ILoveKickboxing – Tacoma, WA My Review


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FIVE STARS!! – Find a Groupon & Sign Up!

I signed up for my first 10 classes after finding a Groupon. On my bucket list, I had listed, “Take a kickboxing class” so this was the perfect opportunity for me. I told my friend and we signed up together. The first class was incredible, we had a personal trainer stay with us the entire class and taught us proper form and how to modify the exercise if you’re dealing with injuries. I had a joint surgery and have arthritis from the military, so they were able to help me get a fulfilling workout, without hurting myself. I’d describe the class as similar to the Insanity/T-25 workout, mixed with kickboxing! We keep our heart rates up during the class, maximizing the workout. They play loud motivating music and everyone is so friendly! By the end of the class, I felt so invigorated, and couldn’t wait to come to class again. I go 2 times per week and I’m going to buy myself a kickboxing bag so I can do this at home too! The best workout I’ve ever been a part of! It is so fun! It’s a great way to decompress from college stress!

How To Make Money On Your Android Smart Phone


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We all want to find new and easy ways to make a quick buck, or get something for free, but there are so many scams out there. So many lies and deceptions to get your information and then somehow you end up being asked to give your credit card number. Then you say forget it, it’s impossible!

The next few blogs I write are going to be about little ways that you can stretch your dollar, and even make a few. There are two more apps that I’ve been using on my HTC M8 Android Smart Phone lately, that have produced REAL money for me to spend. One of those apps gives me gift cards, and the other is for Google Play Store credit, to spend on apps, games, ebooks, movies, and more.

The one I’m going to tell you about right now, is the Google Opinion Rewards app. If you already want to take my word for it, just go ahead and click HERE and you’ll be well on your way to earning your Google Play Store credits.

Here’s two screenshots of my earnings so far. The amount showing $15.44 is how much in Google Play credits I have to spend in the app store. The Reward History shows a running total of how much I have earned since starting the app, which is $26.38. I started using the app in October 2015, so I made that much in 3 months. It may not seem much, but it’s definitely enough to keep you from buying apps with your credit card, or having it charged to your phone bill.

This post is not going to be long, because 1, I don’t want to bore you, and 2, this is so simple and there really isn’t much to explain.

In a nutshell, here’s what happens:

1. Download the app (CLICK HERE) [And no, this is not a referral link]
2. Register your info
3. Answer short survey when they arrive [I typically receive 2-3 per day, depending on how often I leave my house]
4. Get Google Play Credits
5. Spend them in the Google App Store

These short survey are typically 1-3 multiple choice questions. The survey I answer most often is about my recent shopping trips.

QUESTION 1: Which of the following stores have you visited recently?
A. WalMart
B. Target
C. The Dollar Tree
D. PetSmart
E. I did not visit any of these stores

QUESTION 2: When did you visit Target?
A. Wednesday, January 27, 2016
B. Thursday, January 28, 2016
C. Friday, January 29, 2016
D. Saturday, January 30, 2016

QUESTION 3: How was your overall shopping experience?

☆     ☆     ☆     ☆     ★

Then it will show a screen, thanking you for answering the survey questions, and it will credit you anywhere between $0.10 and $0.98.

These credits continue to accumulate and you can spend them in the Google Play app store however you’d like, including spending credits in your games/app for extra features.

Keep in mind, if you answer the questions incorrectly, the survey will end immediately, and you will be credited approximately $0.10.

Occasionally, there are other survey questions unrelated to your shopping trips, which normally yield between $0.40 – $0.98.

I hope you enjoy!! I know these amounts seems small, but they truly add up over time, and is a great way to have those extra credits in your app store, for when you feel like buying a new game.

If you’d like to give it a GO, click HERE on your Android Smart Phone and try it out. You really have nothing to lose. 🙂

Do you REALLY get money and gift cards from Ibotta?


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A couple of years ago, I decided to try out this app called Ibotta, that I had heard a friend of mine using. What? You get money from your normal grocery shopping? I thought it was too good to be true, and I’m one of those people who go searching all over the internet for reviews and user experiences to see if this will actually be worth my time and effort.

Sure enough, I ran into those reviews, yeah, people said it was true, but I’m a hard one to convince. I am always skeptical about reading reviews that are “fake” or made by the app developers to try to get more people to sign up…. I’ve learned in life that if you want to know for sure if something works or not, is to DO IT YOURSELF to find out. I’ve been through plenty of trials and errors with these apps, and I promise I will NEVER waste my time writing about an app that isn’t worth YOUR time.

Ibotta is an app that pays out as promised.

I have saved you some time by giving you the direct link to the app on all words in this blog that say, Ibotta. So go ahead and download it here. If you have trust issues about apps (like I do) & you’re still wanting to read a bit about it first, you can find the same link in multiple places on this blog, and I’ll put one at the end as well. 🙂 Currently, they are offering you a $5 bonus if you sign up now. Don’t wait long because I notice these offers expire quickly!

How do I get paid?

Here’s a couple screen shots I took on my phone just now (I covered my email for privacy reasons)


You can be paid by PayPal, Venmo, or by gift card. I have only ever used my PayPal, because I simply prefer cash money to do with as I please, and I can transfer it directly into my bank account. Originally, there was a $5 minimum to cash out. They then changed it to $10, and now I noticed that it is $20 minimum. Fortunately, it is not difficult to reach those minimums, as it is with other apps that promise the same types of payouts.

How Ibotta Works:

A photo showing what my account screen looks like. A photo of me, my lifetime earnings, and my main menu. The menu is where I can withdraw cash, see which bonuses are available, how my team is doing, my shopping list, and where to invite my friends on social media.


You buy groceries, movies/see movies in theaters, eat out at restaurants, buy clothes, alcohol, flowers, office supplies, medicine, make travel arrangements, buy pet supplies, etc.

If you purchase ANYTHING listed in the Ibotta app, there will be a rebate that they pay directly to you. These rebates range from $0.10 – $10.00+ each.

I took some screen shots on my phone to show you a little bit inside of the Ibotta app to give you a better idea of what I’m explaining.

         For example: I just bought tomatoes and orange juice this morning at Safeway. When I got home, I remembered to check my Ibotta app to see if anything I purchased was available for a rebate. They both were! I got $0.25 for buying the tomatoes, and $0.25 for the Orange juice. Items that I was going to buy anyway! So I simply have to click on each rebate to unlock it. After the rebates are unlocked, I press a button that says “Verify Purchases”. It will ask me to scan the product UPC label that I just purchased, using my smartphone. It will activate my bar code scanner through my camera (I downloaded a basic bar code scanner app for my phone), and just line up the box with the label and it scans and verifies that you purchased the exact product listed. Once the rebate is correctly matched, it asks for a copy of your store receipt, showing that you purchased the items. You simply take a picture with your phone, and submit. Then within 24 hours, the money is credited to your account.

Not only do you get rebates for the things you buy, but there are plenty of “bonus cash” opportunities by completing little tasks, such as the bonus called “Ring In The New Year”, which expires 01/07/2016 at 12:00 am. It says, “Celebrate the New Year and make a resolution to earn more cash back! Get an extra $6.00 when you verify 6 rebates”. Completing this bonuses can fill up your cash balance quickly. So make sure you read them before your shopping trip! There may be a certain way you purchase items to ensure they count towards bonus cash, on top of the rebate cash you already received!

There is plenty that I could go into, about this app, but it is ever expanding as it becomes more and more popular. I will be glad to answer anyone’s questions, just leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best. But as I tell friends and family, the best way to know, is by trying it out yourself and see! I don’t know about you, but I learn best by doing and having the hands on experience. If you’re that person, then just jump right in. If it’s not everything you hoped it would be, simply uninstall the app. No harm done. 🙂

Thanks for reading!! I hope you enjoy making money back on your everyday shopping trips!! Since installing Ibotta on my phone, it is probably the one app I have kept the longest. And although there were periods of time where I didn’t use it (and probably missed out on so much), due to being forgetful or whatever, I always come back to it, because it’s exciting hearing that “Ka-Ching!” sound as they deposit more cash into my account!

Here is the link for Ibotta. Enjoy!! Let me know how it works out for ya!

Teach Your Child To Count To 100 (Free Printable Chart)


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Count to 100 Chart

My oldest daughter is now in Kindergarten and learning to count to 100. I made this chart to hang at her homework station at home, to help her count to higher numbers. This chart shows her how to count one by one, by 2’s, by 5’s, or by 10’s all the way to 100. I drew red dots under the numbers she can count by 2’s, blue dots under the numbers she can count by 5’s and bolded each 10, to quickly count by 10’s up to 100.

Print your free copy here —-> Count to 100 Wall Chart!

FREE Printable Daily TO DO Lists [Reusable] (S, M, T, W, Th, F, S)


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Printed on 8.5” x 11′ Heavy Cardstock, and laminated. Can be posted on a bulletin board, wall, hole-punched into a binder, hung on a keychain ring, etc. Great with dry erase markers or window markers (which won’t wipe off until you use water). I have a large calendar but sometimes I don’t add the little things like: “Defrost chicken breast for dinner tonight”, “Set up doctor’s appointment”, “Email so and so”, “Pay bills”, “Feed the fish”, “Lay out kids clothes for tomorrow”, “Pack tomorrow’s lunches”, etc. Leaving space on my calendar for Appointment Dates, School/Sports schedules, and Major Events. Below are the PDF’s for each day of the week! Enjoy!!

TO DO on SUNDAY <— Click Here for Free Printable PDF
TO DO on MONDAY <— Click Here for Free Printable PDF
TO DO on TUESDAY <— Click Here for Free Printable PDF
TO DO on WEDNESDAY <— Click Here for Free Printable PDF
TO DO on THURSDAY <— Click Here for Free Printable PDF
TO DO on FRIDAY <— Click Here for Free Printable PDF
TO DO on SATURDAY <— Click Here for Free Printable PDF

Free Home Cleaning Check Lists, Full and Pocket Size


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I just typed these up this afternoon, and printed them on white card stock. I will be laminating them and keeping them handy for long term reference. I like the large size for my bulletin board, or pinned up in each corresponding room. The smaller cards are good for quick reference, or for the kids when they don’t know where to start. The items aren’t necessarily in order, but close enough to how I would start to finish on an average cleaning day.

Below, are the free PDFs of these exact lists so you can print for your own use. =) Enjoy!



Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom

Living Room

Kitchen & Dining

Kids Bedroom

Kids Bathroom

Laundry Room

Entry Way & Patio

All Lists (Pocket Size)



DIY Bean Bag Shooting Stars or Throwing Stars Step by Step


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I came up with these Bean Bag Shooting Stars many years ago, but never got around to doing them. So …

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Do You REALLY Get Free Stuff in the mail when you sign up for FreeFlys?


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If you don’t feel like reading my “story”
you can simply scroll down until you see the
success of my experiment

I decided to give it a whirl, just for fun, using an old email address so I wouldn’t get all spammed up. So I signed up and followed all of the instructions. I also liked the FreeFlys Facebook Page so I could have a better chance at getting alerted as soon as a new “freebie” showed up. So I did this for about 2 weeks. Every single day, I’d wake up and check my email, follow their links and fill out the request forms for whichever sample was there, whether I wanted to try it or not.

I got pretty good at typing my full name, address, and the occasional birthday. Some forms required me to check some boxes or answer one or two opinionated survey questions like “Have you ever tried “specific brand” before?” or “Are you willing to submit feedback after trying “specific product”?”

Not a big deal, and since I can type over 80 words per minute, this morning routine of mine, rarely took more than 5 minutes or so to fill out three forms.

As I normally do, every once…ok, once a week, I go to check my mail, not getting my hopes up, of course, because as far as I know, these sites are just scams anyway…

So one afternoon (9/20/2013), I check my mail and there was a little black & neon pink box. I open it and found 3 U by Kotex Tampons. I laughed out loud and took a picture for my “archive” of samples that I receive. Thinking this would be the one lucky sample that actually made it to my mailbox. I decided to designate one of my Winco grocery totes for my “Free Samples” and kept it in my living room, so if I got any more, I could keep track of what I received.

After a glimpse of the possibilities, I decided I’ll start checking my mail EVERY day, just to make sure that I could keep track of the day a sample arrived (if there were anymore, that is). A couple of days passed, still no samples. I shrugged it off and continued about my normal life as a stay at home mother.

Then on 9/23/2013, I checked my mail, and found 2 Different Perfume Samples. One was Rogue by Rihanna and the other was called This is Brit. I didn’t want to get excited yet, because let’s face it, you can get free “perfume samples” in a magazine page, by peeling it back and sniffing it like a scratch n’ sniff sticker, only it smells halfway like perfume and halfway like magazine ink. So I took a photo in my car, because I drove to my mailbox on the way home from somewhere…

Again, the same thing happened. Went a few days with no sample in the mail. 9/25/2013 rolls around and I open my mailbox to find a sample of Zarbee’s Naturals Seasonal Relief tablets. Now, I don’t have seasonal allergies or congestion, but I have family members who do, so this sample upped my anticipation of receiving more of these samples in the mail.

I thought to myself, this is pretty neat…and who doesn’t love FREE right?

So the next day I was even more excited (9/26/2013), because I got a free sample of Finish Quantum Dish Detergent Tablets. At this point, I called my mom and told her that I was getting free samples in the mail and that she should try it too, because I love sharing awesome life findings with the people I love (half of the reason I’m writing a blog on this, the other reason is because I didn’t know what to blog about, haha).

To put it in short, after typing a bunch…The answer is YES. You REALLY DO GET FREE STUFF IN THE MAIL THROUGH FREEFLYS! I honestly wish I had known sooner…Ok, I suppose I’ve heard of it online, but I need to see it to believe it. Today is November 1, 2013 and I haven’t yet checked my mail today, because its only 10:31 am, and my mail doesn’t usually arrive until noon, even though I live right next to the post office. But as of today, I have received well over 40 samples/free stuff in my mailbox, usually more than one item per day, not counting Sundays. I will keep this blog updated as I receive items, with photos and the dates they were in my mailbox.

PS-I guess you could consider this to be a “FreeFlys Review”, but I don’t want to call it that. Consider this to be a Mythbuster sorta thing haha. FreeFlys hasn’t paid me or even asked me to review them. This, I have done all on my own.

Here are all the items

U by Kotex Tampons – 9/20/2013

Rogue by Rihanna Perfume – 9/23/2013
This is Brit Perfume – 9/23/2013

Zarbee’s Naturals Seasonal Relief – 9/25/2013

Finish Quantum – 9/26/2013 Depends – 9/27/2013 Viva La Juicy Noir Perfume – 9/28/2013 Tums Chewy Delights – 9/30/2013 Personalized Grocery Tote from York Photo
(Free after code, but I paid $3.99 shipping, because it was an awesome deal & has pictures of my kids) – 10/3/2013 Maybelline New York FitMe Foundation Powder – 10/3/2013 American Baby Magazine – 10/4/2013 Tená Serenity Pads & Liners – 10/5/2013 Eucerin Smoothing Repair Dry Skin Lotion – 10/5/2013 Accordian Coupon Book from – 10/7/2013 Advil – 10/8/2013 Poise Hourglass Pads – 10/9/2013 Modern Muse Perfume – 10/10/2013 Atkins Starter Kit with Protein Bars – 10/10/2013 Killer Queen Fragrance by Katy Perry – 10/11/2013 Tums Freshers, Tums Chewy Delights, Colgate Total Toothpaste, Colgate Total Mouthwash (all in one box) – 10/15/2013 Arm & Hammer Sensitive Toothpaste – 10/15/2013 Tums Freshers (Again) – 10/15/2013 2013 Honda Little League Trading Pin – 10/17/2013 Nectresse Sweetener – 10/17/2013 Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Detergent Packets – 10/17/2013 Gain Fireworks Laundry In-Wash Scent Booster – 10/17/2013 Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection Shampoo & Hydration Masque – 10/17/2013 P&G (Procter & Gamble) Coupon Booklet – 10/17/2013 $10 Starbucks Gift Card – 10/17/2013 Venus Embrace Razor and Cartridges – 10/21/2013 U By Kotex Pads & Liners – 10/21/2013 Herbal Essence Body Wash Body Burst – 10/25/2013 MegaRed Krill Oil Supplement – 10/25/2013 Chewable Airborne Tablets – 10/26/2013 Centrum Flavor Burst Multivitamins – 10/26/2013 Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer – 10/28/2013 Garnier Fructise Triple Nutrition Shampoo, Conditioner, & Deep Conditioner 10/28/2013 Planters Peanuts Lunchbox & Peanuts – 10/29/2013 Nordic Naturals Children’s Fish Oil & Multivitamins – 10/29/2013 Twinings Tea (3 bags) – 10/30/2013