Le Tote Review
Favorite Products

Review Le Tote Clothes Rental for Women

 

I’ve been using LeTote for just over a month now and decided I needed to write up a review of my experience so far.  First I want to say that I love Le Tote!  I have looked at other clothes rental options out there, but LeTote seemed to be the best one to fit my needs.  They have several rental plans.  My plan is the Classic Box.  I get  2 clothing items and 1 accessory out at a time.  To begin I created an account with my sizes and preferences.  They have many clothing and accessory options you can add to your virtual closet.  Once you have set up your account, a stylist will choose 2 pieces of clothing and one accessory.  You review each item, and then you can change out the items to something else, or keep them.  I have done both.  They will then process your items and ship them out to you.  My Tote box is $44 per month with insurance.  So far it has worked out to 8 pieces of clothing and 4 accessories a month.  I wear each piece at least once, then send it back. I average 1 tote box per week.  You pay nothing for shipping!  Once they receive notification that you have dropped your package at the post office (when they scan it) your next tote is prepared for you.  You then can exchange the items, or keep what the stylist chose.  It’s usually in the mail that same day.

Le Tote Review

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Here are the current options they offer

Classic
  • 3 clothing items + 2 accessories $64/month
  • 3 clothing items + 2 accesories$44/month, with one box per month
  • 4 clothing items $64/month
  • 2 clothing items + 1 accessory $44/month, excludes scarves and handbags (this is the one I do)
  • 5 clothing items + 3 accessories $84/month

Maternity

  • 3 clothing items + 2 accessories $74/month
  • 4 clothing items $74/month
  • 2 clothing items + 1 accessory $54/month, excludes scarves and handbags

Why I love Le Tote

  1. Something new to wear every week!
  2. The price is great!  I could easily spend $44 on one nice new blouse once a month.  With Le Tote, I can wear up to 8 new (to me) blouses in a month!
  3. They have a great selection!
  4. They have great brands!
  5. My clothes are always very clean and most look new when I receive them.
  6. You can purchase any items you want to keep at a discount price.
  7. They have sales for members!  With clearance prices.
  8. You can borrow any item again.  If you really like something, but did not decide to purchase it, you can borrow it again.
  9. Everything fits.
  10. I’m excited each week to receive my new box.
  11. Fast shipping.
  12. You can pause your subscription if you need to.
  13. You can change up the items your stylist chooses.  This is great because I may not like what they chose, or I have a special occasion planned and need someithing specific to wear.  I can change my choices to accomodate me.

Get $25 off your first month here!

 Do you have a favorite subscription clothes site?  I would love to hear about it!
Favorite Products, Kid Approved

Fun Making Shrinky Dinks Jewelry

Shrinky Dinks I was looking for a shortcut, something easy, and not too expensive.  This seemed perfect!  I remembered doing Shrinky Dinks when I was a kid, and having so much fun with them.  I loved how they shrunk up and got thicker in the oven.  Even the colors were more vibrant after they baked.
Shrinky Dinks

Shrinky Dinks Jewelry

I came across a really cute Shrinky Dinks jewelry making set when I was searching Amazon for “Kids Craft Kits”.  I was looking for some fun projects my toddler could do when her big sister was babysitting her.  Something they could do together.  A lot of times our “projects” are from Pinterest and we use things we already have at home.  But, I was looking for a shortcut, something easy, and not too expensive.  This seemed perfect!  I remembered doing Shrinky Dinks when I was a kid, and having so much fun with them.  I loved how they shrunk up and got thicker in the oven.  Even the colors were more vibrant after they baked.

Buy Shrinky Dinks Kit Here

For Kids of all Ages

Since my daughter is only 4-years-old, this was a project we all three ended up working on.  My oldest ended up babysitting another child that day, along with her sister, so they did not work on the project that day.  My youngest was so excited about the project that we ended up working on it when I got home from work.

A Big Project to Keep Your Little One Busy

This was a pretty big project, and we started with half of the Shrinky Dinks.  You could easily divide this into 3-4 separate projects depending on how many kids are working on it and their ages.  My youngest enjoyed coloring each piece with the sharp bright pencils that came with the kit.  Have a sharpener on had to sharpen up the pencils as they become dull and worn.  Both girls loved watching their project shrink in the oven!  It was a new and neat experience for both of them.

The next day we made a bracelet for my youngest with our Shrinky Dinks jewelry kit.  My oldest is a teen, and this jewelry was a little young for her.  She did enjoy sitting and coloring with us the day before.  The beads that go with the jewelry are very tiny, the package is a bit misleading.  I struggled with putting the beads on the string.  My 4-year-old ended up putting most of the beads on herself.  Her vision is much better than mine.  I think this is a great activity for fine motor skills, concentration, and patience!  It took a while, but we finally got her bracelet completed, and she was super proud of it.  Showing it to her big sister and Daddy right away.  We also made 2 little hair clips.

Lots of Fun

We had so much fun making and using this Shrinky Dinks jewelry kit!  I just love projects that are made simple.

Here’s the link to buy it on Amazon (affiliate link):


Have you discovered a fun, cheap, and easy craft online?

Favorite Products, Free Stuff, Money Saver

Making Money with Swagbucks

Join Swagbucks!
You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What’s Online at Swagbucks.com

Why I Prefer Swagbucks

I will have to admit when I first started out there were lots of ways to earn Swagbucks.  So, I built up some money in the beginning pretty quickly.  But about a week into it, I was struggling to make money.  I mostly did surveys, and you can get very discouraged when you don’t qualify for one survey after another.  If you are losing patience, just step away, either look at other ways to earn or leave the site altogether.  Knowing this, I still think Swagbucks is the best survey/shopping/and more site to earn money.

How to Earn Money on Swagbucks

There are several ways to earn money on Swagbucks, and going over their website is a good way to learn more about it.  But, I wanted to list some of my favorite ways to earn money on the site.

  1. Surveys.  Surveys are one of the most popular ways to earn money.  Though surveys can sometimes be frustrating, they can also be very rewarding.  I’ve earned $20 on some surveys, though that does not happen often.  Some surveys can also lead you to a new money making site, such as Panel Polls, one of my other favorite ways to make extra money.  There are plenty of other survey sites out there, but I’ve come down to using Swagbucks pretty exclusively.  I’ve earned $160.00 from surveys, plus more from links to outside sources like Panel Polls.
  2. Searching.  Set Swagbucks as your search engine and earn money for searching!  I earn money almost daily using their search engine.  I’ve earned up to 100 Swagbucks for one search, that’s $1.00 cash.
  3. Shopping. I wish I could always remember to use Swagbucks when I shop!  Sometimes I forget and use my phone to shop or book hotel rooms.  You can also set up the swagbar on your browser to automatically alert you to sites that earn you Swagbucks. Download the SwagButton Browser extension to be alerted  when you are on a website that earns you SB for your purchase  There are so many sites that earn you money for shopping, including hotels and other travel sites.   It’s even better than Ebates!  If you coupon you can earn money printing and using your coupons from Swagbucks.  I’ve earned almost $48.00 using Swagbucks to shop.
  4. Daily Poll.  You don’t earn much from this one, but I make it a habit to answer the Daily Poll every day that I log into Swagbucks.
  5. Discover.  This is a great way to try out new products while earning a few Swagbucks.  Sometimes you can earn $20 or more using this option on Swagbucks.  A few things I have discovered on Swagbucks including Stitch Fix, Nature Box, LeTote, Hello Fresh, Dollar Shave Club, Third Love (the best bras ever!) and several others.
  6. There are several other ways to earn money on Swagbucks, such as watching videos, playing games and completing tasks.  I’ve listed my favorite activities and what was most profitable to me.

What is your favorite way to make extra money?

*This post contains affiliate links.

Favorite Products, Free Stuff, Money Saver

Free Amazon Beauty Box

Free Stuff

I love finding free stuff!  I found out that Amazon Prime (you have to be a Prime member) has several boxes with samples that are free.  You pick the box you like, for example, the beauty box, then pay for it.  You will then have a credit to purchase future items that qualify for the credit.  I bought the Beauty Box and there are plenty of things that I can buy later with my credit.  Here’s what I got in my box.  This post contains affiliate links.

I love finding free stuff! I found out that Amazon Prime (you have to be a Prime member) has several boxes with samples that are free. You pick the box you like, for example, the beauty box, then pay for it. You will then have a credit to purchase future items that qualify for the credit. I bought the Beauty Box and there are plenty of things that I can buy later with my credit. Here's what I got in my box.
Beauty Sample Box, 10 or more items ($11.99 credit on select products with purchase)
Beauty Box $11.99

What I Liked Best

My favorite was the Crest White Strips.  I’ve wanted to try these for a long time, but have always hesitated to spend the money for several reasons.  This was my chance to try one out to see if I could tolerate it.  I don’t like my teeth messed with, I hate going to the dentist.  This was pretty painless, but I did have to leave them on for an hour, which was kind of hard.  At least now I know what to expect when I decide to purchase them later on to get the full whitening effect.

What I did with my Box

I used everything in the box, giving a couple of things to my teen daughter.  I think this is a great way to test some new products before your buy.  Check out the other boxes on Amazon.  Just click on the photo below to purchase this box.  You can also see other boxes available on Amazon.  You will also be able to scroll down to see other boxes available, or do a search for “sample boxes for Prime Members”.  Make sure to read the description closely, not all may offer a credit.

Tell me about something you have found for free on the world wide web that you love!

Favorite Products, Free Stuff

Panel Polls – make money testing apps

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I don’t even remember how I discovered this site.  I’m sure I read it on a blog somewhere that gave advice on how to make money online.  I’ve made money several ways online, but I think this one is my favorite because my youngest daughter gets to help us make extra money.  Another great thing, this is not a survey site though the title may lead you to think that.  It is not a huge money maker, but $10-$20 here and there can add up for vacation money.

What You May Test and How Much You Can Earn

First I will list the apps my daughter and I tested on Panel Polls and how much we earned:

  1. Nick Jr. App  $20
  2. Noggin App  $20
  3. Shimmer and Shine App  $10

What Is Expected

I also want to list what is expected in terms of participation of beta testing these apps. This information is provided in an email that I got on the Shimmer and Shine beta test.  This is generally what will be expected of you and your child when beta testing an app.

  1. Don’t panic if the app crashes or fails to launch on your device – it is a very important part of this beta test! If you experience any problems with the app crashing, glitching, etc. please be sure to report the issue (and provide as much details as possible – screenshots if any, make and model of your device, device’s version of the operating system and a very specific explanation of the problem that you are experiencing.
  2. The discussion board is the place where you can post your thoughts, comments, things you like and things you don’t like about the app. You can also check to see if the moderator has any additional questions and/or followed up with your questions that you posted before.
  3. As you use the app, use the discussion forum to talk about your experience. Please be as specific as possible in your responses. Learning about any problem you encounter will help us to identify challenges and address them as quickly as possible. Also, learning about what you like and dislike helps us know where we should focus our efforts moving forward.
  4. Please make sure you log on to the discussion boards at least once a day and respond to new moderator threads (or start some of your own!).
  5. The developers and moderators will be listening to YOUR feedback and will be working to improve the app. As we gather feedback and make changes to the beta, we might send updated versions of the beta so you can test the improvements and continue to help us make it better.
  6. Please be sure to review and follow the community rules.
  7. If you actively participate in the project by using the app that you downloaded through HockeyApp on a daily basis and post on the discussion board about your experience on a daily basis, you will receive $10.00.

I hope you check out Panel Polls and love it as much as we do!

Do you have any tips for making a little extra money for your family?   I would love you to share them in the comments.

 

 

Favorite Products, Free Stuff

Book Bub email subscription

bookbub

I discovered Book Bub a free email subscription a couple of months ago.  If you have a Kindle or other reading device and enjoy reading this is a great free email subscription.  Every day you will receive an email of books that are on sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google, and Kobo.  I use Amazon, but you can choose what you prefer.  You will also select your reading preferences, such as romance, science fiction, children, non-fiction, Christian, etc.  Once you make your selections and subscribe, you will receive an email every day with books on sale, or even free books.  I have downloaded so many free books!  I will probably never be able to read them all.  The great thing, I will always have a book waiting for me to read when I have the time.  I love it so far.  I’ve read several books that kept my interest through the entire book, and only one book that I did not finish (this is usually a rare thing for me) because it was just overly romantic and repetitive.

I highly recommend BookBub if you love to read and like finding good deals!

Favorite Products, Recipe

Taco Bowl

I was given a free coupon to try the new Daisy Sour Cream Squeeze Bottle, for my honest opinions.  Daisy Sour cream has always been a staple in our house, and now that they have the easy squeeze bottle, we love it even more!  We use Daisy Sour Cream on so many things, like baked potatoes, stews, chili, tacos, the list could go on.  I also use it in lots of recipes like zucchini bread, creamy cucumbers, chicken enchiladas, and ranch dip.

A few things about the new Daisy Sour Cream Squeeze Bottle:

A Whole New Way to Add a Dollop of Daisy

Daisy® Squeeze Sour Cream gives you a whole new way to enjoy the rich, creamy topping you know and love. It’s specially designed to:

  • Dispense sour cream precisely where you want it
  • Keep air and impurities out, helping the good stuff stay fresh longer
  • Make it easy for sour cream lovers of all ages to use
  • Pack easily for any event, from cookouts and parties to picnics and the beach
  • Make it simple to add a dollop of Daisy® to your favorite recipes

Here is a quick recipe that we topped with a dollop of daisy just the other day.

Taco Bowl

Ingredients:

  • Taco meat (ground hamburger seasoned with taco seasoning)
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Cool Ranch Doritos
  • Salsa
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Daisy Sour Cream Squeeze Bottle

Crush the Doritos in a bowl, then top with remaining ingredients.  Easy Peasy!

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Favorite Products, Kid Approved

Kindle Amazon Fire 5th Generation

I wanted to get my 2 year old daughter a tablet for Christmas.   I hoped to find a tablet that was durable, easy to operate, good quality, and an affordable price. I found it in the Kindle Amazon Fire (5th edition).  With it’s 7 inch display, it is not to small or to large for a toddler to handle.  The price was pefect also, at $49.99.  I thought this might be too good to be true, so I read the reviews.  When it comes to reviews I really like to focus on the reviews that hit pros and cons.  The best review was from a Dad with 3 kids.  After reading his review, I decided to purchase it.  There are several upgrades and extras you can order with the Fire, I didn’t get anything extra when I initially ordered it.  I thought about the warranty, but decided to skip it.  My plan was that my 2 year old (almost 3 year old) would be monitored at all times while playing with it.  It would not be carried around, or lost somewhere in her room or toy box.  I think it’s an excellent idea to purchase the warranty, I just chose to skip it (hopefully I don’t regret that later).

I got my daughter’s Kindle Fire in the mail a couple of days later.  I don’t have Amazon Prime, but I signed up for the 30 day free trial, because I knew I would be ordering from Amazon all the way up to Christmas and I wanted to see if I liked it.   I was impressed with the little tablet immediately.  The size was perfect for her.  With Amazon Prime she can watch quiet a bit of shows and movies free.  I did notice that with TV shows they kind of tease you with a season or even an episode or two, then you have to pay extra to see the rest.  We have a Netflix account, so I put that on her tablet and set it up to my account.  The quality and sound were impressive for the price and size of the gadget.  I really liked it!  I set up myself as the main user, requiring a password.  You can set up multiple users with different settings.  I set up my daughter as a user, which does not require a password to get in.  She has child settings, I choose the apps she can use, and she can not purchase anything without being stopped.  This is great for the in app purchases.  Her settings are also user friendly for a child.  I downloaded several games, checking each one out to see if she was capable of understanding them.  There were a few games that I had on my IPhone that I found in the AppStore, so I downloaded those knowing she would be able to play them.  The camera on the tablet is low quality, but she won’t care or know the difference.

On black Friday the tablet was on sale for $34.00, so I ordered one for myself.  I was that impressed with it, plus you really can’t beat that price.  I also ordered a 32 GB SD card for my daughter’s tablet.  I knew we would need extra room for storage, and in the future we could put movies on the card and play them on her tablet.

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My daughter got her tablet for Christmas, and she loves it.  I did not sign up for Amazon Prime, but she is enjoying her tablet without it.  Prime does provide more options, but she is plenty entertained without it.  She has Netflix for a lot of shows and movies.  I will probably sign up later on, but I had other expenses that were priorities at Christmas time.  So far I have not had a problem with the battery life.  I plug it into the charger every evening.  Granted, she does not play it all day long, she only plays it for an hour or 2 a day.  Sometimes more, if it’s the weekend.  I think if you are going on a car trip, and want to keep your child entertained for a long period of time, take the charger.  I would recommend buying this tablet for your child and an SD card for extra memory, you will need it.  I think I will purchase a case next for my daughter’s tablet next.