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As a single mom, my time is important which means I like to spend as much time with my daughter, family, and friends. This is one of the reasons why I shop at BJ’s Wholesale Club.
They offer unbeatable value and assortment that allows members like me to spend less time shopping and more time with friends and family.
But let’s face facts, sure my time is important but saving money is more important. Who doesn’t want to keep more in their wallet, right?
BJ’s helps families save by offering every day low prices and unbeatable quality with its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands.
Value is important but quality and taste are also important to me when selecting products.
Wellsley Farms sources from the best growers, bakers, ranchers, and fishermen from around the world and in your backyard. And I love that I can choose from a large selection of Wellsley Farms natural and organic products at an unmatched value.
And let’s not forget being able to choose from a wide assortment of products, including sundries, apparel, diapers and formula, health and beauty products, that Berkley Jensen has to offer.
During my recent trip to BJ’s, I shopped for a variety of Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen products.
As I mentioned, I am all about convenience and savings. I was thrilled to pick up three grocery items I use almost every day:
Wellsley Farms Breakfast Blend Ground Coffee (40 oz) – While the value of buying Wellsley Farms Breakfast Blend Ground Coffee was important in my decision to buy since it was a few dollars less than the national brands like Dunkin’ Donuts, it’s all about the taste especially since my day begins with at least two cups of coffee.
That might be because I get up at 5 a.m. and I need a jolt first thing in the morning. But having a jolt without enjoying those two cups of coffee is a waste of my time which is why Wellsley Farms Breakfast Blend Ground Coffee with its robust flavor starts my day off on the right foot.
Wellsley Farms Sharp Cheddar Shreds (2 – 20 oz. bags) – Lucky for me my daughter loves Cheddar Cheese which was not always the case. We use cheddar cheese almost every day from mixing in scrambled eggs, making cheese quesadillas for an afternoon snack and for my Sunday veggie and cheese quiche.
Wellsley Farms 0% Greek Yogurt (18 count) – As I am trying to eat healthier, there is no better food than Greek yogurt. I try to have Greek yogurt either for breakfast or an afternoon snack but name brands can be quite expensive to buy to eat on a daily basis.
Not only is Wellsley Farms 0% Greek Yogurt delicious, I save quite a bit by buying the 18-count pack. Now if I can get my daughter to eat more yogurt, it would be a win-win!!
Don’t ask me how two people could use up so many dishes but on average I run the dishwasher daily which means I run through dishwasher tablets like mad. Not only does Berkley Jensen Auto Dish Tablets have 104 tablets in a box which saves me money, my dishes come out sparkly clean.
Now, I don’t do laundry every day, which means 190 count box of Berkley Jensen dryer sheets is going to last me a long long time. And let me say that the value is outstanding, I am getting 30 sheets more per box versus the national brand! Who doesn’t loving saving money but getting more liner sheets offers me the opportunity to use them for more than making my laundry all soft and smelling nice, I can use the liners to freshen up my drawers, my garbage can and even putting them in my daughter’s smelly sneakers. I just love multi-use products!!
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“Our members save 25% off grocery store prices every day.”
And did you know you can save more at BJ’s Wholesale Club because it is the only major wholesale club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons?”
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If you are a parent, it is likely you have heard of Build-A-Bear. And if you like me, your child has been to Build-A-Bear. And if you are truly like me, your child has been to Build-A-Bear multiple times. Full disclosure, as a blogger, I have had the opportunity to go and be comped a bear. That all said, my daughter has been lucky enough to go to Build-A-Bear several times. Her first time was at age four when her Nana took her to the mall. And then I have taken her multiple times for early birthday or Christmas gifts. We even went for a playdate. What???
Just in case you are wondering how it all works and what makes it special is that your child gets to pick out a bear or animal or superhero. But that is not all, your bear gets a birth certificate. But that’s not all, there are accessories like clothes, bags and you can also buy record a personalized message, you get the idea. The bears, for the most part, run from $12 and up, up.
This week, Build-A-Bear decided to run a Pay Your Age Promotion. Kids could just pay their age for a bear so if you are 5 years old, you just had to pay $5 for the bear. Well, what could go wrong? Apparently a lot. Parents across the country lined up at malls and stores waiting for hours for a bear. It was pandemonium, so much so that Build-A-Bear had to shut it down and had to offer a $15 voucher.
Massive response to sale prompts Build A Bear to shut down lines, offer vouchers!news cnn - YouTube
I am sure you wondering why would anyone stand in line for hours for a $12+ bear. I even commented that Time=Money!! Then I started to read Facebook comments and listen to the interviews of those standing in line. Talk about the lightbulb going off! DUH! A lot of people can not afford to buy a bear and all the accessories and if you have more than one child it’s cost prohibitive. You realize that parents are the same, they want to treat their child to something fun and cool but not everyone can afford to do that.
So I am taking my judging self to task for the fact that I can afford to buy daughter a Build-A-Bear and others can not and are willing to stand in line for hours to get a bear.
Global icon Dwayne Johnson stars in SKYSCRAPER as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China, he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, will he find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building above the fire line.
What is there to say about Skyscraper? I enjoyed it thoroughly. But let’s be clear, I am a big fan of summer action pictures. It’s hot outside, I don’t like to think too much about the plot holes and the this is not possible stunts!
That said, Dwayne Johnson is a likable action star who looks good shirtless, can do all those “oh my gosh” how did they do that stunt, loves his family and will do anything to save them and can fight the bad guys.
What makes this action picture stand out for me is that it is not the same old same old action picture with white male lead, and a bunch other white people. It is set in Hong Kong, one of my favorite cities which means Chinese and Chinese American Actors are front and center. Also, the villains include a Chinese woman who is ruthless and can fight!
HANNAH QUINLIVAN as assassin Xia in Legendary’s “Skyscraper.”
Plus making a comeback (I think) is one of my favorite 90’s actress Party of Five’s Neve Campbell as Sarah Sawyer, Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson)’s wife.
Dr. Sarah (NEVE CAMPBELL) and Will Sawyer (DWAYNE JOHNSON) in Legendary’s “Skyscraper.”
And again, playing against the typical boring screaming I can do nothing wife or girlfriend, Sarah Sawyer is a decorated veteran and surgeon who speaks Chinese and can kick ass. Great model for women and girls.
Many people may scoff but this one of those action pictures that deserve to be seen on the big screen because much of will lose its impact on the television screen.
Take an afternoon off, enjoy some popcorn and just enjoy!
Skyscraper - Official Trailer [HD] - YouTube
Rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence and action, and for brief strong language.
Whether you are stocking your first apartment, home, or just looking to upgrade your kitchen tools, everyone should enjoy these kitchen essentials from Eparé.
Kitchen Essentials from Eparé
Eparé Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
The Eparé Salt and Pepper Grinder Set may seem like your basic steel grinder set however it offers a modern art deco design that adds a pop of color to your kitchen or dining room table.
My preference is to leave it on the table because of its art deco design. I just like the way it brings a modern touch to my boring table. And frankly, it’s more convenient to just leave it on the table rather than bring it out to the table for every meal.
The grinder set’s features include a wide mouth that makes it easy to refill, a ceramic core that makes for a uniform grind. And it holds 3/4 cup. I like that the company stands behind their products. The set has a limited lifetime warranty.
$19.99 SRP. Available at amazon.com and epare.com.
Eparé Oil and Vinegar Jar Set
Looking for modern designed oil and vinegar set for family and guests to use, then you will love style Eparé Oil and Vinegar Jar Set that is crafted from light and break resistant Borosilicate glass with drip catching spouts. What makes this oil and vinegar set feature so attractive is that it conveniently drips back into the vessel rather than on the side of the container and convenient volume marks. And it will keep your oil and vinegar fresh with the tight soft silicone tops. $24.95 SRP. Available at amazon.com and epare.com.
Eparé Manual Coffee Grinder
Looking for a fresh cup of coffee, then you need to start with fresh ground coffee. The Eparé Manual Coffee Grinder comes with 15 precise settings so that you can set a specific grind for your favorite style of brew. Delivering grind levels comparable to expensive electric coffee grinder machines. $49.95. Available at amazon.com and epare.com.
GIVEAWAY: One lucky NYC Single Mom Reader will receive their choice of either the Eparé Oil and Vinegar Jar Set or Eparé Salt Pepper Grinder Set or Eparé Coffee Grinder.
In the aftermath of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Scott Lang aka Ant-Man grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, the sequel to Ant-Man. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne aka The WASP and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
Usually, sequels don’t hold up to the original but ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is clever, humorous, action-packed and filled with “wow” sight gags like battling a “huge” Hello Kitty Pez dispenser.
And I would be remiss if I did not mention Michael Pena’s scene-stealing Luis who is a hilarious delight. It might be worth the price of admission alone.
It’s hard to believe that Marvel’s first female superhero, The WASP finally get’s a starring role on the big screen. And I love Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne aka the Wasp. She’s funny, smart and kicks ass.
Looking through my Ant-Man cast. I am thinking this is a Marvel movie with tons of people of color – Michael Pena, Randall Park, Laurence Fishburne, T.I. and Hannah John-Kamen as supervillain space phasing Ghost. Marvel has steadily risen the stakes on making the movies less white!
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne and Michael Douglas.
Looking for a unique Experiential Event and theatre experience then check out THE RIDE, New York’s ONLY traveling theatre in the Times Square neighborhood.
The 75-minute tour of Midtown Manhattan allows visitors to survey
As RIDERS glide through iconic neighborhood after iconic neighborhood, they are entertained by both On-Board-Gold-Star-Critically-Acclaimed Hosts and On-the-Street-Award-Winning Cast. Helping the RIDERS the Bus decide what to do next; what to buy next; where to shop next; where to eat next and where to be dazzled next.
40 Plasma Screens and original content on Board are a show unto themselves. 3,000 LED Lights and Surround Sound are designed and operated by Rock Arena geniuses.
Tons of Accolades
NBC’s “The Today Show,” said that THE RIDE is the hottest way to see New York.
Grammy Award-nominated Josh Groban declared that THE RIDE lived up to all of his wildest expectations.
FORBES proclaimed that THE RIDE is a wildly successful experiential branding EVENT.
The ultimate being parodied on The Simpsons.
Take a break from the heat this summer and enjoy THE RIDE, a state-of-art, multi-million-dollar, critically-acclaimed, award-drenched, rolling Experiential Extravaganza dedicated to rest of the WORLD.
If you are like me, you are a fan of the first Ant-Man movie but probably have no clue as to the legacy of “The Wasp.”
Check on this video of “The Wasp” from her Super Hero origins in the Marvel comics, as a founding member of the Avengers, to her connections in the next AVENGERS film and the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward.
Marvel Studios' Ant-Man and The Wasp | Who is The Wasp? Featurette - YouTube
Time for a change in your skincare routine, skincare essentials from C.O. Bigelow offers users lightweight formulas that won’t leave behind a greasy residue.
C.O. Bigelow Oily Skin Foaming Face Wash– A deep-cleaning cleanser that’s filled with neutralizing extracts of grapefruit, ginger root, mandarin and lemon to rid the skin of surface oil, dirt and debris. It effectively eliminates shine while leaving skin soft and supple. Price:$25
C.O. Bigelow Rosewater Skin Tonic– Infused with purifying witch hazel, hydrating rose extract and soothing chamomile, this balancing toner also contains exfoliating salicylic acid for a clean, clear complexion. Price: $18
C.O. Bigelow Extra Light Face Lotion – A lightly-textured moisturizing lotion formulated with calming chamomile and parsley extract to replenish, hydrate and soothe dry skin. Price:$28
The Lastest from visionary director Tim Burton – Disney DUMBO
The all-new grand live-action adventure DUMBO expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus.
But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.