My Favorite Apps For Saving + Making Money

I put together a list of my favorite apps that I use to save and make money.

I’m usually very hesitant when people tell me about “easy ways to make money” such as side hustles, surveys, apps, etc. 

I tend to question everything and assume it’s a scam, especially if it sounds too good to be true. 

A few of the apps I’m going to list truly do sound too good to be true, but they are legit! 

Once you download these you’ll be mad that you didn’t have them sooner. 

Make sure to help a mama out (me!) by using my links so I can get a referral bonus. It can be your way of saying “thank you” for letting you know about these badass apps. 😉 

  1. Dosh

 This one is my favorite. All you have to do is download it, link it to your cards, & then when you spend money at certain retailers you’ll get cash back. No codes or anything needed to get money back- it literally just goes straight to your Dosh wallet and then you can cash out to your bank account when you’re ready. You can also make money by referring people. Usually you can make $5 per referral, but sometimes they do promotions where you can make up to $10 per referral. Just make sure to link your card once you download it so you don’t miss out on making money! 

Download the app with this link & you’ll get $5 in your account automatically.  Or use code: BRITTAK237
*Don’t forget to link your cards right away!*

2. Qapital 

This is an app that helps you save money. You can set a goal for how much you want to save, and then you set how much money you want to “round up” to every time you use your card. That money will go into your Qapital savings. You can cash out at any time. I always forget about this app then I go check on it to see how much I’ve saved and get excited! It’s a perfect way to save for a vacation, pay off a bill, or just to have a little extra cash when you need it. You can also get referral bonuses by sharing the app with your friends. 

Download the app with this link to instantly get $20 in your account. 

3. Ebates

This app is similar to Dosh, except you have to actually go through the app (or website) to shop and then you get your cash back. Still super easy, just don’t forget to link your card and check it before you shop! You can also get referral bonuses by sharing the app.

Download the app with this link & get a $10 bonus automatically.

4. Drop App

This app gives you points when you shop at certain retailers. You can redeem your points for gift cards for brands you love. I am new to this app but it seems cool so far! Just make sure to link your card right away so you don’t miss out on any points

Download the app with this link and use my code j9j8m to get $5.

5. Cash App

This app is a lot like Venmo but I like it better. It seems more private than Venmo and I like that when you refer friends you can get $5. (Maybe Venmo offers that also? I’m not sure. Cash app still wins in my book. Ha!)

Download the app with this link & automatically get $5 in your account.

This post isn’t sponsored but I do get referral bonuses if you use my links! You can also get referral bonuses once you download the apps and share with your friends.

This is freeeee money, guys! There is no reason you shouldn’t have all of these apps on your phone saving and making you money right now!

Have any favorite apps that I didn’t mention? PLEASE let me know in the comments!

Chicco Car Seat Review

 

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My review of the kid’s new car seats. Cash is 5 years old and got the MyFit. Sawyer is 3 years old and Capri is 6 months old and they are both in the Chicco NextFits.
These car seats were gifted to us, but we have been fans of Chicco for almost 5 years!
Some links are affiliate links.

 

You know you’re a mom when you get excited about new car seats. I literally almost cried when Chicco told me they were sending all 3 kiddos new car seats.

Cash had been in his Chicco NextFit since he was 6 months old (he’s almost FIVE!) and Sawyer had been in hers since around 5 or 6 months also (she turns THREE this week!). Both of their seats have held up so well over the years, but between taking them in and out of the car, taking them on vacation, snack crumbs, *potty* accidents, and regular wear and tear I knew it was time for new seats.
Capri had been in her infant carrier that she absolutely HATED. I won’t say the brand but let’s just say I wouldn’t buy it ever again and Capri never looked comfortable in it. She cried almost every single time we left the house. So I couldn’t wait to get her a NextFit just like Cash & Sawyer.

I’m kind of paranoid when it comes to my kid’s safety, so ever since Cash was little I’ve been researching car seat safety. I know that rear-facing as long as possible is very important, so we didn’t even turn Cash around until a few months ago! (At age 4 1/2!)
The NextFit has a rear facing limit of 40 lbs, so since Sawyer is only about 32 lbs she’ll continue to rear face a bit longer, along with Capri.
As soon we put Capri in the NextFit I KNEW her hatred for car rides was a thing of the past. We installed these seats a couple weeks ago and since then I’ve run lots of errands and drove to my parent’s house and back (an hour away) and she has not cried AT ALL! She falls asleep almost every time. She’s super cozy which makes it so much less stressful to take her places.

Since Cash is now forward facing we got him the Chicco MyFit Harness + booster car seat. This seat is awesome because it’s adjustable and he’ll be able to fit in it for a long time. Cash is using it with the straps and back right now, but the back can be taken off as well as the straps so you can use your regular car seat straps. But, of course, I will be keeping him in with the back and car seat straps for as long as possible. (Because *safety first*!!!) He has been loving it so far. No complaints from him, and trust me he’d let me know if he wasn’t comfortable.

I definitely recommend these seats for anyone on the hunt for new car seats.
The Chicco NextFits are so comfortable and you can tell just by looking at them that they are good quality seats.
The Chicco MyFit is a great option for your bigger kids and it’s super affordable.
I can confidently say that I feel like my kids are very safe in these seats.

A couple questions I wanted to answer about the seats:

Q. Are they hard to install?
A. Honestly, they’re pretty easy to install if you know what you’re doing but the NextFits ARE heavy. So, if you plan on moving the seat in and out of cars you might want to take that into consideration. I personally would recommend putting the NextFit in the vehicle you drive the most and then buy a cheaper/lighter seat for the other vehicle. BUT I will say that I have had cheaper/lighter seats for vacationing/ grandparent’s vehicles and even though they’re lighter they’re actually more difficult to install correctly. So that’s also something to think about.

Q. Can you fit 3 across?
A. While I’m sure that you could…I haven’t tried so I honestly can’t say.

Q. Why do you rear face so long?
A. It’s truly the safest option. Rear facing spreads the crash force more evenly across the back of the car seat and the child’s body. It also limits the motion of the head, reducing the potential for neck injury, and keeps the child more contained within the shell of the child restraint. If you go to Youtube and watch some videos of rear facing vs forward facing you’ll see why extended rear facing is so important.

Here is a link to the AAP’s Car Seat Safety Recommendations 

I hope this review was helpful! If you’re looking for a carseat and aren’t sure what to get, Chicco is the way to go! You won’t be disappointed.

 

Link to Chicco Nextfit: https://rstyle.me/n/dcmxmfcc7rf
Link to Chicco MyFit: https://rstyle.me/n/dcmxpgcc7rf

 

And here’s our little video of the kids in their seats:

Fall / Winter Apparel For Girls

I put together some of my favorite pieces for my daughter’s fall/winter wardrobe. All these pieces are super affordable and easy to style. Sawyer loves pink, hearts, dresses, and boots…in case you couldn’t tell! But make sure to click each link because most of these items are available in multiple different colors.

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[*disclaimer- this post is not sponsored, but some of these are affiliate links.]

Most of these items can be found at H&M, Old Navy, Zara and Cotton On. I feel like all of these places offer such cute items and they’re actually affordable!

I’d love to know if you have another favorite place you love to shop for your little ladies?

 

 

Fall / Winter Apparel For Boys

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When I found out I was having a boy during my first pregnancy I was super excited BUT I knew that shopping wouldn’t be as fun as it would be for a girl. Cash is almost 5 and boy clothes have really gotten so much cuter over the last few years.

Some of the places I like to shop for Cash are H&M, Old Navy/Gap, Zara & Cotton On. He definitely has a say in what he wears, comfort is key for him! His H&M sweatpants [10] are his favorite pants to wear when it’s cool enough out. And cozy graphic raglans [3] are perfect for cool AZ winter days. I put together some of my favorite fall pieces from some of my favorite stores.

 

[This is not a sponsored post but some of these are affiliate links.]

3 New Products For Baby # 3!

I always said I would have at *least* 3 kids. I actually always wanted 4. However, after Sawyer (my second child) I decided I was done. I still liked the idea of  3 or 4 children, but I did not want to go through pregnancy/ nursing/ the baby phase / etc. all over again.

So, since I had decided that I didn’t want to have any more we got rid of almost all of our baby stuff that we had saved.
Well, just a couple of weeks after throwing away a big bulk of baby stuff (including our crib), we found out that I was pregnant again. Surprise! I guess God planned on me having 3 babies after all!

While I was a little bummed about some of the stuff that I had gotten rid of, I was excited to shop for a baby again. (I am never not excited about shopping!)
Sawyer is now 2 1/2, so it had been a couple of years since I bought baby stuff. There were a lot of new products that I had not seen or got a chance to use with my other two, so I was excited to try some new stuff out with baby # 3!

When I reached out to my Instagram followers and asked about their *must-have* baby products a large majority of them mentioned the Dockatot. I had seen the Dockatot before (who hasn’t?), but I feel like within the last couple years it has definitely gotten more popular. However, I was honestly surprised to hear people say that it was one of their must-have products. I was always curious about it, and since so many people suggested it I was really intrigued to try it for myself!

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DOCKATOT

We received our Dockatot Deluxe just a couple weeks ago. I have been putting it in bed with me and that’s where I’ll lay Capri down after I nurse her into a deep sleep. It has honestly been the only thing that has made co-sleeping with a newborn feel comfortable + safe. I was always hesitant about co-sleeping with newborns. (They’re so tiny and fragile!) I’ve tried a few other sleepers and bassinets in the past, and honestly the Dockatot along with the Rock-n-Play are the only things my kids have slept in comfortably! I like switching off between the two because it’s nice to switch up her position. I think the Dockatot will make transitioning to the crib (much later on) a lot easier. The Dockatot comes in two sizes (Deluxe for 0-8 Months, Grand 9-36 months). You definitely want get the appropriate size for your baby, because the size is what makes it so comfortable for your little one.

Now, I do know there are some similar items to the Dockatot for a lot cheaper. From what I’ve heard, most do not have the bottom support that the Dockatot has. I could see that compromising some of the child’s comfort. I also feel like the bottom support is what makes it more of a sleeper than a pillow. Ya know? And as we usually find out, “you get what you pay for.” So, keep that in mind!
You can get $10 off a Dockatot with my referral link: Dockatot 

BINXY BABY HAMMOCK

Another item that I had seen around but never got a chance to try with my other two was the cart hammock by Binxy. I was a little hesitant to try it, because it didn’t really look safe- HOWEVER, let me tell you the honest truth, it really is super safe!! It goes a lot deeper than it looks in photos. (Imagine an actual hammock, but with more support/structure!)
I tried this for the first time about a week ago and I actually LOVE it. It is so much easier to use this than an infant carrier, which is heavy and takes up a ton of room in the cart. It’s truly genius! I usually wear my kiddos out when they’re infants, but there’s almost always a reason that I need to set them down for something (adjust my carrier, go to the bathroom, etc.) so this is perfect for me! It can also hold your carseat for you if you decide you want to bring that also. It can actually hold up to 50 pounds! It can be used until you baby is 6-8 months old. (Up until they can start sitting up on their own.)

You can get 10% off a Binxy hammock with my referral link: Binxy Hammock

OLLIE SWADDLE

The third item that I recently received for baby Capri that I had not used in the past is the Ollie baby swaddle. Now, I am not a huge fan of swaddling. Mostly because I have always sucked at it. Logan was always the one to swaddle Cash & Sawyer, and I usually would have him re-do it if he did it too tight.
Thankfully I was able to easily swaddle Capri with the Ollie, and it took me like 10 seconds. It’s made from custom moisture-wicking material to reduce the risk of overheating, and it has velcro on the sides. I like that the velcro makes it easy to adjust if needed.
This is SO much easier than dealing with a swaddling blanket. Capri was super cozy in it. She obviously approves as well! I really love the Ollie + Dockatot combo. I received the Dockatot before the Ollie and I would have to lay out a blanket in the Dockatot to swaddle her (which was a pain), but this swaddle makes it so much easier!
You can get 10% off an Ollie swaddle with my referral link: Ollie Swaddle

Trying these new items was really fun and I truly love all 3 of them. I am excited to try more new things as Capri gets older!

While I did receive these items in turn for a review, it was not technically necessary that I leave a positive review! However, I honestly do love all 3 products! Capri is only 5 weeks old, so we definitely have a lot of use left in these items. I will report back if my mind changes on anything. 😉

Use my referral links to get a discount on these items!

Dockatot ($10 off!)
Binxy Hammock (10% off!)
Ollie Swaddle (10% off!)

xx

Home Hacks to Improve Your Life

Home Hacks to Improve Your Life

Your home should ideally be a peaceful haven you can look forward to returning to, a place where you can unwind, relax and let the stress of the day melt away. Creating a more Zen-like environment reflects harmony, balance and relaxation, often linked to simplicity and minimalism. That kind of atmosphere can offset the stresses of your day-to-day routine and even improve your overall well-being.

Research has shown that there is a link between clutter, high stress levels and depression. If you’re living in a house filled with clutter, all of those “things” are most likely taking joy out of your life without you even realizing it.

 

You may find your perfect home among Phoenix real estate offerings, and the opportunity to start anew. But no matter how determined you are not to fill it up with junk, before you know it, you’ve got a ton of things again. It’s human nature as the brain gets an immediate boost of joy from buying an object, but it’s only fleeting, which means you end up buying more and more to try and feel satisfied, but it never happens.

That added stress negatively impacts life in multiple ways, such as making you feel fatigued more often, increasing appetite due to higher cortisol levels, and potentially gaining weight. A study conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine discovered that people who go to bed in cluttered rooms and are at a higher risk for developing hoarding issues, and are more likely to have sleep disturbances, difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep.

By utilizing these home hacks, it can help you declutter and improve your life in many ways.

Clear Things Out a Step at a Time

If you have a lot of clutter, just thinking about it can seem so overwhelming that you give up before you even get started. Don’t try and do it all at once. Instead, start small by working on one area at a time, such as a drawer or a closet. Committing just 20 minutes a day for decluttering can make a big difference over time. If you’re having difficult tossing things out, one good rule of thumb is to get rid of anything you haven’t used in more than a year.

Find a Spot For Every Possession

After clearing out a space and deciding what you do and don’t want, when you put items back, make sure each one has its own ideal spot where it can be easily accessed. If you have clothing or other items that may need altering or repairs, don’t put them back. Instead, place them in a box or basket where they can be dealt with. If you don’t think you’ll ever get around to it, you may want to donate or toss them out.

Change the Mood with Color

Once you’ve cleared out the clutter, think about changing up the mood of a room, or rooms, by using color. Warm colors are said to evoke feelings of happiness and optimism. Yellow is great for a hall, kitchen or dining room, frequently associated with joy and sunshine, while green can be ideal for a main color scheme as it’s calming, helping one to relax and relieve stress. Blue is a serene hue as well, it can lower high blood pressure and slow heart rate and respiration, making it a good color to use in a bedroom.

Maintain Organization

Once your home is organized, you’ll have to make the effort to keep it that way. Setting aside a little time every day or once a week, to clear out any clutter is a lot easier than having to do it all at once after it’s been allowed to pile up. An hour a week is really all that it should take to maintain a clutter-free, organized home.

There’s something about a clean & organized home that makes me feel at peace. Of course with three kids my house is not always clean. In fact, it’s rarely clean! But following these “hacks” has helped me maintain the mess a lot easier.

 

 

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Newborn Essentials / Must Have Baby Items

 

 

Newborn Necessities + Everything You Need On Your Baby Registry This will be my third baby, so at this point I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on what’s necessary and what I could live without. Some links are affiliate links!

1. Crib [similar crib linked] https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck25cc7rf

2. Swaddle blankets / Muslin Swaddles https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck4ecc7rf

3. Baby monitor https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck4ycc7rf

4. Diaper bag/ Backpack http://fawndesign.com

5. Hamper

6. Free & clear laundry detergent

7. Onesies https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck5ncc7rf

8. Burp cloths https://rstyle.me/n/c3ck5ycc7rf

9. Rock n play https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmhrcc7rf

10. Baby carrier https://sollybaby.com

11. Swing https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmikcc7rf

12. Car seat

Breastfeeding:

1. Breast pump [Free through insurance!] I ordered mine through here: https://aeroflowbreastpumps.com/

2. Nursing bras https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmi9cc7rf

3. Breast pads https://rstyle.me/~aqlsc

Must-Have but I haven’t gotten yet:

1. Owlet monitor https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmjscc7rf

2. Dock a tot https://rstyle.me/n/c3cmj3cc7rf Follow me on Instagram! Instagram.com/britt.kav