Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Air 2 Lowest Price Ever This Weekend!

I’m an affiliate with Cricut. I received an email telling me that this weekend only Cricut will be offering the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Air 2 at the lowest price points ever on their site.

From February 19 to February 21, 2021 you can get the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore air 2 by itself or in bundle packages for amazing prices!

Cricut Explore Air 2 will be $179.99 for the machine itself or get bundle deals as slow as $219.99! They have Everything Bundles for only $259.99 that has tons of tools and materials with it. It looks like these deals are selling fast though so if you’ve been thinking about a Cricut Explore Air 2 better grab these deals while you can! The Everything bundles are usually close to $500!

Cricut Maker machines are only $299.99 for the machine by itself. There are also bundle deals for the Cricut Maker, Cricut Maker bundle deals start as low as $339.99 with Cricut Maker Everything bundles at only $379.99. The Everything bundles usually go for over $600!

There’s also deals on Cricut Joy. Cricut Joy bundle deals are $199.99 with an extra $20 off with code: CRICUTJOY20

Check our Cricut Access Premium while you’re there for 50% off digital orders and access to tons of fonts and images.

Don’t forget this sale ends February 21, 2021 so grab the deals while you can.

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FREE $15 To Spend At Michael’s After Cash Back

I could think of a lot of things I would want if I had a $15 gift card to Michaels. So this isn’t a gift card but if you spend $15 or more at Michaels you can get $15 cash back so, kinda. I could be a free candle, free craft supplies, material for your Cricut, Easter basket stuffers, whatever you’re into.

Step 1: 
OFFER LINK 

Using my link, signup for a FREE TopCashback account.This offer is for new TopCashback members only.

Step 2:
Follow the directions listed on the offer page to purchase.   You must spend at least $15.00 to receive $15.00 cash back.

Step 3:
Within 7 days of purchase, $15.00 will appear in your TopCashback account. You’ll be able to withdraw this within 14 days of purchase.  You can withdraw the money straight to your checking, PayPal, or claim as gift cards.

Tips:

  • Important: Check your email to confirm your email address. Click on the link in your email to authenticate your new account.
  • Want to purchase more than $15.00?  Make a second transaction instead of adding more to an existing cart to maximize additional cash back.

Terms & Conditions:Note: Transactions must contain at least $15.00 worth of purchases (before tax +shipping)  to ensure the $15.00 cash back is credited to TopCashback accounts. Transactions may initially track lower, but within the 14 days after purchase it will be uplifted and turn payable at the amount of $15.00. Transactions may take up to 7 days to appear in your TopCashback account. The deal is open until 11:59pm PST on 2/24/2021 or until supplies run out; whichever happens first; applicable for purchases made directly after clicking through TopCashback. Only one TopCashback account is permitted per member.  Cannot be combined with other TopCashback freebie offers.  Do not close the window, o

Cricut Joy Bundle Sale Happening Now!

Cricut’s bundle deals are always BIG savings. If you’ve had your eye on a Cricut Joy the time is now to buy!

The Cricut Joy’s compact and stylish design make it easy to store on a shelve or in a cupboard and pull it out when you need it. It cuts over 50 types of material including vinyl, paper, iron-on, cardstock, and more. You can cut large pieces up to 4 ft or repeat cuts up to 20 ft. Great for making tags, signs, bookmarks, or whatever your creative heart can think of. This is great for making custom vinyl labels for your kids items for school, your lunch at work, and more.

It can draw any shape and writes in different styles. If you already have a Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air 2, this little machine makes a great addition.

So the Cricut Joy usually runs for $179.99 by itself but you can check out the amazing Cricut Joy Bundle deals to get more bang for your buck right now.

Get this Cricut Joy Label Maker Bundle or this Cricut Joy Insert Card Bundle for only $199.99. You get the machine and the materials you need to get started with each one! Cricut also now has payment options with Affirm.

While you’re there, check out the deals on the Cricut Easy Press too. So when you cut out those iron-on designs you can easily transfer it to your surface.

Cricut items make great gifts too. Valentine’s Day is coming up. There is a note on the site though that due to unusually high demand and shipping delays due to COVID that orders are taking about 2 weeks. So if you’re you’re thinking about it for a Valentine’s gift you’re gonna want to order pronto!

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If You Experience Cold Winters, You Probably Keep These Things In Your Car

I have two fairly new drivers in my family. My oldest son has been driving for about a year and a half. My middle son just got his license in June. Living in Pennsylvania, our winters can get pretty bad. Snow, ice, occasional blizzards, occasional subzero temps. Not only do I worry about them hitting a patch of ice but I also worry about them breaking down or getting stuck when it’s 10 degrees outside.

While at the grocery store I pick up a jug of kitty litter. I bring it home and tell my oldest son to put it in the trunk of his car. He looks at me funny. Then I realize he probably doesn’t understand the purpose. I also realize that for people that might not live in a colder climate, they might not do the odd things we do when prepping for winter. Whether you’re on your way to work at car dealership in Yonkers, NY, taking a drive in Duluth Minnesota, or going to the grocery store in the Laurel Highland of Pennsylvania, here are things people in colder climates keep in their vehicles and why.

Kitty Litter or Bags of Sand

Seriously, a lot of us that live in areas that get frigid winters keep either a bag of non-clumping kitty litter or bags of sand in the trunk of our vehicles. For those with only front or rear wheel drive it helps to weigh down the vehicle a little bit for traction. But mostly it’s used for when your vehicle get stuck in some snow or wheels are spinning on an icy patch. Pour some sand or some kitty litter in front and behind each tire. This helps to gain traction.

Emergency Shovel

Most of us have small shovels to throw in the trunk or back of our vehicle. A small metal one is best. If you look up emergency shovels you’ll see what they look like. This can be used to serve several different purposes. It’s not unheard of to park your car at work, have snow dump down while you’re working, and come out to your vehicle buried in snow. Having an emergency shovel makes life a little easier to dig your car out. A good metal shovel can also be useful when freezing rain happens to break up ice around tires or pry things out of the ice.

Blocks of Wood or Wooden Boards

I don’t personally do this but I know people that do. Some people keep blocks of wood or shorter wooden boards in their vehicle or truck. This one I didn’t really know about until recently. The blocks can be placed in front of the tire if stuck in a ditch, mud, or a snow drift. Wedge in front of the tire. Hopefully it lift your vehicle up enough to get out of where you’re stuck.

Emergency Blankets

My husband had actual emergency blankets from a survival kit in his vehicle. Some people just throw an extra fleece blanket or two in their car. The idea, if your car breaks down, it might be a while until help arrives in bad winter weather. You can’t keep your car running forever. If you’re low on gas this statement is very true. Emergency blankets could mean the different being ok until help gets their or going straight to the emergency room once help arrives do to hypothermia or frostbite.

Bottles of Water and Energy Food

Ok so maybe this one isn’t so different but it hits different when it’s 20 degrees outside and you’re broke down in the middle of nowhere. Foods that store for a while and might be considered energy food are helpful. Things like protein bars, nuts, or granola bars. Again if you’re gonna be there a while you grab your emergency blanket and have water and food for at least a little while.

Yes it’s true the water bottle can freeze but it will typically start to melt while driving hopefully having melted enough by the time a car breaks down. It’s also helpful if your car is overheating.

Vehicle De-Icer and/or Winter Washer Fluid

Vehicle De-Icer comes in handy a lot. De-icing windows, frozen locks, windshield wipers froze to the windshield, etc. They typically come in convenient spray cans or squirt bottles to make de-icing easier.

There is also special winter windshield washer fluid that can help melt snow and ice while cleaning your windshield. Some people will fill their washer reserve with the winter wash fluid and keep a container of vehicle de-icer but the washer fluid can also help de-ice locks in a pinch.

Closing Tips

Whether you live in a cold climate or not, have a car emergency kit is always a good idea. Most include things like emergency triangles, jumper cables, a couple basic tools, roadside flares, flashlight, etc. Some more elaborate ones will even have the emergency shovel I mentioned and air compressors. It’s a good idea to keep your phone charged and even carry a back-up battery or power bank with you in bad weather. Have the name of your mechanic or roadside service handy just in case. Always let someone know where you’re going and approximate time of return so if you do break down or get stuck there’s a better chance someone will know where you are to get you help.

These are just a few things I know people do to prep for winter driving emergencies. If you have idea I’d love to hear them!

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The Value Of Timber On Your Land: FREE Resource

It’s not something I’ve put a lot of thought into. In hindsight, maybe I should have. We hired some arborists to cut down a few dead trees for us a couple years ago. We did keep the fallen timber to use in our fire pit and wood burning furnace. So, I guess we didn’t waste it. But we only live on about an acre. I know a number of people around us have acres of land with lots of trees or fallen timber.

Have you ever wondered about the value of the timber on your land? Penn State Extension has released the “Value of Standing Timber” publication. It helps land owners and loggers learn the economic value of standing timber and how it’s determined.

This 24-page publication describes methods for estimating timber volumes and values in a simple, easy to understand, manner. It will also help landowners and loggers understand how the value of timber is determined and, in turn, provide them with increased opportunities for obtaining a fair market price when selling timber, said Dave Jackson, extension forester and publication co-author.

The publication is available as a free downloadable PDF; printed copies are available for purchase. To learn more, visit https://extension.psu.edu/valuing-standing-timber or call 877-345-0691

I looked over this myself. It’s highly informative with helpful illustrations and tables. It covers a number of steps to take to prepare you for getting a good value for your standing timber. As well as information about how it’s valued at more. Education is the best way to make sure you’re not taken advantage of!

This is a great time to start preparing wood for the winter too. It needs to dry out for several weeks to a couple months to make good firewood. I know in my area, there are always people looking for firewood for small things like fire pits to necessities like heating their homes.

If you own wooded acreage in my area another way to make money off your land is to let hunters pay to hunt on your land. Hunter find it appealing as there is exclusivity to it. The land isn’t over-hunted.

About Penn State Extension

Penn State Extension is dedicated to translating scientific research into real-world applications to drive progress. In support of Penn State’s land-grant mission, extension programs serve individuals, businesses and communities, while promoting a vibrant food and fiber system, a clean environment, and a healthier population in Pennsylvania and beyond. With support from federal, state and county governments, the organization has a tradition of bringing unbiased information and support to the citizens of Pennsylvania for more than 100 years.