Reviews

$1/1 Milk-Bone Brushing Chews

by Katie on April 10, 2014

There’s a new Meijer mPerks coupon available for $1/1 Milk-Bone Brushing Chews.  Milk-Bone Brushing chews are a new dog treat with daily dental care regimen. They’re clinically proven to be as effective as brushing, and the nubs and ridges are designed to clean like bristles on a toothbrush, even getting the hard to reach back teeth and down to the gum line.

This coupon is valid through April 12th.

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

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Meijer has their Airborne Everday Immune System Plus Multi-Vitamin on a B1G1 50% off sale this week.  These vitamins are specially formulated for daily use, and they contain a unique combination of a special blend of natural herbs (plus hibiscus and elderberry) to support the immune system as well as many vitamins and minerals (including C, A and Zinc) to support your overall health.

There are several coupons available to help you save even more on your next Airborne Everyday Vitamins purchase:

Airborne Everyday Immune System Plus Multi-Vitamin, B1G1 50% Off
$1.50/1 Airborne Immune Support printable
$1/1 Airborne Product, exp. 7/31/14 (SS 01/26/14)
Final price varies based on original purchase price

Be sure to check out all of this week’s Meijer deals before you stop by your local store.

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

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New Number Cross Puzzles Book

by Katie on January 21, 2014

As a parent in the age of video games, computer technology, and of course, Minecraft,  I am always happy to find fun resources for my kids that do not have a screen attached to them.  The new Number Cross Puzzles Book is one such resource.  Rich Rollo, a teaching veteran of 17 years, created Number Cross Puzzles as an ideal entry into the world of logic puzzles.

These puzzles are simple enough for anyone ages 8 and older to understand and grasp the concept, yet challenging enough to be implemented as a useful tool in the classroom, at senior citizen centers, and with Alzheimer’s and TBI patients.  The Number Cross Puzzles are designed like a crossword puzzle, but with numbers instead of letters.  The number sets are provided, yet they will only fit into one specific sequence.

As many teachers struggle to encourage their students to implement problem-solving skills as opposed to rote memorization, a book such as this is an asset to have on hand as a supplemental portion of any curriculum.  In fact, research has found that logic puzzles are an important factor in mental fitness, and can even be helpful as a tool to working with patients who suffer from a variety of cognitive disorders.

While some of the puzzles in the Number Cross Puzzles Book can be completed in a matter of minutes, others are much more challenging.  Plus, all of the answers are provided on separate pages, making it easy to see how well you’ve done on each puzzle.

There’s also a Teacher’s Edition of the Number Cross Puzzles Book that is designed specifically for the middle school/junior high setting.  Each puzzle includes eight answer varieties which prevents answer sharing across class periods and enables the instructor to assign the same difficulty level to all class periods on the same day.  These puzzles use every number at the bottom of the page to solve that specific puzzle.

Amazon currently has the Number Cross Puzzles Book on sale for $15.61, or the Kindle edition for just $3.03.  This is such an inexpensive way to have a great alternative to video games on hand for a cold winter day (today, anyone?!) or for a long car ride.

About the author: Rich Rollo holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Carthage College. He has been a teacher for 17 years and is currently teaching fifth grade mathematics in Oak Park, Illinois. He enjoys bowling, golfing and spending time with his wife, two children and three pets.  His favorite authors are Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.  He likes their creativity, the way they make reading fun (even for kids that struggle with it), and their positive themes.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

 

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Spotlight On….Marie Madeline Studio

by Katie on January 20, 2014

One of my blogging goals for this year is to share my favorite companies, brands, and products with my readers.  Today’s spotlight is turned on Marie Madeline Studio – a company that I have absolutely fallen in love with, as I’m sure many of you will as well.

As many of you know, I’m not a huge fan of excessive “stuff.”  I’d much rather have a few things that I really love than a large conglomeration of ordinary things that are just okay.  This philosophy definitely extends to my closet as well.  Maybe it was 12 years of Catholic grade school and high school…or maybe it was twelve years of wearing the same brown plaid skirt every single day for school.  Regardless of the reason, I like having a limited wardrobe to choose from.

That being said, I like to choose clothing items that are versatile, high-quality, and of course, fashionable!  So, needless to say, when I came across Marie Madeline Studio, it only took a few minutes of browsing through their site before I was completely hooked.

If you’re unfamiliar with Marie Madeline Studio, they offer an exclusive line of sewing patterns as well as handcrafted custom clothing items.  They feature girls’ and women’s clothing as well as messenger bags, purses, and quilts.

As a self-proclaimed train wreck when it comes to anything involving a needle and thread (seriously, I struggle to sew on buttons!), I love that everything is custom made at Marie Madeline Studio.  Once you’ve chosen the item that you’d like to have made, you can then leisurely browse through the wide selection of fabrics that are available.  Whether you love denim, spots, stripes, flowers, or geometric designs, the fabric selection at Marie Madeline Studio literally has you covered!

Shortly before Christmas, I had the opportunity to order a skirt from Marie Madeline Studio.  I spent over an hour just looking through their designs and the fabrics, trying to decide what to choose.  In the end, I settled on an ankle length street fair skirt.  I chose denim for the fabric so it would be versatile to wear throughout the year with a variety of shirts and sweaters.  Since I wasn’t sure exactly what size I would need, I definitely appreciated the size guide that is included on the site.  It made selecting a size quick and easy – and was very accurate as well.

Once the skirt arrived, I was more than pleased with both the quality and the design.  It is very well made and can easily be worn in the winter with clogs and a sweater (boots would be cute, too – I just don’t happen to own any at the moment!) or in the summer with my favorite foot apparel…flip flops!  I have several events coming up this spring that will require fancier attire than I typically wear on a day-to-day basis, and I know I’ll be shopping at Marie Madeline Studio to find that perfect skirt for the occasion.

If you possess the talent of sewing (by the way, I’m really impressed), then you’ll want to check out the two promotions that are currently available at Marie Madeline Studio.  First off, their Valentine Rose fabric collection is on sale for 35% off through January 24th.  Or if you order $65 or more worth of items from the Marie Madeline Studio site, you’ll receive a one gallon scrap bag (which is valued at $14.50) for free.  This promotion is valid until January 21st.

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

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Okay, raise your hand if you have “just one more” gift to purchase before Christmas!  If you are among those last-minute shoppers, Family Dollar has a variety of gifts available for the whole family, with prices starting at just $5 each.

If your shopping list contains such items as dolls, video games, and sports balls, then you’ll be pleased to find out that you’ll be able to stretch your dollars just a little farther this year.  Family Dollar currently has all of their toys and video games on a B1G1 50% Off Sale. Here are just some of the bargains you can find at your local store:

  • Mattel Monster High Color Travel Purse – $5
  • Big Wheel Truck with Lights & Sounds (2 ct.) – $5
  • Disney Princess Shoes – $5
  • Dizzy Doo Tea Set – $5
  • 19″ Princess Doll – $10
  • Licensed Lunchbox Puzzle – $5
  • Pet Carrier with Plush Dog – $10
  • Remote Control Vehicles – $5
  • MacGregor Basketball – $10
  • MacGregor Junior Football – $10

Plus, don’t forget to check out Family Dollar’s Daily Deals.  Through December 24th, Family Dollar will be offering their customers two unique deals each day.  Shoppers can view these deals on Facebook and Twitter, and can also receive them on their mobile device every morning by texting DAILY to 28767.  To receive a second Daily Deal through a mobile device, simply reply to the text with DEALS2.  For more information, be sure to visit the Family Dollar site.

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

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Visit Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium

by Katie on December 19, 2013

Visiting Santa is always a highlight of the Christmas season for our younger kids.  While most stores and holiday events feature a traditional visit with Santa, the Newport Aquarium’s visit with Santa is anything but ordinary.

Scuba Santa has been called one of the most unusual holiday experiences in America.  This holiday event includes a magical dive show inside a 385,000-gallon tank filled with tiger sharks, stingrays, shark rays, and a 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle where Scuba Santa, his elf, and a crew of friendly fish talk to you beneath the sea.  Plus, visitors will enjoy a special underwater version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” from Santa’s magical story book.

There are a variety of other family fun activities that are free with admission including the following:

  • Play the Reindeer Roundup game and help Scuba Santa find his missing reindeer
  • Visit Scuba Santa’s Post Office and write a letter
  • Hear Scuba Santa talk from beneath the sea during magical underwater dive shows

Plus, for a limited time, when you purchase 3 annual passes, you’ll get one free.  This promotional offer is valid through December 31st.

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

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Family Dollar: B1G1 50% Holiday Decor

by Katie on December 18, 2013

According to a national study conducted by Family Dollar, more than 65% of consumers aim to spend $50 or less when shopping for holiday decorations.  Whether your budget is higher or lower than this average, most consumers try to find the best deals at Christmastime.  It’s definitely a time when most of our budgets are stretched to the max, and there is typically very little wiggle room available for extra expenses.

Family Dollar makes holiday decorating easy by offering discount pricing on their line of holiday decor.  They are currently featuring a B1G1 50% Off Sale on all of their holiday decor items.  This includes such items as Christmas trees, lights, ornaments, garland, and more.

I was pleased to find ornament sets for as low as $3 per pack.  I needed smaller ornaments for the top of my tree, and Family Dollar had their large multi-packs priced at $5 each – or just $7.50 for two large boxes of ornaments.  These definitely fit into my decorating budget!

Plus, they have their holiday gift wrap and accessories on a B1G1 50% Off Sale as well.  Whether you need wrapping paper, tissue, gift bags, bows, tags, or boxes, Family Dollar has you covered.  I always like finding cute wrapping paper and gift tags for the kids, and I found a variety of cute designs including Sponge Bob and Disney Princesses at Family Dollar – both huge favorites at our house!

Here’s just a small sampling of the holiday decor items that you’ll find at your local Family Dollar Store location:

  • 6’ White or Green Artificial Tree, $25
  • 6 ft. Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree, $35
  • 4’ Green Artificial Tree, $12
  • 10-piece Shatterproof Ball Ornaments, $3
  • 6-piece set of Handcrafted Glass Tree Ornaments, $5
  • Interior by Design Candle Votives,$5
  • Glade Holiday Candles, $3
  • Nutcrackers, $6
  • LED Color Changing Metal Lawn Lanterns, $10
  • 18′ Strand of Clear White Lights (200 ct.), $8
  • 28′ Strand of Multi-Color Motion-Sensor Lights (105 ct.), $10

Plus, don’t forget to check out Family Dollar’s Daily Deals.  Through December 24th, Family Dollar will be offering their customers two unique deals each day.  Shoppers can view these deals on Facebook and Twitter, and can also receive them on their mobile device every morning by texting DAILY to 28767.  To receive a second Daily Deal through a mobile device, simply reply to the text with DEALS2.  For more information, be sure to visit the Family Dollar site.

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

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In this season of savings, most consumers are surfing the internet to search for the best deals.  Most consumers never consider that they could save money just by shopping around for their energy provider.  You can potentially save up to 25% just by switching to a new provider, enabling you to have more wiggle room in your holiday budget.

The online shopping process is as simple as checking out at your favorite retailer.  Simply head over to ChooseEnergy.com, type in your zip code, and find an energy solution that fits your budget from the best suppliers available.  It takes less than 10 minutes to find a solution that fits your needs, plus, Choose Energy will even make the switch for you.

Do you need more incentive to go online and make the switch?  Visit Choose Energy through December 6th, find a provider that fits your needs, and you could win three months of free electricity from Choose Energy (up to $350!).  Just use this link to enter for a chance to win.

Choose Energy is a nationwide energy marketplace that empowers residents and businesses to switch energy providers and save money on their energy bills. Residents in deregulated states, including Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas can visit ChooseEnergy.com where they can compare plan rates and contracts, read supplier reviews and review savings figures – all in one place.  For full terms, be sure to visit the Choose Energy site.

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

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Green Bean Delivery: $15 Off First Order

by Katie on December 5, 2013

The holiday season is not typically known for its assortment of healthy foods.  Most holiday parties and family gatherings include trays of cookies, pies, appetizers, and fancy beverages.  However, there is plenty of time in between those gathering to make healthy choices.

One simple way to eat healthier is to incorporate a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet.  Whether eaten raw or steamed to perfection, these heart healthy foods are an integral element for a healthy lifestyle.  And now, eating healthy is as easy as the click of a mouse.

Green BEAN Delivery brings organic and all-natural foods sourced from Midwest farmers and artisans whenever possible directly to local consumers’ homes.  The company’s network of local farmers and artisans provide year-round service and gives members a healthy alternative to conventional grocery stores while supporting local farmers and artisans.

Last month, I had the opportunity to order a produce bin from Green BEAN Delivery.  I created my online order by choosing the size of my produce bin and my delivery frequency (either weekly or bi-weekly).  Once I had the basics set up, I was able to select the produce I wanted as well as the quantities for each.

Each bin is 100% customizable, and customers can even add local dairy, meats, bread, and other grocery products.  All of the products from Green BEAN Delivery are all-natural and free of additives and preservatives.  Plus, with more than 400 items available for delivery each week, there are endless possibilities for creating your perfect produce bin.

When my Green BEAN tote arrived, I was very pleased with the freshness of the produce contained inside.  I received a variety of fruits and vegetables – yellow squash, zucchini, cilantro, apples, pears, oranges, and more.  I was most excited about trying the shallots that I received as I had never tried them before.  I’ve used them several times now in lieu of onions, and I love the mild taste they add to a dish.

Green BEAN Delivery would like to offer my readers $15 off their first order.  Simply enter the coupon code 15CCml at checkout to receive this promotional pricing.  This code is valid through December 12th and is for new members or reactivations only.

If you’d like to send Green BEAN Delivery service as a gift for the Christmas season, you can visit their website.  Non-members can e-mail ([email protected]) or call customer service at (513) 761-2326.  After all, a delivery of fresh produce could be exactly what changes someone’s 2014!

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

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Gildan’s Basic Essentials Review

by Katie on December 3, 2013

As a rule, I tend to have a very basic wardrobe.  Most of the winter, I live in jeans and a comfy shirt or sweater along with my favorite pair of clogs. Now don’t get me wrong – I dress up when the need arises, but I’d much rather be comfortable than fancy.  And of course, being comfortable starts with the bare essentials.  I know….talking about underwear might seem a little odd.  But let’s be real – an uncomfortable pair of underwear can definitely impact your day in a very negative way.

Gildan offers a line of soft, 100% cotton underwear that is tag free for all day comfort.  They have women’s underwear in a variety of styles including low rise briefs, hipsters, hi-cut briefs, and bikini briefs.

If you’re shopping in the men’s department, Gildan offers an assortment of boxers, briefs, and boxer briefs.  They also have an extensive line of t-shirts as well.   Whether you prefer crew neck or v-neck, full t-shirts or tank shirts, Gildan literally has you covered.

Of course, if you already have the bare essentials covered, be sure to check out the many varieties of t-shirts, socks, and fleece wear on the Gildan site.  They’ll make sure you’re comfortable without breaking the bank.

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

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