Dollar General Brand – Dare to Compare to the National Brand

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Are you brand loyal?

Did you know that you can save money just by purchasing store brands instead of the national brand? Store brands are generally cheaper than national brands, and typically offer the same quality you’ve come to expect from your favorite national brands.

Not convinced? Dollar General asked me to put their store brands to the test. Honestly, I had no idea Dollar General had such a large variety of store brands. Walking the aisles, I had a difficult time choosing only 2 products to test out in my home.

The first product we tried was the DG Home bath tissue. We were running low at the house and my son needed to take toilet paper to school as part of a holiday craft. I’m not really loyal to any specific brands, but I do try to avoid ones that I’ve learned are scratchy on my tush.

DG Home bath tissue is soft and passes that comfort test. I did find the paper to be a bit thinner than my usual brands, so I seem to use slightly more sheets. However, the strength of the tissue seems like it will be adequate for crafting – not that many of you will find that particularly useful…

I also tried the DG Baby brand wipes. I was pleasantly surprised to find a sensitive skin version since that is the only type I will use. Now, my kids are too old to need baby wipes for diaper changes, but we use baby wipes all over the house. Got a crusty nose? Use a baby wipe. Need to clean up marker off the table? Use a baby wipe.

The DG Baby wipes cleaned up just as well as the national brands. They are soft and come in a convenient close-top package – making it a perfect fit for my home.

All Dollar General Brands:

  • Clover Valley (Food)
  • Rexall (Health and Wellness)
  • EverPet & Forever Pals (Pet)
  • Sweet Smiles (Candy)
  • DG Body (Personal Care)
  • DG Health (Health and Wellness)
  • DG Home (Cleaning and Household Supplies)
  • DG Baby (Diapers and Baby Supplies)

Overall, I was pleased with the Dollar General brand items I tried. I can’t speak for all the products, but the 2 products I tried did make the cut when I compared them to my preferred brand-name products.

Still a bit skeptical? No problem! If you are not satisfied with your purchase you can return for a full refund or exchange!

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Purina® Beyond® Superfood Blend: Feed Your Pet Only The Best

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Purina® Beyond® believes there is power in good ingredients, especially those known to be nutrient-dense. That’s why their products are made with natural ingredients plus essential nutrients and contains no added artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or poultry by-product meal.

Bella has tried two different Purina® Beyond® varieties over the last couple of months. She acts like I’m feeding her a special treat at each meal and devours her dinner in no time. Little does she know that she is enjoying food that is natural and full of nutrients.

Next on the list to try is Beyond® Superfood Blend Salmon, Egg, & Pumpkin Recipe Dry Dog Food. The natural ingredients work together to deliver optimal nutrition to help your dog live a long healthy life.

Has your pet tried the Purina® Beyond® Superfood Blend? My Bella is not just our pet, she is a member of our family. That is why I take the same care in choosing her dog food as I do choosing food for my kids.

Give Purina® Beyond® Superfood Blend a try! It’s the first line of natural pet food available at Walmart for a reason.

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Purina® Beyond® Adventure Grain Free Dog Food – For a Happy Dog & Happy Momma

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Treat your pet to Purina® Beyond® made with natural ingredients. Say “no” to artificial flavors and preservatives, and “yes” to essential nutrients from a brand you trust.

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My Bella loves the taste of the new Purina® Beyond® Adventure Grain Free dog food that she tried this month. I loved that not only is it made with natural ingredients; it includes REAL meat with Tuna as the #1 ingredient! No fake stuff or grain based food for my pup!

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So why choose Beyond® Adventure Grain Free dog food? Purina® Beyond® natural dog food goes back to basics with a protein-rich formula to support your dog’s health.

You know each bag is formulated with:

  • REAL TUNA IS THE #1 INGREDIENT
  • NO POULTRY BY-PRODUCT MEAL
  • NO CORN, WHEAT OR SOY
  • NO ADDED ARTIFICIAL COLORS, FLAVORS OR PRESERVATIVES

Did you know that Purina® owns 100% of the facilities where their dry dog food is made? PLUS at every Beyond® dry pet food facility, they make sure their foods use the safest, most state-of-the-art processes to reach and surpass governmental standards and industry expectations.

It’s the little extra attention to details and health that makes Purina® such a fantastic brand.

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My little Bella has been eating the Beyond® Adventure Grain Free dry dog food for a week now. She gobbles up her dinner each night and looks at you with sad little puppy dog eyes asking for more. She even eats dinner without wet food mixed in, which should tell you something about the great taste. She might not know it’s good for her, but she sure knows it tastes great!

Have you tried any of the Purina® Beyond® natural dog foods with your pet? Is the first natural pet food available at Walmart. Head to your local Walmart and give it a try!

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Kidecals Coupon Code & Review

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I was given the opportunity to try Kidecals to order school labels for my kiddos. Not only did I get to review a fun product; I have a Kidecals coupon code to share as well!

Kidecals are high quality labels in fun designs and vibrant colors. Find designs for adults and kids with a wide range of uses. You can choose labels for school, allergy alerts, camp, canning, organizing and more! Make sure to check out the non-personalized labels: keyboard stickers, chalkboard labels and wall decals for more uses around the house.  I want to order a set of labels with my last name since I’m always loaning out movies, books and other items to friends and family.

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I chose to order each of my children a sheet of labels for school supplies, lunch boxes and water bottles. Each of my kids picked out their own design, so it fit their personal style.  You can see the designs they chose above.  I’m including the images from the Kidecals website since I ordered the labels with my kids names on them.  If you’ve been reading my site for awhile, you know I refer to them as LuLu and Monkey online :)

The Kidecals website is simple to use since there is such a variety of filters to find just the perfect product. Search by label use, gender, age, shape or even best sellers. I found it super easy to let the kids browse through the selection by gender, so they didn’t miss any of the cool designs.

My order even arrived in just a few days with FREE shipping! This is a huge plus for me. I hate placing an order and having to pay more for shipping or having to wait weeks while my personalized products are printed.

Bonus – All waterproof name labels are dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer safe! This is fantastic for putting labeled cups and containers in the dishwasher after school each day.

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I also found this super cute Teachers Rule sticker that I gave to my cousin. She is starting her first year of teaching this year, and I wanted to give her a little gift that didn’t cost too much. At only $5, this sticker was the perfect gift and fit within my small budget.

Now, I know you all want to know how you can place your own order and save money.  Just use Kidecals Coupon Code ilovelabels at checkout to save 15% on your purchase.  It’s that easy!

Disclosure: I received Kidecals to review and keep.  No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others.

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Cottonelle Coupon: Feel Fresh As a Baby’s Bum with Cottonelle Wet+Dry System

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Feel Fresh As a Baby’s Bum and Save Money with a High Value Cottonelle Coupon!

Parents should be familiar with the magical baby wipe. It’s one of those products that you use from infants to toddlers and beyond.   You trust them on your baby’s bum, so why not try using one for yourself?

I was recently asked to review Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths and Clean Care toilet paper.  They are excellent products that I’ve added to my bathroom routine.

I’ve always been a fan of Cottonelle toilet paper, so giving the new Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths a try was a no brainer – no more baby wipes in my bathroom!   I was even more inclined to try them when I was provided with a high value toilet paper coupon to try the wet+dry system.  Give me a good coupon and I’m happy to combine it with a sale to save on bathroom essentials!

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Cloths are not just for baby bums – adult bums can feel fresh and clean as well!  You can see the Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths and Clean Care toilet paper on my bathroom cabinet in the image above.  I included the old baby wipes are an example of what we used to have in the cabinet.  The baby wipes have been replaced with the easy to use Cottonelle stand-up flushable cleaning cloths. Simply use the Cottonelle toilet paper followed by the Cottonelle cleansing cloths for a fresh and clean feeling.  It’s like baby wipes for adults!

More about Cottonelle Wet+Dry Products:

Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths Product Details:
– Flushable
– Break up after flushing
– Sewer- and septic-safe
– Alcohol-free
– OneTouch dispensing tub
– Great for the entire family

Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper:
– Strong and effective for a confident clean
– Tuggable, huggable softness that goes a long way
– Two-ply
– Pairs well with Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths for the ultimate in clean bum

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Visit the Cottonelle website to download a $1.50 Cottonelle coupon and experience the Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths for yourself!

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Disney’s Million Dollar Arm Review {Great Family Movie} #MillionDollarArm

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Million Dollar Arm Review

We had the opportunity to see Disney’s Million Dollar Arm before the release!   I headed to the theater Tuesday for a night out with my little man.  This was my first advanced screening and it ended up being a great experience.

Million Dollar Arm is a great family film that should be popular even with people that aren’t into sports. I’m not a baseball fan, and I still enjoyed the movie. The plot is so much more than throwing a ball.

I thought it was well made and spent just the right amount of time sharing the 1-year span of events. Some movies have parts that just seem to drag on forever, but I didn’t get that feeling with Million Dollar Arm. The emotions were also well played throughout the film. You could feel the excitement, fear and determination of the characters. The movie is light-hearted with plenty of laughs (some of which my son didn’t get.) I found the car scene after JB Bernstein had spend the night with Brenda absolutely hilarious.

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Whole Foods Market Custom Cakes Review

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Did you know Whole Foods Market makes custom cakes?

I didn’t until I was shopping several weeks ago and overheard a customer placing an order for her daughters birthday cake.  I realized then that my sister-in-laws baby shower cake had to come from Whole Foods.

I was surprised the cakes were so reasonably priced.  I had excepted a pricey cake being that it was all-natural.  But even better than the price is the taste!  I can’t even tell you how many times the shower guests commented about how good the cake tasted or asked where I had purchased it.  It was moist and the icing was sweet without being overpoweringly sugary (I’m not usually a fan of icing.)

Placing the order was also super simple.  I ordered in-store at the Virginia Beach location about 4 days prior to the shower.  The bakery attendant asked a few questions such as chocolate or vanilla, icing flavor, writing, special occasion, etc.   I told her it was for a boy baby shower with an owl theme.  I honestly had no idea what to expect since this was my first time ordering a cake from Whole Foods.

Look how CUTE the cake turned out! 

I loved the owl with the blue writing to welcome my nephew!  It was a perfect centerpiece to the table and the guests that only eat organic/natural products were able to enjoy the baby shower cake as well.

Whole Foods also has Vegan cakes, so you don’t have to worry about any dietary restrictions on cake orders.

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Gillette® and Old Spice® at Dollar General: Look and Smell Good All Summer Long!

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My husband is a handsome man, I have to admit. He likes dressing well and looking nice. Whether he is teaching, working at the office or taking me out for dinner – he always looks (and smells) good. He especially likes a clean-shaved face but with his genetics he is ALWAYS in the bathroom with his favorite Gillette® razor. While the hassle of having to shave every other day is annoying, the man does have eyelashes that women everywhere are envious of and our children were born with full heads of glorious hair. So, there are perks :)

While my husband is a good looking guy, he is also sensitive too. As in, EXTREMELY sensitive to smells. I can’t even burn scented candles in this house! For some reason though, Old Spice deodorant has always been on the “I can tolerate this” list. I, for one, couldn’t care less about what brand of shampoos/lotion/deodorant I use, but I have to be a bit more brand specific with him. The things we do for the people we love, right!? He has sensitive skin too, so he is always looking for the smoothest possible shave and he finds that Gillette® makes a razor that he likes that doesn’t cut up his face.

I was SO excited when I found out that I could get his favorite products at Dollar General! Did you know that they stock the following items at your Dollar General?

  • Gillette® Fusion Silver ProGlide Razor (1 Count)
  • Gillette® Venus Blade Razor (1 Count) (I know this is for women, but I really like mine!)
  • Old Spice® High Endurance Pure Sport deodorant
  • Old Spice® High Endurance Pure Sport bar soap

Since I am always combining coupons and sales, I can generally pick up these items at unbeatable prices, too! Check out The Coupon Database to find the best coupons, and visit Dollar Generals coupon page to print a $5 off $30 coupon to make shopping for grooming products at Dollar General even sweeter.

Dollar General sells many different personal grooming products, so be sure to stop in and pick up everything you need to keep your man (and you!) looking and smelling nice all summer long.

Check out all the great deals at Dollar General!

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4th of July Dog Safety and Nudges Dog Treats: Dog Treats Made in USA! #NudgesMoments

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Its no secret that we love our dog – he’s family. As part of the family, it’s important that he only gets healthy dog treats. I insist that my family eats healthy, so it’s no different for our pets!

Chipper has been our constant companion since we “rescued” him off Craigslist when he was a puppy. At just over 5 lbs he is a toy poodle/Maltese mix and white ball of fluffy fun most of the time.

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Since we live in a condo and do not have a backyard to call our own, he is walked twice daily by my awesome husband. I swear, the two of them are BFFs! And while I had to convince my husband to let me have him six years ago, they have become inseparable ever since.

Do you have a puppy that has trouble walking on a leash?  We use treats to reward his good walk behavior, and sometimes to reinforce good on-leash habits, too.

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Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion 10% Glycolic AHA Review

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4217_1223_2011_12_12_12_13_29-3I was excited to try Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion 10% Glycolic AHA.  I am 40 years old and I have been told I look younger than my age, but I do have frown lines between my brows (which I hate) and the start of fine lines around my eyes. Each time I try a new product I am hopeful the promises made to me on the packaging will work.

I have tried numerous products purchased from drug stores. I have not tried any expensive department store products, as they are out of my price range. My main complaint with most of these products is they cause me to break out, even the ones that claim they are non-comedogenic meaning they will not block my pores and cause pimples.

I started using Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion 10% Glycolic AHA about three weeks ago. A warning on the bottle says to do a patch test below the ear for 2-4 days and that temporary slight tingling, stinging or redness is normal. I decided to forgo the patch test as I had already been using a 14 % Glycolic AHA which did cause stinging. I figured I was accustomed to stinging. I was pleasantly surprised. I had absolutely no stinging or redness and I was able to use it both in the morning and evening.  I’m not sure if I would have experienced stinging had I not used a glycolic AHA before, so I would recommend doing the patch test as instructed.

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I am very happy to report I have not had a breakout while using the product. In fact my skin is clearer than before I started using the lotion, which is surprising considering my history of  developing at least some acne in the spring as the temperatures heat up.  As for my frown lines and fine lines around the eyes, I have seen an improvement. I still have the frown lines but I think they are diminished as are the small lines around my eyes. My skin looks clearer, brighter, and a little younger than before I started using the lotion which makes me very happy.

I am also very happy with the price of the lotion.  As of publication time it is  priced at 10.99 for a 6 oz. bottle on their website.

Alpha Hydrox is manufactured by Neoteric Cosmetics and are based in Denver, CO. Their twitter and facebook pages can be found at:

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