Two Ways to Save Money While Shopping Online

I am gearing up to do the bulk of my Christmas shopping this week, and thought it was the perfect time to share the two ways I save money while shopping online.

1.  Rakuten.  Formerly known as Ebates, Rakuten has been my go to for years (since 2014 to be exact!).  With Rakuten, you receive cash back when you make purchases through the website or app.  The cash back is a percentage of your purchase.  The percentage can vary - sometimes it's 1%, and other times it can be over 10%!  Rakuten also provides current coupon and promo codes if the stores if offering any discounts.  

To use Rakuten, you can create an account, then search on the store you will be shopping at.  If it is a store that you can shop through Rakuten, it will take you to the store page.  From there you can click on the 'Shop Now' button, and it will take you to the store website, where you shop as normal.  If you make a purchase, then you will receive cash back into your Rakuten account.  

Payments are every three months, and you can set up how you would like to receive your cash back in your account.

Of course, not every store is on Rakuten, but there is quite a good selection.  I often use it for Macy's, Target, LOFT, and even lululemon.

You can click here to sign up.

2.  Ibotta.  I was first introduced to the Ibotta app through Lindsay (post here).  I originally started using the app for groceries, but have since taken advantage of some of the cash back offers.  Like Rakuten, Ibotta offers varying cash back at certain retailers.  

To use, just search the name of the retailer.  If there is an offer, it will populate, and all you have to do is click the 'Shop' button.  You can also get cash back on gift card purchases! 

The cash back is added to your Ibotta account, and once you hit $20, you can access the cash back and transfer to one of your accounts (PayPal, Venmo, etc.).

You can click here to sign up.  My referral code is UWVIRIB. 

You can find some of the same retailers on both Rakuten and Ibotta, so I suggest checking out both before you shop to ensure you are getting the best percentage of cash back!

Happy shopping!

Linking up with Lindsay.

My Grown Up Christmas List

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The Amy Grant version of this song is one of my favorites...takes me back to Christmas growing up.  Whether it was hanging out by the fire, enjoying the twinkle of the Christmas lights, or driving around looking at Christmas lights, you could pretty much count on Amy Grant playing in the background!

Today I am sharing what is on my Christmas wish list.  Throughout the year I keep a running list on my phone of wish list items, that way when it comes time to putting an actual list together, it's so much easier.  I would always blank when it would come time to make lists, and this helps so much!

For the kitchen...

Small Ramekins.  I have two of these that came in a set with other Corningware and love to use them for snacks - they are just the perfect size!

Round Tupperware Container.  My mom has had one of these for years and years, and it always seems so darn handy.  I'd love one for myself!

Potato Masher.  I honestly don't even make potatoes all that often, let along mashed potatoes, but I would love to have a potato masher for things like beans, avocado.  I think it would be really handy.

Large Wooden Cutting Board.  The cutting boards I currently have are tiny, and I would love to have a bigger one.  Be nice to have a larger one for charcuterie boards, too!

Service Pieces.  For Christmas last year I got new dinnerware, and I would love a few of the serving pieces to go with it.  I do have one of the platters, but another would be great to have, as well as some large serving bowls.

Immersion Blender.  I have been on the fence on whether or not an immersion blender is something I need, but I just have seen so many good recipes that require blending, and I would love to have one to try.

Frother.  I so look forward to my daily cup of coffee, and I think having this frother to use would make it even better!

The Defined Dish & Skinnytaste Meal Prep.  I would love to add both these cookbooks to my collection.  I have only heard good things about The Defined Dish cookbook, and the Skinnytaste Meal Prep cookbook sounds like a great one to have for those busy times when I need to plan ahead a bit more, as well as for when I go back into the office (assuming that will happen at some point next year).

To read...

Songteller by Dolly Parton.  Dolly Parton is one fascinating lady, that is for sure!  I would love to read more about her.

The New Southern Style.  Erin Napier has a feature in this book, which is all I really need to know!  No, but really, I think this would be a really neat book to have and flip through for inspiration.

Jesus Always.  I have Jesus Calling, and it's one of my favorite things to read each morning.  I'd love to have Jesus Always to add to the mix.

To work it out...

Bala Bangles.  It was such funny timing - I was just thinking about how I wanted to look into ankle/wrist weights, and that night/next day, I watched the episode of Shark Tank with Bala Bangles.  I think these would make a great addition to workouts and walks.

To stay organized...

Iris Clear Card Keeper.  I want to get better about sending snail mail.  I'd like this card keeper to organize the cards I do have (because, embarrassingly enough, I have quite a few I bought and then never sent out), as well as stock up with some more to have on hand to send out.

To add a little sparkle...

Maya Brenner 'E' Necklace.  I love dainty necklaces, and this 'E' one is so very pretty.  I could see it worn alone, or paired with other necklaces for a layered look.

Pearl Studs.  I have no idea what happened to my pearl earrings, but I no longer have a pair of plain pearl studs.  I would love a new pair - they are so just classic and go with absolutely everything!

Perfume.  I ran out of perfume ages ago, and just never replaced it.  And even though I am not out and about much, I do enjoy a good scent, and feel like it would add a little pep in my step for working from home.  Be Delicious has been my favorite for awhile - I like that it has more of a crisp/fresh scent, and isn't too sweet or floral.

And that rounds out this year's 'grown up' Christmas list!  I would be so happy to see any of these items under the tree come Christmas morning!

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.

Holiday Gift Guide: Her, Him & Kids

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As much as I love receiving a good gift, giving a good gift is right up there, too!  It's one of the things I love about the holiday season.

To keep things organized, I wrapped up my gift ideas for the gals, guy and kids into one.  Some of the items are the list are repeats from prior years, but I do think they make great gifts, hence the repeat!

First up, the ladies.

1.  Oventure Ring.  I feel like you cannot go wrong with one of these rings.  It's great for those of us (me!) who tend to lose their keys in their bag, and it also great if you want to just carry around your keys and a small wallet - it's easy enough to clip on and off as needed!  Plus, it's super sturdy.  I have the navy silicone, which I have used for almost two years now, and it looks as good as new!  The Oventure Ring comes in a variety of prints/colors and even materials (silicone, leather, vegan leather), plus they have quite a few accessories (wallets, id cases, door openers) if you want to do a little something extra.  

2.  Saranoni Blanket.  The Lush blanket is the BEST blanket I have ever owned.  It's so very soft, and washes extremely well.  I have the extra large size, but you can get smaller ones if you are shopping for a baby gift, toddlers, teens, etc.  Their Black Friday sale is coming up next week, and is a great time to shop.  You can also find the blankets on Amazon, but I am not sure if sale prices are reflected on Amazon.    

3.  Cookbooks.  You all know I am a sucker for a cookbook, and I think they make great presents.  Some of my favorites include: Magnolia Table (Volume 1), True Comfort, Half Baked Harvest, Skinnytaste, In the Kitchen with Kris, and anything from The Pioneer Woman.

4.  Wine Stopper.  I absolutely love these wine stoppers from Crate and Barrel.  This would make a great gift along with a bottle of wine, or some wine glasses.

5.  Amazon PJs.  These pajamas are so good.  I am kind of picky when it comes to pjs, because I get really hot when I sleep, but these are great for chilly nights.  The fabric is so soft and silky (but not silk), and they are very comfortable.  Plus, the look is just so classic.  They come in a ton of different colors, too.  Definitely would make a great gift!

6.  Glass Nesting Bowls.  These bowls are such a good, and practical gift.  I honestly think I use at least one everyday.  The smaller bowls are perfect for dipping sauces, or when you are prepping recipes, and the large bowls are great for salads, popcorn, name it.  So handy!

7.  Apple Watch.  I had no idea how much I would love my Apple Watch, but I truly do.  It's an expensive gift, but I think one that would be well received should it be under the tree!

8.  Apple AirPods Pro.  Same with AirPods.  One of the things I didn't know I would enjoy so much, and albeit pricey, well worth it!

9.  BruMate.  If someone you know enjoys a good seltzer, this makes for a great gift.  I have one myself, and absolutely love it.  This one also comes with an adapter so that you can use it with regular cans, too.  Perfect for sparkling waters!    

10.  Gift Cards.  Cannot go wrong with a gift card!  Whether its for a meal, or drink, or some post-Christmas sale shopping, they are always appreciated!

For the guys.

1.  O'Keeffe's Working Hands Cream.  I think this would be a great stocking stuffer, and as of 11/17, it's currently on sale for almost half off!  

2.  Tough Ties.  I saw these on Shark Tank, and thought they were so neat!  Tough Ties are machine washable, liquid and stain repellant, snag proof, and they even have a microfiber cloth at the tip for your phone or glasses.  And they come in a variety of colors and prints!

3.  Portable Charger.  It seems like there a fifty million things to charge here of late, and this would be the perfect gift to help with that!

4.  Workout Clothes.  One of the things I think this year has taught us is the benefit of getting outside and getting fresh air.  But, with the weather getting cooler, proper attire is required.  Some cool weather workout gear would definitely be a good gift this year!  I always like to check out Macy's for these types of things since they usually have sales going all the time.

5.  Shop Vac.  Years ago, my dad got my brother and I little shop vacs for Christmas, and they have been so darn handy.  It's really a perfect gift for anyone.  I truly think a shop vac is one of those things everyone needs!

6.  YETI Rambler.  Pretty much anything Yeti makes a great gift.  I have a few different ramblers myself and love them.  My dad is constantly using his Yeti, too.  There are a ton of color options, so you can pick a favorite color, or a favorite team's color...lots of options!

7.  Meat Thermometer.  Both my dad and brother like to use meat thermometers.  This one on Amazon has great reviews, and is currently on sale for $5.00 off!     

8.  Apple Watch.  Like I said above, I think anyone would be happy to see this under the tree!   

9.  Apple AirPods Pro.  Another repeat - another great gift!

10.  Gift Cards.  Something that is always on my dad's list.  Usually it's gift cards to put towards tools, or some other bigger purchase.  Always a good idea!      

For the kids.  These are aimed towards younger kids, since that is what I am familiar with because of my nephews.

1.  Games.  We are a big game family, and one we like to play together that is great for kids is Pop the Pig.  It helps with colors, counting, and the linked option from Amazon includes a puzzle!  Another is Outfoxed!.  This is a really fun 'whodunit' game, and uses strategic thinking.  

2.  Melissa & Doug Sound Puzzles.  Both my nephews have loved playing with these sound puzzles.  The vehicle puzzle is a favorite, and I think they have the animal one, too!

3.  Karen Katz Lift the Flap Books.  These lift the flap books are favorites, and there are so many different ones to choose from!  

4.  Stacking Blocks.  I've played with these with the boys so many times.  Whether it was making a tower for them to knock over, or helping them stack up, or put in each other...lots of fun has been had!  

7.  MAGNA-TILES.  These seem to be a win with all ages!  Target has them on sale for $10 off right now, too!

8.  Cardboard Building Bricks.  My brother and I had these bricks growing up, and we had so much fun playing with them.  Fast forward 25 (or so) years, and my nephews have just as much fun with them, too.

9.  Play Kitchen & Play Food.  This play kitchen from Pottery Barn is absolutely gorgeous, and on sale for $100 off right now, too!  I think this would be such a great gift, paired with some play food.  I like this little set from Melissa & Doug - perfect to go in that PB kitchen refrigerator!

10.  Kinetic Sand.  I grabbed a few bags of these for my nephew's birthday this year.  He loved them!  I feel like there is so much you can do with them, and it's good for indoor play.

That's it for this year's gift guide!  If you are looking for more gift ideas, or ideas for yourself, I will be sharing my wish list this Friday!

Linking up with Lindsay.