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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Macy's 4th of July Sale $1,000 Giveaway #Macys4thFun

Check out these awesome deals and enter to win a $50 Macy's gift card!

Enter to Win a $50 Macy's Gift Card!

 The Macy's 4th of July Sale is going on now! To celebrate, they're giving away $1,000 in Macy's gift cards. Macy's has some incredible deals going on right now but this sale ends July 4th so you better go take a look right now and see all the great items that they have on sale. I needed it a new swimsuit and coverup and I was amazed at all the swimsuits and cover ups that are on sale. I had a hard time selecting as the swimsuits and covers were all so cute. I finally decided on this cute pink Coco Rave
Ruched Bandeau Swimdress and this Raviya Tie-Dyed Maxi Cover-Up Dress. Go HERE  and HERE to see if they have them it in your size.




 Macy's has way more than swimsuits on sale and this sale gets even better as I have a promo code that saves you even more.

Up to 20% Off Sitewide
Promo Code: FOURTH
Free Shipping on Orders Over $99. Some exclusions apply.
Valid through 7/4/17

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Macy's and get shopping as these incredible deals won't last long!


Now enter this awesome Giveaway and you might just win one of twenty prizes of a $50 Macy's gift card! Enter the Giveaway HERE

Giveaway starts on Wed., June 28th at 12:00 AM ET & ends on Tues., July 4th at 11:59 PM ET

  • Twenty (20) winners will receive a $50 Macy's gift card.
  • Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Macy's page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
  • The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Wednesday (7/5) via the email address they used to enter

How To Get More For Your Dollar: Thrifty Finds And Saving Tips

You might be a new homeowner, a parent, a college student or just someone who wants to make better financial decisions, either way, knowing how to manage your budget, can help you save and live on a limited income, without going without.

There are hundreds of small or more significant ways that you can save money and can get more for your dollar out and about, while shopping, and even within your home. Several money-saving tips are included below which you can make use of, and share with other people who are looking to save money and live better.

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Compare the market

Don’t just shop in one particular store for all of your groceries, but look around for the best offers in different places. While this may seem time-consuming, you can break it down by going to a particular supermarket one day, which you know has fresh produce on offer for example, and going to another store later in the week which sells cheaper canned goods. Shopping around will allow you to get the best possible price, stay healthy, and assess the quality of two similarly priced products.


Buy Own Brand products

There is often very little difference between a name brand product and a supermarkets own brand. Of course, in some cases you will get what you pay for, however with basic household staples such as flour, sugar, toilet paper and there is likely to be very little difference. Decide what products you are willing to switch and test it out on your family without telling them. It is very unlikely that anyone will notice that you used a budget range of sugar in a cake! In fact, it is often branding and marketing that encourages consumers to buy a popular name brand over another, and you shouldn't fall trap to purchasing a product simply because of its packaging.


Get Into Couponing

Couponing is one of the best ways you can get more for your money without compromising on quality. Being organized with your coupons means that you will know in advance what offers are available to you on a particular day, week, or month, and allows you to better organize your budget and plan your shopping list costs before you go to a store. You don’t have to limit your coupon usage to buy your groceries, however, as there are many coupon sites, such as https://www.couponsherpa.com/ that offer savings and deals on a wide range of products and services. Having friends who coupon can make this a fun and social activity, as well as allowing you to swap and share coupons.

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Buy In Bulk

Buying the items you regularly use at a bulk warehouse, such as Costco or other similar stores, is usually far cheaper than buying these items on an individual basis from supermarkets. As well as saving money, buying in bulk can also save you time, by cutting down on the number of trips you make to the store. Make a list of the most common things that your family uses or go through quickly and see how much money you save by buying these in bulk. Make sure that you purchase non-perishable items, as you will want to be able to store them for a period.


Go To Markets

While many people consider buying their groceries at a farmers market to be too expensive, if you are smart you can save money and get a better quality of produce than you would get in a supermarket. Farmers markets have fresher produce, a wider range and allow smaller independent vendors the chance to offer their local produce. If you become a regular at farmers markets, you are likely to get to know the suppliers and may be able to snap up bargains or offers before anyone else. The best time to go when you are hunting for a bargain is towards the end of the market when vendors are trying to get rid of their products and will offer it at a reduced price, and sometimes even for free.

Go To Flea Markets And Second Hand Stores

Whether you are moving home and looking for furniture,  need to find a special wedding gift, or looking to decorate your home, then consider buying second hand. Places such as flea markets and thrift stores are great for individuals who may not have the budget for antique stores but who still desire the look and feel of antique or vintage items. If you hunt carefully and know what you are looking for, you might be able to find a unique item at a fraction of its original price.

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Save On Energy With Solar Power

More people than ever before are turning to solar energy to meet their energy needs. This is a method of energy that usually takes the form of solar panels. The increasing costs of gas and other fuel sources mean that it is becoming more affordable to invest in solar energy. While the upfront costs of solar panels may put people off, it is an investment that will save money in the long run, as the panels will only require minimal upkeep and you will not have to pay for further costs of energy once they are in place. An additional benefit to solar panels is that many energy companies will buy the leftover energy that you do not use, making this an investment that will not only save you money but actively make you money.

Reduce Your Fuel Costs

Most people have at least one car, and it is the most popular form of transport in cities and towns around the world. Buying a car, and the costs associated with running it, leave many people out of pocket, and makes up a big part of people’s yearly costs, being almost as expensive as the price of accommodation. Choosing to leave your car at home will save you on the cost of fuel while being a great way to stay fit if you replace driving with walking, cycling or running. Carpooling is also an excellent way to reduce your fuel costs while also reducing your carbon footprint.



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Shark Powered Lift-Away Speed Duo-Clean Giveaway

Check out this giveaway for a Shark Powered Lift-Away Speed Duo-Clean vacuum.

This is one amazing vacuum so be sure to keep reading so you can find out how you can enter to win one!

Contest runs from June 28, 2017, 12:00 AM to July 14, 2017, 11:59 PM EST



Giveaway open to contiguous USA Residents only 18 years of age or older.

Read Rosey's full review here and watch her video demo on Youtube as well!



The kind folks at Shark want to give one lucky random Reviews And More By Rosey follower their very own Shark Powered Lift-Away Speed Duo-Clean Model NV800 valued at $299.99. Please be sure to complete each task as all entries will be verified before any prize is awarded. Any fraudulent entries will be disqualified.

Contest terms and conditions: https://www.reviewsandmorebyrosey.com/giveaway-terms-conditions/

  No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Contest open to the contiguous USA residents 18 years of age or older only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen. All entries will be verified before prize(s) will be awarded. Any fraudulent entries will result in forfeiture of your entries. Reviews And More By Rosey is responsible for product shipment and/or delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or Instagram. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Prize winner must find the Congratulations post on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/reviewsandmorebyrosey and comment according to the instructions in the winner's email.

Be sure to like Rosey on Facebook or follow her personal blog so that you will be the first to know about upcoming giveaways!

 

Coming soon your chance to win an overnight stay at a hotel plus breakfast and (4) tickets to Sahara Sam's Indoor/Outdoor Water Park in New Jersey valued at $500.00!


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Monday, June 26, 2017

Grilled Watermelon With A Balsamic Glaze


 I love that watermelon is in season.  The stores always seem to have it on sale. The last time we went to the store my boys begged for the biggest watermelon so I had plenty of leftovers. So I decided to try grilling the watermelon. I decided to grill the watermelon inside on my grill pan as my husband was not home so I could not use the grill, I have no clue how to turn it on and I have no desire to learn.  Before I grilled the watermelon, I made a delicious balsamic syrup to drizzle over the slices. I had used this glaze before over peaches (link to recipe) and it made the peaches taste so good. So I just had to try this glaze over watermelon. Have you ever sprinkled salt on watermelon? It sounds weird but it brings out a sweet taste so that was my thinking of trying a balsamic glaze.

Sponsored Post: I received a watermelon slicer from Marshcone to facilitate this post.

 I wanted my watermelon slices to look good so I sliced it up with a watermelon slicer. This unique tool makes slicing up a watermelon so easy. It does take a while to get the hang of using the tool but once you do, you will never use a knife again to slice up your watermelon.  I love how this amazing slicer turns my watermelon into uniform slices. It makes serving watermelon so easy. My husband loves using this tool when he creates fruit displays. He slices all the watermelon and then uses the empty watermelon rind for a serving bowl.


My watermelon slicer came with some other unique tools. I just love using the melon ball tool. It allows me to make balls of melon. My boys love these bite size pieces of melon. I eat a lot of avocados so the avocado slicer comes in handy. I just love how pretty my slices of avocado looks. The slices are great to put on my sandwiches.


If you love watermelon, then you must get this watermelon slicer set. Go here to purchase one.

                                 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XVY93TY



Grilled Watermelon With A Balsamic Glaze   
Serves 4
 Ingredients
      Small seedless watermelon
       ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
       Olive oil
       Kosher or sea salt

Directions
 Cut the watermelon into slices and set aside. Pour the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until reduced to a thick syrup.
 Preheat grill to high or grill pan over medium-high heat. You can also grill the watermelon on an outdoor grill.
Brush both sides of the watermelon slices with olive oil. Place the watermelon slices on the grill or pan and cook 1-2 minutes on each side, until grill marks appear. Don’t cook longer or the watermelon will get mushy.


Place the grilled melon to a platter and sprinkle salt on it. Then drizzle the balsamic syrup over the melon. Serve right away.


The grilled watermelon will be messy but it tastes so good. The grilling just brings out an incredibly sweet taste.



Easy Homemade Croutons Made In A Bag

                                Check out how easy it is to make croutons! 


   The other day I was looking my fridge and I found a bag of rolls that no one was eating. The rolls were fine and I hated wasting food so I decided to make some croutons with the rolls as I knew that my boys love croutons, especially the teen. So I sent my youngest son out to the yard to get me some fresh rosemary. My son brought me back several big sprigs of rosemary, it is a good thing that my rosemary bush is huge so I always have plenty. I then went to my pantry and grabbed a bottle of  Extra Virgin Olive Oil, some garlic powder, sea salt, and a gallon size zip lock bag.

I received this product for free from Moms Meet to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided 


  Making homemade croutons are so easy to make in a bag. All you do is cube the bread into pieces and then place them in the bag with the olive oil and spices. The olive oil gives the croutons a great flavor and I love baking with it. Did you know that olive oil has a high smoke point (400 F)? That makes it great for a light saute, baking, frying, and over fresh tomatoes.


  To keep the olive oil fresh, make sure to store it in a dark and cool place (around 57F) and never in the refrigerator, on the countertop, or near the stove. Also, keep the lid screwed tight and use within 6 months after opening.

Did you know that olives are a fruit? Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made by pressing the fruit without heat or chemicals so it is the freshest and purest olive oil available. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is also virtually free of acid below 0.8%.



Check out the Flavor Your Life campaign
The Flavor Your Life campaign, supported by the European Union,
Unaprol and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture is dedicated to
providing the latest in industry news on European Extra Virgin Olive
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more visit flavor-your-life.com


Learn about European oil

+ Olive trees have been in Europe over 1000 years and farmers use different  soils and environments to produce the most delicious olives

+ Different olives produce different flavor profiles of olive oils

Olives harvested early in the season produce oils that are greener, more bitter and pungent

+Olives harvested at the end of the season taste mild and buttery

Spanish oil is typically golden yellow with a fruity, nutty flavor

Italian olive oil is often dark green and has a herbal and grassy flavor

+ Greek oils packs a strong flavor and tends to be green

+ French oil is typically pale in color and has a mild flavor



Easy Homemade Croutons In A Bag
Day old bread or rolls
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1-gallon size plastic bag

Oven 350F 
Cut the bread into bite size pieces and place into the plastic bag. Add the spices and close the bag. Shake the bag a couple of times. Then add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and close the bag again. Shake really well. Open the bag and place the bread pieces on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake the bread pieces for about 20-30 minutes or until brown and toasted.


About Zucchi Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Zucchi is a 200-year-old company that has been owned and
managed by seven generations of the Zucchi family. Zucchi
is committed to creating the highest quality oils, sourcing
from the top olive oil growers and blending their oils in an
artisanal manner. Zucchi’s point of difference is their upscale
taste, quality, traceability (with QR code) and the Italian Art of
Blending. Find out more at www.zucchi.com/us

Make sure to check out my Parmesan Rosemary Artisan Garlic Bread. This wonderful recipe also uses Extra Virgin Olive Oil and is amazing.

http://www.momknowsbest.net/2017/06/parmesan-rosemary-artisan-garlic-bread.html



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Awesome Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas & a Giveaway

Looking for healthy breakfast ideas for when you are in a hurry?


  For most families getting out the door in the morning can be a stressful time. It seems for them, that there is never time for a nutritious breakfast. My busy crazy day is Sunday morning as we leave for church early in the morning. I have discovered some awesome items that can you can grab and go in the morning. That way your kids can get a healthy breakfast. These items are easy for your kids to grab from the fridge and they can eat them while you are getting ready for work. These breakfast items are also great for traveling. These items will come in handy when my boys will be going to YMAC camp next month. They have to be at camp at 7 AM so I am glad for these easy Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas.


   
  I love that all I have to do is add milk or water to my Overnight Oats and stick it in the fridge before I go to bed. Then in the morning, I have a delicious container of oatmeal that I can enjoy at home or take with me out the door. I just love all the all the flavors of Overnight Oats. My favorite flavor is Blueberry Vanilla Almond. This container of oats is loaded with certified Gluten-free oatmeal, chia seeds, almonds, vanilla, and blueberries. Overnight Oats also is available in Apple Nut, Cinnamon Raisin, and Mixed Berry.  Moms will love that these portable containers of oatmeal are supercharged with nutrients, protein, and fiber.


Overnight Oats will be available at Amazon under the brand Dave’s Naturals starting in July!
                                                         Check out Overnight Oats at 
                                            http://www.davesgourmet.com/overnightoats

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  Another favorite grab and go breakfast item that my boys love are these delicious pouches of naturally flavored applesauce. Fruit Me Up pouches are a healthy, mess-free way for my boys to eat their fruit at home or on the go. These yummy pouches are available in Classic Apple, Apples & Cinnamon, Apples & Strawberry, and Only Apples. My boys enjoy Fruit Me Up applesauce pouches for breakfast and for snacks. Their favorite flavor is Apples & Strawberry. They don’t require refrigeration so, you can stash some in your bag for snacks for the kids when they get hungry while you are out running errands. These delicious pouches are made from organic fruits. These applesauce pouches are an easy way for my boys to attain their 5 a day!


                                          Check out the fruit pouches at  
                                                   http://fruitmeup.com/
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  My boys and I get a complete breakfast when we grab an Overnight Oats and Fruit Me Up pouch. These two items give us plenty of protein, whole grains, vitamins, omegas, antioxidants, and even fiber.

                                                     GIVEAWAY

I have eight containers of Overnight Oats to giveaway, two of each flavor, to one lucky reader. To have a chance to win these delicious oats, just enter on the giveaway form below. Good Luck!


This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depend on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited

eClip Is The Answer To Babies Being Left In Hot Cars & A Giveaway

Check out this awesome product that will help prevent babies being left in hot cars!


  Too many babies have died because of being left in a hot car and something needs to be done about this. For the most part, parents do not intend for this tragedy to happen to their baby. It just happens and parents are devastated when it does happen to their baby. These parents never thought it could happen to them. If you are like me, you cringe when you hear about another baby dying in a hot car and say "something must be done about this. Well, a company has come out with a wonderful product that can help prevent infants from dying in hot cars. 

Elepho has created a wonderful product that parents can clip onto the child's car seat or diaper bag and it will alert the parents so they will not forget to take the baby out of the car. You must check out
The eclip® product now!


                               eClip®: Helping to prevent babies from being left in cars

 Go check out Elepho's Kickstarter program for the eClip and see how you can help prevent babies from being left in cars!


Giveaway
Since the eClip won't be available until December, Elepho sent me an eCheck Oximeter to try out so I could see the great quality of their products. The cool thing is they are also allowing me to host a giveaway so my readers can have a chance to win one!



  This Oximeter is a cool product that helps me to monitor my pulse rate and oxygen levels while I am exercising. I love that I can see if my pulse is at a healthy level.  I love that this meter is soft around my finger and does not squeeze my finger. I have a friend who is on oxygen and she uses a different type of oxygen meter and hers is the kind that pinches the finger. So I thought of her when I agreed to review this meter. My friend has to check her oxygen levels frequently so I will be giving her this eCheck Oximeter. 

Your vital signs at your fingertips:
Ideal for sufferers of asthma, COPD and diabetes, of all ages, the Elepho eCheck pulse oximeter use advanced reflective pulse oximetry optical technology to measure your pulse and check how much oxygen can be found in your blood. Just place your finger in the device and turn it on. A large LCD display gives you precise results in just a few seconds. eCheck makes it simple for anyone to take a measurement day or night. Save time and money, by eliminating unnecessary trips to the doctor or clinic.


So if you have a need for this wonderful product or know someone who could use a comfortable pulse oximeter, then you need to check it out at http://www.elepho.com/echeck/ and then enter for a chance to win one.

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depend on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited



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