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New Zealand is a beautiful country that is rich in culture, wilderness and friendly people. It has incredibly diverse landscapes from mountains to glaciers to geothermal pools to beaches to rolling vineyards and everything in between. Moving to New Zealand offers the opportunity to enjoy a laid back pace of life and it is a dream destination for outdoor lovers.

If you are interested in learning more about New Zealand or perhaps applying for a visa for New Zealand, here are a few things that you probably didn’t know about this country.

It Embraces Scottish Culture

Did you know that New Zealand has a higher number of Scottish pipe bands per capita compared to any other country in the world – even Scotland? Scottish culture is alive and well in New Zealand and more than half of the population is of Scottish descent.

It’s Made up of Mostly Animals

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Storm Trooper Cup Cakes {Star Wars Rebel Party} #BDayOnBudget #Ad #CBias

In our family, we have 2 summer birthdays to celebrate. Birthdays can be an expensive event so we try and do as much as we can to save some money. For my son’s 7th birthday he wanted a Star Wars Rebels Birthday Party. So we went to Walmart to grab some party supplies and groceries to have a fun party.

Storm Trooper Cup Cakes {Star Wars Rebel Party} #BDayOnBudget #Ad #CBias

Walmart had such a great selection. We bought napkins, paper plates, cups, a tablecloth, goodie bags, and they even had a nice package of party favors to add to the goodie bags. Read more…

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Florida Vacation Tips

by Janell on July 29, 2015

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It seems like everyone wants to go to Florida over the course of a summer. There are endless beaches and resort areas that welcome guests from all over the country.  But if you wait to vacation too late, you may just find that all the local hotels have been booked.

Luckily summer isn’t the only time of year when weather is great in Florida. Depending on the part of the state you visit, it can be a year round paradise.

This list will help show you what you need to know if you need some quick alternatives for family fun.

Kennedy Space Center

If you have never been to the Space Coast area of Florida, this could be the perfect time to go.

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This information is part of a promotional program with HP and MomSelect. I have been compensated for my time. All opinions are my own. 

HP Ink 2

In our house my printer gets used a lot! My kids love to print coloring pages and activity sheets. Now that school is about to start we are going to be printing a lot more stuff. Plus my husband just started his Doctorate degree and he has been printing a lot of papers too.

One thing I hate is when I go to print my coupons or my recipe lists and we have run out of ink. I usually try to have back up ink cartridges in the house. I don’t like to run out.

Right now you can get a great deal on HP ink. They are buy 1 get 1 for 50% off! You can purchase the in at the HP website, as well as at retailers such as Staples, Best Buy and Office Depot. This is a great time to stock up on ink for the school year.

This is the best deal on HP ink since 2012 so make you stock up and save!

I have an HP Envy printer and I love it! It is wireless and my kids can use the touch screen to print out coloring pages and activity sheets. They even have access to crafts and recipes they can find for us to do together. If you are looking for a new printer, I highly recommend it!

This offer ends August 1, 2015.  

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake + Food Lions Recipe Portal #LifesBetterWithTheLion

 

I love to spend time in the kitchen but sometimes I run out of ideas. Or I have a few extra ingredients in the house I would love to use. I have found so many great recipes online. Food Lion has a recipe portal that offers many great recipes. Plus you can upload your own recipes to their website to share.

The Food Lion recipe portal has really great search options. If I take chicken out for dinner, I can just search for chicken recipes. You can also pick beef, pork, or salmon. You can even search for quick recipes. This is really going to help when my kids are back to school and I am working.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake + Food Lions Recipe Portal #LifesBetterWithTheLion

This is a really great resource for when I do my meal planning. I usually have some meat in the house that I would like to use.  I can do a search and create my meal plan based on the recipes I find. That way I only need to purchase a few items to make the recipe.

They have other ways you can search for recipes like which meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack. You can search for regional recipes – would you like to try a Greek or Chinese recipe? Or you can search by ingredient. Right now I have about 3 pounds of bacon on my refrigerator and I can find different recipes that contain bacon. The possibilities are endless!

I have a recipe for a really moist and delicious Sour Cream Coffee Crumb Cake. I just can’t get enough of it, so I thought it would be the perfect recipe to share online. It was so easy to list the ingredients, add the instructions, and I could also add any images I had of the recipe.

Find New Recipes at Food Lions Recipe #LifesBetterWithTheLion

Here’s a peek at my Moist Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe, but if you want the full recipe you need to visit the Food Lion Recipe Portal. Read more…

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Earn A FREE Mattress (Or A Huge Discount)

by Janell on July 29, 2015

This post contains my referral link. All opinions are my own. 

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Wow – is it time for a new mattress? To help promote their upcoming website launch, Helix Sleep is offering up some awesome rewards when you refer friends and family! Through August 3rd at Noon ET, head here and enter your email address for your unique referral link that may earn you Helix Sleep store credits and possibly even a FREE Mattress!

All you need to do is click here and then you will get your personal referral link.

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But hurry! You have just 1 week to get enough referrals! GO now!

 

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It’s Tom Thumb Anniversary sale and there are plenty of deals going on in-store! It’s the perfect time to stock up your favorite brands like Doritos, Gatorade, and More!

Huge Anniversary Sale At  Albertsons, Star Market, Randall's, Tom Thumb & More! #ad #AHugeSale #CollectiveBias

 Tom Thumb is a great grocery store! I can find everything I need and they always have so many great sales. The employees are so friendly and helpful. I am so excited about this sale so I can stock up on everything I need before the back to school rush starts.

My local Tom Thumb store has these awesome deals during their Huge Anniversary sale, but you can be sure to check out what great deals are available at your local Albertsons, Star Market, Randall’s, and Safeway  too!

  • Fresh Atlantic Salmon 4.77 lb.
  • Doritos, Lays and Kettle Chips $1.99 ea. Limit 4
  • Gatorade, 32 fl. oz. $0.59 ea. Limit 8

There are a lot of awesome deals! Be sure to shop this HUGE Anniversary sale at Tom Thumb and share your favorite in the comments below!

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Our family just discovered Blue Bunny ice cream a few months ago. I shared a recipe for Hot Fudge and Peanut Butter sauce to make sundaes with Blue Bunny ice cream. Whenever we go to the store my kids beg for it. So I am excited that there will be a coupon in Sunday’s paper to save $1! Keep the good times rolling this summer with Blue Bunny!

Check your local newspaper on Sunday, August 2 for a special offer on Blue Bunny ice cream cartons, cones, sandwiches and bars redeemable at a retailer near you.

Whether it’s the signature Bunny Tracks, classic Simply Vanilla ice cream sandwiches or irresistibly fun Mini Swirls, ice cream aficionados throughout all 50 states can choose from tantalizingly tasty Blue Bunny ice cream flavors and a delectable collection of cones, sandwiches and bars.

Made in Le Mars, Iowa, Blue Bunny uses fresh milk sourced from local dairy farms and turns it into delicious ice cream within 24 hours. For more information about Blue Bunny, visit www.bluebunny.com.

The following states will receive a $.75 cent offer: NV, ND, CA, ID, KS, LA, MN, TN, WI, CO. Offer not available in DE and WY.

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Quinoa Dinner Recipe {12 Days Of}

by Rach on July 27, 2015

Quinoa Dinner Recipe {12 Days Of}

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Welcome back! It is the last day of our 12 Days of Blogger’s Favorite Recipe! And we have something that not only tastes great but is also good for you! Quinoa is one of my favorite things to cook with, so I know I’m going to love today’s recipe!

This quinoa recipe comes from Stephanie at Sharing A to Z. It is fast, healthy and so versatile! You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry and it is ready in less than 15 minutes. So, it is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. To try it for your meal, check out the recipe here: http://sharingatoz.com/2015/07/quinoa-dinner/

Don’t forget to check out all 12 of our recipes on the linky below and I hope you enjoyed them all!


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Lasagna Rollups Recipe {12 Days Of}

by Rach on July 26, 2015

Lasagna Rollups Recipe {12 Days Of}

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Welcome back to our 12 Days of Blogger’s Recipes! For day 11 of the 12 Days of Our Favorite Recipes series we have a recipe from Jennifer at The Savings Opportunity. Jennifer is sharing her simple lasagna roll ups recipe, which is fun to make and always a family favorite. Not only will the adults love it, but you know the kids are going to love it too! The recipe is simple enough to make that you can even get the kids in the kitchen with you and make a meal all together!
The simple lasagna roll ups recipe uses only 8 ingredients and is easy to follow. The recipe makes enough for a hearty family dinner the day you make it, plus extra roll ups that you can freeze for future meals. Head over to the simple lasagna roll ups recipe to get full instructions.




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