7 Steps to Get Your Security Deposit Back in FULL

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Apartment living tips and help - Advice on how to get security deposit back from landlord as the tenant | rental agreements specify move out dates and requirements

Want to know how to get security deposit back on your apartment? Then you'll love these tips on how to get a full refund of your rental security deposit! Whether or not you paid a small or large security deposit to rent the place you call ‘home’, nothing feels more like a sucker-punch to a renter than when your landlord keeps your deposit after you move out!  The problem is very few renters are aware of their responsibilities and their rights when it comes to getting their refund.  Following these steps every time you rent will make it easier. That's where I want to help! Follow the following steps to ensure you'll get your ...

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Get Ready for Summer with these FREE Summer Printables!

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The first day of summer is Wednesday, June 21, but the end of school comes even sooner, meaning summer break starts very soon! We have a trip planned in a couple weeks to attend my niece's wedding and then go on to visit my in-laws and then come back home, driving each leg of the trip, for a combined distance of 2700 miles. In a car with four children. In less than a week's time. Yeah, we're probably nuts. It's okay to think that with us. I do know we'll listen to several audio books (Harry Potter among them),  have the kids watch movies on our portable DVD players, and pack lots of snacks, drinks, toys, games, and to ...

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17 Best Baking Soda Uses for Cleaning Your Kitchen

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Baking soda uses for kitchen cleaning | how to clean kitchen appliances stove tops, oven, dishwasher, fridge, towels, grout, floors, and more with baking soda!

The number of baking soda uses is truly amazing. There's so much that this little, seemingly bland, white powder can do! One of my favorite ways to use sodium bicarbonate (the chemical name of baking soda) is for cleaning! Today, I’m sharing our top 17 ways of cleaning with baking soda in the kitchen! There is actually a ton more baking soda uses for kitchen cleaning. The seventeen that I chose to include contain some of the more unusual uses that you may not see posted as often, plus a few ‘oldies but goodies’. My goal for this post was to find some less expensive, easier ways of cleaning kitchen items with baking soda, ...

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Dealspotr Review: The Deal Site that Pays You for Sharing Coupon Codes!

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Promo Code | Discount Code | Earn Money Online | Earn Amazon Gift Cards | Dealspotr Review

This post is sponsored by Dealspotr but all opinions in this review are my own.  Anyone else hate the feeling you get when you realize you missed out on saving money because you forgot to use a coupon? Or to use a promo code? Or missed out on freebies or sales for something you were gonna buy, simply because you forgot to look for one (or left your coupon at home)? I do. I really do. It ticks me off that I essentially wasted money I didn't have to. Which is why I try hard to look up promo codes, discounts, and get cash back whenever I can, especially if I shop online. I mean, if you're on a computer already, it's really easy to ...

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Why Working from Home as a Mom Is So Much Harder than You Thought

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Work at home mom life is the best of both worlds, except it isn't always as picture perfect as you thought. Real look into a WAHM, WFHM life with kids.

This post is sponsored by BBVA Compass but all opinions are my own. Sometimes I try to imagine what my life would be like if I had never started working from home. What would I fill my days worried about? What would my parenting look like? How happy or not would I be? Would we be able to afford our current family size, doctorate tuition, and lifestyle?And I have no idea, because my work-at-home business of running this website has transformed our life in phenomenal ways, and I know, for a fact, that the decision to turn my hobby blog into a source of income was the right choice for our family, and the vehicle by which we escaped ...

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How to Make a Tasty Super Hero Potion with Your Kids

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This post is sponsored by Tampico. All opinions are my own. Pretend. It's a word my kids say constantly as they play with each other. They tell each other to "Pe-tend" that they are in various situations, that they have various powers, that various things are happening around them, sometimes in quick succession. "Pe-tend I'm an alligator and pretend that the floor is a swamp and pretend that you are walking through it and don't see me." As a mom, I love hearing my young children pretend together as they tend to get lost in their pretend worlds and end up getting along for long stretches of time without any ...

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I Think It’s Time for You to Meet a Wonder Woman (or Two)

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine. We've all met someone like her before. #WonderWoman Someone who is quite honestly amazing. Where seemingly everything she does is fantastic. Someone we often call a "Wonder Woman." Dr Pepper wants you to appreciate the Wonder Woman in your life and has asked me to share my story. Wonder Woman MaryDawn In college, it was my freshman roommate, MaryDawn. I have never met anyone like her before or after. She's truly a unique breed of awesomeness. During college, she usually took between 17 or 18 credit hours ...

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Why To-Do Lists are Overrated and What List You Need Instead

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To do lists are overrated

Over a year ago I took this amazing course from Elayna Fernandez, The Positive Mom, called Stepping Into Balance. She really challenged me during the course as she pushed me toward a new way of thinking about goal creation, what a balanced life looks like, what my passions and purpose are, and how to deal with anger and frustrations in new ways. And a whole lot more. One part that was especially challenging to me was her insistence on getting rid of to-do lists! I love making a to-do list, feeling the satisfaction that comes with checking off each item once completed. More than anything, it feels great knowing that with ...

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Amazing Resources to Help You Live Frugally

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Pinching pennies. Living frugally. Being thrifty. Whatever you like to call it, living a life with less, whether out of necessity or desire, is extremely beneficial. In many ways, I'm super glad that my husband and I started our marriage out as two broke college kids who then welcomed twins about 18 months later as we graduated college. The first six to seven years of our marriage were marred by constant financial difficulties as we lived paycheck to paycheck, or survived off student loans and government assistance as well as the generosity of friends and family. Even though we earn more money right now, we still have some ...

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Why Moms Need to Take Their Kids to Sea World (It’s Not Why You’d Think)

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"Today is the best day of my life!" My daughter said, beaming at me, as we walked away from riding her very first real roller coaster ride. What made the day extra special was the fact it was her and her twin sister's 7th birthday, and we were at Sea World San Antonio together, just the twins and I. I received free tickets in exchange for this review, and I so thankful for them! Because, it was one of the best days of my life too. A couple months ago, my husband bought JAWS on Blu-ray from Target when it was on sale for $4 and decided it would be a great one to watch with the kids. I was less than thrilled about doing so, but ...

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