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Video: Mattress Shopping Tips

This video is all about how to shop for a mattress by yours truly, where I include mattress shopping tips from personal experience, as well as professional tips from Jesus Ruiz, a sleep specialist at Friedmans Appliance Center in Long Beach.

Shopping for a mattress can be overwhelming. There are so many choices, types, and price points. It can be hard to know where to start.

I hope my video gives you some good ideas on how to go about shopping for a mattress. You can also find more mattress shopping tips on the Serta website.

Once you actually get into the store to start your shopping, it can actually be a lot of fun. Hope you can appreciate my attempt at humor, Jesus was a very good sport!

[Disclosure: I am a part of the Serta blogger and have received complimentary mattresses to facilitate my reviews as well as compensation for my time and participation. All opinions are 100% my own!]

Your Opinion Earns You Rewards at iPoll


Paid online surveys

What if I told you there are paid online surveys that could start earning you rewards just by offering your honest opinion ~ sounds like music to your ears, right? 

That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to iPoll, a genius tool that pays customers to communicate with corporations and market research firms in an easy and modern way.

By joining iPoll you get paid to voice your opinion to the retailers, restaurants and places that you frequent most often!
ipoll mobile 2

What is iPoll?

iPoll is an online and mobile community that rewards customers for their feedback on products and services that they use everyday.

How to Sign Up:

Sign up online for free here and follow the easy instructions on downloading the iPoll app. Yes, it is free to sign up for these paid online surveys.

Once you download iPoll to your phone you can immediately start earning rewards. 

You earn rewards by completing ”missions” (by the way, don’t let the word mission scare you, it might involve a trip to Target!)

All missions are based on information you supply at registration so each survey is tailored to fit your interests and experiences.

Taking the Surveys:

You can choose to take a survey online or one that requires you to visit a local store or restaurant.

The paid online surveys are kept brief, usually between 15 – 20 minutes and you’ll know up front the expected time each survey will take to complete.

It is important to note that your reward compensation will be based on the length and complexity of the survey. Some surveys may involve taking photos, videos etc., which will have a higher reward than those that are short and sweet and require less of your time.

The great thing is - you choose what you can participate in based on how much time you have to devote to the mission.

What can you earn?

iPoll offers a diverse reward program so you can get paid in a variety of ways.

Some that jumped out at me are Amazon gift codes, deposits to your Paypal account and if you’re feeling generous, iPoll can even donate your reward to a wide variety of global charity organizations - I love that!

So, now that you have the skinny on iPoll, go start earning those Amazon gift codes – happy earning! 

 [Disclosure: We're thrilled to announce that iPoll is a new Tiny Oranges sponsor and happy to spread the word about their $$ earning app!]

Save Money Shopping Online

online price tracking website

All my friends and I are flipping out over this new online price tracking website by our new Sponsor, Scoutfit. The concept is brilliant. So get ready to be introduced to your new favorite past-time – scouting!

What is scouting?

If you see something you want to buy online, but don’t want to or can’t pay the current price, you simply  ”scout” it. Then, if the item drops in price you get an email notification based on parameters you set.

For the notifications, you can decide if you want an email anytime there is a price drop, or you can select a target price to be notified if it drops below a certain amount you are willing to pay.

See? Told you it was brilliant! You will want to sign up and start scouting today. Let me tell you how!

How to sign up:

First, click here and enter your email address to get an invitation to join the site. It’s free.

After you get your confirmation email, follow the easy install steps and drag the Scoutfit button to your tool bar. That’s it.

Then you simply go about your merry business online shopping and get ready to “scout” anything that catches your eye. 

Build an online closet of your scouted pieces

When you scout items, you add them to your online closet by category of your choice. I have started building my Fall must-haves (for the right price of course.) Your closet looks like this…FUN!


Email price drop notifications

When the lucky day comes that an item you love drops in price, you will get an email in your Inbox like this. Then you can do a little happy dance, like I did as I was on the way to buy a cute open-front cardi from Gap at 30% less that I originally found it at …


Scout anything online – not just clothing!

Important to note – you can scout ANY item you find online – not just clothes.  That means baby gear, toys, home goods, you name it, if you can find it online, you can scout it and let Scoutfit do the online price tracking for you!

Think how great it would be to start scouting now for Christmas gifts


Find coupons instantly  

When you scout an item, if there is a coupon tab in the bottom right corner, you can click to see any coupons or promo codes the company might be currently offering.

This saves so much time from Googling to see if you can find a coupon online.

Scoutfit Coupons

I hope you are all as excited about Scoutfit today as I am! Happy shopping and saving with this fabulous online price tracking website!

 [Disclosure: Scoutfit is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor. Happy dance. Love them.]

7 fun, creative backpacks for kids

fun backpacks for kids

Inspired by Jen’s trip to Old Navy for Back to School clothes, I thought I’d share some fun backpacks for kids, an essential back to school piece!

Choose from classic and customized to crazy and adorably cute (did you see that bunny?!?), these seven fun, creative backpacks that will sure to have the kids on the playground stopping in their tracks.

Fun Backpacks for Kids!

Bunny Backpack from Little Circus, $45

Cupcake Backpack from Psycho Baby, $40

Personalized Shark Backpack from Pottery Barn Kids, $34

Pony-up Backpack from Garnet Hill Kids, $34.50

Fairies and Berries Backpack from Posy Jane $17.60

MadPax Backpack from Amazon, $48

Monsters Inc. Backpack from JC Penny, $14.99

What is your favorite backpack for kids? 

Multiply Your Style at Old Navy!

I was over the moon when I was invited to be a part of a campaign to share the details about the Old Navy Back to School Sale going on now through August 14th, 2013 because we LOVE Old Navy and an Old Navy shopping trip before school starts is an annual tradition in our household.

This past weekend I took Emma, my soon to be second-grader to our favorite Old Navy to shop for back to school clothes.

$10 and Under at the Old Navy Back to School Sale 

The Old Navy Back to School Sale gives parents the chance to shop for their kids and find a ton of great fashions for under $10. With prices like that, you can multiply your style, mix and match and get lots of fun outfits for a fraction of the cost.

There were so many cute clothes, we spent a couple hours trying on different outfits, each carefully evaluated while striking different poses of course. She is such a little fashionista.

We scored the cute white sundress for $10, green color block jersey dress for $8, dark denim jeggings for $14.94, pink ruffle-tiered skirt for $6, western ankle boots for $19.94, lots of super cute tees and tanks for only $4, and many other steals.

Mamas, it is a must visit sale!

Flaunt Your Finds and Submit Your Photos

Between now and August 14th there will be a runway set up in all U.S. Old Navy locations where parents can submit photos of their kids (ages 6-12) rocking their favorite Old Navy Back to School looks in front of the backdrop like we did above.

Pictures taken in store should be shared via Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MyONStyle and kids will have a chance to appear on through August 15th.

Multiply Your Style Sweepstakes

Old Navy and Nickelodeon are hosting a sweepstakes with Sam and Cat, the stars of the Nickelodeon show. The prize includes travel and hotel for 4 to LA, a $1,000 Old Navy shopping spree with the stars of Same & Cat, and $500 in spending money.

Plus, 7 lucky kids will win a $500 Old Navy gift card!  For official rules and details, visit

Fashion Multiplied

Old Navy is all about giving kids stylish looks at great prices, so parents can stretch their dollars.

It’s a great feeling to have some fun new pieces in place for school next month and I have money left in the budget to take little sister back before the sale ends!


Old Navy wants to see your kids start the school year looking stylish at great prices. Visit your nearest Old Navy for a back to school sale between August 1st and August 14th with great fashion under $10. Take a picture of your kids on the Old Navy runway for a chance to appear on the Old Navy website or enter the Multiply Your Style Sweet Sweepstakes! For Official Rules and details, go to

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Old Navy. The opinions and text are all mine. I am honored to work with Old Navy as I am a regular and passionate consumer of the brand!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Old Navy.  The opinions and text are all mine.