Saturday, June 26, 2010

Home Made Simple

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Kids Bowl Free for the Summer IS BACK!

If you didn't get an opportunity to try out this program last year, you have another chance. We signed up for this program and got to take advantage of free bowling a few times. I'm sad to say there's not a Bowling Alley particularly close to us this year but the site says to keep watching as locations are added daily. Basically, you sign your kids up and they can bowl up to 2 free games at your selected Bowling Alley every day this summer. You will get coupons by email each week. You can also purchase an inexpensive Family pass so parents can bowl, too. Read all about it here and look for a participating location near you!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Quick, Thrifty Flag Day/4th of July Craft

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Dollar Store with the kids. I like to be creative and what I really like to do is COPY OTHER CREATIVE PEOPLE'S IDEAS. So, it was quite unusual that an idea would strike me for my own Dollar Store Craft as I was walking around the store. All in All, my craft project cost $6.
First I purchased a wreath form for $1. Then I spotted 3-packs of leis in red, white and blue for just a buck. I practiced wrapping the leis around the wreath form right in the store to see how they would look.

I was trying to decide cheesy or crafty and tested it out on a store clerk who said she was crafty and she seemed to like it. I thought it still needed something. I guess an entire winter of reading crafty decorating blogs somehow embedded themselves in my head because then I saw this:

And knew that I needed it! Plus, it already had a little hole cut in the top and a tied ribbon looped through. I just untied it and tied it onto the wreath. I wrapped 9 leis around the wreath form and stuck the little straw things between the flowers right in between the wreath "spokes." I didn't even use any hot glue. If it starts to fall apart I will grab my hot glue gun and adhere it more firmly but small child was running around the living room and it wasn't worth my sanity to pull out the hot glue gun tonight. So, $6 and about 15 minutes of my time. I think it looks cute.
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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pampers Gift to Grown Program

Join the Pampers Gift to Grow Program and start earning points for free products.  Each package or Pampers contains a code that you can enter online to receive points for free toys, diapers, magazines subscriptions and gift cards.   Start your account off right with these:


I have been entering codes and have 105 points.  Also, those $2 off coupons from last weeks P&G insert that makes for free wipes should add some additional codes for you.   

I am not sure how I will use mine yet, but I see that you get a Barnes & Noble gift card, so if I don't use them for children or baby shower gifts I will use them for me gifts!

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Frugal Failure becomes another Failure & then a success!

I am trying really hard to eat healthy and be frugal.  I have not been doing any Once a Month cooking but I have been cooking for two weeks or several meals at a time on Sundays.  This past week I made Quinoa and when I went to eat it it was a bit overdone.  Last night I decided I would spread it on a baking sheet, and bake it on low for to see if I could salvage it.   I sat down to catch up on some blogs.......enter failure stage 2.  I forgot about my Quinoa for almost an hour!  When I checked it it was not burnt, but very brown and crispy.  I tried a little, it was crunchy...I like crunchy.  I crave chips all the time.  So I put it away as I was determined to save it now.  Suddenly today it came to me- I could bake it again with some seasoning and make chips out of it!  So I took some fresh rosemary, garlic, parmesan cheese, and a little olive oil and egg white, salt and pepper, and rounded them in a teaspoon, flattened them like a cracker with the bottom of a drinking glass, and voila! They are sooo good.  Oh, and my camera is not working so if I can figure it out I'll take a picture of the crumbs for you......Never stop your best not to waste anything.....

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I'm A Buzzmama! Win Coupons!

We're editing to extend the date for the drawing. We have 5 coupons and only 2 commenters. That's what happens when you haven't blogged in a while. So bear with us, commenters, as we open the drawing for another few days.
A while ago, like 2 months ago, I applied to be a Mabel's Labels Buzzmama. The program sounded cool for people like me who are constantly striving for organization in their lives...somehow I can never seem to stay on the Organized Ball. So I heard about this program that Mabel's Labels was offering and I applied. They accepted me as a Buzzmama. And they sent me the cool, stylish organizing swag in the photo above! Being a Buzzmama means that I share information about their products and I can earn all kinds of interesting free products from them just for sharing their info with you (and sharing your opinions with them - the good, the bad and the ugly!). And....they've given me coupons to share with my friends. Blogreaders, do you consider youselves my friends? I do! I think we're all friends here....
Blog Button BigBut first, let me share with you some of the awesome labels I've been reading about in my kit. Check out that picture above - they sent me all that stuff for free for becoming a Buzzmama. And check out those personalized labels. Yes, I  "designed" them but I was very excited when I read they are dishwasher and microwave safe! They are so much prettier than using a sharpie on your tupperware items or baking dishes - you know, the ones you often bring potluck meals in to other's houses and mark so you are sure to get them back! They also have "My 411 Wristbands, " disposable wristbands you can have printed with yours and your child's first names, your cell phone number and your child's allergies and any other special needs they may have. Great for waterparks, amusement parks and when you're dropping your kid at a Birthday party or other special event where you won't be present. I also love that these little labels are so stylish.
Okay, how to WIN a coupon! You can check out their site here to see which labels you like best. Come back and leave a comment about which product you would like best and why. I'll use to select a winner for 5 different coupons. Make sure you leave an email so I can get in touch with you for your mailing info!
Coupons are:
Get $5 off any Neat Freak Combo
Get $6 off when you order any Camp/School pack
Order 1 set of Custom Bin Labels and receive a set of Curbsides FREE
Receive 20% off your next order of return address labels
Receive 10% off your next order of LOL sticky labels

Leave your comments by midnight eastern standard time, Wednesday, June 30th, 2010. I can't wait to hear your thoughts!


, No, I haven't been missing in action, I've been busy in action...the 2nd half of the school year has been crazy, crazy, crazy! Two in school has been quite a challenge and that has been one second grader and one pre-k kid. Come September we will have a 3rd grader and (sob, gulp, I just can't stand it!) a kindergartner. Yes, my baby is going to kindergarten (though for a long time she thought she was going to a Candy Garden). Now, I'd love to be one of those people is who SO awesome at multi-tasking 24/7...but I learned a few years ago that my mind and body just don't always respond well to that. So I had to take a little break from blogging to attend to school field trips, cub scout stuff, my Creative Memories business. I have also been working on something BIG...something I don't think I've ever shared on the blog before...this year I will be celebrating my 5 Year Anniversary of being Breast Cancer Free! And to celebrate I've decided to do something BIG! Last year, I was reading some breast cancer stuff somewhere along the internet, and I came across this amazing sounding event - The Susan G. Komen 3-day Walk for A Cure. Yes, it's a 3-day Walk. It's a 60 mile walk over 3 days. So I've been training. I've been walking miles upon miles since the end of March, early April...something like that. It's all becoming a blur. I walked 10 miles between Monday and Tuesday this week. And I've been fundraising. Each walker must raise at least $2300 to participate....but when I first read about this event, I felt like it was my destiny. That sounds corny but I don't know how else to word it. You see, I was diagnosed at the age of 32. I was 6 months pregnant. I found a lump under my arm, which I didn't understand at first, meant cancer had already spread to my lymph nodes. 3 to be exact. I thought I was going to die. And, obviously, I didn't. But it was a long, hard year and a half. A preemie was extracted by c-section. She was 3&1/2 pounds and lived in the NICU for 5 weeks. A lumpectomy and lymph node dissection was performed 2 days later. Another lumpectomy 2 weeks after that. I had an icky drain hanging from under my arm for weeks. I could barely hold my own baby because of the pain under my arm. Then started the chemo. Ugh. Ugh. And more Ugh. (I am not one of those women who looks stunning with no hair!). Then radiation. Like the worst sunburn you've ever had. On your boob. And under your armpit. Ouch! And then 52 weeks of biologic therapy after that. Every week, getting IV infused to help keep my agressive cancer from returning (thank you Herceptin!). So...after all that...what I really wanted to do was NOT think about breast cancer for a while. As long as you can not think about it when you still have to visit the oncologist every 3 months and take tamoxifen on a daily basis. So anyway, I spent the next little while kind of avoiding cancer thoughts, getting to know my baby more, spending QT with my toddler and trying to put everything back together that I felt had fallen apart while I was going through treatment. But really...not that much had fallen apart...very little had fallen apart...because I had this great network of friends, family and neighbors who did a lot for us. No, they did EVERYTHING for us. They dropped off groceries. They dropped off meals. They drove me to chemo. They kept me company at chemo. They took my toddler on playdates. They sent a cleaning lady. They held a benefit and gave us $$ to pay our bills so Joe could take some time off work. They sent cards. They flooded Ella with baby gifts ~ clothes and diapers and toys and everything a baby girl could need whose Mommy just didn't have the time or energy to shop for her. They set up her nursery and filled her drawers with clothing. They took the crib from Joey's room and put it together in Ella's room. They put together Joey's new toddler bed. All while I was still in the hospital. We were blessed and lucky and thankful. And so while I tried to put cancer out of my head for a while, I couldn't put my friends out of my head. About halfway to 5 years, I thought, I'm going to throw a party when my 5 years comes. I'm going to celebrate and I'm going to invite all  my friends so I can truly and properly THANK them for all they have done. Then some more time passed and I thought, well, maybe I should pass around a donation bucket during the party, so we can send some money off to another family going through cancer treatment that needs it. Then...I saw the Susan G. Komen 3-day Walk for the Cure. $2300 minimum fundraising goal. 60 miles over 3 days. Sleep in tents, pee in port-a-potties, no hair dryers or curling irons. And I thought, the complete opposite of what my normal self would think, I thought; OH MY GOD, I NEED TO DO THAT! Even more bizarre, I WANT TO DO THAT. I felt like this was a way I could give back to the breast cancer community some of what has been given to me. And I just feel a pull toward what I feel is going to be an amazing experience. So while I've been blogfully neglectful, I have not been laying on the couch, eating bonbons, reading chic lit and scrapbooking to my heart's content. (Don't worry, I'm still throwing that huge party - now it's a Celebration & a Benefit for the Walk! Yes, I've been busy booking bands and entertainment and lining up raffle gifts and food donations along with training and my other fundraising!).
So we sisters said we were going to veer off the DEALS path occasionally in 2010 to blog a little about life and let you into ours, and hopefully get to know each other a little better this year (get to know you, we already know each other pretty well). So here I am, blogging about life. And trying to get back on track with blogging more. I've still been deal seeking, bargain hopping & salvation army shopping! I've been working on some thrifty decorating projects which I hope to share over the coming weeks (soon as the weather gets nice enough to hold some of my spray paint to my projects) and I've been following Ana from Knock-Off Wood all winter. Have you seen that blog?? If not, you are in for a real treat!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Pinecone research panel is now open...!!!!!!!!!!

This online survey company pays $3 per survey, and they last about 20 minutes.  They are one of my two favorite sites.  I have been taking surveys for Pinecone Research for almost 2 years now and have never had one issue having the money deposited into paypal.   On three occasions I have received product to actually use for about a month and then logged back in to report on my findings!   Click here to sign up!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Glade Relaxing Moments Coupons

Get $2 off and 3 Glade Relaxing Moments  coupons.  If you haven't joined the Right At Home  mailing list click on the link to get coupons like this delivered to your inbox!

Earn a Free $25 Rite Aid Gift Card

Sign up for a Rite Aid Wellness+ card and qualify for a $25 gift card with a $50 purchase of participating products, or a $10 card with a $25.00 purchase of qualifying products.  Get all the details from the Rite Aid website.  You can also earn an additional $5 gift card by using yourWellness Plus card.  Happy shopping! 

Enfamil Family Beginnings

Sign for Enfamil Family Beginnings  to receive free products and coupons such as a carryall and possible a one week supply of Enfamil

Redbox- Free Movie Monday


Join the redbox text club and receive a promo code for a free movie on the first Monday of every month

June 4th is National Donut Day

Friday June 4th is National Donut Day! Dunkin Donuts is giving away a free donut with any drink purchase!
If you have a Krispy Keme near you go here to see how to get a free donut and for a list of participating stores.