Sunday, August 28, 2016

Eat Smart Precision Pro Food Thermometer #Review #EatSmartThermometer #Ad

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. Any and all opinions are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.


Cooking is something that I really enjoy doing and I know that there are certain kitchen tools that every cook needs to have. One is a food thermometer. It's so important to make sure that your foods are cooked properly and to the correct temperature so that you don't get sick.

I recently received the Eat Smart Precision Pro Food Thermometer for review purposes. I have tried other Eat Smart products in the past and have always been happy with those so I was certain this would be no different.

Once I opened the package up, I immediately noticed some great features:

-Sleek black design
-Belt clip
-Large display with backlight
-Good sized control buttons
-A list of the perfect temperatures for meats right on the thermometer
- 5 second response time
-Anti-microbial case and sleeve
-2 year limited warranty



I really like the sleek black design. It's not a big bulky thermometer to hold in my hand during use and not bulky to store in a drawer. I have not made use of the belt clip feature myself but I think it's something that's great for those who would make use of it. I appreciate the large backlight display. My eyes are not as good as they once were so having this nice display makes it easy to see what the temperature is without any issues.

The buttons for controlling this are a good size. Many other thermometers have such tiny buttons on them that you can hardly even press them. I think my favorite feature, which might be silly, is having a few perfect temperatures on the front of the thermometer. I make a lot of meat and always have to look online for the proper temperature. Now it's right on the front of my thermometer!

I think it's also fabulous and different that this has an anti-microbial case and sleeve. No bacteria is going to be forming on this and make you sick.

Eat Smart backs up their products too and this one has a 2 year limited warranty.

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. Any and all opinions are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Gonex 80L Foldable Travel Duffle Bag #Review #Foldablebag #Ad

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. Any and all opinions are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.



I recently received the Gonex 80L Foldable Travel Duffle Bag for review. I don't travel a whole lot but when I do, I don't have any actual luggage to do so. I have usually resorted to using a large tote bag, filling it to the brim and hoping everything I would need would fit inside. I usually ended up with not taking things I really needed or sparing things I wanted to take because I didn't have the room in the bag.

I didn't quite know what to expect before this duffle bag arrived. I chose the Rose Red color and thought it would be your standard duffle bag. just in a pretty pink color. I was very wrong! This bag is MASSIVE and very well made. The fabric is lightweight, the zippers and straps are made extremely well. There is a pocket on the outside end and 2 pockets on the outside side.


Upon arrival, it was folded all up in a pouch. The pouch was actually part of the bag. When it's not being used, it folds up into itself for storage. The material is waterproof and resists tears. You can use it with the standard handles or with the shoulder strap.

I recently went on a small 3 day trip and needed to pack quite a bit of stuff. I needed clean outfits for myself and my daughter, toiletries, charging cords etc. It all fit with room to spare! When I say this bag is massive, it really is. It puts your standard duffle bags to shame! When I had the bag packed up and using the shoulder strap, I never once felt like the bag would tear open or that the shoulder strap would break.


I have also used this bag to pack groceries in it to carry into the house after a trip to Aldi. Aldi does not give bags so you either need to provide your own or purchase some while there. I wanted to see what this bag was made of so I packed it FULL of groceries. Again, the bag never tore and the shoulder strap did not break.



I am happy to have this bag for future travels and I know it will last a long time.


Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. Any and all opinions are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

PAPAYAY® Waterproof and Wireless DoorBell #Review #Coupon #doorbell #Ad

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. Any and all opinions are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.


I recently received the PAPAYAY® Waterproof and Wireless Doorbell for review. While I live in an apartment that already has a doorbell, the buzz/ring of it is totally annoying. The idea of the PAPAYAY® sounded great. It's wireless, it's waterproof AND it has over 50 different chimes to choose from.




When it arrived, I took everything out of the box and started to read the booklet that came along with it. Set up was easy peasy. There are the 2 parts. Plug in the receiver into an electrical outlet and place the transmitter where you would like to use it. This could be outside to use as a standard doorbell or any number of other uses. It's basically set up after pressing a button.



It has over 50 different chimes to choose from. I love this so much! Different moods or days will call for different chimes or even different times of the year. Changing to a different chime takes little effort. You can even switch the volume of the chimes as well.

I remember when I was 17 and was in a horrible car accident. I was mostly bedridden for a couple of months. My mother bought me a bell to ring when I needed something. This was to alert her especially at night that I needed something. Something like this product would have been PERFECT! My mom could have plugged the receiver into an outlet in her bedroom and given me the transmitter. When I needed something, I could have just pressed the button and my mom would have known I needed something. This would be perfect for situations like those without breaking the bank. Maybe you have an elderly family member in your home who needs assistance frequently? Get this product and make it simple!

I have been loving using this in my home. I have changed the chimes a couple of times already! It works perfectly. I can hear someone at the door even when upstairs and the receiver is plugged in downstairs.

You can also add more receivers to the same transmitter so you would hear someone ringing in every room that you put a receiver in.

For the price and the features, I think the PAPAYAY® Waterproof and Wireless DoorBell is a must have for all homes.

The great folks at PAPAYAY® are offering a coupon code for use on Amazon.com 10% off code RA2DHJSE


Disclosure: I received a complementary sample in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. Any and all opinions are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Save Money on Gift Cards to Make Holiday Shopping Budget Friendly #Saveomax16 #Ad

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however, all thoughts are honest and remain my own. Giveaway is in no way associated or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest. Instagram or any other social media site. Just the Two of Us and Deals is not responsible for prize fulfillment.



It's that time again. You know, the back to school time of year! It's the same thing every year. Once we hit the back to school time, the rest of the year just flies by. Soon it will be Halloween, then the holidays! It will creep up on us like it always does. It may only be August still but once school starts for the kids, the days fly and boom, the holidays! Don't get caught needing gifts at the last minute and not having the extra cash handy.

It's NEVER too early to get started with holiday gift shopping or finding deals involving saving money on the purchase of gift cards so you can load up on those gift cards NOW, save the money on them NOW but use the gifts cards later for those gifts.

In fact one of my favorite tips is looking for deals all year long to use for the holidays. Looking all year long at clearance racks, sale racks, using cashback websites for purchases all year and saving up the money, doing surveys for survey companies and saving up all the money and gift card promotions. Any time there is a gift card promotion that gets you money off your gift card purchase, a rebate, gas points etc, you should try to take advantage if you can. Earn those extras and put the gift cards away for the holidays.


Buy a pile of holiday gifts like this with those Visa gift cards!


You guys just know that I love to save money in any way possible. Even better than just saving money with one promotion or deal, double dipping gets me excited!

This deal from Office Max and Office Depot stores has me super excited and I want to share with you all!

From 8/21 through 8/27, you will save $15 off your purchase of $300 or more in Visa gift cards. Here is where the double dip comes in. Use your rewards credit card and earn those extra miles, points or percentage back on your purchase. Some credit cards even offer increased rewards for purchases made at office retailers. For example:

The Chase Ink Cash® and the American Express SimplyCash® credit cards offer 5% cash back on purchases made at office supply stores.

5% cash back adds up to an additional $15 savings on a $300 Visa gift card purchase, for a total of $30 off with the $15 off Office Max/Office Depot deal!

Do you see why I am excited now? It's pretty rare to get gift cards at any type of discount but to be able to double dip a deal on gift cards is fantastic!

Load up on Visa gift cards and use them later when the holidays arrive to make gift purchases a little easier on the budget. Or even use them now for that back to school shopping or anything else you'd like.




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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however, all thoughts are honest and remain my own. Giveaway is in no way associated or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest. Instagram or any other social media site. Just the Two of Us and Deals is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Healthy Summer Snack for Kids and Adults - Pirate's Booty #Review #Ad

Disclosure: I received complementary samples in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. Any and all thoughts are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.



I am always on the hunt for healthier snacks for my daughter. I don't like that so many snacks out there are loaded with all kinds of dyes, preservatives and the like. However, I have also noticed that many of the healthier snacks without all of those things, also don't usually taste very good. So what's a mom to do?

I was recently contacted by the great folks at Pirate's Booty to see if myself and my daughter would be interested in trying their product. I was very interested in trying it. In fact, I had come very close to purchasing Pirate's Booty at the stores a couple of times but just never did.



Pirate's Booty is a healthier snack choice that is gluten free, contains 0 grams of Trans Fats per serving, has no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, are baked and contain only 70 calories per 1/2 ounce serving.


The true test would be the taste. They are baked rice and corn puffs in an aged white cheddar flavor. To say that my daughter and I are hooked is an understatement. We are addicted! They taste like a combination of popcorn without the hull and a rice cake. Then add in the white cheddar flavor. YUM! I love that they offer 1/2 ounce bag portions along with a larger traditional bag. The portioned bags are great to throw in my purse for a snack on the go. But really, let's be honest here. I think it's in our best interest in my house that there are portioned bags. With a large bag, we may eat the entire thing in one sitting :)

A 1/2 ounce may not sound like a lot but you do get a good deal in a 1/2 ounce bag because they are a very light puff.

Contents of 1/2 ounce bag


The portioned bags would be great for camping, fishing, BBQ's for the rest of this Summer but even looking forward to the Fall, they would be great for those school lunches!

I am so happy to have found a new healthier snack for both myself and my daughter that we can enjoy without the high calories or guilt of not so great ingredients.

Disclosure: I received complementary samples in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. Any and all thoughts are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.

National Grandparents Day is Coming September 11th - Gourmet Gift Baskets #Review #Ad

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample to help facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. Any thoughts are honest, my own and not swayed in any way.




National Grandparents Day is right around the corner on September 11th. Mark your calendars and check out Gourmet Gift Baskets for the perfect gift for your favorite Grandma and/or Grandpa!

Gourmet Gift Baskets has a ton of things to choose from including the Grandparents Day Gift Basket, the Wine Lovers Gift Basket for Grandparents and 25 varieties of Cheesecakes, no matter what their taste is.

I was offered to chance to try one of their cheesecakes and let me tell you that choosing a flavor was so difficult. They all sounded and looked so good! Flavors such as Banana Cream, New York, Pumpkin, Cherry Almond and the list goes on. I finally decided on the New York Strawberry Topped Cheesecake.

Cheesecake is one of my most favorite dessert type items and I thought the New York Strawberry Topped would be a good choice. It was sent 2 day via UPS with dry ice. It arrived with no dry ice left in the box but the cheesecake was still frozen.

Upon Arrival - Still Frozen
I put it in the refrigerator upon arrival so it could thaw before my daughter and I dug in! The next day, we pulled it out of the refrigerator and it was perfectly thawed and ready to eat.

Thawed and ready to eat!


Dessert is Served!

We each got our piece on our plates and could not wait to eat it. The cheesecake itself is rich, dense and creamy. It's sweet but not sickening sweet. Just enough to satisfy. The strawberries on the top add another layer of delicious flavor to the New York cheesecake. The strawberries also add more sweetness to the cheesecake but nothing over the top sickening.  A little piece is plenty and is filling.

I think a cheesecake for National Grandparents Day would make an amazing gift. A super yummy treat for Grandma and/or Grandpa to let them know you are thinking about them on their day.

If cheesecake isn't something they would enjoy, Gourmet Gift Baskets has many more ideas on their website. You are sure to find something that fits the bill.


Disclosure: I received a complementary sample to help facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. Any thoughts are honest, my own and not swayed in any way.

Camp Care Packages from Gourmet Gift Baskets for Homesick Children #Review #Ad

Disclosure: I received a complementary sample to help facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. Any and all thoughts are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.




Summer time has meant a break for the kids and for us parents. Many children go to Summer camps or other lengthy trips away from home. While kids will certainly enjoy their time away at camp, they will also likely get homesick. This is normal but how can we as parents let them know that we are thinking about them?

Gourmet Gift Baskets has just the solution. They offer many care package ideas including ones geared towards children. Whether you want to send a box with crafts to keep them busy or whether you want to send a box with yummy treats, they have you covered.

I recently received their Gluten Free Care Package for myself and my daughter to check out. 



I thought the packaging was compact and impressive. Someone receiving this care package wouldn't have to deal with a large box to open. The picture above shows what the package looked like upon opening. We couldn't wait to dig in and try everything!

Here is what the care package contained (list and information credit goes to GourmetGiftBaskets.com)


• Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies by Lucy's Cookies - 5.25 oz. -Chocolate lovers beware: you will fall in love with these cookies! These gluten free goodies are sure to become one of your new favorites.

• Sea Salt Kettle Chips by Kettle Brand Potato Chips - 1.5 oz. - Organic potatoes are seasoned with a touch of sea salt and then cooked to perfection to deliver undeniable flavor and crunch.


• Butter Toffee Peanuts by Hammond's - 5 oz. - Premium peanuts that are drenched in buttery toffee and gently cooked in copper kettles until golden.


 Great Granny Apple Chips by Bare Fruit - 1.69 oz. - These all natural, gluten free apple chips are baked to perfection with just the right balance of tart and sweet that you get with granny smith apples.


• Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Potato Sticks by Merrimack Valley Snack Company - 4 oz. - Crunchy potato sticks that are lightly seasoned with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper and baked until crisp.


• Peanut Brittle by Old Dominion - 8 oz. - Sweet, golden brown brittle handmade the old fashioned way with premium, extra large peanuts

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 Gluten Free Olive Oil & Herb Crackers by Partners - 5 oz. - Seasoned with a touch of sea salt, these gluten-free snack crackers are simply delicious and pair perfectly with cheese, soup, or dip.


• Pineapple, Coconut & Macadamia Orchard Bar by Liberty Orchards - 1.6 oz. - Be transported to the tropics with this energy packed bar full of premium tropical fruit and nuts.


• Skittles by Wrigley - 2.17 oz. - These delicious candies are coated with a sweet colorful candy shell.


• Mike and Ike Original Fruits by Just Born - 5 oz. - Chewy candies in classic fruit flavors that everyone loves.


• Blueberry, Pomegranate & Almond Orchard Bar by Liberty Orchards - 1.6 oz. - A healthy and delicious gluten free snack bar composed of real dried fruits and creamy almonds.


• Sour Patch Kids by Kraft Foods - 3.5 oz. - Sweet and sour come together in these fun, bite-sized candies.


• Double Dipped Peanuts by Old Dominion Peanut Company - 3 oz. - An elegant treat of large Virginia peanuts that are drenched in rich, velvety chocolate.


What an assortment! We tried everything and while we enjoyed some items more than others, there was nothing in the box that we absolutely disliked. My daughters most favorite was the 3 types of candy as they were familiar to her. The Skittles, Mike & Ike and Sour Patch Kids are on her top list of candy favorites so they were a sure hit. Beyond those, she loved the Great Granny Apple Chips and Lucy's Cookies. The apple chips are a crunchy and sweet way to eat apples for a snack. The Lucy's cookies taste amazing for gluten free. I wouldn't have known just by taste. The peanut brittle is fantastic too.

Gourmet Gift Baskets has many different types of gift baskets and care packages geared to just about anyone you need a gift for. I would highly recommend checking them out the next time you need a gift for that special someone.


Disclosure: I received a complementary sample to help facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. Any and all thoughts are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.

Friday, August 12, 2016

DKnight MagicBox II Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless Speaker #Review #‎DKnightMagicboxIIWirelessBluetoothSpeaker‬ ‪#‎Ad‬

Disclosure: I received a complementary product in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. Any and all thoughts are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.


I received the DKnight MagicBox II Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless Speaker in exchange for my honest review. It's no secret and everyone who knows me, know I am obsessed with music. I am constantly listening to music whether I am in the car, working on the computer or just relaxing around the house.

My complaint when listening around the house is that unless I am using the computer speakers, no one can really hear the music other than myself. Sure my phone has speakers built in, but even on the loudest setting, it's not very loud. So if I had people over for a get together, using my cell phone wouldn't really work.



With the DKnight MagicBox II Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless Speaker, that all changes. I can easily pair the device to my cell phone in about 30 seconds and done. It's ready to be used. Now any sounds or music that comes out of my cell phone, will come out of the speaker. The speaker is portable so my cell phone can be inside while the speaker is outside! I was surprised by the small compact design. I was worried that the sound quality wouldn't be good or it wouldn't be loud etc.

I was so wrong. Not only is the sound quality crisp and clean. The bass is amazing! It thumps out of the speaker. On the side, there is an on/off button, your USB port for charging and an AUX cable port. On the top of the speaker are buttons for controlling volume, changing songs and even taking a phone call. That's right, you can take a phone call through the speaker from your cell phone if it's paired at the time a call comes in.

How cool is that? This speaker is lightweight enough to be easily carried around for at the pool, at the beach or even just in your purse to take to a friends house.

I love my MagicBox II Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless Speaker and would recommend it.


Disclosure: I received a complementary product in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. Any and all thoughts are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Find Things To Do with Groupon #Groupon #Ad

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions and thoughts are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.




My daughter turns 12 this November and I seriously just don't know when that happened! Seriously? 12?! She has been certainly growing up and with it has been coming her wanting to do more things. She has been wanting to do more things not only with me but her friends as well. The standard playdates are just not cutting it anymore. But I will be honest...I am lost here! 

How do you even find out about the things to do in your local area AND save money in the process?

That's where Groupon can come into the picture and help with both! Did you know there is a Groupon Things To Do category on the Groupon site? You can find local activities to do by yourself, with your significant other or even with your children! The best part? You also save money on the activity!

Looking for a new and fun Saturday activity? Check out Groupon, make your purchase and use your voucher to save money on that activity. Save on everything from trips to a zoo, paintball, mini golf, bowling to ice skating and more! 

You do not need to pay any kind of fees or membership in order to use or make a purchase at Groupon either. Just sign up and you're ready to use the site and to make a purchase.

With Groupon, I will be able to find lots of things for my daughter to get out and do in our local area without breaking the bank.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions and thoughts are honest, my own and are not swayed in any way.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Z-joyee Women's Casual Fashion Bag Soft PU Leather Backpack #Review #Z-joyeeWomen'sCasualFashionBagSoftPULeatherBackpac #Ad

Disclosure: I received a  complementary sample in order to facilitate this post/review. Any and all thoughts are honest, my own and not swayed in any way.

I recently received the Z-joyee Women's Casual Fashion Bag Soft PU Leather Backpack for review purposes. I choice the color black but it is available in other colors including red and blue.


I thought it would be a cute little bag/backpack for my 11 year old daughter. My daughter is right at that age where she wants a purse and is really getting into fashion.


Upon arrival, the first thing that was noticed was the smell. A very chemical, noxious overbearing smell. I cannot describe this smell but it cannot be healthy to be breathing in. I have been airing it out outside for days but the smell is still there.








Aside from the smell, it's a super cute bag. It can be used like a bag/purse or a backpack as it has backpack style straps and a longer handle strap on the top. It has an outside zippered pocket and several pockets on the inside for a cell phone. The large compartment is zippered and is quite large in depth. I believe an iPad or decent size book would fit in there along with a bunch of other things. The quality of the leather seems pretty decent quality as well.


Unfortunately, due to the smell that does not seem to be going away, neither myself or my daughter won't be able to fully utilize this bag. 


Disclosure: I received a  complementary sample in order to facilitate this post/review. Any and all thoughts are honest, my own and not swayed in any way.