Informed Medical Decisions with the Free Healthgrades App

 Disclosure – I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Healthgrades. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating”

Healthgrades app

We just recently moved to another state and I had to find a new doctor for one of my kids who takes a maintenance medication for his ADHD and has to visit the doctor every three months for a new prescription. I had asked a friend whose son has the same issue for a recommendation but the doctor she referred me to had moved so I was stuck and needed a good doctor pretty quick.

I turned to the free Healthgrades iPhone app and was able to search through several local doctors to find the right one at a great location for us. The great thing about the app is that you can also read reviews on doctors and hospitals from other patients, plus you can keep track of your caregivers and appointments all in one spot. We’re very happy with my son’s new doctor and I’m glad to have found Healthgrades for help with the referral!

Save a Bundle with the New RetailMeNot App

RetailMeNot iPhone App

You all know that I’m a huge fan of RetailMeNot and I start every online purchase with a visit to their website to find any available promotions or coupon codes, well now I’m thrilled to announce that they have a new mobile app that will help you Save When You Want, Where You Want!™

Not only is RetailMeNot the largest online coupon site in the United States, they also provide the ability to search for location based coupons while you’re out shopping. Download the latest version of the RetailMeNot iPhone app here and you can use your phone to find the hottest deals at popular stores, plus it even identifies nearby store locations where you can go to redeem in-store coupons.

When you use the RetailMeNot iPhone app you can even save coupons to your phone for later use, and the app will notify you when they’re about to expire so you’ll never miss out on using your favorites! Another one of the really cool new features is the geo-fence ability, that’s where there is a virtual perimeter around a physical store location so when you enter a geo-fenced area like a shopping mall, you’ll be immediately alerted about other nearby specials.

In other exciting news, RetailMeNot is giving away an iPhone 5 every day through Monday, November 26th. Click here to enter! So go enter to win, download the app, then head out to grab some great savings!

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post by RetailMeNot. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

High Tech Fun With Cypher Kids Cards

Cypher Kids Cards

My two seven year old daughters were thrilled to have a “girl’s day out” with mommy earlier this week, we went to lunch, ran some errands and stopped by Target to do some shopping. Each of my quads got a $5 Target gift card from a friend for their birthday last month so the girls were ecstatic to stop by the dollar aisle and buy a few things with their own money, but they were even more excited when they got to help me pick out some Cypher Kids Club Interactive Cards!

Cypher Kids Cards

The Cypher Kids Augmented Reality Cards come with an app that can be used with an iPod Touch (4th gen or newer), iPhone 4 (or newer), and iPad2 (or newer) and they’re available in three varieties – Wild Animal Adventures, Letters and Numbers. My girls picked out the Wild Animal Adventure cards and I knew that their brothers would love to play with them as well.

Cypher Kids Cards

They couldn’t wait to check out the cards and even started asking me to download the app before we left the store. I asked them to please be patient since the boys hadn’t come with us on our day out, I thought it would just be nice to wait and let them help open the package so we could all learn how to use the cards together.

Cypher Kids Cards

The kids are always begging to play with my phone but it’s nearly attached to my hand so I hate to let it go, but it makes them happy and keeps them entertained so we compromise. But I really don’t want them to mess with ‘my’ apps or spend ‘my’ Smurfberries so I’m very happy for them to have their own apps and games to play with. There are 18 different wild animal cards including a lion, dolphin, giraffe, polar bear, elephant, monkey and many more!

Cypher Kids Cards

The kids all selected a couple of cards each and got busy learning how to use the app. It was super simple, just click explore, select your animal and point the camera at the card. They got the hang of it very quickly and loved watching their selected animal pop up on the screen in 3D and move around while the app was also telling the kids fun facts and making animal noises. We’ve been having lots of fun learning about animals and their habitats, and taking screen shots of them in action. You can let the kids get in the picture with their animal or take them outside in the yard like we did with this parrot. We all give the Cypher Kids Cards two thumbs up and I think they’d make a great gift this holiday season! They’re available at select Target stores and you can also check out Cypher Entertainment on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure – I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Cypher Kids Club #CBias #SocialFabric #CypherKidsClub

Earn Bonus Box Tops and Cash with Jingit

Shopping with the Jingit app

My kids really enjoy collecting Box Tops for Education for their school and they make sure that their grandparents, aunt and other family members are all involved as well. A couple times a year the PTO treats the grade level that brings in the most Box Tops to an in-school party and they always look forward to that so don’t EVER let them catch you accidentally throwing a Box Top away. Ours is a small country school without many resources, and like all schools these days, operates on a very limited budget. That makes the Box Tops for Education program even more appreciated because those funds are used for things like playground equipment, supplies and other things that are usually first to be cut from the budget.

When I learned about the Jingit app and how it helps you earn extra Box Tops for the school of your choice, I was thrilled to try it out and share it with you! Jingit is a tech startup company that connects brands like General Mills with consumers and gives them a way to pay you back just for paying attention to them. All you have to do is sign up for a free account, designate the school you want to receive the Box Tops, and download the app to your Android device, iPhone or iPad.

Once you get to the store you check in with the app and you’ll see a list of participating items that you can scan for bonus Box Tops.  I went shopping at Walmart and used the app while in the store to earn extra Box Tops on things I was buying anyway. All you do is scan a product from the list in the app, then answer a survey question afterward and the Box Tops are automatically credited to your account. Simply tap the product in the list, point your camera at the barcode, and the app will scan the product and credit your account.

Shopping with the Jingit app

I picked up several Totino’s Party Pizzas while in the store and was stoked to see that these packages all had extra Box Tops on them in addition to the bonus Box Tops that I got just for scanning them. When I checked into the app later on from home I was surprised to see that it was actually encouraging me to scan those products again from home for even more rewards! Win – win – win!

Shopping with the Jingit app

I was so excited to be earning extra Box Tops for the kids’ school that I didn’t realize right away I was also earning rewards for myself! You can earn up to $10 in cash rewards each week, up to $15 a week if you refer some friends, just for watching a few videos, scanning products and answering simple questions. Get a Jingit Visa debit card to spend your cash rewards or you can use the funds to buy your favorite music in iTunes. I scanned some products – Honey Nut Cheerios, Go-Gurt, Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks and Totino’s Party Pizzas – watched a couple videos and I already have a balance of $4.10! Head on over to get your free Jingit account so you can earn some extra cash for yourself and Box Tops for your local school.

Disclosure – I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Jingit. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own. #CBias #SocialFabric #jingit4edu