DealDash Helps: Soothe Those Muscles

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Here on the blog we often talk about the importance of exercise to be healthy. However, sometimes your muscles can really hurt afterwards. Let’s see what DealDash can do to help.

Exercising is definitely a huge part of being healthy, but if you’re a little out of shape like most of us, the day after a hard exercise can feel a little rough on your muscles. There are quite a few different ways to help soothe your aching muscles, here are a few different ways that you can help yourself feel better.

Surprisingly, a little bit of light stretching and exercise can help soothe your sore muscles the next day. The trick is to get increased blood flow to the area, that will make you feel better. This is because research has shown that increased blood flow speeds delivery of nutrients to damaged muscles, which in turn makes your muscles feel better faster than not doing anything to help yourself.

Most people are familiar with heat therapy. Warm temperatures such as those from warm water of a heating pad can increase the blood flow to sore muscles and make you feel a lot better very quickly. Soak in a hot bath, or even better a hot tub. If the pain is more isolated to a particular area, then apply heat directly to the spot that’s giving you trouble. There are many affordable peel-and-stick heating pads available at your local pharmacy. They are great because they can stay in place for hours and are thin enough to wear under clothing with no one being the wiser to your toasty secret.

Lastly, hand-held massagers are great, and massage chairs are even better! Massage chairs were introduced to the consumer market in the late 1980’s. They are designed to imitate the motions and techniques of an actual massage artist, and the massage chair is designed to relieve stress, tension, and alleviate back pain. I absolutely love massage chairs, and I am quite pleased that DealDash now offers different types of hand-held massagers and massage chairs.

Simply click this link right here. You will be taken to DealDash, where you can browse all of the great products, including massage chairs. Visit DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Helps: Don’t Be Late!

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Are you the sort of person who is always running late? Are you chronically tardy to work? Do you dread special events because you know that you just won’t be able to get there on time? DealDash can help.

It can be really difficult to be on time to meet your friends at a certain time, or arrive at someone’s house for dinner or a birthday party at the correct time. It’s said that being chronically tardy is a sign of an optimistic person. You think that there will be no traffic, no getting lost, and no little bumps of life along the way to make you late. Unfortunately, most people won’t think that you are optimistic if you’re late to meet them – they will think that you just weren’t trying hard enough to meet them, and it will make them feel unhappy.

Luckily, DealDash has a few suggestions to help you get your timeline back on track. Here are some ideas:

  • Be prepared. Everything in life is better when you are prepared for it. If you have already gotten your wallet, keys, phone, and whatever else you need to bring with you ready to go you’re ready to grab them and get out! If you wait until you have to leave to gather everything up that can add precious minutes to your ETA that you don’t even realize. This is especially true if you have small kids that you need to remember to have a snack, sippy cup, diaper, and wipes to bring with you. Be on time – be prepared.
  • Set alarms – for everything. Is there somewhere extremely important that you have to be tomorrow? Set 2 alarms to wake up, 5 minutes apart. Set a timer for the amount of time that you have allotted to shower, get dressed, and finish up in the bathroom. Set a timer for how long you have allotted yourself to eat breakfast. And finally, set an alarm for when you should start gathering up your things, and another alarm for 5 minutes later that signals when you have to leave immediately. This is a bit extreme, of course, I wouldn’t set all of these alarms and timers just to meet a friend for lunch, but if you have a job interview, a meeting at work, or even a wedding or funeral, multiple alarms is the way to go.
  • Trick yourself. This is the oldest trick in the book, but set all of your clocks 10 minutes ahead. Do your best to forget that you have set them 10 minutes ahead, and try not to mentally “add 10 minutes” when you look to see what the time is on the clock. It may or may not work, but at least you made an effort!

DealDash can help you keep track of time. DealDash offers watches and clocks up for auction regularly. Watches and clocks can definitely help keep you on schedule. Just click this link here and go browse all of the auctions on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding, everyone!

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DealDash Recipes: Autumnal Beef Stew

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As the weather is cooling slightly, it’s a wonderful time to start thinking about fall recipes. Beef stew is one of my favorites.

There is just something to me that says “Winter is coming” with a big hearty bowl of beef stew. It’s delicious, has healthy ingredients, and you can even make a huge batch of it, and freeze it for later use for a night that you don’t feel like cooking this upcoming winter. Pairing beef stew with a delicious home-baked (yes, buying frozen dough and baking it counts as home-baked!) bread makes the perfect meal for a long, chilly night with your family.

Autumnal Beef Stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 LBS stew beef cut into cubes or small chunks
  • 10 small red potatoes cut into quarters
  • 1 LB baby carrots
  • 1 large red onion, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 a stick of butter
  • 1 TBS flour
  • 1 Cup beef broth or water
  • 1 tsp each of: salt, dried parsley flakes, & garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp each of: pepper, celery seed, & dried thyme

Directions:

  1. Place potatoes, carrots and onions in a 5+ quart crock pot/slow cooker
  2. brown your beef cubes in a pan with the butter
  3. After browning beef, add to slow cooker
  4. Stir flour into the beefy pan drippings until mixed, then cook and stir until browned
  5. Add the water, then bring to a boil and cook while stirring for approximately 2 minutes or until thickened
  6. Add in all of your dry ingredients to the pan drippings, mix, then pour over beef in the slow cooker
  7. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours
  8. Serve with crispy buttered bread
  9. Enjoy!

Beef stew is the quintessential dinner for a chilly winter’s day. It can fill you up with its hearty goodness, and make you feel warm and comfortable even in the midst of a winter snowstorm. It’s easy to make, and delicious to eat. Even picky children usually like this beef stew, even if they end up picking out the onions!

If you want to make this recipe you must have a slow cooker. If you don’t have a slow cooker, DealDash has auctions for slow cookers quite frequently. DealDash can offer you a great deal on a slow cooker, and you can have fun bidding, as well. Just click this link here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Cleans Out Those Closets

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You should be cleaning out your closets twice per year – once in the spring, and once in the fall. The fall is upon us, let’s clean!

It’s easy to let your closet get away from you, especially if you are a big shopper, like myself. If you are reading the DealDash entertainment shopping blog, then I am going to assume that you are a big shopper as well. I find myself picking up new clothing items for myself or my children on a weekly basis, I am a sucker for a great deal, and I will often buy things that are definitely not in season in order to save some money. Now is the time to get organized.

The first thing that you need to do is to take out all of the items in your closet that scream “SUMMER!!” these include bathing suits, swim cover ups, shorts, tank tops, and floppy hats. After you have removed all of the summer things, take a good look through them. Are there items that you don’t often wear, or you bought without trying on, and when you got home and tried them they just weren’t your style? Make 3 piles – keep, give to a friend, and donate.

The keep pile is easy, stick those keepers in some large Rubbermaid-style totes and pack them away in your attic, basement, or wherever you chose to store them. If you would like to keep them fresh and ready to go for next year, stick in a few of those cedar disks or even just a dryer sheet or two. Be sure to label your totes so you can find them easily when it’s time to put out the summer clothing again.

Next is the give to a friend pile. Do you have a friend who is your size that would enjoy your hand-me-downs? If you’re cleaning your child’s closet, do they have a cousin or other younger family member who would fit into their discarded clothing next summer? Why not bag them up and give them to your friend or family member? It’s an easy thing to do, and might make that person’s day a little brighter.

Lastly, is the donation pile. Anything that you aren’t planning on keeping, and have no one in your immediate friend or family circle that can use them, why not bag them up give them to your local charity shop? I personally prefer smaller, locally owned charity shops versus corporate ones, they tend to keep donated items in the community rather than shipping them out elsewhere, but that’s just my personal preference. Give your discarded clothing to whatever charity you feel comfortable giving them to, and enjoy that good karma!

Now that you have cleaned out your closet, why not reward yourself with a little entertainment shopping on DealDash? DealDash has everything that you might want for your home such as artwork, furniture, and kitchen supplies. DealDash also has gift cards, in case you don’t see exactly what you are looking for. Just click this link right here, and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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Fall is Here! DealDash Does Yard Work

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Fall is upon us, and in most parts of the US that means it’s time for yard work!

No matter if your yard is big or small, if you have even one tree that means you will have some yard work to do this season. Of course, most people who have a yard have more than one there, and therefore more yard work to accomplish. Even if you don’t have any trees, don’t worry, there’s yard work for you to do as well! Here are a few of the common tasks that you should be doing in the fall to prepare for the winter ahead.

  • Raking – of course! When most people think of fall they immediately think of raking the fallen leaves. This is usually a fairly easy task that can even be fun if the whole family gets involved. Go ahead, just in that leaf pile, it will melt away the stresses of the day and add an added bonus will amuse your young children and embarrass your older ones. Win-win!
  • Plant your flower bulbs now for the spring. Yes, now is the optimal time to plant tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. If you plant the bulbs now you can avoid having to do this in the spring. Just be sure that you are planting the freshest bulbs – give them a squeeze to ensure firmness before planting. You can also plant cooler weather grasses, as well.  The most common ones are Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, and fine fescue. These are often packaged up and sold as a blend, which is very convenient if you were planning on planting a mixture anyway.
  • Cover your assets. Be sure to detach your gas tank from your grill and cover it up with a quality grill cover. Also, cover up your patio furniture if possible, and move anything else into your garage or basement such as tiki torches, lanterns, and any kid’s toys you have scattered about.
  • Clean those gutters. If you live in a house with gutters be sure that you have scooped and cleaned them out after most of the leaves have fallen. Clogged gutters can damage your home and cause basement flooding when snow melts, so it’s important to clean your gutters before winter arrives. Just get up on a ladder and scoops those yucky leaves out. After you have scooped, give the gutters a quick rinse with the garden hose.

Those are the basics! Now make yourself a checklist and get to work. DealDash has many things that can help you with your fall maintenance such as rakes, tools, and much more. DealDash has a wonderful outdoors section that you can check out. Just click this link and you can see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Flexrake 48-inch Handle with 19-inch Steel Head Lawn Rake

DealDash Goes to the Fair

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It’s finally autumn, and around here that means that there are small county fairs popping up all over. Let’s take a trip to the fair with DealDash

Most people (especially the kiddies!) love the county fair. There are games to play, rides to enjoy, exhibits to explore, and delicious food to eat. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your visit to the fair.

The first thing that you are going to want to remember is that many county fairs are cash only. Some of the larger fairs will take debit and credit cards for the entrance fee, but to be on the safe side you should probably bring enough cash to cover not only your entrance fee, but also enough for rides, food, and games.

Another thing that you should keep in mind is that autumn weather (at least where I live) can be unpredictable. It can be a toasty hot 75 and sunny in the afternoon, and dip down into the chilly 50s at night. You and your family would be wise to dress in layers. The cute shorts and t-shirt combo that’s perfect for the fair during the day to go to the petting zoo will be uncomfortable in the chilly night air when you’re riding the ferris wheel.

Speaking of the petting zoo, there are usually a lack of bathrooms and hand washing sinks at the fair. Sometimes there are only port-a-potties, yuck! Be sure to bring either hand sanitizer, baby wipes, or better yet – bring both! Trust me, after petting the goats and sheep you’re going to want to get those hands clean before you eat some of those tasty fair treats.

Lastly, let’s talk about those treats. Even though they are delicious, try not to eat too many of them. Not only are they mostly fried, and full of oil and fats, but they tend to be expensive as well. A better solution for this dilemma might be to get a few things and share them with your family. After you’re done at the fair you can stop on the way home and get something else a little healthier to eat if you’re still hungry.

DealDash loves it when families spend time together. If you are shopping for anything that you need for your family such as kid and baby items DealDash has you covered. DealDash has items for kids of all ages, from babies on up to teenagers. Just click this link here and you can check out the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Gives the Baby a Bath

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If you’re a new parent, or if you are a grandparent who hasn’t bathed a baby in the past 30 years you might wonder what the proper way is to bathe a baby. DealDash is here to help.

How often? What temperature? What shampoo? How long? What do I do? Are some of the questions that new parents might ask when they are faced with the challenge of bathing a baby. Most hospitals have the nurse give you a quick lesson before you leave the hospital, but let’s face it – you are still in shock from having this tiny new human in your life, along with some lingering pain, that you might not have paid as close attention as you should have. However, that’s okay. Here is a foolproof way to get your baby clean with a minimum of tears – from both of you.

The first thing that you are going to need is a vessel to bathe the baby. You can get special tubs for the baby, or an insert that fits into a large sink. However, you can also get creative and use a bucket or other large tub-like container. Personally, I got a baby bathtub and bathe my baby with the tub on the bathroom counter top between the two sinks. That way I can get fresh water from the sink tap if I need it, and the tub is up high enough that I don’t hurt my back bending over the bathtub if I had put it inside the regular tub.

Next, decide what kind of shampoo and baby wash that you are going to use. With my first two kids I used the standard yellow Johnson & Johnson baby wash/shampoo combination. However, my newest baby has extremely sensitive skin along with eczema all over him, and the regular baby shampoo just wasn’t working for him. After a trip to the dermatologist I am now using Aveeno baby bath products that have lavender and oatmeal in them. It’s up to you what kind of shampoo and baby wash that you would like to use, just keep in mind that a lot of babies have sensitive skin, so you might have to experiment a little to find one that works for them.

As to how often and what temperature…Most of these are up to you. I (and my pediatrician) suggest bathing your baby every-other day. This keeps your baby smelling fresh and clean, but won’t irritate their sensitive skin as much as bathing them every day. Of course, if they get extra dirty feel free to give them an extra bath, but try to keep it to every-other day, especially in the winter. Experts suggest that baby bath water should be between 90-100 degrees. I have a cute little octopus bath toy that has a thermometer built-in, you could also take the temperature using the regular digital thermometer. If you don’t have any of these products handy, you can just stick your wrist & inner arm under the faucet as you are running the bath. If it’s too hot or cold for your inner arm, it’s too hot or cold for the baby.

Lastly, if you have a little boy, I suggest sticking a wash cloth or a hand towel over him while you bathe him – otherwise you might get a shower, yourself!

DealDash has some great baby products available for auction. If you need a baby stroller, high chair, or car seat be sure to visit DealDash. Just click this link here and you can check out the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Beauty: Hair Straightening

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Very few people have perfectly straight non-frizzy hair. Here are the steps to straighten your hair with the least damage.

Many women (and maybe some men, too!) would like to have perfectly sleek, straight hair with no frizz – at least some of the time. However, for many people this isn’t realistic without some work on your part. Here are some ways to straighten and de-frizz with the minimum amount of damage to your hair.

Firstly, when you are in the shower you should use a shampoo and conditioner that has been specifically formulated to promote straight and de-frizzed hair. Words to look for on the bottles are “Straightening” “Sleek” “Smoothing” “De-frizz” . These shampoos and conditioners have ingredients such as silicone that work by weighing down your hair. Using a straightening shampoo and conditioner most likely won’t give you the beautiful smooth hair that you want, but it will get you halfway there. Also, as an added bonus the heavy conditioning agents will help protect tresses.

Next, either spray on a heat protectant or rub on a heat protectant gel. Both are fine choices to protect your hair. I find that the spray is much easier and quicker to put on, but the gel is more through and can work as a leave in conditioner that protects and moisturizes as well.

After you have put on your heat protectant, split your hair into sections and blow dry completely dry with a round brush.

Your hair should be mostly straight and frizz-free by now, it’s time to finish off your look with the flat-iron. Give your hair another spray of the heat protectant, and then use your flat iron to the lowest setting, and increase the temperature as you need it. Higher temperatures cause more damage, so start on low.Fine hair requires lower temperatures, and higher heat is needed for very curly or more coarse hair types.

Now that your hair is looking great with a minimum of damage, Head on over to DealDash. DealDash has great beauty items such as blow dryers, hair straighteners, and curling irons. DealDash wants you to look and feel your best. Just click this link here and it will take you to DealDash so you can see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Remington S5500 Anti-Static Digital Ceramic 1-inch Flat Iron

Birthdays Are More Fun With DealDash

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Do you have a friend, child, or other loved one that is having a birthday soon? Here are a few tips to make their day great!

A birthday is that one special time per year where you are the star! Make your family and friends feel extra special on their birthday with these simple and fun ideas. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to make someone’s birthday extra special.

Everyone likes cake on their birthday, but how about making your loved one a different (or extra!) treat this year? Just because we have a regular birthday cake doesn’t mean that we can also have the birthday person’s favorite dessert as well. This year on her birthday my daughter wanted brownies. So instead of getting a big cake like we usually do, we got a small cake, and baked brownies together as well. Instead of having a big slice of cake we had little slices of cake and little brownie squares. Some other delicious birthday treat ideas include cookies, cheesecake, and apple pie.

Just because your family member is over 12 years old doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve a party hat. Make them a hat out of paper, or buy them a silly hat at the dollar store. You’re allowed to be as silly as you like on your birthday, whether you’re 8 or 88! Other fun hat ideas include princess/prince crown, cowboy hat, or big sombrero.

Don’t forget the card! Now that just about every one of every age has email, I have noticed that receiving paper cards are getting more and more scarce by the year. I don’t know about you, but personally I save paper cards. It’s nice to look back a few years from now and see all of the well-wishes and cute cards that people picked out. You can get a card at the store, make a card with paper and markers, or if you are still stuck on the computer, how about making a card and printing it out? A paper card in the hand just feels so much more special than an email does.

Last but not least, why don’t you get them a little present? You can find some great gift ideas and fun presents on DealDash. DealDash has items for people of all ages and stages of life. Just click right here and you can go browse on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Helps: Teething Babies

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No matter how cute your baby or grandchild is, eventually they will start teething and become a tiny terror. DealDash is here with some helpful hints to try to make them feel better.

I myself have a tiny teething terror, he just turned 8 months old, and he has his first and second teeth coming in at the same time and he is absolutely miserable! I have been doing a lot of research on the subject lately, and here are some of the best tips and tricks that I have found for soothing teething babies.

If you would like to buy your baby a teething toy the one that I recommend is Sophie the Giraffe. She is one of the more expensive teething toys at around $24, but she is totally worth it! She is made of a natural rubber which has an interesting smell which makes her irresistible to babies, and also Phthalates and BPA free which means she is safe for your little teether. She also is adorable and even squeaks. Everyone with a baby that I know has at least one of these giraffes. I actually have three of them, I keep them in different areas of the house and car so my baby always has a Sophie handy. You can get Sophie at Amazon, Toys R Us, and Target. If you’d like to save a little money, you can bid on both Toys R Us and Target gift cards on DealDash.

On the other hand, your baby doesn’t really need expensive teething toys, you can actually make a great teething toy from a baby wash cloth! Just dampen the baby wash cloth in water, stick it in the freezer, and after about an hour you will have a great frozen toy that your baby can chew on and soothe his or her gums with. For a little extra excitement you can tie a knot in the washcloth before you freeze it, and then your baby will have even more fun chewing it. After the wash cloth has come to room temperature, just rinse it off, and toss it back in the freezer. You can do this as many times as you like, it numbs baby’s gums to make them feel better, and it’s fun for them to play with as well.

Lastly, there are many different types of teething painkiller gels available on the market. These can work wonderfully, but there have been some recent studies that have found that they aren’t safe to use if you plan on feeding your baby before the painkiller gel wears off. It can numb the tongue as well as the gums, and that can make it harder for the baby to chew and swallow. So if you would like to use these, because they do work, use them with caution. I personally only use these at bedtime, when I know that my baby won’t be eating anything in the near future.

Thank you for reading, and I hope that you have gotten some ideas of how you can help a teething baby. DealDash has many great products for babies and kids up for auction every day. DealDash also has gift card auctions in case you would like to save some money on your baby supplies. Just click this link right here and check out DealDash and see how much you can save.

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DealDash Conserves More Water

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Even though the summer is over many areas in the US are still suffering from a drought. It’s even more important now than ever that we all try to help conserve water.

There are so many ways that we can help conserve water. Here are a few of the more common ways, and also some unique and different ways that you can “think out of the box” to help save water.

This first way to conserve water might sound like common sense – but as we know, common sense isn’t all that common anymore! The tip is: Only water your lawn when it actually needs it! Most of my neighbors have automatic sprinklers that come on and off every single day, and before the current drought started, the lawns definitely didn’t need every day watering. And since the sprinklers are automatic, I have even seen the neighbors watering their lawn with the sprinklers when it was currently raining – now that’s a waste if I have ever seen one. You can tell if your lawn needs watering by simply stepping on it. If the grass springs back up immediately after you step on it, then it doesn’t need watering that day. By not watering your lawn every single day you can save hundreds of gallons of water per day.

If you like to wash your car at home instead of going to the automatic car wash, then here’s a tip for you: Be sure not to leave the hose on while you are washing the car. Fill up your bucket with soap and water, and then turn the hose off until you are ready to do a final rinse on the car. There’s no reason to leave the hose running while you are soaping up the car. This can save at least 100 gallons of water per car wash.

Similarly, if you are washing dishes by hand, make sure to turn the water off as you are soaping up and scrubbing your dishes. You definitely don’t need to let the water run while you are scrubbing. Just soap up all of the dishes first, and then rinse them all at one time. Also, if you have a dishwasher, you should be using that instead of washing the dishes by hand. It not only saves water, but it also gets the dishes cleaner because the dishwasher uses a much higher temperature of water than most people use when they are washing the dishes by hand.

Finally, if you shave your face using the sink, don’t run the water while you are shaving. Just put a few inches of water in the sink to rinse off your razor between passes. The water in the sink will rinse the shaving cream off of your razor just as well as a stream of water coming from the faucet.

Thank you for reading, I hope I have given you a few ideas on how to conserve water, and enjoy the outdoors. DealDash has some wonderful items for outdoors use such as garden hoses, deck storage, and gardening supplies. DealDash has great auctions starting every few minutes. Just click on this link here to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Makes: Mason Jar Candle

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Mason jars have been very popular lately, and you can bet that mason jar objects are a little bit more expensive than plain ones. Why not make your own mason jar crafts? Let’s start with a mason jar candle.

Mason jars are a classic example of Americana, they bring back great nostalgic memories for a lot of people, especially people who had a grandma who loved to garden and can her own vegetables. Mason jars are everywhere now, and more often than not they are merely vessels to hold another decoration. Today we will use a mason jar to create a candle that you can enjoy for yourself or give as a gift.

Materials:

  • Block of meltable candle wax – you can get this at any craft store
  • Mason jar
  •  Candle wick about as tall as your mason jar
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Pot that the measuring cup will fit in
  • Candle scent (optional)
  • Coloring (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cut enough wax off of your block to fill your mason jar about 75% full – this doesn’t have to be an exact measurement, you can always save the rest of the wax for another time if you don’t need all that you prepare.
  2. Put your pot on the stove, place your glass measuring cup in the pot. Place your wax in the glass measuring cup. Put enough water in the pot to come about 1/2 way up the glass measuring cup.
  3. Put your burner on medium heat and wait for the wax to melt.
  4. Put a dab of super glue or glue from a glue gun on the bottom of your mason jar and stick the bottom end of the wick down. You can then put a pencil across the top of your mason jar and lightly tape the top of the wick to the pencil to anchor it so it doesn’t move around when you pour your wax in.
  5. When your wax has melted you can now add your scent and color if you so desire. You can also leave it scentless and colorless if you like.
  6. Using a pot holder, pick up your glass measuring cup and pour your wax very carefully into your mason jar. Try not to disturb the wick too much, and don’t over-pour the wax, be sure to leave some of the wick visible.
  7. Remove your pencil anchor and trim the wick to your desired length.
  8. All done!

Wasn’t that an easy and fun project? If you are in the market for more home decor items be sure to check DealDash. DealDash has many home decor, art, and useful home items up for bid. Just click this link and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Cooks: Boba (Bubble) Tea

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Bubble Tea is one of my favorite drinks. I crave it. Luckily, it’s easy to make at home.

Bubble tea is originally from Taiwan, it was created in the 1980s. Eventually it’s popularity spread throughout Asia, then across the world. My favorite bubble tea is the type with boba tapioca pearls, but bubble tea can also be made with small cubes of jelly, or you can even just make the regular Thai iced tea without any sort of bubbles.

You can add the boba bubbles to just about any drink, but they are typically added to either Thai iced tea or any number of different fruity-type drinks. Some of my favorites are mango and grapefruit, but they are all delicious. Here is a quick and easy recipe to get you started. After you have mastered this recipe, then branch out to different types of bubble drinks. Just a hint, though, if you’re not sure if it will taste good with the boba added, then just mix up a very small amount, enough for just a couple of sips. Otherwise you might waste your precious, precious boba!

Thai Iced Tea

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup dried boba tapioca pearls per serving (NOT quick-cooking boba)
  • 2 tea bags, any kind, though I prefer black tea
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Bring 2 Cups of water to a boil over high heat. Add 1/4 Cup of boba and lightly stir until they start floating to the top of the water.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and simmer the boba for 14 minutes. Remove the pan from the burner, cover, and let the boba sit for another 14 minutes.
  3. If you are planning on eating/serving them all in one sitting you can skip this step. While the boba are simmering, make a sugar syrup to sweeten and preserve them after cooking. Bring a 1/2 Cup of water to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup sugar until dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  4. Make a cup of strong tea, then let cool.
  5. After the boba have cooked, drain the water off. Let cool until boba are room temperature, at least 15 minutes, or refrigerate until ready to use. Boba are best if used within a few hours of cooking, but will keep refrigerated for several days. If you plan on keeping these boba for a few days, please refrigerate them in the sugar syrup in Step #3.
  6. Pour the prepared tea over ice into a glass and add the boba as well as the sweetened condensed milk.
  7. Enjoy!

I hope that you enjoyed learning a little bit about bubble tea today. DealDash has some amazing deals on items for your kitchen. DealDash always has multiple kitchen auctions per day. Just click this DealDash link, and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Plays Family Games

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As summer turns into fall and the evenings start to get chilly, families are spending more time indoors now. After the homework is done, and dinner has been eaten, what is left to do? Games!

No matter if your family enjoys board games, card games, or video games – there’s something for everyone when your family plays games together. Children as young as 4 can enjoy most games, especially if someone can help them with the reading if it’s needed.

Some families do “Family game night” every week on a certain day, but when the weather is chilly and no one wants to go out in the evening, why not make every night “Family game night?” If you build a stockpile of fun games that last less than half an hour to play, why not? It brings the family together in a fun way, strengthens bonds, and can even spark conversation from even the most quiet child.

Here are some of my family’s favorite games – keep in mind that in addition to the two adults there is an _almost_ 5-year-old, and an 8-year-old. There’s also a baby, but he can’t talk yet, so he’s not able to play any sort of games yet – other than throwing Cheerios at my head, that is!

Card Games:

  • Go Fish
  • War
  • Matching

Board Games:

  • Candy Land
  • Memory
  • Chutes & Ladders

Other Games:

  • Tic Tac Toe
  • Word Searches

Video Games:

  • Bejeweled
  • Temple Run
  • Plants Vs. Zombies
  • Classic Mario
  • Classic Sonic
  • Classic Tetris

So you see, even if your family includes kids that are not reading yet, there are lots of fun games that you can still play together. The games I listed are just the tip of the iceberg. Once all of your children can read, the world of games really opens up and gets a lot more fun with so many more choices.

There are many fun family games that can be played on the Wii U. DealDash often has Wii U systems and games up for auction. Win your kids a Wii U on DealDash and be a hero. Just click right here to check out DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Sews a Minky Blanket

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Minky is one of the softest fabrics that you can use. Minky is a very common fabric to make into baby blankets, and here is one very easy blanket that you can sew yourself.

I absolutely love to sew. I make anything and everything, from baby bibs to dresses to baby blankets. I love to make patchwork quilts, but they are just too time consuming if you want to whip up a quick baby blanket for a gift at a baby shower. Making a blanket from minky and printed cotton is a quick and easy project that you can complete in a weekend – or less if you don’t have any interruptions!

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  • 1 yard of minky fabric, any color that coordinates with your printed cotton
  • 1 yard of printed cotton that coordinates with your minky fabric
  • 1 yard of batting, your choice of thickness
  • About 200 inches of bias or binding tape – Please note that 1 yard of fabric is always 36 inches long, but the width usually varies between 32 and 60 inches. Most fabrics are available in widths of 45 inches and 60 inches. So depending on the particular fabric that you have selected for your project the width can vary. So please measure your fabric to figure out how much binding that you need.
  • Notions (thread, scissors, pins, fabric chalk or marker, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Lay your printed cotton fabric pattern side down on a clean and clear area of the floor.
  2. Lay your batting on top of the fabric, matching up all of the edges
  3. Lay your minky fabric on top, with the little nubbies face up
  4. Pin all around the edges – I put my pins about 5-6 inches apart
  5. If you would like, you can draw a pattern on the blanket that you can sew, such as swirls or whatever you feel comfortable with doing. If you don’t want to do that extra step, then you can just sew through the blanket from one edge to the other, twice vertically, and twice horizontally. This is just to make sure that the inner batting doesn’t move or get bunched up when you’re using it.
  6. Trim around the edges to even everything up, and then zigzag stitch or serge around all of the edges
  7. Pin your bias tape/ binding all the way around your blanket
  8. Sew the bias tape/binding onto the blanket
  9. All done!

Wasn’t that easy?! I am in the process of making one for my little 7 month old baby, his nursery is nautical patterned, heavy on the whales. I couldn’t find a blanket that I liked that had whales and was soft enough for a baby blanket, so I decided to make my own.

DealDash has great sewing machines up for bid. DealDash has both of the most popular brands, Singer and Brother. Get yourself a new sewing machine on DealDash. Just click this link right here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Gives Travel Tips

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Most people enjoy travelling. Here are some handy tips for the next time you are able to get away for a long weekend or even a full vacation.

There are so many destinations out there that are just waiting to be explored. Travel is one hobby that is enjoyed by almost everyone – no matter what the age, from kid to grandparent and everyone in-between, most people love to get away for a holiday. I enjoy travel very much, and I have picked up quite a few handy tips over the years that might be able to help someone else. Here are some of my handy travel tips.

  • Be sure to pack all of your cords – phone cord, laptop cord, iPad cord, etc. If you are going somewhere overseas you might want to invest in a voltage converter.
  • Make as many sets of outfits as you are going to be at your destination, plus an extra one. Roll each outfit set with the undergarments and socks on the inside, and then stack your outfit tubes in your luggage. It saves space as well as time. And because they are rolled instead of folded they will have less wrinkles when you unpack them.
  • Always remember to bring your toothbrush & toothpaste, your prescription medications, your deodorant, and your PJs.If you are travelling in the USA or Canada it is very likely that you will be able to go to a store and buy anything that you might have forgotten, but don’t count on it. Double-check your packing before you close up your suitcase.
  • If you are travelling outside of the USA or Canada, be sure to pack some personal tissue packs and/or travel baby wipes. Many places outside of North America don’t offer free toilet paper in public restrooms. When I was travelling in Beijing there were often people selling small packs of toilet paper outside of public restrooms near tourist attractions.
  • Call your bank and credit card company before you leave and put a travel alert on your accounts.Also, be sure to jot down their international customer service number in case you run into trouble while you are away.
  • Pack a hat and sunblock, even if you aren’t going to the beach or somewhere traditionally “outdoorsy.” Chances are you will be doing a lot of walking if you are a tourist, and will get a lot more sun than you normally do – so wear your SPF and hat, please!

I hope that you found some of these tips helpful for the next time you travel. If you’re looking for luggage or any other travel supplies be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has everything you need to make your trip great – from digital cameras to luggage. Just click this link to visit DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Sews: A Pillowcase Dress

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Making a pillowcase dress is easy, simple, and fun. You can use it as a dress for a little girl, or a blouse for a lady.

I love to sew, and the pillowcase dress is one of the easiest projects that you can do. You can complete the pillowcase dress in less than an hour! It’s a low-cost, high reward project. My daughter has so many of these dresses. If you have a little girl or a granddaughter this project is perfect, you can even do it together.

Materials:

  • Pillowcase
  • Ribbon

Directions:

  1. Buy a pretty pillowcase or find one around your house.
  2. Figure out how much of the material you will need – I’ll attach a sizing guide for little girls at the bottom of these directions.
  3. Lay out your pillowcase, measure the length you need, and cut straight across the closed end, so you end up with a tube of fabric.
  4. Cut semi-circular openings out for the arms on the side of the tube that you just cut open. (see picture for guide:
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  6. Using your zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine, stitch around the arm openings that you just cut so they don’t start to unravel in the wash. Alternately, if you have a serger you can use that to serge around the arm openings.
  7. Hem and sew a tube for the ribbon on the front and the back of the pillowcase dress. Please see the picture below for reference:
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  9. Guide a long length of ribbon through both casings and tie. You can use a large safety pin to guide the ribbons through the tubes. You could also use a chopstick to push the ribbon through, instead.
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Here is the sizing guide, if you would like to make it into more of a pillowcase tank top then use a shorter length, or if you would like a longer dress you can layer another piece of fabric underneath to make the dress longer. This is a great project because you don’t have to follow many measurements or instructions, make it your own!

6 – 12 mos: width – 15″, length – 18-19″, finished length – 14-15″

18 – 24 mos: width – 18″, length – 20-22″, finished length – 16-18″

Size 2 – 8: width – 22″, length – 24-31″, finished length – 20-27″

DealDash often has amazing sewing machine auctions. I personally won a Brother sewing machine on DealDash. DealDash also has other sewing and craft items up for bid. Check out the auctions at this link here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Reorganizes Rooms

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Does the change of seasons get you feeling a little mopey? Try reorganizing a room, it will get you thinking positively.

Even though I love fall sometimes the change of seasons makes me feel a little blah. Anytime I feel blah I like to do a little “retail therapy” on DealDash, and then do a little reorganizing in my home.

I’ve been feeling a little down lately, so I decided to reorganize my kid’s playroom over the past weekend. Getting rid of things, moving things around, and getting new things are just the recipe to get me feeling more positive. Everyone organizes differently, but here’s how I go about organizing the playroom. A kitchen would be organized in a different way, of course, but this way is good for a kid’s room, a den, a playroom, etc.

Firstly, I get rid of all of the things that I don’t need – be it little scraps of paper, broken things, or things that I just don’t need or want anymore. The better stuff goes in the donation box, and the rest goes in the trash.

Next, it’s good to group things together – the books with the books, the Legos with the Legos, and so on. After everything has been grouped together, see if any groups should be put next to each other, for example the group of crayons could be put with the group of paints, and so on.

Make sure that each group of items has a “home” that it belongs to, which can be on a shelf, in a cloth bin, or in drawers. If there are some random items left over that don’t fit into any specific group, I like to put the random items together in their own little group.

The more organized you are, the easier it is to clean, which is the next step. As you are putting the groups of items in their homes, be sure to give the bin or shelf a quick wipe with a cloth before you put everything away. After that you can vacuum or sweep and mop. There, doesn’t everything look better and more organized now?

DealDash has some great organizational tools such as shelves, bins, and drawers to help you get organized. Be sure to check DealDash so you can get a great deal and have fun while you are doing it. Just click here to visit DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Has Fun in Fall

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I love fall! It’s my favorite season. There are so many fun things to do in the fall.

Depending on where you live, fall might still be blisteringly hot like summer weather, or it might be starting to cool down a bit. The cooling down a bit is my favorite part, snuggling up under the blankets, getting the hoodies out of the closet, and drinking pumpkin flavored coffee are all extra bonuses to me. Living in New England we have a few foliage advantages over our Western and Southern neighbors, but “Leafing” isn’t the only thing to do in the wonderful months of September, October, and November.

Around my part of the USA, fall is the time for fairs! I can think of about 6 different fairs off of the top of my head that happen in September and October, from the large State Fair all the way down to the tiny county fairs. I love fairs, big and small. When I was younger I enjoyed the rides, but now that I am older I enjoy the fair food, walking around and people watching, seeing my kids enjoy the petting zoos, and going to the exhibits – It’s amazing, the winner of the “Biggest Pumpkin” contest seems to be bigger every year. When someone says “fall”, I think “fair.”

Another great think about fall is Halloween! I am personally not into super-scary movies or TV shows, but I do love a bit of Halloween fun, and dressing the kids up in costumes is always fun. Last year my husband even got into the spirit and let me dress him up for a Halloween/Birthday party as a bottle of Sriracha Sauce! I also love to see all of the little kids dressed up, it’s very funny to see what kids choose for their costumes sometimes. Of course, with Halloween comes candy, I am going to do my best this year to try and stay away from the chocolate!

Finally, to close out the praise for fall is my favorite holiday – Thanksgiving! I love all of the traditional Thanksgiving food, especially my special homemade mashed potatoes. My in-laws host a great Thanksgiving every year with all of the traditional Thanksgiving food, and some delicious extras such as pork buns, fried rice, and homemade spring rolls, yum yum!

As the nights get colder you will probably be spending more time indoors. The fall is a great time to hone your skills on DealDash. DealDash is open 24/7, 365 days a year. When you find yourself sitting at home drinking your apple cider or pumpkin spice lattes, head on over to DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding!

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DealDash Cooks: Sweet Potato Fries

Image result for sweet potato fries Sweet potato fries that are made in the oven taste great and are a lot healthier for you than regular fries. Luckily, they are easy to make as well.

Have you ever had sweet potato fries? I first tried them a few years ago, and I was hooked. When I learned how easy and quick they are to make at home they became a regular staple around our house. Here is a fast recipe, but of course you can add any other seasoning that you would like to them such as truffle oil, Himalayan salt, etc.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 °F
  2. Peel your potato and cut into thick wedges
  3. Toss sweet potato wedges with oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Spread the wedges out on a baking sheet that’s been lightly sprayed with oil/Pam
  5. Bake for 10 minutes
  6. Turn, bake an additional 10 minutes or until browned

Wasn’t that simple? If you would like to get even more creative, you can make “fancy” ketchup to go with your own fries. If you would like to make a spicy ketchup you can add in a little Sirracha sauce, or you can even dip these in BBQ sauce or ranch dressing.

Sweet potatoes are extremely versatile, and are loved by a huge portion of the population. People love them for a good reason,  sweet potatoes have vitamin A and they are delicious! What’s not to love?

If you would like your sweet potato fries to be crispier, cut them into thinner strips instead of the big wedges, and try cooking them on top of a baking rack instead of on a baking sheet.

I hope that you enjoyed this article, and that you make your own sweet potato oven fries soon. My kids love them, and I’m sure that you will, too. DealDash has everything that you need for the kitchen. Be sure to check out the Kitchen and Dining category on DealDash. Simply click this link here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Dries Hair

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I would wager a guess that almost all of the people who are reading this article have used a hair dryer at some point in their life. However, most people probably don’t know the history of the hair dryer. DealDash does…

The hair dryer was invented in France in 1890, by a salon owner named  Alexander F. “Beau” Godefroy. The hair dryer that he created was the stationary kind that looks similar to the ones seen in salons today, with the seat for the person to sit on, and the hood that goes over the head. His version, however, was not the rigid material that you see the hoods being made out of today, but rather a flexible shower-cap type of hood.

After 25 years or so, the hair dryer branched out into handheld versions as well as the stationary hooded type. The handheld version looked quite similar to what we use today, though they were much heavier, some upwards of 2 pounds. Interestingly enough, the only real changes since the 1920s have been mostly visual, as the mechanism of the dryer has not had any significant changes since its inception.

Now that you know a little bit about its history, let’s look at some tips on using the hair dryer.

  • Use a heat protector. The hair dryer uses extremely high temperatures that can damage your hair if you leave it in one place for too long. The heat protector can save your hair from getting fried.
  • Use a concentrating nozzle for straight styles, and a diffuser for curly styles. The concentrating nozzle directs all of the air exactly where you want it, shortening your time drying your hair. The diffuser does the opposite, and drying time takes longer, but it won’t make your curly hair frizzy.
  • If you have the time to spare, try letting your hair air dry or towel dry for 10 to 15 minutes before you use the blow dryer. It will save you on power and save your hair some damage.

I hope that you learned a bit about hair dryers by reading this article. DealDash has many health and beauty items available, including hair dryers. I personally won a hair dryer from DealDash for 1 bid and .02 last year. Check out the hair dryers on DealDash at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Pets: Sugar Gliders

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The majority of people who have pets stick with the more common species such as a cat, dog, or even a lizard.

However, there are some people out there that like exotic pets. The sugar glider is a great example of a cute, cuddly, and fun exotic pet. If you live in Alaska or California, don’t get too excited about having a sugar glider, unfortunately Sugar gliders are illegal in both of those states. If you live in Pennsylvania or Massachusetts, you would need a special permit to own a sugar glider, so perhaps they aren’t ideal for you, either. Regulations can vary by state and laws can change, so check with your state Fish, Game and Wildlife Department before you make plans to get a sugar glider.

As you might guess, a sugar glider is partial to anything sweet, especially fresh fruit & vegetables. If you decide to keep one as a pet you will need to give it fresh fruits and vegetables every day, otherwise it will not be a very healthy little animal.

As for the gliding, the sugar glider can’t actually fly, but they do have a membrane that stretches from their wrist to their ankles, allowing them to glide from tree to tree in the wild.

An interesting item to note: though they look like a squirrel, they are actually a marsupial, like a kangaroo or a koala bear, so they keep their babies in a pouch until the babies are ready to be slightly more independent, though in the wild they usually do live in a family group. Sugar gliders have a lifespan of about 10 years, and stay very small, approximately 6 inches and 6 ounces.

These adorable little creatures are extremely smart, and even though they might seem like a hamster or gerbil at first glance they are actually as smart as a dog or cat. They are able to learn their name, come when called, and do a few different tricks.

Not only are they cute and smart, but they are cuddly and loving as well. Once they have bonded to their “family”, which includes your family and your pets, they don’t want to be without you, and would be very happy to spend every waking moment with you, your kids, or your cat or dog.

Sugar gliders require a cage, toys, food, and love. They don’t need any vaccinations, flea treatments, or other vet care, unless they get sick. Sugar gliders make adorably awesome pets, if you’re looking for a tiny pet with a big personality give the sugar glider a try, you will be pleased.

DealDash has a great selection of animal supplies available for auction. You can find cages, pet beds, and more at DealDash. Just click this link right here and it will take you to DealDash so you can browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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Bento Lessons with DealDash

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Now that the kids are back in school and I need to make lunches for two kids daily instead of one, I thought it would be fun to explore some “easy” bento designs.

Are you familiar with the concept of “bento”? If you were to look up the definition in the dictionary it would say “Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container.” However, to many moms (and some dads) bento is more than that – bento is an art project and an expression of love all in one cute little delicious package.

Bento designs can range from something fairly simple, such as the design above with two little steamed buns atop a pile of noodles to represent little birdies in a nest. It’s adorable, and in this particular case only adds an extra 5-10 minutes of prep time to make the little faces and arrange the ingredients nicely.

Creative Bento (Japanese Lunch) Boxes

On the other end of the spectrum there are the extremely detailed and difficult to make bento as shown in the picture above. If you take each little character separately it shouldn’t be impossible to re-create, but it would take a very long time.

You don’t need any special supplies to make the more simple bento designs, just a sharp knife, a lunch box that is meant to be carried flat, and some patience. However, if you want to do the more detailed and artistic bentos, then you should probably invest in some of the rice molds and food-grade hole punches to make designs.

If your kids like the idea of taking bento boxes to school for lunches, it could save you some time and be a fun project to get them to help you with some of the preparation and designs the night before, so you just have to assemble the bento design in the morning before school.

Since you’re going to need a sharp knife, how about checking out the cutlery auctions on DealDash? DealDash has many different types of knives, as well as a huge assortment of other cooking implements. Simply click this link right here and you will be taken to DealDash so you can browse the site and snag some great deals. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Packs a Diaper Bag

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If you’re a new parent, you probably have no idea what you will truly need when you’re out with baby. Take it from a seasoned mom what you need, and what you should leave at home.

As the mom of three kids (8, 4, and 7 months), I am well versed in baby products of all types. When you see a mom or dad on TV with a diaper bag they have just about everything except the kitchen sink – this makes the bag not only extremely heavy, but also difficult to find the item that you are looking for in a hurry. Here is a list and a quick explanation of what you should be packing in a diaper bag for a local outing. If you are wondering what you should pack for baby for a longer outing, such as a long weekend, just multiply my list by the number of days that you will be away!

  • The Bag – You need a bag that is large, sturdy, has a shoulder strap, and has multiple zippered pockets. There are so many different types and styles of diaper bag that I couldn’t even begin to list them all. I personally carry a bag that was specifically meant to be a diaper bag, but you could easily use something more stylish such as a bag that was meant for laptops as long as it is roomy enough to meet your needs.
  • Diapers – I like to pack enough diapers to be able to change the baby every 2 hours, plus 1 extra diaper for an emergency.
  • Wipes – 1 travel pack of wipes, or if you don’t have one of those, you can just pack single wipes in a ziplock bag. I like to pack 2 wipes per diaper, plus 2 extra wipes in case of an extra messy diaper.
  • Changing Pad – This can be an actual pad, or just a towel the size of a hand towel/kitchen towel.
  • Food – Depending on how old your baby is food might mean milk/formula and bottles, squeezy pouches of food, or food jars and spoons. I personally pack enough milk for my baby to eat 2 ounces per hour (but it’s more likely he will eat 6 ounces every 3 hours). I also like to pack a couple of emergency “nursette” bottles just in case.
  • 2 bibs
  • 2 pacifiers
  • 1 extra outfit
  • 1 soft stuffed toy
  • 1 chewy teething toy
  • Your personal items

That’s it! That’s exactly what I keep in my diaper bag, and it’s served me well. My baby never goes without anything he needs. DealDash has some great diaper bags up for bid, as well as various other bags that would be the perfect size to serve as a diaper bag. Just click this link here and you will be taken to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding!

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DealDash Goes to School

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Depending on where you live, today is a popular day for the first day of school. Here are some helpful hints for you and your kids.

In my area, today is the first day of school. Some kids love school, but others are a little more reluctant. My son, who is in second grade this year, is definitely one of the reluctant ones. School has been very tough for him, he has some learning disabilities, and has had to repeat a grade already. Since things are so tough, I have been working on some strategies to make life a little easier on us. I’d like to share those strategies with you, in case you have a reluctant little one, as well.

  • Repetition. With any task that you find unpleasant, repetition is the key to prepare yourself for the tasks ahead. My son wakes at the exact same time, eats the same breakfast, goes to the bus at the same time, etc. etc. etc. Every single day, Monday through Friday. There is no variation in the schedule, no surprises, so he knows exactly what to expect on a school day. This is an especially good tactic to follow with younger kids, or kids on the Autism Spectrum.
  • Don’t procrastinate. When you procrastinate before doing an unpleasant task, like homework, it seems like the task just gets bigger and bigger the longer you wait. That’s why it’s important to do homework with the kids as soon as they get off the bus. There will be time for snacks, chores, and playtime later, but homework comes first.
  • Keep organized. Try to find a dedicated space for your kids to store all of their school and homework supplies, backpacks, and other school items. It’s also helpful to make a dedicated space for them to put notes from the teacher, permission slips, and things that the parent needs to see/sign, daily. I personally got a decorative chalkboard that had clips on it, and the kids can clip any “must see” items to it when they come home from school.

If you’re looking for storage items to keep your things organized, be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has many useful storage solutions. Just click this link here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding, everyone!

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DealDash Makes: Home Made Energy Drinks

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If you’re the kind of person who loves energy drinks, I’m sure that you realize that they are quite bad for your health.

Here are a few alternatives for you to get the energy you crave from a drink, without all of the chemicals that are terrible for you. They might not have fancy cans with fun designs, but they are better for your health, and taste great, too!

Lemon-Honey Energy

Ingredients:

  • hot water
  • 1 1/2 – 2 tsp honey (to taste)
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric

Directions:

  • Using a garlic press, squeeze the juices from the ginger into your cup. You might find it easier to slice the ginger into a few pieces and squeeze each of them into the cup.
  • Squeeze the lemon into your cup as well
  • Add in your spices.
  • Fill your cup with hot water
  • Add in honey until you are satisfied with the taste
  • You can either drink this hot, or chill it in the fridge.

The reason that this drink can give you energy is because each of the ingredients has a job to do – The lemon is important because it has an alkaline forming effect on your body that can help your body maintain a healthy pH level, which is critical for staying on top of your game. Ginger speeds up metabolism, tastes great, and even helps with nausea. Tumeric speeds up metabolism as well as energy levels. Cardamom is known to increase circulation and improve energy. And finally, honey is a delicious sugar that is good for your body, and can also provide you with energy.

Berry-Citrus Frozen Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 5 mint leaves

Directions:

  • Crush the mint leaves with a mortar and pestle
  • Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender
  • Enjoy your drink

Berries are full of natural sugars which don’t cause a “crash and burn” because they slowly release the energy throughout the whole day. Combine them with lime juice and mint for a fresh twist, which is a delicious pick-me-up in the afternoon when you are lagging.

DealDash has many kitchen supplies that you can use to update your kitchen such as blenders and food processors. If these drinks don’t give you enough energy DealDash often has lovely, soothing bedroom items as well. Go check out all that DealDash has to offer at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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5 Tools You Should Win on DealDash

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With so many tools out there, sometimes it’s hard to choose what you should have in your toolbox. Here are 5 tools that you can get from DealDash that you shouldn’t be without.

You could make life super easy on yourself and get one of those large “All-in-one” kits with 100 tools, but most people don’t really need that many tools to do simple projects around the house. Here is a list of 5 tools that you need to get from DealDash before you start on your next project.

  1. Cordless Drill – Everyone needs a cordless drill. I use my cordless drill for everything from craft projects, to putting up pictures, to putting together toys, and so much more. There are many different variations of the cordless drill, you can get a very affordable one with a BIN (Buy It Now) price of around $60, or go with a more expensive one, it just depends on what you plan on using it for, and how often. Just click on this link here and you will be taken to a selection of drills on DealDash.
  2. Saw – If you have any kind of trees, brushes, or shrubs in your yard you should consider getting some kind of saw. There are many different kinds of saw that you can get, from a small handheld one all the way up to a large chainsaw. To see the different saws available on DealDash, just click this link here.
  3. Dremel Rotary Tool – Dremel Rotary Tools are great for lots of different things around the house, from cutting small objects to sanding and much more. They are especially great for doing craft and small woodworking projects. Just click this link right here and it will take you to the Dremels on DealDash.
  4. Pliers – You absolutely need pliers in your toolbox. They are handy for lots of small tasks around the house and you never know when you might need them, so it’s good to be prepared. Just click on this link right here and it will take you to the pliers on DealDash.
  5. Wrench Set – As with the pliers, you never know when you are going to need a wrench set. It’s great to have one around the house, especially if you are the one in charge of putting together the kid’s bikes! Here is a link to the wrenches available on DealDash.

We have a notification system called “Alert Me” which automatically notifies you when auctions are scheduled. If you find an item on the site that isn’t currently scheduled for an auction and says “Coming soon”, simply click the yellow “Alert Me” button. An e-mail will automatically be sent to you when the auction enters the queue. You will receive three e-mails for each alert: one when the auction is scheduled, one 8 hours before the auctions begins, and one more when the auction starts.

I hope that you found this quick list of 5 indispensable tools helpful. DealDash has many tools available for auction, and remember – if you don’t WIN you can always BIN. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Cooks: Zucchini Noodles

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Veggie spiral slicers have been all the rage this past summer, and making zucchini noodle “pasta” has never been easier. Here is a delicious recipe for Zucchini “Pasta” with meatballs.

I never thought that I would be a supporter of zucchini pasta, but here we are in 2016, and I am here to say that it’s pretty good! If you are trying to get healthier and are counting carbs, then zucchini pasta is the way to go. It’s significantly easier to make zucchini pasta with a spiral veggie cutter than making it by hand, but you can use whichever method that you feel comfortable with. And FYI, those spiral veggie cutters are very affordably gotten at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Don’t forget to use your 20% off coupon that you can find on their website, as well as using a Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift card from DealDash!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef (I like the 97/3, but use whatever you like)
  • 1/4 Cup Italian seasoned dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Cup Provolone cheese, grated
  • 10 grape (or cherry) tomatoes sliced in half
  • 2 garlic cloves, cleaned and minced
  • 2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 jar tomato pasta sauce (I like Ragu Super Chunky Mushroom, myself)
  • 1 can mushrooms (drained)
  • 4 medium zucchini, cut into noodles
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine beef, breadcrumbs, egg, Parmesan, approximately 1 garlic clove, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a bowl. Form into 12 –  2″) beef meatballs.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add beef meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until brown on all sides, approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and gently stir in pasta sauce and mushrooms. Simmer, turning meatballs occasionally, until meatballs are cooked through, approximately 15 minutes.
  4. While sauce is simmering, heat 1 Tbs oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini noodles, tomatoes, and remaining minced garlic and cook until just tender, approximately 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve meatballs over noodles topped with Provolone and Parmesan cheese.

Yum, yum, yum! I am getting hungry just thinking about it. You can also add a nice side salad with Italian dressing to this, and make it a great meal. You can get some great new kitchen items from DealDash, as well as Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift cards. Simply visit DealDash at this link. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Heals Heels

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Summer is ending soon, and with the fall and winter weather comes dry, cracked feet and heels. Stop it before it starts with this foot care routine.

If you’ve been wearing sandals and flip-flops, and even going barefoot this summer your feet probably need some TLC before the winter sets in and your skin gets dry and itchy, and even more sensitive than before. This foot care routine can be done weekly or as often as you need it. Here’s to a winter with soft, beautiful feet.

  • Start off your foot care routine with a nice, lukewarm foot bath. Let your feet soak in water with epsom salts, lavender essential oil, tea tree oil, or even a bit of Johnson & Johnson’s baby wash.
  • Next, scrub your feet with a scrub brush or a foot file. Try to concentrate on your heels, and wherever else you feel needs some extra attention.
  • Lastly, whip up a batch of this super-soothing foot balm and slather it on.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 4 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:

  1. Combine the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a glass measuring cup or bowl.
  2. Bring approximately 3 inches of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to low. Place the glass measuring cup or bowl in the pan and melt the ingredients together.
  3. While your mixture is still warm, and immediately pour the liquid mixture into a storage container. This container can be made of thick plastic or glass, and be sure that it has a lid so you can save some of your foot balm for multiple uses.
  4. Before your mixture is completely cool, Stir the honey into the balm.
  5. Add 20 drops of lavender essential oil, and 10 drops of tea tree oil and stir again to completely combine all of the ingredients.
  6. After your foot bath and scrub, apply the balm to your feet concentrating on the heels to soften and soothe dry skin. Put on a thick pair of socks (preferably bamboo material) and wear them overnight to lock in the moisture and relieve cracked heels.

I hope that this article has inspired you to preemptively protect your feet against the weather. DealDash has a wonderful category called Fashion, Health, and Beauty. If you’re in need of some pampering, let DealDash help. Just click this link and you will be taken to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Grows: Winter Plants

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There are some surprisingly beautiful plants that grow and even thrive in the winter time. Here are a few good choices that you should look into for your winter landscaping.

Here in New England It’s still very hot, but soon enough the temperatures will start dipping in the evenings, and it will be time to get out the jackets before you know it. As with the jackets, also comes the sad realization that my yard is going to look bare in a matter of months. After doing a little research, I’m pleased to be able to share a few plants that can decorate your garden and yard that live, and even thrive in the cold winter weather.

If you don’t know your “zone”, you should simply Google “USDA Planting Zone Map” along with your state, and it should show you a simple map so you can see what planting zone you are in. It’s important to know your planting zone, because if you plant for the incorrect zone your plants might not survive. Here are a few plants that are good in most planting zones that you can enjoy in the winter.

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Hellebore – The Hellebore is meant for zones 6-9, and doesn’t even mind a little snow! They revive themselves quickly after a snow, and the flowers are most beautiful in the early springtime.

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‘Jelena’ witch hazel – The witch hazel is meant for zones 6-9. The witch hazel boasts mid- to late winter flowers which appear before the spring foliage emerges. They have a wonderful smell and are definitely a welcome sight halfway through winter.

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Flowering Cabbage & Kale – Flowering cabbage & kale are meant for zones 2-11, so as you can see they are quite adaptable. I absolutely love flowering cabbage & kale, they are some of my favorite plants ever. Technically, you can even eat them! However, their leaves are a bit rubbery and they are really more for decoration only. They come in beautiful shades of cream, purple, green, and pink. Their color tends to get better as the weather gets worse. The only drawback to these beautiful plants are they are annuals. They are rather inexpensive, though, so it’s not cost prohibitive to re-plant them every fall.

I hope that after reading this article you have some great ideas for your winter garden. DealDash has some awesome gardening supplies and everything else that you need for your yard. Be sure to visit DealDash to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone.