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Did you know that you spend almost a third of your life sleeping?  And yet, most of us take our mattresses for granted as routine fixture in our bedrooms.  But have you ever thought about what you’re really sleeping on?

Dr. Mercola’s Healthy Home Certified Organic mattresses and bedding products are manufactured by Naturepedic – a company known for its organic integrity and inventive designs.

These mattresses not only pass flammability standards without chemical flame retardants, but they also pass a series of stringent third-party certifications:

  • The Global Organic Textile Standard – demonstrates organic and non-toxic product integrity
  • Organic Content Standard – ensures proper tracking of organic cotton from its source to the finished product
  • The Global Organic Latex Standard – certifies organic latex and requires standards of worker health & safety and environmental stewardship
  • The GREENGUARD Gold Standard – ensures products meet standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds into indoor air

Dr. Mercola’s Healthy Home Organic mattresses and bedding products contain no harmful chemicals.  Instead of harsh flame retardant chemicals that are contained in most commercial mattresses, these organic mattress provide fire protection with superior product design and the use of organic cotton, which is significantly less flammable by nature.

This unique and innovative approach provides a simple solution, allowing these mattresses and bedding products to meet all Federal and State flammability standards – without the use of dangerous chemicals!

For a limited time, with the purchase of a Dr. Mercola’s Organic Mattress, you’ll receive 2 FREE pillows with organic cotton fabric.  This promotion is valid on the purchase of full, queen, and king-sized mattresses only.

You can find more information about Dr. Mercola’s Organic mattresses and bedding products here.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Dr. Mercola. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Tomorrow officially kicks off Ohio’s Tax Free Weekend!  This gives parents and teachers the opportunity to stretch their budget and save on school supplies and instructional materials.

With a variety of Crayola products available at local Walmart stores, this is an ideal time to stock up on supplies that will enable kids to soar with endless creativity and imagination.  Some of Crayola’s top picks of the season include their classic Crayola Crayons, Twistables Colored Pencils, Ultra-Clean Washable Markers, and Visi-Max Dry-Erase Markers….all of which are available at local Walmart stores.

Not only is Crayola a brand that has been a household staple for decades, but it’s one that ensures you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck.  Crayola Crayons typically last 35% longer than other crayons, meaning that parents get more value per crayon.

Plus, Crayola follows the most stringent safety requirements around the world. And they offer 152 unique crayon colors—allowing students to create anything they can dream of!

So, let your child’s imagination soar….and enjoy extra savings on Crayola products this weekend!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Crayola. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Although it’s hard to believe, the majority of kids in the Tri-State area will be headed back to school next week.  Along with a new school year comes a new routine, extra-curricular activities, homework, and a for most of us, a jammed-pack schedule!

It’s not always easy to transition from the more relaxed days of summer to the rather inflexible schedule of the school year.  So, finding ways to simplify the basics – meals, car pooling, bedtime routines, and so on – makes this change in routine a bit simpler.

I often find that planning simple evening meals during the school year helps to cut down on some of the chaos in our household at dinnertime.  Which of course, is why I love Sandra’s Chicken!

Sandra’s Chicken is 100% all natural, contains no hormones, and is made with white meat.  The breading is made from whole grains, and there’s zero grams of trans fat in these entrees.  And baking this chicken is a snap!  They’re ready in less than 40 minutes, and the only preparation required is an oven and a baking sheet – it doesn’t get much simpler than that!

Sandra’s chicken entrees can be purchased at your local Ohio Kroger store, and there are two different varieties available.  The Chicken Cordon Bleu features chicken filled with Canadian bacon and cheese, while the Chicken, Broccoli, and Swiss features broccoli florets and melted Swiss cheese.

Each 10-ounce package includes two stuffed chicken breasts for an easy-to-prepare, delicious dinner.  Plus, to help your family save a little green at the grocery store, Sandra’s Chicken even has a $1 off coupon available for your next Sandra’s Chicken purchase.

If you don’t have a Kroger store nearby, you can also buy Sandra’s Chicken online as well.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Sandra’s Chicken. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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For a  limited time, participating Quaker Steak & Lube restaurants are offering customers a FREE $5 gift card with the purchase of a $25 Quaker Steak gift card.  Famous for their wings and sauces, Quaker Steak is the perfect gathering place for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation celebrations, and more.

With more than 55 locations throughout the United States and Canada, Quaker Steak offers a variety of culinary favorites such as their iceberg wedge chicken salad, classic fish and chips, and Kentucky bourbon glaze wings.

The free $5 gift card promotion is valid at participating restaurants only, but is not available with online gift card purchases.  You can find a Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant location near you here.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Quaker Steak & Lube. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Sandra’s Chicken Entrees Review

by Katie on March 17, 2015

When I plan out our family’s menu each week, I base my decision on three contributing factors.  Is it healthy?  Can I prepare and make the meal in the time frame that I have available?  And, the most important factor…..will I avoid the dreaded dinnertime phrase….we’re having this for dinner?!

So, when I had the opportunity to try out Sandra’s Chicken new line of chicken entrees, I jumped at the opportunity.  These entrees meet all three criteria – they’re healthy, they’re quick and easy to prepare, and there were absolutely no complaints at dinnertime!

Sandra’s Chicken is 100% all natural, is made with white meat, and contains no hormones.  The breading is made from whole grains, and there’s zero grams of trans fat in these entrees.  And baking this chicken is as easy as one, two, three.  They’re ready in less than 40 minutes, and the only preparation required is an oven and a baking sheet!

Sandra’s chicken entrees are now available at your local Ohio Kroger store.  There are two different varieties available.  The Chicken Cordon Bleu features chicken filled with Canadian bacon and cheese, while the Chicken, Broccoli, and Swiss features broccoli florets and melted Swiss cheese.

My crew was divided as to which entree was their favorite.  Of course, my husband and boys are overwhelmingly carnivore in nature, while my daughter and I are veggie-lovers!  Regardless, by the time dinner was over, there was not a scrap of chicken to be found!

Each 10-ounce package includes two stuffed chicken breasts for an easy-to-prepare, delicious dinner.  To help your family save a little green at the grocery store, Sandra’s Chicken has two different coupons available for your next purchase:

If you don’t have a Kroger store nearby, you can also buy Sandra’s Chicken online as well.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Maple Leaf Farms. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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iCoffee Opus Single Serve Brewer

by Katie on February 23, 2015

If I was to make a list of my favorite things (that sounds very Sound of Music-ish!), coffee would definitely be at the top of my list…along with flip flops, chocolate, and everything involving pumpkin or gingerbread.  But I digress!

Up until last month, I relied solely on my traditional 12-cup coffee maker for all my coffee needs.  Every morning, I’d brew a pot of coffee and then reheat individual cups throughout the day.

And then my little coffee world was rocked by the iCoffee Opus Single Serve Brewer.  Within a mere 24 hours, this system replaced my old coffee maker which has now been benched as the second string on my coffee lineup!

The iCoffee Opus Single Serve Brewer is the world’s first system to use SpinBrew technology.  This technology features a spinning needle with jets that spin, steam, and stir the coffee as it is brewing.  Translation?  You end up with a delicious, aromatic, smooth cup of coffee that makes even the earliest alarm clock bearable!

One of my favorite features of the iCoffee is the Dial-a-Brew feature.  This allows me to choose the size of coffee I’d like to prepare from 4 to 12 ounces in 0.5-ounce increments.

Of course, my favorite part of the iCoffee is that it’s compatible with all K-cups and K-compatible cups, including K-Cup, OneCup, RealCup, and every private label brand and maker.  Plus, I can also use my own favorite brand of ground coffee with the iCup Reusable Coffee Filter.

I have to admit, I was a little hesitant when I first received this brewer that it might be difficult to operate, especially since I’m not the most tech-savvy gal on the planet.  However, I need not have worried.  The iCoffee Opus is completely user friendly and even includes a quick get started guide to help you crank out your first cup of freshly brewed coffee.

The iCoffee Opus also features a 75-ounce water reservoir, an energy saver mode, automatic shut off, and a removable drip tray to accommodate larger mugs or travel cups.  You can even use the iCoffee to produce a quick cup of hot water for hot cocoa or soup.

The iCoffee Opus is currently available for purchase at all 1,000+ Bed Bath & Beyond stores throughout the United States, and is slated to be released at other major retailers in 2015 as well.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by iCoffee. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Standard Deviants Accelerate Educational Program

by Katie on February 15, 2015

As a seasoned homeschooling mom, I’m always on the lookout for enrichment material that’s both educational as well as fun.  Standard Deviants Accelerate definitely meets both of these criteria.

Standard Deviants is an online learning system that targets a variety of subjects for students in grades 3 through 12.  This curriculum features video lessons, review activities, writing assignments, quizzes, and tests.

The Standard Deviants program for homeschoolers includes several different courses:

  • Arithmetic Grades 3+
  • Fundamental Math Grades 4+
  • Algebra Grades 7+
  • Earth Science Grades 6+
  • Biology Grades 7+
  • Chemistry Grades 9+
  • US History Grades 9+
  • English Composition Grades 9+
  • Nutrition Grades 6+
  • AP Biology Grades 11+
  • AP Chemistry Grades 11+
  • AP US History Grades 11+
  • AP American Govt. Grades 11+
  • AP English Composition Grades 11+

Each subject features a variety of different sub-topics.  These topics are described throughout a video, each of which is accompanied by a complete transcript, allowing students to follow along as the video is playing.

The sections also include a vocabulary listing with definitions of the more difficult words within the topic area.  Students can click on the speaker icon to hear the vocabulary word and definition as well.

Each section features a diagram of some sort to help reinforce the concepts learned throughout the section.  Plus, to test retention, students can access quizzes, tests, and written answers for each topic completed.

In case you’re wondering if these lectures will resemble the history class in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you need not worry!  You won’t find any stuffy professors in these videos.  Rather, the subject matter is presented in a way that’s both relevant and engaging.

Standard Deviants Accelerate can be accessed from a tablet or a computer wherever internet connection is available.  Kids can move through the subject matter at their own pace, based on the difficulty of the subject matter at hand.  Plus, Standard Deviants will automatically customize the review questions based on the subject areas where students demonstrate a level of difficulty.

This program saves time as well.  Most of the grading is done automatically, making it easy for parents to check on the child’s progress throughout each subject.

Homeschooling parents can select a Standard Deviants Accelerate course for $24.95 per month or $99 per year.  Along with your subscription, you’ll have access to grade reports, red flag alerts, editable scoring rubrics, and progress indicators.  Each child enrolled will have access to the following:

  • Video lessons
  • Assignments
  • Automatic grading of quizzes and tests
  • A note taking feature
  • A print function
  • The ability to message a parent for help on a specific lesson

As an added bonus, Standard Deviants is offering homeschoolers full access to all 14 subjects for FREE for 2 months! You’ll receive one parent account and student accounts for all your kids for free for two full months.  This is a great way to try out this program and see if it’s a helpful supplement for your homeschooling curriculum.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Educents. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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