Tips For Safe Shopping Online

Tips For Safe Shopping Online - Ann Again and again Reviews

Online shopping is becoming a progressively larger part of our lives – no wonder with the irreplaceable convenience and great discounts!  I love it! Reductions in many popular stores are only available when purchasing on the Internet, and grabbing some Nordstrom coupons or other promo codes has never been easier with a large selection of coupon services online nowadays. However, the fear that our personal financial information will fall into the wrong hands has never been more real. How can we ensure our safety during an online shopping trip and have safe shopping online? Read on to learn more:

1. Know Your Retailersmoneyinfolder

There are numerous online retailers who have taken the time and effort to build a name and reputation for themselves. But what happens when you decide to stray from the beaten path and offer your business to a newer company? It’s fun to find a new store and share your discovery with your family and friends.  Just make sure you are sufficiently careful and aware. Packaging costs, delivery costs and any additional billing after purchases should be included in a manner that is evident before buying.

You’ll also want to know if you can track the item and if the product comes with any sort of warranty or guarantee.

3. Don’t Use a Site That Is Not Secure

Once you’ve chosen an item, it is time to make sure that the site you are using has been properly secured. Secure Sockets Layer is the most common form of encryption and SSL ensures that your credit card details are not shared with any other party. When you see an extra “s” being added to the http address you’re using, this means that you have entered a secure area. Some browsers will provide a padlock symbol as well.

4. Take The Time To Read The Privacy Policy

In out rush to get the purchasing process over with, we often neglect to read the privacy policy in full. But once you have clicked on the “yes, I agree” box, there is very little recourse if an issue happens to take place. Companies often sneak agreements into these privacy policies that allow them to share your information with third parties. If you have used online shopping retailers in the past and ended up with an inbox full of spam for your trouble, these policies are typically the culprit.

5. Record The Details Of Your Purchase

Once you’ve made a purchase, take a screenshot of the confirmation screen, so that you have proof in case of any future difficulties. You can also print this page off, so that there is no confusion if you need to contact a company representative.

 

The above tips should help ensure that you not only enjoy your “shopping trip” but also have safe shopping online.

 

Giveaway! Cute Clutch From 88 Handbags

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I just LOVE a stylish giveaway. Wouldn’t this be a lovely addition to your Valentine ensemble? YES! Yes, it would! I’m joining other handbag loving bloggers to present you the chance to win an Elaine Python Convertible Clutch from 88 Handbags. Enter today (see below) for your chance to win a Convertible Clutch From 88 Handbags – Giveaway!. Good luck!

 

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88 Handbags Elaine Python Convertible Clutch Giveaway!

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Looking for the perfect bag this Valentine’s season? Look no further! 88 Handbags has a great selection of high quality handbags to meet your needs. Environmentally safe. Now is your chance to win one of their awesome Elaine Python Convertible Clutch Handbag’s ($56.25 Value)!

Check out my round up HERE

Giveaway starts 02/01-02/14

Open to U.S. Residents

Must be 18+

The winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or forfeits the prize.This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.All entries are optional. Void where prohibited by law.

 

 

Giveaway Time! Enter To Win A $200 Starbucks Gift Card!

Oh boy!  This should be a GOOD one!  How would you feel if you won a gift card that would take care of your coffee, tea and/or breakfast, lunch or sweet tooth fix?  For easily a month, any way.  It’s Giveaway Time! Enter To Win A $200 Starbucks Gift Card

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I’ve teamed up with some blogger friends to give you the chance to win a prize you’re going to love –

a $200 Starbucks Gift Card!

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Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 2/1 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Good luck lovely Ann Again and again Reviews readers!!! :)

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Bake Mini Caramel Apple Pies With Help From Love Cooking Company!

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The Love Cooking Company is helping us create fun baked goods with their innovative line of bakeware.  I am so happy I was able to try out a selection from their line through my participation with US Family Guide.com.  Let’s check out the Mini Caramel Apples Pies I created with the Mrs. Field’s Mini Cupcake Pan!

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I decided to take the designated design of the mini cupcake pan in a different direction and see what else it was up for!  How about a Mini Caramel Apple Pie!  With the help of new caramel bits, this made my idea slightly easier to prepare.  (The Cutie Cakes Cupcake Pan creates treats that are about as big as a quarter, so you might need to get your glasses :) ).

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease mini cupcake tin with your choice of cooking spray
  • Chop fine one tart apple

 

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I chose a ready made pie crust and found a small juice glass to be just about right to cut the pastry shell.  Form the shell into the tin.

 

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  • Squeeze lemon juice over the diced apples and caramel bits
  • Add a dab of butter to each tartlet

 

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  • Bake for about 10 to 13 minutes at 350 degrees. (Check on the progress. Oven temps vary. You know what baked crust looks like ;) )

 

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Once removed from the oven place them on a rack to cool for a few moments.  And hey… you know what tastes great with Caramel Apple Pie?  Vanilla ice cream!  Grab a little bowl, place a few cute mini caramel apple pies in and add a dollop of ice cream.  Yum!

This bakeware has proven to be very easy to work with, even baking on the bottom and sides, and easy to clean.  And you need to check out their various designs!  A Mini Doughnut Pan (no deep-frying necessary), Bake ‘N Stuff Cupcake Pan, Mrs. Field’s “Brookie” Pan (a brownie and crunchy cookie in one!  Yes please!!).  There are SO many options that I’m sure you’ll find something to help you create delicious treats and new family favorites.

If you would like to try the bakeware offerings from Love Cooking Company I have a special 10% off code for my lovely readers!  Please visit LoveCookingCompany.com and upon check-out enter code: LOVE10

 

(*Disclosure:  I received bakeware in exchange for my honest review through my partnership with USFamilyGuide.com.  My opinions are truthfully my own.*)

 

 

 

 

Add Vegetables To Your Meal With “Sneaky Mac And Cheese”

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Are vegetables a bit of a challenge for your kid(s)?  Or you?  They are good for the body and brain, you know that.  Your children have heard it many times and so have you. But, somehow, vegetables are still a challenge during meal times.  Check out the following information on the importance of vegetables in our diet along with a cool recipe – “Sneaky Mac and Cheese”.  Let me know what you think!

Not all Americans have easy access to fresh vegetables. But that shouldn’t stop them from eating these delicious offerings and getting their necessary vitamins and nutrients!  According to the 2016 “Canned Vegetable Nutrients Study” — a dietary analysis of 24,000 Americans conducted by Dr. Marjorie Freedman (of San Jose State University) in association with the CFA — canned food carries nearly identical nutrients to its fresh-cooked counterparts. They are also a cheaper and an easier way to get recommended daily servings of fruits and veggies — which can lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers.  

Consider this:

*  94% of American adults are not eating enough fruits and vegetables

*  Adults who eat canned produce eat 17% more vegetables and 19% more fruit than those who don’t

*  Adults who eat canned produce consume 7% more dietary fiber and 5% more potassium than those who don’t

*  Canned produce includes low-sodium options and non-GMO veggies like Del Monte Blue Lake Cut Green Beans

These nutritional benefits affect our kids, too:

*  9 in 10 kids don’t eat enough vegetables and 6 in 10 kids don’t eat enough fruit

*  Kids who eat canned produce eat 22% more vegetables and 14% more fruit than those who don’t

*  Kids who eat canned produce consumed more protein, fiber, vitamin A, calcium, and potassium (but less fat)

I’m sure your kid(s) will never believe there’s a vegetable hidden in this creamy, cheesy comfort food. Wholesome, puréed white beans and carrots contribute to the sauce’s creaminess.

 

Sneaky Mac and Cheese - Ann Again and again Reviews

Sneaky Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

3 cups College Inn® Fat Free & Lower Sodium Chicken Broth

8 oz. dry pasta, such as whole grain elbows or rotini

1 can (14.5oz.) Del Monte® Sliced Carrots, drained

½ cup milk

1 can (15.5 oz.) white or cannellini beans, drained

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

Salt and black pepper, optional

Directions

  1. Bring broth to a boil in a large saucepan; add pasta and reduce heat to medium-high. Cook according to package directions, stirring frequently, except DO NOT DRAIN.
  2. Meanwhile, place carrots and milk in a blender; puree until smooth. Add beans to blender; puree until smooth, scraping down sides of blender twice. Stir pureed mixture into pasta until coated. Cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.
  3. Stir in cheese and cook until cheese is melted and season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with toppings, as desired.

Optional Toppings:

  • Crumbled cooked bacon
  • Steamed broccoli flowerets
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Sliced green onions

VARIATION:  To make Sneaky Mac & Cheese Muffins, prepare as recipe directs, except line 18 medium muffin cups with paper or foil liners. Spoon about 1/3 cup of prepared mac and cheese into each cup and bake at 350°F until lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. 

 

Let me know what you think about this recipe!  What ways do you try to incorporate more vegetables into your child’s (or heck, even your!) diet?

 

(*Disclaimer:  Shared with permission by Cody Pittman – Del Monte Publicist.)

Miniature Therapy Horses of Gentle Carousel (video) – Thoughtful Tuesday

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With the new year I would like to begin a theme of positivity titled ‘Thoughtful Tuesday’. Each Tuesday I’ll share a feel-good story, video, image – something to put a smile on our face, warm our hearts and remind us that there is good in the world.  Now, for my first installment I share with you Miniature Therapy Horses of Gentle Carousel (video).

We have all heard of therapy animals such as dogs or bunnies; but what about horses? This new kind of therapy animal brings magic to whoever it visits. Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. The team of tiny horses visits over 45,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs, police stations, fire stations and visit with children who have experienced traumatic events.

From the school children and first responders of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT to the tornado survivors of Moore, OK, child trafficking victims in Washington D.C. and even children living in orphanages in Greece, these tiny horses bring their special love where it is needed most.

Gentle Carousel’s award winning literacy program, Reading Is Magic, also brings real horses inside schools, at risk youth programs and libraries to inspire young readers and “bring books to life”. These ‘tiny’ heroes are bringing HUGE love to the world!  Enjoy the short video below

 

(*Disclosure:  Shared by permission from www.HooplaHa.com  )

Sam The Cat Decorates His Christmas Tree – Video

We had a cat adopt US over the Summer. I went out to the patio, sat down for breakfast and *boom* there are two green eyes staring at me from the end of the table.  I saw how incredibly thin he was and couldn’t resist feeding him. (Ms. Tender Heart here!) This little guy was so hungry that he ate 2 cans of food at a time. This eating habit brought about his name (courtesy of my husband) Two-can Sam. Get it? Toucan Sam?  From the Froot Loops cereal? 

After a visit to the vet we found no chip and no neighbors claimed him from “Lost Cat” postings.  Sam chose to stay on our patio, in our yard, and would never leave.  Sam wanted to be a part of our family and we accept.  (It’s taken a while with our oldest daughter but our youngest is SO happy!)  When the weather turned cold Sam decided to move from our patio to the inside of our house.

We discover more about his personality as the days go by. He keeps to himself, yet also likes to know that we’re around.  So far he’s very, very quiet. While we were decorating the Christmas Tree, he observed from the recliner, resting on his cozy blanket.  The next day I brought a little tree next to his food dish.  Below you’ll see how he chose to decorate his little tree, with a toy mouse.  Sweet Sam.

Win $150 To Spend At Evgie Wall Decals!

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When a  New Year begins a wave of “Do Over” washes over me.  I look at my (incredibly) unorganized garage and have images of bins and labels. Ah, organization bliss! For my girls rooms I envision great design… and clothes not being thrown all over the place!  Different wall colors come to mind as well.  Painting a house is a huge job – especially if you want to change a really big room. It’s easy to redecorate any room when you use wall decals from Evgie. Enter now for your chance to Win $150 To Spend At Evgie Wall Decals!

Evgie is a great place to find wall decals. Their vinyl decals are made from high quality matte vinyl which looks like it is painted on the wall. It is removable, so it’s simple to transform any room over and over again. Just peel and stick, it’s so easy! They will apply to most smooth surfaces. It’s also removable and won’t damage walls!

Here are some examples of how you can change up a room and make it beautiful!

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They are also customizable. For example the Ocean Friends Wall decals is available in different colors! Color changes are available at no additional charge and you can choose up to 7 colors from their color chart. You must choose ONE single color FOR ONE another single color. For example, all elements in ORANGE to the same elements in TEAL.

If you need to decorate a nursery, Evgie should be your first stop for wall decals. They create a beautiful and relaxing scenes in your baby’s room. Check out their Etsy Store for more beautiful designs.

More Reasons to Shop at Evgie.com

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Now for the giveaway! One winner will receive a credit to spend $150 on Wall Decals at Evgie.

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