Free Iced Tea Samples

Sucker for food samples like me? You’ll want to sign up for a FREE iced tea.

Fill out this form. After providing your contact information, you will receive a coupon by mail. It’s valid for either one free bottle of Nestea, or can be used for $1.79 off a multi pack. 

I’m a big fan of the unsweetened, good taste but no extra sugar.

New Sign-Up Special for Stella & Dot Stylists

I was compensated for this post. It contains affiliate links. I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking them.

Love fashion and jewelry? Ever wanted to start a home-based business? Becoming a Stella & Dot Stylist may be right for you. Here are a few reasons why it’s ideal for busy moms who don’t have time for traditional jobs:

You can be your own boss:

You choose the hours; you call the shots. How much you work is up to you, with no minimum requirements. Work during naptime, during school hours, vacations, etc.

Earn income & freebies:

Ok, I’ll admit it: the freebies are the biggest incentive! Stylists can earn 25% – 35% commissions on sales, shop at a discount up to 50% off, AND score tons of products and perks.

Training & support:

Starting a business can be overwhelming and scary. With Stella & Dot, help is always available. Join a community of strong and supportive women who want to see you succeed.

Curious how Stella & Dot works? There are 3 selling options:

One-on-one styling:

Have a good sense of style? Help another lady to find the right accessory to take her outfit to the next level. Great for those who aren’t super outgoing and do better outside groups.

In-person trunk shows:

Social Butterflies will love hosting small and large events. Most Stylists make the highest dollars per hour here, so if you’re a “people person,” try it.

Online trunk shows:

Take the party online by collaborating with a friend. You provide the posts she can share with her network, and you both earn as they shop through your online boutique.

Plus, anyone who signs up by 4/30/17 will receive $450.00 worth of FREE accessories. And that’s not all: Achieve $1000 in sales within the first 30 days and you’ll receive an additional $200 of free accessories and $250 cash commission!

Become a Stella & Dot Stylist today

A Mother’s Views on Parenting Autistic Children

With 1 in 110 children being diagnosed with Autism, it’s hard to find a family that hasn’t been effected by this complicated and confusing disorder. Diane Mayer Christiansen knows the difficulties of parenting such a child firsthand. She recounts her experience in Planet A: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism Spectrum Disorder. This excellent book provides a real-life take on anger management, social conflict, inability to understand/relate to peers, sensory overload, and so much more that Autism families must cope with every single day.

She was also kind enough to provide the following insight:

When my son, Jackie, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) right before second grade, I wasn’t shocked. I had known that something was different about him. He began his life with sensory issues that expanded into social and anger problems. He was unable to understand the basic pieces of the social game and became angry as he constantly felt misunderstood by the world around him. I, too, felt misunderstood by those around me. My parenting had to change to adapt to Jackie’s brain and what he could and couldn’t understand. In the beginning, it was tough. It took a lot of research to figure it all out and I’m still not always thoughtful in my response to him.

Now fourteen years later, I feel as if we have come a long way. Planet A is the journey of high functioning autism from diagnosis through middle school. Two things inspired me to write Planet A: First and foremost, I am a story teller. As I speak to parents and educators about it, personal stories like mine are what inspire the “typical” world to want to learn more. There is unique something about hearing what autism really looks and feels like from those who live it. 

The second thing that really pushed me in the Planet A direction was my visit to the many ASD parent online chat rooms. The struggles that many parents face today are the same struggles that Jackie and I faced. I found myself reading many of the posts and nodding my head in agreement, saying: “Yes, I remember that problem!” So, Planet A is also for those who are going through the same issues with ASD. I want them to know that they are not alone.

The biggest lesson that I have learned from parenting an ASD child is patience. Patience to be a better listener, for being understanding, not only towards Jackie but towards those who do not understand him. In our journey together, I have also realized that love and kindness are really all it takes in this life. Jackie has struggled with bullying, feelings of inadequacy and the fight to fit in somewhere. In the end, the lesson of learning to celebrate who we are as unique, individual people is the greatest of them all. We’re almost there.

Find Planet A: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism Spectrum Disorder and more of Diane’s books on her web site.

Free Paper Shredding…and a Cookie

Need an excuse to finally sort and toss those old bills, receipts, and other useless pieces of paper? Try these free offers for shredding:

Staples has a coupon good for 2 lbs. that expires on 4/22.

Office Depot has a coupon good for 5 lbs. that expires on 4/29.

Most people, me included, tend to let the paper pile up. Guess what? It’s a waste of space! Odds are that you’ll never use it, want it, or even look at it again. Life is too short to hold onto junk…

If I actually complete this goal for the day and get my desk organized, I plan on rewarding myself with a free Birthday Cake cookie—one free per customer at American Cookies in honor of Tax Day. (No coupon required; just ask in the store.)