Archives for April 2014

Sweetbay Becomes Winn-Dixie

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sweetbay becomes winn dixie

Have you heard the news?  Sweetbay becomes Winn Dixie!  There are so many many many reasons why this is fantastic news for all my Florida readers.  (Seriously, I *wish* there was a Winn Dixie closer to me!)

So for my Sweetbay peeps (yep, that includes my sweet MIL!), keep these points in mind as Sweetbay becomes Winn Dixie:

  • New Name, Same People – the name’s changed, but the familiar faces and friendly customer service hasn’t.  You’ll still see all the folks you know and love from Sweetbay, they’ll just be daunting Winn Dixie digs instead of Sweetbay.
  • Double the Deals  – Winn-Dixie offers so many new ways to save with programs like Dependable Deals, e-coupons and fuel perks!  Brush up on their coupon policy and how they double coupons.
  • More Sales in Every Aisle – Winn-Dixie’s made it easier than ever to save more on the items you buy most.

The bottom line is this: there’s no need to panic if you’ve been a die-hard Sweetbay shopper for years and years.  All the things you’ve come to love aren’t going anywhere – instead, you’re GAINING all the brilliant savings and service that Winn Dixie has come to represent.  See when you’re Sweetbay store is transitioning here.

For the coupon curious: here’s a brief synapsis of Winn Dixie coupon usage. Winn-Dixie has the following guidelines and limitations for coupons, special promotions and programs:

  • Coupons presented for items that are part of the Make-a-Meal, Double Play or What-a-Deal promotion will only validate for redemption on the MAIN item in the deal. Coupons for the free items will require store management approval.
  • “Stacking” is permitted; stacked coupons will redeem when one store coupon and one manufacturer coupon are used on the same item.
  • “Cash Back” can only be applied to any additional items within the purchase and cannot be applied to sales tax.
  • WIC and SNAP transactions that include coupons which exceed the value of the coupon items are ineligible for “cash back” or application to other items within the purchase.
  • Limits specified on coupons must be followed.
  • All coupon purchase requirements must be met.
Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Fitness Confidential – $2.99 Kindle Version

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As you may recall, I’m making great strides to clean out my pantry, and ramp up my fitness efforts these days.  (That two-year-old post-partum baby weight ain’t going to magically disappear overnight, much to my chagrin.) Some days are much more successful than others.  And some days, I just eat cake.  In any case, I’m always on the hunt for great health and fitness-related deals.

This one’s a scorcher: through May 4th, 2014, you can snag a copy of Fitness Confidential: Adventures in Weight Loss for only $2.99 (Kindle Version).  That’s 80% off!

Written by the fitness trainer for the stars, Vinnie Tortorich helps readers get in to fantastic shape, all while weaving the inside dirt on what really goes on in the fitness industry.  So, it’s like a fitness routine plus your favorite celebrity sleaze all rolled in to one!  😉  What’s the best piece of fitness equipment money can buy? What’s the fastest way to lose weight: diet or exercise? Why are health clubs worse than used car lots? Why has Tortorich been named “America’s Angriest trainer”?  Gotta snag the book to find out these secrets, and much more!


If you’re feeling further inspiration, check out these great workout DVDs – they deliver results, but are easy on the wallet.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Free Story Times Around Atlanta

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Story Times Around Atlanta

Story times around Atlanta are just one of a gajillion perks of being a parent of little ones in this city.  Story time is an extended benefit of parents reading aloud to their children, as it also helps a child’s social side grow, as well as prepare/supplement listening skills for preschool and school.  Following a list of mostly retail places around the metro Atlanta are that offer story times, open to the community.

First, don’t forget, you can also check with your local library, as well – despite budget cuts these last few years, story times are still going strong.  Local counties have their times listed online: Dekalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Clayton, Cobb, Sequoyah regional and Forsyth. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Caillou Talking Doll – A Big Hit!

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Caillou Talking Doll with accessoriesWe recently were sent a talking Caillou doll to play with and review.  (And by “we”, I mean my five-year-old daughter and two-year-old son, of course!)  We’ve seen “regular” (non-talking) Caillou toys in stores before, mostly at Babies R Us and Toys R Us, but the talking doll takes the cake.  Both of my kids (5 and 2) have long been fans of watching Caillou, and were thrilled when I surprised them with the doll.  Imagine they’re delight when they discovered he could TALK, too!  He’s got several cute phrases, including teaching about the seasons, counting to five, colors (and gives examples), naming his friends (and he includes his little sis – bonus points in my book!), naming animals, teachers “thank you” and “hello” in French, and thanks you for playing with him. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Fisher Nut Exactly debut + giveaway!

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Holy Mary, mother of popcorn!  I have found my newest addiction: Fisher Nut Exactly.  I was sent a package of this amazing treat, and -to be honest- I just can’t bear to share it with my family!  Shhh, don’t tell ’em!  It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty and crunchy.  Seriously: this is Good.  Stuff.  Yet, surprisingly, I don’t feel the need to chow down on the whole bag – a handful satisfy my sweet tooth, then I’m done.

Fisher Nuts is launching a first-of-its-kind snack product – Fisher Nut Exactly – exclusively at Costco stores in the Southeast. This snack contains no artificial ingredients and is created with the perfect combination of crunchy roasted almonds and whole grain popcorn, rolled into a snack-sized bite that’s dipped in rich 66% cacao real dark chocolate.

With Fisher Nut Exactly’s sweet yet savory taste it’s the perfect snack for entertaining and will appeal to everyone. Fisher Nut Exactly arrives soon in the Southeat, and will be available April 6th at Costco stores throughout the Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee).

Costco stores throughout the Southeast will also have sampling of Fisher Nut Exactly on:
·         Sunday, April 6th
·         Saturday, April 12th
·         Wednesday, April 16th
·         Saturday, April 26th

So -if nothing else- you can go get your snack on at Costco.  — I know I will! 😉

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Now, would you like a chance to WIN a Fisher Nut Exactly prize pack?  One lucky winner will get a bag of Fisher Nut Exactly, as well as a $50 Costco gift card.  Not too shabby, huh?  It’s simple.  Simply comment below telling me which part of the Fisher Nut Exactly snack sounds most intriguing to you, OR what you would do with a $50 Costco gift card.  (You can comment daily for more entries!) Then fill out the form below, and Tweet and share daily on Facebook to increase your odds of winning!  Good luck, y’all!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Sweet Bananas and Honey Dessert

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bananas and honey

As you may know by now, my goofy kids are quite picky eaters.  (Okay, fine, so are their parents.  After all, apples don’t make peaches, right??)  I’ve already shared how the enjoy applesauce spiked with frozen peas.  But a secret favorite treat of theirs is one that’s actually quite healthy for them:  bananas and honey.  (or as my otherwise quite articulate 2-year-old son calls them “gananas”.)  It’s a simple, kid-friendly recipe that they gobble up every.  single.  time. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Spring Cleaning Giveaway

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With the return of (hopefully) warmer temperatures -and pollen here in the South- comes the glorious signs of Spring.  Just look outside: trees are blooming, grass is starting to come up, flowers paint a colorful landscape around us.

Amidst the majestic landscape with which we are blessed comes this desire by many to clean up.  Spring clean, if you will.  I’ve teamed up with some pretty fab Atlanta-based bloggers who’ve done some spring cleaning of their own, and boy, do we have a fantastic stash of goodies, ready to pass on to one lucky winner!

Spring Cleaning Giveaway

You see, Twitter apparently has been doing a little spring cleaning of their own, and are poised to launch their new interface.  If you’ve not been on Twitter yet, or simply aren’t active, now is the perfect time to give it a whirl – and following each of these lovely bloggers can benefit you twofold: amazing Twitter content from which to follow, AND the chance to win some fabu prizes.

Check out the loot one lucky winner will get from this spring cleaning giveaway, valued at over $200:

  • Three (3) Julep Maven Nail Polishes ($14 each) thanks to @SpelKen
  • a Jane Satchel in Black valued at $75 thanks to @MommyTalkShow
  • $25 Bebe Gift Card thanks to @KeciaHambrick
  • $25 Publix Gift Card thanks to @SaverInTheCity
  • $20 Sephora Gift Card thanks to @ThePoshBlog
  • $20 Amazon Gift Card thanks to @AtlantasFrugalM (that’s me, y’all!)
  • Lotty Dotty Tote ($40 value) from @MK_Snellville
  • Upcycled Spring Pendant with Stainless 24 inch Ball Chain ($26 Value) from the Etsy shop of @MundaneMagic
  • Flow & Wendell book – by William Wegmen ($16.49 value) from @MacKidGACanton

So how does one win all this fabulous loot? It’s simple. First, comment below, telling me which items you find most appealing. Then, fill out the form below, following each of these bloggers on Twitter and tweeting about the giveaway.

You’ll have through Monday, April 28 to enter to win.  Good luck, y’all!!
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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Explaining Death to Young Children

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Explaining Death to Young Children

Explaining death to young children is never a particularly desirable subject, I find, as we wish to preserve their innocence and shield them from anything that may burst their fragile bubble, believing all is always well in their world.  However, death is inevitable.  Some folks lose loved ones later in life, while others experience death of a loved one at a tender, young age.  Following is my story, explaining death to my five-year-old daughter, Carol.

My grandmother was fortunate enough to raise her five children, not only to see all eight of her grandchildren grow up, but also see her eight great-grandchildren, AND meet three great-great-grandchildren.  She lived for almost 18 years after my grandaddy passed away, and was the last of her twelve siblings to survive.  She lived through the great depression, and lost her own mother at a very young age.  She was, in every sense of the word, a good Southern woman.  She had the greenest thumb I’ve ever seen, able to revive even the limpest plant, and made the world’s best cornbread, biscuits, green beans, and fried apple pies.  Fond memories of sitting on the front porch, eating watermelon after a big Sunday lunch sit firmly in my memory, holding a very special place in my heart.

She was four days shy of her 95th birthday when she went Home. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Alpha-Bits Snack Mix

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Ever have one of those moments when you realize YOU are in charge of snack for your child’s class, and you only have an hour to throw something together?  Yeah, I’ve been there more times than I care to admit.  And the idea of plying my child and her classmates with junk food just because it was easier simply doesn’t sit well with me.

So when I found myself in this quandary about a week ago, I was lucky to have a good supply of pantry items I could mix together to make a snack mix.  Thanks to the good folks at Alpha-Bits, it was something the kids seemed to really enjoy, too!  Bonus: it’s so easy, even my five year old can make it, but not without sampling it as she goes.

This really is simple.  Like not even really recipe-worthy.  But I’m going to recipe it up for y’all anyway. 

Alpha-Bits Snack Mix

  • 1-2 part raisins
  • 2 parts pretzels of choice
  • 1-2 parts marshmallows (I used the very same ones I used for Peppermint Chocolate Popcorn)
  • 2 parts Alpha-Bits cereal

Alpha-Bits Snack Mix ingredients [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Alpha-Bits Spelling – Encouraging Emerging Readers

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Alpha-Bits Spelling

My freshly-five-year-old daughter is becoming an emerging reader, and thus an emerging speller these days.  (Yep, I’m gonna pat myself on the back just a little bit for that!)  We’ve practiced sight words to no end, but now that she’s interested in spelling, I decided it was time to start seeing what she could do with her writing/spelling skills.

Yesterday we had the perfect opportunity to play around with her spelling skills.  And snack a little too.  We used a little glue, cardstock, markers, sight word cards (for reference), and assorted Post Alpha-bits cereal pieces.  We dubbed it “Alpha-Bits Spelling”. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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