Month: March 2018

Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Cars.com. All opinions are based on my own experiences. 

Summer is right around the corner and if you are anything like me that means you’ll be spending a lot of time in your car whether you’re travelling to the beach, the park, on a family vacation, or taking day trips to soak in the sun. The last thing you want is car troubles to spoil your fun. It’s important to properly maintain your car, especially at the start of the season.  You can take your car to your local mechanic or service center, or you can save yourself a few bucks if you’re the DIY type and check cars.com for some awesome tips and instructions to keep your car running smoothly. I’ve put together this simple list of things to check before hitting the road.

  1. Check your battery. It may need charging or replacing.
  2. Check all fluid levels.
  3. If you live where there’s snow, be sure to give your undercarriage a good cleaning from all the salt build-up.
  4. Check your tire pressure. Remember: Tire pressure changes with the temperatures.
  5. Get an oil change. You want your engine to run smoothly. Check your owner’s manual for your car to see how often you should change your oil.
  6. Replace Windshield Wipers and check Washer Fluid. There’s nothing worse than dirty, streaky windows in the bright summer sun.
  7. Check your brakes.
  8. Check your Air Conditioning. It’s best to have a professional do this! No one wants to be stuck in traffic with no AC!

In addition to making sure your car is properly maintained, it’s also important to pack a few things in your trunk for “just in case!” I always make sure we have a tool kit, a first aid kit, and a flashlight. Of course, you’ll want to make sure the outside of your vehicle is squeaky clean too! And last, but not least, if your precious cargo likes to destroy the inside of your vehicle, you need to check out these tips to manage a messy car.

Be safe out there!

-Denise

 

 

Best Consignment Sale in Gloucester County

So by now you may have seen my Facebook Posts or even my LIVE video with a  quick tour of the Just Between Friends Western Gloucester County Consignment Sale going on at Total Turf in Pitman, NJ. First of all, I have been a consignment sale shopper since 2012 – right before my son was born. He will be 6 in April. I have bought baby equipment, clothing, toys, books, puzzles, and so much more from consignment sales. I have been to sales all over New Jersey and I have to say this one is the best. The space is HUGE which makes shopping so much more pleasant. The aisles are nice and wide, making it easy to carry my big blue shopping bag (which you are given as you enter the sale to keep your hands free) without bumping into other shoppers. All the non-clothing items are spaced out around the perimeter by category. There you will find baby equipment, toys, games, books, puzzles, room décor, ride-ons, baby toys, and so much more! And let me tell you, the standards at this sale are amazing. Everything on the floor was neat, clean, and organized. The clothing is clean and I didn’t see anything stained, ripped or pilled.

As a homeschool mom, I was super excited to snag these great learning resources. Seriously. I paid $8 for this STEM Magnet Set that currently retails for $49.99. It is BRAND NEW! The Life Science and Physical Science Folder Games were $5.00 each — a SAVINGS of $30!  The Brain Quest Questions were $3 and the new Fractions Tile Pack was $1.50. Did I mention that everything in this photo is brand spankin’ new?! All this would have cost me $114.91 and I paid $22.50. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a money tree in my back yard and I get so excited over deals like this!

Of course I picked up some clothing for the kiddos too. Here are a few of the things I purchased. Under Armour shirts – one for $4.50 and one new with tags for $7.00.  A Nike Short Set for $8. A Children’s Place sundress for $4.00. I kept looking for the tag on that one – it must have never been worn! And a Carter’s shirt for $4.00. Everything looks brand new!

Did you know that a lot of items at the sale will be marked down to 50% off on Sunday? Also, items marked with a “D” will be donated to a local charity if they do not sell this weekend. The charity that the items will go to is The Unforgotten Haven in Blackwood. It’s nice to know that unsold items marked to donate will go to a terrific non-profit organization right within our community.

I have personally never consigned at any sales, but I am definitely going to consign at the next Just Between Friends Western Gloucester County Sale. I will let you check out the Consignor details for yourself, but for me it’s a no-brainer. It’s local, it’s a super organized event, and I’ll make some money for cleaning out the kids’ closets! The owners, Jennifer and Michele, are both super sweet and were right there this morning getting everything set up and ready to go! I’m looking forward to consigning at the next sale and will be sure to keep everyone updated when consignor registration opens, so be sure to LIKE, FOLLOW, and SHARE so you don’t miss it!

xoxo,

Denise

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