Product Review: iLuv Selfy Case

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Selfy’s.  Everyone seems to be doing them, but in nearly all of them, you see that extended arm in the shot.  You know what I am talking about – don’t you?  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to take a selfy that actually didn’t have that issue?   iLuv has the answer — it is the Selfy case.

The iLuv Selfy Case (retails for $69.99) is a plastic and rubber case which includes a built-in kick stand for your device.  It is paired with a bluetooth remote (which slides into the back of the case when not in use).  The remote is used to take the pictures – which allows you to set your device up, use the remote and take a Selfy that doesn’t include the dreaded “arm shot.”

The case was actually better than I thought it would be.  It includes a hard plastic piece which surround the device.  It then slides into the outer plastic shell, which provides additional cushion for the device.  There are proper cut outs for your charger, camera and headphone ports, which were large enough to work with most accessories.

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While it is built to protect, I will admit that I had a tougher time getting the hard plastic case onto the device.  It had to snap on tightly and then trying to remove it was also difficult.  I suppose you could say that it is that way to protect the device to ensure it doesn’t pop out, but I did have to push pretty hard to get it to snap into place.


Once the device is in the case, you simply have to pair the remote to your device. The instructions to do this were very well written and it took less than 10 seconds to get up and running.  Then, you just need to open your camera app, prop up your device and then start snapping away!!!

My kids and I had some fun.  In fact, we were having a girls’ afternoon and so decided to give the device a try.  Here are two of our own Selfy’s:


All in all, I really think this is an awesome device.  I can see this being so great to take those family photos or other shots, where you want to be included – but would rather your arm be down by your side!!

I received this product for review.  All opinions are my own and were not influenced by any parties.


How an Organized Pantry Can Save You Money

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A couple of weeks ago, I went to get something out of our pantry and ended up finding a couple of items which were expired.  That meant — throwing away food.  I knew better than to let it get that messy.  You see, when your pantry is organized it helps SAVE you money!  Follow my tips below to find out simple things you can do to not only organize your pantry (or even cupboards) so you aren’t throwing money into the trash!

Here’s what my pantry looked like before I got started.  With 3 kids home all summer long, you can see it took it’s toll.


We had boxes shoved in sideways, empty bags, empty cardboard and items just lying losely.  This made it difficult to find what we wanted for a snack or even to see what I had on hand for planning my weekly menu and shopping trip.    I just couldn’t take it anymore.  I had to take some time to just organize it.   It wasn’t difficult, but if you don’t know where to start, it can seem like a daunting task.

Start only when you have a few hours.  If you try to rush this job, it will not end up being done the way you want, which can create more stress.  Allow yourself a couple of hours (at least) so you can do it the right way, which will pay off in the end.

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Have the proper storage.  The best way I find we save money is when food (like chips and crackers) in containers that we can see through.  Not only does it help my kids find what they want, but it also prevents it from going stale.  There is nothing worse than wanting some crackers and taking a bite, to find that they have gone stale because they were not properly stored.  BLECH!

I spent around $50 and picked up a few new containers.  Granted, I did already have several on hand, so I didn’t have to spend too much.  I know that this investment will pay for itself as I won’t be throwing away food that has gone bad.  These containers will last years and years, and so it was an investment which was important to make.

Take EVERYTHING out of your panty/cupboard.  As you do so, check for items which are stale and/or even expired and throw them away.  You may even find items that you purchased and will not use, which you could donate to your local food pantry.

Scrub the pantry/cupboard.  Before you consider starting to put your items away, make sure it is has been thoroughly swept and cleaned.  I find that it is easy for boxes to fall over and crumbs to empty onto the floor.  I’ve even found drips and other stains on our shelving.  By starting clean, you are also keeping away pests (which costs you money to eliminate and can also result in having to throw food away).

Fill your containers with items which are in boxes.  In our home, we keep all chips, crackers and cereal in containers.  That helps it all stay fresh for so much longer – and makes it easier for my kids to see what we have so they can find what they want for a snack or breakfast quickly (well, relatively speaking at least).

Make a shopping list as you put items away.  You may had to throw away items while cleaning, which means you need to purchase more.  You might also find that you are running low on a staple (i.e. rice).  If you make a shopping list as you put items back, you will help make sure you’ve got those items you need.  There is nothing worse than having to run to the store for one ingredient when trying to make dinner!  I HATE doing that!!!  By taking a few minutes to do this simple step, you will save yourself time!

Place like items together.  When putting things away, keep your cereals together and your chips in one place, etc.  We even put all of our noodles together, as well as our canned items, cereals and even snacks.  This helps us quickly find what we need.  So, if I am making spaghetti for dinner, I know I can look in the “noodles section” and the “canned/jarred” section to find those items I need to make dinner.  This not only helps me, but helps my husband too!  Rather than me having to help him find something, he can (usually) find what he needs because it is organized!  Ahhhh…..simple things that make me smile!

When you are through, you will have accomplished several things all at once:

  1. You are saving time by being able to find the items you need, when you need them.
  2. You are saving money by not allowing items to go stale.
  3. You are saving time by knowing what you already have on hand and can stock up next time you go to the store.
  4. Your family can find the things they want to eat (well, in theory, at least).




There is nothing worse than spending hours to organize this part of your home, to have it trashed two weeks later.  Just like with everything else, you have to maintain it to ensure it doesn’t go back to being a disorganized mess.

What I find is best is to clean/organize each week when planning my menu and shopping trip.  I take a few minutes and organize items, sweep and wipe things down. When doing that, I have my shopping list on hand.  I jot down the items I find I need right then and there.  I can also check to see what I have on hand to fix the meals on our menu plan (or find what I have on hand in order to plan our menu).

This keeps my pantry organized AND helps me plan my shopping trip.   When I get home from the store, I immediately open all bagged items, such as chips, and place them into the containers.  I do this so that it is easier to grab when we need a snack — plus — my family can see it too!  I even do this with my snack crackers.  Everything goes right into containers and the boxes are broken down and placed into our recycling bin.

Little things, like an organized pantry, really can save  you money (and time).

Free Paper Mate and Bic Pens at Target!

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You can pick up FREE pens this week at Target!  There are two great offers on both Paper Mate and Bic Pens, which will help you stock up!  I love to pick these up on sale and keep them on hand to give to my kids’ teachers during the year and have even donated them to local schools too!  It’s fun to pay it forward!


FREE Frozen Spelling Test Printables! (Perfect For Homeschool!)

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Here is another fabulous freebie that is perfect for those that homeschoolers.  Grab this FREE Frozen Spelling Test Printables!

There are (8) different pages to choose from depending on what spelling level your child falls into. The more advanced pages have space for dictation. You can use these Frozen Spelling Printableswith any spelling program. They are perfect for kiddos to practice their pretest, as well.

Necklace, Ring & Earring Bundles – $12.99 Shipped!

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Check out these fun Necklace, Ring & Earring Bundles that are selling for just $12.99 shipped! You can choose from cupcakes, hearts, lipstick or owls in several different colors.  These would be great gifts!!


Dollar General — Hot Savings on Tide, Purex, Hefty and More! Hurry — Valid 3 Days Only!

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Calling all of my Dollar General shoppers!  There is a new HOT savings event which kicks off today, and runs through this Friday, August 28th!  You can find more than $28 in additional savings, which makes for some absolutely INCREDIBLE deals!

First, you will want to visit the Dollar General Coupon Event page to see all of their coupons.  Then, either print them out or add them your digital account.  When you can stack those coupons with your manufacturer’s coupons and they will turn into some AMAZING deals!

Here is a what you will find:

Powerade, $0.75 (reg $0.95)
Use $0.25 off of one Powerade Dollar General Coupon
Final Price: $0.50!

Purex Laundry Soap, $3 (sales price)
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Nabisco Crackers and Cookies, $2.50 – $2.75
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Use $1/3 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Product, exp. 9/20/14 (SS 08/10/14)
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Use $1/1 Hefty Tall Kitchen Trash Bags, exp. 9/30/14 (RP 07/27/14)
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Hawaiian Punch, $2
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Scott Bathroom Tissue, $8.50 (sales price)
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Scott Paper Towels, $6.75 (sales price)
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Pine-Sol Cleaner, $1.75 (sales price)
$0.50 off of one Pine Sol Cleaner Dollar General Coupon
Final Price: $1.25

Tide Laundry Detergent, $7.50 (sales price)
Use $2 off of one TIde Laundry Detergent printable coupon
Final Price: $5.50!

Luvs Diapers, $6.50 (sales price)
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….. and more!!! Just check out the Coupon Event page to find all of the deals!

Remember – these offers are valid only through August 28th!!!

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Veggie Tales Special Sale – Items As Low As $4.99!

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Veggie Tales Special Sale

If you have little Veggie Tales fans running around your house then don’t miss out on this Veggie Tales Special Sale! You’ll find DVD’s and Books as low as $4.99!! They even have select t-shirts on sale for as low as $8.99.  There are even select toys and plush items on sale.  Shop ahead for the holidays, now! Shipping is free when you spend $30 or more.

Offer ends 09/02/14

SavingStar Healthy Offer: Save 20% Off Bananas

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Add this New Healthy Offer Deal to your card from SavingStar: Save 20% on any single purchase of loose bananas at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details.  Expires 9/1/2014.

Not sure what SavingStar is all about? It’s one of the easiest ways to save without “clipping” coupons! Read more about it HERE.

maurices: BOGO 50% Off All Tops & Jeans!

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Starting today you can BOGO 50% Off All Tops and Jeans online at maurcies!  This includes regular and plus sizes!! Make sure when you are checking out that you use code:TOPJEAN814. Not only that, but from now on, shipping is FREE when you spend $50+!

Offer valid 8/27/14 – 8/30/14

Free Customizable Luggage Tag from Shutterfly 8/27/14 Only (New Customers)

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Today only, Shutterfly is offering up a customizable luggage tag for FREE with promo code FREETAG at checkout (reg. $7.99)!  This is for new customers only (you’ll also get 50 FREE 4×6 prints for signing up, too)! Shipping will apply, but that’s better than paying the retail price plus the shipping ;) Go here to create yours now!

Offer expires 08/27/2014 (11:59 P.M. PT). Offer is good for 1 free small luggage tag through Valid only for new Shutterfly customers (those who have never purchased from Shutterfly). Offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Must select one of the three offers. Not valid on prepaid plans, gift certificates, videograms, mailing services, prior purchases, orders placed for in-store pick up, purchases made on the Shutterfly iPhone, iPad and Android apps or Shutterfly Pro Galleries. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale.