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Candy Free Easter Basket Ideas plus a @NatGeoKids Giveaway

Easter is almost here and we are so excited because our church holds their annual Easter Egg Hunt and our Sunday School Children's Easter Program.  

I love seeing the little ones come to church in their Easter Sunday suits and dresses and super shiny, patent leather shoes.  There's always that one kid who didn't quite memorize their Easter speech and a parent on the front pew helping guide them along.  

We have a tradition of gifting the kids with Easter baskets and although our pastor loads them up with sugary sweets, the kids know they're getting at least one book from me.  For the longest I thought it was the parents who were the most excited but each year it amazes me how excited the kids get to get a book of their very own.
What do you put in your child's Easter basket?What about you?  What do you put in your child's Easter basket?  Here are some great books from National Geographic Kids I'm sure any kid would love to receive.

Somebunny Loves Me (hardcover…
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Maple and Brown Sugar Air Fryer Bacon

I've been raving about my Instant Pot but now I have a new favorite... the Air Fryer.  
O M G This thing is amazing!  I don't know why I was so late to the Air Fryer craze but I am so glad I am finally onboard.  

I've been talking about getting one and then after my aunt posted pics of her new air fryer, that was it off to Best Buy I went.  

I wasn't sure how big of a unit I would need but I figured the 2.5 liter would suffice.  I chose the Chefman Express.  It was priced on the shelves for $85 but online for $75.99 and my local store matched the price AND I had my Swagbucks Best Buy QR code so I got 500 SBs + 2 SBs for every dollar spent so that's another 170 SBs.  So, after discounts, my air fryer ended up costing me less than the sale price.  Woohoo!

There were some fancy ones on the shelves with digital display but after checking the reviews I figured since I don't fry much this model would suffice.
When I think of fried foods, I think of fried chicken and bacon.…

Inspirational Quotes to Celebrate National Women's History Month

March 8th is recognized International Women's Day.

The 2018 Theme for National Women’s History Month is “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”

"She Persisted".  Sound familiar? 

This year the National Women's History Project has selected a distinguished group of women to be honored.  Women who persisted.  Check out inspirational quotes from some of the honorees.

Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011) Politician/First Woman Major Party VP Candidate and Human Rights Activist
"My desk drawer is filled with all kinds of prayers"
Elizabeth Peratrovich (Kaaxal-gat) (1911-1958) Political Activist for Alaska Natives, Spearheaded First Anti-Discrimination Law, USA
“I would not have expected that I, who am barely out of savagery, would have to remind gentlemen with 5,000 years of recorded civilization behind them, of our Bill of Rights.”

Jill Moss Greenberg Women’s/Civil Rights Activist *
"extraordinary accomp…

Festive Fun for St. Patrick’s Day

Turn your St. Patrick’s Day celebration into a chance to enjoy Irish heritage with hearty foods and a lively atmosphere. When it’s the one day each year it’s acceptable to pinch non-conforming friends and family, it’d be a shame not to go all out. These few simple tips can help you put together the perfect party to revel in all things green – and tasty.
Decorate with purpose. Everyone knows that green is the color of the day, but go one step further by incorporating it into different items. Banners and streamers work fine, but setting out green candles or even adorning your light fixtures with green bulbs can help you take an extra step forward.Create active fun. Instead of limiting your guests to dining and conversation, plan some simple activities to help the fun flow. Games like a “treasure hunt” for gold coins, limerick-writing competitions or even just turning up Irish-themed music can help get the party started.Eat festively. Turn your party’s food and drinks into true Irish dini…

SWAGO Spring Edition Is Here!

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their "Swago: Spring Edition" promotion, which runs from now through Monday, March 12th at 9am PT! 

Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:
Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, March 12th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
Be mindful of the patterns and their cor…

PAW PATROL: SEA PATROL Now Available on @NickelodeonDVD

Nick's paw-some pups are back to save the day in PAW Patrol: Sea Patrol, available on DVD March 6, 2018. In the newest DVD collection, the PAW Patrol gear up for some underwater crime fighting and problem solving. On these six nautical adventures, including two double-length tails, the heroic pups suit up and doggie paddle their way through some daring deep-sea missions like saving a shark, rescuing a baby octopus, supporting the town pier and more. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, PAW Patrol: Sea Patrol will be available on DVD March 6, 2018, for the suggested retail price of $10.99.

PAW Patrol: Sea Patrol contains the following episodes:

Pups Save a Baby Octopus - When a baby octopus gets separated from its mother and sinks the Flounder, the Sea Patrol must save the day.Pups Save a Shark - Hoping to have the whole beach to himself, Humdinger makes a robotic shark to scare everyone away.Pups Save the Pier - The pups wo…

Get $3 when you sign up for Swagbucks in March

Want some extra boost for your budget this month?

If you haven't tried Swagbucks before, you can get a bonus $3 for signing up as my referral in March. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me, you can earn an additional $3 bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 4/1/18. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!

3. If you want even more bonuses, you'll get a $10 (1000 SB rebate) bonus for making your first shop purchase! That's in addition to the SB you earn for every dollar you spend. 

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned tons of gift cards to all of my favorite stores that I u…