Archives for September 2013

Seeking Car Seat Advice

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Oh car seats.  We started with the infant carrier, and got a taste of the super-cool rear-facing Graco® Snug Ride® Click Connect™ 40, which rocked my socks.  But, alas, children continue to grow, and we need to explore more options.  *sigh*

 

So now, I need some car seat advice:
My daughter is 4 1/2, and weighs 35 lbs. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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FREE Disney Custom Printed Map

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We *just* got back from our latest trip to Disney, and we are still holding on to a bit of magic and pixie dust.  We took advantage of a fantastic deal through my in-laws Mustang club, and enjoyed three nights at a Disney resort.  This means, we rode the Disney bus every day.  (Even though my 20 mo old son kept calling them “Mickey fire trucks” — but that’s a story for another day…)

What I wish we’d had on hand during our two days at Disney was this super-cool FREE Disney Custom Printed Map! How cool is this!? There were enough new attractions at the Magic Kingdom, and enough rides our four-year-old daughter was finally big enough to ride. However, even with the best of intentions, we still found ourselves fumbling around, trying to figure out our next move!  Click the banner below to get your FREE Disney Custom Printed Map:




Also, it’s not too late to grab the FREE Disney Parks DVD, to help plan your next vacation or to just dream! My daughter has enjoyed watching hers over and over again, reminiscing about her latest trip – and, um, offering up suggested new rides in the future. (Jasmine really needs her own ride, ya know? And Ariel should have three or four.)


Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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ABCMouse.com FREE trial

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If you’re looking for another way to supplement your child’s learning at home, I recommend giving ABCMouse.com a try.  Best of all, you can do so now for free.  Enjoy ABCMouse.com FREE trial offer for 30 days. ABCMouse.com is designed to help enrich learning for children ages 2 to 6, through educational games. It has a full online curriculum for preschool through kindergarten, covering all areas of curriculum: reading, art, math, music and songs, science and social studies.  All done in a fun manner, kids progress through levels, ensuring their always working at their own level and learning important skills as they go.  It’s also packed with other fun activities (with some learning tossed in, of course!), such as an interactive zoo, tickets and reward system, an aquarium, interactive farm, and so much more!  Sign up for ABCMouse.com FREE trial here.


ABCMouse.com FREE trial

As always, I do not recommend relying solely on ABCMouse.com for your child’s learning needs.  Rather, use this as a tool to supplement his learning.  Continue reading with/to your child, point out environmental print, play counting games, provide plenty of opportunities for drawing and coloring, and more.  However, for a consistent format for supplementing your child’s learning, ABCMouse.com free trial is top notch!  Give it a try, and let me know what you think!  🙂

For further ideas, check out my “Whatcha Reading” book picks, and join us Wednesday, September 25 for a #Tweet4Literacy Twitter party!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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DailyBurn Workout Plan FREE Trial + Fashionable Workout Gear

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Ok, now that you’ve assessed your RealAge, you may be looking to step up your overall physical health.  (Ok…  Fine — I fudged some of my answers, so I know I”m not really 24…  *sigh*)  My husband and I have recently taken on juicing in the evenings — we are terrible about getting our fruits and veggies in each day.  I try to walk as much as I can, and enjoy running/chasing my two active little gingers.  And yet, here I am, almost two years postpartum, and still carrying those extra pounds….

Somethings gotta give.

That’s why I’m interested in the DailyBurn Workout Plan – it comes with 100% Risk-Free 30-Day Trial!  You know me, if it’s free, it’s the right price.  😉  You get access to ALL their workout videos.  The great thing about accessing a workout program online is you know your getting the latest, up-to-date techniques.  (We love you Jane Fonda, but your moves are a little outdated!)  To make the most of your workout (and for the best use of your time), you want to be able to pack the most punch with each move, right?  Additionally, enjoy community support and other tools to help you succeed!

DailyBurn Workout Plan

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If you’re like me, you’re wardrobe is begging for an update.  Or at least workout gear that allows you to breathe!  That’s why I’m also thrilled to tell you about the great gear at Ellie. RIght now, you can get 20% off your purchase. Ellie combines essential fashion-forward looks with high-tech performance activewear for the most stylish fitness experience you’ve ever had! Additionally, you can take their stylequiz and tell them how you workout, to help them provide personalize recommendations.

What are some other strategies you are employing to help fight the battle of the bulge?  Now that the pool is closed, I”m really scrambling to find ways to burn calories without breaking the bank.  You can always access great titles via Amazon — check out this list here.  Do you take supplements?  (If so, I’ve got a good BOGO coupon for Puritan’s Pride here.  Just sign up for their newsletter, and they’ll send you the coupon.)  What other means do you utilize to help stay fit!?

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Whatcha’ Reading? Harold and the Purple Crayon

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Promoting literacy is such an integral part of my life, as a teacher and a mother, and I wanted to extended it to all of you. Therefore, I aim to bring a series “Whatcha Reading” to AFM. Here you will find book picks for children, adults, as well as tips for promoting literacy within your home.

Harold and the Purple Crayon - WhatchaReading

I recently re-read Crocket Johnon’s Harold and the Purple Crayon to my daughter. We marveled at how he kept the moon in his sight, and at how he used his crayon to carry his imagination even further, yet still end up safe and sound in his comfy bed. This was a perfect book, also, to enhance her beginning reading skills: we payed careful attention to the sight words she already mastered, as well as the ones she’s currently working on. Further, it was a great opportunity to introduce a few new words, like “moon”. (This was a great one, since we’ve been discussing the /oo/ sound with her “word eggs”; and its a simple phonetic spelling.)

Further, Harold served as a catalyst the following day in our driveway, bucket of chalk in hand, to create our own world, and travel far on our own adventures!

Later, we were inspired to pull out our copy of Harold’s Trip to the Sky, which extends his adventures with his trusty ol’ crayon.  We had discussions on what we would do if our crayons had that kind of magical power.  And given that I have a 4-year-old daughter, most of her responses involved princesses, fairies, mermaids, a sprkingling of pixie dust, and a few unicorns.  😉

Harold was a childhood favorite of mine, which I was thrilled to share with my children, when we found a copy of it at a garage sale a few years ago.  I was further elated when I saw it as an HBO animated series for kids.  We’ve caught it a few times, but I most enjoy the magic of Harold that is nestled between the pages of our books.  So……

What are YOU reading? 🙂

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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What is YOUR RealAge? **I’m 24!!**

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Find out what your real age is by taking the RealAge test!   It’s a unique calculation of your body’s health age. Created by top doctors. Powered by the latest medical research. Resulting in personalized tips and action plans to GET HEALTHIER and GROW YOUNGER!

I just took a few minutes to complete this fun but inclusive test, and I’m loving the results: I’m a full 8 and a half years younger than my “calendar age”!  I’m 33, but apparently have the wellness of a 24.5 year old.  I’ll take that.  😉

Take the RealAge test yourself and share your RealAge, then let me know what their RealAge is!  Can you beat my 8.5 years younger status?

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Join Us for #Tweet4Literacy (Twitter Party)

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Promoting literacy is such an integral part of my life, as a teacher and a mother, and I wanted to extended it to all of you. Therefore, I aim to bring a series “Whatcha Reading” to AFM. Here you will find book picks for children, adults, as well as tips for promoting literacy within your home.

#Tweet4Literacy - WhatchaReading

Hosted by: The Bluebird Patch


The path to literacy is a lifelong process that starts at birth. Creating a coherent high quality system to teach children at home is one of the biggest challenges many parents face. Young children have an innate desire to learn. That desire can be supported or undermined by early experiences. The experiences that parents provide to their children are extremely critical since it can dramatically increase the child’s chance to be successful later in life. The first years of development in a child’s life are the most important since they provide a foundation that guides not just academically, but socially, and emotionally.

Join us and The Atlanta Speech School for the #Tweet4Literacy Twitter Party on Wednesday September 25, 2013 at 7PM EST for a discussion regarding one of our nation’s most important needs, literacy! You’ll have the chance to win gift cards to Barnes & Noble and a brand new Samsung Tablet!  

I hope to see many of you all there — I’m looking forward to discussing something very dear to my heart!

 


The Twitter Party Details:


Who: Achieving Literacy in Everyday Life Twitter Party
When: Wednesday September 25, 2013 at 7PM EST
Where: On Twitter! Follow @BluebirdPtchATL,
@MommyTalkShow, @KBWhiskey, @AtlantasFrugalM tweets! 

Hashtag: #Tweet4Literacy
Follow: @
AtlSpeechSchool
@BluebirdPtchATL, @MommyTalkShow, @KBWhiskey, @AtlantasFrugalM
Co-Hosts: 
@MommyTalkShow, @KBWhiskey, @AtlantasFrugalM
Prizes: (4) $20 gift cards to Barnes & Nobles and a Samsung Tablet

RSVPRSVP below by following the steps below

Twitter Party Topics: 

    • Tips for encouraging literacy with your child
    • Literacy Statistics
    • A Literacy Action Plan
    • HowTo READ with Your Child
    • Read and Talk with Infants and Toddlers
    • Rollins Center

 

 HOW TO ENTER:

1) To get started, click here to Tweet“Join me at the @bluebirdptchatl #Tweet4Literacy Twitter Party w/ @AtlSpeechSchool 9/25 7PM ET!

2) RSVP below by entering your twitter handle in the linky (required). Be sure to RSVP for the party by submitting your Twitter handle.


3) Comment below with your favorite book(s) or author(s)

4) ADD TO GOOGLE CALENDAR:

 

*Prize winners must have RSVP-ed via linky and be participating in the discussion to win. Participants must be following @bluebirdptchatl on Twitter to be eligible to win. Open to United States residents only. One prize per winner. No purchase necessary. Twitter Party prize winners must complete a form with mailing details within 48 hours of the party. The form will be DMed if you win a prize.

 

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Walmart 9-15 9-21 – Under a $1

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Walmart 9-15 9-21

Hooray! I’ve finally got Wal-Mat match-ups for you! Make sure you have a copy of Wal-Mart’s coupon policy on hand when you shop — carry it in your coupon binder. :o)

Here are this week’s best $1.00 and Under items from this weekend’s coupons! To see the full list, visit Grocery Shop for FREE at The Mart’s Reverse Coupon Matchups!

Walmart 9-15 9-21 Under $1 deals!

DulcoLax – $1.98
DulcoEase , Dulcolax or DulcoGlide product – $1.00/1 – (exp 11/10/13) (SS 9/15)
DulcoEase , Dulcolax or DulcoGlide product – $3.00/2 – (exp 11/10/13) (SS 9/15)
Net Price: $.48

C&H Light Product – $1.92
C&H light product – $1.50/1 – (exp 11/30/13) (RP 9/15)
Net Price: $.42

Gain Dishwashing Liquid – $.97
Gain dishwashing liquid – $.25/1 – (exp 10/31/13) (RP 9/15)
Net Price: $.72

Pedigree Canned Dog Food – $.75
Pedigree Little Champions pouch variety pack 8 or 12ct or 6 single pouches or 6 13.2oz cans – $1/1 – (exp 11/10/13) (RP 9/15)
Net Price: $.59

Temptations Cat Treats – $1.50
Temptations Treats for Cats – $1/2 – (exp 10/26/13) (RP 9/15)
Net Price: $1.00

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Which stores double coupons?

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which stores double coupons

Which stores double coupons these days?  In light of recent news at Kroger’s allegedly lowering prices and -more importantly- ending their double coupons as of 9-21-13, I felt compelled to create a list of stores around the southeast that still DO double coupons.  If there’s a store I left off, please let me know.  🙂

 

Publix
Update 1/2017: Sigh.  Publix no longer doubles coupons in Georgia.  You can still stack store and manufacture coupons, but they are no longer doubling coupons.  I am deeply saddened by this news and their explanation, but it is what it is…  First and foremost, Publix remains the most user-friendly grocery store around.  Hands down.  While they have acquired the reputation for being “too expensive” – I certainly do not find this to be the case.  While I wouldn’t buy non-sale items from there, their BOGOs and sales each week, along side double coupons stacked with store coupons simply make for exceptional deals!  You can read more about my hints and tricks for shopping at Publix.

Target

Although they do not double coupons, they do allow you to stack manufacture’s coupons with store coupons on top of Cartwheel discounts, as well as combine with awesome Shopkick and Ibotta deals.  In my opinion, it’s worth keeping Tar-zshay on your list!

 

Bi-Lo

Bi-Lo doubles up to 10 coupons per transaction per day, up to 60¢ when you use your Bi-Lo Bonuscard.  See their full policy here and locations here.

Ingles

Ingles has a tiered doubling policy.  Coupons 50¢ or less will double: $10 transactions will allow for 3 doubled coupons, $20 for 6 doubled coupons, $30 for 9 doubled coupons, and so forth.  You MUST have an Ingles Advantage card in order to benefit from doubled coupons. You can read their full coupon policy here and find a location here.

Piggly Wiggly

Piggly Wiggly will double coupons up to 99¢, but only 10 coupons in one transaction per day per household.  Also only 4 “like” coupons allowed in one transaction.  For more on their policy, go here; find a location here.

Kmart

Kmart does not double every day, but on designated days.  They do not have a policy available online, but according to AllYou.com, Kmart doubles manufacture’s coupons to 99¢ on doubling days, up to 10 coupons per day, and only 4 like coupons.  Find your local Kmart store here — you may wish to verify your store’s specific policy.

Harris Teeter

Doubles up to 20 manufacture’s coupons per customer per household per day, up to 99¢.  Up to three “like” coupons will double in a single transaction.  Read full coupon policy here, and find locations here.

Farm Fresh

With stores in North Carolina and Virginia, Farm Fresh does not appear to have their coupon policy posted online, but according to several frugal websites, I have gathered the following: doubles 99¢ everyday, but $1 on Wednesdays; up to 20 coupons per customer, per day; maximum of two “like” coupons per customer per day.  Find locations here.

Winn Dixie

In Alabama and Georgia Winn Dixie will double coupons up to 50¢.  However, Florida locations do not double.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Caramel Apple Cream Puffs – Delicious and easy!

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Cream puffs. You know you love them. I typically buy the tub of them from the freezer section of the grocery store as an impulse, you know like when you’ve been shopping for over an hour and your kids are asking for everything and you haven’t had dinner and OH MY GOD I MUST HAVE THESE RIGHT NOW.

Those shopping trips. Lol.

However, if I actually plan ahead, I can just make them at home in under an hour for a lot less money.  Cream puffs are actually one of the easiest desserts to make, yet they come out looking fancy schmancy like they took all day.  They always make me think of the rice krispies treats commercial from years ago, you know the one I’m talking about!  (No?  What’s wrong with you?!  Just kidding, you can check it out below!)

 

Today I’m sharing how to make cream puffs at home, with a delicious caramel apple twist on the traditional cream and chocolate.  I got a jar of Musselman’s Apple Butter at a conference I attended this summer (they were a sponsor for Reviewer’s Retreat) and I knew it’s spiced apple flavor would be perfect for making my fall inspired cream puffs!  Check out the recipe below, and see just how easy they are to make for yourself!

Caramel Apple Cream Puffs

Caramel Apple Cream Puffs

Ingredients:

Dough for Puffs
1 cup water
1/3 cup butter
1/3 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
4 eggs (beaten)

Apple Cream Filling
8 oz container whipped cream (frozen)
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter

Caramel Drizzle
1 cup of unwrapped hard caramels

Caramel Apple Cream Puffs

Directions:

Puffs
1.  Preheat oven to 375.
2.  Bring water, salt and butter to a boil in a small saucepan.
3.  Quickly stir in flour until the dough forms a ball in the middle of the saucepan.
4.  Remove from heat and add eggs.  Whisk until smooth. (Quickly, before the eggs cook from the heat)
5.  Grease two mini muffin pans (Cake Release is AWESOME for this!)
6.  Scoop dough by the tablespoon into the mini muffin pans. (I know it doesn’t look like a lot, trust me!)
7.  Bake for 20 minutes.
8.  Remove from heat and cool.  (With a fan, if you are impatient like me!)

Caramel Apple Cream Puffs

Caramel Apple Cream Puffs

I wasn’t joking about the fan!

Cream Filling
1.  Mix all cream ingredients together until smooth.
2.  Fill a squirt bottle or piping bag with the filling.
3.  Poke a hole in the side of the cooled puffs and fill with cream mixture.

Caramel Apple Cream Puffs

Caramel
1.  Melt the caramel in a microwave safe bowl for 10 seconds at a time.
2.  Remove and quickly drizzle with a fork over tops of cream puffs.
3.  Reheat as needed, as it will cool VERY quickly!

Caramel Apple Cream Puffs

Now put your beautiful Caramel Apple Cream Puffs out on a fancy plate and tell everyone to get over there and ohh and ahh over them grab one and experience the deliciousness!

Caramel Apple Cream Puffs

Thank you to Double Duty Divas, iRetreat Conference, and Musselman’s Apple Butter for the inspiration behind this recipe!  I hope you enjoy these tasty puffs of amazingness as much as we do!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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