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Credit Repair Review – Find the Right Credit Repair Service for You

I know all too well what it means to need help with credit. In high school, while working at my first job, I got my first credit card and since then my credit has been a roller coaster. I’ve made some personal improvements over the years and am on a good track, but I know there are services to help me improve my credit even further. Which service do I go with? I’m using Credit Repair Review as a tool to find the right one for me.

Credit Repair Review - Find the Right Credit Repair Service for You | #creditrepairreview #badcredit #creditrepair

~This is a sponsored post on behalf of Credit Repair Review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

I will soon be in the market for a new vehicle. My poor car is 14 years old now and the past couple of years have been full of repairs, one right after the other. But it’s not just my car that needs repairs. My credit could use some help too.

I know my credit needs to be on point when I go to apply for a new vehicle loan, so now is the time for me to take control and get the credit repair help I need. The problem is that there are so many different credit repair companies out there, that I don’t know which one to go with. So, my first stop is Credit Repair Review.

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Credit Repair Review has been researching credit repair companies for years and has done all the review work I need to make a decision on which company is right for me. Their goal is to provide us, working people who simply need a little help, with updated and unbiased reviews of the best credit repair companies there are.

When visiting Credit Repair Review, the first thing I see are the sites top 10 ranked credit repair services. Along with each ranked company, I can see the site’s review, from the pros and cons, down to the overall verdict. I can even click on the credit repair company and be linked directly to it’s website so I can get started if I decide to.

Credit Repair Review - Find the Right Credit Repair Service for You | #creditrepairreview #badcredit #creditrepair

Obviously, the review isn’t the only thing I have to consider when choosing which credit repair company to go with. These services aren’t free, so price plays a big factor too. Based on what I’m looking for, I may decide to go with a cheaper service that may have a lower ranking according to Credit Repair Review. It’s good to visit the site knowing exactly what kind of outcome I want. That way I can look at the reviews and pricing to determine which credit repair company is right for me.

Not only does Credit Repair Review take into consideration the service and price, but it also considers customer service and provides an overview of program information like contracts, monitoring and my favorite, how long it takes to get results. I want results as soon as feasibly possible.

Being able to compare all of these aspects at once makes it a little (okay, a lot) easier to come to a final decision.

Credit Repair Review - Find the Right Credit Repair Service for You | #creditrepairreview #badcredit #creditrepair

At first glance, there are only two of the ten credit repair companies ranked, that I’ve ever even heard of. If I hadn’t visited Credit Repair Review, I wouldn’t have considered any of the other eight because I didn’t know about them.

Which credit repair company am I going with? Well, I haven’t decided yet. But I have heard great reviews from family about Lexington Law and since it’s ranked number one by Credit Repair Review, I have to say it’s at the top of my list. Which one would you choose?

Could you use some credit repair help?

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*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Credit Repair Review. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Early Learning with LeapFrog Academy

Whether you’re sending your kids back to school, are trying to give them a head start on learning, or are looking for a tool to supplement their education, LeapFrog Academy is one you should definitely consider. I’ve tried my fair share of educational tools for young kids and LeapFrog Academy has quickly become my go-to.

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~I received a complimentary subscription to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

My son has been working with LeapFrog Academy for a few weeks now and it’s safe to say he’s a big fan too. As if we couldn’t get enough of everything LeapFrog already has to offer, we now have something to add to the list. And this one is pretty epic.

LeapFrog Academy is a monthly learning subscription designed for kids ages 3-6. It’s an interactive program that guides them through preschool, pre-K, and kindergarten activities, where they’ll not only learn school related topics, but life skills as well. Core skills include reading and writing, math, problem solving, science and the world, creativity, feelings and health.

 

With over 1,000 activities including books, games, puzzles, videos, music, and art, there’s a possibility your child won’t want to leave their Learning Adventure. The activities themselves are pretty fun and along the adventure your child will earn bonus opportunities and rewards as motivation to continue.

Some rewards include accessories to change their avatar appearance and collection pieces to build all kinds of fun stuff (castles, dinosaurs, etc.) When asked to step away from the program, my son has said many times, “But mom, I have to get a reward.” He’d play and learn all day if the device didn’t need charging.

Early Learning with LeapFrog Academy | #LeapFrog #LeapFrogAcademy #earlylearning #supplementaleducation #monthlysubscription

Early Learning with LeapFrog Academy | #LeapFrog #LeapFrogAcademy #earlylearning #supplementaleducation #monthlysubscription

And speaking of, device compatibility happens to be one of my favorite features. In the past you’ve always been required to use a LeapFrog product for anything LeapFrog related, but LeapFrog Academy is available on the computer (both Windows and macOS), iOS and Android devices (tablets and phones), as well as LeapFrog Epic and Epic Academy Edition.

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My son started out on my Windows computer and after discovering the LeapFrog Academy app automatically uploads to the Epic after it’s added to your LeapFrog account, he quickly switched over to the Epic. If you purchase the Epic Academy Edition, the LeapFrog Academy app is already installed.

But can we rejoice for a minute that it’s available on iOS and Android devices?! If you don’t already own a LeapFrog Epic tablet, there’s no need to go out and get one. Just download the app on your existing device and you’re all set.

Early Learning with LeapFrog Academy | #LeapFrog #LeapFrogAcademy #earlylearning #supplementaleducation #monthlysubscription

Early Learning with LeapFrog Academy | #LeapFrog #LeapFrogAcademy #earlylearning #supplementaleducation #monthlysubscription

And wait, it gets even better! And you may want to sit down for this. —– LeapFrog Academy does NOT require Wi-Fi. Well, at least not all features. Woohoo! Road trips and airplane rides, here we come!

To clarify a little, not every feature of LeapFrog Academy works offline, but as your child is going through their Learning Adventure they have the ability to choose their favorite activities (games, books) and make them favorites. If ever in an offline situation, those games and books identified as favorites (up to 24) will be available for use without a Wi-Fi connection.

In true LeapFrog fashion, you also have the ability to track your child’s progress. Just sign into the Parent Dashboard where you can choose and change your child’s Learning Adventure, see what your child has completed, along with their score and what they learned in the activity, and this is also where you manage the account and your child’s profile.

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These are the Learning Adventures my son has already completed and it also shows me which adventure he’s working on now. I can click on any of these he’s completed to check his scores.

 

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This is one of the activities my son has already completed. If I want him to go back and try it again, I can adjust his Learning Adventure so he can do that.

 

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This is the Learning Adventure currently being worked on. I can see that my son is just starting this one and hasn’t completed any activities yet, but I know the types of activities he’ll be working on.

 

In just the few weeks my son has been using LeapFrog Academy, he has really been surprising me. Since he’s starting kindergarten next week, I started him with the Introduction to Kindergarten adventure, which he’s already completed and has moved on to other things.

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Yesterday he was telling me about the body’s intestines, and lungs, and the skull and brain, and biceps, and ribs, and heart, and oh. my. goodness. The boy is only 5 years old! I’ve overheard him doing multiple “Human Body” activities the past few weeks, each one a little different than the last, and he was really taking away some info from them.

I’ve also seen him doing alphabet, counting, math, feelings, expressions, and life cycle activities. Many of which I’m sure I’d have a hard time teaching myself. I can’t wait to see what else LeapFrog Academy throws at him and for my toddler to get to an age where she can start using it too.

Ready to leap into learning? Sign up today for a free 1 month trial. The subscription is $7.99/mth after that and if you decide you want to cancel, you can do so at any time.

And by the way, I’m sure many of you have more than one child who would love to use LeapFrog Academy. One subscription allows up to 5 child profiles to be created!

What is your favorite feature of LeapFrog Academy?

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*I received a complimentary subscription to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


Back to School: Embracing Our Differences

Back to School: Embracing Our Differences | #SonyaSahniandtheFirstGrade #diversity #culture #backtoschool #BTS
~I received a complimentary copy of this book for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Growing up, the children in the schools I attended were predominantly Caucasian, as am I. When I moved to Florida in high school that changed drastically. I attended a predominantly African American school, that was located in what was considered the “ghetto” of the city, but I am forever grateful for having that opportunity. It opened my eyes to new cultures, new styles, new food, new everything.

And it doesn’t stop there. After going to college and moving to various different places after that, I realized just how much of a melting pot the U.S. really is. Today my family lives in a neighborhood in which we are the minority. Both of our children are biracial and we are raising them to embrace their differences and uniqueness, as well as to recognize and welcome other peoples differences and uniqueness.




It’s okay to ask questions about others, especially as kids, because that’s how we all learn. When we see something or someone different, I love when my son asks a question. Whether it’s music, someone’s style, different food, anything. When he asks us a question about whatever it may be, I realize that he recognizes that difference, and acknowledges it, and wants to learn more about it.

And with Back to School season in full swing, everyone’s children are probably learning that they have classmates who are different from themselves, or maybe they’re even feeling like they are the different one. This is exactly what Dr. Soma Mandal helps children understand in her book, Sonya Sahni and the First Grade: It’s International Day!  Dr. Mandal has created a world where kids feel different, and that’s perfectly okay.

With this book, Dr. Mandal provides children with a new resource:

  • To be more open minded and develop friendships without preconceived notions.
  • To encourage our children to foster relationships with others based on acceptance.
  • To realize that everyone has their own unique set of struggles.
  • To provide support to those who feel left out or discouraged.
  • To offer guidance to children embracing their backgrounds who feel bullied.
  • And much more!

Back to School: Embracing Our Differences | #SonyaSahniandtheFirstGrade #diversity #culture #backtoschool #BTS

Sonya Sahni, a first grader, feels torn between her Indian culture and wanting to fit in as an American. Of course, her parents want her to embrace her Indian culture, but the kids at school tease her. In one instance, her classmates make fun at the lunch Sonya’s mother has packed her because it’s traditional Indian cuisine and is different from the food they’re used to.

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Sonya’s parents are concerned and make a visit to Sonya’s teacher. The meeting results in something amazing, an International Day at school, where everyone in the class learns that each and every one of them are different and unique in their own ways, but they also have a lot in common. And in the end, Sonya realizes that she’s perfect just the way she is, embracing both her Indian and American cultures.

In this unique story, a little girl is the main protagonist who struggles with issues to grasp both sides of her culture. I hope to inspire children to accept their backgrounds and embrace their cultures. I want to live in a society where all children can live and welcome differences instead of tearing them down.

-Dr. Soma Mandal

Back to School: Embracing Our Differences | #SonyaSahniandtheFirstGrade #diversity #culture #backtoschool #BTS

Since getting a copy of this book, my son has wanted me to read it over and over. He loves to see the different cultures represented with flags bordering many of the book’s pages. It’s nice to see him recognizing each child’s difference in the story, and I can only hope that he’ll accept and encourage his classmates to embrace their own uniqueness, and that he’ll embrace his own, when he starts school in a few weeks.

Purchase Sonya Sahni and the First Grade: It’s International Day! on Amazon for $12.99!

Do you have any tips for teaching children to embrace different cultures, as well as their own?

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*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Frugal Fashion Find: Affordable & Stylish Sunglasses

Frugal Fashion Find: Affordable & Stylish Sunglasses | #SunglassWarehouse #frugalfind #fashion #sunglasses
~Thank you to Sunglass Warehouse for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Just in time for our end of summer vacation last week, I discovered an awesome frugal fashion find – Sunglass Warehouse. You may already know that I love sunglasses and always have a pair (or two) in my purse, plus a handful lying around the house. Well, the obsession has just gotten stronger.

Thanks to Sunglass Warehouse, I now have a pair for just about every mood. And since sunglasses never go out of style and are always in season (because the sun isn’t going anywhere), they’re good to have around.

Frugal Fashion Find: Affordable & Stylish Sunglasses | #SunglassWarehouse #frugalfind #fashion #sunglasses
When I’ve been in the car for 5 hours, all I want are some oversized sunglasses to hide how tired my eyes are.
Featured in photo: Granite $13.95 – Brown Tortoise/Gold Frame with Amber Polarized Lenses

The options at Sunglass Warehouse are affordable too. For $10+ you can get a stylish pair of sunglasses, and so long as you care for them properly, they’ll last for as long as you need them.

You would think that for just $10-$15, you get what you pay for, but this frugal find will surprise you. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting much when I ordered my sunglasses. I ordered about six pairs by the way, two of which were for my boyfriend.

Frugal Fashion Find: Affordable & Stylish Sunglasses | #SunglassWarehouse #frugalfind #fashion #sunglasses
Our vacation driver (my boyfriend) was enjoying the music and keeping his eyes on the road with his new shades.
Featured in photo: Garnet $12.95 – Black Frame with Blue Polarized Mirrored Lenses (Spring Hinges)

When they arrived, we found that some of them have spring hinges on the sides so that they fit well. I find this is a great feature when you have kids too, because if they get a hold of the sunglasses, chances are they’ll bend the sides outward. With the spring hinges that actually allow the sunglasses to do this, it provides a less likely chance your child will break them.

And not just that, but I also found that I could see objects and colors more clearly and vividly with some of the sunglasses on. Without wearing them, the sunlight just dulled the colors of cars and trees, but wearing the sunglasses with polarized lenses put things into better perspective.

Frugal Fashion Find: Affordable & Stylish Sunglasses | #SunglassWarehouse #frugalfind #fashion #sunglasses
New aviators for the amusement park!
Featured in photo: Douglas $14.95 – Gold/Light Brown Aviator with Green Polarized Lenses

I don’t wear prescription glasses, so it’s not a matter of needing clarity, but for those sunglasses that featured the polarized lenses, it was a nice bonus for my frugal find. Now I feel like I’ve been deprived of vivid vision my whole life. Polarized lenses really do offer a completely different view.

Frugal Fashion Find: Affordable & Stylish Sunglasses | #SunglassWarehouse #frugalfind #fashion #sunglasses
Sometimes it feels good to roll the windows down and enjoy the wind in your hair.
Featured in photo: Primrose $11.95 – Brown/Gold Frame with Amber Lenses

With literally hundreds of sunglasses to choose from, and various shapes and color combos offered, there’s no doubt in my mind you’ll find more than one pair you love and at a price you’ll love even more!  I already told you I got six pairs and there are still more I want! Shipping is also free with U.S. orders of $25+.

Which pair of sunglasses do you like the best?

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*Thank you to Sunglass Warehouse for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Entertainment That Educates + #NCircleEntertainment Giveaway

Entertainment That Educates + Giveaway | #NCircleEntertainment #education #learning #giveaway #entertowin
~Thank you to NCircle Entertainment for providing DVDs for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Children’s minds take in more than we can ever imagine. They watch everything we do. They copy how their friends act, as their energy feeds off of each other. They learn through play, fun, and adventure. The world and every little thing in it is educating our children in some way or another, and the shows and movies they watch are no different.

As school nears, and for many has already started, formal learning and education is soon to be in full swing. Whether you have kids in lower elementary school, are homeschooling, or even have toddlers and pre-K aged kids at home, the NCircle Entertainment August DVD releases will help keep the fun and learning going at home too.

Check out the new fun, adventurous, and educational releases I’ve added to my own kids’ collection this month.




What to expect!

All of these entertainment options get those little gears moving, get your kids asking questions, learning new things, and taking adventures in lands they’ve never experienced before.

Your children will learn things like why the moon only comes out at night, how a whale stays under water for so long, what makes a car go fast, and many more of the world’s mysteries (at least the one’s that children haven’t figured out yet).

They’ll also learn some of life’s greatest lessons, like when and how to ask for help, how to say you’re sorry, why it’s good to tell the truth, and the true meaning and happiness of friendship.

My kids absolutely love Molang and The Little Prince, so I knew these would be instant hits (they watched the entire season of Molang as soon as they got their new goodies). Lily’s Driftwood Bay and The Day Henry Met __ ? are both new to us, but the kids are loving them so far.

 

Lily likes to take adventures on Driftwood Bay, an imaginary island. Each day Lily’s imagination is sparked by something that washes up from the sea, and she’s taken away to Driftwood Bay, where she and her friends have fun exploring and learning new things.

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Then there’s Henry, a knowledge seeking 4 year old, who loves to ask questions of anything and everything. Do you ever find yourself talking to objects, like asking the car why it keeps running out of gas? No? Maybe that’s just me. Talking to objects is exactly the way Henry learns how and why things work the way they do.

When school is over for the day, or my daughter wants something fun to watch while her brother’s at school, all I have to do is pull out one these fun and educational DVDs for a little entertainment. Want the same for your kids? Enter to win all four NCircle Entertainment August releases (plus a cute book) using the giveaway form below.

Which new release would your kids like?

Connect with In this new DVD, Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You, your children will follow Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends on 6 autumn adventures. Enter now for a chance to win your very own copy! #giveawayWebsite / Facebook / Twitter


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One lucky Making Time reader will win a copy of all four August releases (shown in photo), as well as a Molang book! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on August 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*I received samples free of charge from NCircle Entertainment as part of their Brand Ambassadorship. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover
~Thank you to Melitta for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~




If you’re like me, you can’t wait for fall weather to arrive. And not just because that means pumpkin spice everything, but because we will be able to warm up with hot coffee. Until then, we have to deal with the hot summer weather and if we want our coffee fix, an ice cold coffee will do the trick.

I’ve tried cold brew coffees for Keurig and when it comes down to it, it’s just piping hot coffee brewed over ice cubes, that melts said ice cubes, makes my coffee watery, and I end up with a luke warm cup of joe. It just doesn’t work for me.

I’ve also tried brewing extra coffee in a regular coffee pot and putting it in the fridge to cool for the next day. But by the next day the coffee has completely lost its oomph. Yea, that doesn’t work for me either.

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover

So how do I get the perfect cup of cold brew coffee? One word – Melitta. Did you know that Melitta has a Pour-Over Cone that fits a single coffee mug, so you can get real fresh brewed coffee day in and day out? And guess what, it doesn’t just work for fresh hot coffee (although I can’t wait to try that when the weather cools down), but it works wonders for cold brewed coffee too.

Artisan Cold Brew with Melitta

  1. In a pitcher, add 2/3 cup of ground Melitta Coffee to 16 oz. of cold water. Mix well.
  2. Cover pitcher and chill for 4+ hours. Remove from refrigerator and stir vigorously.
  3. Place a Melitta Cone Filter in a Melitta Pour-Over Cone. Set cone atop a carafe or jar. Pour the stirred coffee/water mix into the filter. Wait for all liquid coffee to filter through and drip in carafe below. Repeat pour-over process until all mix is filtered. You now have Melitta Cold Brew Concentrate.
  4. Keep Cold Brew Concentrate covered and chilled for up to a week. Enjoy!

This is THE best way to enjoy a cup of cold brew coffee at home. I have had a cup almost every day since getting my new Melitta Pour-Over Coffee Brew Cone & Travel Mug, and used this process as inspiration. I did make a simple tweak though, and now I get the perfect iced coffee to-go anytime I want.

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover

The simple change I made was rather than brewing 16 oz. at a time, which would logically yield 2 cups of coffee, I put 12 oz. of cold water into 2-3 mason jars at a time. The 12 oz. jars are perfect for filling up my travel mug.

Then I added 1/3 cup of Melitta ground coffee to each jar and let the jars sit in the fridge until I’m ready for a cup. Whether the water/coffee mixture sits overnight or maybe for a day or two, each cup is fresh and full of rich flavor.

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover

When I’m ready for a cup, I place a cone filter in the Pour-Over Cone, and filter my cold brewed coffee right into my mug. I add a little sugar before filtering the coffee and add my favorite creamer afterwards. Place a few ice cubes in and I’m ready to take on the day!

I have my coffee in hand, kids in tow, and the summer heat is not putting a damper on my day. This Melitta pour-over brewing process is absolutely the best and strongest cold brew coffee I’ve ever made at home!

Want to join me for a cup?

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover

Where’s your favorite place to enjoy an ice cold coffee?

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*Thank you to Melitta for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


Pretty in Polka Dots

Pretty in Polka Dots | #SocietyPlus #polkadots #skirt #plussizefashion #fashion #womensfashion

~Thank you to Society+ for providing a skirt for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

As a young adult, I wasn’t much into wearing skirts and dresses. And to be honest, even now I’m still a jeans and tank top kind of girl, but I do have an array of dresses and skirts in my wardrobe that I like to pull out from time to time.

My skirt and dress collection is growing much more rapidly now than anything else in my closet. I feel feminine and pretty when wearing a skirt or dress, and what woman doesn’t want to feel those things?

Pretty in Polka Dots | #SocietyPlus #polkadots #skirt #plussizefashion #fashion #womensfashion

Yesterday was no different as I pranced around in my new Makena Polka Dot Chiffon Skirt from Society+. I have to admit after I put my outfit together, I felt a bit like a 1950’s housewife, with the flowy skirt placed higher on my waist and the bulky yellow necklace, but I had a “pretty in polka dots” vibe going on and nothing was going to ruin it.

My son had soccer practice yesterday and typically I wear my usual yoga pants and tank top of some sort, or in other words, my mom-wear. I needed a change, even if just for the day, and as we walked from the car to the pier where his practice takes place, I noticed I was getting many more stares than I ever noticed before. I realized I wasn’t blending in anymore, but rather, I was standing out and in a good way.

Pretty in Polka Dots | #SocietyPlus #polkadots #skirt #plussizefashion #fashion #womensfashion

To all of my plus size ladies who are reading this – you do not have to hide. Get out of those dark, black clothes and let yourself shine. Whether you stand out with polka dots or want to flaunt your curves in a bright pink skirt, or even a tutu (all of which Society+ has), don’t be afraid to be you. This just so happens to be one of the things I love about Society+.

Society+ offers the young, fun, and vibrant clothing women want, but that plus size women can never find in a regular store. And not only that, but the company is devoted to diversity, in size and everything else.

Pretty in Polka Dots | #SocietyPlus #polkadots #skirt #plussizefashion #fashion #womensfashion

When you shop Society+ you will only find real plus size women, modeling real plus size clothes. Not an average woman modeling the same piece that’s supposed to work on a plus size woman. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m not average. I am above average and have always strived to be in everything I do. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!

As for this Makena Polka Dot Chiffon Skirt, I love that I can wrangle my kids and look good doing it. The little one made a run for it across the grass at the pier, but there are no steps at the end. In fear that she’d run clear off the edge onto the walkway, I had to chase her and snatch her up before she had that chance. As you can see both kids thought it was pretty funny. There’s something fun about wearing a flowy, non-restricting, and twirl-worthy skirt to play with your kids.

Pretty in Polka Dots | #SocietyPlus #polkadots #skirt #plussizefashion #fashion #womensfashion

The only thing I dislike about the skirt is that it’s a little large, but that’s no fault of Society+. I am a size 18/20 in literally every other brand and I measured myself before ordering. But after getting my new skirt I think it’s safe to say I can comfortably size down to a 14/16 and that’s what I should have done with this skirt. It has an elastic waistband, which is comfortable in itself, but as I walked around it inched its way down a little bit and I found myself adjusting it quite often.

Other than that, my new Makena Polka Dot Chiffon Dress is a great addition to my wardrobe and I can’t wait to style it a different way!

Shop the Makena Polka Dot Chiffon Skirt ($69.99) here and save $10 through August 10th with promo code SAS10SKIRT!

How will you style this flowy, twirl-worthy, polka dot skirt?

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*Thank you to Society+ for providing a skirt for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Crate Space = Easy Savings on Household Essentials

Crate Space is an easy way to save on personal and household essentials, without clipping coupons and tracking down sales! #CrateSpace #savingmoney #household #essentials #smartshopper #deliveryservice #homedelivery
~Thank you to Crate Space for providing a free box for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Allow me to introduce you to my newest way of saving time and money – Crate Space. Simply put, Crate Space is a way to get personal and household essentials delivered to my door within a matter of a day or two, and save on those essentials without clipping coupons and tracking down sales. Do you know how much time it takes me to coupon and match up sales?!

How does Crate Space work?

It is super easy, otherwise I probably wouldn’t bother. You know me, trying to make time wherever I can!

Crate Space is an easy way to save on personal and household essentials, without clipping coupons and tracking down sales! #CrateSpace #savingmoney #household #essentials #smartshopper #deliveryservice #homedelivery

Simply head over to Crate Space and add any 5 items on the website to your cart. No matter what their retail price is (which isn’t shown when shopping, by the way), you only pay $29.99 and shipping in the U.S. is absolutely free! Like I said earlier, no clipping coupons, no tracking down sales, and there’s no worry about tax or shipping prices. Just $29.99 and all 5 items are yours!

When you check out, just so you know you’re getting a good deal, Crate Space calculates how much you’re saving based on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of each product you’re ordering. At this point, you see each items retail price.

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What products does Crate Space offer?

Crate Space has a wide variety of essentials, from household and cleaning products, to bath and body, skin care, everyday health, and even essentials for kids. Baby wipes, anyone?

Crate Space is an easy way to save on personal and household essentials, without clipping coupons and tracking down sales! #CrateSpace #savingmoney #household #essentials #smartshopper #deliveryservice #homedelivery

Why is Crate Space better than its competitors?

Amazon: First and foremost there are no membership fees or third-party sellers like with Amazon. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Amazon Prime! But with Crate Space, shipping to the U.S. is always free and I don’t have to pay $99/yr for it to be free.

Jet: Jet has dynamic pricing, meaning prices change from time to time based on demand for a given product. With Crate Space, the pricing NEVER changes.

Boxed: You have to spend $49 with Boxed to get free shipping and the site only offers huge sizes, sometimes making storage an issue at home. Crate Space? I’ve said it already and I’ll say it again – $29.99 plus free shipping! No questions asked.

And last, but not least, Crate Space stocks only the products people really want and in the sizes that are most popular. Have you ever gone to Amazon for paper towels, just to find there’s 25 types/sizes of the same brand? Who has time to look through all of that? I’m trying to make more time in my life for the things that really matter, and that does not include shopping for paper towels. With Crate Space, I can pick the product and keep it moving.

How did I do with my Crate Space box?

Let’s take a closer look at the Crate Space box I just ordered. All 5 products I ordered are ones that I’m currently in need of, or I know I will be soon. I ordered shaving cream (summer’s not quite over yet, so my beary hairy legs have to wait a couple more months), face wash, deodorant (yea, summer again), dishwasher tabs, and batteries (with the upcoming holidays and kids toys, we’ll go through these in no time).

Crate Space is an easy way to save on personal and household essentials, without clipping coupons and tracking down sales! #CrateSpace #savingmoney #household #essentials #smartshopper #deliveryservice #homedelivery

The retail cost of these 5 products is $47.95 plus whatever I would pay in taxes. But with Crate Space I’d pay only $29.99, saving me 38%, and I received my box within 2 days! I’d call that a win. And I didn’t have to clip coupons or shop around for sales.

With it being back to school time, I’m sure there are plenty of things we all need to stock up on. To make it easy, on the Crate Space homepage, there are packages already built. You simply have to click “Add All” and you’re ready for checkout just like that! Sending a child to college? Just think, Crate Space is a perfect way to send them a care package.

Crate Space is an easy way to save on personal and household essentials, without clipping coupons and tracking down sales! #CrateSpace #savingmoney #household #essentials #smartshopper #deliveryservice #homedelivery

Crate Space is an easy way to save on personal and household essentials, without clipping coupons and tracking down sales! #CrateSpace #savingmoney #household #essentials #smartshopper #deliveryservice #homedelivery

What will you put in your first Crate Space box?

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*Thank you to Crate Space for providing a free box for review. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Easy Cream Cheese Marble Brownies + #BrownieBonanza Giveaway

Easy Cream Cheese Marble Brownies + #BrownieBonanza Giveaway

~Thank you to BulbHead for providing me with a Red Copper Brownie Bonanza for review. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~




I really enjoy making sweet treats from scratch, but sometimes a few shortcuts aren’t bad either. This was definitely the case when I made brownies this weekend. I’ve been so busy, but wanted to treat my family to something fun and tasty, so I pulled out all the shortcuts I could to make some Easy Cream Cheese Marble Brownies.

The first shortcut? Using a box brownie mix. I have no shame in admitting that I actually save money and time by sometimes using a box brownie mix. But the taste is still there so my family gets to enjoy the chocolatey treat all the same. Whether you’re loyal to baking from scratch, or use a box brownie mix, there is no judgment here.

Easy Cream Cheese Marble Brownies + #BrownieBonanza Giveaway

The second shortcut? My new Red Copper Brownie Bonanza from BulbHead. Ya’ll! This is a total game changer when it comes to baking brownies. You will never again have to hear your kids complaining about the other one got a bigger piece of brownie because with the Brownie Bonanza, each and every brownie is the same size. And not only that, it’s so simple to get these perfect brownies at no extra effort from you.

Just how does Brownie Bonanza give you the perfect brownies each and every time? Let me show you.

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Brownie Bonanza comes in 4 pieces – pan, tray, grid, and cooling stand (not shown).

Simply place the tray into the pan, and for my Easy Cream Cheese Marble Brownies, mix up the box brownie mix per the box instructions and pour it over the tray.

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Then mix up the cream cheese topping (full recipe below), dollop spoonfuls atop the brownie mix, and swirl it around. Swirl it up/down, left/right, around in swirls, however you want to.

Easy Cream Cheese Marble Brownies + #BrownieBonanza Giveaway

Now, this is where the magic happens. Insert the grid for those perfect sized brownies and bake according to the box instructions.

Easy Cream Cheese Marble Brownies + #BrownieBonanza Giveaway

When the brownies are done baking, remove them from the oven and let them cool. Only remove the grid once the brownies have cooled down. Aside from touching to know they’re cool, you’ll also notice the outsides of the brownies separate from the grid.

The ceramic nonstick, anti-scratch surface is one of the fun features of the Brownie Bonanza. The grid slides right out, leaving you with 18 perfectly sized brownies. I guess I should also mention that even though it’s a nonstick surface, I still took extra precaution and sprayed the pan and grid with nonstick spray.

Easy Cream Cheese Marble Brownies + #BrownieBonanza Giveaway
Just look at those brownies! We’ve already finished off the ones I made over the weekend, but I think I need to make some more.

To make serving just as easy, place the cooling rack underneath the pan/tray and the tray of brownies will separate from the pan. Now all that’s left to do is enjoy!

Easy Cream Cheese Marble Brownies + #BrownieBonanza Giveaway

Easy Cream Cheese Marble Brownies + #BrownieBonanza Giveaway

Easy Cream Cheese Marble Brownies + #BrownieBonanza Giveaway

It’s Red Copper Brownie Bonanza for the shortcut win!

Easy Cream Cheese Marble Brownies + #BrownieBonanza Giveaway

Is the Red Copper Brownie Bonanza a shortcut you’d like to use? You’re just in luck because BulbHead is going to give two lucky Making Time readers their very own Brownie Bonanza! Scroll down for the giveaway form.

Want to make brownies this weekend and can’t wait for the giveaway to end? Head over to BulbHead or Amazon, and grab a Red Copper Brownie Bonanza for $19.99!

What is your favorite brownie recipe?

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Two lucky Making Time readers will win a Red Copper Brownie Bonanza from BulbHead! GOOD LUCK!

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*Thank you to BulbHead for providing me with a Red Copper Brownie Bonanza for review. This post also includes affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


How to Travel in Comfort #Airplus

Traveling can be fun and exciting, but also pretty tiring. Follow these tips on how to travel in comfort and you'll return home revived and ready to go. #travel #airplus
~Thank you to Airplus for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase.~

Have you started crossing destinations off your travel bucket list? If so, I’m sure you’ve realized that traveling can put you outside of your comfort zone, both mentally and physically. While it’s nice to see and visit places near and far, the physical strains can be quite tiring.

I’m the type of person who wants to see and do everything imaginably possible wherever I go. So whether it’s a personal vacation or traveling for business, my body is always hurting when I return home. With that being said, I’ve learned a trick or two about how to travel in comfort so that when I get back, I’m not glued to the pillow recovering before getting back into my usual routine.

Take Only the Essentials

Traveling can be fun and exciting, but also pretty tiring. Follow these tips on how to travel in comfort and you'll return home revived and ready to go. #travel #airplus

I will be the first to admit that on a three day trip, I pack like I’ll be away for a week. You never know what you might do or need while traveling, right? But I’ve slowly learned that really trying to narrow down my luggage to just the necessities will not only save me a little sanity when packing, but it’s less weight I have to lug around. Toting lighter luggage is much easier on my body.

Don’t Skip Out on Sleeping Accommodations

Traveling can be fun and exciting, but also pretty tiring. Follow these tips on how to travel in comfort and you'll return home revived and ready to go. #travel #airplus

If you’re trying to travel on a budget, skipping out on comfortable sleeping accommodations may be a go-to for you. And it makes sense if you’re not going to be in your room other than to sleep. But this can take a major toll on how you feel day after day. Just like at home, if you’re bed isn’t comfortable and you don’t get the rest you need, your travel experience will suffer and so will your body.




Care for Your Feet

Traveling can be fun and exciting, but also pretty tiring. Follow these tips on how to travel in comfort and you'll return home revived and ready to go. #travel #airplus

I don’t know about you, but when I travel I do a LOT of walking and boy, do my feet feel the wrath. Don’t get me wrong, I occasionally take a cab or call an Uber, but when you’re exploring a new place, it’s the little hole in the wall restaurants and stores that make it all worthwhile.

To keep my feet comfortable during the trip and ready to go when I get home, I turn to Airplus. Airplus, a pioneer in unique, comfortable and affordable foot care accessories has everything you need to care for your feet while traveling.

Traveling can be fun and exciting, but also pretty tiring. Follow these tips on how to travel in comfort and you'll return home revived and ready to go. #travel #airplus

I have had plantar fasciitis problems for a few years now and with the help of Airplus Plantar Fascia Orthotics, I’m able to walk for long periods of time in some otherwise uncomfortable shoes, and my feet feel so much better afterwards.

While traveling, I also like to take along my Airplus Aloe Infused Socks. I may or may not be wearing them right now (I totally am). At the end of the day, these babies are great for a little R&R. They’re comfy, ultra-moisturizing, and have a soothing texture. Ahhhh, bliss for my feet.

Traveling can be fun and exciting, but also pretty tiring. Follow these tips on how to travel in comfort and you'll return home revived and ready to go. #travel #airplus

If I’m being honest, I don’t only use Airplus when traveling because they’re also great for everyday use. And I’m not the only one. My boyfriend uses them daily for his commute to and from work. We live in New Jersey, just across the river from New York City. He works in NYC and commutes daily.

His commute consists of walking to the bus stop, taking the bus to the train, taking the train as close as he can to work, and then walking the rest of the way. On top of that he walks anywhere he needs to go during the day, but he never leaves home without Airplus Memory Plus Insoles in his shoes.

Stay Hydrated

Traveling can be fun and exciting, but also pretty tiring. Follow these tips on how to travel in comfort and you'll return home revived and ready to go. #travel #airplus

While traveling, when you’re out and about you don’t want to forget about hydration. Right now, in the middle of summer, the weather is insanely hot. I can’t even walk a block down the street without a few drops of sweat rolling down my face. This doesn’t change just because you’re visiting some place new. Keep a bottle of water handy, or travel with a reusable bottle so you can fill up when you need to. And this goes for cooler weather, too. Don’t be left in the cold without the ability to quench your traveling thirst.

So no matter where your travels take you, make sure you’re set for a comfortable trip and comfortable return back to your usual routine.

Do you have any travel plans in the near future?

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*This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. I also received samples free of charge. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.