July 24, 2014

How to Make Money Online or Buy Professional Services Cheap: Fiverr

As a SAHM and a woman who was accustomed to making her own money before becoming a mom, it can be uneasy feeling when you don't contribute to the household income.  Coming up on 3 years of being a SAHM, I'm always looking for small ways to make a few dollars from home.  Please be advised that this post contains an affiliate link that, should you decide to follow and use, will generate a few cents to support my blogging efforts.  My opinions are not swayed by compensation and I genuinely try to bring you content that you can use and appreciate.

If you are anything like me, and looking to make a few extra dollars, I highly recommend trying Fiverr!  I've been using Fiverr for almost a year and really enjoy the freedom of gigs I can create.  If you're new to Fiverr, let me clue you in on some advice for beginners.

July 23, 2014

Print Awesome Toy Coupons

Have you gotten these great toy and game coupons available?  Whether you need to pick up a birthday gift, baby shower gift, or want to stock up on some fun toys for little ones for Christmas, these coupons include some CUTE classics!  Get your printable coupons for toys here:

July 22, 2014

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa: Pre-Visit

The Florida Aquarium Tampa

I decided to take my daughter on an overnight trip to The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL.  The decision to take a trip, just the two of us, was prompted by the fact we were missing out on a trip to Dallas, TX that we'd been somewhat planning for a couple months.  Hubby's work moved back his work trip and it conflicted with schedules so we had to call off the family vacation part of the plan.  I was disappointed because there's a great aquarium in Dallas that I couldn't wait to visit.

So, I wanted to make up for it by taking a nearly 4 hour trip to the Tampa aquarium.  The idea of travelling alone with my toddler was a little nerve wracking, but decided to try it anyway.  I'll be doing a follow up post about our experience, but I wanted to share why I chose The Florida Aquarium in Tampa in case you are looking for some kid-friendly summer activities in Florida.

July 16, 2014

My Top 5 Must Have Items for Pre-K Back to School

I am being compensated for this post to show you some of my favorite Back to School items at Zulily.  While this is a form of advertising, compensation does not sway my opinion of products.  By clicking any links, you are only charged for purchases you make and will never pay more for those purchases, but you will be helping to support the blogging efforts of Ivy's Variety.

back to school deals at Zulily

Are you eagerly preparing for your kids to go back to school?  What are your must have supplies?  I got busy looking at Zulily and I loved what they offered for back to school supplies!  Here's my top 5 list of back to school supplies if I was preparing Shelby for Pre-K.  Even though she isn't going anywhere, there are certainly a few I'd still consider purchasing for use at home.

July 15, 2014

8 Things I'm Learning About Life With an Auto-Immune Disorder

You know what?  I'm sick. Not just today, sometimes, or on the rare occasion, but every day ... sick.  I found out at the end of 2013 that I had an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.  The reason I want to share my story with you is because I've begun to realize a few things about life and motherhood since being diagnosed with and being "treated" for this disease.  Life and motherhood hasn't been remotely close to what I pictured, and it's taking me some time to come around to accepting it (and I'm still working on it).  In the process, I'm learning a few things about life that I never really gave much thought to.

July 14, 2014

10 FREE Kindle eBooks for your Preschooler

Be sure to check out this list of limited time FREE Kindle eBooks for your toddler or preschooler!  Grab them while they're still free.



Don't have a Kindle? Don't forget that you can download the Kindle app for most tablets, iPads, smartphones, PCs and Macs!

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Sweepstakes: Big Grand Prize from Purex and One Step Ahead

This one is BIG!  As a Purex Insider, I'm happy to announce some of the latest offers, including sweepstakes.  And, you're going to love this one.

One grand prize winner will receive a gift certificate valued at $1,000 from One Step Ahead®, a year’s supply of Purex® Baby Detergent, and a year’s supply of Purex® Crystals™ for Baby.


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A Year Supply of Fels-Naptha Could Be Yours: Sweepstakes

Since 1894, Purex Fels-Naptha laundry bar has been working overtime to remove greasy, oily stains, perspiration, and ring-around-the-collar. To celebrate Purex is giving away a year’s supply of Fels-Naptha to 10 winners each day until July 23, 2014.
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If you've never taken the time to use Fels Naptha, there are several great uses, including making your own laundry soap.  You can check out my old Fels Naptha review, if you like.

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Giveaway: $500 Amazon Gift Card

Amy over at This Mamas Life recently had a new little one and Kinsight.com is helping us Celebrate! One lucky reader will win an Amazon.com Gift Card.  What could you do with $500 to Amazon?  I know I'd be looking at a play house for my kiddo's 3rd birthday!

July 08, 2014

Took a Break & Help Me Make a Decision

It seems I needed a break from writing for a week.  I've been struggling with my health the past few weeks and then my hard drive died on my computer.  The computer is almost a year old, so I never expected it would happen.  But ... it just did.  Unfortunately, it took everything out with it that I didn't get backed up.  I lost pictures and videos of Shelby's last couple months (unless I can get them off the cloud on the iPhone ... haven't looked into that yet).

Anyway, this is the first day I've been able to concentrate on the blog, so I wanted to just give you a heads up.  Hope to start new content again next week.  In the meantime, I've been working to get my computer back up and running, entering my sweepstakes, and starting some essential oils for my Hashimoto's in hopes of regaining some kind of control over these health problems!

During the time I've been kind of detached from the blog, I've also been thinking about combining all my content as one blog, and I've done that by making sweepstakes and gluten free posts as subdomains of this blog.  Now, I'm thinking about doing away with my other Facebook pages and dropping all content, including sweepstakes and Gluten Free info, to the main Ivy's Variety Facebook page so you'll get ALL of my content in one feed.  What do you think?

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