Get More Savings When You Buy Gift Cards At Giant Eagle #GE2xdip

This post is sponsored by Tatu Digital Media.  Any opinions expressed are my own.  

 

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving and Black Friday is upon us.  This crept up on me so fast! I realize I still have to get a few odds and ends for Thanksgiving dinner and get my sister a gift for her birthday.  I made plans to stop at Giant Eagle tomorrow to pick up some pumpkin pie filling.  I realized I could pick up a gift card for my sister while I’m there too.  Then I realized…hey while I’m at it I should grab some gift cards for Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping and for any other gifts I was planning on giving.

Why buy gift cards at Giant Eagle instead of anywhere else? Well that reason is simple.  For every $50 I spend on gift cards at Giant Eagle I earn 20 cents off per gallon of gas.  You read that right 20 cents off per gallon.  I’ve seen some savvy Giant Eagle shoppers paying next to nothing for filling up after buying gift cards or doing their regular grocery shopping from Giant Eagle.  With the gas prices dropping across the US, that could mean some seriously cheap fuel ups for buying gift cards you were going to get anyway.

Another reason to get gift cards, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Let me give you a for instance.  My son has an iPod Touch on his Christmas list.  I’ve been scoping prices and Best Buy has some good deals so I was planning on getting him the iPod Touch there.  I could buy $100 in Best Buy gift cards to buy that iPod touch and score 40 cents off per gallon (20 cents off for every $50 spent on gift cards). Yep, that’s really how it works.  They have tons of gift cards to choose from: Red Lobster, Amazon, GameStop, iTunes, and lots of others.

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Here’s more details:

Use gift cards like cash when you shop this holiday, and save even more! Now at Giant Eagle you can double your savings, earning 20¢ fuelperks! for every $50

you spend on gift cards, PLUS extra credit card rewards! Here’s how it works: Fuel Offer: Through 12/17, earn 20¢ fuelperks! for every $50 you spend on ANY

gift card! “Variable” gift cards from the participating brands count too, and youcan add any amount you want up to $500!

Earn Credit Card Rewards: By using your favorite rewards credit card topurchase gift cards, 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 $9 when you purchase $100 in participating gift

cards:$6 off fuel: When you buy a $100 gift card you earn $.40/gallon of gas. That’s $6in savings for a 15 gallon tank! $3 back: If you earn 3% on grocery purchases

through your credit card rewards program.

Get more info at your local Giant Eagle!

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Brooklyn Bean Variety Pack Review

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I have a Keurig Mini.  Love it, only thing I don’t like…the cost of some of the K-cups.  I’d love to try new flavors but what if I don’t like them?  I’ll pay the price if I know I like it.  That’s why I’m also hesitant to try brands I haven’t tried before. Brooklyn Beans has the really cool variety pack that has light, medium, and dark roasts that include: Breakfast Blend, Boardwalk Blend, Brooklyn Bridge, Colombian, Cyclone, Donut Shop, Fugheddaboutit and French Roast. Brooklyn Beans cups 682x1024 Brooklyn Bean Variety Pack Review

Brooklyn Beans has a 40 count variety pack  Brooklyn Bean Variety Pack Review.  The description said it includes 4 of each of the flavors listed above but mine also included: Vanilla Skyline, Coney Island Caramel, Cinnamon Subway, and Breakfast Blend Decaf that wasn’t listed in the description.  That’s awesome in my book because I do love the flavors! There is something for everyone in this box.  From the mild Breakfast Blend, to decaf, to the bold Fugheddaboutit! you’ll enjoy working your way through this box of Boston themed flavors.  I’m a fan of milder flavors and flavored coffees.  My one son likes coffee too but I usually only allow him decaf.  The first one I had to try was the Maple Sleigh.  I brewed a cup in my Keurig mini.  Oh could you smell the maple.  I couldn’t wait until it was done brewing to take a sip! Brooklyn Beans maple sleigh 1024x724 Brooklyn Bean Variety Pack Review I just love me a fresh brewed cup of coffee!  The flavor of the Maple Sleigh was awesome.  I added a little bit of almond milk creamer just because I can’t drink black coffee but you could still taste the maple flavor of the coffee.   The next time I was ready for a cup I went for was the Vanilla Skyline.  Yep another winner.  This one had a milder vanilla flavor than the strength of the maple flavor but still good none-the-less. My son tried the Breakfast blend decaf and he said it was pretty good. Here’s a pic of all the flavors I received.  A lot right?  This would be the perfect variety pack to have on hand if you family coming to visit or stay with you.  As I said, something for everyone! Blog 0052 1024x682 Brooklyn Bean Variety Pack Review There’s so many flavors I’m still working my way through them. My father-in-law likes his coffee stronger so I had him try the Fuhgeddaboutit and he said it was pretty good.  Ok now I have to tell you another reason I like this variety pack. Other than the awesome flavors and the taste, a 40 count variety pack from Brooklyn Beans is only $22 on amazon!  Seriously.  I usually see  18-20 counts for that much but you get 40!! And if you already know you don’t like the darker roasts or the milder roasts there are variety packs just for you!  You can get a bold or breakfast blends too!  I highly recommend the one I got though.  I’m enjoying trying all the yummy flavors!  I do need to tell you that these aren’t compatible with Keurig 2.0 brewers.

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a 40 count Boston Beans Variety Pack

 

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Dream Team Pets Review

I received the below mentioned product as part of the US Family Guide blogger program.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

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Do you have trouble getting your child to sleep through the night? Do they have a fear of the dark?  Do they wake easy? Dream Team Pets may look like a cute and soft stuffed animal that comes with a book but it’s really a sleep training tool.

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My youngest son has his own room.  His older brothers share a room because it’s a much bigger room.  My youngest son used to be good about going to bed in his own room. Then they got into this “sleepover” thing where he’d want to sleep in their room.  I would let him about once a week but after a while he wanted to more and more.  I decided it wasn’t good because he needed to learn to sleep in his own bed.  The one day he told me he was “scared” in his room by himself which he had never said to me before.  I wasn’t sure if it was an excuse for a sleep over or if it was the truth.

When I was a little girl, I used to be afraid of the dark.  My dad used to line stuffed animals up around our bed and tell us (my sister and I) that they would protect us. It worked for the most part.  I wasn’t really sure how a Dream Team Pet would do much better than a regular stuffed animal.

The idea of a the Dream Team Pet is that they are “trained” to protect kids from nightmares and things.  The book tells about what they do and what your child has to do to protect them and make sure they have a good night sleep.  There’s a little pledge they do each night to remind “their pet” of what they are supposed to do.  Each pet comes with a certificate. When your child is able to sleep through the night without nightmares they get to put a sticker on the Dream Team Pet’s certificate of training.  Once they get 7 days in a row, your child’s pet is officially trained.  If your child does have  a nightmare or doesn’t stay in bed your child will know their Dream Team Pet still needs training. The responsibility is put on the Dream Team Pet rather than your child feeling like they did it.

My son got Mighty Lion to review.  He was soft to touch but firm enough for a good squeeze or cuddle.  Also able to sit up well to “guard” his bed..that’s what we did anyway.

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At first I don’t think my son was that into it.  I mean, he liked having a new stuff animal to cuddle but the routine of reading the book each night and then getting to put the sticker on the Dream Team Pet’s certificate is what really got him into it I think.  We talked about it . I’d ask him if his Dream Team Pet did a good job helping him sleep and he’d say yes.   This would make a great gift for a child that could use some help sleeping at night.

Dream Team Pets has 3 cute and brave team members: Mighty Lion, Magical Cat, and Playful Puppy

Get 30% Off Dream Team Pets the innovative child sleep training toy with code: USFGUIDE http://tinyurl.com/kjl37aa Dream Team Pets Review

You can also find Dream Team Pets on these social media sites:

Facebook: facebook.com/dreamteampets
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Twitter: @dreamteampets


Cornelius Teether from Baby Banana Brush Review

I received the below mentioned product as part of the US Family Guide blogger program. Any opinions expressed are my own.
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I did an initial post for Baby Banana Brush just a couple weeks ago.  Baby Banana Brush was a mom created product that happened after a scary incident with a regular toothbrush.  She shares her story with us here:

The Baby Banana Brush Story:
A few years ago, my two-year-old grandson tripped and fell on his toothbrush as he was trying to brush his teeth. The traditional hard plastic toothbrush punctured the roof of his mouth and came within centimeters of entering his brain. As a mother of 8, I knew that this all-to-common occurrence of babies falling on hard toothbrushes should be preventable, but how? As these questions were on my mind, I discussed them with my daughter-in-law, who is a dental hygienist and with her insight the idea for a flexible infant toothbrush was born.

She taught me about the safety specifications we would need, such as a slight “C” shape to our brush. We brainstormed about ideas of fun things that might fit that “C” shape and came up with the Banana! I had some experience from previous products my company was developing with plastics and other materials. I consulted with several engineers and determined that 100% medical grade silicone would be the best material to serve our “flexible” needs.Next, I went to Taiwan – the silicone capital of the world – in 2004. There I met with the company that would eventually become our manufacturer. We had our toothbrush FDA registered, patented and tested with private labs. We knew we had created something unique – a flexible toothbrush and teether in one – which did not exist in the market at that time.

We launched our product at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists Convention in Washington, D.C. May 2008. There was lots of excitement for the product at this convention, and we began selling our toothbrush in pediatric dental offices and baby boutique stores.

My own daughter is 20 months old.  She’s to the point where she wants to do everything herself.  I’ve watched her gag herself a number of times using her regular toddler toothbrush.  She’ll run around with hers.  I’m a worry wart parent and my big fear was her tripping with it in her mouth and it goes down her throat.  Baby Banana Brush has several super cute and safer toothbrush and teether designs.  There is, or course, the original Baby Banana Brush but they also have other cute designs like the Cornelius teether, Baby Banana Octo-brush, and Baby Banana Sharky Brush.

We got to test out one of these super cute and safer toothbrushes.  We received the Cornelius Teether.

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The Cornelius teether said it’s for infants 3-12 months.  Since my daughter was 20 months, I wasn’t sure if she would get the benefits from it.  She is still teething in the back.  It seems she keeps getting more and more teeth popping through.  I put some of her toddler training toothpaste on it. She seemed visually interested in it right off the bat.  I told her it was a toothbrush and she new just what to do.

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She enjoyed chewing on this. I think it did feel good on the areas where teeth are still coming in.  For the amount of teeth she has though I still needed to use a regular toothbrush to give her teeth a good clean. I think this Cornelius style toothbrush would be better suited for younger babies with less teeth than my daughter has.  Still, this seem to be her favorite toothbrush.  She’s been carrying it around the house chewing on it. The soft design and wide handles makes me feel better about her running around with it compared to her regular toothbrush.

In case you’re wondering, Baby Banana Brush does have a toddler training toothbrush meant for babies over 12 months of age and the Sharky brush says it for up to 24 months.

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You can find Baby Banana Brush here:

Website: babybananabrush.com

Twitter: @babybananabrush

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Baby-Banana-Brush/313538811436

Pinterest: pinterest.com/babybananabrush


Tuttorosso “Celebrate the Sauce” Promotion

I will be receiving compensation for this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.  Giveaway is sponsored by Tuttorosso.

Based in the Midwest, Tuttorosso is proudly grown by Red Gold, which is third generation family-owned and family-run. The tomatoes are carefully grown in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, where the climate and soil are perfect for tomatoes.

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November 19, Tuttorosso kicked off their “Celebrate the Sauce” promotion. They recently launched their new website that includes awesome recipes, a blog with inspirational ideas, and even stories from home cooks like you and I.  They also introduced a “Sunday Sauce Recipes” section to inspire cooks everywhere.  You can find recipes like this marinara sauce recipe:

Perfect Marinara Sauce

Ingredients

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon Tuttorosso® Tomato Paste
1 (35 ounce) can Tuttorosso® Peeled Plum Italian Style Tomatoes with natural basil flavor, crushed with hands
1/4 teaspoon sugar
5 whole basil leaves
Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat oil in skillet.  Add garlic and cook over medium heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Add the peeled plum tomatoes with natural basil flavor, sugar and basil.  Stir to combine and then add salt and black pepper and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer sauce over low heat, stirring occasionally until thickened and reduced, about 30 minutes.  Taste and season again with salt and black pepper if needed.  Discard basil and garlic cloves.
  • Serve over your favorite pasta.  Top with fresh torn basil leaves and grated fresh Parmesan cheese.

PROMOTION: That’s not all, Tuttorosso also has a special promotion on their facebook page. They are giving away 1000 aprons every week, 1 heirloom wooden spoon a week, and a grand prize of a Martha Stewart cookware set! Enter here: facebook.com/tuttorossotomato

Tuttorosso is also offering a special giveaway for Luv Saving Money readers!

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a Tuttorosso kit that contains:

1 28-oz can crushed with basil

1 28-oz. can peeled plum Italian style

1 28-oz can of sauce and a 6-oz can of tomato paste,

 a Tuttorosso apron

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and recipes, such as Four Meat Italian Gravy and the Perfect Marinara Sauce