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Visit Russo's New York Pizzeria Clearwater + My Review!

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Russo’s New York Pizzeria is famous for its authentic New York-style pizza, featuring fresh-made dough and the Russo’s family pizza sauce recipe since 1978. The restaurant also offers pizza by the slice, a colossal 28-inch Party Pizza, which is large enough to feed groups of up to 20, as well as gluten-free pizza and pasta, and traditional Italian favorites like lasagna, Ravioli Pomodoro, Penne Alla Vodka and Fettuccini Alfredo, plus desserts like authentic house-made tiramisu. Thankfully, we now have a location here in Clearwater! My family and I recently had the opportunity to review some of the delicious offerings at Russo's and I am excited to share my review with you! 

From the moment that we walked into the door at Russo's to the time that we left, the staff were all so courteous, helpful and friendly. My son Brady was able to play with pizza dough while we waited on our pies to cook and he had a blast. In fact, he has now requested to play with pizza dough at home! The meal started with a delicious foccacia bread and dipping sauce that my guys thoroughly enjoyed! Then, on to the main course of mouth-watering pizzas!

Since I am gluten-free, it is sometimes challenging to find a pizza that is not only delicious but has a nice texture to it as well. I had the gluten free Margherita Pizza at Russo's and was blown away! This pizza is the best gluten-free pizza that I have ever eaten. The marriage of Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, all-natural mozzarella, garlic, and organic extra virgin olive oil come together for one delicious pizza! Oh and the crust. Let me tell you about the buttery and crispy crust. It was amazing! The secret to their crust? They use honey as a binding ingredient, with rice flour as a substitute, but without compromising on flavor and substance. I seriously could not even tell that it was gluten free! Every bite of this pizza just melted in my mouth. I am dreaming about this pizza and cannot wait to go back again just for this! 

While I enjoyed my gluten-free Margherita Pizza, my guys devoured the Italian Works. This pie is made up of sliced Italian sausage, pepperoni, roasted peppers, all-natural mozzarella cheese, along with Russo's homemade pizza sauce. They said that the pizza was amazing! Just look at that cheese and sausage! How can you go wrong with all of that yummy goodness? 

Russo's also serves calzones, pastas, soups, sandwiches and more. I cannot wait to try the gluten-free pasta dishes! Are you a pizza lover? I highly recommend Russo's to anyone and think that you will enjoy their delicious offerings! If you stop in, be sure to tell them that Heather from My Sweet Savings sent you! 

Russo's New York Pizzeria Clearwater is located at 2233 Gulf to Bay Blvd. Follow Russo's Clearwater on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to stay up-to-date with all of their latest promotional offers and events. 

Make a Splash With Peppa Pig & The Muddy Puddles Project!

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I take such joy in promoting those causes that give back to others. The Muddy Puddles Project is such a note-worthy project and one that I want you to become familiar with. The Muddy Puddles Project was inspired by five-year old Ty Campbell, a little boy who absolutely LOVED Peppa Pig and dreamed of jumping in muddy puddles just like her when his cancer was cured. The project embodies the act of kids being kids in honor of those who can’t. That just blesses my heart and I am so happy to spread the word about this! 

At its core, The Muddy Puddles Project is a vehicle to remind parents to stop sweating the small stuff; but it is also a fundraising platform for the Ty Louis Campbell (TLC) Foundation in support of childhood cancer research. After Ty lost his battle with cancer, his parents committed to finding ways to fund innovative research geared toward safer, more effective treatment of various childhood cancers. It is the perfect vehicle to engage children in philanthropy because it encourages them to have fun while doing good.

How can you get involved? The Muddy Puddles Project is a celebration of children and childhood.  In honor of all children battling cancer, we ask parents everywhere to let their kids get messy and jump in the mud on their behalf… simply because they can.  We encourage you to host a mini mess fest of your own in order to bring this celebration to others. You can even GO HERE to download everything you need to host your own Muddy Puddles Mess Fest.

You can also consider hosting your very own Peppa-inspired Welly Walk to benefit the charity. What is a Welly Walk? It’s as simple as it sounds: an organized stroll outside – rain or shine! – in your favorite pair of wellies (rain boots). As Peppa Pig’s Mummy Pig wisely says, “If you jump in muddy puddles, you must wear your boots.”  GO HERE for information on how to host your own Welly Walk.

*HOT* $3/1 Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers Coupon = $4.99 Diapers at Target or Walmart!

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Calling all of you with little ones! Be sure to hurry and print this NEW coupon to save $3/1 Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers (not valid on 9 count or less). The packs of diapers are regularly priced around $7.99 at Target and Walmart so only $4.99 with coupon! What a great deal! Grab this coupon now as it will not last for long!

30 Scott Paper Towel Mega Rolls Only $18.02 Shipped! (just $0.60 per roll)

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Need to stock up on paper towels? Amazon is offering Two Scott Choose-A-Sheet Mega Roll Paper Towels 15 Roll packages for only $18.02 Shipped when you clip the 20% coupon and schoose the Subscribe and Save option to the right of the page. This means you are paying just $0.60 per mega roll! 15 Mega Rolls = 22 Regular rolls! Awesome deal! 

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The Links Between The Body And The Wallet

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We all wish for good health and good finances, but we might not know that we’re wishing essentially for the same thing. Our health and our finances are inextricably linked. When our health suffers, our finances tend to take a hit and vice versa. Sometimes, that link can become a vulnerability and a major change in our personal health can send our finances spinning out of control. To stop that, you need to make sure you’re taking the right steps. What can you do to stop your health from impacting your finances too much

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Cut out the unhealthy habits

It might sound like a small enough step, but the truth is that this tip is going to help you better budget for the following tips. Not to mention, it’s going to drastically reduce your risk of actually needing any of the following protections as well. When it comes down to getting your personal health and financial health in good condition, those bad habits of yours are going to make it harder for both. For instance, the yearly cost the average smoker incurs is roughly $2,555.  But vices like smoking also drive up the cost of health insurance at the same time. Just another reason to quell those unhealthy habits.

Prepare for those costs

Of course, we can’t talk about health and finance without talking the most common way to investing in your healthcare, health insurance. The choice of health insurance deal you take has a huge role to play in the relationship between your money and your wellbeing. Most people get their insurance plan through their employer. The employer’s plan usually costs less to you than the other plans out on the marketplace, but if you’re concerned that you’re not getting specific coverage your family needs, then it might very well be a necessity. In those cases, you might be looking at a need for deals like a point-of-service plan.

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Ensure accountability

Not all cases are about ensuring that you’re able to handle the costs of your own healthcare. Sometimes, you need to know your rights and when you shouldn’t be the person paying for that care in the first place. Especially if someone else’s actions have you losing income because you’re unable to attend work. Teams like SiebenCarey highlight a variety of different situations in which cases you might be liable to see some accountability taken by parties that cause your healthcare issues. We all know about assigning that accountability when it comes to auto collisions or workplace accidents. But you might also have a malpractice case if poor healthcare results in further costs and impacts to your health. Or if you slip outside a commercial property due to poor maintenance, the owner of the property may very well be held responsible.

Protect your income

Getting the law on your side is a great way to ensure that any loss of income is covered by the responsible party. Employers themselves might offer some kind of insurance in their benefits package even if they’re not responsible for time taken off work due to illness or injury. However, that’s not always the case. They must keep your job for you, but not necessarily pay you. If they don’t, it’s important to get your own income protection insurance. The best income protection deals are those that take into account more varied circumstances, such as injuries and illnesses on vacations and children’s injuries that require you to take time from work.

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Better health means better finance

We’ve already covered how bad habits can have more impact on your finances than you expect, as well as make you more likely to require the use of your health insurance. But on a more abstract note, there’s research that shows that those who keep themselves in better health tend to do a lot better with their finances overall, too. For instance, ensuring your sleep well and managing your stress levels shows evidence that you’re able to make better decisions in your day-to-day, including decisions that impact your finances like choosing deals and avoiding impulse buys. Good eating habits tend to reflect on good financial habits, too. Some believe eating healthily is more expensive, despite the help that meal planning can provide. However, eating unhealthily tends to lead to more food being bought overall and the increase in superfluous expenses every time you need to go to the store. Maintaining personally healthy habits tends to make it easier to maintain financially healthy habits, too.

We never know when our health is going to take a turn for the worse. Anyone can be the victim of an accident or get struck with an illness. It’s when you’re in good health and earning that you should be putting protections in place, rather than hoping you can get through a crisis as it unfolds.

$0.75/2 Fresh Avocados Coupon

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I always love it when this coupon comes around! Head on OVER HERE to print a coupon to save $0.75 on your purchase of two (2) Avocados From Mexico. I love me some avocados! 

HGTV or Food Network Magazine Subscription ONLY $5!

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I love these magazines! Amazon is currently offering the HGTV or Food Network Magazine Subscriptions for ONLY $5! 

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Crayola Experience Orlando Review + Discount Code for My Sweet Savings Readers! #CrayolaExperienceOrlando

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This past weekend, we headed over to Orlando for some Spring break fun! One of the stops along the way was the Crayola Experience. My boys have been looking forward to this for quite some time! We took our family friend Madison along with us to join in on the fun and made a day of it! 

I had no idea that the Crayola Experience is so big. I mean BIG! In fact, it is 70,000 square feet of attractions and bigger than an NFL Football field! There is something to do for every member of your family and you are sure to have a great time! 

We began our day in Wrap It Up. This is where you can make your very own Crayola Crayon! Pick what color that you want and give it a fun name! The kids got a huge kick out of this and had fun naming their crayons! 

From there, we moved on to an area where the kids could draw in the dark and then to one of our favorite places of the day Art Alive. We stayed here for well over an hour! Art Alive is an area where the art you make on a tablet come to life on a big wall! Even the adults have fun with this one! This really lets the creative juices flow and your kiddos become a budding artist! 

Drew and Madison loved Color Magic, a place where you can color a page and then let it come to life! As you can see from the photo, Drew was a happy boy here! I love how every detail of the Crayola Experience provides creative activity and play for kids no matter their age! 

All of the kids especially loved Modeling Madness. This was an area where the kids can use their creativity to make fun things out of Crayola Model Magic. The kids were so creative and each came up with some very creative designs! I think they have a future in design! 

By this time the kids wanted to take a snack break so we headed over to the Snack Shack for a yummy snack of Pretzels! After we were fueled up we headed off for more colorful fun! 

It was then on to the the La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil show! This special show is playing at the Crayola Experience Orlando through the end of the month so be sure to head there before it ends! We were blown away by the remarkable and daring acts!  

The last thing that we did for the day was head over to Melt and Mold. This is such a fun place where kids (and adults😉) can take a crayon to melt into a car, seahorse, shark or ring. We all made something different and had a blast! Look at the details of each item and how vibrant the colors are! 

We were at Crayola Experience for over 4 hours and still did not see everything! We will definitely be going back this Summer when we can stay even longer! As we headed out of Crayola Experience, we headed into the Crayola Store where everything is all about Crayons! The kids just had to take a picture with these cute stuffed crayons! 

Thanks so much to Crayola Experience Orlando for our fabulous day! It was such a great time of colorful memories that will last years to come! 

Want to head to Crayola Experience Orlando with your family? I have a special discount code for My Sweet Savings readers! GO HERE >>> http://bit.ly/2meMNXs to book your tickets now for only $17.99 per person! That is a savings of $5 per ticket!

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Graco Backless Turbo Booster Car Seat Only $12.88! (reg. $24.99)

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If you are in the market for a new booster seat, Amazon is offering the Graco Backless Turbo Booster Car Seat in Chili Red for only $12.88! (reg. $24.99) 

  • Helps safely transport your "big kid" from ages 4 -10, from 40 - 100 Pound and up to 57 inches tall
  • Top rated by leading consumer magazines and publications
  • Rigorously crash tested to meet or exceed U.S. safety standards and reassure safety-conscious parents
  • New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)-peak Crash Force approximately 2X Car Seat Standard1; Extreme Car Interior Temperatures2. 1Tested for structural integrity by applying 44g NCAP crash pulse to seat, which is approximately twice the US FMVSS 213 crash plus
  • Designed to be the kind of stylish, comfortable seat your child will actually want to ride in
  • Helps safely transport your "big kid" from ages 4 -10, from 40 - 100 lbs. and up to 57 inches tall.
  • Top rated by leading consumer magazines and publications
  • Rigorously crash tested to meet or exceed U.S. safety standards and reassure safety-conscious parents
  • New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)-peak Crash Force approximately 2X Car Seat Standard1; Extreme Car Interior Temperatures2. 1Tested for structural integrity by applying 44g NCAP crash pulse to seat, which is approximately twice the US FMVSS 213 crash puls
  • Designed to be the kind of stylish, comfortable seat your child will actually want to ride in.

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*HOT* $3 off 5 Kellogg's Cereals Coupon Reset!

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This high value coupon to save $3 on any FIVE Kellogg's® Cereals appears to have reset! I was able to print it 2 more times! What an awesome coupon as Kellogg's is often on sale BOGO at Publix and other stores! 

The 5 Best Energy Savings For Everyday Life

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Energy bills are always one of the biggest budget allocation in every household. While there is still no tip to drastically cut your energy bills – unless you suddenly decide to move to live in a mountain cave in Nepal and feed yourself from the milk of local goats –, there is plenty that you can do to reduce your bills significantly. Here are the five favorite tips from all around the world. Everywhere people are getting cost-savvy and have discovered ways to ease their energy budget.

#1. Keep A Warm Structure In Winter

There’s no denying that winter is the worst season for your energy bills: Keeping your home warm can be quite expensive, especially when it is snowing. While you can’t change the weather, you can certainly look for a roof heating cable solution to de-ice your roof and gutter thanks to a self-regulating heating system. This is the closest you can get to controlling the climate! What this means is that the overall house temperature is easier to maintain as the external structure doesn’t get as cold anymore. In short, a self-regulating cable can reduce your heating costs for the season.

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#2. Don’t Let Your Phone Charger On

A study in the UK has revealed that every year chargers waste £134 million. While there isn’t any similar study in the USA, you can safely assume that the results will be even more dramatic, as the population is bigger. What this means is that leaving your charger plugged in even after your phone or laptop is fully charged is a costly mistake. Naturally, it would be a lot easier if there were another way to topping up the battery charge for your smartphone. Michael Vaga, a Belarusian teenager, has developed the HandEnergy, a device that should resolve your charging problems easily. But this is not yet a common household product.

#3. Smart Grocery Shopping Only

Your fridge and your freezer consume more energy when they are not fully packed. In short, if you leave empty space in these, you will end up paying more to keep your food fresh. So make sure to come back with full bags of shopping next time you go to the shop. Another good tip is to fill up the space with bottles of tap water in the fridge and screwed up newspaper in the freezer.

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#4. Soft Clothes Washing

Your washing machine consumes most of its energy to heat the water. As a result, washing at a high temperature costs a lot more. If you keep washing your clothes at a low temperature, you can still keep them fresh and soft, and your energy bills will show the difference!

#5. Be An Efficient Cook 

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Why should you cook only one dish into the oven? Heating your oven requires a lot of energy, so it’s best to maximize the time and become a multitasking cook for an evening. As it is your oven’s job to keep its internal temperature, you can happily put more than one dish inside: After all, the oven will heat every shelf, so why should you use only one? As a rule of the thumb, cooking multiple dishes together will require 15% longer than it would for a single dish. But this is a great way of keeping your energy cost down, and saving precious time on cooking for the week!

 

Preparing For A Baby On A Shoestring Budget

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Here’s a scary fact for you: the average family spends around $12,000 on their newborn in the first year of their life. hat money doesn’t even cover the cost of medical bills, which can add the same again on top. This figure only covers furniture, diapers, formula (for those who use it), clothes - so many clothes - and then childcare for those requiring it when they return to work. For some, it can be a huge shock to the system, especially if both parents were working before the pregnancy. It requires some careful budgeting and some smart shopping, but it is possible to prepare for the arrival of a newborn without breaking the bank.

Care for your health

The health of mom while she goes through the stages of pregnancy is of fundamental importance to the healthy development of the baby. But medical bills can really start to add up. The average, straightforward birth can cost around $3,500, with caesareans and other more complicated births coming in around $12,500. When other complications occur during the pregnancy, the bills can really start to rack up. Ensuring you have a great insurance policy is helpful. Don’t be tempted to choose it on price alone - it’s essential that it covers you and your baby throughout pregnancy, as well as any connected complications. If you can prioritize your wellbeing by eating healthily, keeping active, and trying to keep stress to a minimum, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of complications.

Prioritize needs over wants

When the pregnancy test comes back positive, it’s so tempting to start fantasizing about all the cute little booties and pretty crib cushions. Frankly, unless you’re rolling in cash, those things probably come under the umbrella of luxury rather than necessity. It’s easy to be dragged into buying luxuries which are, unfortunately, completely unnecessary.  The baby market is huge, and many objects are marketed as necessities when they’re really not. Your baby needs to be safe, comfortable, well fed, and entertained, but outside of that, everything is a luxury item. Needs include a breast pump, crib or bassinet, bottles for formula, diapers, clothing, burp cloths and more. A crib bumper and cushions, sling, changing table, and other similar objects might seem like necessities, but it’s completely possible to live without them, or improvise with household objects for a cheaper alternative.

Speak to your midwife about costs

If you don’t have medical insurance, don’t fret, there is actually a way to cut the medical bills. Head into the hospital before the birth and speak to the labor and delivery team there. They will be able to give you a list of the items and services which new mothers are usually billed for, but actually, there are plenty of things on your list that are optional. Opting out of services which you don’t need means a smaller bill, which is a bit of a blessing.

Don’t be afraid to rely on second-hand items

Newborn babies grow at a ridiculous rate. You might buy the cutest babygrows or little boots, but there is a fairly significant likelihood that they’ll only fit them for a couple of months, making their cost per wear ridiculously high. There are women the world over facing the same frustration. Which means the market is flooded with barely-worn baby clothes, which can either go in a box in the attic for an indeterminate period of time, go to landfill, or can be passed on to other expectant mothers who don’t want to, or can’t, pay full price for an entire wardrobe for their new baby. You might be fortunate enough to know other moms who will happily donate you their toddler’s old clothes, but if not there are still plenty of options. Ebay is full of bulk lots of baby clothes from moms whose babies have outgrown them. Thrift stores and Goodwill are also a treasure trove, and a quick wash when you get them home will see the clothing as good as new, for a fraction of the price.

 

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Choose unisex styles

Here is some serious forward planning for you: when you buy baby clothes, choose unisex colors and styles so you can hand them down to any future children, or even friend’s kids. Imagine spending loads on pretty pink dresses for your daughter, only to have to buy a whole new set in a few years when your body decides to give you a son. Greens, yellows, grays and whites are perfect for avoiding this potential frustration, and you’ll also be more likely to be able to sell them on when your baby has outgrown them, if that’s what you’d prefer to do.

Shop around

Some items are inevitable. A crib or bassinet, for example, is a must buy. The temptation is to go to one store and grab every item in one day, purely for expedience. Shopping around could save you some serious cash. Car seats are one item which you can’t avoid, but the price can range from anywhere between $100 to $1000. Spend some time reading some reviews of best selling seats here, and make a decision based on your budget, not just on efficiency. Use reviews of products to determine the best value for money - obviously, some more low-end products won’t have high safety ratings, or might break faster than you’d like. It’s about finding a balance, and shopping around is by far the best way to do that.

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Make a wish list for your baby shower

If nobody is planning you a baby shower, ask your sisters, mom, or best friends to make it happen. Not only is it a great time to get advice from other moms, but it's also amazing for collecting a few gifts too. People won’t think you’re cheeky if you create a wish list for the gifts you still require, and it lessens the likelihood of repeat gifts, which only need returning. Items such as teething rings, breast pumps, burp clothes, and other non-clothing are the best things to ask for. It is far easier to source clothing yourself, without the worry of having too much or too little.

Buy baby clothes as you go

Babies don’t grow at the same rate right up to adulthood; they go through growth spurts which can see them outgrowing their clothes overnight. Buying clothes as you go, rather than bulk buying clothes in varying sizes before their birth, means you won’t accidentally overbuy on a certain size. It enables you to make decisions relevant to their rate of growth, rather than based on assumptions, and could save you a significant amount of money.

Bulk buy diapers

Other than clothes and, in some cases formula, diapers are one of the biggest costs of having a newborn. Unless you plan to use cloth diapers, one of the best ways to keep costs down is by keeping diaper costs low. Make the most of discount sales to stock out, and keep an eye out for coupons and money off vouchers to bag yourself a bargain. Bulk buying them from Costco or similar stores is one of the best ways, as long as you have room to store them.

Collect free formula samples

Coupons and free samples are a lifesaver, if you can take full advantage. Check out local newspapers, and sign up for online newsletters with milk formula companies to receive free samples. Even if you’re breastfeeding, having some formula options available will give you a whole lot more freedom.

Keeping costs low when you’re planning for the birth of your baby can seem impossible, but it really isn’t. Take advantage of coupons and samples, shop around, and avoid feeling pressured into buying unnecessary products, and you’ll see costs fall significantly.

 

Brick Loot: Subscription Box for LEGO & Brick Lovers + My Review!

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My boys ages 11 and 5 are crazy for LEGOS! In fact, they would play with them all day long if I let them! I like that LEGOS really encourage kids to use their minds and their imaginations. It is great creative play for them and gets them away from electronics and the television. 

When my boys found out about Brick Loot, they beyond excited to review the service and to see what it was all about! Brick Loot is a box subscription company for LEGO and Brick fanatics! Subscribers receive a monthly box filled with unique, custom and never-before-seen items that work with LEGO bricks and custom building. Each month your Brick Loot box is filled with 4-8 items that were hand picked by Brick specialists who scour the world for the newest and coolest products for you to collect. They send your child unique building bricks every month, including Brick Loot exclusive LEGO items that you won't find at other stores.

Brick Loot is the creation of then 9-year-old Parker Krex. Parker has a deep love for LEGO and has accumulated a massive collection. He has played with LEGO since the age of 3 and, by the age of 4, he started reviewing his sets on YouTube. Here, his true passion for sharing LEGO with the world began. Parker has always looked for ways to make money so he can fund his LEGO addiction. One of the ways is his family’s yearly garage sale. As he was sitting at their yearly sale selling all his non-LEGO toys, Brick Loot's business plan was created. Parker and his mother put together a "Shark Tank Type" pitch to get dad as an investor and it worked! How awesome is that?

My boys received the March Brick Loot box which was all about Brickasaurus World and Dinosaurs! This was such a fun box that was pack filled with lots of fun products. My son Brady especially loved the Brick Loot exclusive minifigure while Drew loved the Triceablox! The boys spent hours putting the pieces together and have really enjoyed this month's box. 

If your kiddos are into LEGOS this is the subscription box for them! As I have said before, subscription boxes are the gifts that keep on giving! Think about gifting this as a birthday present and you will be the coolest person on the block! 

GO HERE to see all the details of Brick Loot and to sign your kiddos up!

Hefty Slider Freezer Bags Quart, 140 Count Only $10.53 Shipped!

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Here's a nice stock up deal on Hefty quart size freezer bags! Amazon is offering Hefty Slider Freezer Bags (Quart, 140 Count) when you clip the 15% coupon and choose the Subscribe and Save option to the right of the page. 

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Rice Krispies Bird's Nest Treats

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Easter is quickly approaching and these Rice Krispies Bird's Nest Treats are always a hit at my house. The boys love to help me make them and they are very yummy! You can change out the candies inside if you prefer something else over M&M's.

If you love this recipe don't forget to PIN IT!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
  • 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • Bag of Speckled Easter Egg M&M's

DIRECTIONS:

Melt the butter in the microwave for about 1 minute.

Add in the marshmallows and stir with the butter. Place back in the microwave for about 1 minute and 45 seconds. Stir together until completely melted together and smooth.

Place the Rice Krispies in the mixture and stir completely.

Have a 12-count Muffin pan already sprayed with Cooking Spray ready to go. 

Take a generous amount of the mixture and place in each Cupcake slot. 

While the slots are still soft, take a spoon and create a small hole in the middle of each one to form a nest or basket. 

Let the nests harden for about 10-15 minutes. You can also go back at this time to adjust your nests and take out more of the mixture if needed.

Add in the speckled M&M's to your nests. 

Eat and Enjoy!

You could really use whatever candies that you like in the middle of the nests but I love these speckled M&M's for Easter!  

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Unexpected Bills That Could Be An Absolute Fortune

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It’s not the bills that you know about that are going to hit your finances the hardest. It’s the ones that you would never see coming that you need to worry about. The heavy costs that will knock your income so hard you’ll have to think about dipping into your savings. Are there ways to handle costs like this or just avoid them completely. You bet there are, and you can find the answers you need to these issues right here. Let’s start by thinking about a big bill that everyone forgets to think about.

Boiler Burn Out

If you need a boiler replacement in your home, you could be looking at a bill anywhere up to ten grand. Nope, we’re not exaggerating here, some boilers really do cost that much to replace. It’s why you might want to think about twice about buying a fixer-upper house if you don’t have a lot in savings. Boilers can last a long time, or they can break down, but the good news is that there will always be signs. You can see if a boiler is in danger of breaking. Okay...you can’t but a professional can. That’s why you should arrange for your boiler to be checked regularly, almost like clockwork. A repair is a lot easier to handle and manage, at least financially.

Fun With Fines

There are few fines you could face that will cost you an absolute fortune. There’s a road issue that can be anything up to a couple thousand but most likely a few hundred. One of the best lawyers for DWIs says that the issue for defendants isn’t the points on the license or the record but the cost. It can be absolutely huge and is intended to make you think twice about doing it again. Off the roads, you might get charged with a piracy fine. This can happen to anyone who has ever accidentally downloaded a song for free or watched a film illegally online. People who receive the fines are often picked at random and made an example of. It’s the reverse of a lottery. The best thing you can do is make sure you know the law so that you never break it and leave yourself at risk of an expensive fine.

Weather Worries

Weather can certainly cause expensive damage to your home, as can all different kinds of elements. For instance, you might find that you have damp building up on a wall in your home. This can quickly lead to mold and before you know it, a full blown insect infestation. There are plenty of bugs and beasties that love damp walls. It can cost a fortune to get rid of them.

You may have noticed though that the issues occur in stages. So, if you want to avoid the heavy cost of a fix, get a humidifier as soon as you see the damp patch. This will dry it up in no time at all.

So, while there are certainly expensive unforeseen bills that you might have to deal with through the year, there’s always options on how to handle them.

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The Costs Of Going Self-employed

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Thinking of ditching the corporate ladder and finding a quicker route to becoming your own boss? Going self-employed certainly has its advantages, allowing you much more freedom over how much you earn and how you earn it. However, going self-employed also comes with a variety of costs that are worth considering first

Your taxes

As someone that is registered self-employed, you are in charge of calculating your own taxes. This can come with its perks, such as being able to claim expenses you otherwise might not be able to working for someone else. However, for many, it can also be a time consuming job which requires extra funding to make more efficient.

Make a miscalculation and you could end up paying a fine. You may wish to hire Joe Callahan for your tax attorney, or another local lawyer to handle these claims – most honest miscalculations can be legally battled against. However, you could avoid any errors at all in your books by hiring an accountant to take care of your books for you. On top of this there is software such as Xero you can buy for taking a DIY approach. Either way, you’ll be shelling out some money to keep your books in check, so make sure you budget for this.

Office space

Thinking of hiring an office? This can be a huge expense when going self-employed. Whether you rent or buy, you then have to further account for energy bills, various commercial taxes and potentially property insurance.

Fortunately, there are ways to cut costs in this area. A co-working space or shared office can be useful for giving you a place to work from home, whilst being much cheaper than a standard rented office. However, if you still want to save costs, working from home can be an even better option. You can outsource remote staff and meet clients in coffee bars, provide your work is wholly computer and phone based and you don’t work in retail or manufacturing. Working from home can have its distractions, so take this into account when choosing where to work.

Tools and equipment

Going self-employed will require you to buy all your own equipment and tools. Even if you’re working from home, you may want to purchase a separate phone and computer to keep your work/home life apart. There may be other costs too such as printer ink, fuel for meeting clients, company vehicles, security and specialist software, handyman tools, cleaning fluids, furniture and perhaps even uniforms. This doesn’t even include extra marketing and retailing costs. Depending on what trade you’re in, costs will vary wildly – some people may hardly need to spend a nickel, whilst others may need funds of hundreds of grand.

Hiring staff

The decision to take on staff should not be taken lightly. Whilst a bigger workforce will allow you to take on more work and therefore take in more money, there are all kinds of costs to consider such as wages, insurance, safety equipment, recruitment costs, training costs, legal costs and employee incentives.

Most business owners initially outsource staff from other companies to deal with aspects such as marketing or admin. Hiring part-time staff or voluntary staff may also be a solution. Don’t take on full-time paid staff until you’re certain you can financially provide all their needs.

 

KitchenAid Professional 5-Quart Stand Mixer Only $199.99 Shipped! (3 Color Options) Reg. $499.99

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In the market for a new KitchenAid Stand Mixer? Today only, BestBuy.com has a HOT deal! The KitchenAid Professional 5-Quart Stand Mixer is on sale for only $199.99 Shipped! (Reg. $499.99) Choose from Silver, Red or Black. 

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LEGO Easter Chick Set Only $9.99!

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Fill those Easter baskets with something other than candy! Amazon is offering the LEGO Easter Chick for only $9.99! 

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Review of Little Passports + Promo Code

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Little Passports is a subscription box that helps children explore the world around them with fun adventures! My son Drew was recently given a 3 month subscription to Little Passports Science Expeditions to review and he is loving it! So far he has received a Forensics box and a Hydrology box. Parents, if you are looking for ways for your children to be more creative this is the tool to do so! 

There are 4 different age levels of subscription boxes that you can choose from. Look through each plan to see which one best suits your kiddos. Prices are very reasonable and right now you can use promo code LEARN15 to save $15 on a 12 month subscription. This is the gift that keeps on giving! 

Early Explorers is for ages 3-5 and is the perfect way to introduce geography to your preschooler!

World Edition is for ages 6-10 is a great way to explore the world one country at a time! 

USA Edition is for ages 7-12 and is a great way to explore the USA with fun games, activities, science experiments and more!

Science Expeditions is for ages 9 and older is so much fun for the older kids and allows them to solve real-life scientific mysteries every month through science experiments, hands-on STEM activities and more!

Your kiddos will love this! Think about enrolling them now so they will have this for Summer fun! It will keep their creative juices flowing for hours! I highly recommend Little Passports to any family out there!