2/24/15

HOME DECOR ON SALE

I am in the process of redecorating my bedroom. I have been on Pinterest seeking inspiration to make my room look fabulous. Everything I find is always out of my budget, so when I find great items on sale I have to take advantage. I normally love to shop at thrift stores because I find great decor. A hint of vintage always makes a room stand out. However, I also love the modern look. My room definitely needs more of it. I have been searching online to find the perfect pieces that will make my room complete. I am so obsessed with everything white, but with a toddler that just seem too hard to keep up with. I have decided to paint my walls a light gray and one wall will be chalkboard for Evan. I am sticking with a black, gray and a little bit of white color scheme. Once my bedroom is complete I will definitely share. Where do you shop for home decor? I would love to check out your suggestions. XO



2/12/15

FILE YOUR TAXES WITH TURBOTAX

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and TurboTax, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #TurboTaxACA http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV
Every year filing my taxes can be extremely stressful. I remember a few years ago I would go to several tax offices to see which one would offer a better deal. I didn't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money just to file my income tax. This year my boyfriend went to file his taxes and the person who helped him had no idea what she was doing. I was so relieved to know that I wouldn't have to deal with that this year. I can file my own taxes at home and enjoy a cup of coffee. This year I wanted to share my stress free experience using TurboTax
This coming weekend is important because insurance open enrollment ends on Sunday, February 15th. The new health insurance rule seemed so difficult to me. I visited TurboTax Health to get familiar with the website and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements coming up this tax season. I learned a lot about my health insurance and whether or not I was exempt from the tax penalty. They also provided videos, which I posted down below. After watching the videos provided by TurboTax, it made it easier for me to understand the process. It explains The ACA step by step. It almost seems silly that I was confused. If you get insurance from work it's as simple as checking a box using TurboTax. Yes, it's that easy! You also have until February 16th to file for FREE through the Absolute Zero promotion available for simple returns (1040A/EZ). It doesn't get any better than this.
 
Video for Insured Filers

Video for Uninsured Filers
I filed my taxes a couple days ago and it was so easy and fast. I am so glad I got them out of the way and I am getting extra cash in my pocket. However, I did have a few tips and tricks that helped filing my income tax less stressful.

 3 TIPS TO HELP FILE YOUR TAXES FROM HOME:
1. Create a checklist of all personal information and documents needed. Make sure to have all paperwork (w2, 1040A/EZ, etc.) organized and ready. I have multiple forms coming in, therefore I have to make sure I don't leave any out. Once I begin receiving them I put them all together so I won't misplace them. 
2. Track expenses. As far as medical bills, student loans, Bank interests, investments, etc. Keep all receipts together and in a secure place. There are plenty of online programs where you can snap a picture of your receipt and later export the data for your yearly tax return, or simply put together in a folder.
3. Keep organized. If you are filing from home using TurboTax make sure you have all important forms on hand and ready to go. Keep all forms together like I mentioned before to avoid any mess up on your tax return. Organization is the key! 
I hope these help you as much as they helped me. I don't think I will ever have to leave my home to file my taxes. Remember you have until February 16th to file for FREE using TurboTax.
XO

2/9/15

BABY'S FIRSTS + GIVEAWAY

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

It seems like our baby's firsts will always be the most memorable. I remember the first time I held Evan in my arms, the first time he smiled, his first laugh and even his first steps. They are moments that can never be forgotten. Expressing your excitement/happiness is impossible for priceless moments like these. Do you remember the first time you changed your baby's diaper?

The first time I changed Evan's diaper I was terrified! All I knew was that I would be using Pampers because that was our hospitals #1 choice. I refused to change his diaper the first week or so. My excuse was that I needed to watch and learn. When I finally found the courage to change my own son's diaper it took me a good ten minutes to figure it out. I always asked myself "How will I know when he needs a diaper change?" I was so happy that Pampers Swaddlers have a color changing wetness indicator that helped me indicate when it was time for a new diaper. I must confess it took me a while to get the hang of it but after a while I really enjoyed it. I think back to that clueless first time mom and I can't help but laugh.

Pampers has made diaper changes easier, comfier and fun! We have tried many diaper brands and Pampers Swaddlers is Pampers softest diaper and offers up to 12 hours of overnight protection. The absorb away liners pull wetness and mess away from babies' skin. Pampers Swaddlers wraps baby with superior comfort, protection and blanket-like softness, helping to take care of babies during all the precious first moments they share with their parents. We have shared so many first moments with Pampers and it's great to know that we can continue enjoying making memories because Pampers are now available through a size 6! Pampers listened to moms who said they wanted the Pampers Swaddlers softness they know and love to be available throughout their diapering years.
Pampers is celebrating firsts and this video highlights the importance of all the special first moments in your life with a new baby. Grab a tissue and make sure to follow Pampers on Twitter and like them on Facebook for more information. Celebrate with us and enter the giveaway down below!!



GIVEAWAY (estimated value $100)
  • Pampers Wipes
  • Pampers Swaddlers Size 6
  • "Love You to the Moon and Back" Necklace
  • "Guess How Much I Love You" Board Book
  • Baby's First Year Keepsake Calender
  • $50 AmEx Giftcard


For more fun prizes don't forget to RSVP HERE for the Twitter Party on Wednesday February 11 at 9PM EST. Make sure to follow all hosts to participate: @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca, @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and our sponsor @Pampers.

XO

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