Archives for February 2014

Olivia’s Doll House – Spring Break Camps

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My daughter and I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a tea party with Princess Elsa, courtesy of Olivia’s Dollhouse in John’s Creek.  Watching a few dozen little girls dress up, sing along with, and hangout with one of their favorite Frozen characters was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for my daughter, and she keeps talking about “when she had a tea party with Princess Elsa.”

Olivia's Dollhouse - Princess Elsa

Simply splendid, in my books!

Brandi, the owner of Olivia’s Dollhouse, went out of her way during this event to ensure that all princesses (guests) were properly attended to, and even greeted each one by name.  With walls of dress-up dresses, shoes, and accessories from which to choose, the super-friendly staff helped each little girl transform in to a princess of their choice.  (Yeah, my daughter loves Frozen, but she’s still a hardcore Ariel fan.)  What a magical way to start the party!

Olivia's Dollhouse - dress-up collage

After each princess’s transformation was complete,  they hung out with Princess Elsa, chatting together while she painted sparkly art on each princess’s hand.

Olivia's Dollhouse - sparkly hand painting

Each girl was then whisked away to the royal dining room, where they were treated to “tea” (pink lemonade), light snacks, then finger sandwiches and pizza, followed by a sweet treat.  To top it off, Princess Elsa read stories to the princesses while they enjoyed their food, and then posed for pictures with each girl.  Each princess got a keepsake picture of their tea with Princess Elsa.

Olivia's Dollhouse - tea and dining with Elsa

All in all, it was a fairly simple, yet highly memorable event for my daughter, and all the princesses who joined us that afternoon.  If you have a princess who could use a little magic, consider signing her up for Olivia’s Dollhouse an Easter Bunny Brunch on April 13.  You can find details and make your reservations here.

Olivia's Dollhouse - Easter Bunny Brunch
Additionally, Olivia’s Dollhouse is offering a special spring break charm school camp for little ladies, ages 5 – 12.  You can opt for one day or all week.
Olivia's Dollhouse - Spring Break Charm School

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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20+ Signs You’re From Atlanta

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Signs You're From Atlanta

Atlanta.  A’lan-a.  The A-T-L.  “Hot-lanta” even…  If you’ve spent any significant amount of time in my fair city, you’ve heard it all.  And then some.  But what makes Atlantans stand out?  What makes us who we are?  Here’s my interpretation.  You can probably relate, whether you’re a true native, or a transplant – if you’ve spent time in Atlanta, you can relate to these.

Signs You’re From Atlanta

  1. That second “t” is silent.  The city is called “Aht/lan/nna”.  Period.  Ok, depending on how far back you can trace your roots, you may also omit the first “t”.
  2. Speaking of pronunciation, it’s called “Co-Cola”.  And it umbrellas every brown carbonated beverage known to man.  But drinking anything else is sacrilegious ’round here.  That pesky “P” word may as well be a 4-letter-word…Signs You're From Atlanta - Coca-Cola
  3. At least once, you’ve smugly told an out-of-towner to just follow 285, that it’ll lead them to their destination.  You cheeky sunnuvagun!Signs Youre From Atlanta - 285
  4. You know exactly what ITP and OTP mean!Signs Youre From Atlanta - ITP OTP
  5. Even if you matriculated elsewhere, you’ve spent at least one night an hour northeast, in downtown Athens.  But you probably don’t remember it.
  6. You’ve spent at least one St. Patrick’s Day a few hours south in beautiful Savannah.  But you probably don’t remember it.
  7. You can find Piedmont, Centennial, and all the other cool free things to do around Atlanta.

    Free Things to Do in Atlanta

    FREE Things to do in Atlanta

  8. You know the rarity of meeting a “Grady Baby” or a “Northside Baby” who’s been here all his/her life.Signs You're From Atlanta - Northside Baby Grady Baby
  9. When reading Gone with the Wind, you can identify many of the streets and towns mentioned throughout the story.Signs You're From Atlanta - Gone with the Wind
  10. You’ve met at least one Dunwoody house wife.  Probably playing tennis.
  11. You know where The Ted is, even if said Ted is on its way out.Signs You're From Atlanta - Turner Field
  12. You also know where the (downtown) Varsity is.Signs You're From Atlanta - The Varsity
  13. But you further know all the cool kids really prefer Zesto’s instead.Signs Youre From Atlanta - Zestos
  14. You also know where The Big Chicken is.Signs You're From Atlanta - The Big Chicken
  15. But chuckle whenever you hear someone say they live off a road named Peachtree.Signs Youre From Atlanta- Peachtree
  16. You can pinpoint precisely where “down yonder” is.  And you’re fixin’ta go there.  Y’all ever been?
  17. You know to bring a book for your morning commute, afternoon commute, or trip to the grocery store.
  18. IHOP SchmIHOP!  If you want good (greasy) breakfast grub, you head to the Waffle House.  After all, there’s one on almost every corner.Signs You're From Atlanta - Waffle House, baby
  19. You’ve rocked out to some Skynyrd at the Laser Show once or twice, and recently indulged in the closest thing Atlanta regularly gets to “snow” at Snow Mountain.Signs Youre From Atlanta - Stone Mountain
  20. You know at least a few folks who bleed red and black.  And probably folks who prefer other colors, but -well- meh…  You probably also know there’s an alternate spelling of “dog”, which is equally endearing, particularly ‘tween the hedges.Signs You're From Atlanta - UGA
  21. …which means, you fully understand the sacred nature of football Saturdays in the fall.
  22. Even if you’re from the suburbs, you tell people you’re from Atlanta.  Unless you live in Gwinnett County, then, inexplicably, you say you’re from Gwinnett.
  23. The only acceptable sweet tea is served in a styofoam cup from Chick-fil-a.  But you’re aunt Nancy’s runs a very, very close second.Signs You're From Atlanta - Chick-Fil-A Sweet Tea
  24. Also, the only acceptable chicken sandwich is from Chick-fil-a.  Nothing.  Else.  Comes.  Close.
  25. You know the “metro Atlanta area” consists of approximately 1/3 of the state of Georgia, and growing.
  26. (amended in light of our recent winter weather)  You’ve seen, firsthand, the absolute kindness of strangers, and -no matter how far north or south your roots are planted- you know the meaning of true Southern Hospitality.
Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Jen Jen House: Super Cute Prom Dresses at Great Prices

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This is a sponsored campaign with Mums the Word Network and Jen Jen House.  All opinions, however, are all my own.

So my beautiful little (almost) five-year-old girl is WAYS away from needing a prom dress anytime soon – of course, her daddy would like to prolong prom for another twenty-five or thirty years.  😉  What I can tell you is, we want our little girl to be able find a dress that’s fashionable, but tasteful.  Granted, short of dressing like a nun, there’s probably little her daddy will approve of, but even the dresses I found at Jen Jen House would get the most protective daddy’s approval, as well as the daughter’s.

Jen Jen House - prom dresses

I perused through their selection, and in spite of my personal lack of fashion sense, was quite impressed with what they had to offer.  Makes me wish I was 15 years younger again…  The site is super-easy to navigate, and allows users to customize their search, so each gal can find the dress meant for her.

One feature I found appealing with Jen Jen House is all dresses on their website can be custom made to exact measurements if you provide them with your custom sizes.  So, that means, every girl -no matter what her shape or size- can find the dress of her dreams.  Sizes range from 2 all the way to 26w.

Jen Jen House - prom dresses
And I wouldn’t be Atlanta’s FRUGAL Mom if I didn’t comment on the prices.  They’re totally affordable!  Right now, through February 20, you can get 55% off your order, plus 70% off shipping.  I recommend checking RetailMeNot for future weekly deals.

So if you’re in the market for a prom dress, either for yourself or a loved one -of if you’re just feeling whimsical- check out the selection at Jen Jen House!  Comment below with which dresses are your favorite.  🙂

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Cleaning Out My Pantry with Kroger’s Simple Truth

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The good people at Kroger recently hosted an event for local Atlanta bloggers, where we learned a heaping helping about their natural and organic products, including but not limited to, their Simple Truth line.  In exchange for attending and sharing this post, I was compensated with a SWEET goody bag, filled with ahh-mazing natural and organic goodies as well as a Kroger gift card.  All opinions, however, are mine.  Also, stay tuned for a chance to win $100 Kroger gift card!

As I’m writing this, I keep hearing Eminem singing “I”m sorry mama ….  but tonight, I’m cleaning out my closet.”  (Does that show my age????)  And although it’s done a little cheekily, there is more meaning behind that.  You see, I come from a LONG line of Southern women who love to eat and who love to feed their family.  In doing so, we don’t *always* prepare the healthiest meals.  However, as I keep peering in to my pantry, I keep getting both overwhelmed and sickened by the amount of junk I’ve allowed in to my home.

Kroger's Simple Truth Foods

Overwhelmed by “healthy buzz words”:

Overwhelming with all the talk of GMOs, organic, natural, whole grain, — and a never-ending list of words.  Some buzz words, while some having meaning behind them.  All seemingly overwhelming when you’re trudging through a pantry full of ooey-gooey goodness.  Also, overwhelming in formulating proper responses to nay-sayers who argue “well we were raised on this stuff, and we turned out just fine.”  Ok.  Maybe that’s easy: “would you let your kids eat paint chips, just because someone else did it before you??!”  We know better now, therefore we DO better now.  Right??

Ch-cha-cha-changes

So, I vow to break the bad habits lead out before me, and clean out my pantry.  I’ve been taking baby steps over the last few years, but now it’s time to kick it in to overdrive.  So Kroger’s timing was absolutely perfect!

One thing I’m working on doing for myself and my family is weeding out processed foods, or simply foods that have no sustenance whatsoever, and focusing on buying more organic options (both fresh and frozen).  Aaand it’s difficult to part with treasured childhood favorites!  (Remember: long line of Southern women!)  Additionally, bulking up classics with fruits and veggies wherever I can.

Back to Kroger.  They make this super-simple with their newly-extended line of natural and organic products.  Throughout the store you will find natural and organic items, not just in the “natural foods department.”  Kroger is utilizing their exclusive brands, Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic to help bring natural and organic foods to consumers of all walks of life.

Kroger's Simple Truth - in store products

Frugally Fresh and Fit:

And I wouldn’t be me (frugal) if I didn’t share how this will NOT break the bank.  First, I have done the comparisons.  A canister of Simple Truth organic raisins is within 10-20¢ of the same (non-organic) canister of raisins.  I’ll spend the extra 20¢ for something my son happily eats in bulk!  My point is this, prices on these items are already set at a competitive rate.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t deepen your savings:  make sure you have signed up and have current information (mailing address and email address, mainly) to your Kroger card.  It’s your main vehicle to savings.  In addition to instant savings simply by using your Kroger card when you shop, you also help to customize the coupons that are sent to you home and inbox.  And the Kroger Fuel Program?  Yeah, it rocks my socks, too!

GIVEAWAY TIME!
Want to give it a whirl at Kroger?  I’ve teamed up with three other lovely ladies to offer one lucky winner a chance to win a $100 Kroger gift card.  It’s simple.  First, comment below with what natural or organic products you enjoy OR would like to try.  Then fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

Good luck, y’all!  🙂
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Crunchy Weekend Deals 6/7/14

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Crunchy Weekend Deals - organic natural allergy-friendly gluten-free

Welcome to my inaugural “Crunchy Weekend Deals” for 2/14/14 –  a round up of the week’s best new organic, natural, green, gluten free, and allergy friendly coupons and online deals. Note: You’ll find a mix here — not everything here is organic; not everything is gluten free. Pick the deals and coupons that are right for your own family.  Super-special thanks to Mashup Mom for sharing this week’s deals!

Here’s Crunchy Friday for 6/6/14. Please feel free to use in whole or in part, changing out at least the first paragraph to your own wording, with a link back to Mashup Mom here: http://www.mashupmom.com/crunchy-friday-6614-organic-green-and-gluten-free-deals/

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Welcome back to Crunchy Friday for 6/6/14, rounding up the week’s best new organic, natural, green, gluten free, and allergy friendly coupons and online deals.

Note: You’ll find a mix here — not everything here is organic; not everything is gluten free. Pick the deals and coupons that are right for your own family.
Missed a Crunchy Friday? Read them all here.
Coupons

$1.00/1 half gallon Silk Coconutmilk.
$.75/1 Back to Nature granola clusters “or any other Back to Nature Product” (Facebook).
$.55/1 Horizon mac & cheese or sandwich product.
$1.00/1 organicgirl salad.
Mambo Sprouts has added $1.00/2 Plum organics, $1.00/1 Rudi’s gluten free bread, and more.
$1.00/1 new Chex gluten free oatmeal.
$.75/1 Bear Naked granola.
$.35/1 Joy ice cream cones (they have gluten free!).
$.50/1 new Larabar Renola bars.
$1.00/1 Cascadian Farm organic protein granola.
$.25/1 Bear Naked real nut energy bar.
$.75/1 Food Should Taste Good brown rice cracker.
$1.00/1 Organic Valley half & half.
$2.00/1 4-pack Svelte organic protein shakes.
$2.00/1 six pack Zevia natural soda.
Reminder: Complete Driscoll’s berries surveys with the codes on the bottom of your packages, and they will email you a coupon for each you complete!
Over on Hopster, you can print $1.00/1 Peanut Butter & Co, and also unlock a $1.50/1 Peanut Butter & Co. coupon by watching a video and signing up for their newsletter.
$1.00/2 Brown Cow non-GMO verified 0% fat Greek yogurts.
$1.00/1 Once Again nut butter product.
$1.00/2 Brothers all natural resealable bags.
$1.00/2 Brothers-All-Natural 6-Packs.
$1.00/2 Brothers-All-Natural Disney 5-Packs.
$1.00/1 Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner.
$1.00/1 Simple Green Lemon Scent All-Purpose Cleaner.
$1.00/1 Simple Green Heavy Duty BBQ and Grill Cleaner.
$2.00/1 Melt Organic spread (Rich & Creamy or Honey).
$1.00/1 Barbara’s product 4.4 oz. or larger and $1.50/1 Barbara’s Snackimals.
Kindle freebies

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Prices on Amazon often change quickly. These Kindle books are free as of the time and date of this post, but check to make sure the price is still $0.00.

The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book
Gluten Free Bread Recipes
Gluten Free Slow Cooker Recipes
Online deals

Abe’s Market

Get $10 off $40 with code WATER through 6/9!
Amazon

Prices on Amazon often change quickly. You need to be logged in to see and clip coupons, which are limit one per account and will come off just the first shipment. You can cancel subscribe & save or skip a shipment at any time. You get 5% off and free shipping with subscribe & save, which increases to 15% off if you have five subscriptions on the same day/month, or 20% off if you have five + Amazon Mom with Prime — in which case your price will be even lower than shown below!

Amazon is offering a 25% off coupon for select GoPicnic — which you can combine with subscribe & save for even better savings + free shipping!
Get this 12 pack of 6 oz cans Kirkland organic tomato paste for just $5.69 shipped with subscribe & save, or $.47 a can.
10 pack Bare Fruit cinnamon apple chips, $14.41 shipped when you clip the 20% off coupon on the page and check out with subscribe & save.
Apps

Get $.25 back on bananas this week on Checkout 51.
$.50 back on milk and several other new offers on Ibotta.
Recyclebank

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Learn ways to make a trip to the beach easier on the environment and earn up to 100 points, which you can then redeem for things like coupons.

VitaminShoppe

Get free shipping, no minimum on all orders at VitaminShoppe.com when clicking through this link, through 6/30.
Recipes

Fire Roasted Tomato Tapenade with Asparagus — Easy, tasty, and gluten, dairy free.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Krystal $25 gift card giveaway

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Krystal $25 gift card giveaway collage

Amidst this crazy and surprisingly cold weather these last few weeks, my family and I craved warmth.  But not just any ol’ warmth.  It had to be consumable and delicious!  😉

Enter: Krystals.  I was recently sent a gift card, to try out some of their items, and to share with y’all. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Peas and the Sauce – An Unlikely Combination

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So my kids are a little weird.  First, my son -who just turned two- didn’t initially seem to be a fan of sweet peas.  He would literally rather shove them up his nose than eat them.  Yeah….

But a friend mentioned a trick to me, and my kids have been eating it up ever since.  Frozen peas.  Yep.  Frozen.  Peas.  I serve them in fancy little ramekins, and they gobble them up like candy.

One day, I happened to serve frozen peas at the same meal with applesauce, and -wouldn’t you know it!- a new, weird marriage was formed.  My 4 year old daughter got the genius idea to dunk her peas in her applesauce.  It’s been a strange hit ever since.

Peas and the Sauce [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Kroger Clearance Hair Care Money Makers!

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Run -don’t walk!- to Kroger. As always, I perused through the clearance section of my Kroger yesterday, and was super-delighted with what I found.  (Y’all, seriously, always check the Kroger clearance section.  Check against the coupon database to see if you can stretch your dollar further.  Always!)

I just snagged some super-cheap hair care products.  And because I paired them with coupons, I scored super well!  When I was there earlier, these products were still there.  I cannot guarantee these items will be at your Kroger or that they’ll be on clearance at your store – just wanted to share, in case they are for you, too. (If they are, please let me know!)

Kroger Clear Shampoo ClearanceMost impressively, yes, I made money off these!  I used this: $2.50/1 Clear Scalp & Hair Product, exp. 2/23/14 (RP 01/26/14).

Kroger Clearance John FriedaWOO HOO!  9¢ a piece after coupons…  This is what I used: $3/2 Any two John Frieda Products, exp 3/1/14 (SS1/19/14)

Kroger Suave clearanceAaand more 9¢ conditioner.  Not too shabby!  I used this coupon: $2.50/1 Clear Scalp & Hair Product, exp. 2/23/14 (RP 01/26/14)  You can also use this printable version here or here.

Let me know if you find any of these deals at your Kroger.  And check out the coupon database for more great coupons, and the printable coupon center!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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