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How to Get Books for FREE using Rebate Apps! (Post 1 in Series)

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In my circle of friends I am known as the one that saves lots of money with coupons, rebates, sales, etc. I use paper coupons, digital coupons, loyalty programs (IE: Target Circle, Ulta Beauty Rewards, etc). I have about 50+ apps on my Iphone that are just for grocery stores, restaurants, online shopping, printing coupons, & rebate apps. I make it a habit of checking my store apps (Kroger, Target, Meijers) digital coupons once or twice a week & add the ones that I would possibly use to my app account. I have literally saved thousands of dollars every year by taking a little bit of time to do this. We’ll talk more about store apps some other time. Today I am going to introduce you to the “Fetch Rewards” app in my first post in a series of Rebate App blog posts…

Rebate apps that I use to earn FREE BOOKS as a treat to myself for all the money I save my family with my other apps!

First up in this series is by far probably the EASIEST of all the apps I use…Fetch Rewards! You just download the app, scan your receipts within 14 days, and the app will show you how many reward points you earned with that receipt within minutes. You don’t have to do anything before you shop or while you are shopping, and you can also connect the email associated with your online grocery purchases to automatically earn reward points from places like Walmart.com, Target.com, Instacart, & more! You can even connect your Amazon account to earn reward point for certain Amazon grocery purchase as well! (And don’t worry, Fetch Rewards keeps your data safe & doesn’t sell your information to anyone.)

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First step is to, of course, download the app. (I use an Iphone, but most apps are available for other phone brands operating systems as well.) When you open the app, use my referral code MP1JV to automatically receive an extra 2000 reward points when you upload your first store receipt. You can also click HERE to use my referral link & download the app. (And yep, it’s FREE!) Just make sure you use the code or the link to get that bonus (& I get a little bonus, too, for telling you about this amazing app!)

Lay your receipt out on the counter as flat & wrinkle free as possible & make sure you have decent lighting. Don’t worry, the app will let you know if it can’t read your receipt info very well & prompt you to take a clearer photo & find better lighting. Open your app, click on the photo button, & starting with the very top of your receipt, snap your first photo that must include the top corners of the receipt AND the store name. Don’t leave anything out.

Then line up the next snapshot with the first one (the app will show you your last photo), & snap that pic. Do this until you have scanned your full receipt, including the bottom two corners. When you are done, submit it, & wait for the magic to happen. With in minutes (95% of the time) Fetch will let you know how many reward points & bonus points (if applicable) you earned with that receipt.

My pic is kinda bad since it was hard to screen shot while taking the photo…but you get the point.

You have 14 days to scan your receipt. You can only scan each receipt once, but don’t worry, Fetch will let you know if you already scanned a receipt. If you feel Fetch may have missed an item you should have received points for, don’t worry; there is a way to let them know so they can check & see if they did in fact miss an item (or two). There are HUNDREDS of brands that earn reward points (my app currently shows 311 brands!) & most of these brands are common ones, not rare finds like on some apps. On the “Discover” page of the app you will see your special offers, bonus points, & all your current high point offers.

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Click on the activity icon and you will see your yearly, monthly & weekly progress, such as how many receipts you have submitted, how many points you have received, how much you have spent at each store, breakdowns for each receipt, & so much more! (I didn’t include a photo of my activity for privacy’s sake.)

311 current brands & more added all the time!

Once you have accumulated at least 3000 points (which is fairly easy to do), you can cash your points in for a $3 gift certificate reward (hundreds to choose from!). Personally, I would NOT redeem your points just yet. I wait until I have at LEAST 5000 points to redeem for a $5 reward gift certificate, BUT I usually like to stockpile my points until I have $20 or more. It just makes the gift card amount that much bigger ($20) & when I get a $20 Amazon gift card, that is a pretty good discount on a couple of paperbacks or a hardback. Other places I get gift cards for to get books for FREE are Barnes & Noble, Walmart & Target. There are also TONS of restaurant gift cards available, such as my favorites Chipotle, Starbucks, Panera & Dunkin. It doesn’t end there…there are also hundreds of store gift cards as well, like Sephora, Kohls, TJ Maxx, Lowes, Macys, & MORE!

Click HERE for my referral link & earn 2000 bonus points on your first receipt scan

So, don’t delay! Start earning FREE gift cards from your receipts today & be sure to use my referral code MP1JV or THIS link https://fetchrewards.onelink.me/vvv3/referralemail?code=MP1JV to get your bonus 2000 points. It’s SO easy & a fun way to reward yourself during these tough times. If you have questions, there is a FAQ section that can answer them for you or you can comment here (or email me) & I will do my best to answer them.

Stay tuned for another rebate app post coming soon & learn how to save $$$ & earn freebies! As a mother of 5, I have been using coupons & savings/rebate apps for YEARS & the last time I checked all of my app savings, I was over the $5000 mark on how much I have gotten back in either cash or gift cards, so I call that a MAJOR WIN!

If you are just visiting my blog today, why not go hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss out on my Rebate Savings Series posts & my book reviews & giveaways, too! Happy Sunday to you all & stay safe out there! (Now, go wash your hands!)

Book Reviews · WhatImWatching

“Little Fires Everywhere”…the book and the Hulu series…

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So who else has been watching ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ on Hulu? It’s freaking good, am I right?!

From the bestselling author of ‘Everything I Never Told You’, (one of my FAVORITE books of all time!), comes a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family & the enigmatic mother & daughter who upend their lives..In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned–from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

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Enter Mia Warren–an enigmatic artist & single mother–who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, & rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia & Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past & a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–& puts Mia & Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia & her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected & devastating costs.

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‘Little Fires Everywhere’ explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art & identity, & the ferocious pull of motherhood–& the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

First off, you will only understand why I have a copy of “The Vagina Monologues” in my pic if you have been watching the show (spoiler alert: there is a different book in the ‘book’ version of LFE.) I watched all the available episodes yesterday (new ones drop on Weds) & I find it pretty riveting..Both Witherspoon & Washington bring their A-games to this screen adaptation! (Fun fact: Did you know Celeste Ng grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio?) I am LOVING seeing & hearing all the 90’s nostalgia in the show since that’s when this takes place!

Who else has been watching the show? What are your thoughts? Or have you read the book? And don’t forget you can also get this book on audio by going to Libro.fm & using my code MOMLOVESREADING to get a 3-for-1 special on audiobooks. Click HERE to go straight to this book.

Stay safe out there, everyone, & let’s flatten this curve together! (Now go wash your hands…)

Audiobooks · Book Reviews

Audiobook Review: “Open Book: A Memoir” by Jessica Simpson

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This book is exactly why sometimes audiobooks are just so much better than a physical book! Thank you @Librofm for another fantastic audiobook!

The #1 New York Times Bestseller includes six new songs by Jessica Simpson, available exclusively in the Open Book audiobook and performed by the author featuring her music throughout.

Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, ‘Open Book’ is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

Jessica Simpson reveals for the first time her inner monologue & most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, & brimming with her unique humor & down-to-earth humanity, ‘Open Book’ is as inspiring as it is entertaining.This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, & nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn’t want to lie.

Jessica couldn’t be authentic with her readers if she wasn’t fully honest with herself first. 

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Now America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, & the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. ‘Open Book’ is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, & humor to share things she’s never shared before.

First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talkedabout, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom & inspirations she’s learned & shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture cliché’s — “chicken or fish,” “Daisy Duke,” “football jinx,” “mom jeans,” “sexual napalm…” & more. ‘Open Book’ is an opportunity to laugh & cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.

I officially LIKE Jessica Simpson now after listening to this book! (and I loathe John Mayer, but honestly, I never liked him anyhow.) Jessica is an excellent story teller & she reads with such raw, vulnerable emotion, she literally chokes up at times. This is a fantastic, inspiring, compelling, heartfelt memoir that I recommend to anyone, even if you have preconceived notions about Simpson like I did. And audiobook is definitely the way to go with this one. It also includes some of her beautiful, new music at the end, including a duet with Willie Nelson, one of her BFF’s.

If you have never tried audiobooks, or you have used other subscription apps, I encourage you to make the switch to Libro.fm now. Their audiobook sales support independent bookstores & right now they need our help more than ever! Just like many other businesses, they are struggling. Use my special code MOMLOVESREADING & get a 3-for-1 audiobook deal & start listening to Jessica or ANY audiobooks of your choice today!

Book Reviews

Book Review: “The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000’s: An Oral History” by Andy Greene

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The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors.

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When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael, and the rest of Dunder Mifflin? It might have been back in 2013, when the series finale aired . . . or it might have been last night, when you watched three episodes in a row. But either way, fifteen years after the show first aired, it’s more popular than ever, and fans have only one problem–what to watch, or read, next.

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Fortunately, Rolling Stone writer Andy Greene has that answer. In his brand-new oral history, “The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s“, Greene will take readers behind the scenes of their favorite moments and characters. Greene gives us the true inside story behind the entire show, from its origins on the BBC through its impressive nine-season run in America, with in-depth research and exclusive interviews. Fans will get the inside scoop on key episodes from “The Dundies” to “Threat Level Midnight” and “Goodbye, Michael,” including behind-the-scenes details like the battle to keep it on the air when NBC wanted to pull the plug after just six episodes and the failed attempt to bring in James Gandolfini as the new boss after Steve Carell left, spotlighting the incredible, genre-redefining show created by the family-like team, who together took a quirky British import with dicey prospects and turned it into a primetime giant with true historical and cultural significance.

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Hilarious, heartwarming, and revelatory, The Office gives fans and pop culture buffs a front-row seat to the phenomenal sequence of events that launched The Office into wild popularity, changing the face of television and how we all see our office lives for decades to come.

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We LOVE “The Office” at my house, & are constantly quoting the show! It’s so freaking awesome! (That’s what she said!) I loved going behind the scenes with the actors & writers & reading about some of my fave episodes (Hello, “Dinner Party”!) The book is written in interview form, it’s insightful, fun, & fans will LOVE it!

Even though I was gifted an ARC of the book, I plan to buy the hardback when it comes out (which is TODAY!) This will make an AWESOME gift for fans as well! And if you are a fan of podcasts, be sure to check out Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey’s podcast “Office Ladies” where they discuss each episode starting with the pilot. It’s as amazing as the show itself!

Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey (BFF’s!) & new
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Be sure to check with your local indie bookstores first & see if they have the book or can get it for you. We need to support the indie stores now more than ever! Use BookstoreLink.com to find this and other books at indie bookstores near you (click HERE.) And as always…Stay safe, stay home, stay sane!

Book Reviews

Book Review: “The Return” by Rachel Harrison

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[Due to accidentally NOT hitting the publish button yesterday on the previous review post (“The New Girl Code”), subscribers will get TWO emails today. Hope you don’t mind! Live & learn!😉]

Thank you so much @Berkleypub (partner) for my gifted copy of “The Return” by Rachel Harrison (pub date 3/24)!

A group of friends reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance in this edgy & haunting debut.

Julie is missing, & no one believes she will ever return—except Elise. Elise knows Julie better than anyone, & feels it in her bones that her best friend is out there & that one day Julie will come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.

Along with Molly & Mae, their two close friends from college, the women decide to reunite at a remote inn. But the second Elise sees Julie, she knows something is wrong—she’s emaciated, with sallow skin & odd appetites. And as the weekend unfurls, it becomes impossible to deny that the Julie who vanished two years ago is not the same Julie who came back. But then who—or what—is she?

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Well, where to begin, since I don’t want to inadvertently give away any spoilers. This book is best to go into without reading too many reviews since it’s one of those that some people love & some people…not so much.

The book starts out pretty slow, but does pick up eventually, but the chapters were a bit too long for me. The characters often felt contrived & I didn’t really care about any of them, except I did like Mae for the most part. I loved that the majority of the setting was in a hotel, which gave that unsettling vibe like “The Shining”.

“The Return” is creepy, edgy, unexpected & disturbing, with a fair amount of violence & paranormal aspects. (Think “Mean Girls” meets “Jennifer’s Body”) It’s a thriller/horror novel, that’s scary & funny like any teen-scream movie these days, & it will have you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, & peaking over your shoulders while reading it. An overall fast read!

For a debut novel I thought it was well-written & it entertained the bajeebies out of me! I will definitely read more from Harrison in the future! Look for this book tomorrow, 3/24 & don’t forget to support your local, indie bookstores…they need our support now more than ever! Click HERE to go to BookStoreLink.com to find one near you! Many will ship or deliver to you!

Reminder: Today is the last day to enter my current Instagram 3-Winner GIVEAWAY sponsored by Flatiron Publishing! Click HERE to go to that post! Another fresh giveaway coming SOON!

And as always, Wash your hands, stay safe, stay home, and [try to] stay sane! 😊

Book Reviews

Book Review: “The New Girl Code: The Launch of a Fashion App” by Niki Smit

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Thank you @kaffienemedia & @thenewgirlcode for my gifted copy of the wonderful book, “The New Girl Code: The Launch of a Fashion App”!

Know of a young girl who loves technology and wants to become a programmer who wants to break the barriers to get into technology? Then this book will inspire her to take the necessary risks to follow her dreams.

“The New Girl Code” tells the story of 15 year old Charlie who discovers her love for coding and most importantly, herself, as she enters her Sophomore year. Charlie lives in Brooklyn. She is a little awkward and a lot uncertain — about her future, friendships, lack of relationships.

This all changes when she discovers, through her love of fashion and friendship, an idea for an app, The Fashionist. As Charlie and her friends grow the app to unimaginable heights of success, they learn to adapt to their new CEO roles. On the rise, Charlie encounters a catfish, betrayals, school gossip, bullying and more. Will she boss up and be the next level?

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What an absolutely inspiring book for STEM-minded or focused girls of any age! I took some website building classes in college & did a little coding, but this was before apps & smart phones became a thing, but it was really neat seeing my codes become something legible. My second oldest son is in IT & does coding & has worked on app creation. It’s so amazing how people takes their ideas & create something others want to download & use (ie: Instagram). 

“The New Girl Code” is female empowering, awe-inspiring, motivating, & insightful. It’s written in journal/diary entry style (which I always love!) & has some fun illustrations & inspirational quotes scattered throughout, which is fab! It’s only like $8 for the hardback on Amazon right now & for every book purchased the profits will go towards supporting underprivileged girls & provide them the book for free. Inspiring Fifty is a non-profit organization that aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models in tech more visible..I highly recommend this book for the tweens, teens, & any reader in your life that is interested in coding & STEM!

Hope everyone is hanging in there during this self-isolation! Also, quick reminder to click HERE to go to my current Instagram giveaway (3 winners!). Here’s hoping this week is better than this past one for all of us!

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(3) Winner Giveaway on Instagram Starts TODAY!

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Time for a GIVEAWAY! (3 winners!) Thank you @Flatiron_books for my free copy of “It Sounded Better in My Head” & for sponsoring this amazing giveaway!
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From debut author Nina Kenwood comes a tender, funny, & compulsively readable novel about first love & its confusions, & all of the awkwardness of teen romance.
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When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach & Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed & decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day―in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, & meaningful looks. Now everything has changed, & nothing is quite making sense. Until an unexpected romance comes along & shakes things up even further.
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“It Sounded Better in My Head” is a compulsively readable love letter to teenage romance in all of its awkward glory, perfect for fans “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” & “Emergency Contact”. (Book pub date 4/7)
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“My So-Called Life” meets “Awkward”, this book will instantly transport you back to all that teenage insecurity & vulnerability as you get to know Natalie. This book is charming, relatable, tender & deals with all those woe’s that are often quite traumatic for teens: bad acne, puberty, self-worth, hormonal changes, teen-love, etc. I enjoyed the book & here’s your chance to as well!
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Three winners will receive an advance copy of “It Sounded Better in My Head” from my pals at Flatiron!
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To enter (must do the following): (**Click HERE to head to the giveaway post on Instagram.)
1. Like this post.
2. Must be following @mom_loves_reading AND @flatiron_books
3. Tag 2 friends in comments. (Up to 10x, only 2 per comment)
4. Must live in U.S.
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Bonus entry:
*Share to your stories & tag @mom_loves_reading AND @flatiron_books
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Giveaway begins 3/20/20 & ends 3/23 at 11:59pm EST. Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. No giveaway accounts. No unfollowing after giveaway or you will be banned from all future @mom_loves_reading giveaways (& there are a LOT!)

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Remember, you can only enter the giveaway on my Instagram page so be sure to head there. You can get there by clicking HERE.

How is everyone doing with self-isolation and social distancing? I have been doing the home school thing with my kids all week. They are autistic, identical twins and on an IEP at school, so they are missing out on their therapies and school routines, but I have been making a hour by hour schedule for them daily, including Ipad breaks, snack time, meal time, etc. and it has been working! Today they stopped what they were doing, turned TV & Ipads off & sat down at the kitchen table all ready for their “teacher” to get “class” started. I was so impressed!

I bought a bunch of Brain Quest work books from the local book store yesterday as supplemental learning material for our home school learning. The pages in those books are so much more colorful & the instructions are very clear. I highly recommend them!

Home Schooling: Week 1 in the books!

And I am still hunting for toilet paper daily, so if anyone comes across any websites where I can order some, please let me know. I have tried Walmart, Target, Sams, & a few other sites & NADA! I just know someone has a garage full of toilet paper & it’s sad & ridiculous. God bless all those health care, grocery store, & toilet paper factory workers out there! May we all remember them & the sacrifices they are making to keep all of us safe & fed! Stay safe out there people, wash your hands & have a great Friday!