Archives for March 2013

Laundry, Sick Kids, Bed Sheets, and Toddling Tots

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It’s been a rough week in our frugal household.  Most notably, my daughter -who turned 4 last Friday- came down with a nasty tummy bug, and has been OUT all week.  She started feeling off on Sunday, but woke up Monday morning feeling well enough to go to school and ballet, but didn’t touch her lunch.  She came home, took off her ballet clothes and put on her jammies and plopped herself down for a three hour nap.  (An unnatural act for a child who’d not taken a nap for over two weeks prior to this!)  Even after she woke up, she was rather puny and lacked an appetite for the remainder of the day….

Tuesday, same thing: she woke up feeling fine, went to her 4-year check-up and got her shots.  By the time we came home, she was starting to feel a little off, wouldn’t eat, and took a two hour nap.  That evening I knew we were dealing with a stomach virus.  And I’ll just leave it at that.

She stayed home, sleeping it off most of the day on Wednesday.  (Skipping her Easter party at school, for which I was supposed to be a “party mom”…)  But she continued to get worse, so on Thursday, we went back to the doctor.  That visit was the pits: she was so weak, she couldn’t open her eyes.  She was like a limp noodle, as the pediatrician tried to check her out.  After the lab techs had to draw blood to check her blood (a sight or sound I never wish to hear, pitiful pleas of “I don’t want a shot.  I don’t want a shot.”), the conclusion was low blood sugar and dehydration.  No surprise to me, since she was unable to keep anything down (including water) for over 24 hours.

She was given some Zofran, followed by water and then Gatorade to sip on, and we were eventually discharged.  (Did I mention my 15 month old son was in his stroller throughout this ordeal?  Bless his sweet, patient heart.)

All the while, I’ve been doing loads and loads and loads of laundry, in addition to my regular laundry schedule.  So, even though I only use a little bit of detergent, I swear I saw a significant dip in my supply in just a week!

In the meantime, I came to the conclusion that ONE spare bed sheet simply won’t cut it.  So, thankfully, Anna’s Linens is having a sale through this weekend: 25% off a single item, with the promo code spring25. I will certainly be stocking up, especially since I have two full-size beds (one for each kid) — one extra sheet just won’t cut it on those occasions when tummy bugs invade our house in full force!

Anna's Linens - bed sheets and more

All in all, it’s been a draining week. But, I believe my daughter is on her way to recovery — but it’s going to be a slow process. We’ll be taking it easy this weekend, encouraging as many sips on her “special juice” as possible, allowing indulgences in whatever crackers or (reasonable) treats she wishes. After all, when you’re already a skinny mini, losing two pounds in two days is just …sad…

On a positive note, however, I am pleased to watch my son toddle around, making his way to being a full-time walker this week. I forgot just how damn cute it is at this stage. He walks with his arms up, over his head, as if cheering himself on, which he actually does once he reaches point “B” with a boastful “YAY!”

Thanks for letting me vent, y’all. As I said, it’s been quite a week. Hopefully, things will only look up from here. Hopefully, less laundry will be done at my house next week. Hopefully, new bed sheets will arrive well before they are ever needed. And hopefully, too, I can savor these moments as my son transitions to a full-time walker, leaving a piece of his infancy behind, and embracing toddlerhood more fully. *sigh*

P.S.  Did I mention I burned my finger the other day too?  Right on the pad of my finger.  Nice.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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What’s for Dinner? Atlanta Restaurant Coupons {3-30-13}

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Atlanta Restaurant Coupons

Not sure what to do for dinner?  Or lunch?  Or brunch?  Not up for cooking, or for another stale sandwich?  Luckily for you, there are quite a few Atlanta restaurant coupons (and for the surrounding area) that have come out in the past week!  Many thanks to Surviving the Stores for much of this list!  :o)

Do you know of additional Atlanta restaurant coupons?  Please let me know, so others can enjoy them, too!  🙂

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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LongHorn Steakhouse – Get a FREE Steakhouse Kid’s Meal

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In celebration of International Children’s Book Day and to support local Boys & Girls Clubs of America, LongHorn Steakhouse is inviting families to participate in their “Give a Book, Get a Free Steakhouse Kid’s Meal” offer on April 2, 2013!

LongHorn Steakhouse - GiveaBookGetaKidsMeal

With the sun finally warming up the Atlanta area (FINALLY!), perhaps now is the time to get on board with spring cleaning.  In doing so, you’ll likely find gently used books you could pass on.  Why not donate them to a fantastic cause?

LongHorn Steakhouse –
Give a Book, Get a FREE Steakhouse Kid’s Meal!

All you have to do is donate one children’s book (new or used) suitable for ages 5-12 at your local LongHorn restaurant on Tuesday, April 2.  As a special thanks for your donation, your family will receive one free kid’s meal from LongHorn’s kid’s menu with the purchase of one adult entrée.

All books will then be donated to local Boys and Girls Clubs of America to refresh Club libraries.  So why not clear a little clutter from your home, help out a fantastic cause, AND score a FREE meal, all at once?  Three birds with one stone — you can’t lose!

Wish to learn more about the Boys and Girls CLub of America?  For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has provided kids with a safe environment and engaging activities to help them reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. Through fun, educational, and innovative programs, BGCA helps kids and teens develop the creativity and confidence needed to succeed in life.

National Boys & Girls Club Week, April 7 – 13, marks the ideal time to learn about your neighborhood Club and how it supports local kids and the community. During this week, Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation are opening their doors and encouraging the community to take a tour and get involved with the organization.

LongHorn Steakhouse

Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta

 

Also, in addition to this great offer from LongHorn Steakhouse, check out the latest Atlanta restaurant coupons for this week!!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Wordless Wednesday – Four Year Check-Up

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My first born turned FOUR on Friday, which was followed by her check-up. She not only did fine, but worked her usual charm on the nurses and doctors.

Throughout the appointment, I kept hearing Doc McStuffins sing “time for your check-up.” 🙂

Happy (not so) Wordless Wednesday, y’all!

Wordless Wednesday 3-27-13

Wordless Wednesday 3-27-13

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Gardening Made Easy: FREE Tool Set + eBook offer

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Gardening is in my blood. Or at least it should be: my grandmother can revive even the deadest plant, and make it bloom beautifully for years to come. In fact, for years, I’ve always been in awe of how she manages to get a bloom on every last stem of her Christmas cactus — without fail!  She is truly an amazing source of gardening inspiration!  And in years past, when she grew vegetables, they were always the plumpest and juiciest I’d ever had.  Although I was quite a picky eater growing up (ok, I still am!), I knew just about anything from “Grandmama’s garden” was always a safe, delicious bet.

My mom has a good gardening touch as well. She’s always maintained even just a small garden, and has a large variety of houseplants she keeps in good shape.  However, my thumbs are completely brown. 🙁 I’d love to get more in to gardening, and get my daughter involved as well. Now there’s hope:

gardening made easy

Gardening Made Easy:

Turn those brown thumbs green

Discover how easy gardening can be for just $5.95, and you’ll get:

  • 36 How-To Gardening Cards,
  • 3-Ring Binder & Divider Cards (Together, this is a $47 value)
  • Get a FREE 7-Piece Houseplant Gardening Tool Set — $25 value! 

Each how-to card is packed with step-by-step instructions, specialty tips, and full-color photographs. Start building the garden of your dreams today! This is an exclusive offer not available in stores! Sign up for this fantastic gardening offer before it’s gone!

With spring upon us, there is no better time to go and play in the dirt again.  (Remember that ol’ Pikes commercial?)  Gardening is both therapeutic, and a great way to bond with little ones, and teach them simple science lessons, too.

Frugal Gardening 101 eBook

Also, check out this offer here for Frugal Gardening 101 eBook, which comes with FREE garden journal and seedling/plant labels!

Frugal Gardening 101: The Comprehensive Guide to Vegetable Gardening Without Breaking the Bank, is just that. A 50 page guide to show you everything you need to know about starting your home garden. All the way from the benefits of home gardening, the cost, all the steps to getting started, organic pest control, vermicomposting, plans to build your own tomato cages–and so much more!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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{Disney Book Club} Wreck It Ralph Book for 99¢

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Disney Book Club - Wreck It Ralph

Get Disney’s Wreck It Ralph book
for just 99¢ when you join the Disney book club!

Are your kids big Disney fans? Are you looking for a way to satisfy their hunger for reading? Or are you simply looking for a way to get them interested in reading? Look no further: 

You’ll get 4 Disney books for just 99¢ each, plus a FREE Disney activity book. Titles include The Lion King, Toy Story, Wreck It Ralph, Brave, Cars, and Cinderella.  Build a library of Disney classics & Pixar hits, featuring high-quality, hard cover editions; and you’ll receive 3 new books each month. There is no purchase commitment; this is a risk free offer – you can cancel anytime. 100% satisfaction guarantee. A+ BBB Rating.

Note: This offer is a monthly book club. Disney book club customers will automatically be charged and sent additional books each month. To manage your account, call 1-800-353-3140 or login to your account online: https://www.earlymoments.com/Login/

Finally, also check out this fantastic offer for Dr. Seuss fans!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Dr. Seuss Book Club Offer – 5 Books for Just $5.95

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Dr. Seuss Book Club

Join the Dr. Seuss Book Club,

and enjoy the many perks NOW!

Dr. Seuss is fast becoming a popular author in our house. My 4-year-old daughter has long-enjoyed listening to -and now starting to read- Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat and the Hat, along with Oh the Thinks You Can Think! From the play on words, to the fun illustrations, Dr. Seuss books are great for pre-readers and beginning readers alike. (Ok, and for lifelong readers, too!) Both the simple rhyming patterns, along with nonsense words allow for children to explore the language around them.

Indulge in a favorite, both from your childhood and for your child — Get 5 Books for just $5.95 Plus FREE shipping! Sign up today and get a FREE Dr. Seuss backpack* plus 2 Bonus Book Opportunities!  Just look at all you’ll get when you join the Dr. Seuss Book Club

Dr. Seuss Book Club 2

When you join the Dr. Seuss book club, you’ll receive 3 new books each month, as well as create lasting memories with the same classic stories you loved as a child.  Further, you control your membership online, and enjoy the convenience of home delivery for less than $5 per book!

*while supplies last

**This offer is a monthly book club. Dr. Seuss book club customers will automatically be charged and sent additional books each month. To manage your account, call 1-800-353-3140 or login to your account online: https://www.earlymoments.com/Login/

Finally, also check out this fantastic offer for Disney fans!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Get in Shape AND Save @ Target!

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When I was at one of my Target stores the other day, I saw TONS of fitness gear on clearance! So, if you’re looking to step up your game (you know the pools’ll be opening soon!!), here’s a chance to snag some great deals o help you get in shape.

Have YOU seen other good Target clearance items lately? 🙂

Target fitness equipment clearance

Target fitness equipment clearance

Yep, that’s right — you see the Shaker Weight there!

Target fitness equipment clearance

T-ball, softball, and baseball equipment also on clearance!

Keep on saving!  :o)
–Barbara

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Play Wheel of Fortune, Scrabble Cubes, Bejewled, and MORE for FREE!

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Are you looking for a fun way to spend some time online? Why not play some FREE online games to keep you sharp!

GSN is one of the largest online casual games and virtual casino sites online. With over 100+ games, users can play for free against other players, compete for cash, or play in our virtual casino. Games include:

o Wheel Of Fortune, SCRABBLE Cubes, Bejeweled Blitz and Deal Or No Deal. {Games you can ONLY get at GSN!}

And their fair matching algorithm that matches up our cash players evenly so they are competing against players of equal skill.

Keep on saving!  :o)
–Barbara

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Easter recipes – Kid friendly bunny cinnamon rolls

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Earlier this week I shared a fun Easter recipe for kid friendly Breakfast Easter Baskets.  Another one of the Easter recipes I came up with that we tried out recently was inspired by these Bunny Rolls that I found on Pinterest.  They are so easy to make, and literally only use one ingredient.  I hope you and your family enjoy them as much as my family does!

Easter bunny cinnamon rolls

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls

(Makes 8 bunny rolls)

Ingredients:

1 tube/can cinnamon rolls with icing (that’s it!)

Easter bunny cinnamon rolls

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 400.

2. Pop open tube and remove icing packet.

3. Unroll dough into long flat strips.

4. Cut 3 one inch segments from the end of each strip for two ears and a tail.

5. Roll up 2/3 of the remaining dough strip.

6. Starting from the other end of the strip, begin rolling the dough in the opposite direction. (Like an S)

7. Press two 1″ strips onto the smaller round part at the top (the head).

8. Pinch another 1″ strip in half and press it onto the side of the larger bottom part (the body) to make the tail.

9. Place bunny rolls onto a greased baking sheet.

10. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.

11. Remove from heat and drizzle with icing before serving.

(For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here) 

Easter bunny cinnamon rolls

I hope you enjoy this fun Easter recipe, I know we did!  What’s your favorite Easter recipe to share with your family?

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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