Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: January 2016

Teaching My Children To Be Grateful For What They Have

Disclosure:  I wrote this post on behalf of Pley and received compensation to thank me for my time.  All opinions are my own.

Throughout the year, my daughter would ask for things she saw on tv, in the store or whatever new toy her friends had.  My initial response was, “you can put it on your birthday or Christmas wish list.” I rarely buy her toys otherwise.  But to my surprise it was after her birthday and Christmas where she began wishing for the things she didn’t receive instead of being grateful for what she did get.

We had a long talk about being grateful for the things we have.  There are so many children who aren’t as fortunate as she is.  She has so many toys that sometimes it’s hard for her to even keep track of what she has.

When Big C starts asking for toys, we do two things.  First, we go through all of her toys and start organizing.  She realizes what she forgot about or we put aside toys that she no longer plays with, so that we can donate them to children who would love and care for them.  In this way, it teaches her to be more responsible with her belongings, but it also reminds her of how loving and giving she is.

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The next step we take is looking up the item that she wants for herself.  We see how much it costs and she starts saving for it.  Big C has a weekly chore chart and earns money by doing those chores. The harder she works, the more money she gets, and the faster she can purchase the toy she wants.

Not only do I think this teaches her responsibility, but she learns to be more grateful for what she worked hard to purchase.  Though she loves and appreciates the gifts she receives from others, I think she is more grateful for what she has when she takes ownership of earning it herself.

If you like the idea of your child saving up their own money for toys, a great option to try out is Pley.com.  Pley.com allows you to rent the toys, return and pick new ones.  That way, if your child gets “bored” of what they already have, they have the opportunity to try something new.

Pley offers a variety of educational toys, robotic toys and LEGO sets.  And new toys are always being added.  Pley members save an average of $800 a year, reduces clutter and allows you to get new toys delivered right to your front door.  Being a Pley member also helps children learn the concept of sharing!

Warm Up with Boulder Organic Soups + Giveaway

Disclosure:  I wrote this post on behalf of Boulder Organic and received sample products to thank me for my time.  All opinions are my own.

It’s soup season and time to keep your healthy new years resolutions!  Boulder Organic Foods has the perfect soups for you.  They are certified organic, gluten-free and Non-GMO.  Did I mention they are delicious, too?

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Boulder Organic soup comes in 10 different flavors, including:
  • Butternut Squash with Sage
  • Roasted Tomato Basil
  • Red Lentil Dahl
  • Garden Minestrone 
  • Cuban Black Bean
  • Green Chili Corn Chowder
  • Potato Leek 
  • Golden Quinoa and Kale
  • Chicken Quinoa and Kale
  • Chicken Vegetable Chili 
These yummy soups are found in the refrigerated deli section in most Targets and Fresh Markets across the country.  For more information, go to BoulderOrganicFoods.com.  Or connect on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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Share Savings and Earn Amazon Rewards from Dealspotr.com

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Dealspotr.com and received compensation to thank me for my time.  All opinions are my own.  Referral links are provided in this post.

Who loves a good deal?  I think we all do.  But what if you found a good deal and got rewarded for sharing it with others?  That’s exactly what Dealspotr.com is all about.  For the past month, I’ve been testing out this great website to share with my readers.  It’s definitely one of my favorites.

Your first step is to create an account.  Dealspotr wants real people sharing real deals.  Once you create a legit account, you’ll start earning Karma to reach Amazon rewards.  Every time you reach a new level, your amount of Amazon reward increases.  You can earn Karma several ways.

  • Add a profile image and bio
  • Comment on a deal
  • Post deals
  • Follow deal sharers
  • Follow stores
  • Post great deals 
  • Comments and likes on your deals
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I’ve been using Dealspotr for about a month now, posting my favorite deals, coupons and discounts almost everyday.  I try to post about three a day.  Since I started using Dealspotr, I have earned almost $15 in Amazon gift cards.

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Dealspotr isn’t just about sharing deals, it’s also about getting great deals.  Maybe you plan to shop at Macy’s for a special occasion coming up, then check out Dealspotr first to see if there are coupons to save you money.  If you find one you like, use it, comment and earn Amazon rewards!

As a stay-at-home-mom, I’m always looking for ways to save money or contribute to our household income.  This is definitely one of my favorite sites to help me do so.  If you would like to get started on sharing savings and earning Amazon rewards, go ahead and click here (my referral link)!