Saturday, April 29, 2017

Earn Cash Back Using Ebates

Do you love the convenience of shopping online? If the answer is yes, do you use Ebates? If your answer is no then you MUST start now. I've known for awhile that Ebates existed but I never remembered to use it. Since Mike and I both work full time we LOVE shopping online. Especially for basic household products. Now that I'm using Ebates I hate to think how much cash I've missed out on earning over the years. This month I've made sure to use Ebates for all our purchases (and making sure that Mike does as well). And it has paid off! Our April earnings are below.

So what is Ebates? They are cash back made simple! You create an account, shop through links on their website or install the cash back button on your computer (they also have an app), apply any available coupon codes and make your purchases. Then every few months you get a check or paypal payment from them.

How does Ebates afford to give people free money? The easiest explanation I found was they are sharing money they are making through affiliate links. Ebates is also making money when we go to their website and click on the links and make a purchase - in turn they are sharing that money with us!

When will I get my payment from Ebates? Currently - to be eligible for a May check, your cash back balance must have been greater than $5.00 by 4/1/2017. If your current cash back balance reached $5.01 after 4/1/2017 you will receive a check in August.

Here are our April earnings (minus the earnings from a hotel we booked)...Are we going to get rich using Ebates? Umm, no. But we were planning to make these purchases so why not take advantage of earning a little cash back... Here is the breakdown...

Walgreens - $0.65 (spent $16.08)
Carters - $1.13 (spent $44.86)
Kohls - $0.84 (spent $13.99)
Etsy - $0.05 (spent $5.00)
JCPenney - $31.16 (spent $311.53)
Walgreens - $0.98 (spent $34.75)

Total earned: $44.70

So yes, depending on the rewards sometimes your cash back amount is going to be small. But hey, maybe at least you'll have to enough money saved up to treat your family to an ice cream date!!

So what are you waiting for? 
Get over to Ebates website and join today!! 

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Easter Time At Hagerstown Park

Many beautiful Sunday afternoon's you will find us wandering around at City Park. The Sunday before Easter was no exception and we ended up catching the end of a petting zoo that had been set up that day. Sheep, goats, ducks and a calf!! Levi loved it!!

This sweet baby was all tuckered out!! 

Playtime at the park is always fun!! 

And we saw the first baby ducks of the season! 

Pretty areas by the Art Museum! 


The Art Of Eating A Chocolate Pig

A friend bought Levi the book Small Pig for his birthday and a very important thing came along with the book - a chocolate pig!! We had so many birthdays in March (lots of cake and sweets) that I just finally let him eat the pig last week...

The art of eating a chocolate pig can be very complicated... Especially the first part where you have to sit through your Mom taking a million pictures of you smiling!

But finally permission is granted to eat the pig and you chow down! You don't stop until every last bite of chocolate has been demolished! 

Next challenge is the art of eating a chocolate bunny!! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

This Is Us - Life Puppy Sitting

Levi LOVES dogs and I always think how nice it would be if Levi could have his own puppy. So when a co-worker of mine needed someone to watch their puppy for the weekend I thought - PERFECT!! Just the thing to see what it would be like to have a dog without actually committing to a dog. And as it turns out I don't think Levi will be getting a dog any time soon. Milo was adorable and fun to have around for a couple days but I think we'll wait until Levi is ready for the responsibility of owning a pet or maybe longer... ;-)

So glad I captured these giggles!! 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spark Naturals 5ml Essential 4 Pack

I try not to bombard my blog readers with too many sales posts but this one is too good not to share!! 

Whether you are NEW to Essential Oils, or have used them for years, this week's special is for YOU! Spark Natural's 5 ml Essential 4-Pack Kit with Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, and Peppermint is only $15!!! And...FREE SHIPPING! $15 to get quality, pure essential oils into your home is a GREAT DEAL!!! Sale runs until April 9, 2017. Save an additional 10% off your entire order (making the kit just $13.50) when you use coupon code: simplyhealth

You can shop at: to take advantage of this special! 

Lavender has a balancing and healing effect on the nervous system, reduces emotional tension and is used in the treatment of tension-related illnesses. It offers a soothing and antispasmodic effect on tight muscles, digestive problems, spasmodic coughs, menstrual cramps, insomnia, and tension headaches. Great for restless leg syndrome. Because of it’s anti-inflammatory, skin-healing properties, Lavender will help heal burns, bug bites, wounds, bee stings, rashes, acne, and skin irritations or infections.

Lemon is often used in household cleaning products due to it’s great antibacterial properties and is even an excellent degreaser. It is an immune system stimulant, protects and nourishes the liver, and is good for reducing nausea, especially when combined with Peppermint.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) is used most often for fungal infections and works great when combined with other antifungal oils such as Eucalyptus Citriodora, Geranium, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ho Wood Lemongrass, Patchouli, Spikenard, and Palmarosa.

Peppermint is antifungal, anti-inflammatory, stimulating to the circulatory system, and analgesic. It can be used to aid digestion when diluted and rubbed on the stomach. It is also used in cool compresses for nausea, headaches or travel sickness, and is excellent in reducing acute, hot pain. 

This sale ends April 9, 2017 so get your Essential 4 pack kit today!! 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Baker Park Frederick MD

Anytime the weather is beautiful over the weekend we are always looking for fun places that are not too far away that we can go to and walk and play. Last weekend was one of those weekends. Mike found Baker Park in Frederick, MD and wanted to go check it out. I grabbed a few non-cooperative pictures of the little man before we headed out...

It was an easy drive and finding the park wasn't difficult. There are no parking lots so you have to rely on street parking. Fortunately there seemed to be plenty of nearby streets with free parking which is always a plus! And there were plenty of areas for us to walk and explore! First up a quick Mommy & Levi selfie! 

Levi can find benches to sit on and rocks to climb on no matter where our travels take us! 

Culler Lake 

Homes and buildings we saw while walking...

Mike by the Skaters Shelter at Culler Lake 

The walk ended up connecting us with Carroll Creek Canal which is a place we normally end up at in Frederick so that was a nice surprise! Mike and Levi along the Carroll Creek Canal


Beautiful Baker Park! Apparently they have a children's theater here in the summer!

Playing at the one playground and then supper at Red Robin (where Levi ate most of my hamburger)!


We had a great time exploring Baker Park in Frederick, MD and definitely recommend it anytime your looking for something to do on a weekend. Next time we are packing a picnic lunch and getting ice cream along the Carroll Creek canal!