Archives for June 2014

How to Block Facebook Game Invites

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How to block Facebook game invites

It all started with Farmville a few years back, and for some of us, it’s only gotten worse: Facebook games.  I, in particular, don’t care to play games on Facebook, and never accept invites for such.  With Facebook’s ever-changing formula, I stumbled upon a way to block Facebook game invites, and wanted to share it with y’all.

Sure, you could just hit “ignore” or decline whenever you get invites for Facebook games, but if you wish the invites to cease all together, here’s a sure-fire way to do so. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Spinach pancakes {Picky Tot Pleasers}

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This post originally appeared as a guest post on another site about two years ago, but that site is no longer around. :/ SO, I’m re-claiming it and adding it to my Picky-Tot Pleasers series.  Lemme know what’cha think!

Spinach pancakes

 

Call me Popeye.  What can I say?  I love to cook with spinach.  Up until recently, it’s been in just about any dish I made with chicken or ground turkey.  However, I crossed the line the other morning when I (deliberately) baked spinach in to my pancakes.  That’s right, my daughter and I made spinach pancakes.  On purpose. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Cheap Tide at Dollar General

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Have you seen this amazing deal for Tide at Dollar General? You’ve got to act FAST, as this coupon won’t be around long.  Starting next week (6-29-14), Tide will be on sale for $7.50 for the 69-75 oz bottle.  Click the picture below to grab this great coupon!  Also, check for printable manufacture coupons to stack with this great store coupon!

Tide at Dollar General
While you’re at it, check out my favorite tips for beating the laundry blahs

Tips for beating the laundry blahs

AND see if you’re using too much laundry detergent.

Are you using too much laundry detergent?

 

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--Barbara

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Vitamix Applesauce with a Twist

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Vitamix Applesauce

So I’m really loving my Vitamix these days.  Juicing for breakfast, and sharing with my son.  (Say goodbye to his multivitamin!)  Warm Vitamix Chicken Tortilla soup on a cool evening.  And now, Vitamix Applesauce, with a twist.

As you may recall, my goofy kids enjoy applesauce and frozen peas.  I don’t know why, they just do.  I’m not complaining, since they don’t normally volunteer to eat anything green.  So, when I set out to make Vitamix appleasauce, I was determined to fuse other healthy foods in to the mix as well.

Here’s what I did:

I found a bunch of pre-sliced apples on clearance at Kroger, so that’s what I used.  You can use whatever kind of apples you have on hand, but I recommend you stick with the sweeter, rather than tart apples.  Also, I use all organic ingredients whenever possible.

First I made  a batch that was JUST apples, lemon juice, and cinnamon.  I used too much cinnamon, and my daughter was not a fan.  So I made another batch, using other ingredients to blend with the cinnamon-y batch, to tone it down.

Vitamix Applesauce and the cinnamon debacle

Remember my meatball debacle from a while back? Yeah, ^^^ this brings back fond memories.

Vitamix Applesauce with a Twist
 

You’ll need:

  • 2-3 sweet apples
  • a splash of lemon juice
  • a small handful of baby carrots (I have small hands, sooo, I’d approximate about 1/2 cup.)
  • ~ 2/3 c frozen strawberries
  • 1 spoonful of sugar or sweetener (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Blend all ingredients, starting with slowest speed, working your way up.  If you have a tamper*, use it to help push ingredients down.   If mixture seems too chunky or not “smooth” enough, add small doses of water, as needed.  I believe I ended up adding about 1/4 c water all together.  Blend to desire smoothness and enjoy!Vitamix applesauce with a twist!

One thing I want to try with my next batch is to freeze it in small containers, or fill an ice cube tray and freeze that way – then I’ll have applesauce handy, and can toss in kids’ lunch bag in the morning, and it’ll thaw by lunch time.  Also, I’m going to try adding a bit of spinach with this recipe.  I’d also like to try a batch with dates, or other nuts, as inspired by The Blender LadyWhat other ingredients would YOU add to Vitamix applesauce?

* I don’t have a tamper so I had to improvise.  (What can I say?  When you get a $9 Vitamix, you don’t always get all the cool accessories!)  When ingredients looked “stuck”, I’d turn off and open the top and push down with long plastic spoon.  Yeah, a tamper would be SOO much easier!

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--Barbara

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Ross Dress for Less Summer Style – win $150 giftcard!

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Y’all may know by now, I’m a fan of Ross Department Stores.  I’ve frugally outfitted my daughter quite a few times, and LOVE hunting for a good bargain!  And I am anticipating another shopping trip, as the good folks at Ross are sending me another $25 gift card – I’ll share with y’all just how far I can stretch that once I make the trip.  I’m sure I’ll find my Ross Dress for Less Summer Style!

In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that from now until June 27, Ross Dress for Less is celebrating summer with their What’s Your Summer Style?  promotion on the Ross Facebook page. Here’s how it works:

  • Take the quiz on our Facebook page to find out your summer style!
  • Share your results with your Facebook friends for an extra entry.
  • Each week we’ll randomly select two $150 gift card winners who will have the chance to shop for summer staples at Ross!

So what are you waiting for?  Go take the quiz NOW!  🙂

Disclosure: I received a form of compensation in return for sharing this information with you.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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The Lego Movie Giveaway + Awesome Blog App!

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The Lego Movie giveaway

Disclosure: I am working with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, who are supplying a copy of The Lego Movie on Blu-Ray.

Ok, first of all, I have to simply brag about my nephew, who is perhaps one of the most talented artists I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.  Even as a toddler, he was drawing amazing pictures of Thomas and Friends.  His latest thing, ten years later, is The Lego Movie – as illustrated in his current picture.  Yeah, that boy’s got TALENT!  🙂

The Lego Movie Giveaway

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--Barbara

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Stack Up the Flavor w/ Krystal Stackers + giveaway

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Krystal Stackers giveaway

Ooh, lordy!  Y’all may already know I’m a fan of Krystal by now.  So when I was asked to try out the new Krystal Stackers sandwiches, of course I jumped at the opportunity!  (Confession, I can almost *smell* Krystal while typing this up.  Nope.  Not kidding.)

After a morning of garage sale-ing, I treated my family to lunch at Krystal, for my husband and I to try out the new stacker, while the kids enjoyed their favorites: chicken sandwiches and regular Krystal sandwiches.  And fries.  Lots of fries all around, because, well, …fries.  😉

My family should be used to me taking pictures of their food at this point (life of a blogger!), but I guess it was all so good, they devoured most of it before I got a chance to take some good shots.  So you’ll just have to bear with me as I show you half-eaten Krystal Stackers and stock photos from their website. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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5+ Other Ways To Play with a Water Table

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Other Uses for a Water Table

The holy grail of outdoor kids’ toys these days comes in the form of a water table.  There are many great ways for kids to enjoy the water table with …water.  And sand.  I think we all know that, right?

But if you’d like to REALLY get more bang for your buck with these tables, consider alternate uses for the water table.

5+ Ways to Play with a Water Table

  1. CARS!  Most water tables have slanted surfaces, with ramps and other road-like twists and turns.  Also, try trains, or any other wheeled hand-held toy.
  2. Make it a sensory table.  Fill it with a few cups of rice and beans one day, along with scoopers and small cups. Cotton balls and colored pom-poms the next day with kid-friendly tweezers, as well as big cups to transfer them in to.  For preschoolers ready for scissors, toss in some straws, scrap paper, and kid scissors and let them practice.
  3. Play dough.  Seriously, what a great surface to create and mold with little hands.  Toss in the play dough rollers, molders, and other fun toys, and let them go at it!  For a fun textural change, mix the play dough with a little sand and/or glitter.
  4. Noodles and rice make for another great sensory experience.  (Dried, of course!)  Grab scoopers, cups, and other toys you might use with your Play dough (see above) for a new sensation.
  5. PAINT it!  Water colors, some butcher paper or cardboard or just regular ol’ paper, some brushes, and -boom!- you’ve got a nice little, change-of-pace easel.  Or kids can paint right on the water table, especially if you have washable paints on hand.
  6. Mix it up: Fill it up with sand, or make your own “moon sand”, and toss in some cars, dinosaurs, scoopers.
  7. Water Gun Station.  Melissa from Stockpiling Moms suggested using the table as a water-gun filling station.
  8. Shaving Cream – My kids frequently get “shaving cream baths” or showers – but you can also let them use shaving cream on a water table too.  Bonus: the shaving cream acts as a cleaner!
  9. Ice, Ice, Baby – Yeah, I just went there.  Fill up some ice cube trays with small trinkets and freeze them.  Toss a few small toys in small to mid-size tupperware containers, cover with water, and freeze them, too.  Fill your table with the ice, and arm the kids with squirt bottles, and let them “rescue” the treasures inside!

Also, check out other ways to keep your kids cool this summer, free and frugal ways to beat the heat around Atlanta (splash pads around Atlanta, local water parks and aquatic centers, or indoor venues around Atlanta), great outdoor toys for tots, and outdoor toys for kids of all ages!

Frugal Ways to Keep Your Kids Cool

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Backyard Toys for Kids of All Ages

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--Barbara

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UFC Gym Perimeter – Kids Kick Some Butt! + Giveaway

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This is a sponsored post with Mums the Word Network and UFC Gym Perimeter. All opinions, however, are completely my own.

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Today, my daughter Carol and I worked together to kick some butt.  Well, sorta.  We were invited to attend a special session at UFC Gym Perimeter, to try out their new kids program.  She was elated by the experience.  Not only did we get to peruse through the equipment before class began, but she also got to test out a pair of boxing gloves and a super-cool tech-y punching bag.

At UFC Gym, boys and girls learn self-defense, self-confidence and discipline while having fun in a safe and entertaining group class format. It’s also a great way for them to burn energy and have fun!  Taught by a staff of rockstar, attentive professionals, UFC Gym Perimeter kids classes help your little one learn self-confidence, coordination, discipline and self-defense.  Plus, it’s fun!UFC Gym Perimeter Kids Class

The class began with the kids warming up  for 15 minutes, using fun stretching and cardio races to hold the interest of the wide age range of the kids attending.  The highlight for Carol, of course, was the whole class getting in to “The Cage” for more fun and games (and excerise, but don’t tell her that part!), including planks, squats, and fun-and-friendly boxing moves.  The class concluded with a cool down stretch and a game.  Seriously, Carol. had. a. blast.  In the week since, every time we drive in that direction, she asks if we’re going to “the fun gym” so she can “play games again”. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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10 Outdoor Toys for Little Ones

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Outdoor Toys for Little Ones

Outdoor Toys for Little Ones

The benefits to playing outside are endless – what kid doesn’t want a little fresh air? (What adult, for that matter?!) Below are great outdoor toys for little ones, to help keep them occupied playing out doors.  Some are classic, some are new and innovative – all will keep your kids moving, grooving, and playing for hours to come!  Also, take a look at this list of outdoor toys for kids of all ages.

ECR4Kids Happy Caterpillar Climbing Structure

 

Outdoor Toys for Little Ones

Climb in, on, or around the Happy Caterpillar! Kids’ ages 2-4 will love to play on this colorful climber for hours of educational fun. The brightly colored body segments can be assembled in different ways with large “feet” holding the unit in place for safe play. The Happy Caterpillar can be used for indoor or outdoor fun.

Little Tikes First Slide

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--Barbara

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