Cheap Fish Finders (for under $100 bucks!)

If you love to fish and you’re on a budget, I’m about to make your day. Well, the folks over at Salt Water Fish Finders are about to make your day and save you time in the process because they’ve managed to compile a rather impressive list of cheap fish finders that can be yours for under 100 bucks!

No kidding, they did all the homework for you and narrowed it down to the three best fish finders under $100 and what they love about those particular brands. So see, I was being serious when I said they did all the work for you – now you can spend more time doing what you love aka fishing and not researching gear!

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Free Shipping from Ateaz Organic Coffee & Tea

What’s the first thing you reach for each morning? If you’re like me, it’s a cup of organic coffee. Not just any kind by the way, I reach for Ateaz Organic Coffee because I like to start my morning off the best way possible and the only way to make that happen is by drinking the best organic coffee there is.

My preferred choice is the Tanzanian Peaberry but lately I’ve been thinking about trying their other flavors too because I’m curious to see how they stack up against the one I’m currently obsessed with. In case you’re thinking about trying one of their yummy organic coffees or organic teas (yes, they even make teas for non-coffee drinkers!) then don’t forget they offer free shipping with any order – enter code J7MAB3A at checkout.

Delicious, healthy, affordable and no shipping fees – this is one company that speaks my language!

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Ant-Man : Movie Review

Paul Rudd is Ant-Man.
Can’t picture that? Neither did I right up until the moment I sat down in the cinema for the screening.
As a huge Marvel fan and Rudd fan, I just didn’t think he was the right man for the job.
I was wrong.
He is the right man for the job.
His comedic timing is on point (no surprise there).
His acting is on point (no surprise there).
He makes Ant-Man, Ant-Man.
And then there is Michael Douglas who coupled with Evangeline Lilly is something you’re not going to want to miss.
But what really sealed this for me as a whole was the way Paul Rudd and Michael Peña played off each other.
If you’re looking for a reason to go see this movie, that right there should be your reason.
Forget the fact that it’s so awesomely entertaining and full of laughs in pretty much every other scene.
Forget the fact that Rudd actually pulls off the whole shrinking super hero thing and focus on the chemistry between Scott Lang and his buddy Luis. That to me is where the true magic in this movie lies.
Oh and just a heads up, you may want to brush up on your Avengers knowledge otherwise all the Avengers and Hydra references will fly right over your head and that would be a shame.

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Bottom line? Go see Ant-Man.
Opening date: July 17th,2015

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Inside Out – Movie Review

I hear voices ALL the time.
Seriously.
I hear my mom saying “don’t forget to tithe” every single time I get money.
I hear her saying “you don’t need that second or third serving” every time I’m tempted to eat like a pig.
I hear my dad quoting scriptures to suit whatever situation I’m facing at the time.
I hear my aunt Alex saying “I’m proud of the woman you became, you really surprised me and all of us”.
I hear my ex-hubby saying “you’re doing a great job with our son” especially on days I doubt my mothering skills.
And I almost always hear my little man saying “you’re the best mom ever” even when I say no to his repeated requests and pleas to spend all day playing video games with his friends.
Those 5 voices are on a constant loop in my head ALL the time that I was actually beginning to think I was crazy until I went to see Pixar’s Inside Out.

Turns out, according to Pixar and Disney, I’m not crazy or alone.
See, the movie is basically about a young girl named Riley and how her emotions shape her personality and influence her relationships after her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco.
The voices take on the forms of Joy,Anger, Sadness, Disgust and Fear with Joy being the predominant emotion running the show and Sadness being the one emotion struggling to fit in and find her place in Riley’s life.

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To say this movie is well done would be a gross understatement.
It takes the complex issue of emotions and how they affect our decisions and churns it into a rather beautiful story that both kids and adults can enjoy.
Yes, this isn’t just a “kids only” movie, adults will enjoy it too plus if you watch it with your kids, it can be used as a great parenting tool the next time they’re down or frustrated or whatever.
You can then sit them down and get them to talk about whatever emotion is currently running the control board in their heads – Anger? Fear? Sadness?
That dialogue is probably an unexpected consequence the film makers didn’t anticipate as a result of people watching this movie about five personified emotions but I know that it’s come in handy for me and a few other parents!

So bottom line – should you go see Inside Out? YES.

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Free DMV Practice Test from LicenseRoute.com

One of the best feelings on earth is getting your driver’s license.
It’s instant freedom from begging your parents, siblings, friends and peers for rides to this place and that place.
Getting that little plastic card though is a struggle as anyone who has gone through the process will tell you because there is a driving test you must pass along with a DMV written test.

I’ll share a simple secret of how I aced my written test in TWO states – I used a DMV practice test.
There it is – LicenseRoute.com has got at least 500 DMV sample questions and I practiced using those questions until I felt confident enough to take the actual driver’s permit test and when I did, I passed!
So if you’re wondering how you’re going to ace your DMV test, I just shared my little secret!
Good luck!

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Groupon’s Buy a Best of PEAK Product, Enter to Win a Trip Sweepstakes

I’m a travel junkie so I’ve been to a ton of countries and states.
I’ve been to Spain, England, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya and the Bahamas to name a few.
I’ve been to Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Nevada, West Virginia, D.C and a whole lot more.
But there is one place I’ve never been to and that’s Seattle.
I want to go there badly for two reasons – one because I want to see if it rains as much as everyone says it does and two because Grey’s Anatomy made Seattle seem like such a cool place to hang!

If YOU need a reason to visit Seattle, here’s one – Groupon’s Buy a Best of PEAK Product, Enter to Win a Trip Sweepstakes. As the name suggests buying a product from the PEAK collection could snag you a vacay in Seattle but if you want to do the mail-in entry thing then this is the info you need:

Mail-in Entry. You may hand write on a 3×5 card labeled
“Groupon’s Buy a Best of PEAK Product, Enter to Win a Trip Sweepstakes Entry” your full name, country and state
of residence, home and daytime telephone number (including area code), e-mail address and confirmation that you
are at least 18 years old or the age of majority (all of which must be legible) and mail it with proper postage to: “Attention: Groupon’s Buy a Best of PEAK Product, Enter to Win a Trip Sweepstakes
Entry”, Groupon, Inc.,
600 West Chicago Avenue,
Ste. 400,
Chicago, IL 60654

Rules and dets
x 5 entries total
Ends 6/30

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Liberty Mutual Insurance Bid Protection Mail-in Sweepstakes

School is almost out for summer here and I’m thrilled because it means that for the next 50 days:
I won’t have to hear an alarm go off at 6:50a.m
I won’t have to hear a warning alarm go off at 2:00p.m
There will be no after school chauffeuring to this and that and the other.
BUT
There will be more road trips.
There will be more park visits.
There will be more movie nights.
There will be more sleeping in.
And there will be lots and lots and lots of eBay stalking,after all my schedule is about to be freed up in a big way.
If you’re an eBay stalker like myself you need to know about this new sweep from Liberty Mutual, you can enter it by bidding on items in the auto section or via mail. The earlier you do either, the better!

By Mail: To enter the Sweepstakes by U. S. Mail, hand print your name, address, city, state, ZIP code, eBay User ID, date of birth, email address (optional) and daytime telephone number on a 3” X 5” card, and mail it, in an envelope with postage affixed, to:

Liberty Mutual Insurance Bid Protection Sweepstakes,
P. O. Box 832,
Plainview, NY 11803-0832.

Mail-in entries must be postmarked by June 15, 2015 and received by June 20, 2015 in order to be eligible for the Early Bird Random Drawing. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by September 1, 2015 and received by September 8, 2015 in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize Random Drawing. Limit one entry per outer envelope.


Rules and dets here

Ends 9/1/15

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Check ‘n Go Retail Father’s Day Mail-in Sweepstakes

Life happened in a Really big way
Not in a BrUce Jenner/Caitlyn Jenner big way
BuT in my own kind of big way.
I got distracted witH other things happening in my life..
..and thIs blog somehow fell to the sidelines,temporarily.
But thankfully a friEnd poked me in the sides
And said get back out there slacker and write again.
So here I am.
Thank you friend for reminding me of my obligation, I’m grateful for YOU :)

Speaking of people we’re grateful for, fathers day is around the corner and nothing says “I’m grateful for you Papa” better than a $500 gift card. If you’re wondering where you can get one of those from – Check ‘n Go is giving away one. You can snag one by either stopping into one of their locations and getting a loan or doing the mail-in thing. Either way, I think the dad in your life would appreciate the $500 way more than that tie you’re planning to get him!

B. Mail-in Entry.

Print your name, mailing address (no P.O. Boxes), email address, and phone number on a 3×5 postcard and mail to:

Check ‘n Go Retail Father’s Day Sweepstakes Entry,
100 Commercial Dr.
Suite #300
Fairfield, OH 45014.

Full dets and rules here
x 1
Ends June 22nd

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DORITOS Assemble The Avengers Mail-in Sweepstakes at Target

Do you have any plans for May 1st,2015?
I do.
I’ll be pigging out on nachos while watching the new Avengers movie with my guys.
I’m a huge, huge, huge Robert Downey Jr Iron Man fan but my little guy is all about Thor and Captain America. I suspect my best half is on Team Black Widow (for obvious reasons!) but I bet you if I asked him he’d say he’s on Team Hulk (liar,liar, pants on fire!).

Anyway, whether you’re a huge fan of the Avengers or if your kids forced you to sit through the first movie and are now going to force you to sit through The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, there is a sweet sweepstakes from Doritos and Target that you don’t want to miss out on – why? Because the prize is an Avengers replica prop from “Avengers: Age of Ultron” signed by Stan Lee!! If you don’t want it, you can just gift it to me – my birthday is just 5 months away and I’m accepting gifts as early as now :) …Anyway, here are the dets you need:

To enter without making a purchase, hand print your name, complete street address, daytime phone number, date of birth, and e-mail address on a 3″ x 5″ index card or piece of paper and place your entry into an outer-mailing envelope with proper postage affixed and mail it to:

DORITOS® Assemble The Avengers Sweepstakes at Target,
PO Box 1010, Dept. 876-729,
Young America, MN 55594-1010.

Mail-in entries must be postmarked by May 9, 2015 and received by May 15, 2015. Limit one (1) entry per stamped-outer envelope.

Rules and dets here
Ends 5/9/15

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Coppertone Polarized Lenses Mail-in Sweepstakes

I often hear people talking about their girl crushes.
Most of my friends go for Halle Berry – because you know, she’s Halle freakin’ Berry.
I think she’s gorgeous but she doesn’t make the cut with me.
My girl crush – rather girl crushes are Gabrielle Union and Mia Hamm.
Union because she looks like someone you could really count on to have your back in any situation and Hamm because in my opinion she is the best female football (soccer to you Americans) player ever.
I would give anything to tap into Mia Hamm’s brain for an hour.
Heck, I even have a list of questions I want to ask her….

…Like how it really felt like to watch Wambach destroy her record for player with the most international goals or how it feels to be named one of the best players on earth – in a sport that is so incredibly popular. OMG, I’m getting so excited thinking about all the questions I would ask her that I almost forgot to tell you that YOU – yes YOU can also get the chance to meet her in person in Vegas of all places. How? Courtesy of the Coppertone Polarized Lenses Sweepstakes.You can enter online or do it the mail-in way:

Mail In Method of Entry: Find an official entry form at participating Vision-Ease retail locations, while supplies last, and print your full name, address (including city, state/providence and zip/postal code), daytime and evening telephone numbers (including area codes), date of birth and e-mail address (optional), and mail it in an envelope with proper postage affixed to:

Vision-Ease,
6975 Saukview Drive, Suite 104,
St. Cloud, MN 56303

to be postmarked by July 24, 2015 and received by July 30, 2015. Limit one (1) entry per outer envelope.

Rules and dets
Ends 7/24

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Marriott Mobile Check-in Mail-in Sweepstakes

I’m a hotel snob.
When and if I have to stay at a hotel, I totally “profile” various hotels based on the cleanliness of the rooms, the professionalism of the employees and just the overall feel of the hotels in question.
Then I make a decision about which hotel to book a room in.
Being a germaphobe, most hotels never pass my “test” BUT the Marriott has always passed my “profiling test” which is why its one of my go-to hotels when I travel.
It’s so worth it by the way and if you don’t believe me then the Marriott Mobile Check-in Sweepstakes is your chance to experience life as a Marriott guest – you will be spoiled like crazy and when that happens, I want to hear about it!
You can enter to win a million Marriott reward points by either making a reservation at a Marriott property and using the app to check in while at the hotel or by going the mail-in route:

Enter by Mail: To enter without making a reservation at a Marriott property or using Marriott Mobile Check-in, hand print your name, address, day and evening phone numbers, email address, Rewards Account Number, and date of birth on a 3″ x 5″ piece of paper and mail it in an envelope with proper postage to
“Marriott Mobile Check-in,”
c/o HelloWorld, Inc.,
P.O. Box 5046, Department 818005,
Kalamazoo, MI 49003-5046, U.S.A.

You will receive one (1) entry into the applicable Monthly Entry Period and one (1) entry into the Grand Prize drawing. Limit: You will receive one (1) entry per envelope. You may send up to ten (10) mail-in entries each Monthly Entry Period. All mail-in entries must be handwritten and must be postmarked by the last day of the Month (or the following day if the last day of the month is a Sunday) and received by five (5) business days after the last day of the month to be included in that Monthly Entry Period drawing.

Rules and dets here
Ends 12/31/15

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Escape with Outlander Mail-in Sweepstakes

Happy April!!!
Did you get pranked today?
Did YOU prank anyone today?
The answer is no to both those questions on my end.
I have a love-hate relationship with this day because on one hand I love a really good prank (who doesn’t?) but on the other hand, I hate being on the edge all day long wondering if and when I’m going to be pranked.
I always breathe a sigh of relief when midnight comes along on April 1st because that means no more pranking!

You can breathe a sigh of relief now though because the sweep I’m blogging about today is no prank at all. You could win a trip for 2 to San Diego to attend the 2015 Comic-Con International: San Diego and you can get in by either entering online or simply sending in some mail entries (If you win, I want to see all the fun pictures!):

2. By Mail: On a 3” x 5” card, an eligible individual can hand print (in black or blue ink) his or her first and last name, date of birth, daytime telephone number (including area code), and email address and mail the completed card in a first-class postage-paid envelope to:

“Escape with Outlander Sweepstakes,
Promotion Headquarters,
P.O. Box 5869,
Atlanta, GA 30307.”

Mail-in entries must be postmarked during the Sweepstakes Period and received no later than June 4, 2015, or they will be void.

Rules and dets here
Ends 5/30

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Ben & Jerry’s “Taste Test” Mail-in Sweepstakes

One of my fondest memories growing up is of me hanging with my dad in the ice cream truck he used to drive.
To a child, that’s the most awesome job a parent can ever have because it means unlimited ice cream – and trust me, I ate so much ice cream during that one period that I literally made myself sick on some days (shhh don’t tell daddy that though!).

These days the only time I eat ice cream is during summer when my guy and I go on bike rides and stop in the middle of a random town to grab a cone or two.
He’s more of an ice cream fanatic than I am – he’ll seriously drown a pint of ice cream in one sitting!
My guy eats ice cream in Fall, Spring, Summer and Winter.
I’m not kidding.
He’ll eat ice cream in the middle of winter and act like its the most normal thing ever!

That love affair he has with ice cream is the reason I know he’ll be the perfect candidate for the new Ben & Jerry Taste Test sweepstakes. Like the name implies, its all about sampling one or all of 40 Ben & Jerry’s flavors and then giving feedback on them! This works out great for us – he loves to eat ice cream and I love to give my opinion so this is going to be a fun couples activity for us!
If you want to get in on the fun too but can’t because you’re on a diet, there is a mail-in option:

By Mail: Write your first and last name, complete address, telephone number, date of birth, and e-mail address (optional) (all legibly hand printed) on a 3X5 piece of paper, place in a stamped envelope and mail to:

Ben & Jerry’s “Taste Test Sweepstakes”
PO Box 490,
Woodbury, NY 11797-0490.

Entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2015 and received by November 5, 2015.

Dets and rules here
Ends 10/31/15

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2015 New Orleans & Louisiana Essence Festival Mail-in Sweepstakes

I quit Facebook.
I didn’t hit the “close account” button but for this year, I made a vow to myself not to update my Facebook page.
Last year I put so much of myself out there that when strangers started liking some personal pictures (of my little man), I went into total freak-mode and completely locked down all my pictures and then altogether decided to stop updating the world about my life on Facebook.
Let’s face it, who cares if while shopping in Kroger I came across the most delicious pint of ice cream?
Who cares if while at the post office, I happened to overhear a conversation between the clerk and a teenager who has absolutely no idea what stamps are?
No one cares about those things but me.
No one has to hear about them but my guy, and my real life friends and maybe my mom.
So, I quit Facebook.
I still have my account because I need it for work and I like to keep up with a handful of groups and occasionally chat with a few friends I’ve made along the way.
That’s the extent of my Facebook presence – and honestly, I’ve never felt better.
Now if only I could figure out a way to cut ties with twitter, that is my real weakness!

Another one of my weaknesses is a really dope festival – and no one does dope festivals like Essence Magazine.
Let me tell you something, if you have never been to the ESSENCE Festival, you are missing out big time because every single year they do it big and just when you think they can’t outdo themselves, they go and do it again but even bigger the next year.And now you too can get in on the action via the 2015 New Orleans & Louisiana Essence Festival Presented by Coca-Cola® Sweepstakes!

Method #2: To enter via US mail, mail a postcard with your name and address to:

The 2015 New Orleans & Louisiana Essence Festival® Presented by Coca-Cola® Sweepstakes,
c/o The US Sweepstakes & Fulfillment Company,
625 Panorama Trail, Suite 2100,
Rochester, NY 14625-2437.

Each postcard must be mailed separately. Mail-in entries must be postmarked between 03/04/15 and 04/30/15 and received by 05/07/15.

Rules and dets here
Ends 4/30/15

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PAX Controller Collection Snail Mail Sweepstakes

We’re snowed in – again.
I’m so not a winter person so snow is hard for me to deal with.
Every part of me wants to whine and bitch and grumble.
BUT snow day means sleeping in, chilling by a hot fire while catching up on ratchet TV shows and riding the four-wheeler with my man in the snow so you know what? Bring it on mother nature, you’ll not break me.
If playing video games is how you choose to spend your snow day then this sweep is for you – the grand prize is an Xbox one console and there are some Xbox one controllers up for grabs too. Check out the dets below:

**Very short running sweepstakes**

To enter by mail, hand print your name, day and evening phone numbers, email address, valid home address (P.O. Boxes not permitted) and date of birth on a 3″ x 5″ piece of paper and mail it in an envelope with proper postage to

“PAX Collection Sweepstakes,”
c/o HelloWorld, Inc.,
P.O. Box 5014, Department #816918,
Kalamazoo, MI 49003-5014.

You will receive one (1) entry into each of the PAX Event Sweepstakes.

Rules and dets here
Ends 3/9/15

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