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AquaFarm Self-Cleaning Fish Tank That Also Grows Organic Herbs

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Have you been wanting to get a fish for your kids or family, but dread the thought of having to clean the tank? You know that even though the kiddos promise they will do it, it will end up being another job for Mom or Dad.

Well, check out the deal I spotted today on this super COOL AquaFarm self-cleaning fish tank. It combines a 3-gallon fish tank with a vegetable and herb grow bed into one closed-loop system that fits easily on any kitchen counter.

You might think it sounds a little weird to feed fish poop to plants, but this concept will sound familiar to natural and organic gardeners who probably use or know about TerraCycle Natural Fertilizer (made from worm poop).

Right now, the AquaFarm Fish Tank is on sale here for $47.99 ($59.99 reg) with FREE Shipping included.

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  • Includes silent, submersible water pump and 360° view
  • Self-cleaning fish tank that grows food
  • Fish waste feeds the plants; Plants clean the water
  • Everything you need to get started, including water pump, organic seeds and a discount coupon for a Betta fish
  • Designed and manufactured in the USA

What plants can I grow in my AquaFarm?

The kit includes organic wheatgrass and basil seeds. If you’re looking to grow other plants, leafy greens and herbs work best. AquaFarm makers recommend parsley, cilantro, mint, arugula, mixed greens, and other varieties of basil.

What types of fish can I keep in my AquaFarm?

The AquaFarm is not suitable for fish that are particularly sensitive to fluctuating ammonia and nitrite levels. This is a completely biologically-filtered system, and it does take time for the tank to cycle and become balanced. For this reason, betta fish are highly recommended, as they are especially hardy. Zebra danios and guppies also work well with the AquaFarm at numbers of two to three per tank. If you decide to keep goldfish, please make sure you have a larger tank to move them to once they outgrow the 3 gallons!

How many fish can I keep in my AquaFarm?

If you have a betta, you can only keep one per tank, as they will fight if kept with other fish. If you’re keeping other more peaceful fish, the general rule of thumb is 1” of fish per gallon.

Visit Amazon here to learn more and order your AquaFarm.

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Important Update on MetLife TRICARE Dental #MetLifeTDP #sponsored #IC

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get and stay more organized this year. Part of that includes managing our household budget, and keeping up with changes to costs of things like our cable bill, cell phone charges and health insurance so we’re not caught off guard by.

If you are a military family enrolled in the MetLife TRICARE Dental Plan (TDP), it’s important for you to take a few minutes to review and familiarize yourself with changes to 2015 premiums that go into effect on February 1st. Even if this doesn’t affect you directly, please be sure to share this with any military moms and dads you know…military family life can be hectic, and they will appreciate the update.

Premiums vary depending on the number of members enrolled and the sponsor’s status (Active Duty, Selected Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve). See the chart below for the MetLife TRICARE 2015 Dental Premiums:

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MetLife TRICARE premiums information: http://tricare.mil/tdp-premiums

In addition to reviewing costs, it’s also equally important to make sure you are aware of all the benefits of your health and dental plans. The MetLife TRICARE Facebook Page is a great place to start. Several times a week, they post fun facts and info in the form of trivia questions. I learn something new each time I visit. For example, with TDP, family members are covered regardless of a sponsor’s change in status to and from active duty. How great is that!?!

Highlights and benefits also include:

  • Access to one of the largest civilian dental networks – over 250,000 dental locations
  • No annual deductible
  • Cost savings when a MetLife TDP participating dentist is used
  • 2 dental cleanings and exams in a 12-month period + additional 3rd cleaning for pregnant women
  • Worldwide dental coverage (CONUS and OCONUS)

Not yet enrolled? Enrolling is a 12-month commitment, but after completing the 12-month minimum enrollment period, you can continue on a month-to-month basis. To learn about dental plan benefits for military families, or to enroll, visit the MetLife TRICARE website.

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Giveaway: WIN a $100 Zulily Gift Card

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If you’ve been following our blog for any amount of time, you know that Zulily is one of our favorite deal sites. They offer flash sales for pets, home and family, plus discounts on designer handbags, sunglasses, shoes, beauty products and more.

It gets even better, because for the month of January, they are giving away a $100 Gift Card to shop their site. Just GO HERE to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Zulily gift card! You only need to give your name and email address. No credit card or purchase is required to enter.

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Thousands of amazing products appear on Zulily every morning, with discounts of up to 70% off on goodies from your favorite brands and new finds from brands you won’t see elsewhere. Deals last 72 hours and quantities are limited. It’s free to join and members get access to all their great deals.

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To help spread the word, Zulily is hosting a giveaway! Just ENTER HERE for a chance to WIN a $100 Zulily Gift Card. Entries must be submitted by February 1st, 2015. A random winner will be selected February 11th, 2015.

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Living Social Promo Code: 15% OFF Deals for Pets, Kids, Home & Valentine’s Day

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Stop by LivingSocial.com this weekend to snag an additional 15% OFF your order on already discounted deals and goods for pets, home and people. I spotted some really sweet Valentine’s Day gift ideas, as well as fun stuff for the fur kids and human kiddos as well.

Just order by 11:59pm PT on 1/26 and make sure to use Living Social promo code BRR15 at checkout to get 15% OFF your entire order. Go here to start shopping.

Ideas for using your 15% OFF Living Social Promo Code:

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Free Paw Patrol Winter Coloring Pack and DIY Party Printables for Dog Loving Kids

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Are you and your family getting cabin fever from being stuck indoors this winter? Head on over to Nick Jr. and take advantage of all the FREE printables, coloring packs, and other goodies available for you to download, print and share with your kiddos or grandkids.

My favorite is Paw Patrol, an animated TV show starring a pack of celebrity puppies: Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Zuma, Rubble, and Skye, who are led by a tech-savvy 10-year-old boy named Ryder.

If you’ve got dog lovers in your family (and who doesn’t!?!), be sure to snag the new Winter Paw Patrol printable, featuring Everest, the latest Paw Patrol Pup! Ice or snow, this pup is ready to go! Get the free Everest Coloring Pack here.

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And while you’re at it, why not throw a Paw Patrol Party or Fun Family Night!

Check out all the FREE Party Printables including:

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Planning Ahead for Your Family’s 2015 Dental Care #MetLifeTDP #IC #sponsored

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It’s hard to believe that before the end of this week, it will be 2015 already…but it’s true! And the end of the year is the perfect time to do a little bit of preparation and planning for a healthy and happy New Year. I like to take advantage of this time to do a little bit of cleaning and organizing: out with the old and in with the new! I got a super CUTE new 2015 calendar and am already filling it with all our appointments and other important plans. That way when we ring in the new year and I make my annual resolution to ‘be more organized’ I’ll already be a step ahead!

The end of the year is a great time to review your dental benefits, schedule appointments, and plan your family budget for 2015. The TRICARE Dental Program is ideal for military families because it is a convenient and cost effective way for families to have continuous dental coverage despite changes in life events, geographical locations, or military status. The MetLife TRICARE Dental Program provides low cost monthly premiums and offers a cost share for a variety of dental procedures. I suggest you bookmark the TRICARE Dental Care Premiums page so you’ll have fast access to costs and coverage whenever you need it.

In addition to providing low cost coverage, the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program is also dedicated to educating members about dental health and important dental care practices. Connecting with TRICARE’s Facebook page and signing up for Dental HealthMatters Newsletter are two great ways to stay in the know with TRICARE. You’ll find information about TRICARE Dental benefits, updates and announcements, tips to keep teeth healthy, and more helpful advice throughout the year.

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The MetLife TRICARE Dental Program is part of the TRICARE Health Plan for military families. However, you must enroll separately in the TRICARE Dental Program to obtain dental coverage for your family. To learn more and enroll, visit metlife.com/tricare.
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