DealDash: Lifts Your Mood

Image result for mood lifting Are you feeling a little down lately? Maybe it’s the weather. Here are some mood-lifting ideas from DealDash. Feel better soon!

Is the cold dreary weather putting a damper on your mood? Or maybe you have a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder? Maybe you are far away from your family and miss them around the holidays. Never fear, no matter what the problem is, DealDash has some helpful ideas to lift your mood and change your attitude.

If you’re the type of person who tends to be a little depressed or down about your circumstances lately, the best thing for you to do to lift your mood is to spend time with people you love that are cheerful. Emotions, both good and bad, are contagious. Wouldn’t you rather spend time with someone who is hopeful and excited about life? Yeah, me too. Your first step in changing your mood and attitude is to go figure out who in your life can be a positive and cheerful influence on you.

Another thing that you can do to lift your mood is to clean your house. Sure, it might not feel very fun at the time, but when you’re done you will definitely have a brighter outlook.

Along with cleaning up your home, clean up yourself! When I am feeling a little down I tend to wear PJs or baggy sweats all day. That’s just not a good idea! You should take a shower, fix your hair, and put on something that makes you look and feel great. If possible, try to wear something bright and cheerful. It will make you feel much better.

Did you know that scent correlates with your mood? If you’re feeling a bit down and would like to turn things around – try aromatherapy! Basil, Cypress, Lemon, Peppermint, and Rosemary are all scents that are known to be mood boosters. Or, if you prefer, you can buy pre-mixed essential oils that are blended for mood enhancement.

Lastly, there’s nothing like winning a DealDash auction to put you in a good mood in a hurry! Small or large, any win on DealDash is a big mood-booster. Visit DealDash now to check out the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Helps You Save Time

Image result for save time Everyone these days is short on time. Let DealDash show you some shortcuts to save some time in your everyday life.

If you’re a busy person like most of us are, you could probably use some time-saving hints and tricks to use throughout your day to save you not only time but energy and effort as well. Even if you don’t feel like you are pressed for time, give these tricks a try anyway, you might find a new way of doing things. DealDash just wants to help you maximize your time.

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Create a “1 cup per person per day” rule at your house. Assign each person in your house their own personal cup. The owner of that cup is responsible for washing their cup throughout the day if they want to change drinks, and also for washing it or putting it in the dishwasher at the end of the night. Kids age 5+ should be able to do these things, but you might have to help anyone that’s a bit younger.

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Are you tired of doing the laundry and then having to sort it out by family member? Assign each family member a laundry day. That way each person has a full day to get all of their laundry done, and there is no sorting between family members needed. I have always felt that sorting the clean laundry is the worst part – even worse than shoveling the dirty, stinky laundry into the washer.

Do you know someone who is having a birthday, graduating, or having another card-giving holiday? Send those babies out all at once on the first day or two of the month. That way, you won’t forget, and your card will even get there early!

I hope that you found some of these ideas helpful for your lifestyle. If you’d like to save time and money as well then be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has everything you need to make your life easier. Visit DealDash now to check out the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash On: Taking Care of You

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Have you been taking care of yourself lately? Time to slow down and pamper yourself.

If you’ve been taking care of everyone else lately, it’s time to take some extra-special care of you. Sure, you get a massage or go to the salon here and there, but why not think of some fun, special, and different ways to pamper yourself? It’s hard to care for other people when you don’t take good care of yourself.

Here is a list of some fun ways that you can take care of yourself:

  • Buy yourself flowers
  • Get out an assortment of scented candles and take a bubble bath
  • Go to the nursery and get some succulent plants – cute and low maintenance
  • Take yourself out for a coffee…or ice cream. Ice cream is better!
  • Try a new lipstick
  • Try a new color of nail polish
  • Find 10 things in your closet to donate – and buy yourself 1 new thing
  • Make yourself a cup of tea and watch the sun rise/set
  • Take a walk on the beach
  • Call (not text!) a friend and have a chat
  • Get yourself some new shampoo and conditioner
  • Try a new restaurant for lunch
  • Write a note to your future (or past) self
  • Try a new hair cut, color, or style
  • Call your mom (or sibling) and talk about your childhood
  • Look at your/your kids/your spouse’s baby pictures
  • Get some fresh new curtains for your kitchen
  • Go to the animal shelter and hold some kittens or puppies
  • Go win something fun for yourself on DealDash!

See how many fun ways there are to take care of yourself and make yourself feel great? And even better, most of the items on this list are under $20 or so. Hey, you’re worth it!

Did you see the last item on my list? DealDash isn’t classified as “shopping entertainment” for nothing! Shopping on DealDash is a fun way to get yourself something nice without breaking the budget. Remember, if you don’t win the auction you can always BIN (Buy It Now) and get all of your bids back. This way you can get a great product, have your bids returned to you, and get to keep any “clock time” that you accrued as being the highest bidder. Go check out the auctions now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash’s Online Shopping Ideas

Image result for online shopping Of course DealDash would like you to come check out the auctions for this holiday shopping season, but they realize you will be shopping on multiple websites. Here are some online shopping hints for the season.

DealDash get it. DealDash understands that as much as you like their online auctions, you will be shopping in multiple places online and in store this year for Christmas. When you need something, check DealDash first, because you might be able to get a great deal – but if DealDash isn’t offering the particular item that you are looking for this year, here are some hints about online shopping this Christmas season.

The most important hint for this holiday season is to plan ahead. Don’t be one of those shoppers that waits until the very last second and then has to wait in long lines at the store, or pay for overnight shipping. Try to have all of your presents purchased, delivered, and wrapped two weeks before Christmas. That means that you need to hustle. Be sure to check DealDash first, here is a link to search the auctions.

Next, make sure that you make yourself a budget and stick to it! Decide before you start shopping how much that you are going to spend on each of the people on your shopping list, and then go shopping. You wouldn’t want to travel to a foreign city without a gps, and you don’t want to go shopping without a budget! It just makes good sense.

As mentioned above, make sure that you have a list. Make a list of everyone that you would like to get a gift for, the budget, and maybe also jot down a few ideas if what you think that they might like.

If you are getting gifts for multiple children that will be opening their gifts together such as siblings or cousins, try to keep the budgets for each child similar. It wouldn’t be a very nice experience for the kids if one child gets an Xbox One, and the other child gets a puzzle. If you would like to get one of the children something much nicer than the others, be sure to give them that gift privately so no one gets their feelings hurt on Christmas.

After you’ve made your lists and your budget, come check out DealDash. DealDash has awesome gifts for kids and adults. Visit DealDash now and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! Image result for online shopping

DealDash’s Favorite Ways to Say Thanks

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There are so many different ways to say “Thank you.” Here are a few for you to use.

If you normally just say “Thank you.” When someone does you a favor, or goes above and beyond for you, why not do something a little more special for them? They will appreciate it very much, and will make them even more likely to do other nice things for you in the future. Remember, it’s always nice to be nice!

One of the easiest ways to thank someone other than just saying it is to get them a card and write a special message inside. You can get a card that is specific to the reason that you are thanking the person, or a more generic one that you can write in the reason yourself. In fact, if you would like to be cost-effective and plan on sending lots of thank you notes, buy a multi-pack of blank cards and save them for the next time that you would like to send someone a thank you card.

If you would like to go above and beyond just a card, why not send them a gift card as a thank you. Luckily for you, our favorite auction website, DealDash, offers gift cards for auction! DealDash has gift card auctions every single day, and I have seen them go for pennies on the dollar. However, if you don’t happen to win you can always BIN (Buy It Now), and get all of your bids back, free shipping, and get to keep the clock time that you accrued while being the highest bidder.

Another great way to give someone a special thank you is to make them something – especially something sweet and delicious. Baking someone cookies or a cake is a wonderful way to say thank you. If you’re not the baking sort, picking up a dozen cookies or donuts at the bakery is always nice as well.

Finally, if the above ideas don’t appeal to you, how about winning a piece of art or jewelry as a thank you to your friend or family member? DealDash has a nice assortment of art, as well as necklaces, bracelets, and earrings up for auction. If you need a special thank you gift for someone, just click this link here to visit DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! Image result for things to do to say thank you

DealDash and the Festive Smell

Image result for simmer pot ingredients No matter what kind of house you live in, I bet you want it to smell yummy. Here is a guide on fall simmer pots from DealDash.

I don’t know about you, but I end up cleaning my house myself most of the time, and one of the things that I like to do is make the air smell yummy and clean.  I have found quite a few handy tips and tricks through the years to make the house smell good – from chemicals to candles to natural methods. Here are a few helpful hints from DealDash.

Around this time of year the air in the house tends to get a little stale due to no windows being opened, and people opening and shutting the doors as fast as possible to keep out the chilly weather. There’s a way to freshen up the air in your house without too much effort – simmer pots!

Making a simmer pot is extremely easy. There are two basic methods – on the stove or in a crock pot. Both have their positives and negatives, let’s talk about both methods.

To make a simmer pot on the stove you just need to combine the ingredients together, fill the pot with water, and simmer away. The idea is to simmer the pot all day, adding more water as needed. This way gets the maximum scent, and also has the added benefit of extremely easy clean up. However, if you have small kids, pets that jump onto the counter, or a gas stove – this method is not for you.

Making a simmer pot using a crock pot is easy and you can let it simmer all day without even having to watch it, other than to just check in occasionally to make sure that it doesn’t need any more water. I don’t feel that this method spreads around as much scent, but it’s the only way to go if you have any safety concerns about the stove method.

As for what to put in the simmer pot – it’s up to you! I will include a list of some possibilities, mix and match the ingredients as you see fit.

  • dried orange peel
  • apple
  • cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • cardamom pods
  • fresh ginger
  • star anise
  • vanilla bean
  • lemon
  • rosemary
  • cranberries
  • bay leaf

I hope that you enjoy making your house smell yummy with a simmer pot. If you need a new pot or slow cooker, DealDash has them. DealDash has many kitchen items. Check DealDash first, at this link here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!Image result for simmer pot ingredients

 

Organizing Your Life with DealDash

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Here on DealDash Reviewed we talk a lot about organizing your house and belongings. How about organizing your life as well?

Organizing your items at home is great – it eliminates clutter and makes your house look more inviting than before. However, there’s usually no deeper meaning to organizing your stuff than aesthetic purposes. Taking control and organizing your life is a different story. Do you have a lot of “clutter” in your life? Do you feel anxious, worried, or a little down? Here are some simple tips to get your life organized by DealDash.

If you’re in need of a little life makeover, there’s no time to start like the present. I know that when I am feeling anxious or worried it’s because I feel like I am losing control of the things that I have to get done.

My number one tip would be to get as many calendars, day planners, and phone app reminders that you think that you need to keep your appointments and daily duties organized. I have a calendar in my kitchen, a calendar on my phone, a weekly chalkboard that I use, and I have just ordered a “digital scrap paper” device that I can jot things down on and upload to my computer later. I put all of my appointments and meal plans on these devices, and I feel that I am in much better control of daily life. It may seem like overkill, but when you have 3 children in 2 different schools with different activities and appointments things can get out of control very quickly.

Another tip to organizing your life is similar to organizing your home – declutter! Declutter your extra things in your home, as well as they extra thoughts in your head. Stop worrying so much about the things that you can’t change, and work on the things that you can change. Throwing out those old magazines and clothes that don’t fit are a lot easier than throwing away your troubles and worries, but give it a try.

I hope that you found this article helpful. If you’re looking for something fun to get you in a great mood be sure to visit DealDash. DealDash has many items for auction to put a smile on your face. Just click here to visit DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Helps You Unwind

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If you have a lot of stress in your life from work or other sources, you need to take some time to unwind.

How do you unwind? If you’re like most Americans you’re tired and stressed out daily. It’s very important for your health and well-being to figure out ways to help yourself unwind after a long, hard day. Here are a few tips from DealDash that will help you figure out your perfect strategy to unwind.

If you’re in dire need to unwind, if stress is literally making you sick – take a day off! If it’s not possible to get a day off of work then plan out a weekend day to do…absolutely nothing. If you need to get your spouse, a relative, or a babysitter to help you with the kids for a day then do it! Don’t feel guilty or embarrassed that you need to ask for help – everyone needs a day that they can be a little selfish and do exactly what they would like to do.

If your stress is at a more manageable level that you don’t feel the need to take an entire day off, then be sure that you are able to at least take an hour or so to yourself each and every day. Now, what you do in that  time is up to you, but here are some suggestions:

  • Take a class – cooking, painting, whatever you’re interested in
  • Go exercise – cardio, yoga, sports
  • Go to the coffee shop – if you don’t like coffee, drink hot chocolate!
  • Write in a journal or even make a blog
  • Start a new hobby. Try knitting or crochet, drawing, drone flying, you choose!
  • Get a pet. You can spend your free time cuddling it.
  • Volunteer – some people find helping others helps them relax
  • Bake cookies – yum yum!
  • Read a book – paper or ebooks are both great!
  • Bid on DealDash!

If you’re trying to unwind, there’s nothing better than bidding on DealDash. You can eliminate the chore of leaving the house to shop, you can have fun, and you can save money. It’s a win-win-win situation! To visit DealDash, just click this link right here. Enjoy unwinding on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash’s Top 5 Winter Beauty Products

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Summer and winter beauty are very different. Here are 5 must-have products for winter to keep you looking your best in the cold weather.

In the summer you can just stick your hair in a ponytail, put on some sunscreen, and head out the door. In the winter, your hair and skin need some extra-special care to stay looking their best. Here are 5 must-have products to keep you looking beautiful through the long cold winter.

1 – Moisturizer. Moisturizer for your face is an absolute must for the winter weather. In addition to moisturizer for your face, I would also suggest a thicker lotion than you use in the summer for your body. If you don’t use moisturizer on your face and a thick lotion on your body in the winter your skin will get dry, itchy, and flaky. You can even get tiny micro-tears in your skin that are painful and slow to heal. Do your skin a favor and use moisturizer on your face and thick lotion on your body. Remember, even though it’s winter, be sure that you buy moisturizer with SPF in it to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

2 – Lip balm. Lip balm is very important in the winter. Lip balm is just like lotion…for your lips! If you don’t like the feel or smell of traditional Chapstick or Carmex, you can try one of the newer EOS or Burt’s Bees lip balms. Remember, just like the rest of your skin, your lips and the skin around your lips can also get tiny micro-tears in your skin that are painful and slow to heal.

3 – Hair dryer and flat-iron. Your hair dryer is very important in the winter. In the summer it’s fine to let your hair air dry – it’s healthier for your hair, saves time, and also saves electricity. However, in the winter it’s important to dry your hair before you go outside so you don’t get sick. I know, I know, germs make you sick, not cold air – but if you go outside with wet hair your defenses are down and you’re more likely to fall prey to a winter bug. I also suggest using a flat-iron in the winter after you have dried your hair with the hair dryer – the winter is a terrible time for static, and I find that I have less static in my hair after I have used my flat-iron.

4 – Face mask. No, I don’t mean a sleeping mask! I suggest a lovely, nourishing face mask for the winter weather. You can get one that you smooth on your skin and then wash off, or you can get one of the super-popular Korean or Japanese paper face masks that you wear, then take off and throw away. These are great, I find them to be easier and much less messy than the kind you smooth on.

5 – Whitening strips/whitening toothpaste. There’s nothing nicer than a brilliant white smile in the winter. It makes you look healthy and happy, even when the temperatures are low. Use the whitening strips, and then keep up your new look with your whitening toothpaste.

I hope that you found this article on winter beauty helpful. DealDash has many high-quality beauty products available for auction. Check out the beauty auctions on DealDash to find something for yourself or a gift. Just click here and visit DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Does Dessert

Image result for when thanksgiving 2016 dessertThanksgiving is coming in a few days! Here are a few of DealDash’s favorite dessert recipes to try.

Thanksgiving is the time to enjoy a meal with your family and closest friends. After the turkey, gravy, stuffing, potatoes, and cranberry sauce has been cleared from the table…It’s time for dessert!

Easy Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
  • 1 can of pumpkin filling
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch (less than 1/8 teaspoon) ground cloves

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. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth.
  5. Spoon ingredient mixture into crust-lined pie plate.
  6. Bake 15 minutes.
  7. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean.
  8. Cool before serving.

Nutella Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 shortbread crust
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. Nutella, plus more for garnish
  • 2 – 8 oz. containers of Cool Whip

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and Nutella until light and fluffy. Fold in one container of Cool Whip until fully combined.
  2. Fill the pie crust with mixture and smooth out the top. Freeze for 1 hour to set.
  3. Top with other Cool Whip container, then drizzle with Nutella.

I hope that you enjoyed these two dessert recipes for your family’s Thanksgiving celebration. If you’d like to get any kitchen equipment be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has everything that you need for the kitchen. DealDash has it all! Just click this link right here and you can go browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Helps: Monthly Goals

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It’s always a good practice to have monthly goals for yourself. Here are some ways to integrate your goals into your lifestyle.

Do you have a difficult time making goals for yourself and working to achieve them? Maybe the problem is that you are “biting off more than you can chew” and need to break up your big goal into “bite sized” mini goals. I know that if I make a large goal for myself such as “lose 20 pounds” I quickly get discouraged and completely abandon the project. If you think that making mini goals for yourself to achieve a bigger goal might work for you, then read on.

What goal would you like to accomplish for November? Since November is the month of over-eating, I think that a reasonable goal would be:

  • Don’t gain any weight.

This goal might sound simple, but with Thanksgiving coming up shortly, along with leftover Halloween candy lurking around, and Christmas cookies on the horizon I think that it’s reasonable. Here is how I would like to break this goal down into mini goals:

  1. Throw out the remaining Halloween candy. It’s getting stale anyway.
  2. Cook using a butter substitute, even though it doesn’t taste as delicious.
  3. Only get one serving of food on Thanksgiving, and skip the ice cream and whipped cream on my one slice of pie.
  4. Exercise for 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week.
  5. Track my calories for the rest of the month.

With my bigger goal broken down into mini goals I feel that I will have much more success with my goal for November.

What are your goals? Here are a few guidelines to help you achieve your goals:

  • Be accountable. Make sure that you tell a friend or family member your goal for the month so that you can keep yourself honest.
  • Be specific. Vague goals are too easy to ignore and forget.
  • Think realistically. Don’t over-reach. If you’re a couch potato who loves desserts then losing 20 pounds in a month is not realistic (or healthy).
  • Do check-ins. Do an honest check-in with yourself every few days. Are your mini-goals helping you reach your bigger goal? If not, change things up!

I hope that you found this article on goals helpful. If your personal goal is to exercise more, or to be more healthy – check DealDash! DealDash has many different types of fitness machines to help you reach your goals. Visit DealDash now at this link. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash’s Winter Bucket List

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Winter is coming fast, and while it’s tempting to just stay inside and not emerge until spring, here is a winter bucket list for you to try.

Do you have a lifetime bucket list? I personally try to stay in the moment, and having a bucket list for each new season is a great way to try new things and have fun with my family in every type of weather. Here is a fun bucket list for you to try this winter – add or remove things as you see fit to personalize it for yourself and your family.

  • Play in the snow. This might not be applicable for all of you out there, but for those of you in colder climates, go out and play! Grab your child, grandchild, or spouse, and get out there in the sparkly cold weather!
  • Make an advent calendar. Advent calendars are a fun way to count down the time until Christmas. Make your own with little candy treats for each day leading up until Christmas.
  • Make cookies. Cookies aren’t just for Christmas, they are great for the whole winter season. Try sugar cookies or even gingerbread men.
  • Pick a child off of the “angel tree” at your mall, and buy (or win from DealDash!) gifts for a disadvantaged child in your hometown.
  • Make apple cider or egg nog. Or both, why choose?
  • Get a gingerbread house kit and make it with your kids or grandkids. If you don’t have kids or grandkids, maybe there is a neighbor child that you could invite over to share this activity with you.
  • Light the fireplace and drink hot chocolate by firelight.
  • Make Christmas ornaments. Decorating the tree is more fun when you have made some of the ornaments yourself. Try making picture ornaments of your child, grandchild, or pets. Don’t forget to put the year on them!
  • Visit a farm and take a hayride, eat cider donuts, and bring home a pie.
  • Visit DealDash, win an auction!

I hope that you enjoyed this article and make your own bucket list for this upcoming winter season. Be sure to do the last item on my list, and visit DealDash. DealDash has everything you need to get ready for winter. Visit DealDash now at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash’s 10 Happy Things

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Here are 10 things that make ME happy. What makes YOU happy? Comment down below…

I am such a lucky person to live such a blessed life. I have many things that make me happy on a daily basis, I am so pleased to be able to share them with you. What makes you happy? Please leave your comments below, I would love to read them. Here is my list of 10 things that make me happy, in no particular order:

  1. My children. They aren’t always well-behaved, but their hugs and smiles and laughter just make my day.
  2. Blogging. I love writing these blogs for everyone to read. It makes me happy to think that me writing these blogs could help someone else – even by just entertaining them for a few moments. Thank you for making me happy!
  3. Warm things in the winter. My slippers, my blanket, my heating pad, a cup of hot tea, and more…Warm cozy things in the winter make me smile.
  4. My husband. He’s great! My best friend in the whole world. He even supports my DealDash habit!
  5. Dunkin’ Donuts. I’m one of those weird people who love to drink iced coffee year-round. There might be snow on the ground, but there will be a Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee in my hand. As an extra-happy-bonus tip, DealDash often has Dunkin’ Donut gift cards.
  6. My sewing machine. My sewing machine and I have spent many years of quality time together. Sewing, fabric, and quilting make me happy. DealDash often has sewing machines up for auction.
  7. My friends. There’s nothing better than meeting up with a few of your friends for a meal or even just a coffee. It’s great to have someone to talk to, and even better to have someone to laugh with! My friends make me happy.
  8. Nature and Animals. I live in New England, and the leaves have been turning beautiful colors these past few weeks. It’s such a nice feeling to be able to walk around outside, see the gorgeous leaves, and watch the little chipmunks and squirrels gathering food for the upcoming winter.
  9. Technology. It’s really amazing how far technology has come – you can talk to friends who live in other states or even other countries, see their photos, and look up anything you have ever wanted to know, all from your smartphone.
  10. DealDash! I can browse DealDash auctions for hours. I love checking the Winner’s tab to see which bidder won what auction. It’s a great way to spend time, and makes me very happy. Thanks DealDash!

I hope that you have enjoyed this list of my 10 Happy Things. As you saw on my list, DealDash makes me happy. DealDash has so many great things to bid on daily. Be sure to check DealDash to see the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Holiday Travel Essentials

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Are you planning a trip for the holidays? Don’t forget to pack these holiday travel essentials.

This is the season for family get-togethers, and I don’t know about you, but I always seem to forget to pack something that I really need! I can’t even tell you how many times that I’ve had a make a quick trip to the big box store and buy a duplicate of an items that I already have at home. It can start to get quite costly, depending on how often that you travel. Here is a quick guide to the essentials that you might need on your next trip.

The first thing that you are going to need to bring on your holiday trip to visit family is a good attitude! Between traffic (or long flights), bad weather, and stress sometimes we aren’t as enthusiastic about visiting for the holidays as we should be feeling. Remember, this is your family, you decided to come visit because you love them – try to have a good attitude.

Aside from your normal toiletries that you would regularly bring on a trip, is there any special look that you might want to wear on the holiday? Even ladies that don’t normally wear a lot of make-up sometimes like to glam it up on the holidays. Go ahead girls, throw in that glitter eye shadow and those fake lashes!

In the same vein, don’t forget to pack something special to wear on the holiday, or for any nights out to neighborhood parties. If you don’t usually dress up, why not make a special effort for the holiday? Don’t forget to pack shoes to go with your outfit as well as anything else you might need like pantyhose or a strapless bra.

If you’re travelling now and don’t plan on coming back for Christmas be sure to pack any presents that you were planning on gifting. Why pay shipping later if you can bring them with you now and leave them for your family to open on Christmas?

Lastly, don’t forget to bring your laptop so you can still participate in DealDash auctions! If you don’t have a laptop you can always download the DealDash app for your Android or iPhone. You can buy bids, bookmark auctions so you can come back to them later, set or remove BidBuddies, and of course bid on auctions! Winning an auction on the DealDash app is easy and fun.

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 found this article helpful. If you need some new luggage be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has many different types and styles of luggage to choose from. Always check DealDash first when you need something. Click this link to visit DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

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DealDash Spreads Happiness

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It’s impossible to instruct someone on how to be happy – but here are some suggestions to get you started.

What does happiness mean to you? To some people happiness is a house filled with family and friends, and to other people happiness is backpacking around the world alone. Here are some suggestions that are fairly universal for optimum happiness.

Get a pet. It’s scientifically proven that pet owners have lower stress levels and are happier overall. If you don’t have time for a cat or a dog, try a fish or a bird. They are lower maintenance and still provide the same happiness-factor that their furry counterparts offer.

Set goals. Setting (reasonable) goals for yourself is a sure-fire road to happy times. Setting a goal and achieving or even surpassing your goal is excellent for your self-esteem and happiness. Make sure that you pick a goal that is within your reach – if you’re a couch potato I wouldn’t suggest that your goal be “Run a marathon.” but rather “Take a walk around the block every night this week.”

Get more sleep. If you average less than 7-8 hours per night of sleep then you might be making yourself irritable and unhappy without even realizing it. Turn off your TV, computer, and phone an hour early every night for a week, and hit the sack. You’ll be feeling happier in no time.

Be social. Spending more time with friends and family is definitely a great way to cheer yourself up if you’re feeling blue. Several studies have found that spending time with friends and family makes a big difference to how happy we are feeling. Bonus points for this if you spend your time together doing something fun!

Go outside. Spending time outdoors in the sunlight and fresh air can do wonders for your happiness. The sun gives you the feel-good powers of Vitamin D, and seeing the sights and hearing the sounds of nature are a great way to chase out the blues.  If you combine going outdoors with a brisk walk – well, that’s happiness right there!

Lastly, there’s very few things that make me happier than winning an auction on DealDash! Winning a DealDash auction gives you a burst of happiness that is rarely matched! Just go to this link here and check out the awesome auctions on DealDash. DealDash always has something for everyone. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Takes a Day to Relax

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Everyone needs a day to relax and recharge. Here are a few simple ideas to help you get the most out of your day off.

Unfortunately in this busy-busy-go-go-go world we sometimes ignore our body’s whispered pleadings for rest. Tired, unrested, stressed-out, and overworked people don’t perform well at home or on the job. People pleasers will sacrifice their own precious downtime thinking they are benefitting their co-workers and family members, but in truth they detract from productivity at the office, and harmony in the home. All people should try to make sure that they get rest and time to recuperate so they can be their best selves. Here are a few ideas to get you started on a day of rest and relaxation.

A short nap can feel like a mini-vacation. Sadly, you need to keep it very short – 20 to 30 minutes maximum. Anything over 30 minutes takes you into deep sleep, and makes you groggy. No one says that you can only take one nap per day, though! If you’re going for a full day of rest and relaxation, take one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

If a short nap (or two!) isn’t for you, then here is something just as relaxing. Try the simplest, shortest (and one of the most restorative) activities available to you: deep breathing. For maximum relaxation, try taking five deep breaths. As breathe, try to take notice of the natural pause between your inhale and exhale, and then between your exhale and your next inhale. Your body has a built-in regulator. Once you have mastered taking five deep breaths, try for ten. Congratulations, you’re a deep breathing master!

Sitting quietly and thinking about life can be very relaxing. Try focusing on what you can and can’t control in your life. Try thinking about exactly what your concerns and problems are and then ask yourself if you personally have any control over them. If the answer is no (quite often the answer is no) then pretend you’re in “Frozen” and “let it go.” If the answer is yes, then think about some possible solutions to your problem.

If you can do any of the above activities while in a massage chair or in a nice hot bath, then all the better. There’s nothing like a massage or a hot bath to take away all of the stress and tension of the week.

Love to relax and de-stress? DealDash has massage chairs, handheld massagers, and foot massagers available for auction. If you need a massage tool, check DealDash first. Simply click this link here and go browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Organizes Efficiently

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There are many ways to keep your belongings organized. Let DealDash help you keep things organized efficiently.

No one likes to live in a messy, disorganized, chaotic house. Unless you live alone, then my guess is that you are most likely cleaning up after yourself as well as others. I live in a large house with my family of 5, and if I didn’t do my best to keep things organized then things would be an absolute wreck. Here are some tips to keep things organized efficiently.

Cellphone, socks and library book hunts can cause distraction and frustration, especially in the morning when you are trying to get everyone off to the school bus and to work. Being organized and stable can create efficiency, since everything will always be in the same place. Establish a permanent home for all the items you have, especially the ones that you use every day and won’t leave the house without taking.

When you are trying to organize your home, go from room to room and make space for all of your items. Organize paperwork, electronics cords, clothes,  shoes, Blu-Rays, and video games in a way that you can easily find what you are looking for.  It may take you a few extra minutes to put things away each time, but you’ll save a plenty of time to make up for it from having to search for what’s important. It will also save you much frustration and stress as well.

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When you’re thinking about efficient organizing, and transforming your home from chaos to order – think baskets and shelves! Baskets and shelving units are your best friends when it comes to keeping things organized and neat, especially if you live in a home with multiple people and many belongings. Another favorite organizational item that I like to use is a hybrid of baskets and shelves – a storage unit with cloth boxes. These are great in a playroom, family room, or even a bedroom. You can even label the fabric boxes to keep things even more organized.

I hope that you found this article helpful. DealDash has many storage solutions and shelving units available for auction. DealDash has lots of variety for home storage. Just click this link to visit DealDash and check out the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Decodes Dogs

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Do you ever wonder what your dog is thinking? Let DealDash help you figure out your best friend’s thoughts.

“Whoof yelp yipyipyip!” Do you have any idea what that means? Of course not! Luckily, dogs try to communicate with humans in a variety of ways. When we are examining dog communication, it can include facial expression, eyebrows, eye contact, vocalizations (as mentioned above), and body posture, which includes the dog’s torso, legs, and tail movements. Humans also try to communicate with dogs, as you may well know. We use vocalization, hand signals, body posture and petting. Here are some of the more common things that your dog is trying to communicate.

Raised hackles – When you see a dog with his hair standing on end along the back of his spine it usually means that he is anxious, upset, or afraid. However, if it happens when he seems otherwise playful, then he is just trying to get you to play.

Tail wagging – Most people automatically think that a wagging tail means a happy pup, and they would be right if the tail is loose and relaxed. If the tail is wagging while straight out and stiff, it might be best to back away slowly, because he’s angry.

Play bow – The hint is in the name! If your dog bows down in front of you, or darts away and comes back and bows then he wants you to play with him. If you’re not sure what the play bow looks like, I will include a picture below.

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Trembling – The obvious answer might be that your pup is cold if he is trembling, especially if it’s winter. However, trembling can also mean that he’s anxious or afraid.

Eye contact – The two main forms of eye contact are: One, an eye-to-eye stare which means he is trying to assert his dominance over you, threaten you, or warning you that it might be best to back away slowly. And two, when his eyes are turned away to avoid direct eye contact, refusing to meet your gaze, this means he is in submission to you.

Licking – Licking can be a friendly greeting, of course, but it can also signal submission or nervousness as well.

Yawning – When a dog yawns it can mean he’s tired, but it can also mean that he’s nervous. Dogs often yawn to comfort themselves and use it as a calming method.

I hope that you found this article helpful. If you need any pet supplies be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has many different pet supplies up for auction. Just click this link here and you can go browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! Image result for thinking dog

DealDash Decorates the Family Room

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Have you redecorated your family room lately? The family room gets a lot of use, why not spruce it up?

We have talked a lot about decorating different rooms of the house, and the family room is an important room that gets a lot of use. If you haven’t redecorated or rearranged things in your family room lately, maybe you should think about a change.

Sometimes small changes are all you need to completely change a room. A new accent here, a new window treatment there – presto! A whole new look! Here are a few small changes and additions that you might want to think about making to keep your family room fresh.

TV – The family room just isn’t complete without a TV! Are you still using an older TV? Today’s TVs are lighter, easier to hang on the wall, have better colors, a sharper image, and have thinner bezels so you get more of a picture in the same footprint of an older TV. Be sure to check DealDash if you’re in the market for a new TV. Here’s a link.

Music – If you’re still using that old 5-CD changer from college, think Bluetooth speakers! You can get huge sound in a tiny package with the new MP3/4 Bluetooth speakers. They come in different shapes, designs, sizes, and power. Most of them have remotes, and you can get one that plugs in with a cord, or others that you can charge via USB. My kids love to listen to music and sing and dance in our family room. I have a Bluetooth speaker that is paired with my iPod Touch so that they can listen to “Mom approved” music anytime they would like. If you’d like to get a Bluetooth speaker for your family room, just visit DealDash at this link. 

Couches and Chairs – If your furniture is looking a little shabby, there’s an easy fix for that – covers! In the not so distant past couch and chair covers were only available in neutral colors and were not the easiest to find. Now there are couch and chair covers out that come in fun colors and are available in any of your local box box stores. If you get a couple of different ones you can regularly change them out so you can wash them, and change up the look of your room at the same time.

I hope that you found this article helpful. If you’d like to redecorate any of your rooms be sure to check out DealDash first. DealDash has some beautiful decorative items as well as functional ones. Just click this link here and visit DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Cooks: The Tomato

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Very few people dislike tomatoes, and they are a staple in many recipes. Let’s take a look at this delicious fruit.

Fruit!?! Yes, it’s true, the tomato is a fruit. The tomato is considered a fruit because it has seeds. So, technically speaking, cucumbers and pumpkins are also fruits! The tomato is typically considered a vegetable when cooking, though, because most of the dishes that use tomatoes are savory foods. However, if you are ever on a game show, or playing trivia at the bar with your friends and the question comes up – a tomato is definitely a fruit!

There are more than 7500 tomato varieties grown around the world, and tomatoes are grown pretty much everywhere, including colder climates where they are grown in greenhouses. You might be surprised to hear that China is the largest producer of tomatoes, accounting for approximately 25% of the world’s production. The United States is the second largest producer, and India takes third place in tomato production.

Tomatoes are not only delicious, but also very good for you. Tomatoes are packed full of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that is good for the heart and effective against certain cancers. Surprisingly, cooked tomatoes are actually better for you than raw ones, as more beneficial chemicals are released when the tomato is heated. Tomatoes are also chock full of healthy nutrients such as vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium.

If you love pizza (with tomato sauce of course!) then you might like to try some homemade sun-dried tomatoes on top of your next pizza. They are super easy to make, and so delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Pounds of tomatoes
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F
  2. Wash and cut tomatoes in half. Gently squeeze out the seeds. Place the tomatoes on a non-stick cookie sheet, and sprinkle with salt to taste.
  3. Bake until tomatoes take on a leathery texture. This takes hours. I would say approximately 6-7 hours for larger pieces, if you use smaller pieces such as from Roma tomatoes, it will take less time.

I hope that you found this article informative. If you need any kitchen supplies be sure to check DealDash first! DealDash has all of the supplies that you need for your kitchen. Here is a link to visit DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Presents: Fun Life Hacks

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Life hacks are simple tricks to make life easier. Here are some life hacks for you to try.

I personally love reading about all of the different life hacks, and then trying them out. There are some very helpful ones that have literally changed the way that I do some things on a daily basis, and others that are fun to try just to see if they work or not. Here are some fun life hacks for you to try out and see if they change your life.

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Cable organizer – Are you ever confused which cable goes to what device when you are only trying to unplug one of them? Simply attach a bread tie to each cable with the device written on it. Simple, useful, and free!

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Colored keys – Do you have a few keys that look alike and you spend time trying to figure out which key you need? Use nail polish to paint the tops different colors. You can buy fancy colored keys that do the same thing, but this is free!

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Cord saver – If you have an apple device, I bet that you have ruined a cord or two, I know I have! The cord tends to break where it bends at the joint between the cord and the plug. Prevent it from bending by taking the spring out of a pen and slipping it on. No more bends and broken cords!

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Bleach spots – It never fails, unless you buy the more expensive “no-splash” bleach, you’re going to get bleach splashes. If you have a few splashes on a favorite shirt, just color in the spots with sharpie marker!

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Tea Tag – This simple life hack has changed the way that I prepare my tea. I drink 2-3 cups of tea every day, and I hate it when you pour in the water and the paper part of the tea bag flops in the water. Simply wind the tea tag around the handle a couple of times and it won’t flop in!

I hope that you found these life hacks useful. After you’re done trying out the life hacks, be sure to visit DealDash. DealDash has everything that you need to keep your life awesome. Just click this link here and go browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Does Nail Art

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Nail art is a fun hobby that you can pick up easily and inexpensively. Give it a try!

I would like to start off saying that I am in no way an expert in nail art – As a woman in her mid-30’s I have been painting my nails for 20 years or so, but only got into nail art in the past few years. There are some amazing nail artists out there, but it takes time and patience to make real works of art on your nails. With that said, you can have a lot of fun playing around with all of the different colors and patterns on your nails. And unlike some other hobbies, you can get started using supplies that you probably already have at home.

Let’s start you off with an easy, cute design that you can customize to match any outfit – flowers!

Supplies:

  • Nail Polish in 3 colors of your choice, plus a clear base & topcoat
  • Nail polish remover & Cotton rounds, q-tips
  • Pin with plastic pinhead (like for sewing)

Directions:

  1. Remove any old nail polish that is on your nails.
  2. File your nails to get the shape and length you want.
  3. Paint a clear basecoat on your nails, let dry.
  4. Paint your background color on your nails, let dry.
  5. Using the pinhead, put 5 round drops of 1 color on each nail, positioning so they all share an edge, let dry. This will be the main part of your flower.
  6. Using the pinhead, take a different color of polish and put 1 larger drop of color in the middle of the flower that you just painted, let dry. This is the middle of your flower.
  7. After you have completed all of your flowers and let them dry, paint your topcoat on, let dry.
  8. Admire your flowered nails!

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I hope that you enjoyed this simple introduction to nail art. If you enjoy nail art, then you can do even more intricate and complicated designs with practice. DealDash has an amazing beauty section. If you need any beauty tools be sure to check DealDash. DealDash offers lots of beauty auctions. Just click this link to check them out. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

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DealDash Redecorates Your Bathroom

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Your bathroom might be the smallest room in your house, but you spend a lot of time there. Why not spruce it up?

The easiest and least costly way to make your bathroom look freshly updated is giving it a new coat of paint. Try a vibrant new color to really make this small space pop! If you’re transitioning over from plain white walls and you’re not ready to make a huge change yet, why not pick a favorite color and get a lighter version? Here’s a hint that I learned from my realtor when we were picking the colors that we wanted the builder to paint each different room – After picking the color on the paint chip that you like from the paint store, pick the color that is 1 color lighter (or above) the color that you chose. Once the color is on the wall it will appear darker, and therefore look closer to the color that you originally wanted.

Another easy (and not too expensive) fix for your bathroom that will transform it’s look is to change all of the hardware in the room. For example, if all of your hardware is currently chrome, change it to bronze or stainless steel. The most common hardware items that will need to be changed are:

  • Knobs on drawers and medicine cabinet
  • Towel rack
  • Toilet paper holder
  • Doorknob
  • Shower curtain rod
  • Shower curtain rings
  • Sink faucet
  • Tub faucet

If you’re not quite ready for the time and commitment to change all of the hardware, but want a totally different looking bathroom, try retiling the floor.  This is a fun project that doesn’t take a lot of money, especially if you have a very small bathroom. You can get a very fancy and luxurious set of tiles for your bathroom and feel like a king or queen.

Lastly, if all of the previous suggestions are not feasible for you at this time, then a fresh set of hand towels, some fancy new guest soap, a new bathroom rug, and a deep cleaning will make any bathroom look great. Scrub that toilet and sink until it sparkles, and you will have a bathroom that anyone would be proud to call their own.

I hope that you found this article helpful. If you’re looking to redecorate any of the rooms in your home, check out DealDash. DealDash has many decorative items for your home. Here is a link to check out the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Presents Fun Animal Facts

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From Aardvark to Zebra animals are a very important part of our world.

There are so many different types, sizes, and shapes of animals on our green Earth. Here are some fun and interesting animal facts for you to enjoy. Memorize some, and quiz your friends!

Dolphins may speak in squeals and squeaks rather than human words, but they actually have names for each other. The Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT) is a dolphin-English translator that can be used to convert the “dolphin talk” into English.

Cows are extremely sensitive beings. Not only do they have best friends, they also produce more milk when listening to soothing music. The average cow has her first baby calf when she is about 2 years old. Cows (naturally) live for approximately 15 years.

Squirrels are very useful little creatures. They are great for the environment by “accidentally” plant thousands of trees per year by scattering acorns. In addition to being conservation-friendly, they will also adopt other squirrel babies that have been abandoned.

Most people aren’t very fond of rats, but they are actually said to be as intelligent as a dog. They can learn their name and how to do tricks. Rats are also ticklish, which is cute to think about, until you read the next rat fact. They are extremely fertile, and in just 18 months, 2 rats could have created over 1 million relatives. Now that’s a lot of rats!

Now on to my favorite animal, the octopus! An octopus has a lot of love to give – not only do they have 8 arms for hugging, they also have 3 hearts. If they happen to lose one of those 8 arms, no problem! Octopus’ are able to regenerate an arm if it gets bitten off. They are also able to “drop” an arm to escape a predator, similar to how a lizard can drop it’s tail when it’s in danger. Sadly, an octopus usually only lives for approximately 6 – 18 months. Males only live a few months after mating, and females die of starvation shortly after their protected eggs hatch. How sad.

I hope that you found these animal facts interesting. Being an animal lover, you probably have pets! DealDash has many pet items up for auctions. When you need pet supplies, check DealDash first. Here is a link to check out the auctions on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Cooks: Thanksgiving Sides

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The turkey is usually the star of the show on Thanksgiving, but these side dishes make for great runners-up.

Most people have a big turkey, sometimes a ham, and various and sundry side dishes on Thanksgiving. Generally I prefer the side dishes to the turkey, so I always make sure to bring a few when we attend Thanksgiving dinner at my in-law’s house. Here are a couple of my favorites that you might like to try for your own Thanksgiving dinner.

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Mashed potatoes – Yum, yum! Mashed potatoes are definitely a family favorite, I have seen people take seconds and even thirds of my mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, quartered and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1 Tbs garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Using a large saucepan, cover the potatoes with 1 inch of cold water, then bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 20-25 minutes, they should crumble with a fork.
  2. Drain the potatoes, and wipe the saucepan dry. Add the potatoes back to the saucepan and mash to a uniform consistency.
  3. Fold in the butter and half-and-half, and then fold in sour cream, chives, and garlic powder.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.

Corn casserole – This delicious corn casserole is SO easy to make you might think about incorporating it into your regular dinner rotation.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 cans of whole kernel corn (I prefer yellow and white mixed, but you choose)
  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 Cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese (separated)
  • 1/2 Cup breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Saute two cloves of chopped garlic in a saucepan until they start giving off that beautiful garlic smell.
  2. Add corn, cream cheese, butter, cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and stir until combined.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Take mixture off of the stove, and put into a baking dish.
  5. Top with the 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and the breadcrumbs.
  6. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes, until breadcrumbs are just starting to brown.

I hope you enjoyed these two side-dish recipes for Thanksgiving. They will be delicious along-side your turkey. DealDash has everything you need for the kitchen. If you need pots & pans, mixers, or cutlery visit DealDash. Just click this link right here and you can browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Contains the Baby

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There are many ways to keep a baby safe from itself. Let’s look at the different ways to keep a baby safe.

As the mom of a 9 month old baby I am constantly worried that he is getting himself into trouble when I step away for even a moment to answer the phone or check on something in the oven. Luckily, there are many ways to keep babies safe and sound from harm these days. Here are a few ways to keep your house baby-proofed and safe for everyone.

The number one way to keep your baby safe is constant vigilance, of course, but there are just a few times a day that you might need to leave your baby alone for a few minutes at a time. When you need to leave your baby to check the mail, answer the phone, or any other 5 minute activity then you should utilize a baby monitor. There are different types of baby monitor:

  • Classic – You can hear the baby, and when you press a button you can speak to the baby.
  • Video – You can see and hear the baby, and when you press a button you can speak to the baby. Some have other features such as room temperature, plays lullabies, and night vision.
  • Smartphone – With these monitors, they do everything that the video monitor does, except instead of having to stay within 100 yards of the house you can check your baby from anywhere using your smartphone. This is a great monitor to have if you leave your baby at home with a babysitter, or if you have a nanny.

Another way to keep your baby safe is by investing in a Pack N’ Play, playpen, or play yard. These are great to have if you are at home within sight of your baby but need to keep them contained for a short period of time, such as when you are cooking, cleaning, or doing a project. If you use one of these, make sure that all of the toys that you put in the baby containment unit are baby-safe and non-chokable.

Lastly, be sure to baby-proof your electrical outlets and keep your phone chargers out of reach! Electrical outlets pose a danger to babies, especially if they are in the stage where they like to lick and chew on everything. Phone charger cords can be a dangerous choking and electrocution hazard.

I hope that you have found this article on baby safety helpful. DealDash has many baby products up for auction. When you need a baby product be sure to check DealDash first. Here is a link to visit DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Digs Aromatherapy

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The simplest definition of aromatherapy is “the use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in massage or baths.” Here is a little more information about aromatherapy to see if it’s right for you.

Many people use aromatherapy (also called essential oil therapy), some for medical reasons, and others because they enjoy the smells that aromatherapy uses. Aromatherapy can be used as a treatment (or possibly prevention) of disease or a skin condition by using essential oils. You can also use essential oils for pain and anxiety reduction, enhancement of energy, relaxation, reduction of eczema-induced itching, and many other uses. Some of these uses are scientifically proven, such as lavender for relaxation. Others are more anecdotal in nature.

There are three ways to apply aromatherapy to your lifestyle. The three ways are:

  1. Aerial diffusion: This way is ideal to use essential oils to make your house smell wonderful, or for aerial disinfection.
  2. Direct inhalation: Direct inhalation is used for respiratory disinfection, using as a decongestant, mucus expectoration, and also for psychological effects.
  3. Topical application: Topical application is used for applying essential oil directly to the skin. Please note that most essential oils are not meant to be applied to the skin without a carrier oil such as grapeseed oil.

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If you decide to start yourself on a course of aromatherapy, please make sure that you have cleared it with your doctor. Also, before using essential oils on the skin, you should perform a skin patch test by applying a small amount of the diluted oil behind the wrist and covering it with a band-aid for a few hours. If redness or irritation occurs, the oil should be diluted further with the carrier oil and a second skin test performed, or it should not be used at all.

I hope that you found this article on aromatherapy helpful. If you’re interested in using an aromatherapy oil diffuser you can find some very attractive decorative diffusers. DealDash has many decorative sculptures and works of art for auction. Check DealDash before you decorate. Just click this link here and you can browse the auctions on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Works Off Leftover Candy

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Now that all of the Halloween candy has been devoured, it’s time to work off those extra pounds. Have you got a spare pumpkin left over?

How was your Halloween? Did the kids bring you home a lot of candy? Or did you buy too much candy and end up eating all of the leftovers? Don’t worry, DealDash can help you with those extra pounds. If you have an extra uncarved pumpkin left over from Halloween you can actually use it to help you work out! Keep reading to find out what kind of exercises that you can do with a leftover pumpkin.

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Pumpkin swing and squats – Start by holding the pumpkin and squatting down, holding it between your feet. Next, swing it up to shoulder level, and then back down squatting. Do 2 sets 10 reps of Pumpkin swing and squats each. This exercise is great for strengthening your core and slimming your thighs.

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Pumpkin lifts – Start in a squatting position, holding the pumpkin, hands on your knees. Lift the pumpkin up above your head and hold for a count of 5. Lower the pumpkin and resume the squatting position. Do 2 sets 10 reps of Pumpkin lifts. This exercise is great for your legs and arms.

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Pumpkin push-ups – Start by placing 1 hand on the pumpkin and 1 hand on the floor. Do 10 push-ups this way. Switch hands and do 10 push-ups this way. Repeat the sequence once. This exercise is perfect for building those arm muscles.

 

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Pumpkin curl-ups – This one is easy! Simply hold your pumpkin in your hands while you do your curl-ups instead of keeping your hands on your knees. Do 3 sets of 10 reps each. It sounds easy, but you will be sore the next day! This is another exercise that’s great for your core and abs.

Once you have done all of those pumpkin exercises you should reward yourself with a break! There’s nothing that I like better to do when relaxing than browse DealDash. DealDash has the market cornered on entertainment shopping. DealDash has everything you need from the basic essentials to the fun “extras”. Just click right here and you can browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Travels: Washington, D.C.

Everyone should visit our nation’s capital at least once. Here are some things that you should make a point to see while you are there.

Washington, D.C. has been ranked as the #8 best place to visit on the U.S. News and Report website. If you haven’t ever made it to Washington, D.C. you should make it a point to visit on your next vacation.

Washington, D.C. is famous for many things – The White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument are things that every American should see at least once. There are also many fun things to make a family vacation enjoyable for the kids as well, such as the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Museum. Surprisingly, all of the Smithsonian attractions as well as the National Zoo have free admission!

Did you know that basketball player Kevin Durant, politician Al Gore, actor Samuel L. Jackson, and your favorite DealDash blogger (me!) were all born in Washington, D.C.?

If you plan on visiting Washington, D.C., you won’t even need to rent a car! The Metro (Washington metropolitan Area Transit Authority), as it’s locally known, is a great way to get around. You are able to fly into Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia and take the Metro into the city to check into your hotel. The cost for the Metro is minimal and ranges from $1.75 to $5.90 per trip, depending on your destination and if you are travelling during “peak” or “off-peak” times, which is an awesome deal compared to a taxi or an Uber.

The best times to visit Washington, D.C. are the spring and the fall to get nice weather as well as slightly better pricing for your hotel than if you were to travel in the summer. And as a bonus, if you travel late in late March or early April you will be able to catch the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This upcoming year, 2017, the National Cherry Blossom Festival will take place from March 20th to April 16th. The cherry blossom trees are currently growing in three National Park Service locations: the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, in East Potomac Park (Hains Point), and also on the Washington Monument grounds.

If you’re planning on travelling you might want to get some new luggage. DealDash has a number of beautiful luggage sets up for auction. If you’re looking for luggage, check DealDash first! Just click this link right here and come browse the auctions on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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Doing Nice Things with DealDash

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November is the month of being thankful – Being nice and being thankful go hand-in-hand. Let’s think of some ways to be nice to others.

Why wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful for your friends and family? Let’s be extra thankful all month and show our appreciation for friends and family by doing nice things. Here are a few ideas for nice things that you can do for others.

Flowers. You can get flowers to spruce up a friend’s house. You can get a nice pot of mums for outside, or a nice arrangement from the supermarket or the big-box hardware store for under $10. This is something that you can do for just about any age, from 20-90.

Hang decorations. If you have an older friend or family member who loves to decorate for the holidays but has trouble doing so due to age and agility, why not offer to help them hang their decorations this year? It’s an easy thing to do that will make them smile. Just be sure to let them know that you will be back after the holidays to help them take the decorations down as well.

Shovel. If it isn’t snowing where you are by now, make someone happy by letting them know that you will be by to help them shovel on the first snow of the season. This is especially helpful for the elderly.

Coffee. On your morning coffee run, why not pick up a few extra coffees for your co-workers? It’s an easy and inexpensive way to make someone smile. Bonus points if you know how they like their coffee, but you can always get it black with creamers and sugar on the side.

Wrapping. Do you have a friend or family member who has a lot of people that they buy presents for? Why not offer to help them wrap presents? I personally find wrapping presents fun, and I always volunteer to be the present-wrapper when I get an opportunity. It boggles my mind that some people dislike wrapping presents, and I am always happy to help them.

DealDash. Do you have a friend who needs a little cheering up? Why not win them something on DealDash? There are many fun things on DealDash that would make a wonderful surprise gift for someone who is feeling a little down. Just click on this link right here and you will be taken to DealDash so you can browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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