What is your financial animal? -with TCF Bank

 

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Did you know that April is National Financial Literacy Month? TCF Bank, a Minnesota-based, national bank, wants you to consider your financial habits and has created a fun quiz that lets you find your “financial animal.”

I just took the quiz and guess what animal I got? The Coyote! This could not have been more spot on! Check this out “I’m a crafty scavenger, always on the hunt for a bargain. My ideal day is spent digging in the couch cushions for spare change, clipping coupons and scouring the web for promo codes.” Hilarious because that is exactly me!!

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With my husband being in school for the past 4 years it has really given me the chance to take control of our finances and save as much money as we could. We have never been reckless with our money but with finances being so tight while Jacob has been in school, I learned more about needs and wants and tried my best to curb my shopping habits. 

After taking control of our finances we have been able to take control of our future and plan for our kids future more so than we ever have and it’s important to have a great bank like TCF to help you achieve your financial goals. 

TCF Bank has a financial learning center where they make use of a unqie technology that incorporates video, animations, gaming and social networking to simplify complex financial concepts.  My favorite information was about insurance and taxes. Both topics can be hard to navigate and they have great information on types of insurance, types of tax forms and more!

Another thing I was interested in was the Credit score information. We plan on moving within the next year and I know our credit score will pay a big role in what house we can get. You can actually find out who in the world comes up with your credit score! Neat information! 

What are your financial goals? I would love to own a house with some land for my kids to run around on and be able to pay it off before my kids graduate from high school. I would love to pay if off sooner than later and be able to own our home and not have a mortgage hanging over our heads. 

It’s important to set financial goals for you and your family so you don’t get yourself in a bind later down the road and makes your finances one less thing you have to worry about.  

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Weight loss weigh in #2

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Week #2 weight in! Last week I weighed 159.4 and this week, 156.1! I was shooting for 155, but I want to lose weight the healthy way and losing 5 pounds a week isn’t bad but not always attainable. I have to make sure I am eating enough and not starving myself. I have to think about it this way, it took me 9 months to put on all this weight and it sure isn’t all going to come off in 24 days. However my goal was to loose 10 pounds and I am only 2 pounds away. 

Goal for next week:

Weigh 152 or loose 4 pounds.

Am I exercising?

I am still doing the Advocare 24 day challenge.   I cannot stand diets that say “I eat a box of cookies a day, never work out and still lose weight!” That is ridiculous.  I am not exercising but I am very active. With 4 kids and some still not sleeping through the night, it’s all I can do to stay awake all day. I haven’t been working out but I am active. 

As a former personal trainer, what you eat is more than half the battle of loosing weight! I know at some point I need to work out to lose all the weight plus get toned but at this point eating right is what is working.

Before pictures: 

Don’t believe I used to be a personal trainer??! Look at this throwback picture from 2002. I really did have a 6 pack!

 
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Here is a picture right after I had Summit, chubby-ness and all! The 6 pack is long gone but I am slowly on the road to get it back!

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This is how I wind down each night…with Aqua Spa

 

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Who doesn’t want to come home to this every day? There is one part in my day that I have all to myself…oh who am I kidding, I have kids and at one point or another someone needs something during my bath time but I wouldn’t have it any other way! This momma doesn’t even have time for wine…that beautiful glass is just grape kool aid…the first thing I could grab before anyone saw me sneaking upstairs for my bath! haha! 

Aqua Spa products are my go to calming solution when I have had a long day. I am in love with a hot bath and love the Aqua Spa Bath oil because it leaves my dry skin smooth and soft. Up here in Colorado, we need every defense to combat our dry skin. I also love the Aqua Spa bath soak. It gently foams for a soothing bath that can revitalize tired and sore muscles  and diminish the signs of aging with Marine Youth Complex. 

When I am feeling extra grimy, I use the Aqua Spa body cleanser with Lavender and Chamomile. It cleans my skin with over drying it. 

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I love a good thick and creamy lotion but I don’t want it to be heavy with the summer months coming up. The last thing I want to feel is greasy and this lotion, although thick, does not go on heavy and has a wonderful lavender scent!  

What I liked most about these products is that the scent was not overpowering. It was a nice compliment in each product. 

The products can be found at your local Walmart and are mostly priced $10.

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Go here to learn more about the brand new Aqua Spa products!

Keep up with Aqua Spa on all their social media networks!

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And sign up for their emails here!

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These will be your newest favorite shoes…

 

*I was sent a pair of clogs for free but all opinions are my own.
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I have found the ultimate shoes for all you mom’s out there who are run around chasing your kids too much to actually wear heels but don’t want to get stick wearing flats all the time!

Sangrens Clogs are my newest favorite obsession! I have been pregnant for oh about 6 years and am finally done having kids and ready to get in shape, throw out the maternity clothes and actually feel cute when I leave the house! Problem is all my heels I own are so uncomfortable I have to resort to wearing flats 24/7.

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I have never really wore “clogs” that much but fell in LOVE with the color of these Swedish clogs so I knew I would like them. I just had no idea I would love them.

My mom and I took my little girl out shopping last weekend and I decided to wear these. I knew we would be doing lots walking so if these were uncomfortable I would figure it out the hard way.

These are the first heels I have probably worn in a year. What I loved about them was they have some height to them but the way they are designed, they didn’t even feel like heels. They almost felt like a platform shoe because my feet did not hurt ONE time while shopping all day!

Of course by the end my mom was trying to figure out how to snatch these clog sandals from me because she loved them too!

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They have so many style I need in my closet!

Go here to check them out!

Mother’s day is coming up and this is what I am getting my mom! She has sensitive feet but I think she could wear these because they are so comfortable.

If you decide to purchase some of these clog sandals,  make sure you go up in size because they run small. I normally wear a size 9/12 and got a 10. 

These clogs almost feel rustic because they are made with wood but they are so comfortable you would think you wear not even wearing shoes!

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Mother’s Day giveaway

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  Who doesn’t like to spoil their mom?! We are giving you an amazing mother’s day giveaway!

Mothers are in all shapes and sizes and even not even Mothers at all. So matter who fills that spot for you we have the GIVEAWAY that will show them how much you love them! In this GIVEAWAY they will win EVERYTHING shown above!

We wanted to thank all the companies that have donated to make 1 special person know how much they are loved.

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$50.00 gift box set

This giveaway is hosted by COUPON HAULS and their Blogger friends

The Giveaway is open to US only, 18+

The Giveaway ends April 30th at 1159pm est

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The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winningare based on the number of entries received Open to the Continental US. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email.Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of thisgiveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Instagram or Klout. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal TradeCommission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

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Follow my husband’s #coffeejourneys through 4 years of school. Graduation is upon us!

Yvette Petersen winner of the name your favorite coffee giveaway! Winner has 24 hours to email me at thewasherfamily at iCloud.com or message me right on my Facebook page!

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias, Millstone® Coffee, and Mr. Coffee®.

4 years ago my husband decided he needed a new career path and applied to one of the top engineering schools in the US. It is a hard school to get into so we decided if he got in, we would move from our small town in Louisiana to Colorado. With over 10,000 people applying and only 900 accepted I wasn’t sure how good his chances were to get in. Fast forward 3 1/2 years, moving halfway across the country, 2 babies later, lots of school loans, and coffee, my husband is finally about to graduate!

Almost every morning my husband wakes up early and brews a pot of coffee. To be honest, I have NEVER made a pot of coffee! I know I should be ashamed so when I bought this Mr. Coffee® coffeemaker I decided I had to learn.  I normally put together all appliances in the house so I was hoping this one would not be to hard to figure out. Within 5 minutes I had this Mr. Coffee®  Optimal Brew™ coffeemaker up and running and actually brewed my first cup of coffee. I think it helps that this coffeemaker was so easy to use. We have been using an older Mr. Coffeemaker for the past few a lot of years and it’s out with the old and in with the new!

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And I kind of fell in love with this Millstone® Hazelnut Cream coffee! Check your local walmart for new packaging and great flavors . 

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I found this bad boy at my local walmart in the kitchen appliance section. It was on the the front row so it was easy to spot!

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Well hello their beauties! Which one should I take??

It has been tough these past few years with being pregnant, my husband working and in school but the one thing I wanted him to focus on is doing good in school and having his morning coffee helped him focus. Plus up here in Colorado you need a warm drink on all the snowy days we have! Can you believe even in -30 degree weather his school was never cancelled! Thanks goodness for coffee!

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And there she is! I guess I just didn’t want to learn how a normal coffeepot works but with the Mr. Coffee®  Optimal Brew™ coffeemaker, it could not have been easier. Just pour the amount of coffee grounds in the filter and slide the door back in. Fill up the side tank with water, and push brew! You can brew 10 cups in under 7 minutes. You can even pour a cup of coffee WHILE the post is still brewing by choosing the Pause n’ Serve feature.

Due to the advanced filtration system you can eliminate up to 97% of chlorine from your water you use un your coffee making.

My husband admitted this is the best coffeemaker we have ever owned! 

And it doesn’t hurt we are using super premium Millstone® coffee which is a high quality coffee sold at Walmart stores. If you want to see if this coffee is sold in your area, go here for the store locator. This coffee contains 100 percent premium Arabica beans and you can taste the difference because this coffee tastes amazing! My husband has been drinking this every morning for his morning coffee. 

 

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Check out my #coffeejourneys video below in Vine.com!
 

Go here Mr. Coffee®  Optimal Brew™ coffeemaker find a near you at a local walmart!  If you want to know how Millstone coffee makes their coffee, go here! It’s really neat to watch!  And here is the really fun news! I am giving away 1 Mr. Coffee®  Optimal Brew™ coffeemaker and 1 bag of Millstone® coffee to 1 lucky reader! All you have to do is enter the easy rafflecopter below! Only open to the US must be 18 to enter!

This giveaway is sponsored by  Millstone® coffee, Mr. Coffee® and A sweet potato pie!

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Disclosure:The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the Continental US , 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. Asweetpotatopie.com is responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.    

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Smile Brilliant review and giveaway!

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I love to whiten my teeth! I also feel great once I have my teeth whitened so I was so happy to review the Smile Brilliant line of teeth whiteners. My kit as well as the winners kit will come with a whitening pen that you basically paint on the whitening gel on your teeth, then you place the whitening tray over your teeth to keep the gel from coming off. Then you place the LED Whitening light in your mouth in order to speed the whitening process. I LOVED this product because when I use the whitening strips there always seemed to be places that never got whitened. My teeth never got sensitive while using this but if yours does you can skip a day of whitening.

 

Professional Teeth Whitening Removes:

 

  • Coffee/Tea Stains
  • Smoking Stains
  • Tobacco Stains
  • Soda Stains
  • Aging Stains

 

  • Deep Rooted Stains
  • Tetracycline Stains
  • Wine Stains 

I have been using this for a couple of days and in a week I am going to post before and after pics! Can’t wait to see the progress!

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 Check out this video to learn more!
 

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is enter the easy rafflecopter below! 

You can check out the whitening kit you are entering to win here.

Open to US only, must be 18 to enter.

 
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Disclosure:The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the Continental US , 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. Asweetpotatopie.com is responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.    

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Conquer Spring Allergies with Hyland’s. Take the quiz to enter to win!

 

Disclaimer: I am a Hyland’s Homeopathy Ambassador and receive various products and gift cards from Hyland’s and promotional partners at no cost to me. All views and opinions expressed on this blog post and corresponding social network mentions are my own and are not to be interpreted as medical advice. 

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Spring is here and so is allergy season! My husband has had allergies all his life so we are always prepared with Hylands Seasonal Allergy relief!

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It is so helpful when things start to bloom and my husband eyes start to water. He can also take this for indoor allergies like when we go to someone’s house who has an indoor pet! It’s non drowsy so he can take it at anytime during the day too!

And listen up….Each day this week, Hylands will feature a new question about fighting allergies and give people a chance to win by clicking through Facebook to answer the question on their website.

Each day from April 21 to 25 there will be a different question that people can answer to enter to win the products. There are 10 winners a day for 5 days.

Go here to enter!

Here are some questions they might ask…
 
True or false? You will outgrow your allergies.
 
Which symptoms develop faster, allergy or cold symptoms?
 
How can you tell the difference between cold and allergy symptoms? 
Good luck and let me know if you win!

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Urbini Touri Travel System review

 “I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Urbini. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating.”

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I have 2 kids taking hockey lessons and 2 other that have to tag along so I need a stroller that can hold my little one while I lace up the boys skates, carry 2 hockey sticks, my diaper bag and their helmets. I was pretty impressed the Urbini Touri could handle all that with ease and when I saw how much this stroller costs, you will be shocked!

 

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I was sent a walmart gift card to purchase the brand new Urbini Touri car seat and stroller combo in my local Walmart store. I chose the set in black and couldn’t believe it inly costs $149 for both pieces!

Since I have 4 kids, I have been through a lot of strollers and car seats and now since I am on my last child and this is the last car seat and stroller I will need, I have a lot to compare them too. The Urbini Touri car seat is not only a great price but it was great quality.

I felt like it was lighter than most of the other car seats I have used and since my chunky little monkey is so heavy, having a lighter car seat makes it easier to carry.

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Something different about this car seat is the release lever to take the car seat out of the base is the little red button on the base. My other car seats had the lever on the car seat but this lever was easy to get to and easy to use.

It made getting in and out of the car smooth and easy. It was also easy to install the base into my car.

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My little one loves relaxing in his Urbini Touri stroller. It can recline so if he needs to nap he can nap or he can sit up straight. It folds up really small and fits perfectly in my back seat.

It is easy to open and close which is important for me since I have 3 other kids to worry about. The front bar is removable so if my 3 year old sits in the stroller, she can get in and out fast.

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If black isn’t your cup of tea, the Touri system comes in all of these colors! Not every Walmart carries all these colors so make sure to call ahead to your store to make sure they carry the color you want.

My overall perception of this travel system is very positive. I could not find a car seat that I loved and at my price point for our last baby. Most car seats were close to the price of this whole system so I was really surprised you could get both the stroller and car seat for $149. Since I have 4 kids I also have to have a double stroller but I also need a single stroller for other occasions. 

Check out the brand new Urbini Touri Travel System at your local Walmart!

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Ucomfy Shiatsu Foot Massager review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
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There is nothing like putting the kids to bed and sitting with my husband in the den and watching TV while getting my feet massaged by the Ucomfy Shiatsu Foot Massager.

My kids put it to the test first. All 3 of the older ones took turns with the massager and I could barely get a chance to try it! This portable foot massager is so awesome and it really gets in there like I am at the spa and deeply massaged my feet.

What I loved:

Not only is it portable so I can write this review while sitting in my recliner in my room and getting my feet massaged but I can bring it down stairs easily and sit in front of  our TV and use it.

It also has a heat setting and since it’s still snowing here in Colorado. I loved I can use the heat or turn it off if I needed too.

How it works:

 The Ucomfy Shiatsu Foot Massager improves respiration and regulates blood flow and blood pressure while it kneads and vibrates. All you have to do is put your feet inside of the massager and turn it on! It was so easy to put together and I had it working within 5 minutes.

Mother’s day is coming up and this is a great way to tell the mom in your life how much you love her buy giving her a pampering gift that keeps on giving!

I know my mom would love this for mother’s day!

Go here to check it out on amazon.com!

My husband also loves to steal it from me at night when he comes home from work. Everyone needs a little pampering in life and this is great thing to get to pamper yourself like your at the spa without leaving your house.

 

 

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