Thursday, March 28, 2013

My New Bench

I have been searching for a bench to put in our entrance through the garage. It is kind of a narrow space, so I needed a bench that had a seating depth of around 12"-13".  Well, I looked everywhere and most of the benches I liked were very expensive ( $250 - $600  ). Anyway, I recently visited a friend and saw that her husband had made their own bench plus the cubbies and saved a ton of money. They got their plans & instructions from I immediately checked out the site with my husband and found a perfect plan for our bench. My husband worked on it over one weekend. He made the perfect bench that I always wanted. Not only that, it only cost us about $60 in materials. Just take a look at the picture below. We will be staining this bench to a dark brown color sometime in the next few days to match it with rest of our furniture in the house. I'm just so happy that we saved tons of money as well. If you are into DIY project and love to save money, I suggest you to visit .  I love love the site and I already have 2-3 projects lined up for my husband! No more buying expensive furnitures from the store! We will be making our own custom furniture from now on:-) Happy DIY and Savings!

My New Bench!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

BYOU Magazine Review

**Disclosure: I received a free copy of BYOU magazine for review purposes. I was not financially compensated in any way to write this post. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my own observations while my daughter read the magazine. 

I had the opportunity to review a magazine called BYOU ('Be Your Own You!') with my oldest daughter today. It is a magazine that targets young girls ages 8-14. Just what I was looking for my oldest girl who is going to be 9 this spring. 

As soon as my daughter started reading it, she was glued to the magazine. I heard some great excitement, comments, shouts during her read as well. She also liked the article that discussed about facing fears that girls typically fear. She enjoyed the games, puzzles and a lot more. I think that this magazine truly relates to my daughter's current interests. 

BYOU magazine definitely offers many positive messages that help young girls to be their own self. It is an age appropriate magazine that discusses many current stories/topics that girls can relate in today's world.  It covers positive self-affirming messaging and stories. It is also great that BYOU magazine interviews  positive inspiring celebrity role models for girls can look up to. 

I believe that girls can be educated through this magazine, gain information, gain positive self esteem,  etc. So far, I am very pleased with the copy that I received. My daughter enjoyed reading it. I am glad that a magazine like BYOU exists. Sometimes it is so hard for me to relate to my daughter because things are a little different now compared to when I was in school. BYOU magazine will definitely help guide my daughter in a positive direction for the future. 

BYOU magazine is available in bookstores across the US & Canada. Subscriptions are available from  Since my daughter loved BYOU, I am thinking about getting a subscription for her upcoming birthday as a gift. If you have a daughter (ages 8-14), this is a great magazine for her to read. Girls need to be empowered and get prepared for the future. BYOU magazine can definitely be a part of many girls' lives!

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Something special for Easter?

Are you looking for something special to do for your kids on Easter? Then visit the website called This website will let you create a free letter from the Easter Bunny for your kids!  I just happened to find this website while I was looking for some ideas on what to do for upcoming Easter.

I thought that this will be a cute idea for my youngest one, so I created a letter for her using their website.  It was pretty simple to make a custom letter. They gave me three templates to choose from and I added my child's name, age, hometown, good deeds and etc. Then I saved it as a PDF file and printed. I just can't wait to see my little ones reaction on Easter! I'm sure that she will love it. The best thing is that it did not cost me anything!

There is an option to pay for some extra stuff  for $1.99, but I was very pleased with the free low resolution pdf letter:-)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Rock Paper Skittles!

Skittles is offering sweepstakes called Rock Paper Skittles. It is kind of a fun game to play and you could win $50,000. I wish I can win, but who knows. Check out the site for more details. I believe that it ends on 5/31/13.Good luck everyone! 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Can I make money without spending any money?

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Okay, I have used InboxDollars in the past and I got paid many times. Since I was busy with my little ones, I was not checking my InboxDollars account for over a year.... when I checked it two days ago, my account was deactivated:-(

Anyways, I basically started my account fresh with a $5 sign up bonus. I have not paid anything and I've already made $13.01 in two days just by reading emails, watching videos' and answering surveys. There are things that you purchase/sign up in order to get paid, but I have been staying away from them. I'm simply sticking with things that are free such as I mentioned before, read emails, watch videos', take surveys, oh and complete tasks.

In order to get paid from them, I need to earn $30. I am almost half way there! I wonder how long it'll take me to reach that goal. I never tracked my progress in the passed, so it will be interesting to figure out to see how long it will take me to just earn $30.

If you have some extra time and want to make some extra income, this might not be a bad gig for you. If you want to try it yourself, you can sign up by following this link and get your free $5 sign up bonus.  Good luck! and Stay tuned for my progress:-)