Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp: A Review

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp: A Review

My son loves to play soccer.  He started out playing in the school’s recreation league, but this past spring decided to play in the travel soccer league.  While all of his coaches have been great, we knew that we wanted to get in a little extra training over the summer with a soccer camp— and that’s when we found Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp.

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I had already registered my son, Chase, for British Soccer Camp when a friend told me that their kids had done it last year and they thought it was great— a good reference from a personal friend is always a good sign!  And our experience turned out to be a very positive one as well… starting out with security.  Each child had to be signed in and signed out by the parent with the coach.  No matter what program my kids participate in, I appreciate knowing that they are safe.

Review of the daily activities

Every day, the kids started out practicing foot skills.  This was a very effective part of the program, because just after one week of this camp, I have noticed an improvement in my son’s control of the ball as he plays.

practicing foot skills

practicing foot skills

Chase said that one of the new skills that he was taught during British Soccer Camp was the Ronaldo Chop… if you don’t know how to do that, here’s a video to give you a quick overview of the move:

Each day there was also small group training sessions.  Since there were two coaches, they split the group, part of the time, between younger and older kids to work with the kids more at their level.

small group instruction

small group instruction

During the foot skills and small group instruction, the coaches gave direction for improvement and encouragement for skills that were well-performed.  Being able to work with the kids in this small group setting and give specific instruction in a positive manner also boosted Chase’s confidence throughout the week.

Toward the end of each day, they played a “World Cup” game.  Each player got to choose a country and could earn points in the game for that country.  So, focusing on fun, while learning, was a very prominent feature of the program.

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final ceremony to conclude the week of soccer camp

At the very end of the week, there was a ceremony to hand out certificates and the coaches gave a bit of encouragement to each player as they came forward to receive the certificate of completion of the program.

Overall, we had a very positive experience with Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps and would certainly attend again!

Chase with the soccer camp coaches

Chase with the soccer camp coaches

How to enroll your child in British Soccer Camp

If you want to enroll your child in British Soccer Camp, it’s not too late!  There are still plenty of camps available into fall as well… you can click here to find a local soccer camp— and don’t forget to use code CAMP17 to get all the freebies!

Freebies that we got by using CAMP17 code upon registration.

Freebies that we got by using CAMP17 code upon registration.

Teaching foot skills and traditional soccer techniques in an encouraging and fun way was a focus of the coaches— so the kids are learning and having fun!

I asked Chase about what he liked best:

“My favorite part was the relays.  We practiced foots skills and we also got to compete.  Everything we did was fun!”

I know that he had fun because when I’d pick him up each day, he told me how fast time went by… and we all know that time flies when you’re having fun!

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*This post has been sponsored by Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps.  Product review and opinions expressed in this post are mine alone. #ad

Tissue Box Storage Container + FREE Printable

Tissue Box Storage Container Tutorial + FREE Printable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BoxTopsHero #CollectiveBias #ad 

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Even though summer isn’t even half over yet, the kids will be heading back to school in about one month!  Yes, it’s hard to believe, but soon, we will be back into our school-year routine.  Although, this year, the start of the school year will be bittersweet for me, because my oldest son starts middle school, and my baby goes to kindergarten… I have a feeling there may be some tears on the first day of school this yearprobably from me!

Since the start of a new school year is just around the corner, you know what that meansback-to-school shopping needs to take place!  Of course, you know that your kids are going to need new shoes and clothes, because if those items aren’t out-grown, they probably have been heavily used (that’s my nice way of saying that everything basically has permanent stains and holes!). But there are plenty of other things that you will need to get to complete the kids’ back-to-school supply lists.  In addition to  crayons, markers, pencils, and scissors, you will need items such as tissues and paper towels…

Not only are these products necessities for stocking up for the kids’ school supply lists, but they are everyday household essentials as well.  So I love being able to support the school with the Box Tops from these products that I am already buying… and right now, you can give back with double box tops!

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Of course, toilet paper doesn’t show up on the school supply list, however, the Box Tops that come on these packages are still helpful to the school, so being able to choose a brand that supports schools through the Box Tops program is perfect!  On my last trip to Walmart, I was able to pick up:

  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack
  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack
  • Scott® Tissue 20 Roll Pack
  • Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls

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Kleenex has several designs that both kids and adults can appreciate for the box design: anything from contemporary designs to characters from the kids’ favorite movies… I like being able to set a box of tissues in my bathroom that actually matches the décor…

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But it’s also nice to be able to use these tissue boxes for something even after the tissues are gone… like a Box Tops saver.  Instead of just throwing the Box Tops in a drawer or on the counter, using an empty Kleenex box is the perfect way to keep all those little Box Tops together..

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I have also found that the empty tissue boxes are useful for so much more though.  I’m going to walk you through a tutorial of how to actually convert these empty tissue boxes into a stylish storage container.

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If your kids are like mine, they have all kinds of random things on their dresser.  So the idea is that all of the toys and non-essential items can go in the storage container.  This will clean up the top of his dresser and he will still know exactly where to find all of the toys in his room.

Tissue Box Storage Container Tutorial

Don’t throw away an empty Kleenex box ever again… I’m going to show you how you can use them to help organize your home.

 

 

Step 1 Glue two empty Kleenex boxes together (you can also do this with three or four boxes too).

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Step 2 Cut fabric to fit.

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Step 3 Turn the boxes upside down, so the openings are face-down on the fabric.  Use heavy-duty, double-sided tape to secure the fabric.

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Step 4 Because the fabric is thick, it helps to cut some of the fabric out and then use the double-sided tape to secure the top fabric down to the end.

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Step 5 Cut a diagonal slit down to the corner so that it is easier to secure the side fabric to the ends.

Step 6 Fold remaining fabric at the bottom and neatly fold up and use the double-sided tape to secure to the end.

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Step 7 Turn the boxes right-side up.  Use scissors to cut fabric over the holes.

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Step 8 Use double-sided tape on each piece of fabric and secure underneath.

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Step 9 Add a fun label and any other stickers or decorations.

Tissue Box Storage Container + FREE Printable // Money Savvy Living 8If you like the labels that I used for my Tissue Box Storage Containers, here is a FREE printable for yours too!

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Quick and Easy, Deli Meat and Veggie Kabobs

Quick and Easy, Deli Meat and Veggie Kabobs

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Summer is nearly half over, and before we know it, the kids will be heading back to school.  Of course, we all realize how busy things are during the school year, but with three boys that are busy most of the summer finishing up spring sports, and then starting fall sports, our summers don’t really slow down that much.  I am always looking for a quick, easy, and healthy snack (or meal) that I can make for the kids.  So I was pretty excited to be able to pick up several varieties of Eckrich Deli Meat at Walmart on my last trip.

Now, Eckrich Deli Meat is making it even easier to get your deli meat at your local Walmart too you can enter for a chance to win a $100 Walmart gift card!

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Not only is Eckrich Deli Meat a trusted brand, since 1894, but the deli meats have great flavor and my favorite part they are very affordable!  Each of the deli meats that we chose were less than $4.00 per pound!  While there were several varieties to choose from, the boys decided to get:

  • Eckrich Ham Off the Bone
  • Eckrich Pickle & Pimento Loaf
  • Eckrich Hard Salami

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Having Eckrich Deli Meat on hand is a staple in our home.  Of course, they make it easy to put a delicious sandwich together, but these deli meats can be used for so much more!  Whether I’m looking for a quick and easy snack, lunch, or even a party appetizer, I turn to deli meat and veggie kabobs.

 

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All of the same great flavors that you get in a deli meat sandwich, but without the bread so it’s a great option if you’re on a low-carb diet or need to eat gluten free!

Create these Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs:
  1. Cut each of the slices of Eckrich Deli Meat until it’s about 1.5 inches wideQuick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  2. Wash cherry tomatoes, keep whole.Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  3. Peel and slice cucumber, then cut cucumber slices in half.Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  4. Make cheese cubes (if you don’t have block cheese, just use cheese sticks)Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  5. Make sriracha mayonnaise.  It’s so easy!  Just mix sriracha sauce into the mayonnaise to taste (add a couple of drops at a time because it’s pretty spicy!)Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  6. Roll deli meal slices and layer on the skewers, alternating tomatoes, cucumbers, and cheese cubes between deli meat slices.Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living

It’s really just that easy!  And your kids will love these Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs!

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Make your own:

Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs

Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living

Ingredients List:

  • Eckrich Ham Off the Bone
  • Eckrich Pickle & Pimento Loaf
  • Eckrich Hard Salami
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber Slices
  • Cheese Cubes *optional
  • Sriracha Mayonnaise *optional
  1. Cut each of the slices of Eckrich Deli Meat until it’s about 1.5 inches wide
  2. Wash cherry tomatoes, keep whole.
  3. Peel and slice cucumber, then cut cucumber slices in half.
  4. Make cheese cubes (if you don’t have block cheese, just use cheese sticks)
  5. Make sriracha mayonnaise.  It’s so easy!  Just mix sriracha sauce into the mayonnaise to taste (add a couple of drops at a time because it’s pretty spicy!)
  6. Roll deli meal slices and layer on the skewers, alternating tomatoes, cucumbers, and cheese cubes between deli meat slices.

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Sriracha Shrimp Tacos

Sriracha Shrimp Tacos

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Have you ever eaten out at a restaurant and wished that you could re-create that delicious meal at home?  Me too.  And one of those dishes for me, is shrimp Tacos.  I have never even tried to make shrimp tacos at home… until now!  These Sriracha Shrimp Tacos from Home Chef will make you think that you are eating a restaurant-style meal.

You have probably heard of the types of companies that pre-measure and send you just the specific ingredients for a meal.  But is the food any good?  Is it costing me extra for this service?  Will the recipe be too hard to follow?  We are going to answer all of those questions for you.

Home Chef offers a nice little discount on your first order!  Click below to take advantage of the savings:

Join Today & Get $30 Off at Home Chef!

Go to the Home Chef website to sign up.  It is so easy, simply pick the meals that you want, how many meals you want to receive per week, and enter in any dietary restrictions so you never receive a meal that you won’t be able to eat.

Your meals arrive in a regular box, but there is a thick, padded cooler lining the box with cold packs on the bottom, so if you live in a warm climate, you don’t have to worry about the food going bad in the heat.

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Each meal is labeled and packed separately so you know exactly what items go with which meal.

There is also a step-by-step meal preparation sheet for each meal, which is hole-punched and fits nicely into the recipe binder that they send as well.

 

Sriracha Shrimp Tacos

Let’s get started!
Gather all the ingredients that you will need for this meal (except for olive oil, salt, and pepper):
  • Raw shrimp, cleaned and tails removed
  • Lime
  • Roma Tomato
  • White Rice
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sriracha
  • Egg Whites
  • Breading
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Slaw Mix
As you can see, these are all fresh, raw ingredients.  That is one of the big reasons why the meal tastes so good, you are not warming up prepared, processed food, you are actually cooking a homemade meal from scratch.  So there is a bit of prep-time involved.  I would say that it took me about 1 hour from start to finish to make this meal.  Hand-breading the shrimp was a little bit time-consuming!
Prepare the ingredients
The direction sheet is very detailed and walks you through the entire dinner:
  • zest and half the lime, quarter one half and juice the other half
  • dice the tomato
  • rinse shrimp, pat dry, season with salt and pepper
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Now on to the cooking part! 
Cook the rice, according to the directions.  When cooked, add lime zest to rice.  Combine mayonnaise with sriracha (add just a few drops at a time until you get to the desired heat level), season with salt and pepper to taste.
This pre-measured meal contained slaw mix, which you can buy, or just make your own using regular cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots.  Dress the slaw with lime juice, salt, and pepper.
Set up a little station to bread the shrimp: Egg whites in a bowl, dip and shake off excess, dip into breading, then place in medium heat pan with olive oil.  The shrimp will only need a few minutes on each side, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.
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*Here’s a quick tip when warming the tortilla shells:
Place tortilla shell directly on wire rack in oven and fold the edges down.  As the shell heats up, it will take that shape… and you will have a taco shell that will stand and hold it’s shape!
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Plate your meal
Finally, you are ready to plate your meal.  Now, you can enjoy a delicious, gourmet dinner, without the expensive price tag to go along with it!  Each of the dinners cost less than $10!  When was the last time you went out to a fancy restaurant and paid less than $10 for a gourmet meal??  Probably never… but now you can!
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Isn’t this easy?!  Bet you didn’t know that you were a gourmet chef, did you?!  What meal will you try from Home Chef?  Click the links below to sign up for Home Chef and save $30 on your first order!


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Things to Take on Your Disney Vacation + Printable Checklist

Things to Take on Your Disney Vacation + Printable Checklist

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Planning your Disney vacation can be exciting and overwhelming!  There are so many resort options and restaurants to choose from, you need to figure out how those fast passes work and how to make those reservations, so it may be easy to forget some of the small things that you will want to take on your vacation.

So we are going to go over a few things that you will want to make sure that you take on your next trip to Disney:

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Reservation Info

Make sure you have all your hotel, airline, car rental, and any other reservations that you have made.  You can put the reservation info into a special email folder, input it into the notes on your smartphone, or just print out the papers, but make sure that you have access to it once you are on your way!

If you have purchased your tickets or Magic Bands ahead of time, you will certainly need those.  Obviously, if you haven’t purchased your tickets ahead of time, some hotels offer concierge services and you can get your tickets there rather than waiting in line once you get to the parks.

Fast Pass info… did you know that you can actually book your Fast Passes online (or download the Disney app)?  If you are staying at a Disney resort, you can book your Fast Passes up to 60 days ahead of your scheduled arrival.  If you are staying somewhere other than Disney property, you can book your Fast Passes up to 30 days ahead of time.  Take into consideration where the rides are located in proximity to each other and decide which rides you really want to go on before you schedule your times…

Fun in the Sun Necessities

Your trip to Disney is probably going to be filled with lots of sunshine, so don’t forget too take sunglasses, sunscreen, and a spray water bottle so you can cool yourself and your kids off with a little mist of cool air… if you have the mist bottle with a little fan, that’s even better!  *You can probably pick one of these up for a few dollars at Walmart, but if you wait until you get to the parks to buy one, but you will pay quite a bit more.

But just in case it is not so sunny while you are there, you will want to pick up some cheap, disposable ponchos at the dollar store ahead of time.  Again, if you don’t have these and need to buy them at the parks, it will cost you…

Bring Your Own Disney Magic

If you kids like to dress up like their favorite Disney character, you can probably pick one up at a discount store or online for a lot less than buying it there.  I also found a great tip about buying glow-in-the dark stuff from Hannah over at Eat, Drink, and Save Money, for when the sun goes down at Disney at the dollar store instead of buying the more expensive, in-park items… because I know that when my kids see the other kids with their glow-in-the dark stuff, they are going to want some…

Snacks and Water

Since you are allowed to bring drinks and snacks into the parks, make sure to bring a nice stash- especially if you are planning to stay all day.  Even if you plan to eat meals at the parks, it doesn’t hurt to help keep your little ones satisfied in between meals without having to buy an expensive snack.  Also make sure to bring an insulated cool pack to keep those snacks and drinks nice and cold.

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce, featuring Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil 

Getting ready for Cinco de Mayo?  This Homemade Enchilada Sauce, featuring Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil, will be perfect to help you celebrate! 

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I have to admit, I have always been one to just buy a can of enchilada sauce because it was easy.  If you know me, you know that I love just about everything homemade.  I feel that it is healthier, less preservatives, and it tastes better.  But I never really even considered making homemade enchilada sauce—until one day I actually needed to…

 

Ground beef was cooked, I had my tortillas ready to fill, cheese… but no enchilada sauce.  It was kind-of an emergency.

 

So basically, out of desperation for the need to complete my meal, I made enchilada sauce.  Not only was it delicious (yes, I even shocked myself by making this one!), but it was so quick and easy, I may never buy enchilada sauce again!

 

 

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients:

Directions:

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in flour and chili powder, reduce heat to medium, and cook until lightly brown, stirring constantly to prevent burning.

Gradually stir homemade salsa, water, cumin, garlic powder, chopped onion, and salt into the oil, flour, and chili powder mixture.  Stir until smooth, and continue cooking over medium heat approximately 10 minutes, or until thickened slightly.

 

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy!

 

 

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Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp: Register Now + Freebies

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp: Register Now + Freebies

Do you have a child that loves to play soccer?  If you do, then participating in a Challenger Sports British Soccer camp is a must-do activity this summer… and if you register now, you can gain access to a lot of fun freebies!

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British Soccer Camps are the most popular soccer camp in the US. With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed, and confidence in players ages 3-18, The British Soccer Camps provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts right in the heart of their own community.

In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and, of course, is a ton of fun!

Sounds like fun, right!?  But it gets even better!  When you register your child for one of the soccer camps, they will also receive over $100 in freebies: FREE SOCCER JERSEY, SOCCER BALL, T-SHIRT & POSTER with code: CAMP17 

 

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Enroll you child in a British Soccer Camp today and remember to use code CAMP17 to get a FREE SOCCER JERSEY, SOCCER BALL, T-SHIRT & POSTER!

 

*This post has been sponsored by Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps.  Product review and opinions expressed in this post are mine alone. #ad

7 Things You Don’t Want to Forget When Filing Your Taxes

7 things you don’t want to forget when filing your taxes

 

7 Things You Don’t Want to Forget When Filing Your Taxes // Money Savvy Living
If you are one of the many tax procrastinators out there, you are probably finding yourself up against the rapidly-approaching deadline of April 15.  However, because April 15 falls on a Saturday this year and Emancipation Day is the following Monday, the deadline to file your taxes, is Tuesday, April 18, 2017. If you haven’t done your taxes yet, you still have plenty of time to get them done. But in a hurry to reach the deadline, don’t forget to do these seven things, or you may incur penalties:

  1. Don’t forget to sign your return. Sounds obvious, right? But it is very easy to overlook. If you are e-filing, you will be prompted to verify with your electronic signature, but if you are printing out returns and mailing them in, don’t forget to sign and date them. Also make sure that you make a photocopy of the signed return for yourself—you may need these for obtaining future financing.
  2. Make sure tax preparer information is complete. Even if you are preparing them yourself, make sure that information is filled out. This is even more important if someone else is doing your taxes because if you do a paid-tax preparer, they also have some liability in preparing your taxes correctly. Should a problem arise in the future, knowing exactly who prepared each tax return is important.
  3. Send in the taxes that you owe with the return. This one really goes hand-in-hand with making sure your return is signed—make sure you have included the payment for any taxes that you owe. But if it is coming down to the deadline, you may be in such a hurry to get your tax form filed that you forget this, and that could cost you extra in penalties.
  4. Send your return to the correct address. While this sounds simple, it can actually be a bit confusing. Tax returns that the filer gets a return are sent to one address and tax returns that owe money are typically sent to a different address. Sending a tax return on which your owe money to the wrong address could delay receipt of payment.
  5. Complete return address on envelope. This is one time that it is extremely important to put your return address on the envelope. Whether it is insufficient postage, the wrong address, if the address is illegible, or any other reason that your tax envelope would be undeliverable, you don’t want your personal tax return to become “lost in the mail.” Your social security number, along with any of your dependents, is on that return. A lost return could cause you to encounter penalties and possibly make you susceptible to identity theft.
  6. Get your tax return envelope weighed. Don’t assume that just because you can fit your tax return in the envelope that regular postage will be okay. Bulky envelopes or oversized envelopes can also cost a little bit more to mail. Don’t guess or assume that you have enough postage on the envelope; take the time to stop by the post office and have it weighed just to be sure.
  7. File for an extension, if necessary. If you see that you are not going to be able to get your taxes filed on time, make sure you file for an extension. This will prevent you from being penalized for a late return, but allow you the time that you need in order to finish.




And if you are lucky enough to be getting a refund, do you have a plan for how to spend it?  Earnest.com has some ideas for spending your tax refund wisely:

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How Much Will it Cost to Update Your House?

How Much Will it Cost to Update Your House?

Buying your dream home with all the desired facilities is one of the best experiences you can ever have. However, finding a house with everything that you want may be harder than expected, so it can also be one of the most stressful experiences too—especially if the home you are looking to buy needs a little work done to it… so you may be wondering, “just how much will it cost to update my house?”

 

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If you are looking to renovate your house, which might include remodeling your kitchen, remodeling the bathroom, getting a new roof, or simply painting your house to give it a new-look, you need to know the costs involved before you get started on the renovation project.  Here are some of the more common home renovations and a quick breakdown of costs:

 

 

Kitchen Remodel

If you were to fix and remodel your kitchen, it could cost you around $20,000. Kitchen remodeling is a big deal that would include painting walls, re-facing cabinets, upgrading the sink and installing a tile backsplash.

 

Bathroom Remodel

Bathrooms remodels can be expensive and would include installing bathtubs, counter tops, faucets and other bathroom fixtures, for a grand total cost of around $9000.

 

New Roof

A new roof is a significant investment in your house and can cost you around $7000. While a new roof can improve the overall aesthetics of your house and improve energy efficiency, a functional roof is considered a necessity and won’t increase the resale value of your home by very much.

 

Painting

Even something as simple as updating paint colors throughout your home can cost around $1,600.

 

Many improvements that boost your home’s value could render your home insurance coverage inadequate and leave you vulnerable to losses. So when you make major changes, be sure to talk with your insurance agent to see if a reassessment is necessary.

Also keep in mind that renovations on older homes can also encounter unexpected costs due to meeting current codes or re-working electric or plumbing.

Here is a breakdown of some of the more common home improvement and renovation costs:

infographic put together by Fast Florida House Sale

How Much Will it Cost to Update Your Home? // Money Savvy Living

These costs represent the general costs involved with typical home renovations, you will need to consult a contractor or builder for a specific quote.

Drop Sugar Cookies ~ 1 Easy Recipe, 4 Different Flavors

Drop sugar cookie recipe1 easy recipe, 4 delicious spring flavors! 

My Grandma made these cookies all the time when I was growing up… we knew them as Amish Sugar cookies.  Just plain, old sugar cookies that didn’t need to be rolled out and cut-out… simply drop spoonfuls of the cookie mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake.  Easy and tasty!

 

Drop Sugar Cookies ~ 1 easy reicpe, 4 delicious flavors // Money Savvy Living

 

When you think of sugar cookies, you may typically think of the classic sugar cookies cut out into different shapes, frosted, and topped with sprinkles.  And I love those too, but these drop sugar cookies are much easier and quicker to make… so if you are looking for a delicious class sugar cookie recipe, you can check out my Best Ever Sugar Cookie recipe here…

But, for a fun twist on this drop sugar cookie classic, I am adding fresh fruit for extra flavor and color and it makes these cookies perfect for any Spring event!  You are definitely going to want to make these for your Easter or Mother’s Day brunch!

 

Drop Sugar Cookies ~ 1 easy reicpe, 4 delicious flavors // Money Savvy Living

 

Drop Sugar Cookies

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Cookies:

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature 
  • ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla 
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar

 

Directions:

Combine butter, oil, and sugars in a large mixing bowl; mix well.  Add the egg and vanilla; mix until blended.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Add to creamed mixture.

**At this point, you are ready to drop small spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake.  But, I’m going to divide the dough into four parts (so you’ll need three more small bowls) and add different fruits to give these cookies beautiful color and taste!

Using a cookie scoop, to help keep all the cookies uniform in size, place mounds of cookie dough on baking sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

 

Because I am going to add fresh fruit and the fruit’s juice to the cookie mix, it will change the consistency, so it will be necessary to add more powdered sugar and/or flour.  Start with adding 1 tablespoon more of powdered sugar, if necessary, add 1 tablespoon of flour too, but don’t add both at once, stir in the additional powdered sugar first and gage consistency from there.

 

Lime

Take ¼ of the cookie dough and put in a separate bowl.  Zest one lime— put part in the cookie dough and save part to sprinkle over the cookies immediately after taking them out of the oven.  Squeeze the juice of ½ of the lime into the cookie dough.  Add a bit more powdered sugar if necessary.

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Lemon

Take ¼ of the cookie dough and put in a separate bowl.  Zest one lemon— put part in the cookie dough and save part to sprinkle over the cookies immediately after taking them out of the oven.  Squeeze the juice of ½ of the lemon into the cookie dough.  Add a bit more powdered sugar if necessary.

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Strawberry

Take ¼ of the cookie dough and put in a separate bowl.  Wash 5 fresh strawberries, remove tops, and crush berries.  You can add just the juice, but I also like to put pieces of the crushed berries in too, so make they are cut small enough.  Add a bit more powdered sugar and be even a bit of flour too, depending on how juicy those strawberries are!

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Black Raspberry

Take ¼ of the cookie dough and put in a separate bowl.  Wash about 10 black raspberries; crush berries.  Because the seeds are so large, make sure to strain the crushed raspberries so that only the juice is added to the cookie mixture.  Add a bit more powdered sugar if necessary.

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With all of the delicious fresh fruits to choose from, you could get really creative with these.  And, the colors make for a beautiful spring dessert!

What fruits would you choose?  Blueberry, peach, orange, pomegranate?

 

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