Monday, November 22, 2021

Free Glucose Meter*

Diabetic Glucose Meter

You or someone you know may be struggling to obtain vital diabetic supplies. Various companies may offer a glucose meter for free or at a reduced cost. Most offers do not provide testing strips and must be purchased separately. Additionally, all offers on this list may require a valid prescription from your physician. Please research, and read the offer carefully before requesting your voucher. Be sure to compare test strip prices before making your decision.

Free Glucose Meter from Accu-Chek*
Choose from a free Accu-chek guide me or guide meter. Prescription is required to use the voucher.

Free Glucose Meter from Contour Next*
Requires purchase of test strips, valid prescription. Additional requirements are stated on the website.

Free Glucose Meter from Freestyle *
Freestyle offers a free meter and a discount program. Read all requirements and conditions carefully. 

Free Glucose Meter from One Touch*
Must complete a question to find out if you qualify for the free meter. A valid prescription is required.

DISCLAIMER: Speak to your medical provider prior to ordering and/or using a new device. I am not a medical professional, and I am unable to give medical advice. I am merely sharing a few resources that I have found on the internet. If you utilize my blog to request any information or products, you hereby agree not to hold me responsible for any medical, insurance issues, interactions, injury, damages, software issues, inaccuracies, out of stock products/vouchers, or any other legalities. None of the links are affiliate based, and I will not receive compensation for this post.

Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig Review


The Smithsonian has an impeccable reputation, and they offer a large array of educational products for the public to purchase. Have you ever visited one of their museums? A majority of their buildings are located in Washington DC. I'd love to hear your thoughts about the visit. I have not been to that part of the country, but I definitely plan to explore the East Coast in the future. Do you recommend a specific museum to visit?

I purchased the Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig for entertainment purposes. We chose this particular activity since we enjoy digging for rocks and gems. I suppose that we had high expectations since it is a product created by the Smithsonian. This product is sold at several retailers, and reviews about the product are definitely mixed. I will provide some photos of our progress with a brief description. My final thoughts on the product will be provided at the end of the review. I did NOT purchase this product directly from The Smithsonian. I made the purchase from a well-known retailer.

Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig

The Smithsonian Rock and Gem activity kit comes with a sand block, 11 gemstones, rocks, or minerals, dowel, mallet, safety goggles, streak plate, magnifying glass, pouch, and a colorful poster with instructions. The box recommends that this kit is for ages 8+ with adult supervision.

Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig

Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig

We decided to take the kit outside after opening all of the contents. I had a feeling that this would be a tad bit messy. The sand block had an appearance and texture of a plaster/clay substance. It certainly did not feel or look like sand. The block was quite hard and compact. After inspecting the contents, we decided that it might be best to keep the block on a box to minimalize the potential mess.

Smithsonian rock and gem dig

After several minutes, this was as far as we had gotten on the block. It was definitely a challenge, and I could see why they recommend it for ages 8+. This activity would be quite difficult for a small child.

Still no gemstones, minerals, or rocks. We were considering a hammer at this point. It was taking quite a bit of time to chisel through this sand block. A child may start to lose interest and need to take a break from the activity. 

We are making progress! This block certainly does not feel or look like sand. A traditional hammer is currently sounding even more attractive...

Smithsonian rock and gem dig

Success! Our first gemstone. I did not calculate how long it took to find this lovely piece, but it felt like an eternity. The gemstone is quite small. That was a little disappointing. We got excited about the find and decided to continue on our quest for additional gemstones, rocks, and minerals.

Four additional stones in one area. They were located near the middle of the sand block. (Still not sure why this is called sand...) Let's fast forward to the finished product. 

After quite a bit of chiseling, we finally completed the activity and found all of the hidden gemstones, rocks, and minerals. I am glad that we kept the block on a box. It provided an easier way to clean-up.

Smithsonian rock and gem dig

The sizes of the gemstones, rocks, and minerals were disappointing. It took a great deal of work to find the stones, and I expected a more exciting discovery. What would I rate this activity kit on a scale of 1-5? I'm going to be 100% honest with my readers. I would give the Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig kit a very generous rating of 3 instead of a 2. I struggled with the rating, but I'll explain why I gave this product a 3 star rating. Would I purchase this product again? Probably not, but I would try other Smithsonian educational products.

The kit is inexpensive, comes with all tools required (unless you opt for a hammer!), will keep your child busy for quite a while, and you can keep the tools for future endeavors. The gemstones, rocks, and minerals are tiny, so please keep this in mind. They are lovely to look at, and the kit comes with a pouch for safe keeping. The colorful instructional poster has photographs and descriptions of each gemstone, rock, or mineral. Your child can match their discovery to the poster. 

**This product should be kept out of reach of younger children as it poses a potential risk of choking. This product should never be left or completed near pets.

DISCLAIMER: I was not paid for this review. I made the purchase on my own, and I have not been in contact with the company, manufacturer, nor the retailer about this review. All opinions are unbiased and my own. I hold no responsibility between you, the company, manufacturer, retailer, and/or the product. Please follow all instructions if you make any purchases and follow safety protocols. Adult supervision is important. Do not leave your child unattended as there are potential hazards. There are no affiliate links within this review.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Wordless Wednesday- Clear Lake, OR

We decided to take a spontaneous road trip on Halloween. We had a small picnic and hot chocolate in the beautiful destination of Clear Lake, OR. It was such a lovely day, and I wanted to capture some of the amazing views. The location offered breathtaking views and allowed us to "unplug" from the world. No cell phone or wifi services were available. Make sure your loved ones know where you are going in case of an emergency. Please remember to bring a jacket if you plan to visit this location in the near future! The temperature can drop at any moment.

Trip to Clear Lake, OR on Halloween. View of treetops.

Old, rustic cabin shell or picnic area in Clear Lake Oregon.

View of Clear Lake Oregon, Clouds, Clear water, and light waves.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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Birthday Freebies, Rewards & Discounts

Stretching your dollar is important, especially during an economic crisis. While you may be eliminating expenses from your budget, there are several rewards programs available to consumers. Fast food, restaurants, department stores, grocery stores, and other businesses may offer exclusive discounts and coupons for signing up and/or downloading their app on your cell phone. 

I'm always searching for new programs and ways to save money. This blog post includes a very small portion of the rewards programs available. Be sure to research all of the establishments you may frequent. You may be missing out on great discounts and free products! 

Applebee's~ Sign up for Club Applebee's and receive a free welcome offer. You will receive offers and specials periodically in your inbox. I am unsure of whether they send a birthday treat or not.

Austin Grill~ Register online to receive special offers.

Bakers Square~ Register for special offers. Your welcome email will include a 20% off discount coupon.

Baskin Robbins~ Join the Baskin Robbins club, receive free ice cream on your birthday.

Ben & Jerry's~ Register online and receive a free ice cream treat on your birthday. Join the rewards program for additional discounts!

Black Angus Steakhouse~ Free steak dinner on your birthday when you join the BA Prime Club. You will also receive a free dessert when you join! *Purchase may be required

Boise Idaho Pizza & Pasta Restaurant~ Free meal on your birthday. *Must provide proof of birthday.

Boston Market~ Sign up to receive special offers, coupons, and rewards points.

Buffalo Wild Wings~ Join the rewards club to receive exclusive discounts, rewards points, and a free treat for your birthday. (I received an email for free wings for my birthday!)

Burger King~ Join the rewards program to earn free food and exclusive discounts.

California Pizza Kitchen~ Free small plate upon registration, free birthday dessert, exclusive offers and a rewards program.

Captain D's~ Exclusive offers and a free 1 piece fish and fries when you sign up for emails.

Caribou Coffee~ Exclusive offers, free birthday treat, and rewards program.

Chili's Bar & Grill~ Exclusive offers, free birthday offer, and rewards points towards free food.

Claim Jumper Restaurant~ Join the loyalty club for exclusive offers and rewards program.

Cold Stone Creamery~ Register and receive exclusive offers, special birthday offer, and rewards points.

Dairy Queen~ Exclusive offers and rewards program.

Dave & Buster's~ Exclusive offers for joining the rewards program.

Denny's~ Exclusive offers and free gift for your birthday.

Dutch Bros. Coffee~ Exclusive offers and rewards program.

Famous Daves BBQ~ Freebie and exclusive offers for joining the rewards program.

Firehouse Subs~ Free sub on your birthday

Fuddruckers~ Join the Fudds Club for exclusive offers.

IHOP~ Exclusive offers and free birthday meal.

Macaroni Grill~ Exclusive offers

Marie Callender's~ Exclusive offers

On the Border~ Exclusive offers and rewards program.

Outback Steakhouse~ Exclusive offers and rewards program.

P.F. Changs~ Rewards program and a free dessert on your birthday.

Red Lobster~ Exclusive offers, rewards program, and free birthday surprise.

Red Robin~ Register for free birthday burger and rewards program.

Round Table~ Free treat after signing up for the rewards program.

Sephora~ Sign up as a Beauty Insider and get a free gift from Sephora on your birthday.

Shoney's~ Free treat after signing up for the rewards program.

Sonic~ Exclusive offers and free treat on your birthday.

Texas Roadhouse~ Exclusive offers.

TGIFriday's~ Exclusive offers and free item when signing up for the rewards program.

Waffle House~ Exclusive offers and free hashbrowns when signing up for the regulars club.

Yankee Candle- Join the rewards program for exclusive offers, rewards, and a free birthday surprise.

Zaxby's~ Rewards program

Disclaimer: Gifts and rewards may vary by location. Some may require you to download an app on your cell phone. Some free offers will require an additional purchase. None of the links are affiliate links, and I will not receive compensation for any of the programs.