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Win Dad $100 to Best Buy

Date Mon, May 30 2016

Can you believe it’s almost June?! You know what that means — Father’s Day is coming up and soon! If you haven’t

Welcome to the Father’s Day $100 Best Buy Giveaway!

Hosted by: Southern Mom Loves
Co-Hosted by: Life, NaturallyTales From A Southern Mom, Five Spot Green LivingFrugal Finds During Naptime, & We Love Frugal Finds

Enter below for your chance to win $100 to Best Buy! Winner may choose an eGift Card delivered via email or a physical gift card delivered via snail mail.

Giveaway begins on 5/29/16 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 6/18/16 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to residents of the >US only (void where prohibited.) I will email the winner on Father’s Day; The winner will have 24 hours to claim or I will redraw. Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner’s List here.

Entry-FormDisclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per IP address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add to your whitelist. Holly of Southern Mom Loves will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.
Contact Holly at if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.

Memorial Day 2016 Sales

Date Mon, May 30 2016

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Another spring has passed us by. We know because tomorrow is Memorial Day and my birthday is in just a day. This weekend included a successful party, and I will relax on Memorial Day itself. Most people will have off. Facebook has already been flooded with posts thanking military members who have given their lives and those who are still sacrificing their time. Memorial Day has a clear history but like many holidays is now associated with things that are far removed from the original meaning. I’m talking about grilling out and shopping. I cannot complain, though. I like both those things.

As I have done for the past few years, I like to curate some of the best sales for my readers. Most of these sales include affiliate links, so I will make a commission if you make a purchase. I thank you for your continued support!

Without further ado, here are the best Memorial Sales in 2016!

Liquidation Channel

25% Off entire online store code: “heroes25”


10% off with code RESPECT

25% off sale items at PUMA.CA! Use code MEMORIALDAY Ends 5/30


20% off sitewide sale with code TACOTIME

Tshirt Laundry

$14 Tees; Use Promo Code MEMORIAL16



20% off 2 items, 30% off 3 items, 40% off 4+ items plus free shipping with code MEMDAY. Ends 5/30


Enjoy the following savings at the End-Of-Season Sale

  • 10 for $20 Mystery Polish Grab Bag: Fun and surprise await you with this incredible polish deal to add to your Julep nail collection. Polishes normally retail for $14 each, but with this deal each polish is only $2.
  • Mystery Nail Decal Grab Bag: Anything goes! Amp up your summer nail looks with a surprise assortment of nail decals.

Best Buy

Save up to 35% on Major Appliance Top Deals, Plus Free Delivery on Major Appliance Purchases $399 and Up

Best Buy Co, Inc.

Pure Formulas

Get up to 50% off on 100+ items PLUS an additional 10% off* at checkout. Code: MEMORIAL10

Tee Fury

Free shipping worldwide! Use code FREESHIP. Ends 6/1.

WP Engine

Save 20% on shared hosting plans with code MEMORIAL20. Ends 5/30

Stella & Dot

Extra 25% off sale items (up to 50% off)


  • 15% off kids’ essentials (name labels, notebooks, stationery) with code MEMORIAL16
  • 15% off wedding stationery with code MEMORIAL16


15% off orders with coupon ZZ15OFF. 5/30 only

Tea Collection

20% off and free shipping with code SUNNYSEASON !

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Save only already awesome prices for ink and toner with code MEM16. Ends 5/30


Save 25% on Sunglasses during the Memorial Day Sale! Use coupon code MEMORIAL25 – Valid 5/30 – 6/10


Red, white, & ‘WOO’ — it’s a Memorial Day sale at ModCloth! Score tons of new and favorite styles at up to 40% off! Grab sizzlin’ items while they’re hot and ‘sale’ into summertime on a stylish note!



BOGO Free on clearance! PLus, get free shipping when you spend $50 or more on plus sized clothing and accessories!

Hot Topic

30% off clearance & 20% off regular-priced alternative, pop culture and music merchandise.

Sealed with a Kiss Designs

Save 20% on plus sized fashion!


Use code SPRINGBR8K for discounts on domain name registration and transfer as follows:

COM Registration $9.66 + $0.18 ICANN Fee
COM Transfer $8.84 + $0.18 ICANN Fee
NET Registration $11.99 + $0.18 ICANN Fee
NET Transfer $11.19 + $0.18 ICANN Fee
ORG Registration $11.01
ORG Transfer $10.21
INFO Registration and (or) Transfer $9.66
BIZ Registration $11.07
BIZ Transfer $10.89

Her Universe

Get geeky t-shirts and dresses from this amazing brand. Save 25% on all full price!

Of coruse, there are plenty more steals and deals. You may have already snagged some great merch at low prices because Memorial Day sales have become Memorial weekend sales, and it took me this long to post. Oops! Happy shopping!

Take Control Of Your Health With These Simple Strategies

Date Thu, May 26 2016

If your health is lackluster and you’re tired of dealing with looking and feeling less than your best, now is the time to take action. Get your health in order right now by implementing these simple strategies:

1. Have Fun With Your Food.

One great way to take control of your health is by having fun with your food. In many cases, people are under the impression that eating healthy is boring or unappetizing. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there are a lot of nutritious, delicious recipes comprised of foods that are rich in the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients our bodies need to thrive. You can look many of these recipes up online and then experiment until you find a wide range of foods that you love. These foods will function as healthy alternatives to the nutritionally empty junk foods you ate in a former life. Be sure to stock your refrigerator, cupboards, and pantries with healthy foods. Also, take the time to optimize your kitchen equipment so that preparing the foods you love is easy. You can access a wide range of food appliances from companies like Click here to learn more about them.

2. Start Exercising.

In addition to having fun with your food, make sure you get in the habit of exercising. Doing so will help promote faster cellular renewal, an enhanced metabolism, better posture, improved sleep, and weight management. Some of the exercise activities you may want to engage in include running, cycling, weight-lifting, tae-bo, pilates, and yoga.

3. Meditate.

One final technique you can implement to take control of your health is meditation. This practice will empower you to clear your mind, decrease stress, and lower your blood pressure. Meditation is also linked to improved sleep and a better memory. There are several modes of meditation available to you, and you can pick the one you find most advantageous. One form you may want to consider is breath-based. This meditation modality involves slowing exhaling and inhaling. Listening to the sound of one’s breath can improve respiratory function while also promoting feelings of calm.


If you want to get healthy so you can lead a better life, now is the time to get things going. Utilize the health strategies outlined above so you can take control of your health right now.

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Purex® plus Clorox 2 Review + Giveaway

Date Thu, May 12 2016

It’s spring, so we could all be singing “Rain, rain go away.” But I think it would be more relevant to say “Stains, stains go away.” Because no one likes stains, am I right?

 Purex® Plus Clorox 2® Detergent

Purex® Plus Clorox 2® Detergent

I am fortunate to be childfree, so I don’t have a lot of those typical stains. But that doesn’t mean I never have stains. In fact, most of my stains seem to come from makeup, that wonderful thing designed to stain my skin if you will. Now, I’m not talking about lipstick on the collar. It’s more like an accident. I spilled from foundation here or BB cream there. Any makeup can be so tough to work with because much of it is oil based, which makes it much harder to get out.

In fact, I have a microfiber cloth from last Halloween that seems to be permanently stained shades of black and brown. One black-and-white striped top was the unfortunate victim of BB cream, which seemed far brighter and more orange on my clothing than it ever did on my face. I soaked it and washed it with my regular detergent, but that wasn’t good enough. I wound up scrubbing with dish soap until my skin was raw. Bleh.

I wish I had had Purex® plus Clorox 2 to try to attack those stains at the time.  I can’t tell you for sure if it would have worked, butI was willing to try just about anything at the time to save that top. Fortunately, it did eventually come clean.

And now I have a bottle of Purex® plus Clorox 2 to use whenever I need to tackle tough stains; although, I hope I won’t come up against any quite so soon! I’ve been fortunate enough to review Purex® plus Clorox 2, which is both tough on stains and safe to use for colors. Awesome!

It’s got a nice, clean scent (Original Fresh) and works in HE machines. The addition of Clorox 2 helps the detergent battle 100 stains, and you can boost it by pretreating stains with the detergent before tossing it into the machine. I’ve been happy with its performance,

My only complaint is the measuring system in the cap. It’s really hard to see the little bars that represent the amount of soap to use. It’s not good for quickly filling it, and to be honest, I mostly just guess because of this. The normal level isn’t even half the cap. In fact, I tried to take a photo to explain how hard it was to see the marks, and my camera could barely register it.

purex clorox 2 cap

Inside the Purex + Clorox 2 Cap

Not only did Purex provide a free sample for me to review, but they also provided me with three full-value coupons, which I am  going to give away to some lucky readers of Reviews by Cole! If you’re interested in trying this new product and saving some money, keep reading!

This giveaway is open to US + Canada residents.

It will end June 2.

Good luck!

Purex with Clorox 2 Giveaway

I was provided with free product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Why I Switched to Dealspotr + You Should, Too!

Date Tue, May 10 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve written about Dealspotr, but don’t you think that I’ve forgotten it. In fact, the opposite might be true. I sign on almost every day if I can, earning points that I can turn into gift cards and helping others save money. That I can find some awesome coupons for myself (I’ve also discovered some new stores!) is just a bonus for me!

New to Dealspotr? It’s a great site to find information about coupons and sales. Search through your favorite stores or find the product you’ve been waiting to buy because of its high pricetag. That’s not the only reason why I like the site, though.

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Earn 200 extra points by completing Dealspotr’s daily checklist

My favorite thing about Dealspotr has to be the points. There are a number of way to earn these points, from submitting coupons codes to referring new users to completing daily checklists, which consist of submitting coupons, following new users, commenting and otherwise interacting on the site. The higher quality, the more points you get. For example, you can submit a coupon code, but if you enter the expiration date, add photos and include other details, you’ll get more points. Similarly, any deal that becomes popular will earn you bonuses, and giving “Spots” to other coupons that become popular will accrue you extra points.

It’s through these points that you rank up, but there are tangible benefits to them as well. Every 10,000 points, you can cash out for an Amazon gift card. As a problogger, I get an increased amount of points than regular users, and your activity will also affect how many points you earn. I tend to log on every day and use all my spots (14 daily, and Spots are increased when you spot the more popular deals!). I’ll also complete daily checklists 4-5 times per week. I usually get a 22% bonus every day; although, this has varied if I’ve been more or less active.

I’ve been able to earn Amazon gift cards twice in the last ~40 days, which is a must better payoff than other sites! Because I am such an avid shopper and receive so many newsletters that contain coupon codes, I can be an active submitter on Dealspotr. If you have more time, you could earn even more.

Dealspotr is constantly evolving, too. The folks have readily listened to feedback from users like me, and it’s become easier to earn points and use the site. It’s also become more fun/interesting to use over the months in my opinion.

Interested in reaping some of these same benefits? Click here or the button below.

Find the best coupons, promo codes, and deals everyday at Dealspotr

If you have any more questions, I’m happy to answer them in the comments below.

I received no compensation for this post, but it does enter me to win an iPad from Dealspotr.

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Nature’s Variety Raw Boost Mixers Food Topper for Cats

Date Mon, May 9 2016

Raw food diets have become increasingly popular for pets over the past few years. This is especially true for dogs; although, cats are now getting more raw food options. I was able to try some. Rather, my cats were able to try some. Chewy was so kind as to send me a package of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers in the chicken flavor.

Now, most food toppers I’ve tried tend to be wet, which isn’t the case with this product. Another difference is that this one is made from pure protein. No fillers here! Those fillers are part of the reason why pets have such big — and stinky — poos, which is why some of the people who I know that now do a raw diet switched.

It’s then freeze-dried, so the texture is quite a bit different from other types of cat treats and toppers. The toppers are much bigger than kibble and almost appear like styrofoam. They’re light and airy like that. I’m sure it’s because it’s been freeze-dried, but it definitely is different than other toppers I’ve tried, which have been wet. You could certainly try this wet or crumble it if your cat prefers something a little more bite-sized, of course. I just haven’t.

Interestingly, Goliath wasn’t particularly fond of the food topper. I’m not sure if it was a taste or texture thing. It’s interesting because he’s not really picky.  A lot of the reviews say their cats loved them and go after them as a treat. But Goliath just didn’t seem interested.Phantom, on the other hand, was happy enough to gobble them all up. Because only one cat really likes the food topper, it’s lasted me a little longer. There are 24 servings

Phantom, on the other hand, was happy enough to gobble them all up. Because only one cat really likes the food topper, it’s lasted me a little longer. There are 24 servings in the cat food topper bag. I typically toss a few on top of their dry food, and I probably add a bit more than the 1/8 cup recommendation.

They’re mostly getting protein with a bit of apples, carrots and squash. Even the chicken it’s made from is cage-free, so I suspect both the ingredients and the production method are going to attract the type of people who value the raw food diet for their pets. It’s certainly an affordable way to add some protein to your pet’s diet to see if it helps teeth, coat, etc.

As for me, I haven’t noticed much difference in my cats. It’s spring so they’re shedding, but dander is relatively low. Their coats are shiny as usual. I have no complaints.

But because Goliath wasn’t a big fan, I can’t see myself purchasing Nature’s Variety Raw Boost Mixers Food Topper for Cats in the future. Your mileage may vary, of course.

Zim’s Max Cold Sore Kit

Date Fri, May 6 2016

I’ve been hanging onto the Zim’s Max Cold Sore Kit for some time waiting for a chance to review it. And that chance finally hit last week. Thanks to Zim’s, I was prepared, however.

The Cold Sore Kit consists of two pieces. The first part of the kit is a lip balm, which you can use daily to keep your lips soft and moist — kissable, even! It feels similar to chapstick with a bit of a waxy feeling. The active ingredient in this is Petrolatum, making it a petroleum based product. There’s a slight scent to this, but I’m not quite sure what it is.

The Cold Sore ointment itself comes in a tube with a smaller tip. It’s silky and white, similar to Blistex. The active ingredient is also Petrolatum for moisturizing your lips after the first signs of a cold sore. This is more intended to soften the infected skin and make it more comfortable, which may prevent it from becoming too dry, ugly and noticeable. It doesn’t tingle like some products, but it definitely did a good job moisturizing.

I’m not sure if the ointment helped speed up the duration of my cold sore. Mine are already so quickly lived that I go from feeling it coming on to scabbing over within 48 hours. If you do have longer-lived cold sores, then you might want to consider a produce that specifically contains medication once you realize you’ve got a cold sore. One of the inactive ingredients is listed as extract propolis act, which can help against bacteria, which you certainly don’t want to deal with when you’re also having a cold sore outbreak.

But I would probably reach for something a little stronger if I was experiencing a particularly stubborn cold sore. Orajel has a single-dose medication that I found effective.

I first received this kit to try a few months ago. Because I knew that I tend to get  cold sores when I get colds, I expected to use it much sooner than I actually did! In fact, I made it all winter without a breakout and my cold was almost done by the time I felt a cold sore coming on. It wasn’t particularly painful from the getgo, but the Zim’s products did help. The lip balm can certainly be used as long as you’d like moist, soft lips.

It seems like Zim’s no longer offers the duo directly on its site, however. You can still find it on Amazon, but you can only purchase the cold sore ointment by itself. This works well if you already have a lip balm that you enjoy. Zim’s does have another lip care duo, however. It includes the Crack Stick Lip Moisturizer in Vanilla and the Arnica & Aloe Vera Lip Formula SPF 15 in Cherry.

I’m not sure how long the Cold Sore Kit will still be available on Amazon, but it costs less than $20. Even if you don’t need it now, you can buy it and keep it in your medicine cabinet until you do need it — just like I did,

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