NoRackCodes.com: A Good Site Soon to Be Great!

Being a mother has led me sometimes to situations where I had to find ways to save money. NoRackCodes.com is a site that talks specifically about NoMoreRack, and because more than once I`ve used the services of NMR to buy online products, I thought it would be a good idea to share something useful about this site.

A Few Details about NoRackCodes.com

NoRackCodes is a new site (I think) that shares information about Nomorerack promotional codes, but it doesn`t stop there. Users who are not only looking at ways to save money are in luck as well. If a NMR customer wants to find out about any new updates regarding the brand, he can turn to this small website for that. Additionally, this website can also offer info on scams, reviews or customers service.

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What`s so Great about NoRackCodes?

There are a few things that I like at this website. I`ll try to outline them below as best as I can.

Quality Information

The information I found on this site seems to be pretty accurate. Starting with the history information about the brand, continuing the list of quality promotion codes posted on the home page and then going on to the details what online users think about NMR scams, all that I found on the website seemed to be only useful info.

Users who are looking for reviews about Nomorerack`s items or updates on what the company is up to lately, will be happy too. All that kind of info is available on No Rack Codes.

Great Updates

Most of the sites out there will only post 1 or 2 article per month just to stay in touch with their users. I counted last month no less than 8 articles posted on No Rack Codes. If the guys behind this site keep up this level of news added each and every month, I`m sure their users will be more than happy with the frequency of news provided.

Clean Layout

Another detail I like at this site is that it has a very cool and clean layout. With colors of white and green, pretty much like the real Nomorerack site, NoRackCodes offers its users the chance to find everything fast and easy. No annoying pop-ups or videos, and no large images to catch the user`s eye. Everything users need is right there on the page in front of them, and they don`t need to do too much to get it.

NoRackCodes Can Be Improved

More Real Codes

If the site is named “NoRackCodes,” I should think more genuine promo codes would be needed. They are available in a list on the home page, and there are a few more posts about them, but is this enough? I feel like more information about promotion and discount codes are needed from a site which has the term “codes” in its name.

Besides all this, posts with monthly codes released by Nomorerack should be added each month. The thing about online codes is that they tend to expire, and so a post with codes from a few months ago won`t help the users this month that much.

More In-Depth Details

A brand like Nomorerack that has a “Today`s Deals” feature on its home page is most definitely bringing something new to its customers on a daily basis. If this is the case, I think No Rack Codes will also have to come up with more in-depth details about these products. I counted only 3 posts in the “Updates” category for last month, none of which were related to details about items from “Today`s Deals” feature. This seems to be something that the site`s team could improve.

What`s your Opinion?

Have you visited NoRackCodes.com by now? I`m sure you have and you probably have the same positive thoughts about it, but it would be great if you could share your opinion with us. What do you think about it?

Those Shoes

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Today, you can find me over at Simple Kids, reviewing the picture book, Those Shoes, for early elementary readers and their families. This is a story about a young boy who desperately wants new black sneakers with white stripes, the fancy ones he can’t afford. Sound familiar? At some point, haven’t we all desired those coveted shoes, or purse, or car, or bigger kitchen? Did I say bigger kitchen? Yes, that’s what I want. Oh, and a finished basement. I’m convinced that these things would make me happier, but maybe I’m wrong. Maybe then I would want to upgrade all of my appliances to stainless. (Honestly, just the thought makes me shamefully happy.) This is my struggle. Is anybody with me?

It’s hard not to want all that stuff and to be content with what isDr. Charles Berg, author of Is Your Lifestyle Killing You?, states that “it isn’t letting go of things that’s important, but letting go of attitudes toward things.” He challenges us to seek happiness within- right here, right now.

Our relationship with money and things is learned. From an early age, we assign money a certain degree of power. The question becomes, how much should we give it? Should we choose to buy our kids those shoes, the cool ones that everybody has?  It’s awfully hard to say NO, but are we teaching our children that stuff can make us happy?

I would argue that in the short-term, yes, things have the power to make us happy.  But over the long haul, they do not satisfy our deepest needs and desires.  So, what does?  (Warning: This may sound trite.) An attitude of gratitude for all that is. When I focus on all that I have, all that I want loses its power over me.  

At the end of the day, when those rubber shoes are worn, I am blessed. I am safe. I am full. I am warm. I am loved. All this I need. All this I want. Even more than the kitchen.

As a parent, how do you balance your children’s wants and needs?  In what ways are you encouraging your children to seek happiness from within?  

Marketing to Kids and the Supermarket Dilemma

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Earth’s Best, Beaches Family Resorts, American Greetings, McDonald’s.  These are the proud sponsors of Sesame Street.  I know them well.  So does my toddler.  Call me crazy, but I recently started fast-forwarding through the McDonald’s segment.  Oh my God, have I become one of those hyper-vigilant moms?  Marion Nestle made me do it.  Her comprehensive guide on food and nutrition, What to Eat, opened my eyes to the deception of big food companies and the sophisticated marketing tactics they use to target kids.  They are so good that we don’t even notice it.  That’s precisely the problem.

Take breakfast cereals, for example.  What child isn’t attracted to cartoon characters like Tony the Tiger (Frosted Flakes), Toucan Sam (Froot Loops), or the Trix rabbit?  You can’t blame them.  These brands boast fun. Many even send kids to websites with games featuring these characters.  Although I cringe at the idea of chocolate Lucky Charms at 7 a.m., Nestle argues that brand loyalty, not actual taste, is the issue. Darn leprechaun.

Can parents just say no?  Easier said than done, especially for working parents who are wearing multiple hats throughout the day.  Even Nestle confesses caving in to her kids’ nagging: “If, as I was, you are working full time and are away from your kids most of the day, the last thing you want to do is argue with them about cereals and sodas. In the greater scheme of raising children, buying a box of cereal or a snack food seems harmless enough.  So you give in.  I certainly did. Marketers know this, and exploit the time-pressured realities of modern life to the hilt.”

Nestle has some rules for the easiest way to deal with kids’ marketing in supermarkets.  I think that some are a bit unrealistic for many moms (e.g. don’t take small children grocery shopping), but I’m going to try some of these strategies:

  • Set spending limits in advance for snacks or specific aisles.  I don’t expect that my daughter will never eat candy or junk, but I love the idea of setting a dollar spending limit.
  • Don’t buy products with cartoons and games on them.
  • Don’t buy cereals or snacks that say “fun,” which is often equated with unhealthy.
  • Don’t buy foods because they are vitamin-enriched.  They are usually also sugar-enriched.
  • Stick to the periphery of the supermarket, or spend minimal time in the center aisles.
  • Talk to your children about food marketing and target audiences.

When I was in college, the director of my dorm always said, “All things in moderation.”  I’m not ashamed to admit that sometimes I sneak a handful of M&M’s when I need a little fix.  Overall, however, we are a health-conscious family, and my daughter eats peas by the handful.  I guess that’s why I feel compelled to fast forward through McDonald’s.  It’s my way of saying, “We’re not lovin’ it.”  Beaches family resorts? Now that’s another story.

Packing a Waste-Free Lunch: ECOlunchbox Giveaway

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Do you remember those McDonald’s styrofoam packages?  The ones that kept the lettuce and tomato cold and the burger and cheese hot on your McDLT?  Though my husband insists they did away with styrofoam in the early 80s, it took McD’s until 1990 to begin phasing out their styrofoam packaging (after activists spent three years bombarding mailboxes at corporate headquarters with used packaging).

During the anti-styrofoam movement, I remember writing letters to this fast food giant, pleading with them to choose biodegradeable packaging.  There was an urgency in my tone; we were destroying the ozone layer, and styrofoam was, in part, to blame.

At the same, I slid into my seat at the lunch table every day with a Hawaiian Punch juice box, an Italian hoagie wrapped in aluminum foil, a Frito-Lay chip snack pack, individually-wrapped Halloween or Easter candy, and maybe a piece of fruit.  My brown lunch bag was so choc full of c-r-a-p that my mom double-bagged it with a plastic baggie and a twist tie. (We should have owned stock in Reynolds and Glad.)  I was the envy of the lunch table. I also generated a shameful amount of trash.  But, at least it wasn’t “bad” trash.

I took me a while before I started to realize that trash is trash.  And in truth, it’s taken me thirty years to feel uneasy about tossing Ziploc baggies.  I truly believe that many Americans have good intentions to protect our earth and go “green,” although I use this term loosely.  If we take an honest inventory of our actions, there’s an incongruity between what we say and believe (or say we believe) and what we actually do.  I’m just as guilty as my neighbor.

Every year, parents send their kids off to school with brown-bag lunches and snack packs, individually-wrapped meals and desserts, juice boxes, disposable silverware, straws, and napkins, baggies, etc. According to the EPA, each child who brings a brown-bag lunch to school every day will generate 67 pounds of waste by the end of the school year – that’s 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for an average-sized school.

We, as parents, have the perfect opportunity to model environmental consciousness by packing waste-free lunches (or at least taking a step in that direction).  According to Sandra Ann Harris, Founder and CEO of ECOlunchbox, an eco-friendly company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, here is what you need to pack a waste-free lunch:

1. A Reusable Fabric Lunch Bag. While most major retail stores carry plastic/vinyl lunchboxes, studies suggest that their manufacturing threatens our health and environment.  ECOlunchbags are a beautiful back-to-basics solution for kids ages 3 to 103 who would like adopt sustainable, healthy, waste-free lunch habits.

ECOlunchbags are 100% cotton, machine washable bags, which can be converted from shoulder bag to sling bag to backpack to hip pack.  Each fully-reversible lunchbag is sewn from fabrics that are hand block printed by artisans in India.  This company is directly connected with the artisans and the sewing shop in Bombay that makes the bags. This is a fair trade project.

2. Cloth Napkins. Each ECOlunchbag comes with 3 matching napkins, measuring 16 inches by 12 inches. They are designed for use as placemats or napkins.

3. Reusable Containers. ECOlunchbox believes that non-leaching, stainless steel food containers are best. They come in two styles and are lead free and dishwasher safe. First, the oval lunchbox measures 6 1/2 inches long by 5 inches wide and 2 inches tall. It fits two halves of a sandwich stacked with room for sides.  It also contains a stainless steel cup (3 1/2″ diameter) with a no-leak, BPA-free plastic lid for wet items.

Second, the retangular 3-in-1 lunchbox is great for packing a child’s lunch, which typically contains three items: a sandwich and two side dishes. Most children prefer their foods served separately, so this 2-layer stainless steel food container with upstairs inner box is a perfect fit. When closed, the lunchbox measures 4 inches wide, 5 1/2 inches long and 2 3/4 inches high. The small inner box, which contains 1/2 cup of wet foods, is good for applesauce, cut fruit and salads. (Please note: ECOlunchbox has chosen not to use any plastic or other gaskets in the pressure-fitting lid of these boxes, so they are not 100% leak proof.)

4. Bamboo Reusable Utensils.  The EcoKidSpork is made out of sustainably grown bamboo and is designed for small hands. The utensil is 5 inches long, sized ideally for children age 5 and younger.  The EcoSpork is a fun and healthy 3.5 inch alternative to disposables.  You can toss it in your lunchbag, backpack, purse, or wherever.

We can’t do everything, but we can all do something to green our world. Sandra has generously offered to give away an ECOlunchbag (with matching napkins) to one turnitupmom reader.  It is 100% plastic free, waste free, lead free, BPA free, PVC free, vinyl free, and sweatshop free.  All you need to do is supply the lunch!

To enter, please leave a comment below with one thing that your family is doing to reduce mealtime waste.

If you’d like to earn extra entries, you can Facebook, twitter, or blog about ECOlunchbox and this giveaway.   Then come back, and in a separate comment, tell me how you’ve spread the word!

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