Friday, October 17, 2014

Earn cash back on all your holiday purchases

Most of my friends and family I’ve spoken to agree that this year has passed quickly and they have a hard time believing it’s time for holiday shopping already. Are you also having a difficult time believing it’s time to begin your holiday shopping? Regardless of how quickly it has arrived, most of us will still shop online to find gifts for everyone on our lists. Since we’re going to shop anyway we might as well earn money while we’re doing it.

In order to earn cash back, all you have to do is sign up for a free account at and before you go to a store’s website to shop, visit to select your store of choice, click on the shop now button and you’re on your way to earning back a percentage of your shopping trip. The holidays are the ideal time to shop through ebates because more money is spent thus earning more cash back.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

If you aren’t reaping the benefits of cash back through ebates then don’t hesitate any longer. Click the ebates image above or the link in this paragraph. Then have fun holiday shopping and earning cash at the same time.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Grandparents’ lasting love reaches far #guest post

I received two of the “Grand-ma-MA Stories” to preview before posting the following. *This post includes one affiliate link that, if clicked, leads to the book’s product page. I’ll receive a small commission from any purchase. Discover more information from my disclosure policy.

This year, National Grandparents Day was at the beginning of September, but being a grandparent last all year long. That’s why I’m presenting you with a guest post by Gretchen King, author of “Grand-ma-MA Stories.”

Ah, the beauty of grand parenting has no parallel. The sadness of it is that not all children have contact with their grandparents. What can be done about that? One thought is that perhaps through books – read aloud -- children can be exposed to the love and support of a grand-ma-ma and/or a grand-pa-pa. Moments of joy, the pleasure of laughter, and the warmth that is brought by sharing a vision can offer a child hope and delight.

As a grandmother with the good fortune of having 12 grandchildren, I decided to write three books to entertain children who do not have grandparents living close by or who don’t have grandparents at all. Four of my grandchildren live in Bogota, Colombia, but they also deserve the company of a grandparent even though they are far away. That’s the reason I wrote three little books to entertain grandkids everywhere.

This trilogy express the fun, adventure and love that every child deserves. The first story, “Grand-ma-MA and her Grand-grand-Kids,” is followed by the second and third stories, “Grand-me-MA and her Grand-grand Boys” and “Grand-ma-MA’s Adventures with her Grand-grand Girls.”

Children can create their own stories or pictures of what they think about adventures with grandparents after reading the books, which can be read alone, with parents or by having grandparents “visit” during Skype or Facetime. These books also help grandparents by giving them a common subject with their grands, and as grandparents age the children help bring them joy and purpose.

The interaction is a win-win; grandchildren can experience connection and love while grandparents have added joy and purpose. It’s worth a try, right?

“Grand-ma-MA Stories”
By: Gretchen King or “GigiK”
ISBN: 9781483408712
Soft cover retail price: $19.99

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Lulu online bookstores

Purchase Grand-Ma-Ma Stories: Grand-Ma-Ma's Adventures with Her Grand-Grand Girls on Amazon.*

book cover - grand-ma-ma  

About the Author

Gretchen King graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. As a teacher who taught English and history (she’s now retired), she has learned more from her students than she could ever hope to teach them.  Gretchen currently resides in Bellevue, Washington where she enjoys spending time with her eight of her grandchildren.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ThermaCELL mosquito repellent, lantern & torch #product

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With cooler weather showing itself you may think you missed the opportunity to enjoy mother nature. The truth is there is still enough time left to go camping or enjoy friends and family under the stars for a backyard get together.

You can keep the bugs at bay or light up the area with ThermaCELL the manufacturer of area insect repellent, recently introduced their flameless torch that can also be used as a mosquito repellent and a tabletop lantern. ThermaCELL create a 15 x 15 foot silent and virtually odor-free area of protection, and it looks good too; complimenting outdoor settings.

The backyard torch can be erected and adjusted from 2' to almost 5' and when not mounted on the poles and replaced on the base it turns into a visually appealing and effective table lantern that is about 8" high.

I didn't get the opportunity to test the torch, lantern or repellent as planned because my health issue presented a problem in getting done. I did, however, take a look at the ThermaCELL: It was easy to set up for torch, lantern and/or repellent. It is about the size of a large, reusable coffee bug and costs $39.99, which includes one butane cartridge and three replacement mats. Each mat gives you up to four hours of protection and the cartridge last up to 12 hours.

In Georgia we have quite a few days left to enjoy the outdoors. Are you still enjoying warm weather and outdoors where you live? Share in the comments.