DealDash Helps You Overcome Failures

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Having failures in your life is just part of being human. How you overcome those failures can make a real difference. Let DealDash help.

When is the last time that you had a failure in life? Maybe it was not getting that job that you wanted, or perhaps making a mistake that cost you a friendship. You could just give up when you have a failure, or you can get right up, brush yourself off, and try again. Let DedalDash give you some tips on how to overcome your failures.

Get Emotional

Many adults are told to not express their emotions, to keep everything bottled up inside. However, the first step in overcoming your failures is to examine your emotions. Take some time to yourself and think about your emotions regarding your failure. These emotions might include anger, sadness, fear, or shame. Thinking about these emotions will enable you to work through your feelings without turning it inward on yourself or outward onto others.

Positive Thinking

Once you have examined your emotions regarding your failure, try to move on. Attempt to banish any more negative thoughts and feelings about the failure. With failure often comes the tendency to beat yourself up over it, but when those negative thoughts creep in try and replace them with positive or hopeful thoughts instead. Instead of thinking “I didn’t get that great job, I’ll never get a better job, why bother trying?” try to think positively. “Maybe I didn’t get that great job, but there are plenty of other choices out there. Let me see what other jobs I can send my resume in to today.”

Set Goals

Finally, the best way to overcome a failure is to set some positive and achievable goals that you can work towards completing. Start brainstorming and make a list of some goals that you can work on that will ultimately benefit you long-term.

For example, if getting a better job is your end goal, set some smaller goals that are more easily achieved such as working on your interview skills and sprucing up your resume. With each small goal that you meet it will strengthen your confidence and take you that much closer to your end goal.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on overcoming failures helpful. If you are shopping for something to cheer yourself up such as a home item, art, or something to pamper yourself check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make you happy. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

 

DealDash Watches the Stars

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Astronomy is a fascinating hobby and is great for all ages. Let DealDash help get you starting in your stargazing.

One of the most interesting things about backyard astronomy is you don’t really need anything to get started. Of course, you will be able to see more things and probably enjoy it more with a telescope or even binoculars, However, all you really need to do to get started in backyard astronomy is to look up into the night sky. Let DealDash help!

Backyard Astronomy is Great for Families

Kids of all ages can join you in your new backyard astronomy hobby. I personally remember when I was a child my parents bought an inexpensive telescope and we spent many happy hours gazing into the sky in the evenings before bedtime. Happy memories, those.

What will you need for a little backyard astronomy with the family? Not much! If you are planning on watching the stars in the summer, a blanket that’s large enough for everyone to sit on is great, or perhaps you could each use your beach towels for personal star-gazing space. You’ll also want to be sure to spray yourselves with bug spray, there’s nothing worse than getting an armful of mosquito bites after an evening of stargazing.

Constellations Not Necessary

Learning some of the easier constellations such as the Big and Little Dipper is nice to do, but if you have smaller kids that might be a little too tricky for them. Why not make up a game instead, like “connect the dots” using the brightest stars? You can also have them make up their own constellations, that’s what people did in the past, and those are the constellations we see today.

Look for Shooting Stars

Looking for shooting stars is also a very fun astronomy activity. Interestingly enough, shooting stars really aren’t stars. They are actually just tiny dust particles falling through our atmosphere and they vaporize due to the heat of friction with the atmospheric gasses. Don’t tell the kids that, though! The concept of shooting stars is much more fun, and who wants to make a wish on a tiny dust particle, anyway?

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on backyard astronomy interesting. If you are shopping for a telescope, binoculars, home item, or other, be sure that you check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your stargazing more fun. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Encourages New Hobbies

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Hobbies are a great stress-reliever and can help you feel more positive about the rest of your life. Let DealDash help you explore some options.

You might already have a hobby or two that you enjoy, such as bidding on DealDash. However, expanding your horizons, learning new things, and doing things differently can help your brain stay young. Here are some tips and ideas from DealDash to help you explore some new hobbies in your spare time.

How Do I Find a New Hobby?

Firstly, I realize that finding a new hobby, especially if you’re an older person, can seem a little daunting. However, finding a new hobby doesn’t have to be difficult.

To find a new hobby, why not look around you, and see what hobbies you have right now. If you already have a hobby that you enjoy, why not expand on it? For example, if you like scrapbooking, why not pick up a camera and try your hand at photography? Once you have learned how to take great pictures you can use them in your scrapbooks. Or if you currently enjoy tennis as a hobby, why not take up golf as well?

If You Don’t Have Any Current Hobbies…

If you don’t have any current hobbies that you can expand on, why not go to the non-fiction section at the bookstore and see what peaks your interest? Maybe the cookbooks interest you, or perhaps woodworking, or even war history. No matter what non-fiction book you’re drawn to there is a hobby that will complement it.

Let Yourself Explore the Options

Lastly, if you pick up a new hobby that turns out to be a dud, don’t worry about it. Give it an honest chance, but if after a few weeks you’re not enjoying it at all feel free to move on to something else. Now, that’s not to say you should give up on something just because you’re not good at it right away, but if your new hobby doesn’t give you any joy then choose something else with a clear conscience.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on expanding your hobbies helpful. If you are shopping for a camera, sports item, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your free time fun, exciting, and interesting. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Likes Healthy Kale

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Have you jumped on the kale bandwagon yet? If not, you should! Kale is healthy and delicious. Let DelDash tell you about kale.

Have you learned about the excellent health and nutritional benefits of kale for you and your family? If you haven’t been introduced yet to the “Wonderful World of Kale,” you will be interested to know that kale is nutritious and delicious for any meal of the day, even breakfast. Yes, breakfast, really! Here are some fun kale facts from DealDash to chew on.

 Kale is Good for Athletes

First, if you like to play basketball, you will be thrilled to hear that researchers have found that if you eat kale at least 3 times per week, you’ll be able to increase your aerial gains by an average of about 7.3 inches. As a result, you will be jumping like a pro in no time. Isn’t that amazing? If your children agree to try kale for breakfast, try blending them up a delicious green smoothie.

Kale is Good for Your Brain

Next, when you’re trying to convince your kids that eating kale is awesome, you might be able to convince them to eat a yummy kale and egg breakfast by telling them that they can improve their memory and concentration by simply incorporating kale into breakfast every morning. This means better grades and happier parents.
Also, it’s interesting to note that Kale has a lot of protein for a leafy green. In addition to the protein, kale is packed with iron, folate, and vitamin B6. These are all vital nutrients that are needed to make brain molecules like serotonin and dopamine.

Delicious

Finally, since we have established that kale is a healthy superfood, it will be nice to hear that kale is also delicious and can be incorporated into many delightful meals. Many people’s favorite way to eat kale is in a smoothie. Here is a quick and yummy smoothie recipe that includes kale.

Kale & Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups kale
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup Light unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Place the banana, kale, soy milk, flax seeds, and maple syrup into a blender.
  2. Next, cover, and puree until smooth. Serve over ice.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on kale helpful. When you make the smoothie, having a blender is essential. DealDash has lots of blenders! If you are shopping for a kitchen item, toy, tool, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your home more beautiful. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Plans a Superbowl Party

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Are you planning on having a Superbowl party? That sounds like a lot of work! Let DealDash help.

The Superbowl is on Sunday, February 5th featuring the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. Who do you want to win? No matter which team you’re rooting for, everyone enjoys a Superbowl party. Here are some hints and tips from DealDash on how to host a successful Superbowl party.

Food

Food is the second most important ingredient of your Superbowl party, following a TV, of course. What you feed your guests depends on your time and budget, but the classic Superbowl party foods are chicken wings, pizza, chips, and salsa/queso dip.

If you’d like to get a little more creative this year, how about making some meatballs with sauce in the slow cooker? If you don’t have a slow cooker you can win one on DealDash. DealDash puts slow cookers up for auction fairly frequently.

Don’t forget the beers, soda, and bottled waters. All of the yelling at the TV will definitely work up a thirst.

Disposable Items

Having a party means a lot of clean up. However, there will be far less clean up involved if you get paper plates, solo cups, and plastic cutlery for the party guests. I would also suggest getting a few disposable table cloths, that way if anyone spills, no problem. After the party you just toss it in the garbage and your counter is clean again.

Games

Watching the big game is on the forefront, but in case the action is a little slower than you’d like why not play some games of your own?  Video games are out since you’ll have the game on, so you’re going to have to go with board games like Apples to Apples, card games, or hey, it’s a party, drinking games!

Music

Even if you’re watching the game most parties are better with music. If you start making a playlist now you can have all of your songs ready to go on iTunes. For even more party fun, why not bust out the karaoke machine? It’s a lot of fun, and can really liven up your party. Be sure to check the reviews first, some machines are better than others.

I hope that you found this new DealDash Reviewed article on preparing for a party helpful. If you are shopping for a home item, karaoke machine, video game, or TV check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your party awesome. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

 

 

DealDash Looks at the Pantry

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Having a fully stocked pantry is one of those simple joys in life. No matter what storm rages on outside you will have all of the essentials.

How fully stocked is your pantry? Do you feel confident that you and your family could survive for a few weeks on just the products in the pantry if you needed to?

Even if you don’t live in an area of the country that’s prone to natural disasters, it’s a smart idea to keep a fully stocked pantry for big emergencies as well as other unforeseen events such as illness or job loss. Having a fully stocked pantry also means that you’ll be well-equipped to put together a family-friendly meal or a last-minute dinner for friends. Let DealDash take a look at your pantry and see if you’re fully stocked.

Canned Goods

Canned goods are the cornerstone of a stocked pantry.  It’s important to have some basic staples on hand as well as some well-loved favorite items. Here is a quick list of some canned goods that you should think about incorporating into your pantry.

  • Chicken broth
  • Beans: cannellini, navy, chickpeas or black
  • Vegetables: corn, green beans, spinach
  • Salsa
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Tuna
  • Comfort meals such as ravioli, spaghetti o’s, and pre-cooked pasta
  • Soups of all types – chicken noodle, clam chowder, beef vegetable
  • Baby food (if applicable)

Dry Goods

Having large bags and boxes of dry goods is important to have because you can make many different meals with these same ingredients when you incorporate other items that you have in cans or in the fridge.

  • Rice
  • Pasta – spaghetti, egg noodles, spiral, penne
  • Oatmeal
  • Mac n’ cheese
  • Cereal

Snacks and Treats

If your planning for a party or living out of your pantry due to necessity it’s important to have some snacks and treats available. Tortilla chips might be important for a party, but peanut butter crackers might make the difference between having a filling lunch or still being hungry. Stock your pantry accordingly.

  • Saltine crackers
  • Tortilla chips
  • Cheese/peanut butter crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Raisins
  • Peanut butter
  • Fruit cups
  • Applesauce

Paper Products

While paper and cleaning products aren’t quite as important as food they do serve a very important purpose. Here are the paper and cleaning products you should keep stocked.

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Napkins
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Hand soap
  • Diapers and wipes (if applicable)

I hope that you found this new DealDash Reviewed article on stocking your pantry helpful. If you are shopping for a home item, kid’s toy, garden implement, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your home comfortable and full of things that you love. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

More Cleaning Ideas from DealDash

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Unless you are living with your parents or have a daily maid, then you are probably doing at least a little housework. Here are some more cleaning tips and ideas from DealDash.

Cleaning is usually not at the top of the list when people think about “fun activities.” However, if you are able to streamline your cleaning routine by using some of these tips and tricks from DealDash at least you will get things done faster. And when you get the cleaning done faster it means that there is more time left over to do fun activities instead. Here are more tips from DealDash to get things sparkling clean with less effort.

Cleaning the Dishwasher

Cleaning your dishwasher doesn’t require any harsh cleaning solutions or even any scrubbing. Don’t waste your money on those expensive dishwasher cleaners, either. Simply add 1 cup of baking soda to the bottom of your empty dishwasher and let it sit overnight. Run the hottest possible cycle using vinegar instead of detergent to clean and deodorize your dishwasher. Do this monthly for a delightfully clean dishwasher.

Metal Faucets

Do you scrub your metal faucets and wonder why they still have hard water stains on them? Or perhaps you’ve learned to ignore the spots on your faucets? Either way, get them clean in the time it takes to chop a lemon. Cut a lemon in half, and run it along the faucets where the stains are. They will disappear like magic.

Be Proactive

While you’re waiting for dinner to come out of the oven, why not start loading the dishwasher with any items that you might have used while cooking? You can also use this time to handwash anything that needs to be done such as pans or wooden cutting boards.

Another way that you can be proactive in keeping your house clean is by taking your shoes off at the door. Think of all of the horrible things that you might be stepping in outside, not to mention any snow and ice that you might be tracking indoors this winter. Keep your floors clean with zero effort by leaving those shoes by the door.

I hope that you found this DealDash Reviewed blog helpful. Be sure to check in every day for more hand tips, reviews, and lifestyle blog posts. If you’re looking for gift cards, home goods, or kids toys check DealDash first. DealDash has all of these and more. Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.com, DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Recipes: Baked Cheesy Macaroni

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Kids and adults alike will enjoy this baked cheesy macaroni dish. It’s simple to make and delicious!

This baked cheesy macaroni is super-simple to make, and people love homemade macaroni and cheese. It is light years ahead of the boxed versions, and almost as inexpensive to make.

This baked cheesy macaroni has a powerful advantage for you: it is made with dry pasta, so there’s no need for precooking. Here’s a tip: the pasta cooks in the oven, absorbing the liquid from the dairy products. That’s a time-saver right there! Read on, and prepare for a delicious baked cheesy macaroni side dish for dinner tonight, compliments of DealDash.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (not low fat, sorry healthy food lovers)
  • 2.5 cups milk (not skim, again, apologies)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg 
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated (Preferably use white cheddar, but orange will do.)
  • ½ pound elbow pasta, uncooked (see, this is the time-saver right here, folks)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees and position an oven rack in upper third of oven.
  2. Use 1 tablespoon butter to butter a 9-inch round or square baking pan.
  3. In a blender, purée cottage cheese, milk, mustard, cayenne, nutmeg and pepper together.
  4. Reserve ¼ cup grated cheese for topping. In a large bowl, combine remaining grated cheese, milk mixture and uncooked pasta. Pour into prepared pan, cover tightly with foil and bake 30 minutes.
  5. Uncover pan, stir gently, sprinkle with reserved cheese and dot with remaining tablespoon butter. Bake, uncovered, an additional 30 minutes, until browned.
  6. Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

This is such a delicious side dish, and it pairs well with just about any meat that you can imagine. I am planning on making this tonight with crispy baked chicken and garlic green beans on the side. Yummy, as well as kid-friendly, the perfect combination.

I hope that you found this recipe useful. For more DealDash reading, check out our sister blog DealDashTips.com daily for more information. If you’d like to get a blender, food processor, 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 Talks: Lessons I Have Learned From My Children

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Aren’t children such funny tiny little people? They can teach you some amazing life lessons without even realizing it.

Children of all ages have life lessons to teach you, all you have to do is really listen to what they are saying. Many people don’t really pay attention when their kids are trying to talk to them, but you should really take the time to listen. You might learn something. Here are some tips from DealDash.

Friendship Problems Can Be Fixed

As adults it seems like the moment that a friend says or does something that you don’t like you unfriend them on Facebook, block them on your phone, and move on with your life. However, kids rarely seem to think that way. A child can say something mean to their friend at school, or even get into a fistfight, yet the next day they are friends again. How do they do this?

How do they do this? Children have a large capacity for forgiveness. It’s not wise to forgive someone when they disappoint you over and over again, but if a friend makes a mistake here and there, try to forgive them and move on from the problem.

Excitement About Little Things

Children frequently get excited about the smallest things such as a trip to the playground, a kid’s meal for dinner, or stickers. However, most adults are harder to excite, and there are some adults who seem to never get excited about anything. Life is definitely more pleasant when there is excitement and a sense of wonder about the world around us.

Anticipation

Going hand-in-hand with excitement about the little things is anticipation about things in the future. Children look forward to and anticipate many things such as an outing on the weekend or a visit from Grandma. And don’t forget the many holidays that we have throughout the year. Sometimes the week is a little tough for adults to get through. Having something to look forward to can really help you get through the rough spots in the day.

I hope that you found this DealDashReviewed article helpful. Be sure to check back here as well as our sister blog DealDash Tips every day for fresh new articles. If you need anything to pamper yourself or your children be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has items for your family! Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Upgrades Your Life

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Are you living your best life? Why not look at things differently and see if you can give yourself a bit of a life upgrade with tips from DealDash.

Sure, I’m sure that your life is pretty awesome. But what if you could change just a few little things and make your life even better? What if those things were so small and simple that you barely realized that you were making changes, yet your life seemed to get better and better all the time? Here are some of those tiny changes that you can make to give yourself a life upgrade, from DealDash.

Try a Hobby

Try a hobby that you think is silly and ridiculous. For instance, if you think that video games are a waste of time then give them an honest chance. Don’t go out and buy a whole game system, of course, but download a few games on your phone or play a few flash games on your computer. Try a few different types of games such as the “room escape” type or the “hidden object” type. You might be surprised at how much fun you have playing those “silly” games.

Eat Something Mysterious

Adventurous eating takes a little bravery, but some of those strange things can be really delicious. If you are an especially plain eater, try a different sauce or dressing next time you go out. Ask for it on the side so if you really don’t like it, you don’t have to finish it. For those of you who are already moderately adventurous, go crazy! Try shark fin soup, alligator, cow tongue, or anything that you would normally think is a little too far out of your comfort zone. You never know what you might find as your new favorite food.

New Music is Good Music

Many people get stuck in a musical rut. Most of the people that I know have a set genre of music that they like to listen to, and that’s that, no deviations. I was the same way when I was younger, but as I have gotten older I have really expanded on my musical tastes. If I had stuck with only listening to rock/alternative, I would have never discovered some amazing indie, country, and blues music. Try this: every day next week on your way to work put the radio on a different type of music than you normally listen to – you might just find a new favorite song!

Since we’re talking about trying new things, why not try bidding on an item on DealDash that you normally wouldn’t bid on? If you normally only bid on computer items, try jewelry! If you usually bid on practical things like sheets, why not try art? The more categories you explore on DealDash, the greater your knowledge and the more chances you have to win.

I hope that you found this article on upgrading your life helpful. Be sure to check back here as well as our sister blog DealDash Tips every day for fresh new articles. If you need anything to pamper yourself be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has items for you! Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Makes Delicious Breakfast

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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Many people don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning. Here are some ideas from DealDash.

Not everyone has time to make a full breakfast every morning – or any morning for that matter! That doesn’t mean that you should skip breakfast, though! If you can manage to make a small breakfast you will have a much more productive day than if you skipped it. Here are some quick breakfast tips from DealDash for you to try.

Easy Smoothie

Blend frozen fruit (banana and berries work well) with Greek yogurt and your choice of milk or juice, and freeze overnight. You can then thaw throughout the day to enjoy in the afternoon or blend it up again in the morning.

Instant Oatmeal and Fruit

Change up your boring instant oatmeal in the morning with sliced fruit. You can use fresh fruit or frozen. If you are in too much of a hurry to slice the fruit you can always toss it in the blender on the “chop” setting and it will do all of the hard work for you.

Savory Oatmeal

Take oatmeal in a different direction by making it savory. Prepare as usual with milk or water, but add a pinch of salt and pepper instead of any cinnamon or sugar. Then top with an over-easy or poached egg and sprinkle on a little cheese if you’d like to take it up an extra notch.

Super Quick Eggs

If you like eggs but you’re in a hurry try a microwave coffee cup scramble. Coat a microwave-safe coffee cup with cooking spray. Add 2 eggs and 2 TBS milk, then beat with a fork until blended. Microwave on high for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave until eggs are almost set, about 45 seconds longer. Add toppings if you’d like – cheese, salt and pepper, onions, ketchup, etc. Take it to go!

Full Breakfast in a Hurry

Having a full breakfast would be optimal, though, and you can achieve that in a hurry with the Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker. It’s easy to use the breakfast sandwich maker, simply choose your bread and layer on the fixings that you like such as egg, cheese, precooked meat or your choice of ingredients. Cook two breakfast sandwiches to perfection and to your preferences, and know when it’s ready with the built-in digital timer. In five minutes or less, two hot and delicious breakfast sandwiches are ready to serve. Does that sound delicious? You bet it does! Luckily DealDash carries the Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker!

Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker

If you’d like to get the Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker or any other kitchen items be sure to visit DealDash. DealDash has many small appliances for cooking breakfast in a hurry. Visit DealDash now to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Deals With Tantrums

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Dealing with a toddler usually means tantrums. Let DealDash help you deal with tantrums without too many tears.

When your child or grandchild is having a tantrum it can be extremely frustrating. Luckily, though, tantrums are usually a short-lived phase in your little one’s life. Until they have gained a little maturity, though, tantrums can be embarrassing, frustrating, and annoying. It might make you feel a little better to know that your child probably isn’t enjoying it, either.

Tantrums are the way to express his/her frustration when they are having trouble communicating. Most children that are young enough to still have regular tantrums don’t yet have the language skills to express in words what is bothering them. It could be anything from hunger, tiredness, or their socks are itchy. If they don’t have the words to tell you the problem, they rely on the tantrum to get your attention so that you can fix their problem. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can deal with these tantrums. Here are some ideas from DealDash.

Be Attentive

Your child develops a sense of happiness and self-esteem as you continually help him/her with their wants and needs, so try your best to fulfill the “requests” whenever possible and practical. If you can’t give your little one what he wants try offering something else in its place. If ice cream is the request, try offering something such as juice or a piece of fruit instead.

Stay Calm

When your little one is having a tantrum, try your best to be calm and neutral even if you are feeling upset or frustrated. Try not to engage too much with your child when they are having a tantrum. Too much attention will just teach them that they get extra attention when they are acting out, and everyone knows how much kids love attention! Acknowledge their feelings of anger, frustration, or whatever you think that the problem might be, but after that just sit quietly and let them get it out of their system

Distraction is a Tool

You can probably tell when your child is about to have a tantrum, and if you can catch it before it starts you might be able to avoid it altogether. Once a tantrum starts it’s fairly difficult to stop, so try to stop it before it starts. A great way to distract a small child is with toys, of course.

DealDash has toys that are both fun and educational that would be great for distracting a toddler. If you are looking for outdoor toys, indoor toys, learning toys, or just toys to cuddle be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has toys for kids of all ages and stages. Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Boosts Your Self-Esteem

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Do you or someone you know have low self-esteem? DealDash is here to help you realize that you’re great!

Having low self-esteem can make life harder than it needs to be. When someone has low self-esteem they tend to be quiet and withdrawn and take fewer chances in life. Many times those chances could have led to great things such as a new job or relationship. Here are some tips from DealDash to help boost your self-esteem.

No One is Perfect

There is not a person out there that doesn’t have a flaw – none of us are perfect. We all have our faults. When you have low self-esteem it appears that everyone around you does things better, faster, and more efficiently than you. You might think that people are looking at you and judging you. These things are mostly in your head, though. We are all imperfect, we should strive to do our best in life but realize that we all make mistakes.

Be Kind to Yourself

Someone who has low self-esteem is usually their own worst critic. If they make a mistake they tend to berate themselves and it ruins their day. However, if someone else such as a friend, family member, or co-worker made the same mistake they would say something such as “It’s okay, you can try again.” or “It doesn’t matter, you will get it right the next time.” Why shouldn’t you treat yourself with as much compassion as you would someone else? Be kind to yourself, treat yourself compassionately.

Let Go of Past Mistakes

If you have self-esteem issues you are probably focusing too much on the past, wondering how you could have done things differently. Instead of focusing on the past you should set your sights on the future and how you can improve your situation. Don’t dwell in the past! It’s over and done with! Shake it off and get out there and do your best.

Do Something for Yourself

Working on boosting your self-esteem can be hard work! Why not take some time out to pamper yourself and pat yourself on the back for doing such a good job? Take a walk, get yourself a coffee, or win yourself something nice on DealDash! DealDash offers nice items for pampering yourself such as art, perfume, and decorative candles.

I hope that you found this article on taking care of your self-esteem helpful. Be sure to check back here as well as our sister blog DealDash Tips every day for fresh new articles. If you need anything to pamper yourself be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has items for you! Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Plays Games with Family

 

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DealDash thinks that a family game night is a great time to bond and have a fun time while you’re at it!

What could be more fun than playing games with your family? If your kids are elementary school or younger they will probably love the idea. If they’re a little bit older they may need a little bit of cajoling to get them excited about the game plan. Once you’ve had a few game nights, I bet they will be looking forward to the next DealDash Family Game Night.

Types of Games

You can play board games, there are different types of games for all age ranges, even non-readers. You will enjoy an excellent game called  Hoot Owl Hoot that is a co-operative game that can be played by ages 4 and up. This game involves working together with your family to get your little owls home before the sun travels across the sky. If you get all of your owls home the whole family wins!

If you have older kids or an all adult family, then there are some really fun board games that are very popular such as Ticket to Ride. There are also many card games that are a big hit such as Apples to Apples. Here’s a tip – let your kids pick the game, see what they choose!

You can also have a wonderful time playing video games with your family. Children of all ages 3+ are able to play games on the Wii or Wii U, and there are so many fun family, dancing, and sports games available.

DealDash Has Video Games

If you’re looking for a Wii, and Wii U, or some fun games that the family can play together be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has many games of all different genres up for auction, as well as all of the popular video game systems. They are fun for kids and adults.

I hope that you found these game night ideas from DealDash fun! If you need something for your family be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has everything you need. Visit DealDash now to save. DealDash now offers free bids for product reviews. Check it out, it’s a great way to earn extra bids for free. Good luck and happy DealDash bidding everyone!

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DealDash Saves Extra Money

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When you think of DealDash you probably think of a fun shopping site, right? Well, DealDash can help you save as well.

Did you spend a little too much money these past few months? Not only on presents but also on food, travel, and entertainment? Well, DealDash is here with some ideas for you to grow your savings, little by little. It might seem easier said than done, but putting away a small amount of money each month isn’t too difficult as long as you are committed to making it happen for yourself.

Remind Yourself

If you are committed to saving money for a particular purchase or event, such as a vacation, then give yourself some visual reminders of the reason that you are scrimping and saving. If you are planning on taking a family cruise next year and you need to save up money for your tickets, then find a little sticker of a boat, sunglasses, a flip-flop, or whatever will remind you of your upcoming cruise, and stick it on your credit/debit card. That way, every time you take out your card to buy something you will see that little reminder and it will make you think “Do I really want this knick-knack, or would I rather save for my cruise?” I bet 4 out of 5 times you will put that stuff that you don’t really need back on the shelf and save the money for your cruise instead.

24 Hour Rule

If you’re browsing at a store or doing a little on-line shopping because you’re bored, set a reminder on your phone to alert you when 24-hours has passed. If you still think it’s a great idea to make that impulse purchase, then do it, with no regrets. Chances are, once you really think about it you’ll be able to make an impartial decision.

Keep a List, Buy on Sale

Having a large family means that I am constantly in need of something for one of my family members. Whether it’s shoes for my son, clothes detergent, or socks for my husband, everyone always needs something. I keep a running list of things that we need around the house and try to hold off buying things until I see them for a great deal. This means a little more shopping around and a little more research to get the best deal, but I look at it like it’s a fun challenge rather than a chore.

Luckily for me, a lot of the things that end up on my “need to buy” list show up on DealDash! When you can find something on DealDash that you were going to buy anyway it’s always a good feeling. Since DealDash has the BIN (Buy It Now) benefit you can bid risk-free. Simply pay the BIN retail price to buy the item if you don’t win, and you will get all of your bids back as well as free shipping. Now that’s a deal!

I hope that you found this DealDash Reviews article on saving money helpful. Check back here and our sister blog DealDash Tips daily for new articles. If you are shopping for new cleaning items, kitchen appliances, or other home item check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Examines Baby Food

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Do you have a little baby that is going to be trying solids soon? DealDash is here to explain what some of your options are when choosing baby food.

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to your baby, and most people mean well when they try to give you advice. If you are unsure what you should be feeding your baby you should ask your baby’s doctor, first. You might end up feeling overwhelmed with all of the different options out there to choose from. Here are some ideas from DealDash.

Baby Cereal & Baby Oatmeal

Baby cereal and baby oatmeal are the first solids that a baby usually tries when they are ready to move beyond milk and formula. These foods are very similar, they come in a powder form that you can mix with milk, formula, or water. You can add more or less liquid to make them thin and soupy or thicker like regular oatmeal. When you first give these to your baby you will want to make them very thin and soupy and gradually thicken them up.

Rice Husk Baby Crackers

Baby crackers made of rice husks are also a very popular beginner food for your baby. When your baby is able to sit on their own they should be able to eat these crackers with supervision. These crackers melt when your baby gums them, and they can feel very soothing on their gums when they are teething.

Jarred Baby Food

Jarred baby food is usually the next step after your baby is comfortable with the baby cereal and baby oatmeal. Typically you would start with jars that are made of a single fruit or vegetable and move your way up to jars that have multiple fruits and veggies combined. That way you can see which ones your baby likes best, dislikes, and most importantly to see if your baby has an allergy to any of them.

Baby Food Pouches

Baby food pouches are becoming very popular, they are great for taking on-the-go because you can squirt them directly into your baby’s mouth instead of having to remember to bring a spoon. They are also great for babies that are a little older and can suck the food directly from the pouch themselves.

Cheerios

Cheerios are a beloved food of almost every baby, toddler, and kid. Plain Cheerios are a great snack food for your baby and are inexpensive and fun to eat. They are a safer food since they are small with a hole in the middle to prevent choking. Cheerios are great for babies that have a couple of teeth to chew with.

Homemade

Homemade baby food is the freshest and healthiest food available for your baby. Unfortunately, it takes quite a bit of time, effort, and clean up to make your own baby food. If you have time on a weekend, though, you can make large batches of baby food and freeze them in small batches to use throughout the week. If you’re interested in making your own baby food it’s fairly simple and all you really need is a food processor.

I hope that you found this DealDash article on baby food helpful. Check back here and our sister blog DealDash Tips daily for new articles. If you are shopping for a new baby item, toy, kitchen appliance, or other home item check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! DealDash

Quick Cleaning Ideas from DealDash

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Cleaning doesn’t have to be a long drawn-out whole day extravaganza. Let DealDash show you some quick cleaning tips.

Many people leave cleaning just for the weekend, or in some people’s cases less often than that. DealDash is here to tell you that if you use some of these quick cleaning tips every day then you won’t ever have to do a huge clean-up. Your house will be mostly clean at all times. Use these ideas and your house will be company-ready at a moment’s notice.

Just 5 Minutes

Your house probably has some “hotspots” of clutter. Mine are the kitchen island where all of the mail gets tossed, near the front door where the kids take off their cold-weather gear, and a few other places. I like to set the timer on my phone for 5 minutes every day and clean one of these clutter hotspots. You’d really be surprised at how much you can really get done in 5 minutes of time per day.

Wipe That Counter

I like to keep a sponge next to all of the sinks in the house. Every time I use the sink I give the counter around it a quick wipe. This way your counter is cleaned every day, multiple times per day. We have 6 sinks in our house, so I try to use each of the sinks every day, or at least every other day so all of the counters stay sparkling clean.

Lightweight Mini Vacuums Rock!

I absolutely adore the lightweight mini vacuum that I got about 6 months ago. It has a rechargeable lithium battery, so I am cord-free. It also has a detachable dustbuster, which is very convenient. I do a quick vacuum around my entire first floor every day, and it’s completely effortless with this mini vacuum.

For some reason the simple fact that it doesn’t have a cord that I need to plug in and unplug multiple times to get the job done just makes it so much faster and I have zero dread when it comes to doing my daily vacuum. I keep a heavier Dyson upstairs where we have carpet. The house is so much easier to clean when you have the right tools to do the job!

I hope that you found this DealDash Reviews article on quick cleaning helpful. Check back here and our sister blog DealDash Tips daily for new articles. If you are shopping for new cleaning items, kitchen appliances, or other home item check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

DealDash Finds Beauty in the Little Things

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Are you feeling a little annoyed at the snow, wondering when Spring will be here? It’s going to be a little while longer. Enjoy the little things.

Winter is so dark and dreary, I for one yearn to see the fresh new blades of grass and flower blooms that come with Spring. It’s so nice to see all of the little birds and animals come out of hiding when the new vegetation starts to sprout. Unfortunately, that’s still a little while off, Spring officially starts on March 20th, so we still have a couple of months left to go. Let’s try to delight in the little things that come with winter.

Yummy Hot Drinks

Most people love hot coffee, and many others love tea, hot chocolate, and apple cider. These drinks are definitely more popular in the winter, who wants to drink hot apple cider in May? It’s very relaxing to hold a nice hot beverage and sit by the fireplace in your favorite chair.

Sweaters and Jackets

Maybe I’m a little strange, but I love sweaters, hoodies, and winter jackets! I love to get bundled up in my winter gear and be cozy and toasty warm even when the weather is cool outside. Also, I spend so much money on winter clothes, it seems like a waste to not use them enough!

Snuggling

Snuggling with a spouse, child, or pet is always a fun winter activity. My daughter loves to snuggle with me on the couch every day, she calls it our “appointment.” It’s also fun to get the whole family snuggled up on the couch together and watch a movie. These things just don’t happen in the summer! The winter promotes cuddles.

Holidays

The holidays are over now, but they are definitely a good part of winter. No matter what holiday you celebrate, I bet that there’s one in winter that you enjoy. The holidays usually mean getting together with extended family as well, so that’s another point in winter’s favor!

I hope that you found this article on winter helpful. Be sure to check back here on DealDash Reviewed as well as our sister blog DealDash Tips every day for fresh new articles. If you need anything to pamper yourself this winter (or anytime) be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has items for you! Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Winter Dates

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Winter is not typically a time that’s great for dating if you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow. Here are some indoor and outdoor date ideas from DealDash.

Burrrrrr! Who wants to leave the house when it’s cold and snowy outside? Well, if you’ve got a hot date, maybe it will motivate you to take off those fuzzy slippers and put on some boots instead. DealDash has some fun and relatively inexpensive winter date ideas.

Ice Skating

I’m personally not a fan of ice skating, but lots of people love it! If you look at the happy couple above you can see that they are having a lot of fun out on the ice even though they might not be the best skaters. There’s a learning curve to ice skating, maybe you could challenge your date to learn how to ice skate well by the end of the winter.

Movies

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are all times when great new movies usually come out. Get your fill of popcorn and romantic comedies at the movie theater this winter. Pro tip: Check the theaters near you, any theaters have discounted evening movies on Tuesdays or Wednesdays during the week.

Tubing

Tubing is the grown-up version of sledding down a hill. Normally you trudge up a giant hill with your tube in hand, similar to the water-tubing rides at the water park in the summer. It’s a lot of fun and doesn’t require a lot of skill like skiing or snowboarding does.

Make Cookies

Cookies aren’t just for Christmas! Get out that KitchenAid stand mixer and whip up some delicious cookies with your date. And even better, the second part of the date is eating the cookies! If you’re not much for cookies, how about pie instead? The first crops of strawberries and blueberries seem to be arriving at the supermarket right about now, get some and make a delicious pie.

Hockey Game

There’s no more appropriate sport for winter than hockey. Get out there and show some team spirit and go see a hockey game on your date. Do matching face paint for bonus couple’s points!

I hope that you found these winter date ideas from DealDash fun! For winter snow removal tools such as shovels, scrapers, and snow blowers check DealDash first. DealDash has everything you need. Visit DealDash now to save. DealDash now offers free bids for product reviews, check it out! Good luck and happy DealDash bidding everyone!
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DealDash Helps You Eat Low Carb

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Dieting is hard, there are so many different varieties that you can try. Let DealDash show you Low Carb.

Low carb, of course, means low carbohydrate. You might be extremely surprised to find out how many carbs are in the food that you’re eating. Starting on a low-carb diet may seem like an impossibly complicated task, and there are very few foods that are almost completely low carb, such as meats, cheeses, and eggs. However, if you are determined to forge ahead into a low carb lifestyle, here are some tips and suggestions from DealDash.

Why Low Carb?

If you are completely unfamiliar with the concept of eating a low carb diet, you might not even know why limiting carbohydrates can help you lose weight. When you eat carbohydrates, they are converted into simple sugars. They known as glucose in your bloodstream, and are your main fuel source. Low-carb dieting is based on the premise that without enough carbs available as fuel, your body will burn its fat stores to keep you moving.

What’s Average?

Typical American dietary guidelines recommend between 225-325 grams of carbs per day. When someone tries to eat a low carb diet, they usually aim for approximately 100 carbs per day. It’s very easy to eat excessive amounts of carbs without even realizing it, so be as strict as possible when calculating your daily carb intake.

There are even carbs in fruits and vegetables! Most of the carbs present in vegetables are negligible, though. However, if you are attempting a low carb diet it’s wise to avoid starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn. Review what you’re eating on a daily basis. You will see where you might be able to cut out some carbs.

Drink Lots of Water

Eating a low carb diet can be difficult, but not impossible. One of the easiest things to do to get yourself started on reducing your carbs is to completely cut out all drinks except water. The more water you drink the better, it will help fill you up as well as flush out the toxins in your body. Aim for an absolute minimum of 64 ounces per day, but double that would be even better.

I hope that you found this DealDash Reviews article on low carb eating helpful. Check back here and our sister blog DealDash Tips daily for new articles. If you are shopping for a new water bottle, yoga mat, kitchen appliance, or other home item check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Loves Kittens

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Kittens! Who doesn’t love kittens! DealDash loves all animals, but kittens are extra special.

When you ask what someone’s favorite animal is, cat is the overwhelming response. Everyone from little children to seniors love cats and kittens. Here are some fun and interesting cat facts from DealDash.

Fun Cat Facts

Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs.

Cats sleep 70% of their lives.

Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third. If that’s not a great reason to adopt a cat, I don’t know what is!

The world’s largest cat measured 48.5 inches long. That’s over 4 feet long!!

The world’s richest cat is worth $13 million after his human passed away and left her fortune to him.

A cat has five toes on his front paws, and four on the back, unless he’s a polydactyl. Polydactyl cats are also referred to as “Hemingway cats” because the author was so fond of them. There are 45 Hemingway cats living at the author’s former home in Key West, FL.

A cat’s nose is ridged with a unique pattern, just like a human fingerprint.

Black cats are bad luck in the United States, but they are good luck in the United Kingdom and Australia. Sadly, these cats are the ones that are most frequently surrendered to the animal shelter and the least often adopted.

The largest litter of kittens produced 19 kittens. That poor Mama Cat!

If you want to adopt a cat, you can visit your local Humane Society or check out petfinder.com.

What Do They Need?

A cat really needs very few items. A food and water dish, a bed, a litter box, toys, and a bed or blanket is all they really need to be happy. Combine that with vaccinations and visits to the vet, and you will have one healthy, happy, long-lived companion.

Luckily, DealDash can provide quite a few things on that list. DealDash often offers food/water dishes, pet beds, and even automatic litter boxes for auction. The pet item auctions on DealDash are always very popular, so be sure to set your BidBuddy! Vist DealDash for all of your pet’s needs. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!
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DealDash Helps: Be the Best You

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We should all try to be our best selves, but sometimes we need a little help. DealDash is here with helpful tips.

Moving towards being your best self begins with loving and accepting yourself how you are at this particular moment. Everyone has a little room for improvement, but you should love yourself regardless if you have met your personal goals yet or not. Being the best “you” that you can be doesn’t mean that you have to be perfect. Embrace your small imperfections and strive for your goals. DealDash has tips for changing your outlook.

Stop Holding Yourself Back

If you think about your life, the main thing that might be holding you back is self-doubt. Get rid of the negative thinking, and instead think of small ways that you can improve yourself. For instance, if you are striving to run in a marathon, you aren’t going to be able to do that without training. Make a list of increasingly harder goals that lead up to being able to run the 26.2 miles that you ultimately want to achieve.

Stop Putting Things Off

Procrastination can be a major roadblock on the road to self-improvement. If you feel that you’ve set your goals a little too high for yourself don’t put things off until you eventually just give up! Break those goals down into smaller goals and work on them a little at a time. Wouldn’t you rather be 10% of the way to your goal than nothing? Stop the procrastination and get moving towards a better self.

Don’t Be a “Yes Man (or Woman)”

Are you the type of person to automatically respond “YES” to any favor or request that people make? If so, you might be sabotaging your own goals by spending your time and energy on everyone else and having nothing left for yourself. It’s a wonderful thing to help other people and be available for them, but you need to be sure that you aren’t spreading yourself too thin. Instead of immediately replying “yes” to other people’s requests, just tell them that you’ll think about it and let them know later.

Instead of immediately replying “yes” to other people’s requests, just tell them that you’ll think about it and let them know later. Give their request some thought, and reply to them within 24-48 hours. Saying yes is great, but it’s okay to say “no” sometimes as well.

I hope that you found this article on taking care of yourself helpful. Be sure to check back here as well as our sister blog DealDash Tips every day for fresh new articles. If you need anything to pamper yourself be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has items for you! Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

DealDash Makes Snow Ice Cream

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I can think of 3 good things about snow – snow days, snowmen, and snow ice cream.

Have you ever had snow ice cream? As someone who grew up in North Carolina, I had never even heard of it until I went on a trip to Ohio. I saw more snow during my 4 days in Ohio than I had seen in my whole 17 years of life. This was when I was introduced to the “snow slushy,” which was really just snow with 7-UP poured on top. Living in Massachusetts, my tastes have become a little more refined, hence the snow ice cream.

What is It?

Truthfully, it’s really not that much more difficult to make than the snow slushy, and requires only 5 basic ingredients. However, as with most ice creams, you can get as creative as you like with different ingredients. Here is the recipe for the basic snow ice cream.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (Keep this in the fridge for about an hour before use)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 8 cups clean snow

I cannot stress enough that this needs to be clean snow. My suggestion to you is to capture some fresh snow as it’s falling with a large mixing bowl. You can put this bowl somewhere on your porch, deck, or front steps, and keep an eye on it as it’s filling up with snow.

Directions:

  1. Using a large bowl, pour the milk, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt together and whisk. Make sure the bowl is large enough and made of light plastic to minimize any heat transfer.
  2. Measure out 8 cups of clean snow and mix it immediately with the vanilla milk mixture. Do this very quickly, and preferably outside since you don’t want the snow to melt.
  3. Mix until you have your desired consistency of ice cream. If you don’t want to eat it immediately, put it in the freezer to chill.

Really, it’s that easy. There are many other ingredients that you can mix in with the basic recipe to make even more exotic and delicious. Here are a few ideas:

  • Peppermint extract
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Chocolate cocoa mixture
  • Strawberry syrup or real strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Peanut butter
  • Marshmallow fluff

I hope that you found this article deliciously interesting. Remember to check back every day on DealDash Reviews and DealDash Tips for new blog articles. If you’d like to get any new kitchen items check out DealDash. DealDash has knives, bowls, tea kettles and more. Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!Rachael Ray 10-Ounce Round Ramekins Set of 4

DealDash Saves Your Sweaters

DealDash Saves Sweaters Everyone who has accidentally ruined a sweater, raise your hand…I admit it, I have ruined quite a few sweaters before I learned how to care for them properly. Let DealDash help you save your sweaters.

If you’re wondering how to properly care for your sweaters, you’re in the right place. Now that we are in the cold wintry January weather I bet most of you have brought out your sweaters and are wearing them frequently. Sweaters are great! They are warm, cozy, comfortable, stylish, but also difficult to clean without ruining them. Here is a quick primer from DealDash on how to keep your sweaters in tip-top shape this winter so you can enjoy them again next winter.

Ditch the Pills

If you were to walk down the sweater aisle of your local thrift shop, you will see dozens upon dozens of perfectly good sweaters with a minor problem – pills! You can get rid of those pesky pills with either a battery operated fabric shaver, a  de- fuzzing comb, or even a razor! These little sweater-savers will eliminate your pills when they appear.

Don’t be alarmed at the pills – both high-quality and low-quality knits will almost always pill at some point. If you can get into a habit of de-fuzzing your sweaters as soon as they come out of storage for the season it will make your life go more smoothly. Once you’re done with the sweaters for the season give them a quick once-over with the de-fuzzer of your choice and pack them away. Easy!

Wash Them Carefully!

I never dry clean anything, and most sweaters say dry clean only. I purchased the Dryell at-home wash, but it’s really just easier to hand wash. The directions are simple, but make sure you do a little of research on the fabric content of your sweater before you do anything. Here are the easy directions for hand-washing your sweater:

  1. Starting with a clean sink, fill your sink up with water and add a mild detergent. They make special “sweater detergents,” but I personally just use a bit of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo to wash mine.
  2. Being gentle, agitate any stains as well as the underarms with your hands, then let it soak for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with cool water, then roll the sweater up in a bath towel to get most of the water out, but be sure not to wring it out.
  4. Lay the sweater flat to dry. Do not hang on a hanger to dry, this will distort the shoulders. Personal experience speaking here!

I hope that you found this article on taking care of your sweaters helpful. Be sure to check back here as well as our sister blog DealDash Tips every day for fresh new articles. If you need anything for your laundry room or bathroom be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has items for the home. Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Celebrates National Bird Day Today

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January 5th is National Bird Day! Join DealDash in celebrating this beautiful little animal.

Happy National Bird Day! This day was first established by bird activists but is now enjoyed by many people. Here’s a tip- since it’s National Bird Day, why not take a few minutes to watch, enjoy, and observe birds, as well as to feed them. Join DealDash in learning a little more about birds.

Bird Watching

People love birds, and bird watching is a favorite pastime of millions of people. You might not have been able to guess, but it’s the most popular of hobbies. The reason that it’s the most popular is that it can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age, gender, or financial situation. It’s truly a hobby that anyone can pick up quite easily.

If you’re interested in bird watching I suggest that you get yourself a pair of binoculars. They don’t have to be too expensive, you can get a fairly nice pair for around $60 (though they can go up to the thousands!), as pictured below. There are many different brands and magnifications of binoculars, and the experts suggest getting 7-power or 8-power binoculars—they’re a nice mix of magnification while still allowing you a wide enough view so your bird doesn’t go out of range too quickly. DealDash often has binoculars up for auction.

Bushnell Falcon 10 x 50mm Binocular

For identification, you can get a field guide for your local area. Another idea is to bring a small waterproof camera with you so you can document the bird and look it up online when you get back home. DealDash often has small waterproof digital cameras up for auction such as the Coleman one shown below.

Coleman Duo2 Dual-Screen Waterproof Digital Camera (Purple)

Fun Bird Facts

  • Hummingbirds are the smallest migratory birds, and the Bee Hummingbird is the smallest living bird in the world. It’s only 2 inches long. Hummingbirds can even fly backward. What a cool little bird!
  • There are around 10,000 different species of birds worldwide.
  • The chicken is the most common species of bird found in the world.
  •  The Bald Eagle is the National bird of the United States.
  • The Ostrich is the largest bird in the world. It also lays the largest eggs and has the fastest maximum running speed of 60 miles per hour.
  • Some bird species are intelligent enough to create and use tools.

I hope that you found this DealDash article informative. If you would like to get any of the bird watching supplies mentioned such as the binoculars or the waterproof digital camera check out DealDash. DealDash has these supplies and more. Visit DealDash now. Remember to check back every day on DealDash Reviews and DealDash Tips for new blog articles. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Bakes Delicious Bread

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Who doesn’t love fresh, hot from the oven baked bread? Baking bread doesn’t have to be difficult.

Now that the holidays are over and you have more time on your hands it’s time to expand your cooking horizons. Cook more from scratch than buying premade at the supermarket is a great way to know exactly what you’re putting into your body. Here’s a tip – it’s also a great way to save money, as cooking from scratch can be cheaper once you have purchased the basic ingredients, and can get many batches out of them. Now let’s bake some bread with DealDash!

White Bread Ingredients:

Makes 2 loaves

  • 2 teaspoons active-dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk – 2%, or skim is best for counting your calories
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 5 1/2 – 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

You also need a stand mixer, a large mixing bowl

Directions:

  • Pour the water into the bowl of a standing mixer or large mixing bowl and sprinkle the yeast over top. Let this stand for 5 minutes until the yeast is dissolved.
  • Melt the butter in the microwave, slowly stir in the milk, sugar, and salt.
  • Pour 1 cup of flour and the milk mixture over the yeast.
  • Stir with the stand mixer until this comes together in a texture similar to brownie batter
  • Add another 4 1/2 cups of flour, reserving the remaining cup if the dough is sticky during kneading.
  • Stir until a floury dough is formed.
  • Swap out the mixing attachment for the dough hook attachment on a standing mixer, then knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. If you don’t have a dough hook attachment for your stand mixer you can knead this dough by hand.
  • The dough is done when it feels smooth, slightly tacky, and can form a ball without sagging. If the dough is too sticky when mixing, you can add flour a tablespoon or so at a time until it’s tacky, not sticky.
  • Using another bowl, lightly coat the bowl with a little oil. Form the dough into a ball and rotate it in the bowl to coat the dough ball with oil.
  • Cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk. This will take approximately one hour.
  • Sprinkle a little flour on your counter workspace and place the dough on it, dividing the dough in two and shape each into a loose ball. Let these rest on the counter for a few minutes.
  • Shape each ball of dough into a loaf, place them on pre-greased loaf pans. It’s important that the surface of the loaves be stretched taut; this helps them rise. Let the loaves rise a second time until they start to dome over the edge of the pan, this will take approximately minutes.
  • While your dough is rising, heat the oven to 425° F
  • Cut a line down the center of the tops of the loaves with a serrated knife and put them in the oven. Immediately turn down the heat to 375°F and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Remove the loaves from the pans and let them cool completely before slicing.

I hope that you enjoy your home-baked bread! This bread is delicious and easy to make once you have done it a few times. If you need any items for your kitchen such as a stand mixer check DealDash. DealDash has everything for your kitchen including KitchenAid mixers. Visit DealDash Now.

Be sure to check back here on DealDash Reviews for a new blog, they are posted daily. Also, check the DealDash Tips blog for DealDash articles and suggestions. Now go check out DealDash and save some money. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Saves on Your Grocery Bill

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DealDash likes to save you money on everything from electronics to baby toys, why not food? Here are some money-saving ideas for the supermarket.

Your grocery bill is probably one of your biggest household expenses each month, after your rent or mortgage and car payments. Luckily it’s also one of the easiest to cut down because you can always save a little here and a little there without feeling too much of a budget crunch. Here are some tips from DealDash to save money on your grocery bills.

Savings Start at Home

It’s true, saving money starts before you even leave your house to go shopping. I am far from an extreme couponer, but I do like to check my coupons before I go shopping to see if there’s anything that my family needs that I can save a little money by using a coupon. I also like to review the supermarket flier before I leave the house and write down any great sales that are going on.

Don’t Fall into the Coupon Trap

Yes, coupons are great and can save you a lot of money. However, it’s very easy to fall into the “coupon trap” of buying things that you don’t really need just because you have a coupon for that product.

Also, be sure to compare the store brand price to the price of the name brand item that you have the coupon for – the store brand still might be cheaper. Most store brand items taste the same, so it’s worth it to give the store brand a try. If you don’t like it you can always get the name brand one next time.

Stocking Up

It’s also helpful to look at how you buy – keep a running list of foods your family uses on a regular basis, and stock up your pantry when the prices are low. Buying foods in bulk can significantly reduce your cost per serving. Warehouse memberships don’t make sense for singles or most couples, but if you have 4+ people living in your home that you share meals with, warehouse memberships can pay for themselves after a few uses.

Don’t Be Lazy

As someone who would rather have extra free time than spend all day in the kitchen, I get it! Premade meals, frozen meals, and other convenience foods make life so much easier.  But cooking instead of just warming something up is typically cheaper and also much healthier for you and your family. If you’re short on time you can always make a stir fry. It only takes a few minutes to chop up the veggies, and if you have a rice cooker you have have a delicious and healthy meal on the table in about 20 minutes.

Thanks for reading this DealDash Reviews article. Be sure to come back daily for more lifestyle blog articles, and also check out the DealDash Tips blog for auction advice. If this article has inspired you to do a little cooking, why not head on over to DealDash and bid on some new knives or pots and pans? DealDash has everything you need for your kitchen. Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! Cook DealDash Kitchen

DealDash Drinks More Water

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Drinking more water is always on my list of “Healthy Tips.” How can you incorporate more water into your daily routine? Read on…

Drinking water is such an important part of having a good healthy body. No matter what the DealDash blog topic, be it weight loss, getting healthy, or even cooking – water always tops the list as the best. Here are some easy tips on how to get more water into your diet.

Get an App

Yes, there’s an app for that! There are actually many apps that are specifically made to help you remember to drink more water. Just do a simple search in the Apple App store or the Google play store and there will be a few to choose from. There are also many fitness-related apps that also track your water intake. However, I prefer the ones that are specifically meant to remind you to drink the water with a push notification rather than just recording when you drink the water.

While you’re in the App Store or the Google Play store be sure to download the DealDash App! It’s totally free and makes the DealDash experience even better.

Use a Shotglass

Surprisingly, a shot glass can help you drink more water. Keep a shot glass around, no matter where you are. Keep one on your kitchen counter, in your bathroom, and in your office. Every hour on the hour (while you’re awake) drink a shot glass full of water. You don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to do this, but if you happen to get up anyway to go to the bathroom, be sure to down a quick shot glass of water.

Get a Water Bottle You Love

I am the queen of water bottles. I have about 20 different water bottles and am on a search for the perfect water bottle. If you happen to win a gift card from DealDash for Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, or Wal*Mart, here are some of my favorites:

  • Camelback
  • Swell
  • Brita
  • Contigo
  • Tervis

If you have a water bottle that you love you are more likely to remember to fill it up and drink from it regularly, as well as taking it with you when you go out. My newest and most favorite water bottle right now is my 20 ounce Tervis water bottle from  Bed Bath & Beyond. It has whales on it!

DealDash Thanks You for Reading

I hope that you found this article helpful. Be sure to check back every day for new articles here as well as our sister blog DealDash Tips. If you’re looking to get a new water bottle be sure to visit DealDash and win a gift card. DealDash has gift cards for Target, K-Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Wal*Mart, and others up for auction. Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Reviews: 2016

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Happy 2017, from DealDash. 2017 is here, let’s take a look at the highlights of 2016.

Some people have called 2016 the worst year ever, but as an optimist, I like to try to find the silver lining on the raincloud. Here are some fun and interesting things that happened in 2016, from DealDash Reviews.

Entertainment

After decades, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar. It was a win for Leo fans everywhere. He won Best Actor for his film The Revenant. Did he thank the bear in his speech? He definitely should have thanked the bear in his speech!

If you’re an X-Files fan, 2016 was a good year for you. The TV drama “The X-Files” returned after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and was again produced by Chris Carter.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, a play written by Jack Thorne with Harry Potter book author JK Rowling, premiered in London.

The ultra-popular real-world mobile game Pokémon Go, by Niantic, was released.

“Hamilton” set a new record for most money earned in a week on Broadway, a whopping $3.3 million!

Nature & Space

The first ever flower was grown in space. The flower grown was a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using the NASA Veggie system.

Yay for astronauts! US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit this year.

Technology

Alphabet, who is Google’s parent company, surpasses Apple as the world’s most valuable company ($568bn vs $535bn), after releasing income results.

The first baby was born with DNA from 3 parents through mitochondrial transfer in Mexico. Who would have thought that was ever possible?

Speaking of amazing births, a fertility clinic in India announced that a70-year-oldd woman successfully gave birth to a baby boy.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledged $3 billion to medical research to “cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century.” Kind of a tall order, but good luck to them!

Amazon announced its 1st delivery by drone 2 km from their warehouse in the UK. I can hardly wait until I can get almost instant delivery by drone.

Sports

Can you believe the Super Bowl has been around for 50 years? Super Bowl 50 happened in February, the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24–10, at Levi’s Stadium, in Santa Clara, California.

Football star Peyton Manning announces his retirement from the Denver Broncos and the NFL. What a career!

Speaking of retirement, American swimmer Michael Phelps ends his career at Rio Olympics after winning 4×100 medley relay, his 23rd Gold medal, as world’s most decorated Olympian.

The 31st Summer Olympics closed at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Here’s one for you Europeans!  Cristiano Ronaldo became the 1st footballer to top Forbes’ Highest-Paid Athletes List, earning $88 million, wow!

Goodbye 2016

I hope that you found this 2016 Reviewed article from DealDash entertaining. If you’re ready for some shopping entertainment now, visit DealDash. Here’s a tip – DealDash has everything from beauty items to toys. Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy DealDash bidding everyone!

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