Ranch-Flavored Broccoli Cheddar Bites

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brocooli cheddar bites

Disclosure: This is post is sponsored by Naturally Fresh® dressing – in exchange for this post, I received a form of compensation.  However, all opinions, ranch-flavored broccoli cheddar bites recipes, and bad puns are 100% my own.

Rumor has it, with football season winding down, there’s going to be some sort of BIG sendoff for that final game. Something super, I’m told. 😉

Last year, I shared with you my game day better-for-you baked ranch quesadillas – which are still one of my favorite quick meal ideas to whip up, particularly for my picky tots.  So this year, when the folks at Naturally Fresh® asked to team up for another game day creation, I wanted to try to kick up the healthy factor a little more.  Initially, I set out to create a ranch-flavored broccoli cheese quinoa creation, but it didn’t turn out as I expected.  So back to the drawing board.

I knew I wanted something with veggies, so a broccoli cheese appetizer sounded like a good idea.  Thankfully, these easy broccoli cheese bites sort of created themself.  So eventually, I created ranch-flavored broccoli cheddar bites!

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--Barbara

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2016 Atlanta Summer Camp Guide

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Atlanta Summer Camp Guide

Yes, spring has yet to sprung, technically speaking – but we all know summer will be here before we know it.  And when the kids are out of school, you’ll want your share of activities and places for them to go.  So start gathering ideas now so you can make these important decisions before things get filled up.  Here’s my Atlanta Summer Camp guide, as well as camps for spring break around the metro area.  Don’t see one?  Let me know, and I’ll include it. :) [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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8 Ways to Beat & Treat Winter Weather Dry Skin

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Winter Weather Dry Skin

Winter weather = dry skin. Fewer things make me feel itchy all over!  Ok, so living in Atlanta all my life, I know I haven’t been subjected to super-harsh sub-zero winter weather.  But I’ve spent many a-winters with cold enough weather to dry out my skin.  For thirty-something years, I’ve lived through dry, itchy winter skin – some years worse than others.  Along the way, I’ve learned a few tricks to keep the dry and “itch” to a minimum.  (I’ve also got a few tips to naturally treat and prevent eczema, for those who deal with that.)

Frugal Tips to Beating the
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--Barbara

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Stone Mountain Christmas Magic!

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Making the Most of Stone Mountain Christmas

Recently, I had the delight of taking my family to experience Stone Mountain Christmas.  Last winter, we played at Snow Mountain, but hadn’t yet gotten to see the magic of Stone Mountain Christmas, so of course we jumped at the opportunity to go.  Suffice it to say, it is now on my list of family-friendly things to do in Winter in Atlanta!

From the whimsical sing-along Christmas train ride with The Gift (my Thomas-loving son’s favorite, of course!), to the Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas in 4-D (seriously, 10 minutes of fun and cuteness!), visiting Santa, the great variety of live performances peppered throughout, or my daughter’s absolute favorite: meeting the Snow Angel – there’s something for everyone at Stone Mountain Christmas.

How can you make the most of your time at Stone Mountain Christmas this holiday season?  Here are my top tips for doing so:

Making the Most of Your
Stone Mountain Christmas Experience

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--Barbara

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Hershey’s Kisses Recipes

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This is a sponsored post by The Hershey Company, which means I am receiving a form of compensation in exchange for this post; however, as always, all opinions and bad puns are all my own.  And besides, there’s Hershey’s Kisses recipes involved, so it’s all good, right?

Hershey's Kisses recipes - Walgreens 1000 bonus points
Because I’ve been blessed to know some awesome bloggers, I’ve pooled together a delicious array of Hershey’s Kisses recipes.  Each of these are perfect for a holiday party, or a simple teacher gift, or -um- just a Tuesday! [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Advice for My 6-year-old Daughter, For the Teen Years and Beyond

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For some reason, today I felt just a little extra whimsical while watching my daughter.  Like many mothers, I’m sure, I catch glimpses of her older self throughout the course of the day, and today -for a fleeting split second- I saw my little girl all grown up.  I’ve already shared my wishlist for her, but here is my collective little nuggets of advice for my daughter.

Advice for My 6-year-old DaughterAdvice for My 6-year-old Daughter,
for the Teen Years and Beyond

 

Don’t be a mean girl.  Ever.  But don’t be mean back to the mean girls – how else will they learn kindness if it’s not extended to them?

Love yourself, on the inside and the outside.  Treat your body with respect now, and it will thank you in kind as you get older.  Learn now how to take care of your whole self.

Be kind but firm. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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10 Stocking Stuffers for Whole Family for under $2.00

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Stocking Stuffers for Whole Family - bannerSo it may not *quite* be Halloween yet, but it’s never too early to get a head start on the Holidays.  There are currently some great stocking stuffers for the whole family for under $2.  Check back each week, as I update with more finds!

 

Super special thanks to Super Coupon Lady for sharing these finds! [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Veterans’ Day Freebies 2015

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Veterans Day Freebies 2015

November 11 is Veterans Day, so make sure you pass on this information to anyone you know who is a Veteran or Active Duty so they can snag a free deal and/or a free meal! All places require proof of military service, proof of service includes Military ID, Discharge Papers, DD214 and being in uniform. What proof of service required depends on the individual establishment.

Veterans Day Freebies 2015

Amazon Veterans Day 20% Off Savings – Save 20% on fashion items for Veterans Day with coupon code 20veterans thru 11/11 – this deal is good for everyone, not just military.

Center for Civil and Human RightsThe Center will offer FREE ADMISSION to both active duty military members and veterans with a valid veteran ID or DD-214 form. They are also offering military family members 30% off admission with a valid ID.  You can also utilize this Groupon for a discounted ticket – $19 for admission for two. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Organic Printable Coupons

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organic printable coupons

Squee!  I’m super-excited to bring you all a round-up of organic printable coupons!  Super-special thanks to  Renaissance Mama for sharing this list!

Remember the general rules and ettiquette with coupons, particularly printable coupons policies.  Also, please “share” this post with friends and family who may utilize these coupons, or even print the coupons you think they could use for them – it’s a simple way you can support Atlanta’s Frugal Mom:)

New Coupons:
Pumpkins Coupon – 20% off Pumpkins
Enjoy Life Foods –$4/$15 Enjoy Life Foods
Alexia Coupon – $.75/1 Alexia Frozen Side
Veeda –$2/2 Veeda Products 12-count or higher
Stevia Coupon – $1/2 Stevia In The Raw 100 ct Box or 9.7 oz Bag
EVOL Coupon – $1/1 EVOL frozen Single-Serve Meal
The Better Chip Coupon – $0.50/1 The Better Chip
The Better Chip Coupon – $0.75/1 The Better Chip
Organic Valley Coupon – $2/1 Organic Valley Grassmilk Whole Milk Yogurt, 24 oz tub
Upspring Coupon – $2/1 Upspring Milkflow
Upspring Coupon – $2/1 Upspring Wellbaby
Big Slice Coupon – $0.50/1 Big Slice Apples
Big Slice Coupon – $0.75/1 Big Slice Apples
Boiron Coupon – $2/1 Boiron Chestal Honey Cold & Cough Syrup
Boiron Coupon – $2/1 Boiron Children’s Chestal Honey Cold & Cough Syrup
Boiron Coupon – $2/1 Boiron Oscillococcinum
Boiron Coupon – $5/1 Boiron Chestal Cold & Cough Syrup, 6.7 oz bottle
Dr. Cocoa Coupon – $2/1 Dr. Cocoa Daytime Cough + Cold, 4 oz bottle
Dr. Cocoa Coupon – $2/1 Dr. Cocoa Nighttime Cough & Cold, 4 oz bottle

Still Available:

Saffron Road –$1.50/2 Saffron Road Chicken Nugget Products
NUMI –$2/1 Numi Organic Tea Box
Earth Balance Coupon – $1/2 Earth Balance Earth Buttery or Culinary Spread, 10oz – 15oz
Sargento Coupon – $0.75/2 Sargento Sliced Natural Cheese
Sargento Coupon – $0.55/1 Sargento Sliced Natural Cheese
Milkflow Coupon – $2/1 Milkflow Fenugreek + Blessed Thistle Powder Drink
Hyland’s Coupon – $1/2 Hyland’s 4 Kids Bumps ‘n Bruises with Arnica
Dominex Coupon – $1.50/1 Dominex All Natural Food from Eggplant

Kidfresh Coupon – $5/$25 Kidfresh Frozen Kids Meals
Goodnessknows Coupon – $0.50/2 Goodnessknows snack squares packs (Available at Walmart)
Ella’s Kitchen Pouches Coupon – $1/4 Ella’s Kitchen Pouches
Wink Coupon – $0.75/1 Wink Frozen Desserts
Barbara’s Coupon – $1/1 Barbara’s product 4.4 oz. or larger
Zico Coupon – $1.50/1 ZICO Chilled Coconut Water or Juice Blend
Simply Orange Coupon – $0.75/1 Simply Orange
Lindsay Coupon – $.50/1 Lindsay Naturals California Ripe Olives
Plum Organics Coupon – $1/1 Plum Organics Mashups Apple Sauce Pouches
Plum Organics Coupon – $1/1 Plum Organics Frozen Snack
Food Should Taste Good Coupon – $0.75/1 Food Should Taste Good product 4 oz or larger
LARABAR Coupon – $0.75/3 LÄRABAR, ÜBER, or ALT bars OR RENOLA pouches
Liberte Coupon – $0.20/1 Liberté Méditerranée yogurt
Annie’s Coupon – $0.75/1 Annie’s Organic Soup
ZonePerfect Coupon 50¢ back when you purchase Perfectly Simple, ZonePerfect and ZonePerfect Kidz products (organic options)
Food Should Taste Good Coupon – $0.75/1 Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips, Kettle Chips, Brown Rice Crackers or Bean Chips
Bob’s Red Mill – $1/1 Bob’s Red Mill Product
Orgain Coupon – $1.50/1 Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk
Celestial Seasonings Coupon – $1/2 Celestial Seasonings Tea Bags (organic options)
Horizon Coupon – $.75/2 Horizon Mac and Cheese
UTZ Coupon – $1/1 Utz Pretzels (organic options)
King Arthur – $3/$15 King Arthur Flour, 5 lb bag or 1 lb. bag of Coconut or Almond Flour
a2 Milk Coupon – $1/1 a2 Milk
Organic Fuel Coupon – $3.50/1 Organic Fuel Milk Protein Recovery Shakes
CABO FRESH Coupon – $1.50/1 CABO FRESH Guacamole
Herbal Zap Coupon – $2.50/1 Herbal Zap Digestive Cool & Calm
JENNIE-O – $0.75/1 JENNIE-O Turkey Burgers
Follow your Heart – $0.55/1 Follow Your Heart Dairy Free Cheese
Bob’s Red Mill – $1/1 Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Mix
Cybele’s –$1.50/1 Cybele’s Gluten-Free & Allergy-Friendly Cookies
Cybele’s –$0.75/1 Cybele’s Gluten-Free & Allergy-Friendly Cookies
Pure Organics – $2/2 Pure Bars
Seventh Generation – $3/1 Seventh Generation Energy Smart Liquid Laundry Detergent
Seventh Generation – $3/1 Seventh Generation Purely Soft Bath Tissue
Back to Nature – $1/1 Back to Nature 100% Juice
Back to Nature – $1/1 Back to Nature Granola Clusters
Nestle Coupon – $0.75/1 Nestlé Pure Life Exotics Sparkling Water
Rudi’s – $0.75/1 Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Product
Revolution Foods – $1/1 Revolution Foods Dynamos
Barnana – $0.55/1 Barnana Product
Mulberry Love – $0.55/1 Mulberry Product
Uncle Matt’s – $0.75/1 Uncle Matt’s Organic 59 oz juice
Ah!Laska – $1/1 Ah!Laska Product
Indian River – $1/1 Indian River any size Select Juice
King Arthur Coupon – $1/1 King Arthur Almond or Coconut Flour 5 lb bag (organic options available)
18 Rabbits – $1/3 18 Rabbits Organic Granola Bars
Seven Sundays – $1/1 Seven Sundays Muesli
Baby Mum-Mum Coupon – $1/1 Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks
Lindsay – $0.25/1 Lindsay Naturals California Ripe Olives
18 Rabbits – $0.50/1 18 Rabbits Organic Granola and Granola Cereal
18 Rabbits – $0.50/1 18 Rabbits Jr Organic Granola Bars
Lindsay – $0.50/1 Lindsay Naturals California Ripe Olives
Saffron Road – $1/1 Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas (organic options)
Saffron Road – $1/1 Saffron Road Frozen Entrees (organic options)
GoodBelly – $1/1 GoodBelly Product
Saffron Road – $1.50/2 Saffron Road Products (organic options available)
Saffron Road – $1.50/2 Saffron Road Chicken Nugget Products (organic options available)
Bundle Organics – $0.75/1 Bundle Organics Juice
Food For Life – $1/2 Food For Life Sprouted for Life Breads (organic options available)
Peace – $1/1 Peace Cereal
Bob’s Red Mill Coupon – $1/1 Bob’s Red Mill
Star –$1/1 STAR Olive Oil, 200 ml or larger (organic options)
Sargento –$0.50/1 Sargento Natural Cheese Slices
Sugar In The Raw –$1/1 Sugar In The Raw Organic White
Monk Fruit In The Raw –$1/1 Monk Fruit In The Raw
Back to Nature –$1/1 Back to Nature Chicken & Wild Rice with KAMUT Soup
Stevia In The Raw –$1/1 Stevia In The Raw
Back to Nature –$1/1 Back to Nature Tuscan 3-Bean with Kale & Millet
Back to Nature –$1/1 Back to Nature Minestrone with Farro Soup
Stevia In The Raw –$1.50/1 Stevia In The Raw
Brown Cow – $1/3 Brown Cow 6 oz single cups or any (2) Brown Cow 32 oz quarts
Lindsay – $0.50/1 Lindsay Naturals California Ripe Olives
Luvo Entree –$1.50/1 Luvo Entree (organic options)
Organic Valley –$1/1 Organic Valley Block Cheese ( 8 oz. or larger)
Simply Organic –$1/1 Simply Organic Vanilla, 4 oz
Simply Organic –$1/2 Simply Organic Simply Organic glass bottle spices
Explore Asian –$1/1 Explore Asian Pastas (organic options)
Hilary’s Salad Dressing –$.50/1 Hilary’s Salad Dressing
Melt –$1/1 Melt Organic Spreads
Justin’s – $1/1 Mini Peanut Butter Cups
Agave In The Raw –$0.75/1 Agave In The Raw bottle, 18.75 oz
Dakota Beef –$1/1 Dakota Beef Product
Green & Black’s –$0.50/1 Green & Black’s Organic 3.5 oz Bar
Buen Sabor –$2.50/1 Buen Sabor Frozen Product
Kit’s Organic – $0.75/1 Kit’s Organic Fruit & Nut or Fruit & Seed Barp
Plum Organics – $1/2 Plum Organics Products
Mamma Chia – $1/2 Mamma Chia Beverages
KeVita – $1/1 KeVita Bottle, any
Peace Cereal – $1/1 Peace Cereal
Erewhon Cereal – $1/1 Erewhon Cereal
Pamela’s Products Coupon – $1/1 Pamela’s Products, 4 oz or larger (organic options)
Dominex – $1.50/1 Dominex All Natural Food from Eggplant
Rudi’s Gluten-Free Product – $1/1 Rudi’s Product Coupon
Pamela’s Products Coupon – $1/1 Pamela’s Products (organic options)
Rudi’s Gluten-Free Product – $1.25/1 Rudi’s Product Coupon

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Calculating Sales Tax with Coupons

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Calculating Sales Tax with CouponsWhen you use coupons, it’s important to understand how sales tax works with manufacture and store coupons.

Consider the following points:

    1. A store is reimbursed by the manufacture for the value of a coupon used. Thus, the store still generates revenue from the couponed item. Therefore, sales tax IS applied to the amount of the coupon.
    2. When you use a store coupon, OR when a store doubles the value of a manufacture’s coupon, the store is NOT reimbursed for that amount. Therefore, the amount for which the store doubles a coupon or the amount of a store coupon is NOT subject to sales tax.

Make sense?  Here are a few examples, to make it crystal clear:

Calculating Sales Tax with Coupons

Let’s set up a scenario, with easy round numbers.

  • Let’s say you are able to take advantage of a 10 for $10 sale at Publix, and you indeed purchase 10 items. Each item is thus priced at $1.00.
  • Let’s further say you are lucky enough to have matching manufacture coupons worth 50¢ for each item. That’s $5.00 in manufacture coupons.
  • If your Publix DOUBLES those coupons, then you’re essentially getting $5.00 in store coupons. (Look at your receipt — it’s always broken up as a separate coupon.)  This scenario would work the exact same way if you had ten Publix coupons for 50¢ off said item.
  • So, your pre-tax total is ZERO. But, because the store will still generate revenue off the $5.00 in manufacture coupons, you’ll be taxed for that amount.
  • Tax around here is 7%; so for me, I would pay $0.35 out of pocket for $10.00 worth of items.

Make sense now?  Want another example?

  • Let’s go to Kroger, where they also have a 10 for $10 sale.  But remember, Kroger doesn’t double coupons anymore.
  • Let’s say you buy 10 items for $1 each.
  • And again, you have 10 manufacture coupons for 50¢ each.  Therefore, you have $5 in manufacture’s coupons.
  • So for $10 worth of items, you pay $5 plus tax.
  • Since you don’t tax the amount of a manufacture coupon, you pay $5 plus 35¢ in tax (assuming tax is 7%).
  • For $10 worth of items, you ‘ll pay $5.35 after coupons and taxes.

Ok, one more example:

  • Take those handy-dandy Bed Bath and Beyond coupons.  There are generally two kinds: 20% off or $5 off.
  • In either scenario, since it is a store coupon, you are taxed AFTER the couponed amount.
  • So, if you buy an item at BBB for $100, and use a 20% off coupon (please, oh, please don’t ever buy something from there without a 20% off coupon!!), you are taxed the post-coupon amount of $80.
  • In the most of the metro Atlanta area, that means you’ll pay 7% tax, or $5.60.

Disclaimer: this is most certainly the case in the state of Georgia. I cannot speak for any state elsewhere. However, I would imagine the same principles would apply. There are some areas where sales tax is lowered or not applicable to food and medicine.  Any out of staters who can verify or deny this, I’d love to hear from you! :-)

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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