Tame Your Data Hog with Pre-Paid Phones [AD] #IC #DataDoneRight #SprintMom

**Full Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Virgin Mobile USA which is one of Sprint’s prepaid brands. I received two Virgin Mobile smartphones to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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I hear the ‘older generation’ complaining about how lazy kids ‘these days’ are more and more often. It’s said that kids today don’t want to work for things, they just want everything handed to them. It’s no surprise that my boys, like most kids, are data hogs. They will sit and stare at a screen for as long as they possibly can. But my husband and I don’t want our kids to be lazy and obnoxious so we try hard to teach them a strong work ethic.  One way we do that is with chores. Some chores are done because they are part of our family and it’s just a part of living here. Other chores can be done to earn money or time on electronics.

My kids occasionally complain about doing chores that benefit the family but will do just about anything for money or time on their electronics. I am not (terribly!) ashamed to use that motivation to my advantage quite frequently! Pre-Paid phones, the Virgin Mobile devices, make it easy to control the amount of time my kids are allowed to have on their gadgets.

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Data Earning Chores:

  1. Dusting earns 40 minutes
  2. Vacuuming earns 25 minutes
  3. Laundry (wash, fold, put away) earns 40 minutes
  4. Dishes earns 30 minutes
  5. Mopping earns 60 minutes

Using the data earning chores allows my kids to earn as much device time as I am willing to give each week (3 hours). I like that the boys have to earn their time and that they know what the limit is. It’s so beneficial to my kids and their work ethic.

Our older son attends a school that encourages the use of smart phones for school and homework. We give him 8 ‘free’ hours of data for school use but he has to earn the rest of his data time. He is definitely the bigger data hog in our home! Our younger son only uses data for watching video game videos. While he doesn’t need a ton of time, he has to earn what he wants.

Data Done Right Restrictions | SensiblySara.com

The data sharing functionality and restrictions are very easy to use.  The phone is hand-sized and works well for everyone in my family.

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Virgin Mobile’s Data Done Right Multi-line Data Sharing plans feature:

  • Pre-loaded Virgin Mobile app which provides data buy-ups and international add-ons with one touch, directly from the device.
  • Parental control features with device curfew and app restrictions.
  • No additional monthly line fees. No contract.
  • One-touch data buy-up options, which range depending on your need for more data.
  • Popular social media and music streaming apps without data charges, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pandora – unlimited usage without counting against your data allotment, for just $5 per month.
  • Flexible international calling/texting options.
  • Sprint® Nationwide Network

Data Done Right single line and multi-line data sharing plans by Virgin Mobile are exclusively available at Walmart. They are pre-paid, flexible shared plans. My favorite feature is that you can divide up the data however {and whenever!} you want to fit your family needs. Bonus? Every multi-line plan also comes with a free mobile hotspot feature, making it even easier to share data across Wi-Fi enabled devices.

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Use Walmart’s Data Done Right Store Locator to find Virgin Mobile pre-paid phones near you!

How do you tame the data hog(s) in your home?

Blueberry Muffin Cookies

Blueberry Muffin Cookies | SensiblySara.comOne day I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a bird’s eye picture of blueberry muffins. They looked just like cookies and I thought it might be a fun idea to make blueberry muffin cookies! Blueberry muffins are a favorite breakfast food around here, so certainly the cookie form would be a big hit.

I was right!  Everyone in my house thoroughly enjoyed the Blueberry muffin cookies.  They taste just like muffin tops and aren’t overly sweet either.

 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Blueberry Muffin Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ½ cup blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375
  2. Cream butter and sugars together.
  3. Add eggs and mix until combined.
  4. Add sour cream, heavy whipping cream, vanilla, salt, baking soda and flour.
  5. Mix until smooth.
  6. Fold in blueberries.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy!!

I made these as blueberry muffin cookies but you could substitute just about anything in place of the blueberries. You could use chocolate chips, diced strawberries, poppy seeds (and add a lemon glaze!) or anything else!

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Would your family like Blueberry Muffin Cookies??

Rules of Engagement on Netflix #StreamTeam

**Full Disclosure: As a member of the Stream Team, I was provided a Netflix subscription and an iPad Mini.  No compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.

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Several years ago, my husband and I started watching Rules of Engagement on CBS.  It was hilarious and we could see ourselves in one of the couples portrayed in the show.  I recently found all seven seasons on Netflix and have been watching it as often as I can!

Rules of Engagement

About Rules of Engagement:

Two couples and their single friend deal with the complications of dating, commitment and marriage. It looks at different relationships in various stages, starring Patrick Warburton and Megyn Price as a long-married couple, Oliver Hudson and Bianca Kajlich as newly engaged sweethearts, and David Spade and, added in season 3, Adhir Kalyan as their still-single friends.

 

I would love to see Netflix pick up the show and run more seasons of Rules of Engagement as part of their original series.  But I have no idea if that’s even possible!

If you like Rules of Engagement, you might also like:

  • Grounded for Life
    •  Thirty-something Irish Catholic couple Sean and Claudia deal with their three children as well as Sean’s judgmental father and his carefree brother.
  • Last Man Standing
    • A married father of three tries to maintain his manliness in a world increasingly dominated by women.
  • Melissa & Joey
    • After a family scandal leaves Mel, a local politician, alone with her niece, Lennox, and nephew, Ryder, she hires a man named Joe to become the family’s male nanny, or “manny.”
  • Young & Hungry
    • A well-off young tech entrepreneur hires a feisty young food blogger to be his personal chef.

Have you ever watched Rules of Engagement?

Ways to Save on Fuel

It seems like I’m in the car at least 30 hours a week – taking kids to school, picking them up, running errands, etc.  I try to run all the errands on one day in a way that minimizes zig-zags and drive time.  But being in the car so much makes me feel like I fill up my fuel tank more than the average person so saving on gas makes me feel a little better about it.

Ways to Save on Fuel:

  • Car Maintenance
  • Remove Excess Stuff
  • Close the Windows
  • Turn it Off
  • Check Your Tires
  • Optimize Your Driving Style

What are your tips for saving on fuel?

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