but this year is really flying by! I am so excited to share some great Father's Day gifts with you guys this year. I know that buying gifts for dads is usually, at least for me, pretty difficult, so I am really pumped to have some new and fresh ideas. 

Ok, so I don't know about you guys, but I love, love, LOVE subscription boxes! I am always looking for new ones, and I really feel like they are a great way to just make our busy lives a bit easier. I love having really cool things just delivered to my door, without having to go shopping, or put a whole bunch of stuff together. This newest subscription box I just found is for dads who love to fish, and I love it so much! It really does make the perfect gift for the guy you just don't know what to buy for! 

Lucky Tackle Box is the subscription box for men who love to fish! It's so simple and easy, just one low monthly fee, and every month, some of the best fishing tackle, lures, bait, hooks and more are sent directly to your door! If you have a guy who is super into fishing and is always looking for cool new gear, this is definitely the subscription box you need! The great part is that shipping is free and there are any contracts. This means if you change your mind at any time, you can cancel and there is no problem. 

There are several different subscription boxes to choose from. The most common and most popular box is the XL box, and this is the one that we received to sample. It was amazing! The XL box comes with approximately $40 worth of product, and you can choose either a Bass XL box, a Walleye XL box, a Fly XL box, a Saltwater XL box or a Multi-species XL box, depending on what kind of fishing your guy likes to do! 

There are other boxes to choose from as well. The Regular box is a less expensive version, starting at around $15.99 per month, and still includes some really great stuff! There is also a Tournament box, which is for those "real deal" pro fishermen out there! This box contains TONS of stuff, and is an amazing value if you want to "go big or go home"! 

My man got to try out the Bass XL box from Lucky Tackle Box, just in time for his first fishing trip of the season! He got SO much great stuff in his box, and he was so excited to try it out! One of the greatest parts of trying Lucky Tackle Box was that even the bait and tackle in the box that we weren't sure how to use properly, we could check out videos in LTB's library on just exactly what to do. This made me feel like an expert, and I loved knowing that it wasn't game over even if we didn't know exactly what we were doing at first! 

We have been super impressed with Lucky Tackle Box! It is such a cool idea, and I love that LTB can provide the dad in our life with such awesome and useful products that he can use over and over again. It's so great and it's really fun for him to continue to get stuff every month to add to his collection. Lucky Tackle Box makes a great gift, and if you have a dad in your life that loves to fish, you NEED to hook him up with this! 

You can subscribe to Lucky Tackle Box here, and be sure to enter in FREEBAIT at checkout to receive a free lure! You can also be sure to follow Lucky Tackle Box on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too to make sure you stay up to date on everything that is going on! 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Get your FREE OREO candy bar at Walmart! #ad #OREOChocolate #Walmart #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OREOChocolate #CollectiveBias

Did you know that OREO has a special flavored candy bar made with crunchy bits of OREO + mint creme filling + rich Milka chocolate candy? YUM! These OREO Mint Chocolate Candy Bars have delicious bits of OREO Cookie mixed in smooth, mint flavored creme filling and are coated in European Milka chocolate candy. You will want to be sure to stop by Walmart and pick a few of these OREO Chocolate King Size Bars while they are on Rollback for only $1!




While you are in store at Walmart picking up your $1 Rollback OREO chocolate candy bars, be sure to look and see if your store has the demo going on for the 1 Million Sample giveaway. During Easter weekend* participating Walmart stores are giving away these bars while supplies last. *March 29 - April 1


Check the demo locator below to see if your local Walmart is participating!





+Limited to one sample per customer.
++Limited supply available.
+++All times/events are subject to change.

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