DealDash Deals with Distractions

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Distraction is defined as “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else”. Let’s look at 5 common distractions.

As an adult living with ADHD I am no stranger to distractions. One of the things that I have found very helpful to help me focus on the task at hand is knowing what are some common distractions that I am up against, so I can recognize them and deal with the preventively instead of just reacting to them. Here are 5 common distractions that you should watch out for, lest they prevent you from finishing your tasks.

1 – Social media. Social media is the number one distraction, and this includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Social media is a great thing, I wholeheartedly endorse using social media, but not when you need to be doing other things that are more important or time-sensitive. If you feel that you absolutely must check your social media while you are working or attempting to finish a project, then set a timer. Pick a reasonable amount of time such as 20 minutes – and set your timer for 15 minutes. Once the timer goes off you need to finish your last social media post and then sign out.

2 – Texting. I am the first to admit, I text with my friends and family all day when I should really be devoting my time to other things. As with the social media mentioned above, there’s definitely time in your day to text your friends and family, you just have to pre-determine when you will read and send texts. I suggest that you pick certain times in your day to read and send texts, such as 9AM, 12PM, 3PM, etc…I know that an unread text message can be a little stressful, so if you would like to use this strategy to keep yourself focused, then I suggest that you turn off your text alerts. If it’s something that can’t wait then they will just have to call you.

3 – People. If you work in an office with other people, especially friendly people, then sometimes they are going to distract you. Once in a while isn’t a problem, but if it gets to be an everyday occurrence then I suggest that you wear headphones while you are working. You don’t even have to have any music playing, just the sight of you wearing headphones will ward off any idle chatter.

4 – TV. If you’re trying to accomplish a task at home, don’t turn on the TV to keep you company. The light, sound, and movement of the TV will distract you and entice you to watch “just one show”. If you prefer to have noise while you are working or cleaning, turn on the radio.

5 – Daydreaming. I am very guilty of this distraction, and unfortunately it’s the most difficult one to stop. I have no solution to this distraction, other than trying to be more aware of your task and trying to keep focused.

I hope that you found this article helpful. If you’re done with your tasks and are ready for some fun distraction, then head on over to DealDash for some entertainment shopping! DealDash has hundreds of auctions every day, and they all start at 1 penny! Just click this link here and you will be taken to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash has a Fun Email Trick

Image result for email Did you know that the first email was sent 45 years ago?! Here is a fun tip to get the most out of your email experience.

It’s true, the first email was sent by an engineer named engineer Raymond Tomlinson on Wednesday June 8th, 1971. Raymond Tomlinson has been credited with inventing email, and I’m sure that we are all grateful to him! Sadly, he passed away this past summer, but his email legacy lives on. Here is a fun tip that will ensure that your email will be read instead of ignored.

I was recently browsing my email inbox, and came upon a very fun email from my local craft store, and in it’s subject line was an emoji! Up until this point I had never seen (or maybe never noticed) any pictures in my email’s subject lines, and I was intrigued. After a little poking around I figured out how easy and simple it is to jazz up your email subject lines with pictures. Surprisingly, there is actually no trick at all! Just think of the emoji that you would like to use, find it with an internet search, and simply highlight it with your mouse, and cut (CTRL C) and paste (CTRL V)! Here are a few fun emoticons, you can cut and paste them right from this article!

😉👻👏🐋 🐙🐰🌹🌎🌤😀

Speaking of computer-related fun, have you downloaded the DealDash app for your smart phone? If you’d like to be able to browse auctions, buy bids, bookmark auctions, bid on items, and set or revise BidBuddies, you need the DealDash app! The app is 100% free and available for both Android and Apple smartphones.

Here is the Android version on Google Play –https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dealdash&hl=en

Here is the iOS version in the App store –https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dealdash/id965782383?mt=8

I hope that you have found this article helpful. Once you start adding pictures to your email subject lines your friends will always be waiting for the next email so they can see what you chose to spice up your subject line!

After you’ve sent out all of your emails, head on over to DealDash. DealDash has all of the latest and greatest technology up for bid. Just click this link right here and it will take you to DealDash to browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Travels: San Diego

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Now is a great time to start planning your next vacation. According to the U.S. News, San Diego, California is number 9 on the list of the best places in the USA to visit.

There are a few things to do when deciding to plan your next vacation, and picking a destination is the first step! San Diego is a wonderful city that has a rich history as well as a current appeal. Let’s take a look at what makes San Diego such a great place to visit on your next vacation.

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The first thing that people tend to mention when speaking on San Diego is the weather. Sunny and warm is par for the course in San Diego. As you can see in the chart above, San Diego temperatures rarely dip below 60 or rise above 75. In my mind, that is just about as perfect as you can get. I visited San Diego a few years ago in February, and the weather was sunny and in the mid-60s for the entire week. It was a little slice of perfection compared to the New England weather that I have become accustomed to.

Besides the weather, people love to vacation in San Diego for the cuisine. San Diego has everything, from food trucks to fine dining and everything in-between. Since San Diego is in such close proximity to Mexico there are countless amazing Mexican restaurants that you can try. If Mexican cuisine isn’t your thing, just look to the East – the Pacific Ocean is right there, with all of it’s fishy bounty. If you’re into beer, San Diego boasts over 70 breweries! You could fill your vacation with brewery tours, if you so chose.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention any fun kid’s activities! San Diego has two of my favorite attractions – Sea World and the San Diego Zoo! Those are two “must see” items on my list if you have kids, and on my “should see” list if you don’t have kids!

I hope that you found this article informative. If you’re planning a trip you should definitely check out the luggage on DealDash. DealDash has the latest styles of luggage in all sizes. Just click this link right here to go browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Crafts: Crayon Art

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Melted crayon art is beautiful and fun to make. Here’s how…

Making craft projects is what keeps life exciting, and melted crayon art is very easy to do, doesn’t require many materials, and can produce a finished project in less than an hour. What’s not to like?

My daughter brought home a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch at her school, and I was instructed that we needed to decorate it in a non-scary way and return it to school in a few days. Since we needed to transport it back to school I figured that carving probably wasn’t the best option, stickers would just fall off, and drawing on it with a sharpie marker just wasn’t very fun. With those things in mind, I decided that we would make her pumpkin into a melted crayon project. Here is a quick tutorial in case you would like to make your own melted crayon art.

Materials:

  • Canvas of some type, it can be anything from a cardboard box to an actual art canvas
  • Crayons. They can be the cheap ones from the dollar store, if you like. The amount of crayons you need is proportional to the size of your project. A 24 pack of crayons is good for a small to medium-sized project.
  • Glue gun with glue
  • Hair dryer
  • Newspaper or large piece of cardboard to contain the mess

Step 1:

Using your glue gun, glue the crayons to the top of your canvas. Point the tips of the crayons down.

Step 2:

Using your hair dryer, put it on high heat and point it to the bottom half of the crayons.

Step 3:

Continue along the crayons until you are satisfied with the amount that they have melted. I found that I needed to concentrate the hair dryer in one spot for about 5 minutes to get them melted as much as I wanted.

Step 4:

Let dry. After drying you can remove the crayon wrappers and the remainder of the crayons that weren’t melted – or you can leave them on the canvas. It’s completely your decision.

I hope that you found this to be a fun craft project. If you like crafts, be sure to visit DealDash. DealDash has many fun craft items for auction. Just click this link here and you can browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Cooks: Easy Apple Pie

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If your kitchen is anything like mine, it’s overrun with apples lately! Here is a quick and easy apple pie recipe that is delicious and won’t take too much time to prepare.

Do you like apple pie? Who doesn’t? The best apple pie is homemade, of course, but who has hours to make dough, slice apples, and all of the other little chores that it takes to make a delicious homemade apple pie? Here is a quick and easy recipe that tastes just as good as a classic apple pie.

Ingredients:

1 Box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box (This is the big shortcut – the crust!)

  • 8 Medium apples – peeled and thinly sliced (Another time-saving tip is to use the mandoline to slice your apples. That way it’s fast as well as completely uniform in thickness.
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch (less than 1/8 teaspoon) ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom.
  3. In large mixing bowl, mix filling ingredients
  4. Spoon ingredient mixture into crust-lined pie plate.
  5. Top with second crust, wrapping the excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal
  6. Firmly squeeze edges all around, then make small slices in the top crust to vent
  7. Bake 45 minutes, covering the outside edge of the crust with 3-inch wide strips of foil after first 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning.
  8. Cool before serving.
  9. Enjoy!

Apple pie is perfect for anytime, but I especially love apple pie in the fall with apples picked fresh from the orchard. For a little added “zip” in your apple pies, try using Granny Smith apples for 1/2 of the 8 apples. This apple pie is so yummy that I always get requests for it when it’s bake sale time!

I hope that you found this article useful. If you’d like to get a mandoline or any other kitchen equipment be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has everything that you need for the kitchen. Just click this link right here and you can go browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Deals with a Cold

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When you or a family member is sick with a cold it can be a miserable time. Here are the steps to take to be on the road to recovery.

Obviously no one likes to be sick, that’s why we take precautions such as washing our hands and using hand sanitizer. However, we just can’t keep the germs at bay forever, eventually someone is going to sneeze on you, or your kids might bring home germs from school. DealDash is here to help you feel better more quickly.

  • Get a humidifier. Humidifiers are great for when you have a stuffy, congested nose. When you are so congested that you’re having trouble sleeping it’s going to take longer for you to be well again. You can also get an additive to use with the humidifier to produce soothing vapors to help you breathe even better.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep. As I mentioned before, sleep is extremely important to send you on the path to recovery. I know it can feel a bit strange and maybe even a little embarrassing to be an adult taking a nap in the middle of the day, but if you’re sick you need your rest. Try to nap as much as you can, and not worry about the stigma attached to adults sleeping during the day. If you don’t have a chance to take a nap during the day due to work or children, be sure to go to bed as early as possible, even if it’s right after dinner.
  • Eat healthy. Speaking of dinner, be sure that you are eating only fresh healthy foods and no processed or junk foods while you are sick. It’s better for your health not to eat them at all, of course, but it’s especially important while you are sick to try to eat as “cleanly” as possible.
  • Drink lots of water. Even more importantly than eating well is to be sure that you are drinking extra water. Your body uses the extra water to help flush out your system and get you on the road to recovery much faster than someone who is dehydrated. Stay hydrated, stay healthy.

I hope that you have found this article helpful for a fast recovery when you’re down with a cold. While you’re spending some extra time relaxing in bed, be sure that you check out DealDash. DealDash has things like thermometers, heated blankets, and humidifiers to make you feel much better. Just click this link right here and you will be able to browse the auctions on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Makes: Beauty Bath Bombs

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Many women and children (and even some men!) love to take a relaxing bath before bed. Homemade bath bombs can make your bath extra luxurious.

Bath bombs are very easy to make, the ingredients are relatively inexpensive, and you can make them tailored to your own scent preference. Not only that, you can even make them into fun shapes for your children or to give as gifts. Don’t pay those outrageous mall specialty store prices, make your own! Once you have the basic recipe you can include any sort of color, scent, or shape that you like. This is also a fun project that you can do with your kids, if they are reluctant bathers, this might help.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Citric Acid
  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salt (preferably the fine-grained type)
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Almond Oil (or grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or any other carrier oil that you choose)
  • 3/4 tablespoons Water
  • 2 teaspoons Essential Oils (Any scent you like, you can even mix them)
  • Liquid food coloring (optional, but extra fun)
  • Mold (Silicone is the easiest to remove the bath bomb)

Directions:

  1. Using your dry ingredients, combine 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of corn starch, 1/2 cup of epsom salt, and 1/2 cup of citric acid in a large bowl. Be sure that your dry ingredients are mixed well.
  2. Using your liquid ingredients, combine 2 1/2 tablespoons of almond ( or other carrier oil) oil, 3/4 tablespoons of water, and 2 teaspoons of essential oils in a separate bowl.
  3. Combine the mixture of wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix together. Please be sure that they are mixed extremely well, otherwise you will have chunks in your bath bombs, and no one wants that!
  4. Add your food coloring. Approximately 3-6 drops of food coloring is appropriate, depending on how light or dark you would like your bath bombs. If you would like to make more than 1 color of bath bomb, separate your mixture into different bowls. The more bowls you use separate your mixture, the less food coloring you will need to use in each. Mix food coloring well, you can even put gloves on and squash it around with your hands.
  5. Time to fill your mold! spoon some of your mixture into the mold, and squash down tightly with either a spoon or your hand. Continue filling and squashing until your bath bomb has reached the top of the mold. You can even layer different colors on top of one another.
  6. Let your mixture dry in the mold for 1-2 hours, depending on how big the bath bombs are.
  7. Remove from the mold, put on waxed paper, and continue to let them dry overnight.
  8. After drying you can store them in airtight containers and use as needed.

If you are having a difficult time finding the perfect silicone mold, you can use metal or plastic molds as well. Even a muffin tin will work in a pinch! For kid’s bath bombs I like to use fun-shaped silicone ice cube trays. You can make more bath bombs that way, so they can throw in 2 or 3 per bath.

I hope that you have found this article helpful. Check out DealDash‘s Fashion, Health, and Beauty category for more great beauty products. DealDash is always on trend. Just click here and you will be taken to DealDash so you can browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Crafts: No-Carve Pumpkins

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As popular as pumpkin carving is, there are quite a few situations where carving isn’t practical. Here are some fun and creative no-carve, no-mess pumpkins.

Carving pumpkins is always fun, but there are many situations where pumpkin carving is just too messy and impractical. Pumpkin decorating can be just as creative and fun as carving, and many designs can be done much more quickly than their carved counterparts.

Brad pumpkin. No, we didn’t name the pumpkin Brad…All of those little colorful circular items that are decorating the pumpkin above are brads from scrapbooking. You are probably more familiar with the plain gold or silver brads, but for maximum pumpkin decorating, go for the colorful ones. You can get them at any craft store that has scrapbooking supplies. Make a random design, a geometric design, or even a face design with the brads. They are made out of metal, you can just stick them right into the pumpkin’s skin. Sorry, Brad!

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Cupcake pumpkin. The cupcake pumpkin is super-easy to make. If you’re lucky you might be able to find a pumpkin that is more brown than orange, but if not, don’t despair! Simply paint the bottom half of the pumpkin with brown craft paint, and the top half of the pumpkin with the frosting color of your choice – pink, white, or even chocolate-brown. After the frosting color has dried, paint on multi-colored sprinkles. Please don’t use your pumpkin for any food-related purposes after you have painted it.

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Mummy pumpkin. Wrap your pumpkin up with gauze, and then paint over it with Mod Podge. If you don’t have Mod Podge simply use a mixture of 50/50 Elmer’s Glue and water. Stick on a pair of googly eyes and you’re set! Feel free to draw on a mouth with a Sharpie or cut and glue one out of construction paper.

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Emoji pumpkins. These are some of the easiest pumpkins to make. Paint your pumpkins a flat yellow color. After they dry you can either paint on the emoji faces, or cut and glue cardboard emoji faces as seen in the picture above. Either way, they are cute, current, and will be a hit with the trick or treaters.

I hope that you found these no-carve pumpkin ideas as fun as I did! DealDash enjoys all of the holidays and always has special bid prices on these special days. Just click this link right here and you can visit DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Chooses a Hair Brush

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There are quite a few different styles of hair brushes, and it can be a little confusing which brush is right for the job. DealDash can help…

If you have medium or long hair you most likely have at least one hairbrush. Even people with short hair like my husband usually have a brush around their bathroom somewhere, even if they don’t use it very often. Here is a quick explanation of which hairbrush is right for which job.

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Paddle brush – The paddle brush is great for medium to long hair. If you like having straighter and less frizzy hair, the paddle brush can be your hair dryer’s perfect companion. The paddle brush is also less prone to causing hair breakage when you use it to brush your hair when wet. However, it’s always a good idea to comb out your hair or use a detangling brush before you use a brush.

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Detangling brush – This brush is great for detangling! The detangling brush has rows of soft flexible bristles that won’t snag or pull hair when you are trying to brush it out after your shower. You can use this brush for double-duty, massage your scalp with this brush to generate blood flow, which promotes hair growth.

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Round brush – The round brush is perfect for blowdrying hair. The longer your hair is, the larger the barrel of the hairbrush should be for maximum drying power. If you choose a hair brush with a ceramic barrel it will heat up as you are drying your hair and dry the hair much faster, saving you time.

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Sculpting brush – The sculpting brush is a great all-around brush for daily use. You can brush the tangles out, use with the blow dryer, or style your hair with this type of brush. If you can only choose one brush, I would choose the sculpting brush for its versatility.

I hope that you found this quick guide helpful to choose your next hair brush. DealDash has many wonderful items for health and beauty. Visit DealDash’s Fashion, Health, and Beauty category at this link here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Looks at Car Seats

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Choosing the proper car seat for your child or grandchild is very important. Let’s look at the different types of car seats available.

Riding in a car seat is an absolute must for all babies, toddlers, and little kids in the US. A child needs to be in some kind of car seat or booster seat until they are at least 8 years old, and have reached a height of 4’9. There are a few different types and styles of car seats available according to the child’s age and development. Here is a quick guide to choosing the proper car seat to keep your child safe.

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Infant car seat. Also commonly known as the “baby bucket”. These car seats are amazing when you have a small baby. The bucket fits into a base that is connected to your car, and can be removed and carried around. If you only want to buy one of these car seats you just have to have a second base if you want to transfer the baby to your second car. Be warned, though, the weight of a baby plus the weight of the baby bucket can get very heavy. Your baby bucket should always be rear-facing in the car. Check your individual baby bucket for weight limits. My baby bucket has a weight limit of 25 pounds, but yours might be different. Once your child exceeds the height and weight limit of their baby bucket it’s time to purchase a convertible car seat with a higher weight limit.

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Convertible car seat. This is the car seat that your child will be sitting in for years to come. Make sure that you get a comfortable one that has great safety ratings. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age two, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the car seat, which can be found on the back of the seat. Many people choose to flip the seat forward facing around the child’s first birthday, but try to hold off until their second birthday, for safety. After the after the age of two, feel free to flip that seat around so your child is forward-facing. Your child can stay in this seat as long as they like, until they hit the weight limit. Most convertible seats have a weight limit of 35 or 45 pounds. It is printed on the seat, be sure to check.

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Booster seat. Many convertible car seats can convert into booster seats. However, if yours doesn’t have this feature, you can get a booster seat such as the one pictured above. Your child needs to stay in the booster seat until they are least 8 years old, and have reached a height of 4’9.

I hope that you found this article helpful in choosing a car seat. DealDash has car seats and booster seats available for auction, as well as many other baby and child products. Visit DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Visits the Farm

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Visiting your local farm in October can be a lot of fun. There are usually many fun family activities.

Family activities at your local farm can range from picking apples, hay bale mazes, face-painting, apple cider donuts, and so much more. It’s also very appropriate to visit your local farm in October, because October is National Farm to School Month.

Farm to School Month is a great opportunity for kids to find out where out food really comes from. If you aren’t familiar with Farm to School the basic idea is that  through cooperation with the school system and local farm students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school teaches children and their families about the outdoors, how food is grown, and provides them with hands-on activities that can take place at their school or during school field trips. A little over 40% of public schools in the US take part in Farm to School Month, which is great, because the kids love it!

If you don’t have a child in school, or your child’s school doesn’t participate, then you should try to make time to visit your local farm. It’s a lot of fun for the children, and it’s a wonderful way to get them excited about fruits, vegetables, and eating healthy. Sadly, in America one out of every three kids is overweight or obese, and at-risk for Type 2 Diabetes. It would be a great benefit for them to learn healthy eating habits while they are still young, and it will save them a lot of trouble when they are older.

Visiting your local farm is a fun family activity that can have some positive benefits for your child, and even for you, too! As the temperature gets colder, though, you might want to stay warm and toasty inside. Give the kids a fun activity to do, such as drawing pictures of your farm adventure, and you can browse DealDash! DealDash is always there for you, 24/7. No matter the weather, DealDash has hours of entertainment shopping fun for you to explore. Just click this link here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash’s Fun Fall Essentials

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Fall is definitely my favorite season, and there are certain things that are especially great in fall. Here are some fall essentials that you should be without!

There’s a crisp fall smell in the air, a combination of fireplace smoke, the last lawn mowing of the year, and apple cider donuts. I love fall! Living in New England I also get the special treat of seeing the beautiful autumn leaves change color, but the things on this fall essentials list can be enjoyed by most anyone. No, I’m not talking about yard waste bags and rakes! These are fun fall essentials.

  • Legging and hoodies. Leggings and hoodies are the perfect way to stretch out the use of your dresses, and hoodies are perfect over a t-shirt when you aren’t sure if the day is going to warm up later on. Leggings and hoodies are a great way to say hello to the autumn!
  • Pumpkin spice. I’m not ashamed, I love pumpkin spice everything, from muffins and coffee to candles and car air fresheners. If it’s pumpkin spice, it’s for me! Pumpkin spice coffee and lattes can really get you in a great mood for the cooler weather, and pumpkin spice candles can make your living room seem warm and inviting when you come in from the outdoors.
  • Fall decorations. There are so many great decorations that you can use in the fall, in October we have Halloween decorations, of course. And in November you can use harvest, leaves in baskets, Thanksgiving, and even put up your Christmas decorations Thanksgiving weekend! What better way to say Goodbye to fall than putting up the Christmas tree?
  • Apple picking. Apples are abundant at this time of year, and picking them is a fun activity for just about anyone.
  • Pies. Fall is the time to use those freshly picked apples and make pies. Fall pies aren’t just about apples, though. Pumpkin, blueberry, and strawberry rhubarb pies are wonderful fall treats as well.

I hope that you enjoyed my list of fun fall essentials. As the weather is getting cooler in the evening, it’s the perfect time to stay in and use DealDash to shop. Shopping on DealDash is definitely a fun fall activity. Just click this link right here and you can browse the DealDash auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Recipes: Pumpkin Bread

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Pumpkin bread is delicious, fast, and easy to make. It’s perfect for the fall season.

This is the perfect time to make pumpkin bread. Everything this month is pumpkin spice, from coffee to candles – why not bread? Pumpkin bread is very versatile, you can use it as an accompaniment to your soup at lunch, or you can spread a little vanilla frosting on it and it makes a wonderful dessert. Speaking of dessert, you can make this pumpkin bread in a muffin or cupcake tin and frost and decorate them as well.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup raisins or craisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts (optional)
  • Vanilla frosting (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two loaf pans.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all dry (except sugars) ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl with a hand (or stand) mixer, blend sugar, oil and eggs. Stir in pumpkin. Slowly blend the dry ingredient mixture into pumpkin mixture. While blending the mixture add water incrementally. Pour the batter into two prepared loaf pans.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F oven for 90 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pans.

I hope that you enjoy this pumpkin bread! If you are not a fan of pumpkin you can always substitute zucchini or any other squash you desire. If you really want to get creative you can use half pumpkin and half zucchini. Delicious!

If you are in need of any kitchen supplies DealDash has what you need to make this pumpkin bread and so much more. DealDash has everything to outfit your whole kitchen. Visit DealDash at this link to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash says: “Drive Safely, Please!”

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Driving safely is important. Let’s talk about some ways that you can stay safe while driving.

Driving safely is important not only for your safety, but also for your passengers and everyone around you. There are many ways that you can improve your driving to drive more safely. Here are just a few tips to get you thinking about how you can improve your driving.

  • DO NOT TEXT WHILE DRIVING. Do not text while driving. It’s so important that I had to say it twice. I admit, I have been guilty of texting while driving in the past, especially while sitting at a stoplight. However, I have amended my dangerous practices and now only text while I am fully stopped and my car is in park. No message of “Whatcha doing?” or “LOL :)” is more important the safety of my children, myself, and whose around me. If you absolutely must text, please pull over into a parking lot or off on a side street. Or better yet, if you have a child in the car that is old enough to read and type, get them to be “your assistant” and read and send messages for you. It will make them feel important and it will help you (and them) stay safe.
  • Don’t talk on the phone while driving. This is a little less important than not texting while driving, since many cars now have bluetooth calling available as standard equipment when you buy your car. Bluetooth ear pieces or add-ons for your car are very affordable and can keep your attention on the road instead of holding your phone while trying to drive.
  • Don’t have the radio too loud while you are driving. Have you ever noticed that people automatically turn down the radio when they are looking for a street address or certain building? It’s because the radio can be distracting and you can concentrate much better without the radio blaring. There’s no need to turn it all the way off, just keep it at a sensible volume.
  • Use your turn signals. This is such an obvious thing that it shouldn’t have to be explained, but from observing people driving everyday – use your turn signals!
  • Take your curves more slowly. Taking curves can be dangerous to the people driving behind you – especially if you don’t abide by the above suggestion to use your turn signals!
  • Try to brake much further ahead than needed. This will be especially helpful when it’s rainy out, and also as we get into winter and have snow and ice on the roads.

I hope that these driving safety tips are helpful for you. If you drive often you will be pleased to hear that DealDash offers both Exxon/Mobile and Shell Gas gift cards for auction. Getting a gift card from DealDash can save you money, as well as earn you “clock time” when bidding. Just click this link here and visit DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash has Fun with Scrapbooking

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If the aisles at the local craft store are any indication, scrapbooking is a very popular hobby.

One of the easiest crafts to get started with is scrapbooking. There’s truly no right or wrong way to do it – as long as you are able to glue things on pretty paper, you’re a scrapbooker! Of course, there are some people that just seem to have the gift of knowing exactly how to make their scrapbooking pages look perfect.

So are you one of those rare people who are able to just look at a pile of embellishments and know exactly where to put them, or are you like the rest of us and need to do a few “trial runs” before you actually glue anything down? In the end, it actually doesn’t matter which type of scrapbooker that you are, as long as it looks great in the end. “Looking great” doesn’t necessarily mean being perfect, though, sometimes imperfections can be charming, especially when it comes to crafting.

Here are just a few handy tips and tricks about scrapbooking that I’ve picked up over the years:

  • Don’t glue anything until you have positioned everything to make sure it looks nice first.
  • Speaking of gluing, don’t glue any of your special heirloom photos. Make a copy, and use that for scrapbooking.
  • Dirty rubber stamps? Clean them with zero-alcohol baby wipes.
  • Don’t just toss things on your page randomly – choose the focal point of your layout.
  • Get yourself a manila envelope or shoe box and stick random pictures or embellishments in it that you want to save for later or your next scrapbook.

I hope that you enjoyed this article on scrapbooking. If you need any sewing, arts, or craft supplies be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash often offers craft items for auction. Visit DealDash at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! Image result for scrapbooking

DealDash Fosters Good Eating Habits

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Being a parent means that you sometimes have to make difficult choices for your kids, even if they don’t agree with you.

If you’re a busy parent like myself, sometimes it’s easy to let healthy eating habits fall by the wayside when things get busy at home. Grabbing pizza or a burger on the way home is quicker and easier than making a home-cooked meal after a long day of school, work, sports, and other after-school activities – not to mention homework! While grabbing a quick meal out occasionally won’t hurt anyone, it’s a good idea not to get in the habit.

If your kids are old enough to have homework, sports, and after-school activities they are old enough to help you prep and cook simple (and even complex!) meals at home. As the old idiom says, “many hands make light work”. As long as you have adequate counter space there’s not a reason in the world why your kids ages 5+ can’t help you prepare dinner.

The way to lead kids down a road of healthy eating habits is modelling – by you and the other trusted adults that they know. The more adults that they love and trust that they see eating healthy fruits and veggies, lean meats, and whole grains eating, the more they will want to emulate them. In turn, emulation will become habit, and you will have given your kids the gift of healthy eating habits. That’s a gift that can last a lifetime.

In addition to your kids helping prepare dinner, they can also help you make the week’s meal plan. For younger kids, give a few healthy choices and let them pick. For older kids you can see what they come up with on their own, and be there to guide them if they go astray into the land of junk food.

If you’re going to be doing all of this extra cooking with your children, you’re going to need more kitchen supplies. DealDash has any kitchen supplies that you might need including pots & pans, fun plates, trivets, and more. Check out DealDash for all of your kitchen needs. Just click this link right here and you can visit DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! Image result for good eating habits

Doing Fall Chores with DealDash

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Everyone thinks to do the obvious fall chores such as leaf-raking and gutter-cleaning, but what about the lesser thought of chores…

Now that we are very firmly planted into fall, it’s time to do a few different chores inside and outside the house to prepare for winter. There are the obvious fall chores that we usually think of, but there are lots of other chores that might just slip your mind until it’s too late in the season to do them. Here is a quick list of some of the lesser thought of fall chores that you might want to incorporate into your house and yard work this coming weekend.

  • Insect spraying. Before the weather turns cold and the buggies try to make their way inside your home, give your house a good spraying around the perimeter. There are some excellent insecticides that come with their own sprayer and just need to be pumped manually. Spray the entire outside, and concentrate around the doorways and windows. You can get these great insecticides from any big box store near you.
  • Sweep (or use your leaf blower!) to clean out your basement and garage. The dirt from summer, and those pesky fall leaves just seem to make their way in no matter how careful you are. Get them out and have a nice fresh and clean slate for the snow, ice, and salt to be tracked in. It’s a never-ending chore, but at least you might be able to keep it clean for a little while until the season changes into winter.
  • Clean your windows, inside and out. Now is the time to clean off those grimy windows. Clean them inside and out, before it gets too cold to be able to open them up to clean the outsides. You can use windex, or even a 1/2 water, 1/2 white vinegar solution to get them sparkling clean.
  • Swap out your summer clothing for your winter clothing. Be sure to store your out-of-season clothing in plastic totes if you are going to be keeping them in the basement, garage, or attic. This will keep them safe from moisture and other unsavory elements.

I hope that you have found this article helpful to get you started on your fall chores. If you need any products that were mentioned in the article such as plastic totes, a leaf blower, or even a gift card to a big box store DealDash has them for you. DealDash has all of these items and more up for auction. Just click on this  and you can visit DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Roasts Pumpkin Seeds

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Since you are probably carving your pumpkins around this time, I figured it was time for a roasted pumpkin seed recipe.

Roasted pumpkin seeds are absolutely delicious, a healthy snack, and fun to make. What’s not to love? You can roast your pumpkin seeds with a basic recipe like the one below, or you can always get creative and add ingredients such as cinnamon and sugar, cayenne pepper, oil and vinegar, cocoa…The varieties are  practically endless! Basically, any kind of seasoning that you might add to chips would taste great on roasted pumpkin seeds. Now on to the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups raw pumpkin seeds, cleaned and dried
  • 2 Tbs melted butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F
  2. Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt.
  3. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.

See, isn’t that simple?? These seeds make such a great base to add extra seasonings and flavors. You can also do a lot with these seeds after they have been roasted, such as:

  • Add the seeds as a topping for a salad instead of croutons
  • Add the seeds in a home-made trail mix with granola and dried fruit
  • Put them in tiny bags for your kid’s snack at school
  • Bring them with you when you’re out to avoid buying costly and fattening snacks
  • Bake them into cookies or brownies

I am in love with these roasted pumpkin seeds, and I look forward to carving the pumpkins with the kids every year so I can make these yummy roasted pumpkin seeds.

If you enjoyed making these roasted pumpkin seeds, you should check out the other recipes here on DealDashReviewed.com – And as always, if you are in need of anything for your kitchen, from knives to pots and pans, be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has everything you need for the kitchen and more. Just click this link here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Crafts: Spooky Lanterns

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Welcome back to another DealDash Spooky Crafts article, today we will be talking about spooky lantern decorations for outside the home.

Isn’t Halloween fun? Halloween and Christmas are my two favorite holidays for decorating inside and outside the home. Today’s article will include some fun and easy lantern crafts that you can do to decorate the outside of your house to welcome the little trick or treaters that are sure to come knocking in a few weeks.

Trick or Treat Lantern Cans – If you like the look of the lanterns in the above picture, they are super easy and very cheap to make. This is more of an adult’s or teen’s craft, I wouldn’t suggest doing this craft with little ones, unless they are just watching.

Materials:

  • Clean empty metal cans that have the tops removed. Any size metal can will do.
  • Sharpie marker
  • Awl, hammer
  • Paint & brush
  • Candle or battery-powered candle

Instructions:

  1. Using your sharpie marker draw your message in DOTS on the can. Make the dots approximately 1/2″ apart.
  2. Using the hammer and awl, poke holes in the can on each dot, spelling out your message in holes in the can.
  3. Paint your can, being careful that the paint doesn’t pool in the holes you made. If you need to, you can clean up the paint blocking the holes with a Q-tip. Let dry.
  4. Put candle in the can, light, enjoy the lit up message.

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Milky Ghost Lanterns – If you would prefer to do a Halloween craft with your little ones, this one is much more kid-friendly.

Materials:

  • Clean empty milk jugs
  • Sharpie marker
  • Battery powered LED lights
  • Paint (optional)

Instructions:

  1. If you want to make colored ghosts, then do this optional step first. put a TINY drop of paint inside your milk jug, then follow that with about 1/4 cup of water. Shake up the jug, then leave the top off, and let it dry. This will produce a very thin coat of paint on the inside of the jug. I suggest using lighter colors for this such as yellow, orange, pink, or light green.
  2. Draw on your ghostly faces with the Sharpie onto your milk jug.
  3. Put in your battery-powered lights, and enjoy your lanterns. If you have painted the inside of the jug, be sure that your paint is dry before you put the LED lights in.

I hope that you have enjoyed this article on how to make ghostly lanterns for your home. If you’re looking for any other items for your home, visit DealDash. DealDash has home items of all types, indoors and out to decorate your home. Bid and win on DealDash, just click on this link here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Thinks About Presents

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Even though it’s not even Halloween yet Christmas decorations are already decorating the shelves of the local stores. I guess it’s not to early to start thinking about Christmas presents…

Do you have any idea yet what you are planning to get for your kids, your mom, your friend? Well, if you start shopping (and winning!) now on DealDash you will be able to get everyone taken care of, presents wrapped, and ready to go before Christmas is here. And when you think about it like that, it’s actually a present to yourself! Shopping early means no waiting in long lines, no last-minute splurges, and no guilt that you didn’t think of the perfect present. It sounds like it’s time to get shopping. Here are a few ideas that you might want to think about in terms of gifting this year…

Bluetooth headphones – Bluetooth headphones are a great gift for many people. They are perfect for people who love to exercise, of course, but they are also great for the people on your list who love to try out the latest gadgets. Even your mom or grandma might like bluetooth headphones for doing gardening or yard work outside, or even in the kitchen for when they are cooking and can’t pick up the phone when someone calls. They are also great for teenagers and kids as well – but not kids that are too young, you don’t want them getting lost.

Back massager- A back massager is the perfect gift for just about anyone over the age of 30. You can go cheaper with a non-electronic one, they actually have some really nice ones at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Or if you’re feeling spendy you can get a much nicer one that has electronic rollers, heat, and various speeds and firmness. I personally have both types of mechanical and non-mechanical, and I can say that both are great!

Decorative clock –  A decorative clock is a nice present for someone who you want to give a gift to, but you aren’t very close, or you just have no idea what they need or like. Almost everyone could use a decorative clock, whether they plan on putting it somewhere on display such as the mantle, or just to use as a decoration in their guest room. It’s a completely non-offensive, useful, and fun item that would be a nice present for an aunt that you don’t see that often, or a neighbor that you aren’t sure of their hobbies or interests.

Kitchen gadget – If you’re in a quandary of what to get someone but you know that they enjoy cooking, how about a kitchen gadget? You could get them a nice ceramic knife, a beautiful tea kettle, or a fun set of dessert plates. The choices are practically endless when you are choosing a fun kitchen gadget.

I hope that this article has gotten you thinking about some gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season. DealDash has great gifts for people of all ages and interests, including bluetooth headphones, kitchen gadgets, and gift cards. DealDash is the ultimate in shopping entertainment. Just click on this link to DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding, everyone!

 

DealDash Makes Applesauce

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It’s apple picking season here in New England, and what better use of apples than applesauce?

Now that I have two kids in school I have received a bounty of freshly picked apples – pretty much every kid in school around here goes to apple picking at a local farm for a field trip at this time of year. Eating apples raw is delicious, of course, but it can get a little tiring after a while, and if you’re like myself the last ones in the bag go uneaten and get thrown away. Applesauce is the cure for your uneaten apple problem! It’s easy to make, delicious, and keeps for a while in the fridge after you have made it. It great for adults, kids, and even babies can eat it as well. It’s a wonderful high-fiber food that you can enjoy anytime, from breakfast to dessert. It’s time to learn how to make applesauce.

Ingredients:

  • 6 (approximately) of pounds Apples
  • 1 cup Apple Juice Or Water
  • Juice Of 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, More Or Less To Taste

Directions:

  1. Peel and core Core the apples
  2. Cut Into slices – 8ths is great
  3. Combine all ingredients into a large stock pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes.
  4. You can mash this up with a potato masher for a chunky applesauce or…
  5. Puree in a blender or food processor until it has reached the applesaucy texture that you desire.

Wasn’t that easy?? This is a great project to do at home with the kids that takes a minimum of time and effort and yields a delicious snack that you can all enjoy together when it’s done. Since this recipe suggests using a food processor or blender, you’ll want to visit DealDash if you need a new one. DealDash has many kitchen items, including blenders and food processors. Visit DealDash today and see how much you can save. Just click this link right here to go to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Visits LegoLand

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There are various LegoLand attractions around the country, and they are all extremely fun to visit. Let’s take a look at what sorts of things that you might see if you were to visit.

Most kids from age 5-15 love Legos, and some kids keep on loving Legos up through adulthood. If you think that playing with Legos at home, or even going to the Lego store at the mall is fun, going to any one of the LegoLand attractions would be the ultimate experience.

There are two main LegoLand attractions in the US, and those are in California in Florida. These are both large theme parks that are similar to a 6 Flags, and are definitely an all-day experience that would be a great place to take the whole family on vacation. If you are not close to either California or Florida, there is another type of LegoLand called LegoLand Discovery Center. There are a few of these Discovery Centers around the US, they are located in:

  • Arizona
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • Illinois
  • Texas
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York

So you can see, it’s probably a bit easier to visit one of these Discovery Centers if you live in (or near) one of these states. These Discovery Centers are definitely a fun place to visit, but just to be clear, they are not amusement parks. Here’s what you might find if you decide to visit a LegoLand Discovery Center:

  • 4D Rides
  • Factory Tour
  • Play Zone
  • Builder’s Academy
  • Cafe
  • Birthday Party Rooms
  • Lego Store
  • More, depending on location

I have been to the one located in Boston many times, and I have to say, it’s a lot of fun. My kids are always extremely excited when I say that we are going to go for a visit to the LegoLand Discovery Center. There are lots of fun things to do there, I personally feel like it’s similar to a Children’s Museum with a Lego theme that kid’s love.

There are a few things that you should keep in mind; First, it’s rather expensive. Check your local LegoLand Discovery Center for prices. Also, sometimes you can’t even get it to play because it’s too busy. If you are travelling a bit to visit, I would suggest that you prepay for your tickets online before you come. Otherwise, you are going to have some sad children. This actually happened to me once. It wasn’t a huge deal since we live locally, but it was definitely a disappointment.

I hope that you found this article informative. If you love Legos be sure to visit DealDash. DealDash has many Lego auctions. DealDash has a great Lego selection. Just click here to visit DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! Image result for legoland

DealDash Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas

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We are 1/4 done with October, so if you haven’t gotten your (or your kid’s) costumes ready yet, now is the time.

There are probably 50 complete ready-made costumes at any of your local box-box stores, and even more bits and pieces to make even more different costumes and variations. If you want something totally original, though, you are going to have to go to the thrift store and get creative, or get together the craft supplies and make it yourself. There are plenty of costumes that you can make with a minimum of crafting skill, especially if you combine finds from the thrift store together with makeup and accessories from the Halloween store. Let’s see what we can think of…

  • Zombie – This one is really easy. Get any outfit from the thrift store or from your own closet (that you don’t mind destroying) and go to town ripping, slicing, and dousing with fake blood from the store. Then mix yourself up some whitish-bluish makeup, apply to face, add bite marks with makeup, and you’re officially undead.
  • Cheerleader – If you have an eye for spotting things at the thrift store, try to find a cheerleader uniform. If that fails, just get a short pleated skirt, tank top, and knee socks. If you have a Marshall’s near you they often have little girl’s cheerleader outfits for the local college teams. I just bought my daughter a Boston College cheerleader uniform from Marshall’s for $14.99, and it’s surprisingly good quality, made by Under Armour.
  • Doctor, nurse, or dentist – Just get scrubs from the thrift store or Wal*Mart and add the appropriate accessories.
  • Cowgirl or cowboy – Get a plaid shirt, jeans, boots, and a cowboy at from the thrift store. Add in a cardboard cutout of a horse, or a stuffed horse, and you’re ready to rope some cattle.
  • Football, basketball, baseball, or hockey player – Uniform shirts from these sports are easy to get from the thrift store. Choose your favorite and add accessories.

I hope that this DealDash Reviewed Blog article has given you some ideas of some fun costumes that you can scrounge up quickly, easily, and cheaply from your local thrift store and big box stores. DealDash has gift cards of all kinds such as Marshall’s, Target, K-mart, Sears, and more. Visit DealDash at this link here to choose a gift card. DealDash offers free shipping on all auctions including gift cards. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Decorates the Playroom

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Having a playroom for the kids is great! It keeps all of their belongings in one room instead of strewn about the house underfoot. How do you decorate your playroom?

When my husband and I were looking for our new house having a playroom was a must for us. At that point we had 2 kids and were pretty sure that we were going to have at least 1 more baby, so having a playroom for all of them just made sense to us. Ultimately we couldn’t find a great house that had everything that we were looking for and had to have one built, and you had better believe that we made sure that a playroom was included in the plans!

Now that we have 3 kids and a playroom, it’s important to differentiate the playroom from the rest of the house, and this is easily accomplished by decorating. Since we have 2 boys and 1 girl spanning an age difference of 8 years it was uncertain what kind of universal kid’s theme would fit our space best. We went with an ocean theme. Blue and white walls, ocean and sea creature decorations, and the ultimate accessory – a 90 gallon saltwater aquarium ties the whole theme together.

If your needs for a playroom are more straightforward, here are a few ideas for themes for your playroom.

Girls:

Cute woodland theme – This is actually the theme of my daughter’s bedroom, but it would be very easy to translate to a bigger scale for a playroom. Floor to ceiling wall decals are fairly inexpensive, and can be a great decoration to put on one wall. You can have a large tree decal, along with smaller decals of cutesy owls, bluebirds, squirrels, and baby deer. I was able to find lamps that had small birds on them, and it would be a fairly easy craft project to cover a few stools with some felt to make them look like tree stumps.

Castle theme – Make your playroom look like the inside of a castle with huge floor pillows with jewel toned pillowcases, a huge piece of sheer fabric hung from the ceiling can represent the lush castle experience, and definitely top off the room with some of the newer paint colors that have sparkles built right into the paint.

Boys:

Robot theme – Blue and silver are the colors for a robot themed room. If you’re feeling creative you can even paint cardboard boxes to look like robots as a large-scale decoration for the room. Robots are a great theme that can easily be expanded to computers or even Transformers.

Sports theme – Sports are a wonderful theme for a playroom that has older kids using it, most school aged kids enjoy sports, be it soccer, football, or even hockey. Sports is a great theme because you can change the theme with the sports seasons.

Neutral:

Jungle or Zoo theme – I feel like these two themes are more aimed at younger kids, which can be especially beneficial if you are planning on having more children, since you will want to keep things gender-neutral for now. A giraffe height chart can be fun in this room, as well as multi-colored bright walls with monkey, lion, and tiger wall decals.

So you see, no matter what age, stage, or gender that your kids are, it’s easy enough to find a theme that everyone can love. DealDash has a wonderful kid’s category with toys, baby supplies, furniture, and more. DealDash has kid’s auctions often. Just click this link right here to visit DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Spooky Crafts: Jar Lights

 

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Making jack-o-lanterns out of real pumpkins is fun, but if you’re not up for a big pumpkin guts mess this year try these spooky mason jar lights instead.

Let’s face it, carving pumpkins is a huge mess. It’s fun, and I would never deprive my children of this great childhood activity, but since both of my bigger kids are at school this year they are actually carving pumpkins on a field trip – I feel like I can skip it, since the baby doesn’t know what he’s missing! However, since I do like to keep things festive for the holidays, I thought that this spooky mason jar craft project was a happy medium between “huge mess” and “not decorating”. This craft is fun, easy, and only needs a few materials to make a very adorably spooky decoration.

Materials:

  • Mason Jar
  • String of fairy lights
  • Tissue paper (any color, but if you want to make “pumpkins” use orange)
  • Construction paper (black)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Mod podge (or watered down elmer’s glue)
  • paintbrush

Instructions:

  1. Cut out your “pumpkin” face, or any other shape that you would like use to decorate the jar.
  2. Using the mod podge or glue, attach the face shapes to the inside of the mason jar.
  3. Using thin strips of tissue paper, attach 1 layer of tissue paper to the inside of the jar using the paintbrush, coat it with the mod modge or glue. Set aside to dry.
  4. Cover the outside of the lid with either paint or a layer of the tissue paper. I find that the paint looks better, but the tissue paper dries more quickly. It’s your choice.
  5. After everything has dried, put your fairy lights inside the jar. Put the battery pack in the bottom of the jar, and put the lights inside on top of the battery pack. You can arrange them in any way you like, but since they will be shining through the tissue paper it doesn’t really make much of a difference how you place them as long as the battery pack is on the bottom.
  6. That’s it! Enjoy your spooky Halloween mason jar.

I hope that you found this to be a fun craft to do by yourself or with your kids or grandkids. DealDash has some great auctions on craft and sewing supplies. Check out the sewing machines and more on DealDash. Click here and visit DealDash to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding, everyone!

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DealDash and Running Accessories

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There are many new, fun, and exciting running accessories out on the market recently. Let’s take a look at them, and see if they are things that you need in your life.

One of the great things about having running as your hobby is that you don’t need any special equipment other than a good pair of shoes. However, there are a lot of new and fun items on the market that you can try out and see if they improve your running sessions. Now remember, you don’t need these items, but they can make you life a little more fun.

LED armband or shoe lights – LED armband or shoe lights are excellent accessories to use if you ever run at night. If you primarily like to run in the morning or early afternoon you probably don’t need these, but now that it’s getting darker earlier and earlier due to it being fall now, you might need these LED armband or shoe lights if you plan on running in the late afternoon, evening, or after dinner. These aren’t powerful enough lights for you to see by, they are so cars can see you. Stay safe, get yourself some LED armband or shoe lights.

Bluetooth knitted hat – Now this is really something new, exciting, and different. On the surface it looks like any regular knitted hat that you can get at any big box store for $5, but inside are bluetooth speakers so that you can wear the hat while you run and be able to listen to your music without headphones. It’s really quite a novel invention, and extremely useful in the upcoming chilly months. This is definitely a seasonal product, though, to be used from now until spring.

Running belt – Of course running belts themselves aren’t a new concept, but I am referring to the new generation of running belt that is designed to fit the newer, bigger generation of smartphones. These running belts have generous inside compartments, pass-through sections for your headphones wires, and some of them even come equipped with LED lights so cars can see you easily.

I hope that you found this article helpful. If you’re a runner, DealDash has some great auctions on running accessories and equipment that you should check out. DealDash has it all, just click on this link right here and you can see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding, everyone!

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DealDash Reminds You to Relax

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In today’s world everyone is so busy. DealDash wants to remind you to take a moment to relax. Here are some tips.

Today we are all so busy – between work, kids, housework, hobbies & clubs, yard work, and more. Some days it seems like I am up with the sun, go-go-going constantly, and when the kids finally go to bed I am tired enough to pass out on my feet. And I only work part-time, I can’t even imagine how busy and tired other people might be. That’s why it’s important to try to take some time every day to just relax, do a little something for yourself, and just enjoy a moment that’s all about you.

As a mom of 3 kids – one a baby, one a pre-schooler, and one an 8-year-old with ADHD I realize how difficult it is to try to find some time for yourself. It is possible though, especially if you are able to get to your “happy place” in 30 minutes or less! Here are a few ideas to get relaxed in a hurry.

  • Meditation – Meditation can not only help you relax, it can also help improve your health, memory, and concentration. Meditation can be done anytime, anywhere, and needs no fancy supplies or equipment.
  • Walking – Walking is an awesome investment in your health. It can shed pounds, inches, and worry from your body. Taking a short walk in the evening after dinner can help your digestion, and clear your mind. As with meditation, it takes no special equipment and as much or as little time as you have available.
  • Bath – A nice hot bath can help you relax as well as make you smell great. A bath takes a little bit more time than meditation or a walk, but it’s still a fairly quick activity that can help you relax in a major way.
  • Massage – This is the most time-consuming and costly activities on this list, but it’s the best one, in my opinion! A massage is 60 or 90 minutes of pure bliss, I always feel the most relaxed after a massage.

Getting a massage with a massage artist can be costly, but you can always save some time and money by getting a massage chair or foot massager. DealDash has both massage chair and foot massagers available for auction. DealDash always has the best products! Just click right here, and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Series: Spooky Crafts – Bags

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Welcome to DealDash’s Halloween Craft Series. Over the next few weeks I will be posting blog articles of various Halloween-related crafts that you can do with your kids, grandkids, or even by yourself! Today’s craft is handmade treat bags.

Whether you’re going trick or treating with children, or staying home and handing out the candy it’s more fun to have a handmade bag! They are great for storing the candy if you’re the door-opener, or for taking around the neighborhood and ringing door bells. Read on for a couple of different styles of treat bags that are fun to make and cute to look at!

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Cereal Box Stencil Bags

Decorate a plain fabric tote with cereal box stencils and kid-friendly sponge painting.

Materials:
-Fabric tote (any color, but neon orange or green for safety is best!)
-Fabric paint
– sponge (if you can find the sponge on a stick for painting that would be great)
-Cereal box (Any size)
-Exacto knife or box cutter and surface to cut on
-Washi or masking tape

Instructions:
1. Cut the front and back off of your cereal box.
2. Using the above shapes template you can cut & paste the picture, and enlarge it on your computer to print out. Cut out jack-o’-lantern shapes with an exacto knife on a safe cutting surface. You can most likely do this on your garage floor or driveway, put down an extra thick piece of cardboard from a bigger box under your cereal box and cut away!
3. Next, tape your cardboard stencil to the fabric bag and gently dab on the craft paint using your sponge, peel off stencil, let dry for at least an hour. You can make it dry faster by using a hairdryer on a low setting. Don’t use the higher setting because it could move your paint.

Personalized Treat Buckets

These are great buckets to keep the candy in that you will be handing out at the door.

Materials:
-Large empty ice cream bucket with a handle
-Felt, multiple festive colors is recommended
-Hot glue gun
-Ribbon, 6 yards per bucket
-Foam stamps in fun Halloween shapes such as bats or skulls

Instructions:
1.  Apply the felt to the bucket using the hot glue gun. Cover the entire surface around the outside. Use more than you need to, and cut off the excess.
2. Glue your ribbon to the top and bottom of the bucket so that you cover up the felt edges. It just looks much nicer and more “put together” this way.
3. Tie contrasting colored ribbons on the handle.
4. Stick on the fun foam shapes to decorate your bucket. These foam shapes usually have a sticky back, but if you would like to reinforce your foam shapes, just use a little hot glue from the gun.

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I hope that you enjoyed our first Halloween crafts article. DealDash has some great craft auctions such as sewing machines, sergers, and more. Visit DealDash to see the craft auctions. Just click this link here and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Win Kitchen Gadgets on DealDash

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DealDash is one of the best places around to get kitchen gadgets. Which kitchen gadgets are the most handy to have? Read on…

Even if you aren’t much of a cook, kitchen gadgets can still be very useful, and some of them are quite fun and whimsical. I personally enjoy trying out all of the newest kitchen gadgets, and whatever doesn’t make it into my “gadget rotation” I pass along to a friend, family member, or donate it to the local thrift shop. DealDash tends to have all of the newest and most popular gadgets for the kitchen, here are some of my favorites. If you get a chance to win one of these, you should!

Pie slicer/server – This simple little gadget is one of the hottest sellers on DealDash, and I predict that they will become even more popular next month for Thanksgiving. It not only cuts your pie into perfect slices, you can also pick up the pie by using the server like a pair of tongs. It has a simple, clean, elegant design.

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Vacuum sealer – I wanted one of these food sealers for the longest time, and I was finally able to get one last week. It has lots of potential other than to just seal your food for the freezer; you can do sous vide cooking, you can infuse a marinade or season a steak and seal it in to marinate, or you can even use it for non-food uses such as waterproofing your camera if you are going on a boat and aren’t sure if you’re going to get splashed or not. I wouldn’t advise sealing your camera and then tossing in the water for fun, but sometimes accidents happen and you will be glad you waterproofed it if you happen to get wet.

Foodsaver Vacuum Sealing System V3860

Oil-less fryer – I am so excited to try an oil-less fryer. I haven’t been able to snag one yet, but I have been yearning to get one lately! I have looked at them online and in the store, and they look amazing. Who wouldn’t want to eat fried chicken or french fries with significantly less fat and calories due to the oil-less nature of this gadget?

Big Boss Oil-Less FryerThere you have it, 3 awesome kitchen gadgets that you need to win from DealDash! To check out these gadget as well as other great kitchen supplies, just click on this link right here and it will take you to DealDash. DealDash has all of the great kitchen items that you want. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

DealDash Teaches: It’s ADHD Month

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The picture above says it all – October is ADHD awareness month. Let’s learn more about ADHD.

To start off with, ADHD is nothing to be ashamed of – approximately 11% of children and 5% of adults in the US have been diagnosed with either ADHD or and ADD. They both refer to the same disorder, the only difference is that some people have hyperactivity and some people don’t. ADHD is not contagious, but it can be hereditary.

Some very common problems of someone with ADD (without hyperactivity) are:

  • trouble paying attention to details, as well as staying focused on tasks
  • difficulty following instructions as well as difficulty with organization
  • tendency to lose or simply forget things like toys, notebooks, or homework

Some very common problems of someone with ADHD (with hyperactivity) are:

  • fidgeting, squirming, and difficulty remaining seated
  • excessive running or climbing, inability to play quietly
  • excessive talking, as well as blurting out answers in class
  • difficulty waiting for a turn or in line
  • problems with interrupting or intruding

There is also a third type of ADHD, which is just a combination of the two types listed above. The people with this type have symptoms from both of the lists. Life at school and even at home can be very difficult for a child (or adult!) that has a form of ADHD.

Luckily, there are many different types of medications that can be used to combat this disorder. As my son’s doctor says – ADHD is one of the few disorders that can be almost completely fixed with the correct combination and doses of medication. Finding the correct medication and dose can be a difficult journey, though. My son has been struggling with this for years now, and is just now finding the correct medications for him.

It is definitely worthwhile to see a doctor if you believe that you or one of your children has ADHD. Boys are three times as likely as girls to be diagnosed with ADHD. Typically girls tend to have ADD (without hyperactivity), so they tend to be misdiagnosed with things such as depression or anxiety instead of ADD. If you think that your daughter is exhibiting signs of ADD, please take her for an evaluation, and mention your concerns. If will make her life significantly easier at school if she is diagnosed earlier rather than later.

I hope that this article has raised your awareness of ADHD. DealDash cares a lot about children, and hope that you keep an eye out for signs of ADHD. Speaking of children, DealDash has many great children’s items available for auction everyday, from video games to toy kitchens and stuffed animals – DealDash has it all! Just click this link right here and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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