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May 19

Walmart Summer Sale


When I hear from loyal Swagbucks members about their favorite Swagbucks Shop & Earn destination, the answer invariably comes back Walmart. Every extra penny saved matters and it’s basically impossible to beat any cash back on top of Walmart’s low prices. So when I heard that Swagbucks is giving you more for every dollar you spend at Walmart, I had to share! That’s right, Swagbucks is making earning Cash Back easier and giving away $1,000 in prizes when you Shop & Earn at Walmart. Starting today through May 31st you’ll earn up to 7% Cash Back on your summer shopping needs at Walmart. Enjoy savings in your favorite summer categories including: HomeClothingToysBaby & ToddlerElectronicsPatio & GardenSports & OutdoorsAutos & TiresCell PhonesFood Plus, be entered into their Walmart Summer Sweeps! For every $25 you spend at Walmart from May 16th through May 31st you’ll be entered to into their $1,000 Giveaway! 1 Grand Prize: $50020 Runner Up Prizes: $25.* The more you spend, the better your odds! *All prizes to be paid out in SB.

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Apr 29

Swagbucks!: Mother’s Day By The Numbers


Mother’s Day is around the corner (Sunday, May 8th) and if you haven’t started already, now’s the time to remember all the little things the moms around us do every day and get them a token of your appreciation. Moms are creative, capable, and resourceful. Moms work hard! That’s why moms deserve the best and Swagbucks wants to make sure your Mom gets the best.  Right now you can earn up to 35% Cash Back on gifts for Mom at her favorite retailers when you shop through the Swagbucks Mother’s Day Sale, saving you lots of pennies and allowing you to splurge a little extra on mom! Need more help shopping for mom? It’s no surprise that the Swagbucks community is packed with moms. So they surveyed their member base at the end of March to find out how moms view Mother’s Day. Swagbucks received more than 10,000 email responses and found the following:  

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Apr 06

Things I am Thankful for last week!

There are many, many blogs that I read on a regular basis that have inspired me. One current fad that is popular right now is blog posts on what people are loving or doing this week or that week. So I have been inspired to start posting on things that I am thankful for last week. Every time I promise to blog on a regular basis, life gets in the way and I do not follow through. So this time I am only going to be this will not be the last of this type of post, it may be next week or next month.

So things I am thankful for last week.

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  1. Before Christmas time the diamond fell out of my engagement right into my pants pocket! Last week I found a jeweler that I was comfortable bringing it to and I got it back! After nearly 20 years I still am still amazed with my husband’s choice of ring! I love it! :)
  2. Antibiotics! I have been sick for about 4 weeks. Around week two I was runny a low grade fever, so I called into work sick to rest and drink water. I thought I was feeling a bit better until my family and I went out to eat and I nearly cried out in pain from my ear infection that has moved into my throat. Now that I am on day 6 of my antibiotics I am finally starting to feel better.
  3. I am loving my job! I get to help youth with their development, and people to learn about food safety and cooking skills. I really love passing along these life skills to youth and adults. My coworkers are completely amazing! I have called many of them with off the wall questions and they stop everything and try to help me or direct me to someone with the answers.

Those are the things I am loving this week. What are you loving this week!?

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Apr 02

First Three Months of 2016

It has been 3 months of complete craziness! I have started to work ONE full time job, for the first time since I was pregnant with my 16 year old. I have been a jack of many, many trades over the years, I have been working some times more then 40 hours a week for over 7 years after being home full-time with my babies. I always had jobs that I could mostly schedule around my commitments and family’s needs. But now, starting on January 4th of this year I started ONE full time job! I have access to benefits and retirement investments for the first time ever! I am not taking the benefits due to my DH’s benefits. But the retirement I am ALL over, I am really making up time and really socking it to it. My employer matches an awesome amount also, so like I said time I am making up for lost time.

I am employed full time! ONE job can you even imagine!? I am thrilled and by the way I LOVE this job. I get to work with children in 4-H and the new part of the job is helping people with health and nutrition skills. I am still learning and so excited. But besides that part of life, my family…..

My family and I are really having a challenging  time with me being employed full-time and a ton of travel commitments. Maybe it is me that is having a hard time, at being so committed and having to delegate so many of the household chores. But I am really trying, I am making up chore lists for everyone, if they don’t know it needs to be done, it won’t get done.

That is pretty much it for the last three months, what has your last couple of months been like!?

And the winner of the coupon giveaway that ended on Easter is Michelle! Congratulations, Michelle!

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Mar 18

INFOGRAPHIC: Spring Break – By The Numbers


Are you going anywhere for spring break? Maybe you’re taking the kids to DisneyWorld or visiting mom and dad or treating yourself to a fun getaway. Check out this cool infographic from Swagbucks on what 19,000 Americans are planning for their Spring travel. Let us know what you’re up to this spring in the comments. and sign up for Swagbucks to get paid for making your voice heard in surveys like these and getting Cash Back while you shop online for all your travel essentials!

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Mar 18

renuzit Sensitive Scents GIVEAWAY!!!

Do you live with someone with a sensitive nose? I DO! I love the clean, fresh scents of spring, but someone in my house gets a bit overwhelmed by some of the strong scented products on the market! I have had the chance to try the new renuzit Sensitive Scents collection and I have to say they are wonderful! Light and airy but not overwhelming even to my sensitive nose in the house.

The scents I got to try-

Pure Water Blossom & Cucumber– Is so fresh and makes me feel like I am hiking along the river.

Pure Ocean Breeze-I love this one also, it is clean and fresh smelling.

Pure White Pear & Lavender-Who doesn’t love Lavender? I could not pick just one, I really did love them all.

Now the fun part one of my lucky readers of Picking UP the Pennies gets to try it! GIVEAWAY!! One lucky winner will receive a coupon for any Renuzit Brand Sensitive Scent product! Enter by stating what scent you would like to try for your chance! Open to U.S.A residents only 18 years or older. Contest will end Sunday Mar 27th at 8:23pm.

*The Renuzit Brand provided me with samples of Renuzit Sensitive Scents in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.


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Mar 16



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Feb 28

Simple Loose Leaf Subscription Box Review







In this day of conveniences, I was not sure about a monthly box subscription for Loose Leaf Tea.  To be completely honest, I had never tried loose leaf tea. But I love, LOVE, love having goodies show up at my door! I also learned that I LOVE loose leaf tea.
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The perfect partner in your pursuit of a happier and healthier you, Simple Loose Leaf is like having a personal Tea Somalia. Each month, a box of savory loose leaf teas is shipped right to your door for just $17. Each box has 4-5 loose leaf teas, 2 re-usable muslin tea bags and a beautiful card detailing your month’s tea selection. Try each tea and order more from our store with a 50% member’s only discount! Get 25% off your membership (Gift & Ongoing) at Simple Loose Leaf. It’s the perfect box for the tea lover in your life, especially if that tea lover is you! Visit www.SimpleLooseLeaf.com/home


My readers get to save! 25% off Gift Membership or Ongoing Subscription signup – Use code: 25HOLIDAY

Review: Like I said I did learn that I love loose leaf tea! I love the different selected varieties sent. I do think I will be continuing this subscription. There is enough leaves in each package for a few cups, I do like weak tea so I did reuse the tea for another cup of tea.


Here is my new to me tea kettle/(thank you St. Vinney’s thrift store!) just about ready to enjoy my first cup of loose leaf tea. I completely forgot to take a photo of the finished cup and me enjoying it. You will just have to believe me that it was divine.

I did receive a free sample to review but all opinions here are mine!


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Feb 26

Fun Free Family Entertainment-the Movie-BLING






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Rock out to a superhero adventure for the whole family with the exclusive debut of BLING on Google Play. Featuring the voice talents of Taylor Kitsch, Carla Gugino and James Woods, BLING follows the tale of lowly theme park mechanic Sam whose plan to marry the girl of his dreams is thwarted by a super villain. It is up to him and his team of superhero robots to save the city. Can this accident-prone amusement park mechanic get back his ring, stop the villain, and win the girl before it’s too late? This family-friendly, feature-length animated adventure will be available exclusively on Google Play for Free starting March 3rd.

Featuring the voice talents of Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights,” John Carter), Carla Gugino(“The Brink,” Spy Kids) and James Woods  (“Justice League Action,” Hercules) and distributed by Momentum Pictures and produced by DigiArt in association with Digital Idea and Celsius Entertainment. BLING follows the tale of lowly theme park mechanic Sam whose plan to marry the girl of his dreams is thwarted by a super villain. It is up to him and his team of superhero robots to save the city. Can this accident-prone amusement park mechanic get back his ring, stop the villain, and win the girl before it’s too late?

This family-friendly, feature-length animated adventure will be available exclusively for free for a limited time* on Google Play starting March 3rd before it hits theaters.

*Available for free until April 10, 2016  on Google Play to residents in U.S., Canada U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Botswana, Cambodia, Fiji, Iceland, Jamaica, Macedonia, Malta, Namibia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

BLING is also part of Google Play’s family-friendly discovery experience that is designed to help parents find apps, games, movies & TV shows and books that are appropriate for their kids.  Simply tap the “Family” button on the Apps, Games and Movies & TV homepages or the “Children’s Books” button on the Books homepage to find recommendations by age and interests.

About Google Play

Google Play is an online store with millions of digital songs, movies, TV shows, apps, games, books and more.  With access to 35 million songs, thousands of new release movies and next day TV shows, millions of apps and games, and thousands of news sources, Google Play is your one stop shop for digital entertainment on any device.

About Momentum Pictures, an Entertainment One Company

Momentum Pictures is focused on distributing multiplatform film, television and special interest content in the U.S. and around the world. 


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Feb 24

Snowtime-Movie Review

New animated feature SNOWTIME! is a romp through childhood full of heart and humor. To amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohorts defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luke’s horde. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict, where children learn valuable life lessons on friendship, the importance of unity, and the emotional consequences of vicious rivalry. The film’s underlying message – neither side wins in war – is as relevant today as ever.
Based on the acclaimed live-action film classic La Guerre des Tuques (The Dog Who Stopped the War), SNOWTIME! is a captivating cinematic adventure about hope and friendship. The film explores the sometimes mercurial relations between friends during childhood, and the role that enthusiastic competition and energizing solidarity play in the lives of children.
Official website: www.snowtimemovie.com
Social media hashtag: #SnowtimeMovie
Directed by:  Jean-François Pouliot
Co-director: François Brisson
Produced by: Marie-Claude Beauchamp
Screenplay by: Normand Canac-Marquis, Paul Risacher
MPAA Rating: PG 
Voice Cast:  Ross Lynch, Golden Globe®-Winner Sandra Oh, Angela Gallupo, Lucinda Davis, Sonja Ball, Don Shepherd, Jenna Wheeler, Heidi Lynne Weeks, Elisabeth MacRae, Holly Gauthier.
Songs performed by:  Celine Dion, Simple Plan, Walk Off The Earth, Marie-Mai, Groenland
Our review: While I thought this movie may be a bit young for my two boys, Noah and I really enjoyed it. The movie had very cute animation and good life lessons. I am sure it will be viewed again in my home!
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