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Target Pharmacy Rewards Program & $25 Target Giveaway! #TargetSponsored

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I know I’ve said it before – our family loves Target! It is literally a one-stop shop and we’ve visited our local Target stores very often over the past few months, especially since my daughter has decided to have a growth spurt. All of her jeans don’t fit anymore – I’m baffled!! It’s only a matter of time before she’s taller than me…so sad!! There is something very calming about going into Target and knowing that I can get everything I need for myself and family at prices that don’t make me cringe! Additionally we’ve started using Target Pharmacy to fill our monthly prescriptions and love all of the amazing benefits to filling our prescriptions at a place we’re already so familiar with.

I’m a busy Mom on the go who is on a budget and I’m all about getting the most bang for my buck and Target Pharmacy Rewards is not only simple and valuable but rewards me! Get excited people! Their pharmacy services are above and beyond others because there aren’t a certain number of points you have to earn to get your rewards, after filling just five prescriptions (vaccinations count too!) you’ll receive 5% off your in-store or online purchase! I love Target prices, but I love saving additional money, my daughter will be in college in just seven more years so I’m all about savings!

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I encourage you all to Flip the Script page and start using Target! Isn’t that catchy! Seriously – with Target Pharmacy Rewards you can easily earn rewards by filling your scripts, getting your pets scripts filled and getting vaccinations like the flu shot. Walk into your local Target store and get a variety of vaccinations for shingles, whooping cough, tetanus, meningitis and pneumonia – all without an appointment.

Not like I needed another reason to love Target, but I’m so impressed with how they are rewarding Target Pharmacy Rewards Program customers like me to flip the script and use Target Pharmacy. It’s really a no brainer since I’m in Target at least once a month and that’s how often I refill my scripts! You can’t beat the value either – they offer hundreds of $4 generics and a price match guarantee. So awesome!!

And now to the giveaway – one lucky reader will win a $25 Target giftcard – just in time for the holidays. Maybe you’ll treat yourself or buy something for someone else! Whatever you decide you gotta enter first!! Entering couldn’t be easier – and be sure to leave a comment!

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Pumpkin Carving Craft for Families – Get Yours Free Today! #Spooktacular

Disclosure: I received a pumpkin carving kit and product from Fiora. As always all opinions expressed are my own. 

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I’ve been in denial for awhile, but it’s clear. Fall is here! And I’ll be honest…I’m pretty excited! NOT excited that the next season is Winter, but Fall in Boston is just gorgeous. We’re headed up to Migis Lodge this weekend in Maine and can’t wait to see the beautiful foliage on our drive up! This weather is perfect since I love wearing lots of layers, boots and scarves. And of course Fall means awesome holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving! Our family loves getting ready to Halloween especially and there’s been lots of talk already about our costumes for this year. The kiddo is leaning towards Catwoman and I’m thinking someone from the 80s. I LOVE everything about the 80s! We tend to get pretty crafty around these parts and Fall gives us so many opportunities to get creative and make crafts!

Pumpkins are literally everywhere I look these days, so of course we had to pick out the perfect pumpkin to decorate! I roamed up and down the various pumpkins at Pemberton Farms in Cambridge while my daughter very scientifically inspected pumpkins she was interested until she found the perfect one to bring home.

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I consider myself pretty crafty and can work magic with a glue gun and some scrapbook paper. I’m not so great at drawing, so pumpkin carving is always a very interesting project in our house! Luckily for us this year we received a pumpkin carving kit to assist us in making the perfect jack-o-lantern for our balcony! The pumpkin carving craft for families is sure to be a hit in your house!

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The FREE pumpkin kit comes with a variety of shapes to create the perfect face for your family’s pumpkin! These limited pumpkin carving kits are available as long as supplies last and getting yours is super easy – click here! If the kits sell out (which they probably will!) you’ll be able to download a free printable copy as an alternative.

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I love how creative people get carving their pumpkins and starting today you can upload your pumpkin masterpiece between October 15 – 30 and the best pumpkin face will be chosen on Halloween – there are some great prizes for the top three winners so don’t forget to upload your photo!

Happy Halloween and be sure to get your FREE pumpkin kit today!



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Work & Play Made Easy with my Intel 2 in 1! #Intel2in1

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September is always a crazy busy month for us. I’m juggling getting organized with back to school, a very busy work schedule, as well as tons of birthdays. First it’s my daughter’s birthday, my best friends, mine, then my nephew’s. All next weekend will be various birthday festivities, and I’m not even sure I’m ready! Oh and on top of all of this I’m juggling providing engaging and relevant content on my blog. During the summer blogging took a needed backseat so I could go out and make memories with my kiddo and was lucky enough to travel a bit during the end of the summer.

Packing our tech gadgets during our travel adventures proved to be quite the task. My daughter had her kindle and ipod, my boyfriend had his ipad and I had my tablet but knew that wasn’t going to be enough since I needed to create blog posts while out of town, so it was a no brainer to pack my Intel 2 in 1 device. Since my beloved laptop crapped the bed earlier this year, it’s been difficult to juggle all of my blogging responsibilities at home and I was so used to my laptop and how everything worked that it took some time adjusting to my Intel 2 in 1 tablet.

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So instead of lugging around a ridiculously large laptop I easily packed my 2 in 1 and was easily able to work on the go while taking in the beautiful scenery of the mountains up in the Adirondacks. Our much needed vacation was a chance to slow down and rejuvenate before a busy Fall and the 2 in 1 definitely fit in the mix and was easy to use and maneuver and so lightweight and easy to carry around.

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The portability and ease of use of 2 in 1 devices can’t be matched and it’s now a staple in our household and will be brought along on our upcoming vacation to Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island next week!



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Head to Edaville USA for Family Fun this Weekend! #ad

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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With school winding down in a few weeks, sprinklers providing endless fun for kids, and the sun beaming bright I’m happy to say – summer is FINALLY here!! Like many other families once the weather gets nice you’ll find my daughter and I spending long days outdoors at different attractions here in New England. During the warmer months there are tons of great family friendly events in and around the Boston area. This weekend we’ll be heading down to Carver, MA to Edaville USA, a special events park with vintage amusement rides sure to keep your kids busy! This weekend will feature a Day Out with Thomas – a family event centered around the Thomas the Tank Engine and a 20 minute train ride! Oh and did I mention Edaville has FREE parking?! Also helpful: all park rides and attractions included in your admission! Be sure to check out their events calendar to see what different children’s characters will be featured over the summer months!

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As my daughter wraps up 2nd grade she can’t help but remind me she’s turning NINE in three short months and that she’ll be 18 in just ten years (YIKES!). While I encourage her to stay young, I’m also encouraging her to pursue her passions which currently include acting, singing, and of course, dancing. I’ll be excited to stop by the U.Fund Dreams Tour this weekend at Edaville and help show my daughter that the sky truly is the limit. Through a series of small hands-on activities the U.Fund Dreams Tour is helping kids imagine the endless possibilities their futures hold. While your child is picturing themselves as an astronaut, rock star or teacher in front of a green screen you’ll have the opportunity to learn about saving for college and supporting your child’s hopes for the future.

I hope to see you there!



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Help – This Single Mom Doesn’t Budget!

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I have a confession—I don’t have a budget.

Sure, I’ve created them a few times, but actually sticking to them, nope. Once I entered the professional world in my early twenties, I wasn’t making great money (not that I am now) but I was sure I didn’t need a budget on my limited income. As time has gone by and my expenses have grown and gotten more complicated I find myself forever playing catch up on my bills and making somewhat impulsive and unnecessary purchases. I’ve got this chick, Sallie Mae, on my back every month wanting me to cough up ridiculous amounts of money I don’t have to pay for my fancy education. I don’t check my bank statement nearly as much as I should (though I did after the Target scandal) and it’s often because of fear.

I don’t want to face things that will cause me further stress. I don’t want to face not having enough in my savings account to support my daughter and me in the event I wasn’t able to work. Not having a budget and not being smarter about my spending in saving is something I can’t ignore any longer, and is a big priority for me this year.

Clearly I’m doing something right if I’ve managed to hold down my own apartment since I was 21. My bills get paid, sometimes late, but they get paid…eventually. Within the past couple of years I’ve made some smart investment choices with securing rental and life insurance. I understand when I make good decisions and I know when I make not so good decisions…like avoiding my frenemy Sallie when she calls…and emails….and calls. I’m in denial – I work in nonprofit and yes, the rumors about pay in the nonprofit field are correct – even with years of professional experience and a four year degree, I’m underpaid. But that’s no reason to not be smarter about my money.

To read the rest of “Help – This Single Mom Doesn’t Budget!” and to share your tips and advice head over to The Young Mommy Life.



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