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Free Stuff: The PINCHMe Sample Box

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

I have no idea how I ended up on the blogger list for PINCHMe, but they keep sending me boxes of cool stuff and I love it. It’s a monthly box that sends you new (free!) samples every month in exchange for reviewing your samples on their site. No shipping costs, no credit card, no monies at all required. You do have to sign up for a member profile and fill out some details about yourself – if you have pets or kids, how old they are – so they know what kinds of samples would fit your life. I’ve gotten everything from nail polish to pet food coupons and I’m almost out of Olay body wash from my last box so I’m happy to see I got another one this time.

Because they’re giving free stuff away, PINCHMe is pretty popular and they sometimes run out of some of the samples. This month’s Sample Tuesday is on February 23rd at 12 Noon EST, so login and claim new free samples ASAP to get the best stuff. Otherwise you’ll be sad, like my friend who only got a kitchen sponge.

Here’s Linc and I opening this month’s box:

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That NextStep milk box was gone before I even finished taking photos of the rest of the stuff. Linc is a fan.

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Luckily there was a delicious granola bar to sustain me.

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Linc and I are both excited about these Boon Snug sippy lids – you can put them over any cup to make a sippy. Very handy when all of our’s are disgusting and rotting under the couch, or at restaurants, or when we visit childless people who think a plastic cup is child-friendly enough (only if you want juice poured on your cable box).

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The, uh, PERSONAL ITEMS samples. Plus coupons. I love coupons.

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Yesssssss another month where I don’t have to buy body wash. And that’s a huge jar of fancy moisturizer!

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Baby stuffs! So handy when you have a baby who insists on pooping a million times a day.

Don’t forget! PINCHme is a monthly subscription site that lets you try products from leading brands, completely for FREE! All they ask is for your feedback on the products. Every month, an amazing range of free samples are released on PINCHme for members to claim. These samples include grocery, baby, pet, beauty, home and personal care. Be sure to visit PINCHme for this month’s Sample Tuesday on February 23rd at 12 Noon EST to claim new free samples!

PINCHMe sends me boxes from their program in exchange for social media posts but no other compensation is exchanged or required and all opinions are my own.

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Sofa Fort City {Sponsored by Wayfair}

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

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Our big (ugly) family room couch is one of those sausage-casing monstrosities, where all the cushions are attached, with built-in recliners and cup holders. It’s truly hideous. But while we’re in the “Oh my god where did you get that yogurt?!” stage of children, there’s no point in having NICE furniture, so I settled for comfy and functional in a beige color that hides dirt.

The biggest problem with that kind of couch (besides ugly) is that it’s pretty useless when it comes to couch forts, and couch forts are an essential part of childhood. Luckily, when I was trying to fancy-up our living room last year I found a nice mini-sized couch that a) is also a good dirt-hiding shade of beige and b) has two nice huge cushions that make an excellent fort wall. The kids LOVE that couch – it’s the perfect size for them to spread out and watch iPad, set up all the dolls into elaborate tableaus or just climb all over while they hit each other with lightsabers. Lovingly, obviously. Lovingly hit each other with lightsabers.

I got an email from Wayfair saying they put together some super cute sofa fort plans and asking if my kids would be interested in building one. They even sent a super cozy Lush throw blanket to get us started. Check out their fun ideas:

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We chose the Dreadship Blanket and got to work rearranging the furniture, finding supplies and collecting throw blankets and pillows.

Real life talk: This is what passes for “super clean and organized” in our living/play room. It’s half grown-up, finished space (art! mirrored table! fireplace! throw pillows!) and half kid zone (toys! more toys! even more toys!!!). Please ignore the photobombing cat.

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And here’s what happened when we created our own Dreadship Blanket:

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We left the fort up for a week before I wanted my living room back for a grown up event, but pretty much any time they want to rebuild a couch fort I’m on board. It’s the kind of fun, creative, independent play that ends up with about 80% cooperation and only 20% screaming at each other. In case you don’t have multiple kids, those are REALLY good percentages.

Thank you again Wayfair for the fun idea!

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Friends, meet Tiffany. She’s cool. She’s a photographer. She’s also a Navy wife who just arrived in beautiful Connecticut. Well, actually, she arrived just in time for the Endless Winter Of Snow And Despair, but somehow managed to stick it out until things improved and is now enjoying the absolutely PERFECT weather we New Englanders like to pretend we get 90% of the time. We’re very good at lying to ourselves.

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Monday, May 11th, 2015

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Super Food, Super Delicious!

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

My only food-related New Year’s resolution is “Eat less food from a drive-thru”. I’ve made drastic diet resolutions in the past and – not shocking – I’ve always failed. Always. If I’m not just throwing the whole thing out the window I’m busy trying to get around it somehow. (Well this ice cream is totally local and organic, which means it’s ok. It’s not like I’m eating horrible procesed candy from a bag…)

So “fewer drive-thrus” is a good goal. If I have to at least get out of the car and walk in to get my take-out at least it’s more likely to have a vegetable in it. I’m also menu planning again – maybe I’ll even get a What’s For Dinner post up! – and keeping the fruit bowl full. But when it’s lunch time and I’m standing in my kitchen and I realize I haven’t eaten anything that day and am suddenly STARVING, even a no-drive-thru rule doesn’t stop me from eating a pint of ice cream instead of real food. There has to be something easy and delicious right there.

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