Monday, March 31, 2014

U. S. Cellular Blogger Brigade - Using Your Smartphone For Gardening

Last year was the first year I had a "real" garden.  I had planted a few plants each year but last year we went all out and planted a huge garden.  My family loves fresh vegetables and my children loved watching the seeds and plants that we planted grow and produce vegetables.  They also loved to gather the vegetables when they were ready to pick.   According to the National Gardening Association, an average well-maintained garden can yield up to $500 worth of produce, which can help families save money at the grocery store.   It was a wonderful experience and look forward to doing it again.

Luckily, I received my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 right before summer.  I was able to document the progress of my garden, the vegetables they were grew and pictures of my kids showing their excitement when picking the vegetables.  I shared pictures with friends and family and they too enjoyed watching the progress of my garden.

With the help of a smartphone or tablet and some creative apps, both novice and experienced gardeners can simplify and enhance growing their gardens and the planting the seeds for savings.  There are a host of great apps that can ensure you're choosing the right seeds and plants for your climate and conditions, and protecting your investment in your garden.

Whether the desire to see your garden blossom is driven by saving money, simply to add curb appeal to your home, or create a backyard oasis, there are a host of great apps than can ensure you're choosing the right seeds and plants for your climate and conditions, and protecting your investment in your garden.

iScape Free - Before tilling away at the landscape around your home, take a moment to snap a photo of your yard as it is, and use this creative app to add pathways, shrubs, lighting and flowers to view realistic renderings of your ideas. iScape Free, in Apple’s App Store, brings gardening ideas closer to reality before the user spends even a penny on supplies.

Garden Manager - This free Android app, available in Google Play, is perfect for the busy gardener.  The timer allows for multiple alarms to be set for watering, fertilizing, spraying pesticide or custom task.  Snap and save quick photos in the app to treasure the plants you have been growing and even share on social media.

Happy Little Farmer Lite - This free app, in Google Play and Apple’s App Store, brings the whole family together to be involved in the garden without getting dirty. The educational app allows young children to play games that teach how fruits and vegetables grow. Kids can plow, plant, water and even chase bugs away from their own virtual garden, picking up skills they can put to use when working alongside mom and dad in their real one, creating better family moments along the way.

Device Workshops are available in your area to learn more about utilizing all that their device to offer.  To find a workshop near you, click here

Disclosure:  I am a compensated member of the U.S. Cellular Better Moments Blogger Brigade.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, February 28, 2014

U. S. Cellular Blogger Brigade - Love Your Network Phone Challenge

Have you ever left home and forgot your cell phone?  I have and I admit, if I have time I turn around and go back to get it.  I can not live without my phone.  I am not sure how I survived without it.

Cell phones have become a "necessity" for almost everyone.  Mobile devices help us communicate more frequently, share experiences immediately, and generally enrich the quality of our relationships. Whether at home or on-the-go, U.S. Cellular is providing the tools needed to help consumers create, discover, enhance and share life’s Better Moments with their families.

It’s easy to take your mobile phone for granted when you are covered by U.S. Cellular.  Their customers “love their network” and easily forget what it’s like to have dropped calls or no network coverage since U.S. Cellular’s high-speed network has the highest call quality of any national carrier. U.S. Cellular delivers an unmatched customer experience.  U.S. Cellular knows that having an unreliable network, one that doesn’t cover you where you work, live and play, is almost as bad as not having your phone at all.

With nearly half of Americans pledging to communicate more often with family and friends in 2014, mobile phones will prove to be essential for those looking to create better moments with those they care about. So essential in fact, that one in five smartphone owners would rather live without food and water than their mobile devices, according to a recent U.S. Cellular survey[i]. The survey found 76 percent of smartphone users would rather live without chocolate, while 69 percent would rather live without caffeine.

U.S. Cellular is partnering with comedian and filmmaker Mark Malkoff to create the “U.S. Cellular No Phone Challenge,” a social experiment to see what happens when an avid mobile phone user goes an entire week without their device. Malkoff, who is noted for such challenges as living in a furniture store for a week or spending 48 hours handcuffed to his wife, will spend seven days, February 5 through 11, going through his daily routine without being able to use his mobile phone. U.S. Cellular also challenges Americans to spend up to one week without their mobile phone and to share how it affects their routine and personal relationships on Twitter page by using the hashtag “#nophone.”

You can follow Mark's phone challenge:
U. S. Cellular -
Twitter - 
Facebook -
You Tube -

If you are interested, in taking the challenge you can find the 

The "Love Your Network is a wonderful thing.  I considered takng the challenge but I can't do it.  I am constantly driving with around 2 small children and my phone is my security in case of an emergency.  I would not be comfortable being without my phone for 1 day.

¹ Between November 15 - December 2, 2013, 500 nationally representative online interviews were conducted among smartphone users in partnership with Martiz Research.

Disclosure:  I am a compensated member of the U.S. Cellular Better Moments Blogger Brigade.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thought of the Day

"True friendship isn't about being inseperable, its being seperate and nothing changes."

Author Unknown

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

3 of My Favorite Thrifty Pins This Week

Here is a list of 3 of my favorite thrifty pins this week:  Valentine's Day Dinner at Home

Valentine's Day Dinner - Cute idea for kids.

Sweet Candy Candle - Cute and thrifty table decoration.

Valentine's Day Tablescape - Imagine what you could do with things you already have.  I have lots of red things I could use in my Christmas decorations.

FREE Subscription to Fit Pregnancy Magazine

Click here to request your FREE subscription to Fit Pregnancy Magazine available from ValueMags.  Hurry only a certain number available!

Cash4Books - Earn an Extra 5% in February Plus Sell Your Old iPhones and iPads

Visit, sell 3 or more books, enter bonus code - 28Days to activate your 5% bonus.  Ship at no charge and get paid for your books and earn an extra 5%.

 Follow these 3 easy steps to get an extra 5% cash for your books:

  1. Visit and sell 3 or more books. 
  2. During checkout, enter bonus code 28Days to activate your bonus.
  3. Ship for free & get paid for your books. PLUS your 5% bonus. 
Offer expires February 28, 2014.

A great way to get rid of some clutter and make some extra money. 
Also, Cash4Books is now buying used iPhones and iPads.  Click here for more details.

Vistaprint - $10 Phone Cases

 Purchase Custom Phone Case from Vistaprint for only $10.  This would make a great thrifty Valentine's Day gift.

FREE Sample of Maxwell House International Delight Coffee

Click here to request your FREE sample of Maxwell House International Delight Coffee.

New Coupons Available

Great coupons are available.  Print them while you can.

$1.00 off Sparkle 6 count Regular Roll or Larger
$1.00 off any one Skintimate Shave Gel or Creme
$1.00 off ONE Pantene Styler or Treatment Product
$0.75 off any one (1) Dove Beauty Bar
$1.00 off any (2) packages of Hefty Slider Bags

Thought of the Day

"And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good."

John Steinbeck

Monday, February 3, 2014

My Favorite Drug Store Deals This Week - 2/2-2/8

Here is a list of my favorite deals at CVS this week:

Colgate Multi-Pack Toothpaste or Toothbrush - $3.19
Receive $3 ECB
Final Price - .19 after ECB
Limit 2

Colgate Max, Total, 2 in 1 , or Optic White Toothpaste - $2.99
Use $1 coupon 1/19 SS
and Use $2.25 CVS coupon printing at CVS coupon machine
Final Price - FREE plus overage

Flippo Berio Olive Oil - $2.99
Use $1 printable coupon
Final Price - $1.99 

Here is a list of my favorite deals at Walgreens:

Renew Life Love Your Heart - $20
Receive $20 Mail In Rebate
Final Price - FREE

Artic Naturals Daily Omega-3 - $15
Receive $15 Mail In Rebate
Final Price - FREE 

Swisse Ultivite Multivitamins - $7.99
Receive 5000 points
Use $7/1 printable coupon
Final Price - FREE plus overage after coupon and points

Culturelle - $10
Receive $10 RR
Final Price - FREE after RR

Azo Cranberry Urinary Tract Health Supplement - $10
Use $1 printable coupon
Receive $10 RR
Final Price - FREE plus overage after RR and coupon

AZO Urintary Tract Strips - $8
Receive $8 RR
Use $1 printable coupon
Final Price - FREE plus overage after RR and coupon

Mountain Dew Kickstart - $1
Receive $1 RR
Final Price - FREE

Jameson Melatonin - $7
Receive $7 RR
Final Price - FREE after RR

Next10 Energy Shots - $5
Receive $5 RR
Final Price - FREE after RR 

Here is a list of my favorite deals at Rite Aid this week:

Nothing this week!

FREE Sample of Teamonger Tea

Click here to request your FREE sample of Teamonger Tea.

FREE Sample of Burberry Brit Rhythm Perfume

Click here to enter to request a FREE sample of Burberry Brit Rhythm perfume.

Cheerios Coupon - Buy 1 Get 1 FREE


Cheerios is also partnering with a non-profit organization called The Family Dinner Project, to bring you The Family Breakfast Project, which provides tips, recipes and activities to help families connect over breakfast. Use the limited time, buy one get one free coupon to get begin experimenting with the Family Breakfast Project recipes and activities.
The coupon is valid only until February 15th, and limited to only one million first come first served respondents.

Click here to print your coupon to Buy 1 Get 1 FREE cheerios.