Save Money With This Dryer TIP

Most people rely on their washer and dryer to clean clothes.  Most of those same people have no idea they could save money when it comes to their dryer!  Let me tell you how.

Take the lent trap out of your dryer and scrape or vacuum all the lent out of it.  Now take it over to the sink and run some water over the top of it.  If the water pools up on top of the screen, not only are you throwing money out the door (or dryer vent in this case) but your reducing the “life” of your dryer itself.dryer2

If water can’t get through the screen part of the lent trap then neither can air; which doesn’t happen to be optional when it comes to drying clothes.

Now that we’ve identified the problem, how do we fix it?   It’s a lot easier than you think.  All you need is some dish soap and either a scrub brush or tooth brush.soap-and-brush

Rub some dish soap on your hands then spread it around the screen.  Then use the brush to clean the screen.  After you’re done, rinse well with water.

You will now notice the water no longer pools on top of the screen.  It goes through the screen like it should.

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Give your lent trap time to dry completely before sticking it back into the dryer for use.

I do this every 1-2 months.

 

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WIN an Asus Rog Laptop PC!!!

Sweepstakes Sunday is back!

Enter for your chance to win an Asus ROG GL552VW Laptop!

Open to residents 13 years or older from the US and Canada.

Ends on: August 17th, 2016

Requirements:  Facebook and/or Twitter account(s)

GOOD LUCK!

Rocketbook Wave -New Technology- (AMAZING)

Technology is changing FAST!  RocketBook is a must have when it comes to staying on top of your education.  Great for Junior High, High School, and College Kids.  ALSO great if you want to keep some of your little ones art work because it links up with the cloud providing very professional looking original content!  The best part….. It won’t put a dent in your pocketbook!

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Introducing the world’s first microwave-to-erase smart notebook. The Rocketbook Wave provides the freedom of a traditional pen and paper notebook, while instantly blasting your notes into the cloud using your smartphone. And when you use Pilot FriXion pens with the Wave notebook, you can erase your notes using your microwave oven and reuse your notebook. Go ahead and re-read that last sentence.

 

PRIME DAY IS COMING!!!

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With so many people missing PRIME DAY last year because they were “not a member”; I’m here to tell you that I have a work around for this year.  Now, before we get to that your probably wondering what PRIME DAY is….  It is basically like Black Friday and Cyber Monday but with twice as much inventory combined!

 

Now, here’s the tricky part and the reason why so many people missed out on these deals last year.  In order to participate in Prime Day, you MUST be an Amazon Prime Member.  Keep reading because I’m going to tell you how to get access to Prime Day deals without spending a penny!  But first let me tell you what Amazon offers to it’s Prime members EVERY day of the year:

  • Unlimited FREE 2 day shipping with NO minimum order size!
  • Movie, TV, & Music streaming. (In a Netflix-style)
  • Borrow Kindle Books.

For an Amazon Prime Membership they charge $99 per year.  ($49 if your a college student)

In my opinion, it’s well worth it considering Netflix costs $119.88 per year but you don’t get free unlimited 2 day shipping, eBooks, or music with that.

Here’s how to get the Prime Day access without spending a penny:

If you’ve never tried the Amazon Prime Membership before, you can get a free 30-day trial — and that trial membership qualifies you for Prime Day savings PLUS you get all the Prime member perks for the full 30 days FREE.

If you’re a college student, you can get a six-month free trial of Amazon Prime THEN if you’d like to keep it just pay the $49 at the student discount price of %50 off.

 

Amazon App…. Will I need it?

The Amazon App is one I’d place into the “Tips and Tricks” pile of this Prime ordeal.  It can be very challenging to keep up with the deals that interest you, especially those scheduled to begin later in the day. If you forget, you might miss out!

The App lets you track upcoming deals and you will receive notifications when they’re about to start. It’s compatible for Fire (natch), Android and iOS in their associated app stores.

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Free Online vs. Public School for Our Kids

Before enrolling our child in online school he went to a public brick and mortar school.  That simply means he rode a bus to and from a physical structure and attended class in front of a teacher every second of the school day.  When we would put our son on the bus in the mornings, we would say a little prayer to bring our boy home safe and let him not have a horrible day.  Now, I know that not every day can be super fun and adventurous, and not everything in life should be made into a fun activity.  I simply want him to have enough positive experiences that his school day isn’t one of dread or anxiety.  That was not the case.

The children that I saw get off of the bus were exhausted, frustrated, over worked, and burned out.  When I would ask what he learned at school today I would be approached by a deer in the headlights look followed by an “I don’t remember.”  After a longer stare from me and an eyebrow raise that was the surefire signal to him that he wasn’t getting off that easy he would come back with something he learned from his friends at either lunch or recess.  If not this, it would have something to do with a “special” class such as art, library, music, technology, etc.  Notice all these “special” classes are the hands on classes for the most part.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not really the teachers fault.  They try to add as much fun as they can, but are obligated to keep up with deadlines, adhere to the curriculum, and meet the state standards. All this stress and tension is being rained down on them from a higher authority.  In elementary school it’s not academics that are the main process.  It’s setting the foundation for learning.  If they are enjoying themselves, learning will follow and as an end result each student will walk away from the day knowing more than when they entered that brick and mortar establishment.

Teachers seem to not want to teach or even be there anymore.  Who can blame them?  It’s not what they signed up for!  They are basically robots being told how to teach, what to teach, and when to teach it.  If anyone understands that not every child learns the same, it’s the teachers and yet they are the ones being stuck on the front lines watching our kids fail in front of their eyes with their hands tied behind their backs.  The teachers have to sit by and watch many students struggle with things like “core math” when they have 5 other “tricks” up their sleeves which would help explain it better but they aren’t allowed to.

Our children are created to learn through play.  It’s a part of nature that comes natural to them from when they are babies.  Are we buying them books about neutrons with few if any pictures before they can read and expecting them to learn from it?  NO!  We buy them colorful books with loads of pictures and sometimes even funny noises, sounded out letters, or hands on activities to keep them active in that learning environment.  It’s often said that babies are like little sponges, learning from everything around them.  Who’s to say the kids don’t stay spongey?  We take all the fun out of things and expect them to be just as willing to learn.  If you were given $100 to bet on 1 coloring book that kids would like best, one full of cartoons and the other just full of words with a few things to color, where would you put your money?

There are many challenges the parents and children face each day they are sent away to learn in a brick and mortar environment.  Is the bus driver competent enough to get your child to and from school the same way they left that morning?  Are the other drivers on the road next to your child’s bus competent enough not to cause an accident or run the buses stop sign?  Are teachers actually teaching?  Is your child engaged enough to learn anything?  Is your child being bullied?  Is a random person going to walk into the school with something horrible in mind?  Are one of the students going to bring a firearm or weapon to school that’s going to be used?  Are your child’s health needs being taken care of at school or if something should arise would it be addressed quickly and appropriately? (seizures, meltdowns, tics, behavior, allergies, etc.)  I’m starting to see why anxiety is so prominent in today’s educational environment.

We really struggled with the option to put our son into an online schooling environment.  We thought it over for 4 years, constantly weighing the pros and cons.  We were told by the brick and mortar school staff that he would NOT do well because he is on the autism spectrum and NEEDS that social interaction.

We faced things like bullying, acting out in class, lunch issues, illness issues, grade vs learning issues, teacher issues, etc.

Here is a list of things we feared or wondered about and the “truth” when putting him into online school.

1) He was getting bullied and at points even became the bully as a way to act out what he was seeing in other kids.

Online schooling cut down on bullying because other classmates can’t judge him on what he’s wearing or a breakdown or odd behavior he has during class.

2) Is he just going to fall behind and not learn anything?

He is actually learning more.  I can see what he’s learning and even step in and help him with some things.  The day is very structured with a “TO DO” list but not so structured that we can’t reward “good test scores” with 5 minutes of music time or another enjoyable activity.

3) Does he even see the teachers?

He has live lessons every day with certain teachers where the kids meet up in a virtual classroom.  They can see and hear the teacher.  The teacher can see and hear them.  They can chat, raise hand, answer questions, write on the smart board, etc. through the use of a computer.  In these Live Lessons the teacher is teaching them and answering any questions they might have.

4)  What if he needs help with something he’s working on and we can’t help him with it?

He can send a school webmail to any teacher at any time.  Or, if it’s during school hours he has a direct phone number to that teacher.

5)  How does he do testing?

It’s done online and most of it is graded instantly.  He will sign a contract at the beginning that is an honor code.  Parents have to sign one also.  It states he will not use anything that isn’t allowed during tests.  And parents won’t help on tests or quizzes.

6)  What about groups and clubs?

Connections Academy still offers many groups and clubs for students who are on track with their academics.  Actually they offer way more groups and clubs than the brick and mortar school did.

7)  What about field trips?

Connections Academy still offers many field trips throughout the year.  The kids can use this time to also socialize and put a face to the voices they’ve been hearing in their live lessons.

8) What about school supplies?

Connections Academy will send most of the supplies right to your front door.  Our son received text books, pre-paid envelopes, a headset with microphone, a science kit, an art kit, 2 reading books, and 2 yoga DVD’s.  They would also let you apply for a borrowed computer if you don’t have one.  And pay a portion of your internet bill every 3-4 months.

9)  What if he has a doctor’s appointment?

He can start his classes at any time, pause them, and pick them up later after his appointment, and catch any live lessons he missed on the class forums (they are all recorded for later viewing or studying).

10)  What about gym class?

He is required to do 30 minutes of P.E every school day.  This can be the yoga DVD they send or walking, hiking, sports, park play, etc.

We came out of this with ONLY ONE REGRET.  It was that we waited 4 years weighing the pros and cons and didn’t enroll him earlier!

Gamer’s Golden Ticket!!!!

Are you a gamer or know a gamer?  WELL have I got a DEAL for you!!!!!!

This is like a chocolate lover finding the Golden Ticket from Charley and the Chocolate Factory…. BUT FOR GAMERS!!!!

It doesn’t matter if your gaming style is a PC or console (Playstation and Xbox)!  This is about to blow your mind!

Meet the Alienware ALPHA!!!  

The convenience of a console with the power of a gaming PC and a CHEAP PRICE TAG!!!

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  • Hooks up to your TV like a console via HDMI cable.
  • Can switch between Console mode and Windows PC mode. (Includes Windows 8.1 with FREE upgrade to Windows 10.)
  • Play any PC or STEAM game (IE:  Call of Duty, Borderlands, Battlefield, Fallout, World of Warcraft, OVER 5,000 games!)
  • Compatible with Playstation, Xbox, and PC Controllers!
  • Compatible with any PC peripherals (mouse, keyboard, joysticks, steering wheels, etc.)
  • Run games in 1080p
  • Upgrade almost ALL of the Hardware (RAM, CPU, HardDrive) without voiding warranty.
  • Install Mods.
  • Get early access to games still in development.

 

What’s under the hood:

Info for you techies out there:

Processor 2.9 GHz Intel Core i3
RAM 4 GB DDR3   (16 GB MAX)
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive 500 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor Custom Nvidia Maxwell GTX CPU
Graphics Card Ram Size 2 MB
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Alienware
Series Desktop Only
Item model number ASM100-1580
Operating System Windows 8.1
Item Weight 4 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H 7.87 x 7.87 x 2.17 inches
Color Console
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Type None
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars
239 reviews
Shipping Weight 7.6 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping.

ONLY $ 379.99

DEAL of the DAY: RavPower iSmart Charger

RAVPower Portable Charger 5200mAh External Battery Pack (2.4A Output, 2A Input, iSmart Technology)

ONLY $ 12.99

Get it —> HERE <— (Price won’t last long!)

Orig Price: $ 99.99

Savings:  $87.00 (87%)

 

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  • 2A Input & 2.4A Output: 2A input can save half of the time to fully charge the 5200mAh portable charger ( please use a 2A or higher output charger); 2.4A output makes it charge other devices 2X faster than other chargers. The maximum input and output for the fastest and strongest charging experience.
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  • Compact body, amazing capacity: Fitting in the palm of your hand, get two full charges for iPhone 6, or more than one charge for large phones like 6 Plus, Note 4, etc
  • Unique Design: Made with an ergonomic design that is carefully matched with a gorgeous metal shell that will transform you into a style icon, while 4 status LEDs keep you informed of remaining capacity.
  • Safety Protection: Ultra reliable A+ Lithium-Ion battery with over 500 battery charge cycles; short-circuit and over-current protection. This battery pack will automatic shutdown if a short circuit or overload output occurred while unit is charging.

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Product Description

Color: Black

Stay Stylish, Stay Classy
For those looking to make a fashion statement, the RAVPower New Luster 6700 mAh External Battery Charger comes in 4 bold colors: Gold, Black, Blue and Pink. Whether you are after a classy look or something trendy and fun, the Luster comes in a color for you.

Compact, Convenient Power
With a minimalistic design weighing in at only 7.1 oz and providing up to 2 extra charge for most smartphones, the Luster Battery Pack is essential for keeping your devices powered throughout the day.

Thoughtful Yet Ergonomic Design
Cased in a fresh anodized finish with aluminum alloy from the same manufacturing standard as Apple’s products; 4 LED’s keep you informed of battery status.

Charge Faster, Charge Smarter
Charge faster and smarter than others, automatically detects and delivers the optimal charging current for any connected device- ensuring the fastest and most efficient charge.

Natural Compatibility
iSmart technology ensure the RAVPower Luster Charger is compatible with most smartphone modes: iPhone, Galaxy, Note, Nexus, Droid, LG, HTC, Lumia, and other devices.

Specification:
Capacity: 6700 mAh
Input: DC 5V / 2A
Output: DC 5V / 2.4A

What’s in the Box:
– 1x RAVPower 6700mAh portable charger
– 1 x USB to Micro USB cable
– 1 x User Guide