Summer Stuff I love (Grown Up Edition)

Friends- I’ve been working on this post for a few days. I’m not feeling especially summery today (and wasn’t yesterday afternoon either), but I’m hoping to distract you over the weekend, so on Monday we can come together and help our friends and family who will need us in the coming months. I’m spending the afternoon crunching on Sonic ice cubes!

It’s summer, and that means for most parents keeping the kids entertained (or letting them get bored), constantly filling the snack box/drawer, and looking for ways to make sure everyone makes it through the 12 weeks of Summer “vacation” without injury. I use vacation in quotes because it’s not a fun, leisure-filled 12 weeks. Most of us have to work, in addition to balancing all of… this.

BUT- That doesn’t mean that parents can’t have fun or enjoy their time in the summer sun. Here are a few things that I have recently come to love:

Sonic Ice Cubes. They are the little pebble ice cubes. If you don’t have a Sonic near you, or if you are looking for a way to make the perfect Sonic type ice at home, look for a Nugget or Pebble ice maker or ice tray. Walmart has a table top nugget ice maker here.

Electrolyte drinks. Not Gatorade, something better. I know a lot of people like Liquid IV, but this frugal lady likes Hydramate from Dollar Tree and Key Nutrients Lemonade flavor from Amazon. These newer electroylte drinks also have vitamins and other key nutrients that we can sometimes miss out on.

I made a list on Amazon of some of my other favorite things this summer:

  • Good SPF- Gotta take care of your skin. You only get one body!
  • Speaking of SPF, a Long sleeve 1/2 zip swim shirt. They are amazing.
  • Reusable cups with lids – I like the color changing cups.
  • Yoga strap for stretching- especially good after a long day behind the week (or a long day sitting on the floor building legos).
  • After Sun lotion- even if you wear a good SPF, the sun and the sea/pool water can dehydrate your skin.
  • Compression socks- seriously. We walk a lot in the summer, and wearing compression socks has really helped my feet and legs from getting so heavy and tired.
  • These sweet kicks from New Balance. They are my go to shoe for a day full of walking.
  • Beach Towels– JCPenney has a great selection and they are on sale!
  • Cuticle oil. The summer sun is rough on your hands, especially your cuticles. Give them some love.
  • Bermuda Shorts. I’m pale, I’m plus size, and I am not a fan of short shorts. Bermuda shorts cover all of my pale parts. And they make me happy because htey have decent sized pockets.
  • Character popsicles. There are a couiple places in San Diego where you can buy the popsicles that the ice cream man sells in bulk or at a discount. California Ice Cream and Candy in Lakeside (that’s near my house), and Circus Man Ice Cream in National City.  The kids and I hit up our local store each week and drop $20 on Spongebob, TMNT, Tweety Bird, and other popsicles. That’s about 13 or so, and that lasts us about a week! I personally love the Powerpuff Girl ones, they are orange and cherry flavored.

Talk Back: What are your favorite summer essentials?

Q-insights Alcohol Study -Pays $300

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Q-insights is another company that I do research groups, focus groups, and online surveys to earn extra money.

They have a lot of stuff in South Orange County, and less often San Diego County.   Most of their studies these days have been virtual.

Right now, Q-insights is looking for people who consume alcohol.

This study will run from November 2nd to November 4th and you will be compensated $300 as a thank you for your time.

If you are interested in participating please fill out the pre-screener survey here. If you pre-qualify, someone from Q-insights will call you to ask some additional qualifying questions.

Q-insights Business Owner Study -$300

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Q-insights is another company that I do research groups, focus groups, and online surveys to earn extra money.

They have a lot of stuff in South Orange County, and less often San Diego County. These days they are doing most of their studies online via chat or online surveys.

Right now Q-Insights is currently recruiting business owners for a 1-hour webcam interview.

This study will run from October 4th to October 8th and you will be compensated $300 as a thank you for your time.

If you are interested in participating please fill out the pre-screener survey here. If you pre-qualify, Q-Insights will call you to ask for some additional qualifying questions.

 

Q-insights Education Survey for 22-45 years olds pays $375-$525

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Q-insights is another company that I do research groups, focus groups, and online surveys to earn extra money.

They have a lot of stuff in South Orange County, and less often San Diego County. These days they are doing most of their studies online via chat or online surveys.

Right now Q-Insights is currently recruiting for an online study on the topic of Education.

Q-Insights is looking for males and females ages 22-45 for an upcoming multi-part survey.

The survey would have the following parts:

September 8 – You will need to complete a short survey and two online assessments that will take up to 2.5 hours.  These can be done at your own time but must be completed on September 8th.

September 9 – You will be asked to complete another online survey and assessment that will take up to 2 hours. Again, this can be completed at your own time but must be completed on September 9th.

September 15-20 – Then between September 15th and 20th you will be sent a follow-up email with your results of the assessments and a survey about your experience, which should take no longer than 30 minutes.

If qualified and invited to participate, you will receive $375 for participating in the above 3 parts. Some participants may be asked to participate in an online interview or focus group between September 10th-16th for additional $125-$150 compensation.

To see if you qualify, please fill out the pre-screener survey here. 

 

Reset, Recycle, and Refresh and get up to $100 off New Clothes!

Universal Standard is a pretty cool clothing company that I learned about from a friend a few months ago. What I like is that are very inclusive- They sell from size 00-40.

Right now they are partnering with Marimole (a clothing recycler) to help keep your unwanted clothes out of a landfill. Pay $4.50 for postage, and you’ll receive a bag- fill it with up to 4 pieces of clothing, seal it up and send it off (postage is paid- the $4.50, remember?).

Universal Standard will credit you $25 per item, up to $100. A $100 merchandise credit at Universal Standard is pretty cool! You can definitely find something nice. I’ve got my eye on a few pieces!

So if you’ve got some clothes that you’ve been meaning to drop off at the local charity/thrift shop, try this instead! You’ll be helping the planet.

Purchase of $4.50 + tax (if applicable) recycle bag required to redeem offer. Promotion expires 3/1/21 at 3:00 AM ET or while supplies of Reset, Recycle, Refresh bags last, whichever is sooner. All credits expire 4/1/21 at 3:00 AM ET. US, 18+ only. Limit 1 per person. Terms apply.

New Spring Deals are Blooming at Schoola.com!

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Schoola has a rocking sale for the next 4 days! Starting today (3/20) through 3/24, you can get $25 off $50+ orders with code 25SPRING  or if you are planning a bigger shopping trip, get $35 off $70+ orders with code 35SPRING!

And as always, FREE SHIPPING on orders of $25 or more on the first 10 items. If you are new to Schoola, you’ll save $10 off your first purchase when you sign up here.

I love Schoola for buying clothes to tie dye! I feel good knowing that my purchases help schools earn money!

Fine Print: Not valid on previous purchases. Discounts and credits do not apply toward shipping or promotional minimums. Discounts are applied to the post-credit order value. New-with-tags items are not eligible for purchase with discounts or credits.

$5 Apron Sale at Flirty Apron!

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APRONS! I love aprons! I have about a dozen of them- in different fabrics, colors, and themes. When I got the email yesterday that Flirty aprons was having a $5 sale, I jumped at the chance to pick up a few more. I had $25 in my Paypal Account from completing some Pinecone Research Surveys recently. MUAHAH!

$5 Apron Sale at Flirty Home, No Code Necessary, While Supplies Last. The part I like is that no coupon code is needed, and if you happen to go a little apron crazy, Spend $50 or more and get free standard domestic shipping with code FREESHIP50.

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This would cute for any little helper!

Aprons make great gifts too, so if you’ve got some birthdays coming up, Valentine’s Day, housewarming parties, or heck start your holiday shopping early (you know I have). Not only do they have feminine aprons, but chefs/grilling aprons, and kids sizes too!

 

 

 

Here are a few more of my favorites:

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Adorable Girl’s Apron
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A perfect Apron to add embroidery to, iron on patches, or paint!
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Such a Cheeky Apron!

I can’t wait for our new aprons to arrive!

Talk Back: which apron is your favorite of the $5.00 sale selection?

 

Treat Yourself to 70% Off at Schoola!

Schoola.comAmidst the chaos during the holiday season, Schoola wants to help treat you to a little luxury at Schoola.com! Now through December 16th, Schoola is offering 70% off orders. Check out the details below:

And as always, FREE SHIPPING on orders of $25 or more on the first 10 items. If you are new to Schoola, you’ll save $10 off your first purchase when you sign up here.

I love buying clothes from Schoola to Tie Dye! I’m helping schools and saving money!

Fine Print: Valid 12/14-12/16 only. Limit one promotion code may be used per order. Not valid on previous purchases. Discounts and credits do not apply toward shipping or promotional minimums. Discounts are applied to the post-credit order value. New-with-tags items are not eligible for purchase with discounts or credits.

New Clothes for a New Year- $20 Off $45 at Schoola!!

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New Year, New Clothes? Well, our friends over at Schoola have an awesome deal going on now through Wednesday.

Sparkle and shine like it’s New Year’s Eve! Get $25 off your next $40+ order with code SPARKLE at Schoola.com. Offer is valid 12/18 – 12/20.
Fine Print: Limit one promotion code may be used per order. Not valid on previous purchases. Discounts and credits do not apply toward shipping or promotional minimums. Discounts are applied to the post-credit order value. New-with-tags items are not eligible for purchase with discounts or credits.

And as always, FREE SHIPPING on orders of $25 or more on the first 10 items. If you are new to Schoola, you’ll save $10 off your first purchase when you sign up here.

I love buying clothes from Schoola! I save money and schools earn 40% of the purchase price!

$20 Referral Credit + Free Shipping with Schoola

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I posted about Schoola last month- and they are back again with an awesome offer AND a great sale that helps others in need! When you sign up for a Schoola account here you will earn $20 in credit and you can give $20 in Schoola credit for a limited time!

There are thousands of top-notch finds you can purchase with your Schoola credit. Plus, now for a limited time you can get FREE shipping with no minimum order value. That means with referral credit, you can SHOP FOR FREE. I recently picked up a bunch of white shirts and onsies that I’ll be using for out next big Tie Dye Project!

Brands Give Back Flash Sale Update: This week Schoola has partnered with the one and only Modcloth to bring you stunning new-with-tags dresses up to 50% off retail prices to benefit the Malala Fund – helping further girls’ education worldwide.

$20 will go far on Schoola– What are you waiting for???