June Giveaway Listing (low to moderate entry)

Monday, June 1, 2020

I like entering low to moderate entry giveaways and I share each month some of the blog or social media giveaways I've entered, thought someone else might be interested in entering or that have been submitted to me through bloggers. Check back often throughout the month to see if I have posted more giveaways. If you are hosting a family-friendly giveaway on your blog and would like to see it listed here, please contact me (via email). If you have a won a giveaway that I posted, please leave a comment and share that you won.

Scoob Digital Code (ends June 7, 2020)
Craft Project Ideas and Goody Pack (ends June 14, 2020)

How to Save on Groceries

Friday, May 29, 2020

Groceries are necessary and can be expensive. It's important to utilize different tools to help you save money and not overspend on everyday groceries. Saving money on groceries is not a waste of time. If you save money on groceries that extra money can be used to build up your rainy day fund, retirement, college funds and save you from living month to month. Here are some of my tips on how to save money on your groceries:

1. Create a Meal Plan: If you have a meal plan for the week or month, it will help you know what to buy and what not to. If you aren't buying things you don't really need, you'll save money!

2. Make Your Meals from Recipes/Scratch: Making your meals from recipes will help you save money (not time). Frozen meals and going out for meals are typically more expensive than if you were to make it yourself.

3. Couponing: We save several dollars each month from couponing. You can clip coupons on grocery store apps and on saving apps like Ibotta.

4. Buy Bulk: I also have bought items in bulk/large quantities and broken it down into smaller sizing for meals using quart or gallon size bags. This can help save money.

What are some of your tips?

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Pixie Tricks: Sprite's Secret Review

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Eight-year-old Violet didn't expect to find a portal to the fairy world in her backyard. And she certainly didn't think she would have to defend the human world from trickster pixies! With the help of her new fairy friend Sprite, Violet sets out to catch Pix, a lively fairy who just wants everybody to have fun-all the time. Pix's playfulness starts to cause serious trouble, so it's up to Violet and Sprite to put an end to his fun and send him back to the fairy world!

This is a refresh of the popular Pixie Tricks series, with updated text and brand-new art for today's young readers!

The Pixie Trick series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at new independent readers. This is a great line for readers moving from picture books to chapter books.

Review - When we received the book in the mail, I gave it to my six-year-old and told him that it was by the same author as The Dragon Masters series. He loves The Dragon Master series so he was intrigued and wanted to see what this new book was about. He read it within a few hours and at least once a day for the next few days after that. I asked him if he liked it and he said he did. He then asked if I could ask Tracey to send more books to review and if we could get more books in the series. I explained to him that we got the book early to review and the next few books won't come out for a little while. He then immediately asked if we could get the next Dragon Masters book. He loves the books by Tracey West. I also read this book to my four-year-old and she loved it. Needless to say, the Pixie Tricks series is a hit in our household.

Pixie Tricks is a good beginner series for kids moving from picture books to chapters books. It's also a good beginner series for the fantasy genre. The foe is more mischievous and silly rather than dark and scary. The plot is appropriate for the six to eight age group. The kids featured in the book are nice and not mean. They use appropriate language with each other. The plot is comprehensible for children. I liked that this book series appeals to both boys and girls. It can easily be passed down from child to child in a family. It's also a good book to own. My son has reread it several times over. Sprite's Secret releases December 2020. The book is available to pre-order now and would be a fun gift to put in a Christmas stocking! To pre-order Pixie Tricks: Sprite's Secret, click here.

Please note that we received a free copy to review, however, this is my honest opinion. There are affiliate links in this blog post that help with the maintenance of this blog.
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