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“A camera is a save button for the minds eye.”

I love capturing special moments with my camera that I can cherish and remember forever. We don’t always remember things as we get older, so having photos is a good reminder of all the good times we shared with our friends and family.


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How to Maximize Your Savings at Target

How to Maximize Your Savings at Target

My favorite store to shop at is probably Target since I can stack Target coupons along with manufacturer coupons, the 5% discount with Target Red Card Credit Card or Debit Card, and even an occasional Target cartwheel to score an even more amazing deal.

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Cricut electronic cutting machine: the best DIY crafting tool

Cricut electronic cutting machine: the best DIY crafting tool

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. 

Want the ability to easily make a personalized wedding gift or perhaps some unique home décor? Then you might find Cricut electronic cutting machines to be the best DIY crafting tool since the sewing machine. 

There are two machines that Cricut currently offers on their site:

Cricut Explore One™ 


Cricut Explore One™ is a simple design-and-cut system. It’s versatile, easy to use, cuts very precisely, and is also incredibly affordable. With its irresistibly low price and limitless cutting potential, the Explore One is perfect for a new or beginning crafter. Here are a few notable features of the Explore One: 

Materials – All Cricut machines can cut an unbelievable variety of materials, for example:

  • Paper
  • Vinyl
  • Iron-on
  • Craft materials
  • Upcycled materials
  • Fabric
  • Plastic
  • Thick materials

Precision – Features Cut Smart™ technology, which allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼” tall up to 11½” wide x 23½” tall. 

Smart Set® Dial – Each machine features a Smart Set® dial, which sets your settings (e.g. speed, pressure, etc.) for you so you don’t have to keep track of them. You just select the material that you’re using on the Smart Set® dial and the machine’s Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut. 

Images and Fonts – You can upload your own images and fonts for free on all three Cricut cutting machines. 

Cartridges – Both machines work with any Cricut cartridge and have the capability to hold all of your cartridges “virtually” in the cloud within your Cricut Design Space online software. So once you’ve loaded a cartridge, you’ll have it everywhere you go. 

Cricut’s Design Space™ and iPad® app – All Cricut Explore machines work hand-in-hand with Cricut’s Design Space™ (for PC, Mac®, iPad®, and iPhone®) that you get access to for free. 

Cricut Explore Air™


The Explore Air is the whole kit ‘n caboodle. It offers all the impressive features mentioned for the Explore One, but two key things set it apart:

  1. It has a dual carriage for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step. If you do a lot of paper crafting, this is the machine for you!
  2. It has built-in Bluetooth® capability. You just use Cricut’s free iPad app and design anything you want from your iPad, just like you would on your home computer, but with the convenience of being able to take your projects with you anywhere. Then, you can just wirelessly send your project from your iPad to your Explore Air to bring it to life.

Now that you know a lot more about how Cricut Explore® machines work, I’ll focus next week’s post on how you can design here, there and everywhere with Cricut Design Space. You’ll be blown away by how easy it is.

Until then … Happy crafting! 

Cricut Explore One™ – perfect for crafting beginners and basic crafters

Cricut Explore One™ – perfect for crafting beginners and basic crafters

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

If you’re new to the wonderful world of crafting — or even if you consider yourself to be more of a “basic” crafter — then Cricut‘s brand new machine is just for you! This nifty new machine is called the Cricut Explore One™ and it’s perfect for crafting beginners and basic crafters because it offers a simplified design-and-cut system that is incredibly user-friendly. The Explore One™ actually offers most of the same features as Cricut‘s other Explore machines, it’s just priced lower!
In addition to its affordable price, here are a few other things about the Cricut Explore One™ that you’re sure to love:

  • It can cut over 60 different materials, from the most delicate materials like vellum to thicker things like leather. It can also cut cardstock, vinyl, fabric, balsa wood, leather, and more…without complicated settings.
  • You’ll have free access to Cricut‘s Design Space™ online software and iPad® app so you’ll able to design on your computer or your Pad®. You’ll also be able to use a Bluetooth® adapter for wireless cutting.
  • The Explore One allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼” tall up to 11½” wide x 23½” tall. You just select the material that you’re using on the Smart Set® dial. From there, the machine’s Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut.
  • You can upload your own images and use your own fonts — for free!
  • Each machine comes with over 25 free 1-click projects and 50+ free images to get them started right away.
  • If you want to use the machine to write or score, you can easily swap out the cutting cartridge with theCricut Explore One™ Accessory Adapter and Pen.

The Cricut Explore One™ makes it easy, fast, and affordable for you to explore your creativity and delight your loved ones with personal handmade projects and gifts! And if you purchase your very own Cricut Explore One™ before the end of May – you’ll get free shipping when you use code MAYSHIP!

A Huge List of Birthday Freebies For Your Special Day!

A Huge List of Birthday Freebies For Your Special Day!

Who doesn’t love getting birthday freebies on their birthday? It’s that one time of year where you expect to be lavished with great food, great company and great gifts… or sub-par gifts depending on your perspective. Either way, I have come up with a list of birthday freebies for you here which will be added to as time permits and as more birthday freebies are discovered.

You will notice that some of these are not free, but money off coupons or discounts. The way I see it, they’re exclusively free offers specifically intended for your birthday only. Enjoy!

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Food and drinks

  1. Au Bon Pain: Join eClub: Free birthday sandwich or salad and Free travel mug for signing up.
  2. Join Bakers Square Email Club: Free Entrée with the purchase of another adult entrée and two drinks
  3. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s: Free dessert with the purchase of any entree.
  4. bd’s Mongolian Grill: become a Club Mongo member for a $5 coupon upon signup and birthday Free stir-fry meal.
  5. Biggby Coffee:  Join E-wards and receive a special treat via snail mail the month of your B-day
  6. Denny’s Rewards: Members get a free Grand Slam breakfast.
  7. People who join IHOP’s Pancake Revolution get free rooty tooty fresh ‘n fruity pancakes.
  8. Red Robin eClub members get a free burger.
  9. Join the Warehouse Club and get a free meal at Spaghetti Warehouse.
  10. Get a free birthday burrito for joining the mailing list at Baja Fresh.
  11. Hooters eClub members get 10 free wings.
  12. Join the Steak ‘n Shake eClub and get a free double cheeseburger and fries.
  13. At Tony Roma’s, Roma Rib Expert Club members get a free entrée up to $15.99.
  14. Starbucks Rewards members get a free drink.
  15. Baskin-Robbins Birthday Club members get a free scoop.
  16. Dairy Queen Blizzard Fan Club members receive a BOGO Blizzard 6 times a year.
  17. A&W Mug Club members get a free float.
  18. Those who sign up for Applebee’s Email Club get a birthday special at the discretion of the restaurant.
  19. Sbarro: Free slice of pizza when you join their eClub.
  20. Join Del Taco‘s email list for signup bonus coupon for two free chicken tacos and receive free shake on your birthday.
  21. Free Birthday Dessert Coupon at Jack in the Box.
  22. Sign up for Dunkin DDPerks and receive free Medium Beverage and another one on your birthday.
  23. Free Shake at Arby’s when you sign up for their eClub.
  24. TCBY: $3 off your total purchase when you sign up for eClub.
  25. Wienerschnitzel Weiner Lovers’ Club Members get a free corn dog on their birthday.
  26. Famous Daves Members get a coupon for a buy one entree’ get one half off coupon.
  27. Jamba Juice members get a 16oz smoothie for $2.00.
  28. Black Angus Steakhouse: Get a free cowboy cookie when you present your email.
  29. Cinnabon Club Cinnamon members get a FREE Mochalatta chill.
  30. Krispy Kreme eClub members get a free doughnut of their choice as well as a small coffee or fountain drink.
  31. Sizzler eClub members get a $5 off any entree’ coupon.
  32. Cold Stone Ice Cream eClub members will receive a buy one get one creation coupon on their birthday.
  33. Dutch Bros. gives you a free coffee on your birthday.
  34. Godiva Rewards gives you $10 to spend in your birthday month.
  35. Sonic Cruiser’s Club: Get a free treat on your birthday.



  1. Ace Rewards members get a birthday gift from Ace Hardware.
  2. Join American Eagle / Aerie Rewardsand receive 15% off the month of your birthday at AE or Aerie when you share your e-mail.
  3. Aveda members get a free gift.
  4. Get a free brow service (including waxing and shaping) at the Benefit Brow Bar.
  5. Join The Children’s Place “My Place Rewards” and receive a coupon for 15% off.
  6. Join Columbia Sportswear Greater Rewards and receive a coupon good for 20% off.
  7. Become a Cost Plus World Market Explorer and receive a 10% coupon on gourmet food & non-alcoholic beverages.
  8. CVS ExtraCare Beauty Club members get $3 in ExtraBucks rewards.
  9. Designer Shoe Warehouse Rewards members get a $5 gift certificate.
  10. Become a Hot Topic Member and receive a $5 off coupon on a purchase of $30.
  11. Kmart Birthday Club members get $5 off on their child’s birthday.
  12. Subscribe to Old Navy emails and get a Welcome Offer plus $10 off coupon on a purchase of $50.
  13. Sephora Beauty Insider members get a free gift.
  14. Free Smashbox Gift Set For Your Birthday when you sign up for Smashbox Pretty Points Rewards Program
  15. Get a free $10 off $10.01 coupon from on your birthday. Pair this with a free shipping deal or use it in-store.



  1. Join the AMF eClub for free bowling and $20 off your next visit ($5 off per person, up to four people)
  2. Join the Brunswick Bowling Zone for two free games of bowling.
  3. Join Chuck E. Cheese’s Chuck E-Club and receive 20 tokens.
  4. Dave and Buster’s Rewards members get $5 in free game play.
  5. Show your ID to get a free movie or game rental at Family Video.
  6. Harkins Movie Theaters offer their guests a free medium sized popcorn on their birthday. Present your ID at the box office or to the Guest Services counter to receive your birthday coupon.
  7. IPic Theaters members get a free movie ticket.
  8. At Medieval Times buy one get one free admission.
  9. Caesers Entertainment Members get an offer for a free alcoholic beverage in Las Vegas to use sometime during their birthday month.
  10. BullWinkles eClub members get a $20 Bonus Play Fun Card Certificate.


Online Sites

  1. Swagbucks: Get 50 free swagbucks on your birthday when you’re a member. You can cash out for a $5 Amazon gift card when you reach 500 points. You can read more about Swagbucks here.
  2. Disney Rewards: Get 100 bonus points for being a member on your birthday. This is a reward site for those that purchase Disney movie tickets, movies and the sort. You enter your movie codes on this site and redeem for prizes listed.


If you know of any other birthday freebies that are not listed here, please let us know in the comments below.