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Vacuum and Wash Your Floors at the Same Time with One Cordless Cleaner! BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max now at Best Buy!

This post about the amazing new BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is a sponsored post in partnership with my fave people over at Best Buy. #BISSELLClean #BuyBISSELLSavePets.

Introducing the NEW! BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max now at Best Buy: Vacuums & washes your floors at the SAME time!

I’m a neat freak type of person. I have diagnosed OCD, and mine is the “need everything neat and tidy and organized the ‘right’ way or I’ll get grumpy and irritable.” My family thinks it’s amusing to come to my house and move the canned goods out of order, or flip a hanger or two in the closet the wrong way. I think that it makes me want to yeet them off of the front porch. But I love them anyway, lol, because I do know I can be a little — ok, sometimes maybe a lot — crazy about how things are around the house. ;) I just feel so much calmer and happier when my home is clean and organized and happy and bright. 

But with a wild 9-year old daughter, lots of nieces and nephews who love to come over, neighborhood kiddos who gather here for shenanigans, a grumpy old man little fluffy Shih Tzu, and two crazy cats… let’s just say that trying to keep things as clean and neat as I’d like, is a challenge, to say the least. ha.

That’s why clever cleaning gadgets are near and dear to my heart, for reals. And, I have absolutely fallen in LOVE with cordless cleaners! I have neuropathy in my hands, as well as moderate rheumatoid arthritis – so sometimes, holding onto a vacuum or mop can be tough for me to hold onto. But a cordless cleaner is lighter, and it’s easier to quickly grab and go when you need to quickly clean up a mess – since there’s no cords needed. You have no idea how handy this is, until you have one!

Vacuum and wash your floors at the same time with cordless freedom

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Playing with Fire in Theaters on November 8th – Win a Big Prize Package Today!

Hey guys! I’m SUPER excited to share this with ya – an awesome film opening up soon, “Playing with Fire,” which stars John Cena. Speaking of John Cena… a few months ago, a stray cat kind of adopted us. He’s a scrappy little guy, comes around for food every night, sweet as can be. My 9-year old named him John. Weird name for a cat, but ok. Then later, I found out that his full name is John Cena. Because she says the cat looks like a super tough guy. Love it. Anyway… A film starring the real John Cena, not our feline version, opens November 8th, and to celebrate, I have a super cool giveaway you can enter to win! Keep reading to learn how…

About the Movie:

When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, and Tyler Mane) come to the rescue of three siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery, and Finley Rose Slater) in the path of an encroaching wildfire, they quickly realize that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet – babysitters. Unable to locate the children’s parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire depot turned upside down and quickly learn that kids – much like fires –are wild and unpredictable. 

Opening November 8, 2019. Rated PG. [Read more…]

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How to Save $10 on Pet Food and Supplies on Amazon with Coupon!

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links, and any purchase you make through one of my links earns me $$.

Hey guys…. So, a couple of months ago I shared a post on how to get amazing deals on snacks, baking supplies, household goods, etc – by using the Amazon Prime Pantry stock-up deals, sales and coupons, and the extra bonus coupon they had at the time. It was, by far, one of my most popular posts in a long time! So, when I came across this rocking deal on using Amazon to save a ton of money on food, treats, and supplies for your pets, too – I knew I should share with ya. ;)

how to save on pet food at amazon

So I did a pretty sloppy job of covering up my personal address, I know. And I don’t really care… if y’all want to send me stuff in the mail, or show up for tea, I’m cool with that, lol. Anyway – this shows you the coupon deal, which is super great! If you spend $40 or more on selected pet items, they’ll take a big ol’ $10 right off of your purchase. Amazon prices are already really good – I shop around quite a bit in town for pet food, and everything I wanted on Amazon was slightly lower than what I pay in town. I also found a few really sweet sales. And then when you take the $10 off? Serious savings.

How to get Amazon Pet Food Deals!

This is my first shipment, that I got last week. The deal is STILL going on, so I stocked up again and bought another big box that’ll be here soon. To give you an idea of savings… In town, buying cat food cans, Friskies is their fave, I average about .55 cents per can, whether I buy it per can at the grocery store, or in bulk. Here’s what I bought at Amazon:

So, this isn’t the order shown in the screenshot above, that’s the order I just put in today. I’ll share that too, in a sec. So, on this order the total for the cat food comes out to .51 cents per can, cheaper than even the best deals I find in town – but then once you add the big container of treats so that it’s over $40, and gets the $10 off – they’re way cheaper! Score, right? And here’s what I ordered today:

So – all really great deals on brands and varieties that I already use, and then take another $10 off the total again! Whoo. 

Now, a few tips on saving money on pet food at Amazon:

Here’s the selection to choose from: Save $10 When You Spend $40. This is a limited time deal, I have no idea how much longer it will last. I chose a few items I knew I needed – then, to get right close to that $40 mark, I used the search function at the top to “Sort By” price low-to-high. There are small treats, toys, etc. in the under $5 range. 

Next, on each item’s page, some of them automatically go to the “subscribe and save” option. If you do that, you sometimes can save a couple bucks, but it won’t work with the coupon. So be sure to click the one time purchase button, before adding to cart. 

Do you use the Honey app? I kept hearing about it forever, especially those promoted posts on Facebook. I never signed up, I just didn’t “get it” I guess? But it is SO cool. There are a million uses – I’m sure I’m missing loads, so feel free to give me tips in the comments. But what I did so far is add it to my Chrome toolbar. So the little icon is there, and every time I shop online, I will click it at checkout to see if it can find a better coupon code than what I have. And often, it does! You can use it with Ebates {now called Rakuten} sometimes, but not always. It’ll tell you if you can’t use both. Anyway – it works awesome with Amazon. Everything that’s in my cart, Honey will keep an eye on it, and every day I get email updates if prices dropped on stuff I want. So.freaking.cool. It also shows a little icon when you’re shopping on Amazon, to tell you if there’s a better deal on that same item from another seller. Sign up here to check it out totally free: Join Honey.

And, speaking of Ebates/Rakuten – did you know that it lets you earn cash back on some of your Amazon purchases?? HOW DID I NOT KNOW THAT?? Lol. I’ve used them for yeeaaaaars. But only recently realized this. Because I have that in my toolbar too, so it automatically reminds me anytime I’m checking out somewhere, and asks if I want to activate cash back. It doesn’t do that on Amazon. You have to go to Ebates first, then click through. You don’t earn cash back on pet food – but there are a ton of categories that you DO earn with – I’ve been buying clothing on Amazon more often, and you earn on almost all of that. Def worth signing up. Join Ebates here.

Did you know you can save on Amazon Prime? If you’re a regular Amazon shopper, you pretty much MUST HAVE PRIME. {Plus there’s all the perks like Prime-only pricing, free movies and audiobooks, etc.} If you have an EBT card, you get a discount on Prime. If you don’t have an EBT card, and don’t have Prime yet, you can get a free trial of Amazon Prime here. There’s also a free trial of Amazon Family {formerly Amazon Mom} – which gives you big discounts on diapers, and exclusive deals on baby items. All cool stuff. I have a pile of chronic illnesses these days, so I do the majority of my shopping using Amazon. Can’t recommend Prime enough, if you don’t already have it.

I hope you find these helpful and stock up on deals too! 

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The Best of Jewish Children’s Books for the New Year!

I partnered with PJ Library on this sponsored post.

The Best of Jewish Children’s Books for the New Year! 

For Jewish people worldwide, the new year kicks off on Rosh Hashanah when people wish each other l’shana tova – a sweet new year!  This September, on top of eating delicious apples with honey and making resolutions for the coming year, families raising Jewish children can also kick off the New Year by signing up for PJ Library, a free program that offers monthly, age-appropriate books celebrating Jewish values and culture through the joy of story books.

A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library sends more than 200,000 books a month to families across North America. Expertly curated, the monthly selections exemplify the best of Jewish children’s literature and offer books that are certain to capture children’s imaginations with cheerful characters, compelling stories, and vibrant illustrations. 

Start the Jewish new year off right

PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever their background, knowledge, family make-up, or observance may be. The stories help families engage with Jewish values, ideas, and traditions on their own terms, and the books are paired with activities and resources for the whole family to learn, create, and play together.

Celebrate the new year by signing up your kiddos for PJ Library. Sign up today!

 

Be sure to follow PJ Library on social media – connect with them on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram – to learn more and share your stories! You can also follow me on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram too, and let me know your thoughts about PJ Library using the hashtag #PJLibrary!  

 

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Fall is My Favorite Time of the Year!

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

I live in the PNW – in central Washington state, a mid-sized city called Yakima. We grow apples here, and are right next to Wenatchee, which is considered the apple capital of the world. 77% of the hops grown in the United States come from the Yakima Valley. And we’re fast becoming a major wine tourism destination. We’re the 11th biggest city in Washington, but still a MAJOR agricultural area too. We get four distinct seasons here, and fall is my favorite – the colors of the trees, the harvest of all that fall produce, the U-Pick farms that turn into corn mazes and haunted tours and pumpkin patches. Fall always feels like new beginnings, fresh starts, an embrace of changes – and the start to some of my favorite things like hoodies and boots, holidays and entertaining, football and fun!

Fall favorites quote

Since the fall weather here is so beautiful, this is the time of year that Abby and I like to get our family photos together. Last year we used a local photographer for a s’mores themed photo shoot, outside of town at a big ranch with horses and open fields and beautiful views. My favorite was one that was kind of out-take… Abby thought it would be funny to eat a s’mores like Lady and the Tramp ate their spaghetti. The photographer caught us in the middle of that, and it’s so funny. ;)

fall smores photo shoot

I love to entertain. And being just a few hours away from Seattle, the Seahawks are our JAM here, man. So we throw a lot of game-day parties here. And if you love football parties too – you have got to check out my Snackadium tutorial! These pics are from a few years ago – I’ve made bigger and more elaborate versions the past two years, but never took time to post them. This year tho, I promise! This original post though – it is honestly NOT hard to create, it’s pretty cheap too – you can get all of the supplies you need at your local Walmart super cheap {pro tip: order it all online, do ship to store, and then just pop in and pick it up, easy peasy!} – it just takes a little bit of time. Totally worth it though, it’s a pretty rad way to serve your snacks during football season!

football party food snackadium tutorial

Another thing I absolutely heckin’ LOVE about fall is …. HALLOWEEN! Abby {she’s NINE now, can you guys believe it?} and I into witchy stuff, we love dress up, a black cat lives with us…. lol. It’s totally one of our favorite holidays. A few years ago I got a black pre-lit tree from Treetopia, that I put up in late September, to decorate for Halloween. Our last theme was a DIY Nightmare Before Christmas tree – lots of Dollar Tree decor, Sharpie markers to draw Jack and Sally on the big shiny ball ornaments, and some extra lights for pizzazz. After Halloween, I take the themed ornaments off, and stuff some fall flowers and leaf garlands on it for Thanksgiving. Then we decorate it up for Christmas too. It’s a tree for the whole holiday season. We are festive as all heck over here. 

diy nightmare before christmas black tree

What are YOU guys excited about when it comes to fall? I love to hear from ya. Leave me some comments below – or chat with me on Twitter at @sunandsipcups, or on Facebook at Sunshine and Sippy Cups!

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Amazon Pantry Prime Day Deals – All The Coupon Codes and Tips that You Need!!

You.Guys.

Amazon has a freaking ridiculous set of deals right now. For my order today, I loaded up my cart with Amazon Pantry stuff, and got almost HALF OFF off my order. The deals are so crazy, I’m putting together another order now. And it’s SO GOOD that I feel like I must share it with y’all, because friends don’t let friends pay full price, right?  These are early Prime Day deals.

Amazon Prime Pantry Coupon Codes

{FYI: These are my affiliate links, meaning I can earn a few $$ if you use them. If you don’t want to do that, you can just go right to Amazon and find all of these deals.}

So, this post isn’t super fancy or pretty, but I’m going to quickly break it down for ya, with all of the Amazon Prime Deals, Amazon Pantry Coupon Codes, etc. – it’s all early “Prime Days” specials, so you can only get this stuff if you have Amazon Prime.

 

Want to Get Free or Cheap Amazon Prime?

    • If you don’t have Amazon Prime yet, get a free 30-day trial.
    • If you have an EBT card or Medicaid, you can get reduced price Amazon Prime.
    • If you have babies, or baby on the way – Amazon Family Free Trial is the best bet for you. You get huge discounts, like 20% on diapers, coupons for things like wipes and other baby essentials. {Don’t forget to create an Amazon Baby Registry, if you’re expecting. That includes tons of perks too!}
    • If you are a student – or have a child who will BE a student in the upcoming year – check out Amazon Prime Student 6-Month Trial. It includes all of the regular Prime benefits like free 2-day shipping, access to free ebooks and movies, but also includes some perks and deals tailored to Student needs.
    • Also, not related to this specific deal – but you can get a free trial right now of Amazon Prime Video Channels. It’s really cool – you can add all of the channels you want, right to your Amazon account. You can add channels like add subscription services like HBO, Showtime, STARZ. It’s really simple to use, and so cool.

Now, to the Amazon Pantry Prime deals. 

  • First, go to Amazon Pantry, to the stock up page: https://amzn.to/2Jnt5Uc. For every 5 items you buy from that selection of stuff, you get $5 off. If you buy 10, $10 off, or 15 you get $15 off, like I did. And it’s a BIG selection, awesome prices on kid’s snacks, toilet paper, and household stuff. You don’t need a coupon code. It won’t show the $$ off in your cart, but you’ll see it on the checkout page.
  • If you spend over $40 in Prime Pantry, use code “PANTRY” at checkout, and get ANOTHER FREAKING FREE $10 off. Like I did.  So I got $15 off with the stock up deal, because I bought 15 items. And a lot of my items were low price items, like low sodium chicken broth that was $1.97, plus you can click the button to add a coupon for 22% off. A big variety pack deal on Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, 18 bars, that was only $3.73. And my favorite purchase today – Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea, Mint Magic. It’s a nice evening tea, or a good nausea fixer {I live with chronic nausea, and peppermint tea helps.} – But the reason we loved this one is because there’s a freaking WIZARD AND HIS UNICORN PAL on the box. SOLD.
  • You can use the “PANTRY” coupon more than once, so break your order up into $40+ orders, to use the $10 again. {Ok, update to this. I posted this deal on my personal Facebook profile, because I was so excited about it. I was able to do two different orders, and use the PANTRY coupon on both, and did my orders hours apart. But a few people tonight are telling me that it’s not working for them? So, I’m not sure what’s going on there.}
  • THEN – there’s more. Tons of brand deals, like 25% off of Goldfish products: https://amzn.to/2Jnkf8L. And my fave: 40% off on a bunch of Kellogg’s brand goods: https://amzn.to/2LDd6To. You can get big boxes of PopTarts for less than $2!
 

I saved so much on my first order – everything was already really, really good prices because Prime Pantry is ALWAYS so great. But then to get almost HALF OFF of my Amazon order with the extra deal coupons?? That’s freaking sweet.

So I’m putting together another order now. You should too, 

FYI: As I put this together, I noticed that some of the stuff I bought this morning – the prices, the availability, etc – are already changed. So, fingers crossed these deals are all available when you check this out! If so, be sure to share on Facebook and Twitter – you can use the Tweet below to do it easy peasy. 

And then – “Prime Day is back July 15 & 16 for a two-day parade of epic deals.” — they keep releasing early deals. So keep your eyes open!

 

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Enter to Win a TickleMe Plant Prize Package – Perfect for Kids!

Hey guys! You know I’m a nature lover, right? My house is filled with potted plants, my property is filled with gardens and fruit trees, and I’m just a sucker for all things green and natural and happy. So, I am super excited to bring you a chance to win this really fun prize package that can get you and your kiddos excited about growing things too! Check it out…

Use the Discount Code to Save 15% Off Your Easter Egg Kit Order!

CODE: 15percentegg

*Valid for a limited time & while supplies last!

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About the TickleMe Plant:

TickleMe Plants are the only plants that will close their leaves and lower their branches when tickled! Grow your plant from seeds OR purchase a mature plant right away! TickleMe Plant Company has a plant set or kit for everyone! Take a look at our favorite TickleMe Plant Kits Below!

Just in time for Easter! TickleMe Plant Easter Egg Terrarium with Paint Set! Paint This Large 6 inch Egg and Grow The Plants Inside. The Leaves Close up When Tickled. It can Produce Sparkling Pink Flowers! Use the discount code (15percentegg) to save 15% off of your Easter Egg Terrarium kit. The discount code is only valid for a limited time and while supplies last! Don’t miss out on your chance to get this fun Easter TickleMe Plant kit for your kids!

TickleMe Plant Easter Egg Terrarium with Paint Set! Paint This Large 6 inch Egg and Grow The Plants Inside. The Leaves Close up When Tickled. It can Produce Sparkling Pink Flowers! #TickleMePlant

Sharing the fun! The TickleMe Plant Classroom or Science Party kit includes supplies for thirty students! Each Box Kit contains: 30 four inch flower pots, 30 soil wafers that expand to fill the pot when you add water, 15 packs of TickleMe Plant Seeds (Mimosa pudica), 1 TickleMe Plant Book filled with pictures and information showing how to care for and play with your Pet TickleMe Plant.

Fun for the Kids! TickleMe Plant Deluxe Greenhouse Kit with 6 Color Paint Set for Kids with 10 Fun Activities. This TickleMe Plant deluxe activity kit comes complete with all you need to grow your very own TickleMe interactive plant. It includes seeds, the plant pots, growing medium, a greenhouse, science activity card, AND acrylic paint set with a brush to paint the pots! This set is ideal for parents to inspire their kids with fun science activities. Grow the only house plant that closes its leaves and lowers its branches when you tickle it. What a great learning experience!

TickleMe Plant Deluxe Greenhouse Kit with 6 Color Paint Set for Kids #TickleMePlant

ENTER TO WIN!

One Winner Will Receive a TickleMe Plant Deluxe Greenhouse Kit for Kids!

The giveaway is open US Only, 18+

The giveaway ends 5/3 at 1159 pm est

Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win.

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