I just received a Surf’s Up Vox Box courtesy of Influenster with more fun, new products to try out!

This time they sent me a sample of First Aid Shot Therapy which is a liquid pain reliever that you drink.  I had never even heard of this until I received it but I put it in the fridge to chill it so that it was ready for the next time I got a headache. (note:  it is Summer break and the kids are home for three months * a headache is inevitable).

Sure enough, yesterday I was ready to try the “shot”.  Here is what I thought:

  • the flavor I got was “Berry” and it tastes pretty good with no “medicine” taste to it
  • the liquid is clear which I thought was suprising * I thought it would be pink or purple or red
  • it worked well and quicker than I thought (the product does claim to work 5 times faster than aspirin)
  • overall I would give it two thumbs up!

I just checked on Amazon and it seems like there are two flavors available:  Berry and Peppermint.  I would love to see them come out with some other flavors.  I am not sure I would buy more of this anytime soon because it retails for about $2.50 a bottle which seems high to me (remember, I buy my ibuprofen at the Dollar Tree and a bottle of that treats 10 headaches or so for $1).

** I received this item compliments of Influenster for testing and review purposes

@Influenster  @firstaidshottherapy  #FASTrelief  #contest

 

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I have always clothed my four children by shopping at thrift stores. This includes shopping at Goodwill Stores.  Recently though, I have noticed some really odd things going on at the Goodwill and I am not sure WHAT they are thinking!

A few months ago I was in the Goodwill Store with Shelby, getting the black pants and white dress shirt she needed for her Band concert.  We picked out the pieces we needed and then she wanted to look around some more.  While she looked at stuff for her, I went to see if I could find some tee shirts for Ben.

I was going thru the clothing in the boys department and there was another lady next to me also looking at boys clothes.  Then I saw the sign that said that all childrens clothing was $3.49 per piece.  Ummmmm…… $3.49 for a USED kids tee shirt?!?!?!?!?  I asked the lady next to me “Are kids tees $3.49?”  She looked at the sign and said “No way, adult tees are $1.49.  I think the kids tees are 99 cents or somthing like that.”   Reassured, I continued to look for shirts for Ben. I found a few then tracked Shelby down and made it to the checkouts.

Before being rung up, I asked the cashier how much kids tees are.  She did indeed confirm that kids tees are $3.49 and adult tees are $1.49 !!!!!!!! WHAT IN THE WORLD?!?!?!?!?!?!?  She offered no explanation and turned to talk to another customer.  That’s when I heard a voice behind me say “Miss, I can take you over here.”  I moved to the other register and the lady there told me that “These are ADULT tee shirts and they are $1.49 each.”  (Wink Wink)

This past weekend I was at a different Goodwill Store looking for shirts for myself.  I found 1 blouse (button up shirt with a collar) and 3 tee shirts (no collar, no buttons, tee shirt material).  At the register, the cashier tried to tell me that they are all “Blouses” because they are women’s shirts.  OMG!  Really?  So, once again, I being told that even though they are tee shirts, and ADULT tee shirts this time, they are considered “blouses” and they cost $3.49 each!

So, Goodwill Stores…… WHAT IS GOING ON ??????  Why can’t they get their pricing right and consistent?  In all honesty, for $3.49 I can wait for a sale and get new tee shirts at Walmart.   Are the people that run Goodwill really that far removed from reality that they don’t realize they are pricing items too high?  Don’t they care that the people who shop at their stores do so because they need to?  They are going to price themselves right out of their targeted market!  Doesn’t Goodwill care about actually having good-will towards their customers anymore?

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I have been wanting to get an Ipad ever since they came out.  Unfortunately they have always been out of my price range.  This past weekend I saw an ad for a large discount store that had a tablet computer, similar to the Ipad, on sale for $89.  I got excited because I figured that with all the “little bits” of money I had saved, I probably had enough.  Here is where those “little bits” came from:

$10 in my wallet left over from last week + $40 in birthday money + $10 in rebate checks that came in + $10 I won after on a scratch off ticket I got for my birthday + $27  for some items we sold on half.com = a PAID IN FULL  android tablet computer/reader !

I just wanted to post this to encourage people and let them know that all the little bits here and there can add up!  Oh, and I didn’t get the tablet computer from the store.  They were all sold out.  I ended up ordering a better one online for the same price!

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I know I have posted before about leftovers and also about making a monthly menu plan.  Today when I was cleaning out my fridge and taking inventory of the freezer so I could plan my menu for August, it occured to me that I left out a clever tip I use every week.

When I clean out the fridge, I take all of the leftovers out and go thru all the shelves making sure everything in there is fresh and edible.  I put the leftovers on the counter and throw away the stuff that is no good.  Often I still have some leftovers that are only a day old or so and I am not willing to throw away good food.  Because the leftovers have been in the fridge for a day or two, my family does not “see” them there.  Kind of like if you open the fridge for a glass of water and the milk is on the same shelf, you just don’t really “see” it there.

To combat this, I repackage my leftovers, taking them out of the current container they are in and putting them in a different container (or even a storage bag) and then place them back into the fridge on the leftover shelf (the bottom shelf in our fridge is where all the leftovers are kept).  That way when the family opens the fridge and looks around, they see a different container in there that was NOT there this morning and it catches their attention and are more likely to eat it.

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