Battle of the backpacks: Jansport vs. Land’s End


Back in 2012, I decided I was done with bargain backpacks for my kids. I’d bought plenty of $10-$15 backpacks over the years, but I had an epiphany when my daughter’s “new” backpack completely fell apart shortly after the school year began. Every time her backpacks would wear out, I’d loan her my trusty green […]

Shopping Kohl’s spring clothing collection

Kohls clothes

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received a Kohl’s gift card to facilitate my post and as a thank you for participating. I have to admit, I don’t often shop for entire new, head-to-toe outfits. Kohl’s is one of my favorite places to bargain hunt — […]

A rant on “pleather” boots and choosing leather ones

Pleather boots

I’m done with non-leather boots. I love boots and pretty much live in them from fall to spring. And, I’ve been wearing boots since high school, so we’re talking almost 25 years of boot love. When I was in high school and college, I remember a pair of boots lasting at least a year, sometimes […]

My children put Tide to the test for the #MyMessMyTide challenge

Tide challenge

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Tide and Jewel-Osco. Tide supplied the detergent for this challenge. I have been compensated for this post. All opinions about Tide and Jewel-Osco are my own. By now you’ve probably seen all of the new varieties of Tide Plus on the shelves at Jewel-Osco and other stores. Tide asked […]

Phosphate dishwasher detergent fans: Look what I found at Dollar Tree

Sun detergent

My February 2012 post, “The Clean Dishes Challenge: Battle of the Dishwasher Detergents” has been the most-visited page on my entire site for close to two years now. This tells me I’m not the only one who was looking for a better dishwasher detergent! Of the detergents I tested, Professional Line Cascade was my favorite, […]

Jill reviews it: Red Lobster’s Lobsterfest

Lobster Fest

Disclosure: I received a Red Lobster gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. Lobsterfest is back, and our family headed over to the Red Lobster in West Dundee, Illinois to celebrate some recent family events and, of course, to enjoy some […]

My “9-year” CFL light bulb lasted 13 months.

CFL light bulb

My regular readers know that I despise CFL light bulbs. I have purchased some during past deals, but I decided earlier this year that I am done buying them. In addition to the health and UV exposure risks, I have yet to have any of these bulbs last anywhere near the duration that they are […]

Jill reviews it: Two weeks with my HP Envy printer

HP Envy

Disclosure: I received an HP Envy 120 web-enabled printer, ink, and paper for the purpose of this review. All opinions about HP, the Envy 120, and the HP Savings Center are my own. Later this month, I’ll host a giveaway for this product, giving away a new HP Envy 120 to one of my readers! […]

Review: Longhorn Steakhouse, Schaumburg, Illinois

Longhorn Steakhouse

Disclosure: I received a LongHorn Steakhouse gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. Earlier this week, my husband and I headed out for a much-needed date night! We went to Longhorn Steakhouse in Schaumburg, Illinois to try some dishes from their […]