DealDash Explores Myrtle Beach, SC

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Have you ever taken a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC? It’s not just for golfers anymore. Let’s explore with DealDash.

Growing up in Wilmington, NC was great, because so many nice vacation spots were just a short car ride away. One of these spots is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Just 1.5 short hours from where I grew up lies miles of beautiful beaches, a boardwalk with an amazing ferris wheel that has enclosed seats with AC(!), a Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum, multiple haunted houses, and so much more. Here are a few fun things to do in Myrtle Beach, from DealDash.

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Beaches

Going to the beach is always a favorite activity when on a trip, and Myrtle Beach has many beautiful ones to explore. If you don’t mind paying a few dollars, skip the public beach access points and hit up the Myrtle Beach State Park on the southside of town. It costs $5 per adult and $3 per child (under 5 kids are free) to get in, but then you have wide stretches of beach to yourself with less competition for a spot to put your beach towel. For the entry fee you also get access to hiking trails, a fishing pier, picnic shelters, and a nature center.

Alligator Adventure

When I was growing up in the south I had a few of my own up close and personal adventures with wild crocodiles, but Alligator Adventure is safe and supervised. There are more animals there than just alligators such as monkeys, birds, snakes, and more. The entrance fee is a little steep at $17.99, but well worth it in my opinion.

The Carolina Opry

After you’ve done the beach and kid’s activities all day, maybe it’s time for something a little more grown up. See a variety of concerts from Broadway to gospel, rock, country, and more at the Carolina Opry. There are also special events such as comedy shows, dancing performances, and lots of other entertainment. The tickets start at $50, though, so choose your show wisely.

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Thanks so much for reading this DealDash article on Myrtle Beach, SC. If you’re excited about visiting Myrtle Beach, maybe you should visit DealDash first to get some new luggage! DealDash can help you with luggage, laptop cases, toiletry bags, and more.

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DealDash Experiments in the Kitchen

 

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Don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen. The worst that can happen is one ruined dinner. Here are some ideas from DealDash.

Do you think that you aren’t a good cook? Do people occasionally make little jokes about your cooking skills? The main problem that people have who tell themselves that they cannot cook well is a lack of patience. They turn the burners up too high to get it done faster, or they don’t pay enough attention to the instructions in the recipe. They might not even have enough patience or confidence in themselves to master the recipe and put their own personal spin on it. In my experience, the skills that you need to possess in order to be a good cook is a will to follow the recipe’s instructions in addition to mixing in a little of your own creative spirit.

First, Pay Attention to the Recipe

Cooking is akin to going to a paint night in the kitchen. Imagine that the painting instructor is there to tell you what brush to use and what colors that you should use in each area. Now transfer this analogy over to the kitchen. The recipe serves as your instructor, it tells you what temperature to set the oven at, what ingredients to use, and most importantly, it tells you how much of those ingredients that are needed. Too much of an ingredient and it can overpower your dish, too little of an ingredient can make your food bland and boring. Have patience, follow the recipe to a “T”, and you will end up with delicious, predictable food.

Next, Throw in Some Experimentation

To be an excellent cook you must also be willing to experiment once you have mastered a recipe. Perhaps you have used parsley in a dish in order to jazz it up? Maybe the parsley made it more interesting and delicious. This could transfer over to another recipe that is similar in nature. That parsley could have been used in a chicken alfredo dish, but it would also fit into a simple spaghetti bolognese dish as well. Adding more variety to your ingredients translates into more intrigue in regard to the dish’s flavor.

Don’t be scared of the kitchen, be brave, have confidence that your dish will be delicious. Remember these key tips and you will be whipping up dishes to impress your loved ones in no time. 

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DealDash – The Benefits of Drinking Tea

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Tea is not only delicious but is also quite good for your health. DealDash is here to tell you some of the benefits.

Tea is Very Hydrating

Tea is extremely hydrating for the body. Luckily enough, tea is delicious and comes in so many different flavors. Water is fairly tasteless, so sometimes it can be difficult to make yourself drink the full 8 servings of water per day that you need. With all of the different flavors of tea that are available, you can drink your fill while hydrating your body.

Tea is Full of Antioxidants

As we talked about in the olive oil article the other day, antioxidants are extremely important to your body. Antioxidants do not occur naturally in the body, and they help prevent cancer. Tea is jam-packed full of antioxidants.

Tea Has Less Caffeine than Coffee

Do you love coffee in the morning but dislike some of the side-effects such as the jitters? Well, trade your coffee in for tea in the morning! Herbal teas have no caffeine, and black tea has less than 50 percent of what usually is found in coffee.

Tea is Good for Your Teeth

Unlike soda or juice, tea is good for your teeth. Yes, really! When you drink tea it changes the pH in your mouth. This can help prevent cavities. Also, unlike other beverages tea does not erode your tooth enamel.

Different Teas, Different Cures

Many different types of herbal teas are good for different problems in your body. For example, it’s widely known that chamomile tea is an excellent solution for anxiety. Also, drinking ginger tea is excellent for nausea. When I was pregnant with my little boy I drank a lot of ginger tea to calm my nausea.

Tea Can Help With Diabetes (Type 2)

If you have diabetes and like tea, you’re in luck. Tea can be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars. Just be sure not to put any sugar in your tea, please.

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DealDash Helps- Fit Your Children for Shoes

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It’s very important that your children wear the proper size shoes on their growing feet. Let DealDash help you figure out their shoe size.

Shopping for children’s shoes can be an unhappy experience for you, the children, and even the salespeople. Many women enjoy getting new shoes and will try them on for hours, however, most kids, especially younger ones, don’t really like to go shoe shopping.

Getting the proper fit for your children’s shoes is very important, though, and children outgrow their shoes very quickly. Read this article from DealDash to learn some tips for getting your children’s shoes to fit properly.

When Should You Go Shopping?

Many children might not even realize that their shoes are too small for them, they just know that their shoes don’t feel comfy anymore. You could ask them on a monthly basis how their shoes feel, or you can follow these tips to help you figure it out without remembering to ask.

The first thing that you will want to check on the old shoes are the seams. If the seams are looking particularly worn, then that means that the foot is pushing outwards on them and it’s probably time to get a bigger size.

Next, check out the sides of the shoes. Are they bulging out, especially near where the pinky toe is located? If so, these shoes might not be wide enough. Your child might not need a larger size, but a wider width, instead.

Measure Them with the Foot-Sizer

Instead of having your children try on every size in the store, you should use the foot-sizer. If you are shopping in a store that has professional shoe salespeople, you should ask one of them to help you.

Some tips to note about using the foot-sizer are that one, feet should always be measured while standing up. Next, be sure to measure both feet. It’s extremely common for a person to have one foot larger than the other. Lastly, be sure that you buy shoes to fit the larger of the two feet. Otherwise, your child will be very uncomfortable after a full day of wearing their shoes.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on fitting your children for new shoes helpful. After a long day of shoe shopping, it’s time to take a break and relax with DealDash.

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DealDash Cooks With Olive Oil

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Olive oil is heart healthy and delicious. However, some people prefer to cook with butter or even canola oil. Let DealDash persuade you to use olive oil.

Do you prefer to cook a dish with canola oil, butter or olive oil? That is a question that many home cooks ask themselves when they are preparing to make a dish. I have often asked myself in the past which would be the best oil got the job, and a conundrum that I have seen on competition cooking shows such as Chopped. This is also a topic of discussion that I have seen on talk shows and in magazines as well. Let DealDash show you the best oil for the job. Hint – it’s olive oil!

The Best Oil for the Job

When you are cooking with high heat, most oils will dissipate. This makes butter seem like the better alternative if you are just looking for a quick answer. That might be the case at times, but olive oil will not dissipate like other oils such as canola or vegetable oil. It is also a much healthier alternative to the unhealthy and fatty stick of butter that you were thinking about for your dish.

Most people in this day in age want to cook as healthily as possible for their families. Gone are the days when butter or even Crisco was a staple in every meal that was cooked at home. Olive oil is a much better alternative; it has a wonderfully light and delicious taste as well as being significantly healthier.

How Can Olive Oil Be Healthy?

Olive oil might have some fats, but luckily for us olive oil connoisseurs, they have been proven to be the healthy varieties of fat. These fats in small doses will not negatively affect your health as long as you are eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Though the fats in olive oil are the healthy variety, moderation should be exercised with everything in life, and that applies to the olive oil vs. butter dilemma as well. Too much of anything is usually unhealthy, so use your common sense in the kitchen when you are preparing your recipes.

Olive Oil Contains Antioxidants

Another excellent win for olive oil when it comes to health is is the fact that olive oil contains antioxidants. If you are unfamiliar with antioxidants, antioxidants help prevent or stop cell damage caused by oxidants. Your body does not produce antioxidant vitamins naturally, so it is important to include antioxidants in your diet, be it through foods or supplements. Other foods that contain antioxidants are blueberries, cranberries, and pecans.

Ditch the Butter Stick

There are many reasons why olive oil is a better choice than butter in a dish. Butter is full of fat, and there are no positive health aspects to the addition of butter in your home cooked dishes. It provides flavor, but at an unfortunate cost to your health.

When using olive oil instead of butter, the positives outweigh the negatives. I find that in my experience in the kitchen, using olive oil can make some dishes much more tasty and exciting.

Olive Oil Garlic Bread, Anyone?

Try making some delicious homemade garlic bread with olive oil. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, sprinkle some olive oil and garlic salt on the bread, and put it in the oven. You can enjoy the results in about 8 minutes. It’s delicious and heart healthy as well. Enjoy!

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on olive oil helpful. Reading the DealDash Reviews and our sister blog DealDash Tips Blog daily is the best way to keep informed on all things DealDash.

If you are shopping for a kitchen item, small appliance, or just about anything else, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to help you in the kitchen. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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Cleaning Suede Boots & Shoes With DealDash

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Winter weather, snow, and salt are very bad for your boots and shoes. Cleaning them regularly helps extend their life. Let DealDash show you how.

Living in the Northeast is very hard on my shoes! I try to clean off the salt, slush, and show residue a couple of times every winter, but it always comes back. Shoes and especially boots are very expensive, so I like to try and keep them as long as they still look nice. Here are some ideas and tips from DealDash to help you clean your shoes and boots to keep them looking nice for longer.

Cleaning Suede Boots and Shoes

  1. Using a suede brush (or other soft-bristled brush), lightly brush away dirt that has accumulated on your shoes. Brush repeatedly in the same direction, like you are brushing a cat or dog. Once you get off this surface layer of, your shoes should look a lot better already.
  2. Scuffs occur when the suede’s grain gets pressed down in one direction. Lift the grain and remove the look of the scuff by brushing scuffed areas vigorously back and forth with the brush, unlike the step above to remove the dirt.
  3. If you have any stubborn scuffs on your shoes, try a pencil eraser! Scuffs that won’t brush out can sometimes be removed by using a pencil eraser, believe it or not!
  4. To make life easier, be sure to spray a coat of suede protector on your boots or shoes. This will help prevent further stains and marks. It won’t completely eliminate them, of course, but it’s a step in the right direction. (Get it?! A step.)

Removing Watermarks

Removing watermarks from suede boots and shoes can be tricky. The same water that causes the stains can correct the situation as well. Here are the directions, but please be careful, you don’t want to ruin your shoes.

  1. Put a light coat of water onto your soft brush and rub the shoes gently until the surface is evenly wet without visible water stains.
  2. Using a soft cloth such as a washcloth or kitchen towel (not paper towel) blot up the excess water from the shoes.
  3. Stuff the boots with crumpled paper to help them keep their shape while they dry. I don’t advise using black and white newspaper as that can discolor the insides of your shoes, but the shiny paper that they print the coupons and ads on will do the trick.
  4. Put them in a dry spot and let the water evaporate for 24-48 hours with the paper inside.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on how to clean your suede boots and shoes helpful. Don’t forget to read DealDash Reviews and our sister blog DealDash Tips daily. It’s the best way to stay “in the loop” when it comes to DealDash news and events.

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DealDash Makes Kid-Safe Cleaners

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Kids are great – they are funny, cute, and want to be like you. Let them help you clean with these kid-safe cleaners from DealDash.

Every little kid wants to be like their mommy, daddy, or grandparent. Put that wonderful fact to good use by letting them help you clean. But wait – those cleaners full of chemicals can be dangerous to little people who might accidentally get it in their eyes or mouth. Fix that dangerous problem by making some homemade cleaners with ingredients that are kid-safe. Here are some ideas from DealDash.

What Do I Need to Get Started?

  • A few spray bottles. You can purchase some from the dollar store, or clean out your old ones and reuse them.
  • Box of baking soda.
  • Table salt.
  • Bottle of white distilled vinegar.
  • Natural liquid soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s or Mrs. Meyer’s.
  • Water
  • Organic essential oils – Your choice, but some good ones to keep on hand are tea tree, lavender, and lemongrass.
  • You can use paper towels to clean, or re-use old rags

What Different Cleaners Can I Make?

  • Window cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Mold killer
  • Many others

How Do I Make These Kid- Safe Cleaners?

  • Window cleaner – Mix 3 tablespoons white vinegar with 2 cups of water (or for a bigger job – 1/2 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water) and spray directly onto your windows.

Vinegar works great on glass, however it’s rather stinky. If you prefer a non-vinegary window cleaner, you can also use straight fresh lemon juice or club soda to get your windows and other glass items sparkling clean. I personally prefer the vinegar, though, because it can kill (some) kinds of bacteria as well as making the glass shine. Vinegar is great to use in kid-safe cleaning products, and it’s also pet-safe as well.

  • All-purpose cleaner – Mix 2 cups water, a few drops of natural soap, and 15 drops each of tea tree and lavender organic essential oil. You can spray this on many kinds of home surfaces such as fabric furniture, baby changing tables, cutting boards, welcome mats, toilets, bath mats, sinks, walls, and more. However, don’t use this on glass, it will cause streaking.
  • Toilet cleaner – Add vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda to the toilet bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub with a toilet brush. This concoction will also clean sinks to sparkling clean.
  • Mold killer – To kill mold or prevent it from growing, mix two cups of water and three drops of tea tree essential oil. Once per week, spray your walls (especially in damp places such as the bathroom and laundry room) with this solution and wipe dry. This mixture fights stains and the natural antiseptic qualities of tea tree oil prevents mold and mildew from growing.

Teach Your Kids, Keep Them Safe

Remember, it’s your responsibility to your kids to teach them how to do chores and clean the house. Otherwise, who will? Start them young, and let them help you clean using these kid-safe cleaners.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on kid-safe cleaners helpful. If you are shopping for a toy, baby item, gift, 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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Happy Valentine’s Day From DealDash

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Happy Valentine’s Day from DealDash! Here are some ways to show your love to the people around you.

How do you show your love and appreciation for those around you? You see so many people every day from your family and co-workers, to people outside such as cashiers, the mailman, and many others. It would just make someone’s day to show some warmth and appreciation for everyone that you meet today, let DealDash give you some ideas.

Get Your Co-Workers Coffee

On your way in tonight, why not grab your co-workers some coffee? If you work in a large office, you could just stop by Dunkin’ Donuts and get a “Box of Joe,” and some of the fixin’s such as cream, sugar, Spenda, napkins, and stirrers. It would absolutely make their day, and feel very kindly towards you indeed.

Pick your Husband/Wife/Partner Up Lunch

If you have some time at lunch, why not go get your Husband/Wife/Partner some lunch today? If you’re at work, try to pop out for lunch and grab them some lunch, too. It would be such a nice surprise for them, and they would know that you were thinking of them. They would love you for it!

Pass Out Valentine’s Day cards

What would you do if a total stranger gave you a Valentine’s Day card? It would probably make you smile, as long as they didn’t do it in a creepy way, of course! It would also bring joy to a few people who you semi-know such as your UPS man, your favorite postal worker, or other person that you see on a semi-regular basis.

Get Your Kids or Grandkids Chocolate

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just for your Husband/Wife/Partner – why not show some love to your kids as well? Get them some chocolate, or even make them up a little gift basket to show them how much you love and care about them this Valentine’s Day.

In that same vein, why not have your kids help you make and deliver some cards to your local senior citizen’s home? Or even just to their grandma and grandpa. It’s Valentine’s Day, spread the love around!

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on Valentine’s Day ideas helpful. Reading the DealDash Reviews and our sister blog DealDash Tips Blog daily is one way to stay “in the loop” when it comes to DealDash happenings.

If you are shopping for a gift, art, candle, or perfume, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make youand your family 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 Makes Yummy Cheesecake Pops

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Cheesecake pops are as yummy as the original but small and portable. They are delicious and fun to make. Enjoy this DealDash recipe.

If you’ve never had cheesecake pops, you’re in for a treat! These are extra yummy, and you will consume far less calories (if you can eat just one or two!) than if you had a regular-sized slice of cheesecake.

These sweet and creamy cheesecake pops make wonderful light desserts for a party or event, to take as a hostess gift, as a teacher present, or great for a kid’s birthday party.

They are as versatile as they are delicious, you can dip them in an array of toppings such as melted chocolate, caramel, rainbow sprinkles, or just about anything else you can think of! Please enjoy this recipe from DealDash.

Cheesecake Pops

  • 3 (8 ounces) packages cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 10 ounces white chocolate

Directions

  1. Grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  3. In a large bowl, mix the sugar and softened cream cheese until smooth.
  4. Add the sour cream, flour, vanilla, and salt.
  5. Mix until well-combined.
  6. Add the eggs and mix again.
  7. Pour and scrape the cream cheese batter into the greased cake pan.
  8. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown on the top.
  9. Cool for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  10. Chill the cake in the fridge for 3-plus hours.
  11. Scoop out the cheesecake into 1-1.5 inch round balls using a small ice cream scoop or melon baller.
  12. Place the cheesecake balls on a tray covered with waxed paper.
  13. Place a lollipop stick into the middle of each cheesecake ball.
  14. Freeze the cheesecake balls in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes.
  15. Melt the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir every 15 seconds with a spoon. Microwave until the white chocolate melts and is smooth.
  16. Dip the cheesecake balls into the melted chocolate. Twirl the cheesecake pop around to remove any dripping chocolate.
  17. Chill the cheesecake pops into the fridge until the chocolate hardens.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on making cheesecake pops helpful. Reading the DealDash Reviews and our sister blog DealDash Tips Blog every day is the best way to keep up with what’s going on with DealDash.

If you are shopping for a kitchen item, home decoration, or something else, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to help you fill your kitchen with nice items. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Recipe – Mushroom Risotto

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Mushroom risotto is not only delicious but very versatile as well. Here is a yummy recipe from DealDash.

Risotto is a delicious Italian rice dish that is easily customized to your taste once you get the optimal technique down. This isn’t your garden variety white rice which cooks without any babysitting needed in a rice cooker. Risotto needs to be stirred and watched the entire time it is on the stove. The result is worth it, though. Mushroom risotto is a rich, creamy, and textured rice that can be served as an appetizer, main course, or side dish. Here is a recipe from DealDash for you to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups arborio rice.
  • 1 lb sliced portobello and/or crimini mushrooms
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 6-8 cups of chicken, vegetable, or beef broth
  • 1/2-1 cup dry white wine, like a Sauvignon Blanc
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in your largest skillet on medium heat.
  2. Dice 1 small onion and 2 cloves of garlic and add to the oil.
  3. Remove stems, and thinly slice your mushrooms while the onions & garlic cook.
  4. Add the mushrooms to the skillet after 3-4 minutes
  5. Add salt and pepper and stir to coat the mushrooms in oil.
  6. Using a sauce pot, heat up 6 cups of broth while the mushrooms are cooking. Do not heat all the way to boiling.
  7. Cook the mushrooms for 3-5 minutes
  8. Add 1 tablespoon of butter
  9. Add the 2 cups of arborio rice and constantly stir. Once the butter has melted, add the rice and stir so that it is coated with the oil and butter. Cook for 1 minute before adding any liquid.
  10. Add 1/2 cup of white wine. Add the white wine and stir into the rice. Cook together until almost all of the wine is evaporated or absorbed into the rice.
  11. Add one ladle of hot broth. Once the wine is absorbed, use a ladle to add the first cup of broth to the rice mixture
  12. Constantly stir the broth and rice. You cannot stir risotto enough.
  13. Add another cup of broth once the first has been absorbed. Once most of the broth has been absorbed by the rice, add another cup.
  14. Repeat until the broth is gone or the rice is your desired consistency. The rice should be slightly firm and creamy, but never mushy.
  15. Repeat until the broth is gone or the rice is your desired consistency. The rice should be slightly firm and creamy, but not mushy.

Delicious and Versatile

You can add any extra ingredients that you would like to the mushroom risotto such as cheese, truffle oil, spices, or even meat to bulk it up into a main course. See how versatile it is?

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on mushroom risotto helpful. Reading the DealDash Reviews blog and our sister blog DealDash Tips Blog  daily is one way to stay “in the loop” when it comes to DealDash happenings.

If you are shopping for a kitchenware, art, appliances, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your kitchen fully stocked. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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How to Keep Busy When Snowed In – DealDash

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Being snowed in and unable to leave the house is no fun! Here are some inside activities to keep you busy while you wait.

Young, middle-aged, or older, there’s nothing fun about being unable to leave the house if you want to. You never realize how much you need a little time outside of the house until you can’t go further than your driveway to shovel or snow blow. Here are some ideas from DealDash to keep you occupied.

Clean Out the Fridge

There’s no better time to use up all of the leftovers and random items in your fridge than when you’re snowed in. You never know when the power might go out due to too much ice and snow on the power lines, so figure out what you can cook and eat today and what needs to be thrown away.

Build a Donation Pile

Today is the perfect day to go through all of your winter clothing and see what is appropriate to donate. Give away anything that is too small or that you haven’t worn yet this winter. Also, donate items that you don’t plan on wearing anymore after this winter is over.

Besides clothing, see if there are any old towels, sheets, or comforters that you can donate. If you’re planning on getting new bedding or towels in the near future, why not donate these now? Then see if you can win some new ones on DealDash? If you don’t happen to win you can always BIN (Buy It Now). You will receive all of your bids back as well as get free shipping on the items. Isn’t that a great deal?

Binge Watch That TV Show

Binge-watching TV isn’t usually an activity that I recommend. However, if you’re stuck inside your house for the next day or so, why not? Make some hot cocoa, pop some popcorn, and settle in for a long day of TV watching. Enjoy the show!

Bid on DealDash

Hey, you’re stuck inside anyway, why not spend the day bidding on DealDash?! DealDash will keep you busy all day with auctions in all categories such as Computers & Electronics, Fashion, Health, & Beauty, Gift Cards, and more! When you’re bidding it’s not just wasting time, for every second that you’re the highest bidder in an auction you’re working towards free bids on your bid meter. 

Reading the DealDash Tips Blog and our sister blog DealDash Reviews daily is one way to stay “in the loop” when it comes to upcoming promotions and sales.

I hope that you found this new DealDash Reviewed article on ways to stay busy in a snowstorm helpful. If you are shopping for a new home item, kid’s toy, garden implement, or other, check DealDash first. Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to entertain you and save you money. 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 Fun Valentine’s Date Ideas

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Valentine’s Day is coming soon, do you have a date planned out for you and your sweetie? Why do the same old dinner? Here are some different ideas from DealDash.

Dinner and a movie might be a standard date, but why not try something new and different for Valentine’s Day? Some of these ideas from DealDash might not be romantic, but they will be fun quality time spent with your date, and isn’t that the important part?

Comedy Club

It’s said that laughing is a great bonding experience for couples, so perhaps a Valentine’s Day date to the comedy club is in order. Check your local Yelp or Google Guide to see if there’s a comedy club near you. Next, be sure of the hours and if you need tickets in advance. Have a fun time laughing the night away with your honey.

Paint Night

Many smaller restaurants and bars have what’s known as “paint night.” Paint night is a super fun activity that includes instruction from an art teacher how to paint a simple painting, and you can usually purchase wine or bring your own. Have a lovely time bonding with your mate while painting and sipping.

Couple’s Massage

Forget the dinner and a movie, I would trade them both for a massage! Couple’s massages aren’t always offered at your standard chain massage businesses, but sometimes they offer them as a special for Valentine’s Day. If you can’t get a couple’s massage, just get two regular massages booked at the same time. Once you’re face down on the massage table you won’t notice that the other person is in the room, anyway.

Cooking Class

What’s more romantic than Italian food? Italian food that you make yourself! Enroll you and your honey in a cooking class and learn how to make a meal together. The bonding experience will be great for your relationship – and if not, at least you will get a meal out of it!

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on Valentine’s Day date ideas helpful. Reading the DealDash Reviews and our sister blog DealDash Tips Blog  daily is one way to stay “in the loop” when it comes to DealDash happenings.

If you are shopping for a gift, art, candle, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now and get your Valentine’s Day sweetie a gift! DealDash wants to help you. 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 Winter Weekend Fun Ideas

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Winter, snow, and fun aren’t normally words that I would put together. However, here are some ideas from DealDash to make this wintery weekend lots of fun.

No matter what the weather outside it seems like my kids always want to go outside and play. I guess that’s what I get for limiting their screen time! Being originally from North Carolina I have an intense dislike of Boston winters, but I try to find fun outside activities anyway. Here are some fun outdoor activities from DealDash that you can do in winter. Some are for kids specifically, and some are for anyone 5-95!

Snow Painting

No, you don’t use real paint for snow painting, though it does require a couple of materials that you will have to be sure that you have on hand. You’ll need a clean squeeze bottle of any kind such as a ketchup, mustard, or shampoo bottle. You can also buy bottles at the dollar store that are meant to store ketchup and mustard. When you have your empty (clean) squeeze bottles, fill them with water that is colored with food coloring. Take them outside and draw pictures on the snow.

Snow Creatures

If the kids are tired of making the same old snowman every snowstorm, why not try to make snow creatures next time instead? There are plenty of critters that are fairly simple to make out of the snow such as a sea turtle or a snake.

You don’t have to stick to real animals, either! Have a contest to see who can make the most interesting snow creature using the snow and whatever other materials that can be found in your yard such as stones, sticks, leaves, etc.

Winter Walk & Animal Hunt

Not that kind of hunting! Before you leave your house make a checklist of animals that you are reasonably likely to see in your neighborhood or local park such as rabbits, birds, squirrels, skunks, possums, deer, etc. See if you can find all of the animals on your checklist.

Snow Throw

Make a large bullseye target out of a cardboard box and take it outside. Mount it in a tree, on a fence, or on top of the car. See who can get the most direct hits to the target with snowballs. You could also make multiple targets and put them at different distances so younger and older players have a fair playing field.

If you decide to stay indoors instead, don’t forget to read the DealDash Tips  and Reviews Blogs daily to stay “in the loop” when it comes up upcoming DealDash promotions and sales.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on outdoor snow fun 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 more beautiful. 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.

Try These Before Bed Routines From DealDash

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By this point in your life you have probably settled in with a bedtime routine. Try to incorporate these ideas from DealDash to make bedtime even better.

It’s said that it takes a minimum of 21 days to form a new habit, so consistency is a key factor in adding or removing things to your bedtime routine. What you add or remove from your current routine is up to you, but give these ideas from DealDash a try.

Skin Care

Washing and moisturizing your face is a must. If you aren’t currently doing these two things before bed you should start as soon as possible. Washing your face can be a bit of a chore sometimes, so feel free to use make-up wipes to cleanse your skin if you prefer. There is also a product called micellar water that is used by putting it on a cotton ball to cleanse the skin, no water needed. After cleansing, be sure to put on a moisturizer, especially in the winter.

Turn Off the Screens

Try to get all of your DealDash bidding in before bedtime. Turn off your phone, computer, and tablet an hour before you go to sleep. The light emitted from the screen promotes wakefulness. Not only that, but the content can sometimes keep you awake longer than planned and interfere with bedtime.

If you would like to do an activity before bed to help you relax try reading a novel, puzzle books, magazines, knitting, or listening to music.

Think About Your Day

Before you drift off to sleep, give some thought to your day. What was great, what could have been better? How can you make tomorrow into a great day? Is there anything that happened today that you’d like to correct tomorrow? What do you have to look forward to the following day or the rest of the week?

Give Thanks

Whether you’re the sort of person who likes to pray, meditate, or both, giving thanks is an excellent way to end the day. Think about the positives in your life, your loved ones, and your friends. No matter what’s going on in your life, there’s a pretty good chance that it could be worse, so give thanks that it’s not!

Thinking about all of the things that you are thankful for at the end of the day can promote happiness. It can also promote good dreams, restfulness, and peaceful sleep. Just think, maybe the next night one of the items on your “thankful list” might be “I had a great night of sleep last night!”

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on bedtime tips and routines helpful. If you are shopping for new sheets, a comforter, or other home item, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all, and more! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your home more beautiful. 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 Advises on Laundry Stain Removal

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Washing your clothing is easy, but what about when there’s a tough stain? Here are some suggestions and tips for laundry stain removal from DealDash.

It’s happened to the best of us – you’re out to dinner and you get a drop of red wine, sauce, or other food stain on your brand new light-colored shirt. Or perhaps it wasn’t you, but one of your kids spilling something on your outfit when you’re out in public. You attempt to rub it off with a napkin, but it only gets worse. You aren’t headed back home for hours, are you doomed to have a stained outfit? Maybe – but maybe not! Read these helpful tips from DealDash for removing laundry stains from your clothing.

Ink

Did your or your husband get ink on your clothing at work? Or maybe it was the kids playing in the pen drawer! Is it possible to get out ink stains? Yep! Grab a can of hairspray! It might sound a little strange, but the alcohol in the spray will help to lift the ink from the fabric – apply directly onto the stain, leave on for 30 – 45 seconds, and wipe away with a damp cloth. Launder after.

Paint

It’s possible to get paint out of clothing, and luckily most paint that is marketed towards children is water-based (acrylic) This paint can be removed by rinsing the back of the stain with warm water. Next, wash in the machine with your regular laundry detergent.

Unfortunately, oil-based paint is a little bit trickier. First, check garment care label and do not attempt this method if your clothing is made from rayon, acetate or triacetate. Next, test on an inconspicuous area of the garment first. Be sure to wear rubber gloves. If this doesn’t work, take it to the dry cleaners. Maybe they will have better luck.

Blood

Small cuts and scrapes can result in tough blood stains. The trick here is to use cold water to rinse the affected garment ­– hot water will merely set the stain further. Try spraying or pouring on a little hydrogen peroxide before you rinse the garment in cold water. It should bubble away most of the blood.

Tomato Sauce / Ketchup

Amazingly,  lemons can help get rid of many red sauce stains. The acidity in the lemon juice works to cut through the oil – just rub a cut lemon over the stain before rinsing with water.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on laundry stains helpful. If you are shopping for Tide pods, an iron, art supplies, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your life easier. 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 Organizes Your Kitchen

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An organized kitchen looks cleaner, is easier to cook in, and is a lot more fun! Cooking isn’t a chore with an organized kitchen.

Could your kitchen use a little organization help from DealDash? Most people’s kitchens are a bit disorganized, and it makes cooking more difficult and time-consuming. You don’t want that! You want things to be easy, right? Well, follow these tips from DealDash and you will be cooking in your beautiful, organized kitchen in no time!

Over-the-Sink Cutting Board

To give yourself more counter space and keep it clutter-free while you’re cooking be sure to pick up an-over-the sink cutting board. These cutting boards are like magic – they make the clean-up vanish! Just push all of the scraps off of the board directly into the dish disposal and presto! All clean!

Forget the Spice Rack

Forget the spice rack, get yourself some magnetized strips and mount them to your wall or side of the cabinet. Then get some round metal containers to put your spices into, and stick them onto the strips. It will save you counter space, cabinet space, and look very clean as well.

Speaking of Magnetized Strips

Speaking of magnetized strips, get another strip and mount it on your backsplash area to hold your cooking knives. This will save you some counter space because you won’t have to have a knife block out, and it will look very professional as well as keep the knives within quick grasp when you need them.

Hooks A-Plenty

If you’re wondering where you can store all of those tongs, soup ladles, spatulas, and others – hooks! Designate a place in your kitchen that you can install hooks, and hang up all of those pesky, hard to store cooking implements. You can even install the hooks on one side of the fridge if you get the ones that are made to be removable – they are made by “Command,” and they don’t leave a mess when you remove them. I love these hooks and use them for many things in my home. I can attest that they don’t leave damage when you remove them,

These hooks are awesome and I use them for many things in my home, and can attest that they don’t leave damage when you remove them, however if you are removing them from a painted wall you have to do it very slowly and carefully otherwise it will chip the paint.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on kitchen organization helpful. As you might already know, DealDash is the place to check first if you need anything for your kitchen.

If you are shopping for a home item, tool, kid’s toy, computer, or garden implement, 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 Helps You Be More Outgoing

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As I have gotten older it seems that I run into more and more people that are shy. That’s fine if you are happy, but if you would like to be more outgoing let DealDash help.

Many people have mentioned to me that they would like to make YouTube videos like I do, or they would like to make presentations or teach a class, but they are too shy to do these things. They have often asked me how they can get over their shyness and become more outgoing. Here are some ideas from DealDash.

Dress Confidently

It seems that many people who are shy tend to dress very plainly to blend in. If you were to look into their closet you would see a lot of black, beige, and gray. If these are the colors that you prefer to wear that’s fine but try to spice up your wardrobe with some pops of color. Try a pretty scarf, belt, or more colorful pair of shoes for the ladies, and a brighter tie or shirt for the men.

Posture is Important

If you’re not outgoing or extroverted you might slouch a little to make yourself less conspicuous, and might not meet people’s gaze. Try to correct that. Stand up straight, try to align your ears with your shoulders. It will do your back a favor along with your confidence. When you walk into a room make sure that you look people in the eye when you say hello, and keep those shoulders back.

Speak Up!

To gain people’s attention, be sure to speak up. Don’t mutter or look at the floor when you’re speaking. You don’t need to overdo it and yell, of course, but speak in a medium tone, and try not to let people interrupt you. If you are accustomed to people talking over you when you are trying to speak, try to be a bit more forceful and say “Excuse, me, I would like to finish my thought first.” or “Excuse me, I’m not done speaking yet.”

Speak to Strangers

Speaking to strangers goes against everything that we were taught as children, but to be more outgoing you’re going to have to do it. Start small, chat with the person you’re standing next to in the line at the store. Next, chat with the cashier, then say hello to the person next to you at the bus stop. The opportunities to make small talk with strangers are endless.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on being more outgoing helpful. If you are shopping for a computer, tool, gift, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make you happy. 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 Plays Indoor Sports for Kids

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Having little kids is exhausting. Here are some more fun indoor sports you can play to tire them out.

By this time everyone probably knows that I have three little kids, two of which are a handful! There are a few upcoming days off of school before February Vacation starts later on in the month, so I am trying to be prepared. Here are a few fun indoor sports ideas that I have come up with to keep the kids busy. If you’re a busy parent or grandparent, you’ll want to try these, too. Let DealDash show you some tips and tricks to keep the little ones busy.

Indoor Mini Golf

Indoor mini golf requires a few materials, so when you get some free time you’ll want to hit the dollar store. You’ll need some cheapie plastic golf clubs – 1 for each kid. If your dollar store doesn’t have them you can make do with the long cardboard tubes that wrapping paper comes on. You’ll also need some golf balls if your kids are a bit older, or ping pong balls if they’re younger. And boxes. Lots of boxes of varying sizes.

Basically, the idea is to make an indoor mini golf course using the boxes. Simply cut out a little door for them to hit the ball into. You can place the boxes in different areas of your house, make little ramps that they have to shoot the ball up, and little tunnels to shoot the ball through.

The best part about this game is that the boxes can be rearranged as many times as you like, so it can be played for hours. You can also save the boxes in a closet or basement for the next time they want to play, and it will be a lot less preparation next time.

Indoor Bowling

Continuing the fun, indoor bowling is up next. This is another game that you can use items around the house or go out and purchase a lightweight bowling set. I prefer to get crafty (and frugal) and make my own things.

A great way to make your indoor bowling pins are water bottles. I suggest saving up your empty water bottles for a couple of weeks until you have 10 of them. Once you have 10 you can either paint them white, let the kids decorate them, or just leave them as they are. It’s your choice, but I find painting them with acrylic craft paint to be the most fun and entertaining for the kids.

For older kids, fill up the water bottles about halfway to give them some weight, and line them up at the end of your hallway. Place a line of painter’s tape or washi tape as the starting line. Grab a medium-sized indoor ball and start bowling! For younger kids you can fill them only a tiny bit for stability, and use less bottles if you prefer.

See who can bowl the first strike! The youngest player gets to go first. Have fun!

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on indoor kid’s sports helpful. If you are shopping for something for the kids such as a toy, game, or nightlight check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your kids happy. 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 Coconut Oil

 

DEALDASH COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is a very healthy and useful product. It can be used for many things. Let DealDash give you an overview.

Using coconut oil seems to have gained popularity in the past 5 years or so. It’s a very healthy oil that is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats might sound bad, but it actually increases the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also helps to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols. Here are some of the many benefits and uses of coconut oil.

Lose Weight

They say that you can lose weight by consuming coconut oil because it’s metabolized differently than other oils. So by swapping out your canola oil for coconut oil you can reduce your calorie intake. Coconut oil is also said to keep you fuller for a longer period of time, reducing the total amount of calories that you are consuming in a day.

Conditions Hair

Many people like to use coconut oil as a deep-conditioning treatment on their hair. If you saturate your hair with coconut oil and put a shower cap on for a few hours it will be extremely healthy for your hair.

Coconut oil can also be used as a “sunblock” of sorts for your hair, one study has shown that coconut oil can block about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays when applied to your hair.

Moisturizes Skin

You can use coconut oil as a skin moisturizer. Research has shown that coconut oil improves dermatitis and other skin disorders at least as well as mineral oil and other conventional moisturizers, and has the added benefits of being 100% natural as well as pleasant smelling and inexpensive. In a study of patients with eczema, 47% of those treated with coconut oil had major improvements in their skin.

You can also use coconut oil as a spa treatment for your dry winter feet. Coconut oil can help repair your cracked heels. Just apply a thin coat to your heels at bedtime, and cover with thick socks. Continue this treatment on a nightly basis until your heels are smooth and repaired.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on coconut oil helpful. If you are shopping for a home item, kid’s toy, garden implement, or other, check DealDash first. Visit 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.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

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!

Bushnell Falcon 10 x 50mm Binocular

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!

Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera with 18–55mm IS STM Lens

 

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 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 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

DealDash Snow Ice Cream

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 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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DealDash Likes Cheap Travel

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Now’s the time to think about booking Spring travel. Here are some handy tips from DealDash to travel on the cheap.

Travel can be fun, exciting, interesting, educational, and expensive. If you’re a fan of DealDash, then you must love to save money! Travel, especially within the US, definitely doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are some tips on how to save some cash when you want to travel.

Book Early

You can get a much better deal if you book early, and you also have the added benefit of being able to choose from a much bigger array of seating choices (for most airlines.) I have also read that Tuesdays are the best day to book flights for the lowest prices. Here’s an extra tip – before you book your flight clear your “cookies” on your computer. You might end up with a better price.

Travel Light

Now that most airlines are charging to check a bag, it makes sense to try to skip checking a bag. Most airlines let you bring a carry-on bag and a personal bag such as a purse, laptop bag, or backpack. If you’re traveling with a child, make the most of their space as well – if they have a seat on the plane then they are entitled to both of those items as well. DealDash has some awesome carry-on bags, backpacks, purses, laptop bags, and toiletry bags up for auction.

Check Out Travel Forums

If you take the time to check out some travel forums you can read where people have reviewed different hotels, so you can try to find a discounted hotel that is still clean and comfortable. If you browse around the travel forums you can also read where people have reviewed activities as well, so you can find fun things to do on a budget.

Bid on DealDash

The best travel tip of all is to bid on DealDash! On DealDash you can find travel bags, full luggage sets, American Airline Gift Cards, toiletry bags and bathroom items, and many more things for a trip. Visit DealDash now to see how much you can save. Be sure to check out the daily blogs on DealDash Tips and DealDash Reviews. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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Journaling with DealDash

Journaling with DealDash

Journaling is a great way to let off some steam in a healthy way and lower your stress level. Here are some journaling ideas from DealDash.

Journaling can be a lot of fun, and almost as good as a visit with a psychologist. Better yet, you can bring your journal with you and write down your thoughts when you get a chance. Sometimes there’s so much going on inside of our heads that we can lose track of our thoughts. Some of these thoughts are probably your run of the mill type, but other ones might be deep, introspective, and worth keeping to look back on in the future. Here are some great reasons to journal, from DealDash.

Another great thing about journaling is that you can get your bad thoughts and feelings out on paper and be able to reflect on them before making any type of plan that might alter your life, job, or relationships. Write about what’s bothering you.  When you write about your challenges it will make your feel better and less stressed out.  There is this power that comes with writing about your problems. When you commit your problems to paper and put your frustrations into words you can begin to process your problems and think of solutions. Unfortunately, the solution might not immediately appear but you do get one step close to finding it.

Finally, keeping a journal can help you see your growth – both emotional and physical. There is nothing quite like going back through old journals and reading what you’ve written when you were younger. It’s a tiny glimpse into the past and who you used to be. Things that might seem like a huge deal at the time most likely won’t matter to you later on in life. It’s very helpful to appreciate how your thought and feelings change over the years. Your journal is a first-hand account of all your triumphs, failings, happy times, and sad ones. There is nothing better than hearing about your past from yourself – the only person who will truly understand your feelings 100% of the time.

I hope that you found this DealDash article helpful. If you’re looking for a new journal, pens, markers, or other office supplies be sure to visit DealDash. DealDash sometimes has these items up for auction, and often has Staples gift cards available. Visit DealDash now. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Merry DealDash Christmas, Enjoy Winter

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Merry Christmas from DealDash!! The first official day of winter was a few days ago, here are some winter-related thoughts.

Winter definitely isn’t my favorite season, however, I still think it’s a wonderful time and cozy season for creativity and the New Year’s Day always brings new beginnings. Whether you’re inside huddling with your pets next to the fireplace or out playing with your kids in the snow, there’s a whole winter season’s worth of inspiration all around us, and there’s always something exciting happening or something beautiful to look at if we really try. Here are some ideas to help you get through the winter season.

Invest in the correct equipment. This is very important if you live in a cold snowy climate. Be sure that you have a good sturdy shovel (or two!) and if you have a medium to large sized driveway you will need to get a snow-blower. When you have the right equipment it’s easy to get rid of the snow and go on with your day. DealDash has some great snow equipment that comes up for auction.

Don’t forget the smaller winter supplies as well. Along with the bigger equipment, you need to keep a stock of salt/sand, ice scrapers, and of course warm gloves, hats, and scarves around for when you need them. Be sure to check DealDash for these small supplies as well.

Stock up on non-perishables at the supermarket, and keep your fridge and freezer reasonably full of things that your family likes for meals. Snow is much nicer when seen from inside, wrapped in a blanket, sipping on hot chocolate; to get the most enjoyment out of a snowstorm stay inside! You’ll be glad that your pantry and fridge are stocked when a storm hits. You’ll be able to avoid that last minute rush to the supermarket, and be able to stay indoors.

Keep your electronics charged up. Put fresh batteries in your flashlights, keep candles and a lighter handy, and make sure your cell phones and tablets are all charged up. Power outages happen when ice and snow weigh down the utility wires and poles, and they aren’t always resolved quickly. Be fully prepared, and for extra preparedness get a couple external cell phone chargers in case you need a little extra power for your phone if the electricity happens to go out. Check DealDash for flashlights, chargers, and external cell phone chargers, they come up for auction and you can get a great deal.

I hope that you found this DealDash article on winter helpful. DealDash has many winter items up for auction. Visit DealDash to save. Go get a bargain on DealDash at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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Being Thankful, With DealDash

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I post a lot about being thankful because I am so very thankful for every day. All of us should take the time to be thankful for the little things.

With all of the bad things that we hear on the news and read online sometimes the world seems like a scary place. If you stop and think, though, there are so many wonderful things that happen every day we should try and concentrate on the good things in life instead of the bad ones. Here is an entire DealDash article dedicated to some awesome things in life.

Family. My kids and my husband are always at the very top of any list about being thankful. No matter how sad or down I can get sometimes my family can always cheer me up. Just today I was feeling sad, and my 5 year old daughter came over to me and handed me a drawing of our family and said “Here, if you ever miss me, just look at this!” See? How can I be sad after that interaction?

Emotions. Happy, lonely, excited, sad, jubilant – no matter what emotion you are feeling at the moment it’s great to feel alive. No matter what emotion you are feeling in the moment it will be a different feeling and emotion by the next day. How exciting!

Books and Movies. Isn’t it nice to be able to escape for a few hours into a good book or movie? You can travel back in time, to space, underwater, or just about anywhere that you would like to explore with a book or a movie.

Animals and Pets. Cuddling a warm furry dog, cat, or bunny can be very therapeutic. It’s been scientifically proven that having a pet can lower your blood pressure, anxiety, and more. This even includes non-cuddly pets such as fish or lizards. If you can’t own a pet yourself and you love animals, maybe you could visit a dog park and look at the dogs playing, volunteer at an animal shelter, or spend time at an aquarium.

Naps. When the stars magically align and I’m able to take a nap – it’s a good as a present! After doing some research on naps, it seems like 20-30 minutes is the optimum length for a nap. Shorter just isn’t worth it, but any longer and you run the risk of getting into REM sleep. If you are woken up during REM sleep you will wake up groggier and more tired than you were before you took a nap.

DealDash. I always list DealDash as a thing that I am thankful for in my lists. DealDash provides entertainment, great deals, and happy feelings when I participate in auctions. DealDash auctions are definitely something to be thankful for! Go check out DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! Image result for so thankful

DealDash: Staying Calm in a Hectic World

DealDash staying calm

The world is a busy, mixed-up place sometimes. Here are some suggestions from DealDash how to stay calm when things are a little crazy.

The kids need to be taken to school, soccer, dance class – and in-between these journeys you need to clean the house, deal with the repair guy, go grocery shopping, take the baby to the doctor, and then cook dinner. That isn’t even including if you have a full-time job! It’s important to stay calm even when the things around you are a little bit crazy. Here are some tips from DealDash on how to keep it together.

One of the most important ways to keep everything together when things get hectic is to have a set schedule. Yes, maybe you have to do the school, soccer, dance class routine every day, but things are a lot easier if you make yourself a schedule with every waking hour accounted for, and block out the times that you are busy every day so you don’t accidentally double-book yourself. Try to schedule your grocery shopping and other weekly errands on the same time and day, and if you or your child has regular weekly/bi-weekly/monthly doctor appointments try to keep that to the same time and day as well.

It’s easy to get burned out when you have a super busy hectic life, so be sure to schedule yourself in some down time as well. If you’re able to do that weekly, great! Getting through a crazy week is much easier if you know that you know that you are going to have a few hours of “me time” on Sunday afternoon.

Another way to stay sane in a hectic world is by keeping in touch with close friends and family. Try to keep up with your closest friends and family members weekly, it will be good for you and them as well. Luckily we live in a time where technology such as Facebook and Skype allows us to easily keep up with people even if they live on the other side of the world.

To use this technology you have to have a computer, tablet, or at the very least a smartphone. If your electronics are not up to date you’re not going to have as good of an experience. Keep your electronics current by going to DealDash. DealDash has the computers and tablets that you need. Visit DealDash at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! Image result for dealdash

DealDash Winter Skin Fixes – FACE

DealDash Winter Skin Fixes

Last week we talked about some winter skin fixes for your lips. Today we are going to expand to the rest of the face, neck, and decolletage.

As we talked about last week, the winter weather wrecks havoc on your otherwise healthy and vibrant skin. No one is immune to this unless you live somewhere that the weather is nice year-round – but then you have to worry more about sun damage, so we should all take the best care of our skin that we can, no matter where we live.

Speaking of sun damage, even though it’s cold and snowy outside the sun can still damage your skin if you go outside without any sunscreen on. However, in the winter most people are more covered up anyway, so you can probably get away with using an SPF 15, 20, or 30 that is built in to your regular daytime moisturizer. If you aren’t wearing a regular daytime moisturizer, it’s time to start.

Moisturizer on your face is key to keeping nice-looking skin year-round. You should preferably have a daytime moisturizer with SPF in it, and a thicker moisturizer for night time. Yes, men too! Men get sun damage just like women, and can also suffer from wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer. Everyone needs sunscreen in all seasons.

Beating the rough dry skin of winter can be difficult, but advances in sonic brushes have made things a lot easier. DealDash has a sonic brush kit that has everything you need to tame your winter skin. The kit includes everything that you need to get started on your way to smoother winter skin:

  • Handheld sonic unit
  • 4 batteries
  • Body polishing brush
  • Facial brush
  • Facial buffer
  • Pumice for feet, elbows, and extra dry patches of skin

These brush kits from DealDash come in a variety of colors including pink, purple, and white. I personally have won a few of these kits. They are awesome to use on yourself, but they also make wonderful presents for just about anyone on your list.

If you’d like to fix your dry winter skin, be sure to pick up the brush kit from DealDash. It’s great for your face, neck, decolletage, and if you switch out the brush heads you can use it anywhere on your body. Visit DealDash now to pick up a kit. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!Spa Sonic - Skin Care System Face and Body Polisher

DealDash Deals With Debbie Downers

DealDash Deals with Debbie Downers

A Debbie Downer is someone who is always mopey and has a negative outlook on life. Here are some ideas to stay positive in the face of negativity.

We all know of someone who is always negative about anything and everything, someone who never answers “Good” or “Great” when someone inquires about their day. We call those people “Debbie Downers.” No offense to anyone named Debbie, of course. Debbie Downers can be a little bit difficult to spend time with because they tend to draw other people into their negativity. Here are some ideas from DealDash to stay positive when spending time with a Debbie Downer.

The best way to avoid negativity is to limit the time that you spend with a Debbie Downer, but that might not be possible if they are a co-worker or a close relative. What you can do, however, is try and turn the negativity into positivity by turning their complaints around. If they were to say “It’s so gross and rainy outside.” You could say “Oh, I love the rain, my plants need the water.” It might not make your Debbie Downer feel better, but it might put you in a better frame of mind.

Another way to stop a Debbie Downer in her unhappy tracks is to pre-emptively spread a little happiness. There’s something that almost everyone likes, and that’s compliments. When you see your Debbie Downer, give her (or him!) a compliment. Tell them that their hair looks good today, that you like their outfit, or that they are just the person that you wanted to see. There’s nothing like a little compliment to make someone’s day a little brighter.

Having a positive attitude is a choice, and having a negative attitude is as well. Why waste the energy on having a negative attitude when you can use the same effort to have a positive outlook instead? Think of the things that make you happy and strive to have a good day.

What makes you happy and have a positive attitude? I always tell people that my hobby is shopping, and it’s true! There are few things that cheer me up (other than my family, of course) than doing a little entertainment shopping on DealDash. DealDash has beauty items, toys, fun family items, household things, and so much more. Visit DealDash now to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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