Big Giveaway: from Favado to encourage Family Dinners

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We take family dinners seriously, here at Molly Green. The family time,  the planning, and preparing of family meal time is not always easy to come by these days for busy families.

An attractive dinner setting

Does dinner time at your house leave you feeling frustrated? Is it too difficult to menu plan and serve a meal that everyone will enjoy while sticking to a budget. Don’t be discouraged because you are not alone.
Guest post from Inspired Bloggers Network – with Giveaway hosted, in part, by Molly Green!
Over the next two weeks, the Inspired Bloggers Network is teaming together with Favado and $5 Dinners to equip you with the tips and inspiration you need to make dinner time with the family a less stressful ordeal. You can follow all of our updates in social media with the hashtag #inspiredfamilydinners, but first, we want you to get to know our sponsors with an awesome giveaway!

Enter to win an All-Clad Cookware set and $5 Dinners Cookbook Gift Basket for Inspired Family Dinners with Favado

 
Enter to win an All-Clad Cookware Set (valued at $800) from Favado and a Cookbook Gift Basket from $5 Dinners between now and February 23rd at 11:59 PM CST.

About Favado

Favado is a mobile savings app that helps shoppers stop overspending on groceries by notifying them when their favorite items are on sale.
With Favado, users can…
  • Compare prices across multiple local grocery and drugstores.
  • Search for best prices on individual ingredients.
  • Personalize their favorite products and brands to quickly see best deals for those items each week.
  • Quickly find coupons for the products that are already on sale for “double the discount.”
  • Build a shopping list in the app, so you don’t forget anything that’s on sale!
Favado has money saving experts who hand select sales and coupons every week — in more than 65,000 grocery and drugstores nationwide — to enable discovery of the best deals for savings up to 70% on everyday items.

So, sign up for Favado and start saving.

Then, follow Favado everywhere: Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Win $1,000 with #FavadoLove


About $5 Dinners

Erin Chase has helped millions of families across the countries enjoy delicious and nutritious family dinners, for less! She’s put together a gift basket with a copy of each of her cookbooks:
The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook , her The $5 Dinner Mom Breakfast and Lunch Cookbook, and her The $5 Dinner Mom One-Dish Dinners Cookbook -along with some fabulous cooking utensils!

You can find more of her great recipes at 5DollarDinners.com.

Enter to win

To enter for a chance to with the All-Clad Cookware Set (valued at $800) from Favado and a Cookbook Gift Basket from $5 Dinners, you must choose from any (or all) of the choices in the giveaway widget below. This giveaway will close on February 23rd at 11:59 PM CST. For official rules, please view below.

Follow link below to enter Giveaway

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Disclaimer: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Facebook and Pinterest are in no way connected or responsible for this giveaway and are held blameless of all legal responsibilities. Winning entry will be selected through Rafflecopter using Random.org and will be notified by email on February 24, 2014. If the winner has not responded within 48 hours, another winner will be selected. Good luck.

Tips For Keeping Your Smartphone Battery Alive During Hurricane Sandy and the Aftermath of Monster Storms


In the wake of the storms on the East Coast, we’d like to help our readers with tips on how to keep your smartphones running. We hope everyone is well and we bid a quick ” go away” farewell to Hurricane Sandy and the predicted Monster Storms.

Smartphone Reception & Battery Life

As cell phone operators prepare for Hurricane Sandy and the storms to follow, Edmunds.com’s Director of Mobile Web Products, Mike Woods, offers these three ways your smartphone may be affected and tips to save your battery life for when you need it most:
  1. Networks are up, but may degrade. Widespread power outages will not post a threat to cell phone networks because they use backup power systems ranging from batteries to gas-powered generators.  After several hours, however, these backup systems may degrade and eventually fail after several days without main power, especially if it is difficult to get people to service them and refill fuel to keep the generators running.  In addition, wind, flying debris or falling trees could knock down or damage some of the towers, reducing coverage and capacity.
  2. Highly populated areas may overwhelm the system. In highly populated areas such as New York, Northern New Jersey and Washington, D.C., the combination of reduced network capacity and high traffic often overwhelms the remaining network and it may be difficult to actually place a call or connect to a Web site.
  3. Smartphone batteries will lose power. The most fragile part of the system would most likely be people’s cell phones.  Many smartphone batteries barely last a day under normal usage. Turn off all automatic data services, push notifications, and e-mail in order to save the battery for the times that you specifically need to use the device.  Putting an iPhone into “airplane mode” is an easy way to save on battery use.
More Tips To Keep Smartphones Charged
  • The #1 simple way to keep your smartphone charged is turn it off and use it only when you have to. Keep usage down to a bare minimum during outages.
  • Turn the display brightness down much as you can while still being able to make things out. The dimmer the better. Also turn the volume down
  • Don’t use a Bluetooth device, play music, games, video or radio over your phone. These are major power drainers.
  • If the power is out. The Wi-Fi isn’t going to connect. Turn the Wi-Fi button off.
  • Turn off all GPS location aps and devices on the phone.
  • Turn off push notifications, too. People will understand if they’re not getting immediate e-mail responses from you right now. This includes all social media: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • If you can switch your phone from 4G to 2G, do it. Go back to 2G. Staying on 3G, 4G or LTE drains a battery faster than 2G.
  • If you have power, as long as you have power, keep everything plugged in and charging: laptops, phones, etc. Work on them or with them while they are plugged in. Do not unplug them until or if the power goes out.
One Final Thought
Remember, once upon a time, people did live without electricity, phones, smartphones, internet, cable, etc. We don’t like it. It’s inconvenient. However, how often does this happen? If you need it, you want it to be there for you.
If you don’t have to use it, don’t.  Save your smartphone for emergencies only. Everyone knows what is going on and email, social networking, entertainment via the phone & web can wait.
Have a few games, candles, flashlights, lantern, books, magazines and other things to entertain and pass the time available. Hopefully, these storms will pass quickly and all will return back to 4G normal.
Be safe.