National Flip Flop Day at Tropical Smoothie #TSCflipflop


Tropical Smoothie Cafe will celebrate National Flip Flop Day on June 16. Anyone wearing flip-flops between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at any of the 9 Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations in Orlando will receive a FREE one-day-only, limited edition 16 oz Sunshine Smoothie in a 20th anniversary souvenir cup.

The Sunshine Smoothie, captures the taste of summer with a vitamin c-packed combination of orange, orange juice, banana, pineapple and mango.

For more information about Tropical Smoothie Café, including menu items and information on one of the open locations, visit

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Preventing DIY Disasters: When To Leave It To The Pros

When it comes to DIY, there’s a lot to be said for giving a job a crack and trying to save yourself some cash. This is fine when you’re talking about painting walls or hanging pictures. However, there are certain jobs, which could end up costing you more if your amateur skills aren’t up to scratch. Here are some scenarios when it’s best to leave it to the pros and prevent DIY disasters.

Anything that involves going on the roof

You’ve noticed a couple of loose tiles on the roof. There’s a leak in the upstairs bathroom. What do you do? If you’re trying to save money and you fancy yourself as a bit of a handyman or woman, you may think it’s a good idea to get the ladders out and clamber up and take a look. This may sound like a good idea at the time, but you may soon regret it. If you have jobs that involve climbing onto the roof, always get the professionals in. For details of roofing jobs that require expert attention, take a look at It’s simply not safe to be walking around on a roof if you don’t have the necessary skills or safety equipment to do a proper job. You may think that attempting roof repairs yourself will save you money, but can you really put a price on your safety? If you fall, the consequences could be disastrous.


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Water damage

Have you noticed damp patches appearing on the walls or the ceiling? Are you trying to clear up after a storm or days of heavy rain? If so, don’t try and rectify water damage yourself. Leave it to a firm like Water can cause serious problems for homeowners, and it’s essential to get the job done right. If you don’t repair issues correctly the first time around, you’re likely to experience more problems further down the line, and this is going to end up costing you more.


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Have you bought a new light fitting or are you tempted to try and fix an appliance that seems to be on the blink? If there are wires involved, it’s usually best to steer well clear. Electrical injuries can be incredibly severe, and if you don’t have the training, there’s a high risk that something will go wrong. If you have jobs that need doing, ask friends or relatives for recommendations or read reviews to find a good electrician in the area. Even the simplest jobs can actually be much more complex than they seem, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.


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Many of us enjoy DIY. If you’re a fan of getting your hands dirty, there are plenty of jobs you can around the house. However, there are also tasks, which are unsuitable for amateurs. You may want to save money on home repairs, but it may be that you’re risking your health and safety and increasing the likelihood of having to spend more by giving jobs that aren’t suitable for people with training a go. If in doubt, seek expert help.

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Swagbucks May Referral Bonus – $5 per Referral


The May flowers are here, and Swagbucks has brought a $5 bonus! Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you’re probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a $5 bonus! Here’s how:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 6/1/17. You’ll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!

3. If you spend at least $25 through Swagbucks Shop* you’ll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus on top of the cash back you’ll get from shopping. If you have some shopping to do online, just go to Swagbucks first and visit the store through them. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but you’ll get SB points for every dollar you spend (on top of the bonus)!

That’s it. It’s super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I’ve earned [GIVE EARNED SB AMOUNT, WHAT YOU SPEND IT ON]

*You must receive your shopping SB before July 1st

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Swag Wars Team Challenge


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Swagbucks had a fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don’t know what Swagbucks is, it’s a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web!

If you’ve never tried Swagbucks before because you didn’t know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! Their latest, the “Swag Wars” Team Challenge, begins Monday, May 1st at 8am PT.
Here’s how you can join the challenge and the site:

1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.

2. Starting May 1st at 2pm PDT, in addition to earning SB you’ll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.

3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you’ve contribute so far.

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card!

Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before May 1st, you’ll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you’ve signed up under me)!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 35 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 20 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 4th place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 5th place team will receive a 5 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, May 5th and will expire on Wednesday, May 31st at 11:59pm PT.

May the Force be with you!

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Otterbox Symmetry Series Phone Cases


Otterbox has always been the phone case that I count on for protection while it also offers fashion-forward designs.  Recently I switched to one of the pretty Symmetry Series patterns called Pink Fleurs and I absolutely LOVE it.  It is a feminine design that offers sleek protection and it was super easy to put on my phone.  The one piece cover just slipped on in a flash.

The OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection means drops, bumps and fumbles are just the beginning. It means your device is protected from the barrage of wear & tear you subject it to everyday.  I personally have dropped my phone more times than I would like to admit and Otterbox has always protected it from cracking and other damage.

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Sonnenglas Solar-Powered LED Lantern & Table Light


Introducing the perfect gift for Mom…SONNENGLAS, a stylish mason jar with a solar panel lid containing LEDs that you can light up when the sun goes down.  All the rage in Europe and Africa (with two million sold), SONNENGLAS combines green high-tech with superlative design, and is now making its debut in the US, with countless uses on the patio, in the garden, on the tabletop and much more.

It’s ideal as a garden lamp; for creating an idyllic evening mood at backyard parties; for casting soft light at a romantic picnic;  or illuminating your evening drink after sundown.  I think you’ll agree that SONNENGLAS offers countless opportunities to be designed any way you like — filled with fruit, sand, dried flowers, seashells…whatever strikes your fancy.


And even better, SONNENGLAS is made in a socially sustainable way.   It was developed in South Africa in 2011 as a source of light for people in areas with no access to electricity.  It’s made from recycled glass, with 70% of the materials used coming from South Africa, where the company trains otherwise unskilled workers, and has created jobs for nearly 70 men and women who had no other job prospects.  As such, SONNENGLAS is clearly a feel-good product…and who doesn’t want Mom to feel good on Mother’s Day?

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Cirra by ShedRain Umbrellas Found Exclusively at Target

Don’t get caught in the rain without the cutest gear!  ShedRain wants to make sure you are covered head to toe. Raindrops won’t be a bother when toting around the chic selections from Cirra by ShedRain at Target. These umbrellas are available in different versions including Compact, Bubble, Stick and Mini Compact.  With patterns like “Polka Dots”, “Stripes” and “Ice Cream Cones”, it’s no wonder that people are already naming them a spring favorite.

ShedRain is offering an amazing collection for Spring/Summer 2017, drawing inspiration from the style makers of the world—from the runways of Paris, London, and New York to the chic trendsetters on the streets.  As the oldest and most honored umbrella manufacturer in the country, the third-generation, family-owned company, ShedRain, offers a quality collection for the whole family.

I was given the opportunity to review a few of their umbrellas and I was thrilled when they arrived. Living in Florida it rains A LOT during the summer and it comes out of no where. I will now be prepared when the storm hits. I love that they are made well and the designs/patterns are just so cute.


The first one I chose was the Cirra Multi-colored fashion compact umbrella which features a wide canopy that deflects rain and packs away into a neat travel size when its work is done.


The ShedRain black stripe bubble umbrella is my favorite and I was even thinking of adding a vinyl monogram to it to make it personalized and unique.  It is great for those downpour rains because it protects you all around.


Lastly I picked out one of the fun for kids umbrellas for my daughter. It features ice cream cones and is perfect for those times it starts raining unexpectedly while you are out and about because it is small enough to leave in the glove box of the car.  It also would easily fit into a medium sized purse.

So make sure you head over to Target and pick up a couple Cirra by ShedRain umbrellas so you don’t get caught in the storm this summer !!!


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Sonic Drive-In Introduces New Flavors of Lil’ Doggies and Lil’ Chickies


SONIC Drive-In just got better with the addition of two new flavors of Lil’ Doggies and Lil’ Chickies. Along with the Classic Lil’ Doggie with ketchup and mustard and the Chili Cheese Lil’ Doggie, Sonic has added the Cheesy Bacon Lil’ Doggie.  Plus along with the Classic Lil’ Chickie with mayo and pickles and the Buffalo Lil’ Chickie, Sonic has added a Honey BBQ Bacon Lil’ Chickie.

For only $1.49 these perfect little snacks are available all day at your local SONIC.


I decided to bring a few home to my kids and they fought over who would get which and loved every one of them. And for only $1.49 each, what a great deal !!!

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April Swago is Here


Swagbucks has one more bit of April fun – it’s the return of Swago! It’s just like bingo, but in this case you’re filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online.

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash!

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points – if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 300 SB bonus!

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before May 1st, you’ll get a bonus 300 SB!

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