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Double Dip Into Savings At Meijer #SaveX2

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

I am a loyal Meijer shopper. They always have the best deals!

When I heard about this promotion I couldn’t wait to

share it with you guys!


I am all finished with my back to school shopping but…

I already have Christmas on my mind, there are something like 9 more Fridays until the holiday,

so this deal sings to my planning ears.

I am going to stock up on  Coldstone and Steak and Shake gift cards so that I

will have happy relatives when they see I gave them the gift of great food instead of another scarf or tie that

will collect dust in their closet.

With my savings, I just might break my diet and

share some ice cream with my kids!

Now let me tell you how buying a gift card at Mejer before 9/4

can help you double dip into some serious savings!


client with credit card shopping in flowers shop

Buying gift cards at your local Meijer BEFORE you shop, dine or hit the
town can not only save you money, but also earn you extra credit card

 Now through 9/6 (or 9/10 in Chicago, Indiana and Ohio), savvy shoppers
can double dip on savings when they purchase gift select gift cards.

Here’s How:

o Promotional Offer: Get a $5 coupon toward your next shopping
order when you buy $50 in gift cards from: Unos, Cold Stone, The
Children’s Place, Lane Bryant and Catherine’s, Steak and Shake,
Express and Darden Restaurant Card.


o Earn Credit Card Rewards: By using your favorite rewards credit
card to purchase, you can earn points, miles or a percentage back
on your purchase. Some credit cards even offer increased rewards
for purchases made at grocery.

 Let’s see how you can save $7.50 when you purchase $50 in participating
gift cards:

 $5 off: When you buy two $50 cards (in two SEPARATE
transactions). Be sure to use your mPerks card, and make
note of the expiration date on your coupons!

 $1.50 back: If you earn 3% back on grocery purchases
through your credit card

We are offering you an opportunity to enter to win

a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Good luck! If you win I hope you will come back and tell me all about it in a comment!

Happy Savings!

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Keeping Baby Safe in the Sun



Thanks to Baby Ganics for sending us sunscreen and inspiring this post.



My daughter is lovely, her hair is light, her eyes are blue, her skin is fair. I worry about her exposing that lovely baby to the hot summer sun. I have heard so many stories about the dangers of many sunscreen products this year that I was uncertain about what to use, or if I should use any.


I had the chance to try a product from a favorite line of mine, BabyGanics. Let me tell you a little more about this product:

“Your baby-safe world just got bigger! It’s a big, wide world out there and your baby wants at it. But sunburn and damage to sensitive skin isn’t anything you want them to explore. Our mineral- based SPF formulas provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and glides on smooth for effortless application. Non-allergenic and tear free, so it can go on whatever part of your baby the sun’s gonna shine…

No: PABA, phthalates, parabens, fragrances or nano-particles

  • With 100% natural NeoNourish® Seed Oil Blend to help nurture & support baby’s skin.
  • Perfect for high exposure areas and targeted protection
  • Broad spectrum SPF 50+
  • UVA + UVB protection
  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
  • Tear free
  • Non-allergenic
  • Pediatrician & Dermatologist tested
  • Never tested on animals”


A mineral based sunscreen that is safe for babies and is spf50+ is perfect for keeping baby safe from the sun. I loved that the product applied easily, it resists water and it has a pleasant smell. I was happy with the high spf of the product. I used it on my infant and my preschooler. I think that the product is effective and a good option for families. We had a burn free summer for both kids and BabyGanics is what we used. We saw this product in our local Kroger which speaks well of availability.



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3D Printing and Other Technology Improving Auto Industry

3D Printing and Other Technology Improving Auto Industry

Auto sales have been stagnant over the last few years. A number of auto industry executives from Europe recently told the Wall Street Journal that they are pessimistic about the future of the global auto industry. Sales have declined in recent years due to a poor economy rather than customer dissatisfaction.

However, global auto manufacturers are still trying to reinvent themselves to boost future sales. They are confident that advances in 3D printing and other technology will overshadow the economic downturn and boost sales in the coming years.

New Technology Poised to Stimulate the Auto Industry

There have been a number of new advances in manufacturing technology over the last few years. Here are some new developments that are changing the industry:

3D Printing

Three-dimensional printing is one of the most prominent changes. This new technology has considerably benefited the automotive industry. A new report from Inside 3DP shows that the industry is one of the largest customers of 3D printing services. Here are some ways that 3D printing is transforming the industry:

  • Developing prototypes more quickly and cost-effectively
  • Giving testers more time to conduct form fitting and other analyses
  • Allowing manufacturers to create the interior of a concept car
  • Create vehicles in small quantities
  • Manufacture unique types of vehicles

Three-dimensional printing has clearly had a tremendous impact on the global automobile industry. Many experts are confident the industry will grow much more in the months to come.

More Environmentally Friendly Technologies

Automobile manufacturers are also looking for new ways to reduce their carbon footprint. One of challenges with previous hybrid vehicles is that they came with a significant price premium. Even many environmentally consumers were reluctant to purchase them, because the money they saved on gas never made up for the initial cost of the vehicle.

Consumers are becoming more concerned about protecting the environment and regulators are becoming more stringent. There are a number of new technologies on the market that are making cars more environmentally friendly.

The Manhattan Project has recently opened a lab in Tennessee to address some of these issues. They are looking for new ways to make cars more environmentally friendly. They are developing better synthetic oils, low cost carbon fibers and other materials that will make cars safer. Their technologies will soon be available to leading automobile manufacturers across the world.

Subaru and many other car companies intend to release newer, more environmentally friendly vehicles to their customers in the near future. They will collaborate with experts from the Manhattan Project and other companies to improve on their technology.

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Managing Chronic Pain During Physical Therapy

Managing Chronic Pain During Physical Therapy

The Institute of Medicine shows that over 100 million Americans are suffering from some form of chronic pain. Many of these people have their conditions treated with physical therapy. Your PT can help you overcome some of the problems that you are facing, but you will need to also find ways to manage your pain in the meantime. Here are some things that you will want to consider.

How Do You Treat Your Chronic Pain?

There are a number of things that you can do to alleviate your pain during physical therapy. Here are some things to consider:

Always Address Pain Before Working Out

It is difficult to exercise or perform intensive physical therapy when they are in a lot of pain. Working out while in pain can also cause irritation and exacerbate the problem. You will want to make sure that your pain is carefully controlled every time you are about to exercise.

Talk to Your Doctor About Treatment Plans Before Taking Medications

Your doctor can prescribe a number of different medications to help treat your pain. Some of these medications can cause you to feel disorientated, which could lead to injury. You will need to let your doctor know what types of exercise you are going to engage in so that they can find a medication that you can use safely.

Address Psychological Barriers

Many of the barriers that keep us from performing are purely psychological ones. You will need to recondition your mind to get past them. Tell yourself that you are capable of getting through your situation. Panicking can also make the pain feel worse, so you will want to try to keep yourself calm. You may need to use medication or other pain management steps to take the edge off, but you should feel a lot better after getting it under control.

Know Your Limits

You need to be careful not to push yourself too far when you are doing physical therapy or any type of intense exercise. Pushing past your limits can worsen your injuries or cause new ones. Make sure that your PT and other providers are aware of any pain so that they don’t try to get you to push yourself too far during any type of rehabilitation program.

On the other hand, you want to make sure that you don’t let a little pain hold you back either. You will also want to know what your limits are so that you can utilize your physical therapy as effectively as possible.

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Why Outdated Security Systems Can Be Easily Hacked

Why Outdated Security Systems Can Be Easily Hacked

Everybody wants to keep their home safe and secure. They often install new security systems to have that peace of mind. Unfortunately, many of the older systems on the market are not nearly as safe as people think. Some of them can be easily disabled by a clever hacker. Some hackers have even found ways to rig security systems to spy on homeowners. You will need to be aware of these risks and invest in a state-of-the-art system.

Risks of Popular Alarm Systems

A couple of researchers have found that some home security systems aren’t nearly as secure as believed. They evaluated home security systems made by Vivint, ADT and another large manufacturer. The third company requested that its name be withheld. They discovered a couple or problems with the systems:

  • Intruders can disable alarm systems from up to 10 feet away.
  • They can set off false alarms from the sidewalks. They can do this frequently enough to render the alarms unreliable.

Their research raised some serious concerns about the security systems on the market. However, other experts have conducted similar studies and found that home alarms aren’t as secure as many people believe. Logan Lamb, a security expert in Knoxville, conducted an experiment at a colleagues’ birthday party. He found that these systems can often be hacked and used against the homeowner. His experiment was also conducted on a Vivint system.

The results may be surprising, but they probably shouldn’t be. Large companies often become complacent when they become very popular. They no longer need to release products with state-of-the-art solutions to encourage customers to purchase them. Unfortunately, this also means that they often become negligent about making necessary improvements. They don’t realize that hackers often take the time to study their systems for vulnerabilities.

Invest in the Most Cutting Edge Programs

Installing a great alarm system can go a long way towards making your home safer and more secure. However, your system won’t do you any good if it is obsolete and vulnerable to hackers.

You want to make sure that you only purchase state-of-the-art security systems that are difficult to penetrate. Some of the larger companies don’t create the best systems on the market.

Fortunately, there are still good businesses that you can try. You may want to look at this local company if you want a new home security system. They are committed to delivering the highest quality products and offer exceptional customer service.

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