Modal Tote Laptop Bag Is Everything I Need In A Bag

Modal Tote Laptop Bag Is Everything I Need In A Bag

Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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I was given a super cool opportunity to review this Modal athletic concept tote laptop bag from my favorite store; Best Buy!  I have to admit, I didn’t do a lot of research on this bag before I received it.  I had no idea it was an athletic laptop bag.  OH! MY! GOODNESS!  This is perfection in a bag :D  I couldn’t have received it at a better time than the beginning of baseball season.  Having a bag that I can put my electronics and water AND stinky baseball cleats in all at the same time is now essential in my life.  I’m really not sure what I did before this bag was in my life.  Now that I have been ‘enlightened’, I’m pretty sure I’ll never be able to live without it in my life.  There is also a backback that can hold all of the same things!  Say what?!  Oh yes, this is going to be on my list for when Madeline goes off to college too.

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 Just look at all that the Modal Tote will hold!  There was still plenty of room for my camera, binder and cleats.  I’m going to be carrying this with me to Los Angeles in a couple of weeks too!  I have another laptop bag that I love, but it’s leather and a lot heavier than this one.  It also isn’t waterproof.  I am already making big plans for our Modal athletic tote and our community swimming pool this summer.  I love sitting by the pool with my electronics and being able to catch up on school work while the kids play.  The Modal tote will ensure that everything stays nice and dry and I can pack some cold drinks in it too!  Be sure to check out the video that shows all of it’s amazing features over at Best Buy!

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The Modal Concept Tote is designed to carry all your essentials in style. Store your wallet and other valuables in discreet, water-resistant pockets. There’s even space to store warm hairstyling tools. It’s all together in a convenient, portable bag that can go from the gym to the office. With functionality unlike any other, this bag would make a terrific Mother’s Day gift for the busy mom that hits the gym before or after work.

Other great features of the Modal athletic tote:

  • Laptop Storage
  • Dedicated, secure and padded sleeves for both laptop and tablet storage with quilted soft-touch lining
  • Heavy duty, moisture-resistant fitness pocket has plenty of room for your workout clothes, including shoes, and is vented to promote air circulation along with straps for a towel or yoga mat.
  • Thermo Pocket

 

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Best Buy also has Free Shipping on orders $35 and up and free store pickup.  You can pick up your order in as little as 45 minutes at most stores.

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FREE Programmable 5 Quart Slow Cooker After Cashback ~ $36.99 Value

FREE Programmable 5 Quart Slow Cooker After Cashback ~ $36.99 Value

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Right now you can get a Programmable 5 Quart Slow Cooker after cashback at Kmart that is valued at $36.99. They are on sale right now for just $24.   Choose free in-store pickup or join ShopYourWay Rewards for FREE and get FREE  Shipping.

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Here’s How to Get This Deal:

  • Click here to create an account
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  • You will then be taken to the Kmart site. Type in “Hamilton Beach programmable 5 quart slow cooker” in the search bar.  Right now they are on sale for just $24!
  • Be sure to checkout with ONLY the  Hamilton Beach programmable 5 quart slow cooker and choose which shipping method you would like.
  • Cashback will be applied in the amount of $26.50 to your account in up to 2 weeks… Making this deal a MONEY MAKER

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Visit Kmart through TopCashback, purchase a  originally priced at $36.99 but cut now to $24 and within seven days $26.50 cashback will have posted in your TopCashback account.

Payment – in full or in part – with ShopYourWay Rewards points (either accrued or got by surprise) typically still earns cashback. In-store collection, subject to the item’s availability at the retailer’s locations, is free. Alternatively you will get free shipping if you qualify for ShopYourWay Max’s 90-day free trial.

The $26.50 will cover the cost of the kitchen buddy and any sales tax you may possibly be charged effectively making it both a money-saving and time-saving freebie deal.

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7 Must Have Items To Pack For Summer Camp 

7 Must Have Items To Pack For Summer Camp

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Whether you are attending camp as a counselor or sending your kids away for a few weeks this summer, these 7 Must Have Items To Pack For Summer Camp are sure to keep you happy while away.  Summer camp is a great fun adventure that everyone will enjoy, but there are a few comfort items to make sure you have on hand.  From the basics, to things that often slip your mind, we have provided you with some excellent options to make this years summer camp experience amazing.

Simple Bedding:  Most camps have bunk beds, and sheets with a single blanket are commonly packed.  If your camp doesn’t have specific requirements for bedding, pack a sleeping bag with an extra sheet or blanket rolled inside it.  This makes for a simple way to keep everything together, while giving yourself or your kids comfortable and simple to maintain bedding.

Comfort Item:  This varies from person to person.  Packing a toy, blanket, pillow, picture, book or talisman are important for both adults and children.  Kids tend to want their stuffed animal or blanket, but as they get older may be embarrassed to take these.  Whether they keep them tucked away in their bag, or choose to take something simple like their Dad’s t-shirt to sleep in instead, they should have something comforting from home.  Most kids adapt to summer camp with no problems, but that comfort item can help them ease into being away from home. 

Appropriate Footwear:  While this would be considered a no brainer, some people forget to back the proper shoes.  Depending on the activities involved, most children will need a good sturdy pair of tennis shoes, as well as a pair of sandals that have a strap to secure them.  Flip flops are typically not a great choice since they break easily, and can pose a hazard for younger kids prone to falling or tripping easily. 

Medications & Emergency Contact Information:  This is typically given to the administration when you sign up for camp, but it is also a great idea to send along a sheet to be kept in your kids bags that lists out any medications, allergies and emergency contact information.  Having it handy in their cabin may be helpful along to counselors should a problem arise. 

Favorite snacks:  Some camps have rules about outside foods, so make sure before you pack something.  Otherwise, a small bag of favorite snacks and treats is a great surprise for your kids to find when they unpack at camp. 

Simple toiletry kit:  The more simplistic you can get the better.  If you can find a nice durable waterproof pack that can go into the shower and hold their shampoo, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste all together that will be perfect.  You want to use as much all in one or multi-purpose as you can, while making it easy for them to keep track of.  Make sure to label things well with their names just in case.

Dirty clothes bag:  Pack a simple trash bag into their bags for them to put all dirty clothing into.  The last thing you want is for them to come home with a backpack or suitcase stuffed full of stinky dirty clothes.  At least with a trash bag the smell will be contained a bit.

Make sure to have these items to pack for summer camp ready when it is time for your kids to load up and head out for their fun summer adventure.

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New Trailer From Disney’s Tomorrowland

New Trailer From Disney’s Tomorrowland

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Hang on to your seats y’all!  This new trailer from Disney’s Tomorrowland is AMAZING!   Just when I thought Disney’s Tomorrowland couldn’t get any more amazing; they blew me away with this new trailer.  I leave in just two weeks to screen Tomorrowland, interview some members of the cast and visit Disneyland’s Tomorrowland.  You are going to absolutely love this new trailer.  I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again:  Tomorrowland is going to be an instant Disney Classic :D   Additionally, a special presentation of the film, featuring more than six minutes of footage to be introduced by director Brad Bird, will screen exclusively in IMAX® theatres domestically and in select international markets beginning May 1. The extended first look of TOMORROWLAND will screen directly prior to Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and will play for the duration of that film’s run in IMAX.

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

Like TOMORROWLAND on Facebook 

Follow Disney Pictures on Twitter

Visit the official TOMORROWLAND website 

TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!

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Tomorrowland Vision For Tomorrow Posters

 Tomorrowland Vision For Tomorrow Posters

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It seems like we’re getting more and more information every day about Disney’s Tomorrowland!  These Tomorrowland Vision For Tomorrow Posters were just released and I love them!  It gives us one more glimpse into the world of Tomorrowland.  I am still in a little bit of disbelief that I will be there in Los Angeles, meeting some of the cast in just two weeks!  Eeek!  We havein’t yet heard who we’re going to meet, but with a line up that includes George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, the possibilities are looking great!  I have also been watching Brit Robertson in Under The Dome and she is amazing!  This is going to be an amazing movie and I cannot wait to share the entire experience with all of  you :D

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

Like TOMORROWLAND on Facebook 

Follow Disney Pictures on Twitter

Visit the official TOMORROWLAND website 

TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!

Acadiana's Thrifty Mom receives free products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate( marketing )links . All opinions expressed are solely from Acadiana's Thrifty Mom and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Please see the Disclosure Policy for complete details. Acadiana's Thrifty Mom is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

You Can Feed America One Meal At A Time

You Can Feed America One Meal At A Time

As a participant in this campaign with Walmart, I have received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I was asked to talk about a subject that is near and dear to my heart: hunger.  Did you know that, in America, 1 in 6 people struggles with hunger?  It just doesn’t seem right that in a country where obesity is at epidemic levels, there are people who go to bed hungry and wake up hungry.  Well, Walmart is trying to help feed hungry Americans.  Through Feeding America, Walmart has committed to 70,000,000 meals to hungry Americans.  All you have to do is buy one of the participating products and, VOILA, you just donated a meal to a hungry American!  You can find the full list of participating items over here!

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 You can also help by participating in #WeSparkChange!

Easy, thoughtful, and fun. It’s time to get social! Round up your 6 friends, family or co-workers and share your smiles with us.

  • Upload your photo to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter
  • Use the hashtag #WeSparkChange
  • Make your photo “Public”

Walmart will donate $10, up to $1,500,000, to Feeding America for every post shared. Don’t forget to spread the word to your friends in the next 48 hours.

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How The Program Works:

1. Customer buys Hunger participating item (ex. Cheerios) at Walmart between April 6 & May 3.

2. Cheerios (for example) scan at the register and is logged as 1 item purchased during the event helps secure a meal* on behalf of a local Feeding America food bank donated by the supplier (General Mills) NOT WALMART.

3. On May 4, Walmart will pull a sales report of total unit sales by store in all 50 states and provide to 6 suppliers and Feeding America.

4. General Mills will write a check directly to Feeding America’s National Office for the dollar amount associated based on the Sales report (General Mills sells 1MM boxes of Cheerios $0.10 per a box => $100K to Feeding America)

5. Feeding America takes $100K from General Mills and divvys the donation among 200 Feeding America Food Banks based on number of Cheerios sold by store (based on zip code). Each store is tied to a Food Bank.

6. Food Banks then use funds to “secure meals” (ie.Acquire food, pay for electricity, gas, transportation, operating costs)

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You can also donate at Register:

From April 6 to May 3, you can give monetary donations of $1, $2, or $5 to your local Feeding America Food Bank at the register of any participating Walmart.

Donate next time you visit


DISCLAIMER: Walmart is not responsible for donating the meals, the supplier partners listed above are responsible for that.

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See Ya Later Alligators I’m Going to Tomorrowland

See Ya Later Alligators I’m Going to Tomorrowland

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Okay y’all, things just got really REAL!  I am going to Los Angeles again next month to attend the press Junket for Disney’s Tomorrowland, visit Disney Archives to learn about Walt’s vision of “Tomorrowland” and visit Disneyland!  Can you tell I am excited?!  I have been excited to see Disney’s Tomorrowland since the first time I saw the preview last year.  Tomorrowland is going to be an instant classic, just you wait and see :D  We will get to meet and interview some of the talent from the movie.  We don’t know yet who we’re going to meet, but George Clooney and Hugh Laurie are not outside of the realm of possibilities! (squeeee) Okay, that was a whisper “squee”  LOL  Be sure to follow the hashtags #TomorrowlandEvent and #‎FrozenFun‬ from May 6 to May 8.

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About Disneyland’s Tomorrowland:

Here in Tomorrowland, the future is today! So, ready your rockets, boys and girls, as you blast into the twin orbits of innovation and exploration. But Tomorrowland is more than a fascinating collection of gizmos — it’s a spaceport where your imagination lands each day to glimpse otherworldly wonders, embark on fantastic voyages, and witness the pioneering of the human spirit.

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From Disneyland:

Tomorrowland embodies the Space Age and the optimistic advancement of humanity, promising the day when we will touch the stars. Marvel at the bold rings and sweeping spires. The “Googie” architecture — a space age look that was enormously popular during the 1950s — first appeared in Tomorrowland in 1959.

Shiny orbs, kinetic sculptures, metallic finishes and mechanical touches also raise your sights skyward, lending a feeling of otherworldliness to the attraction architecture. Further, the plants in Tomorrowland are meant to be edible! The visionary landscaping doubles as a potential farm, projecting an ecologically astute future, where humanity makes the most of its resources.

It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow — here, in Tomorrowland!

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In addition to meeting and interviewing cast from Tomorrowland and visiting Tomorrowland in Disneyland; we’ll also be “Frozen Fun” is a big hit at Disney California Adventure park, bringing guests into the story of Disney’s animated blockbuster film, “Frozen.” Anna and Elsa are receiving visitors in their elegant greeting location, “Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome.” Guests can sing-along at “For the First time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration,” where Anna, Elsa and Kristoff take part in a lively retelling of their story with popular songs from the movie. Everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf, is ready to give a warm hug to guests of all ages. There’s a lot of “Frozen Fun” to be had, now through May 15. And Southern California residents can purchase tickets at special prices through May 20. ‪

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

Like TOMORROWLAND on Facebook 

Follow Disney Pictures on Twitter

Visit the official TOMORROWLAND website 

TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!

Acadiana's Thrifty Mom receives free products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate( marketing )links . All opinions expressed are solely from Acadiana's Thrifty Mom and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Please see the Disclosure Policy for complete details. Acadiana's Thrifty Mom is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

DisneyNature Monkey Kingdom Opens Everywhere This Friday

DisneyNature Monkey Kingdom Opens Everywhere This Friday

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Well, the day is finally here! Disney’s Monkey Kingdom is opening in theaters everywhere this week. My kids are all so excited for this film, but I think Hannah is the most excited :D Every time I show them the trailer for the film she asks me for a pet monkey LOL I’m pretty sure we would be living in a zoo right now if it was up to her though. This is going to be a perfect way to spend Friday night this week.  We have watched most of the DisneyNature films and they are always amazing and unique.  Plus, we can follow along in our homeschool work and learn even more about the habitat of these amazing animals.

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From Disney:

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.

Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015.

Set in the storied jungles of South Asia, “Monkey Kingdom” showcases the adventures of new mom Maya, a clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey who’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world.

For every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.

Like Disneynature on Facebook

Follow Disneynature on Twitter

Follow Disneynature on Tumbler

Follow Disneynature on Instagram

Visit the official MONKEY KINGDOM website

MONKEY KINGDOM opens in theatres everywhere on April 17th!

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AT&T Go Phone Is No Ordinary Prepaid

AT&T Go Phone Is No Ordinary Prepaid

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored. All products mentioned and reviewed on this page are compliments of AT&T. All opinions of the products are my own.

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I was so excited when I was asked to try out the new AT&T GoPhone rate plan!  Can I tell you how sick I am of being in a contract with the cell phone company?!  I have never tried a prepaid rate plan before now and WOW!  Well, I have to make a correction; I’m pretty sure I did use prepaid wireless about 15 years ago when cell phones were still new.  The new AT&T GoPhone is not your ordinary prepaid.  This was awesome.  I didn’t know you could get unlimited talk and text on a prepaid plan.  Gone are the days of counting minutes and text messages.  With AT&T’s new GoPhone plans you get unlimited talk and text and data usage with 1.5GB of data at high speed.

*Data usage exceeding the high-speed allowance will result in reduced data speed of up to 128 Kbps for the rest of your 30-day term. Actual speeds vary by device and location.

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When your children are growing and you’re struggling with how to handle giving them the freedom of a cell phone, it can be difficult to decide.  The GoPhone is perfect for our 16 year old daughter.  What’s the best part?  There are no hidden fees!  I won’t be getting a surprise bill because she went over her texting, minutes, or data.  She gets what she gets and that’s it!  $45 a month is also perfect for us.  It fits our budget and makes her happy.  If any of you have teenagers, you know, making them happy is no easy feat LOL  You can view the GoPhone rate plans to see which one fits your family best.  I can remember “back in the day” when prepaid plans were significantly more expensive than contract plans; that is simply not the case anymore.  This plan is actually a little cheaper than our contract plan, which made all of us very happy!

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Five reasons to make the switch to AT&T GoPhone:

1. Staying In Touch Just Got Easier

  • Who doesn’t want to stay in touch with friends and family and post their latest selfie to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? AT&T has got you covered with new rate plan options from GoPhone.
  • Introducing the new $60 a month smartphone rate plan, a great option if you have family across the border, offers unlimited calling from the U.S. to Mexico, plus nationwide unlimited talk, text and data usage with 4GB of data at high-speed*.
  • The new $45 a month smartphone rate plan, including nationwide unlimited talk, text and data usage with 1.5GB of data at high-speed*.
  • To view all rate plans available, please visit: http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/prepaidplans.html

2. They’ll Have No Excuse Not To Call You Back

  • AT&T offers GoPhone customers service on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, which reaches more than 300 million people, making it easy for your family to stay connected.
  • To find out if AT&T 4G LTE is available in your community, please visit: http://www.att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html#fbid=Oox4jhMoCbP

3. Because Their World is Constantly Changing

  • With no annual contract, GoPhone customers have the flexibility to choose a plan that fits their needs and budget, and make changes as necessary.
  • GoPhone is the right choice for customers who don’t want to sign a wireless phone contract.
  • GoPhone can provide you with a sense of comfort as it creates parameters around your family’s wireless plans, while also instilling a new sense of responsibility for a new phone owner.

4. We Put the “Smart” in Smartphone

  • GoPhone devices include the latest 4G & 4G LTE Android, and Windows smartphones at affordable prices.
  • The benefit to utilizing AT&T GoPhone service on a smartphone is the ability to take advantage of the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE Network. Now you can also use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot to share the data and connect other devices.

5. We Say “Yes” to Hand-Me-Downs

  • GoPhone is compatible with most phones, including iPhones, which allows you to utilize a phone you already own – even if the service was with another provider. Signing up with GoPhone simply requires you to insert a GoPhone-activated SIM card in your current phone, making it very easy to switch.
  • To determine if a device is compatible with AT&T GoPhone, please visit: http://www.att.com/devicehowto/.

*Data usage exceeding the high-speed allowance will result in reduced data speed of up to 128 Kbps for the rest of your 30-day term. Actual speeds vary by device and location.

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Acadiana's Thrifty Mom receives free products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate( marketing )links . All opinions expressed are solely from Acadiana's Thrifty Mom and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Please see the Disclosure Policy for complete details. Acadiana's Thrifty Mom is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

Disney’s Tomorrowland New Featurette

Disney’s Tomorrowland New Featurette

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Oh yes!  We have a new Featurette from Disney’s Tomorrowland!  I feel like a kid waiting on the toy store to open when I’m waiting for new clips from Tomorrowland :D  This movie, mark my words, is going to be an instant classic.  Between George Clooney, Hugh Laurie and Disneyland, this movie is destined to be great! Just in case I haven’t mentioned it yet; I will be heading to Los Angeles next month to screen Tomorrowland and interview the talent from the movie. I am so stinkin’ excited! This is going to be EPIC!  Okay, I think I’ve officially gone over my allowance for exclamation point usage in this post LOL Be sure to check out the video below.

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

Like TOMORROWLAND on Facebook 

Follow Disney Pictures on Twitter

Visit the official TOMORROWLAND website 

TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!

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Disneyland’s Sneak Peak of Tomorrowland Movie and Exhibit

Disneyland’s Sneak Peak of Tomorrowland Movie and Exhibit

Oh my goodness!  Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland are teaming up to bring an exclusive sneak peak of Disney’s Tomorrowland Movie and special exhibit for park guests to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort!  This exclusive sneak peak will include exciting, never-before-seen footage of Tomorrowland and feature the making of Tomorrowland with props, concept artwork, photos from filming, and images from the Disney archives!  I am so excited that I will get to see this first-hand and share the experience with all of you :D

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From Walt Disney Studios:

Walt Disney Studios announced today an unprecedented collaboration between the Studio, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort to offer park guests a 12-minute sneak peek of Disney’s upcoming thrilling, mystery-adventure film, “Tomorrowland,” opening in U.S. theaters on May 22. Guests will also enjoy an impressive exhibit that features the making of the movie with props, concept artwork and photos from the filming of the movie plus exclusive images from the Disney Archives. The sneak peek and exhibit will open April 17 in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park and on April 18 in Future World at Epcot and will be available to the public for a limited time.

The must-see event marks the first time that a sneak peek has been offered at Epcot in Walt Disney World and the first time Walt Disney Studios has teamed up with both parks to showcase an upcoming Disney film with footage and an in-depth look at the making of the film. Sure to spark the imagination and curiosity of all, the special exhibit details the process of bringing director Brad Bird’s vision to life and will show how filmmakers created the world of Tomorrowland, along with archival images of iconic Disneyland attractions featured in the movie.

In the movie, the premise that the futuristic city of Tomorrowland could actually exist pays homage to Walt Disney’s vision for both Tomorrowland at Disneyland Resort and Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort where ever-evolving technologies are showcased along with ideas to make the world a better place for all.

Commenting on the exclusive “Tomorrowland” sneak peek event, Brad Bird, the film’s two-time Oscar® winning director, says, “We are excited that park guests will be the first to get an extended look at ‘Tomorrowland’ in the part of Disneyland that inspired the film. Tomorrowland is the one section of the park that Walt Disney himself designed to be tied inexorably to constant change. After all, the future is always in motion, continually shifting as humankind’s choices of the present remake the world ahead of us. ‘Tomorrowland’ is a state of mind. My hope is that the exhibit will convey some of the magic that went into bringing this land… and this movie, to life.”

“Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney, tells the story of former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, who are bound by a shared destiny and embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers.

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TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!

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7 Ways TO Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning

7 Ways TO Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning

7 Ways To Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning

Living in the South means hot and humid summers, but here are 7 Ways To Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning that will keep your utility bills lower while your body stays cool. There are many climates that manage without use of air conditioning, but we are a bit spoiled to their cooler temperatures. Making adjustments and working to limit the use of electricity to cool our homes is not only great for our frugal budgets, but for the environment.

7 Ways TO Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning

Install Ceiling Fans: If you don’t already have ceiling fans installed in your home, now is the time to do it. In every room that you can, make sure to use ceiling fans turning counter clockwise to keep air moving throughout your home. Ceiling fans and oscillating fans in your home use far less energy than an air conditioner and provide cool air to keep you cool and comfortable.

Open Your Windows: If you are in a shady area with good wind flow, you can open your windows a bit and allow those ceiling fan to pull cool air through your house for a nice breeze. If you live in a area without shade and harsh sunlight,this may be counter productive which lead us to the next suggestion.

Cover windows with mini blinds and curtains: For those who have direct sunlight on their homes and windows without shade, this is one way to help cut back on energy costs. You can also invest in some reflecting film to go on your windows to reflect the sun back away from your home.

Limit use of the oven: Baking and cooking on your stove top can quickly heat up your home. This is one of the main reasons people turn to sandwiches, cold salads and other cool foods in the summer. Use your Crockpot for hot meals and to help keep heat in your kitchen to a minimum. Enjoy ice cream and Popsicles instead of cookies and cakes during the summer months.

Upgrade insulation: This investment can be costly, but the long term effect is well worth it. Upgrading insulation in your home can cut your utility costs in half and help your air conditioner run more efficiently. It can also keep you from needing that air conditioning as often as it will keep your home naturally cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Dress appropriately: Summer is the time for cool sun dresses, shorts and t-shirts. Instead of putting on heavy layers, dress as cool as possible. When at home, you can strip down to a lightweight tank and short or cool sun dress. Kids can wear swimsuits as they run back and forth outside to the pool or sprinkler system to keep cool all summer long.

Eat and drink cold items: Keep plenty of ice water handy, but also serve cool meals so you aren’t heating yourself up. Drink ice coffee or tea instead of your regular hot coffee in the mornings. Eat Popsicles, chilled fruit, salads and cool sandwiches instead of hot meals and soups.

Staying cool this summer can be much more cost effective when you think outside the box and use these ways to cool your home without air conditioning.

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5 Easy Vegetables Anyone Can Grow

5 Easy Vegetables Anyone Can Grow

5 Easy Vegetables Anyone Can Grow

Spring and Summer instantly bring to mind the gorgeous gardens that provide our families with tasty produce year round. These 5 Easy Vegetables Anyone Can Grow are sure to give you a great start as an at home gardener. Whether you decide to create a traditional garden, a raised bed garden or a fun container garden these veggies are easy and yummy.

5 Easy Vegetables Anyone Can Grow

Lettuce: From simple green and red leaf lettuce to spinach, kale or Romaine, lettuce is one of the easiest items to grow. There is little more to do than plant, water and weed. Watch for direct sunlight when appropriate and make sure to plant with plenty of space to grow larger plants as needed.

Onions: Green onions have been one of the most commonly seen wild vegetables for years. Many people mow their lawn in the Spring and wonder at the smell of onions that they find because green onions sprout nearly anywhere and easily. Plant these and expect a large crop that you can allow to dry for use year round, add to salads now or chop and freeze for later.

Cucumbers: This popular vegetable is a great low lying plant that will produce over and over again with proper sunlight and watering. While there are a few climates that aren’t as easy to grow cucumbers in, most areas make this one of the easiest plants to have success with. Make sure it is watered well, has plenty of sun and that you pick the cucumbers early so they don’t get too big too soon!

Green Beans: Beans are a fun and easy vegetable to grow. Especially if you have an area that allows you to run the plants up lattice or railing. Green beans are tasty fresh from the garden, or a perfect vegetable to prep an can or freeze for use throughout the year.

Herbs: Basil, Dill, Chives, Parsley and Cilantro are favorites for easy gardens. Not only do they provide your other vegetables with a great pop of flavor, they are wonderfully fragrant in your garden. These can be grown in your window box, the main garden or even I between your flowers in a flower bed.

This year you can create a fun start to your larger garden when you begin with these easy vegetables anyone can grow. Once you find success with these, add in things like squash, zucchini, carrots, broccoli and snap peas for a fun well rounded harvest.

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Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

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There are not very many caramel cake recipes out there.  Most caramel cake recipes are actually a yellow cake with caramel icing.  I was determined to make a caramel cake and, well, I succeeded!  It tastes pretty darn good too :D  If you are able to find caramel pudding mix in your area, that would be a great substitution for the vanilla pudding mix that I used in this recipe.  I am very excited that the cupcakes and icing turned out great for this recipe since I kinda made it up as I went along.  My grandmother makes an amazing caramel cake, but as with all of the others I have had, hers uses a yellow cake and caramel icing.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.

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Gather your ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt

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 Get to baking!

  • Mix cake mix, eggs, oil, water, caramel topping and pudding mix together on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Fill 24 cupcake cups 1/2 full with batter.
  • Bake in oven preheated to 350° for 25-30 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool. I always cool them in the refrigerator because that locks in the moisture better than allowing them to cool on the counter top.
  • Mix butter and 1/2 cup caramel topping together on low for 1 minute or until well combined.
  • Mix powdered sugar into butter mixture 1/2 cup at a time until well blended.
  • Add vanilla extract to frosting mixture and mix on medium for one minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix on medium for one additional minute.
  • Add icing to piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes or just spread it with a spoon.
  • Drizzle top of cupcakes with additional caramel topping and sprinkle with sea salt.
  • ENJOY!

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Get The ENVY TouchSmart 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop At Best Buy

 Get The ENVY TouchSmart 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop At Best Buy

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Just the other day I realized that my wonderful 3 year relationship with my laptop may be coming to a close.  The Envy TouchSmart touch-screen laptop caught my eye.  Right now you can get the Envy TouchSmart 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop At Best Buy with free shipping on orders $35 and up or free store pickup and pick up your order in as little as 45 minutes!  Since I love shopping electronics at Best Buy, it was natural for me to check their site first.  I am in love with the Envy TouchSmart touch-screen laptop.  What appeals to me the most is the lightweight design and touch-screen.  My kiddos love to share in surfing on my laptop and I travel a lot.  Traveling, especially travelling on a plane, makes it essential to have a light-weight laptop.  Take a look at all of the details and specs of this amazing little machine below.  Plus, right now you can get envy laptop1

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I Never Want To Stop Fighting, I Just Want The Attacks To Stop

I Never Want To Stop Fighting, I Just Want The Attacks To Stop

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She has a new diagnosis which means a new specialist.  I’m referring to her as “she” because she’s now 16 and old enough to care that I’m talking about her….in a public place.  Those of you who know me, know who I’m talking about.   She’s been fighting since she was born.  First a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, then epilepsy, then cerebral palsy was retracted, then another type of epilepsy, then Asperger’s, then Factor VII bleeding disorder, then Sensory Processing Disorder; now a new diagnosis.  None of her diagnoses are “that bad” singularly, but compiled together, they all paint a very bleak picture for an amazingly brilliant little girl.

I’m not sharing the new diagnosis simply because it’s not necessary and all of these other diagnoses have already been shared several times.  The new diagnosis is incurable, mostly un-treatable, and will, likely, not cause death or disfigure her; at least not yet.  I am sharing this partly because I’m a blogger and that’s what I do; I write.  I’m also sharing it because I always get messages and emails from other mothers who needed to hear this.  It is unbelievably hard to be the mother of a special needs child….any special needs child.  It is especially tough when your child has multiple diagnoses and sees many specialist; none of whom communicate with each other.

This will just be rambling to many of you, but to those of you who ‘get it’ you get it :D  It is lonely being the mother of a special needs child.  It is lonely because you are always. on. guard.  You are hyper-aware of everything everyone says or does around your child.  You walk a line between telling people why your child acts the way they do and being angry that people can’t just be nice no matter what!  Why do they need an explanation?  Just don’t be a jerk!  Yes, that’s what I want to say most of the time (almost every day).

Not only did we get bad news from the doctor this week, but the speech therapist says that all of the speech therapy she had when she was younger to help with her stuttering; likely caused the speech problems she’s having now…great!  As the title suggests, I never want to quit fighting for her; I just want the attacks to stop.  I don’t want her to have another diagnosis.  I don’t want her to have an even harder life.  I don’t want her to be sad or lonely.  I just want it to stop.

I am the kind of person who gets very angry and withdrawn when something is going on with any of my children.  I say it’s very lonely over here being the mother of a special needs child, but the truth is that, if you offered to help, I wouldn’t let you.  I have an amazing husband, 3 awesome kids, a beautiful home and feel guilty, most days, for feeling sad for her or even myself.  The truth is, I don’t know what to do most days.  The truth is that, even with daily prayer and Bible study, I still feel lost.  I have come to the conclusion that it’s okay to feel lost, as long as you keep on pushing.  Keep on going.  Never stop fighting.  Fight, that’s what every single day is for the mother of a special needs child….A. FIGHT. That I’m determined to win.

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WIN A Sears Dream Patio

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