So if you know me or follow me then you may know that I absolutely love to review stuff. Products, books, things I buy, and things given to me. Well I reviewed a book last night that I read through Kindle Unlimited, and Amazon has apparently decided they won’t post any of my reviews because they believe me to be fake or biased. I am hurt and angry that all my past reviews are gone. I will no longer trust Amazon reviews since they can remove the ones they do not like willy nilly. I will do my best to post my reviews here, and my book reviews will of course still be on GoodReads, unless Amazon strikes that hammer blow too.


#zzzquil #influenster #voxbox

I received a Zzzquil VoxBox from Influenster yesterday. It contained on sample.


I sometimes have really horrible insomnia and this week has been one of my worst. It doesn’t help that I lost my eyecover. My brain doesn’t want to shut up. I figured it was worth a try so I took the sample last night.

On the card it says that it helps you fall asleep in less than 20 minutes. Nope my brain kept going for at least another hour. I got to be the unlucky person that it didn’t really work on :(. It did make me go to sleep though so hey that makes me happy!

I was also happy that when my kids needed me I was able to wake up and respond and help them even if I was drowsy. Now I would not have driven on it because I was definitely not drive safe. But helping a kid get a sip of water and back to bed or calm a nightmare and let the child sleep next to mom and dad I could do.

I slept for about 9 hours and woke up still exhausted. That was not a plus. When the kids took a nap I took one. Then I had a cup of coffee and I’m awake now.

I’m glad I tried it but I won’t be buying it. Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t for someone else though so if you are wanting to try it I say go for it.

I received this sample free for an honest review.

Apps that save me $$

I use quite a few rebate apps to help our money stretch a bit further every week and month. Since I’ve reviewed products on here, I felt I should review these as well.

1. Ibotta
Ibotta is probably my favorite. I go in weekly and check the stores I usually frequent. Currently for us that is Kroger and Walmart. I unlock items that interest me, go shopping and buy what I need, and scan the barcode and take a picture of the receipt. I love that Ibotta has any brand rebates. They might only be 25 or 50 cents, but that does add up.image

I’ve been using it since May 2015, and while I haven’t got a huge amount back I have gotten a decent amount back.

You can withdraw the money into your PayPal, venmo, or choose gift cards. instead. $20.00 minimum to withdraw for PayPal and venmo.
If you’re like my family then you use a lot of milk and bread. They also have rebates on diapers, formula, and other items you might use often.
They do offer a referral bonus as well. The people you invite will receive $10 after they redeem a rebate and you will receive $5. If you’d like to use my code it is tcocouk. It can be used on a computer or Android. I’m not sure if it’s available on an IPhone.

2. Shrink
Shrink has organic brands and a two any brands per week. Plus you get points for the items you buy in those brands even if they don’t have a cash rebate available for it at the time. You can use brand’s points to unlock more rebates. For instance, I like the KidFresh meals. They are really easy to make when I have a migraine and just can’t make anything complicated. I had a rebate for some when I first unlocked the brand, and I’ve used the points I’ve gotten buying more to unlock more rebates for that brand. Each brand’s points cannot exchange to another brand. Shrink exclusive also offers a 50 point rebate for receipts every day and you can exchange those points for cash added to your balance. Then when you get $20 you can get it sent to your PayPal or venmo.image



This also offers referral rewards. When you refer a friend you receive $2 when they redeem their first receipt and they receive 1000 shrink points, which can be saved or exchanged for $1. This is available on Android and iPhone. If you would like to use my referral code it is WSKMEI. I’ve only been using it since August and I don’t use as many of their brands so I’ve only gotten about $18.00 back. But that’s $18 I didn’t have before.

3. Checkout 51
I haven’t used this as often. They have a choose your offer every week for different produce. They also have 25 cents cash back on and receipt over $60. I don’t use a lot of their rebates but am happy to wait for the ones I do use. Some weeks there’s a lot, others I only use the produce and receipt rebates.image

My balance on there now is almost $10. Cashout is available at $20, and is a paper check. They do not offer a referral bonus. You can use the app on Android, iPhone, and you can use it through the browser on your computer.

4. Berrycart
I actually haven’t used any of these rebates. They are all crunchy brands, organic, etc. That kind of stuff. I may not ever use this but I keep it just in case haha.image

They have coconut milk and water on there so I may start using it more soon. Process is the same, you unlock rebates, buy the items, scan the barcodes, snap the receipt and wait for it to be approved. Cash out is only $5 on this app. They do offer a referral bonus. When you refer someone and they redeem their first rebate you get $2. If you’d like to use my referral link it is I believe this is available on both Android and iPhone.

5. MobiSave
This is a new app for me. I installed it this month or in January. For this one you have to unlock your rebates before you go shopping or they may deny your receipt. They have quite a few and brand items and other items people regularly use.image

Rebates are automatically deposited into your PayPal once approved. They do not offer a referral bonus.

6. Shopmium
This one hasn’t had a lot of rebates, just some but I have used it quite often. They recently sent an email out that they are adding more rebates, so I look forward to that. They tend to have cheesecake on here a lot haha.image

Those are some of the rebates available. They don’t need to be unlocked. This app is available on Android and iPhone, and they do have a referral bonus. When you refer a friend you get $2 and then get a free Lindt chocolate bar. Trust me that was worth it, but I’m obsessed with chocolate. 😉 If you’d like to use my referral code it is KUCFMGCL. Rebates are deposited directly into your PayPal once approved.

7. Savingstar
This is available on Android, iPhone, and your computer browser. You can add loyalty cards, or scan products and receipts.

They also have some online shopping rebates but I haven’t used them.
Cash out is available at $5 and can be deposited in your bank, PayPal, or you can buy a gift card. They also actually allow you to put the money into your UPromise account too.

That’s it for cash back apps. I will create a post about point redemption apps and points/cash for apps that monitor your cell phone, tablet, and computer usage at a later date.

My first Voxbox from Influenster


I’m new to Influenster and this is my first voxbox. This is the My First Tervis voxbox. I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
I received this yesterday. This was perfect timing because my son’s let cup was leaking so badly I was going to go buy a different cup from the store that evening.
First, I love receiving packages. Makes me feel like a kid getting a present. Opening the voxbox was simple. The cup is really cute :).


I got it out of the packaging and immediately washed it, following instructions. I liked that the valve can be attached to the lid if I want to use my dishwasher later. For this time I just handwashed all the pieces. I put water in it and gave it to my son, who is 2 years old. Personally, I think this cup is better for a much younger child and we are trying to get away from sippy cups now that he’s two. He was very frustrated because it took major suction to get anything out. I know because I tried and it was hard. I did check the it did not leak then. So for that I’ll rate is about 3 out of 5 stars, because if the kid can’t drink it then it’s really pointless. I made an extra slit in the valve where it connects to the spout and it still was difficult. So I made an extra slit where it receives air. Now he can drink it, but it does leak. That’s my fault though. Basically this one is not for toddlers. I’d give this to babies who need limited flow.
My son loves it and the ducks are very cute. This would make a great gift for any moms of kids between 6 months and a year. 😉

Levia Keller
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