Sweet Apple Treat

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sweet apple treatTonight I made a sweet apple treat for my kiddos.  I’ve shared with y’all my sweet bananas and honey treat that my kids love.  Tonight, I did a variation of that.  Since my daughter gave up chocolate for Lent (God bless her sweet heart – I don’t have that kind of will power!), I had to get a bit creative. Let’s just call this another episode of #pantrysurprise.

I sliced an apple, warmed it in the microwave for one minute, then added a crumbled graham cracker. (Yes, one single graham cracker – it was all we had left…). I sprinkled a little cinnamon, drizzled a little honey, and warmed it up for another minute.

For my son’s, I added a few craisins to it.  My daughter long ago declared her distaste for all things “-aisin”, so I kindly left them off hers.

Honestly, I think it took me longer to make this (less than four minutes), than it did for them to devour it – which I guess means this episode of Pantry Surprise was a success. 😉

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Discount Tickets around Atlanta

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Discount Tickets Around AtlantaYou may have figured out there’s a ton to do around the Atlanta area. Not only are there plenty of free things to do in Atlanta, there’s also tons to do around town with discounted tickets.  Just as when you’re traveling, you should always check for discounted tickets for upcoming events.

 

Finding Discount Tickets Around Atlanta

 

Goldstar

Goldstar is one of the easiest ways to find discount tickets around Atlanta on all kinds of events and shows.  There's plenty of family-friendly shows, as well as more grown-up oriented shows and outings.  So whether you're looking for a date night or a family night, make sure you check these current deals at Goldstar first.

Also, make sure you search for other major cities when you're traveling.  Goldstar has deals in over 50 major US cities, so there's bound to be discount tickets for what you're looking for.

Current Goldstar Deals:

Improve Your Sex Life With Totally Wow! Workshops

at Totally Wow! Group, Marietta
OFFER DATES:
Tue, June 27
Tue, July 11
Sat, July 15
+ 9 more dates
Tue, June 27
Tue, July 11
Sat, July 15
Sun, July 23
Sun, July 23
Sun, July 23
Tue, July 25
Tue, August 08
Sat, August 19
Tue, August 22
Tue, September 12
Tue, September 26
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FULL PRICE: $30
OFFER PRICE: $15

Ladies, transform your sex life in a healthy and positive way with Totally Wow! Workshops. These women-only classes cover a range of topics, from safe BDSM practice to self-empowerment. Learn the ins ... [more+]

Ladies, transform your sex life in a healthy and positive way with Totally Wow! Workshops. These women-only classes cover a range of topics, from safe BDSM practice to self-empowerment. Learn the ins and outs of your body, pick up some expert techniques and get the most out of your love life with Totally Wow! Group in Marietta. [less-]

"Outbreak": Interactive Escape Room Experience

at Big Escape Rooms, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Tue, June 27
FULL PRICE: $30.24 - $363
OFFER PRICE: $20 - $250

Instead of sitting in a dark theater watching actors perform, "Outbreak" places you right in the middle of all the action. Set in the not-so-distant future, a deadly virus has swept the earth, wiping ... [more+]

Instead of sitting in a dark theater watching actors perform, "Outbreak" places you right in the middle of all the action. Set in the not-so-distant future, a deadly virus has swept the earth, wiping away a huge chunk of the population and leaving the world in utter chaos. It's post-apocalyptic madness and it's up to you and your team to release the antidote by finding clues and solving all the puzzles. But, time is running out and the infected are right behind you. Can you escape the room and save humanity before it's too late? You'll have to see for yourself when this interactive experience comes to Big Escape Rooms. [less-]

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games: "Full Throttle Fun" Package

at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games , Roswell
OFFER DATES:
Tue, June 27
Wed, June 28
Thu, June 29
+ 31 more dates
Tue, June 27
Wed, June 28
Thu, June 29
Fri, June 30
Sat, July 01
Sun, July 02
Mon, July 03
Tue, July 04
Wed, July 05
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FULL PRICE: $58 - $220
OFFER PRICE: $29 - $99

Feel the roar of the engines as you race high-speed gas-powered Superkarts on a European style track, experience Georgia's only interactive XD motion theater, maneuver your way through the indoor rope... [more+]

Feel the roar of the engines as you race high-speed gas-powered Superkarts on a European style track, experience Georgia's only interactive XD motion theater, maneuver your way through the indoor ropes course, rack up game points for prizes, and even savor BBQ from the Big Green Egg at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games in Roswell. This 100,000 square-foot entertainment center offers plenty of heart-pounding excitement for both kids and adults, with a full bar and restaurant and more than 40 HDTVs. With the "Full Throttle Fun" Package, you get one Superkart race (junior or adult), admission to the 7D dark ride, $10 worth of arcade play and one session at the Cosmic Rock Wall or Sky Trail ropes course. [less-]

Live Music & More at City Winery Atlanta

at City Winery Atlanta, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Tue, June 27
Thu, June 29
Fri, June 30
+ 1 more dates
Tue, June 27
Thu, June 29
Fri, June 30
Tue, July 04
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FULL PRICE: $10 - $24
OFFER PRICE: $5 - $12

Following on the heels of its acclaimed sister venues in New York City, Chicago, Boston and Nashville, City Winery Atlanta offers the best in intimate live music and comedy performances, along with fi... [more+]

Following on the heels of its acclaimed sister venues in New York City, Chicago, Boston and Nashville, City Winery Atlanta offers the best in intimate live music and comedy performances, along with fine dining, wine tastings and classes. Bringing the winery experience to the hot and happening Ponce City Market, City Winery is a vibrant, interactive space that appeals to culture lovers and foodies alike, with performances from music legends like Don McLean, John Doe of X, Aaron Neville, Matthew Sweet, J.D. Souther and many more. [less-]

Atlanta Networking Mixer: Meet Startup & Tech Pros

at Bantam Pub, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Wed, June 28
FULL PRICE: $18 - $37
OFFER PRICE: $9 - $18.50

If you're in the tech industry, it can sometimes feel tough to tear yourself away from the computer screen long enough to go out and meet other tech professionals in your city. But whether you're alre... [more+]

If you're in the tech industry, it can sometimes feel tough to tear yourself away from the computer screen long enough to go out and meet other tech professionals in your city. But whether you're already a part of the city's thriving tech community or just want to dip your proverbial toe in the water, you'll enjoy attending this fun and relaxed startup and tech professionals' meet-up at Bantam Pub. A host of startup pros will be on hand for this mixer, where you can meet new people and participate in lively discussions with outstanding names in the Atlanta startup and tech community. These events are happening across the country, so don't miss this special Georgia edition! [less-]

Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in a Lush Outdoor Setting

at The Waterfalls at Serenbe , Chattahoochee Hills
OFFER DATES:
Wed, June 28
Thu, June 29
Fri, June 30
FULL PRICE: $25 - $30
OFFER PRICE: $12.50 - $15

Shakespeare under the stars. It doesn't get any more quintessentially summer than that, and Serenbe Playhouse brings you "MacBeth" set amidst a stunning waterfall, surrounded by the dense woods of Cha... [more+]

Shakespeare under the stars. It doesn't get any more quintessentially summer than that, and Serenbe Playhouse brings you "MacBeth" set amidst a stunning waterfall, surrounded by the dense woods of Chattahoochee Hills. Nastier than Scorsese at his bleakest, more violent than Tarantino at his bloodiest, "Macbeth" still shocks like no other tale on the page, stage or screen. After receiving a prophecy that he will become King of Scotland, the brave Scottish general commits a heinous act fueled by a lust for power and his wife's wicked influence. But upon assuming the throne he was promised, the new king is consumed by crippling guilt and paranoia. Starring film and television star Justin Deeley ("90210, Drop Dead Diva"), this adaptation features a modern take on the war zone, with the setting replicating the lush forests of Scotland. [less-]

"Richard III": One of Shakespeare's Most Memorable Villains in a Tale of Ruthless Ambition

at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Thu, June 29
Fri, June 30
Sat, July 01
+ 1 more dates
Thu, June 29
Fri, June 30
Sat, July 01
Sun, July 02
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FULL PRICE: $20 - $34
OFFER PRICE: $10 - $17

"Now is the winter of our discontent." So begins Shakespeare's thrilling, timeless tragedy "Richard III", the tale of a deceptive and sadistic politician scheming to become king. In the Bard's masterp... [more+]

"Now is the winter of our discontent." So begins Shakespeare's thrilling, timeless tragedy "Richard III", the tale of a deceptive and sadistic politician scheming to become king. In the Bard's masterpiece, one of literature's most memorable villains, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is a ruthlessly ambitious man who seeks the crown at any cost. Using charm, cunning and wit, he moves up the political ladder -- without hesitating to murder those who stand in his way. Don't miss the outrageous rise and reign of "Richard III" onstage at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse in Atlanta. [less-]

Comedian Cory Zooman Miller ("The Bad Boys of Comedy") at Atlanta Comedy Theater

at Atlanta Comedy Theater, Norcross
OFFER DATES:
Thu, June 29
Fri, June 30
Fri, June 30
+ 3 more dates
Thu, June 29
Fri, June 30
Fri, June 30
Sat, July 01
Sat, July 01
Sun, July 02
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FULL PRICE: $20 - $30
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $15

In addition to having a spot-on Barack Obama impersonation, comedian Cory Zooman Miller wears many hats, among them being singer, rapper, dancer, actor and producer. However, the world of comedy truly... [more+]

In addition to having a spot-on Barack Obama impersonation, comedian Cory Zooman Miller wears many hats, among them being singer, rapper, dancer, actor and producer. However, the world of comedy truly has his heart since Zooman has headlined at clubs and colleges across the country, as well as throughout Europe and South Africa as a Black Comedy Tour member. You've seen him on "Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza" and P. Diddy's "The Bad Boys of Comedy". Now you can catch him headline the Atlanta Comedy Theater. [less-]

Guitarist Paul Brown Mixes Jazz and the Blues

at Suite Food Lounge, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Thu, June 29
FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

Jazz guitarist Paul Brown is proof that you never know where you're going to end up in life. This virtuoso started out as a drummer, then became a sound engineer for R&B legends like Diana Ross and Ar... [more+]

Jazz guitarist Paul Brown is proof that you never know where you're going to end up in life. This virtuoso started out as a drummer, then became a sound engineer for R&B legends like Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin, then became an urban jazz producer who scored two Grammys. Twelve years ago he released his own debut album, "Up Front", and he's still evolving as an artist. His latest disc, "One Way Back", taps deeper than ever into his lifelong love of the blues, channeling greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King. Hear him live in concert at Suite Food Lounge in Atlanta. [less-]

Atlanta Magic Theater Starring Magician Peter Morrison

at Atlanta Magic Theater, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 30
Fri, June 30
Sat, July 01
+ 1 more dates
Fri, June 30
Fri, June 30
Sat, July 01
Sat, July 01
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FULL PRICE: $30 - $40
OFFER PRICE: $12.50 - $22.50

Experience mind-blowing stage magic, mesmerizing mentalism and tons of lighthearted audience participation at Atlanta Magic Theater starring Peter Morrison. A featured performer at the world-famous Ma... [more+]

Experience mind-blowing stage magic, mesmerizing mentalism and tons of lighthearted audience participation at Atlanta Magic Theater starring Peter Morrison. A featured performer at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Peter combines thrilling illusions, seemingly impossible feats of mentalism and laugh-out-loud comedy in a fast-paced, 75-minute stage show. Now, after six years of performing the highest-rated show in San Francisco (according to Yelp and TripAdvisor), he's bringing his crowd-pleasing show to Atlanta. Make sure you arrive at least an hour early to meet Peter and enjoy a little close-up, pre-show magic in the Atlanta Magic Theater lounge, where drinks and yummy appetizers will be available for purchase. [less-]

"Jukebox Giants": Revue Celebrates Motown & More

at Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 30
Sat, July 01
Sun, July 02
FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

Let "Jukebox Giants" transport you to the golden age of classic pop and Motown music, complete with the big hair, the colorful fashions and the soulful sounds. This high-energy musical revue features ... [more+]

Let "Jukebox Giants" transport you to the golden age of classic pop and Motown music, complete with the big hair, the colorful fashions and the soulful sounds. This high-energy musical revue features unforgettable oldies with Motown flair, filling Marietta's Earl Smith Strand Theatre with feel-good vintage vibes. You can't help but dance and sing along when the show unearths gems by The Temptations, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Elvis and the Jackson 5. [less-]

Lawrenceville Ghost Tour: Take a Haunted Stroll Through the Night

at Lawrenceville Square, Lawrenceville
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 01
Sat, July 08
Fri, July 14
+ 22 more dates
Sat, July 01
Sat, July 08
Fri, July 14
Sat, July 15
Fri, July 21
Sat, July 22
Fri, July 28
Sat, July 29
Fri, August 04
Sat, August 05
Fri, August 11
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Fri, August 18
Sat, August 19
Fri, August 25
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Fri, September 01
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Fri, September 15
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FULL PRICE: $12
OFFER PRICE: $6

Fun for adults and children alike, this 90-minute walking tour through Metro Atlanta's oldest city teaches fascinating facts while sending an exhilarating chill down your spine. Your guide (in full pe... [more+]

Fun for adults and children alike, this 90-minute walking tour through Metro Atlanta's oldest city teaches fascinating facts while sending an exhilarating chill down your spine. Your guide (in full period costume) will titillate the senses with details of recent paranormal investigations and popular legends of ghostly goings-on -- like the night the dead rose up and paraded down Lawrenceville's main thoroughfare. Stroll the haunted streets through historic courthouse square, past turn-of-the-century storefronts and on to the Old Jail, where you can go inside ... if you dare. [less-]

One-Man Show "Not Here Right Now" Celebrates Self-Discovery

at Synchronicity Theatre, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 01
Sat, July 01
FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

A journey of self-exploration and discovery that covers the span of eight countries, Royce Bable's one-man show, "Not Here Right Now", traces his adventures after leaving the monotony of New York City... [more+]

A journey of self-exploration and discovery that covers the span of eight countries, Royce Bable's one-man show, "Not Here Right Now", traces his adventures after leaving the monotony of New York City's corporate world and a promising career as a media researcher to explore Southeast Asia. Filled with inspiring and entertaining stories of his experiences as a world traveler, the show aims to fill you with the courage and ambition to take meaningful and fulfilling risks in your own life in order to achieve the happiness we all deserve. Enjoy "Not Here Right Now" on the stage of Atlanta's Synchronicity Theatre. [less-]

Guided Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour of Decatur

at Downtown Decatur Food Tours , Decatur
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 01
Sun, July 02
Sat, July 08
+ 7 more dates
Sat, July 01
Sun, July 02
Sat, July 08
Sun, July 09
Sat, July 15
Sun, July 16
Sat, July 22
Sun, July 23
Sat, July 29
Sun, July 30
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FULL PRICE: $65
OFFER PRICE: $32.50

"Decatur, where it's greater" is the unofficial motto of Decatur, Georgia, and you can find out why on a Guided Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour. You'll taste authentic international cuisine from ... [more+]

"Decatur, where it's greater" is the unofficial motto of Decatur, Georgia, and you can find out why on a Guided Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour. You'll taste authentic international cuisine from six of the downtown area's local culinary cupboards and award-winning restaurants while exploring the city's rich history. With an informative guide sharing fascinating tidbits and restaurant owners offering tasty tidbits, both mind and palate will be satisfied during the three-hour tour. [less-]

"The Bert Show"'s Brian Moote Performs Stand-Up

at Aurora Theatre - Main Stage, Lawrenceville
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 01
Sat, July 01
FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

Best known as a cast member on the MTV prank show "Money From Strangers" and, more recently, as the co-host of Q100's "The Bert Show", Brian Moote is also a stand-up comedian. But he actually got his ... [more+]

Best known as a cast member on the MTV prank show "Money From Strangers" and, more recently, as the co-host of Q100's "The Bert Show", Brian Moote is also a stand-up comedian. But he actually got his start as a school teacher and social worker, a background that informs his hilarious observations about the human condition. His laid-back charm has landed him TV appearances on networks ranging from Comedy Central to Nickelodeon, and he has a one-hour stand-up special coming soon. You can catch his fun, upbeat comedy live at the Aurora Theatre, along with some of Atlanta's best comedians, including his brother, comedian-actor Patrick Moote, aka "Trevor Rodgers." [less-]

TheatreSports -- Fast-Paced Improv Comedy Fun

at Dad's Garage Theatre , Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 01
Sat, July 29
FULL PRICE: $21.50
OFFER PRICE: $10.75

Your suggestions fuel the funny in Dad's Garage Theatre Company's longest-running improv show, TheatreSports. A longtime audience fave, TheatreSports is a fast-paced improv competition that features s... [more+]

Your suggestions fuel the funny in Dad's Garage Theatre Company's longest-running improv show, TheatreSports. A longtime audience fave, TheatreSports is a fast-paced improv competition that features some of Atlanta's top improvisers duking it out against one another in a battle for comedy supremacy. With two hilarious teams out for blood (or at least laughs!), a referee and the infamous "Scum Box," which keeps things in line, TheatreSports will have you laughing and rooting on your favorite team. [less-]

Puppet Show, Workshop & Museum With Cinderella Della Circus

at Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 01
Sun, July 02
FULL PRICE: $21.24
OFFER PRICE: $11.50

Combine fairy tale magic, puppetry and circus, and you get Cinderella Della Circus. Showcasing high-flying thrills with marionette, rod and shadow-style puppetry, this show delights children and adult... [more+]

Combine fairy tale magic, puppetry and circus, and you get Cinderella Della Circus. Showcasing high-flying thrills with marionette, rod and shadow-style puppetry, this show delights children and adults alike. You'll also go hands-on with the Create-A-Puppet Workshop and get access to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Get to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta for a show highlighting friendship, shared culture and the magic of imagination. [less-]

Outdoor "Robin Hood" Swings Onto Stage in Family Adventure

at Serenbe Farmer's Market Stage, Chattahoochee Hills
OFFER DATES:
Sun, July 02
Fri, July 07
Sun, July 09
+ 15 more dates
Sun, July 02
Fri, July 07
Sun, July 09
Fri, July 14
Sat, July 15
Sun, July 16
Fri, July 21
Sat, July 22
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Fri, July 28
Sat, July 29
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Fri, August 04
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FULL PRICE: $10 - $20
OFFER PRICE: $5 - $10

Embark on a swashbuckling journey to Nottingham with a thrilling adaptation of the classic "Robin Hood". Robin abandons his life of comfort to rob from the rich and give to the poor with his Merry Men... [more+]

Embark on a swashbuckling journey to Nottingham with a thrilling adaptation of the classic "Robin Hood". Robin abandons his life of comfort to rob from the rich and give to the poor with his Merry Men. In the outdoor space, his green attire camouflages the outlaw hero as he takes on the power-hungry Prince John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and rescues the beautiful Maid Marion. Under the direction of Broadway's Paul McGill, characters fly through Serenbe's magnificent forest on a zip line, redistributing wealth as they go. Catch all the high adventure in Robin's natural element at Serenbe Farmer's Market Stage in Chattahoochee Hills. [less-]

Journey Tribute Band Departure at City Winery

at City Winery Atlanta, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Mon, July 03
FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $10

Departure, America's longest-running Journey tribute band, brings its high-energy, emotionally committed renditions of songs like "Any Way You Want It," "Open Arms" and "Wheel in the Sky'" to City Win... [more+]

Departure, America's longest-running Journey tribute band, brings its high-energy, emotionally committed renditions of songs like "Any Way You Want It," "Open Arms" and "Wheel in the Sky'" to City Winery Atlanta. Aptly named after the most successful Journey album, Departure brings together world-class musicians committed to staying true to Journey's legacy while bringing a fresh energy to the songs. See for yourself how Departure captures the lush, signature sound of Journey's early years. You won't stop believin' after this nostalgic concert. [less-]

Comedian Joe Clair at Atlanta Comedy Theatre

at Atlanta Comedy Theater, Norcross
OFFER DATES:
Thu, July 06
Fri, July 07
Fri, July 07
+ 3 more dates
Thu, July 06
Fri, July 07
Fri, July 07
Sat, July 08
Sat, July 08
Sat, July 08
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FULL PRICE: $20 - $30
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $15

The former host of BET's "Rap City", gut-busting stand-up Joe Clair -- a.k.a. "Joe Cleezy" -- brings his big personality, boisterous delivery and hard-hitting jokes to Atlanta Comedy Theater. Combinin... [more+]

The former host of BET's "Rap City", gut-busting stand-up Joe Clair -- a.k.a. "Joe Cleezy" -- brings his big personality, boisterous delivery and hard-hitting jokes to Atlanta Comedy Theater. Combining college intellect with hood swagger, Clair's headlined venues all over the country with his irreverence, quick wit and spirited energy. He's done everything from HBO's "Def Comedy Jam" to BET's "Comic View", and fans in the D.C. area know him best as a drive time DJ on WPGC. Hear him do what he does best: share his gift of mouth-almighty. [less-]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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UpCycling Creativity that Lets Parents Sleep

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Chick-fil-a soup containersAs a member of the Chick-fil-a Moms Panel, I was challenged (again) recently to upcycle the chicken tortilla soup containers.  Since I recently upcycled the salad containers, I thought this would be a piece of cake.  Or waffle fry.  😉

The challenge came at a perfect time, as it helped solve a problem we were facing on weekend mornings.  You see, my husband and I like to sleep in a little on the weekends – and by “sleep in” I mean not get up at 6 am like the kids do!  At five and seven, the kids are more than old enough to entertain themselves safely in the toy room, but recently my daughter took on the responsibility of also wanting to feed herself and her brother during the weekend mornings.  Not a big deal, in theory, because she can prepare cereal and open bananas for herself and her brother.  Boom – breakfast.

However, the issue arised when she admitted to helping herself to seconds, then thirds, then fourths, fifths, sixths, and SEVENTHS of cereal one morning.  Bless her heart.  Granted, she showed me that her second through fifth bowls were less than a quarter full, but still that was entirely too much cereal.

SO, I utilized clean and empty soup containers from Chick-fil-a.  I simply poured an appropriate amount of cereal in each container, and put the lid on.  The cereal waited for them on their placemats in the morning, and I had a cup of milk in the fridge for them to pour on to their cereal in the morning.  The containers were big enough that I could tell my daughter she only ate what was in the bowl.  Along with a banana, this was PLENTY for a meal.

As a bonus, the containers also serve as a great on-the-go breakfast.  About once a week, we indulge in sleeping in a little later during the school week.  We wake up, brush teeth, get dressed, and head out the door.  The kids enjoy a Chick-fil-a soup container of their favorite cereal, along with another container filled with fruit, and they’ve got an easy, delicious and not-that-bad-for-you breakfast.

In summary, upcycling the Chick-fil-a soup containers has allowed my husband and I to sleep more.  As parents, that is amazing.  😉

But I’m not the only one who came up with an awesome way to upcycle Chick-fil-a soup containers.  Check out these other creative ideas:

Given all these creative options, how would YOU upcycle a Chick-fil-a soup container?

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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How to Save More Online

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Groupon Coupons.  However, all opinions, experiences, and bad puns are completely my own.

Groupon Coupons

Let’s face it, online shopping is becoming a firm reality for day-to-day living as more and more brick and mortar establishments close up.  There’s plenty to gain from shopping online these days, and it’s becoming quite easy to find ways to save.

I think y’all know by now of my deep love for Groupon, right?  I mean, I frequently score cheap movie tickets, and even get a good deal on an annual parking pass for Stone Mountain!  As if their deals on local attractions, goods, and getaways weren’t enough, now Groupon has gotten in to the coupon game, too!

So here are three sure-fire ways to save more online with Groupon Coupons:

Promo Codes – Groupon Coupons has become a hub for online promo codes.  You know how when you’re checking out online, there’s usually that little box that says “promo code”, and gives you the opportunity to add a discount – but only if you know the code!  The easiest way to see if there’s any good promo codes floating around out there is to head over to Groupon Coupons and search for your store.

Here’s an example I did with an American Eagle order recently.  First, I searched for promo codes:  Groupon Coupons - American Eagle codes

 

Then, I applied the codes at checkout for further savings:Groupon Coupons AE checkout

Free Shipping – Utilize the Groupon Coupons to see if your store is offering a deal on free shipping, just like I did on the order above.  Sometimes stores will have free shipping specials, lowering their total amount spent before it kicks in.  Sometimes a promo code is required, so make sure you search and snag when you can!  Paying for shipping?  Pfft!  That’s SO 2016!

Price Compare with Promos – Ok, this is going to get a bit complicated, but if you’re searching for an item, and you don’t need to be brand dependent, then this is a good option.  Say, for example, you’re looking for a 3/4 sleeve top for a special occasion.  Compare not only what it would cost from store to store, but factor in promo codes and any shipping fees.

 

Groupon Coupons

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Dr. Seuss Books

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Dr. Seuss booksDr. Seuss books are an integral part of childhood, pre-reading, early readers, and -well, really readers of all ages.  Not only are his books perfect for reading with your kids, but they’re also great read aloud books, for kids to try and for adults, too.

Also, the life of Dr. Seuss is a good read.  My kids and I enjoyed this kid-friendly Dr. Seuss biography recently. March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, also known as “Read Across America” Day.  So in honor of one of America’s most beloved authors, I give you an extensive list of his work.  How many Dr. Seuss books have YOU read?

Thanks to More with Less Today for sharing this list!

Dr. Seuss Books

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8 Romantic, but Inexpensive Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Her

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Gift Ideas for HerDo you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day the right way, without going into debt?  Check out these 8 inexpensive, but still romantic gift ideas for her: [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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10+ Valentine’s Date Night Ideas

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Cheap Date Night Ideas Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be another occasion for which to go in debt.  On the contrary, there’s plenty of free, cheap, and frugal date night ideas around Atlanta -and anywhere – just put the leg work in to it ahead of time.  Here are a few great Atlanta date night ideas, but most can be date night ideas for just about anywhere.  And keep in mind, these date night ideas are great, not just for Valentine’s Day, but all year long!

Frugal Date Night Ideas around Atlanta (and Beyond!)

  1. Coffee Date.  No, don’t run through your local coffee kiosk for this one.  Actually scope out your semi-local coffee shops or coffee bars and take your special someone there.  Find a quiet table and enjoy the coffee and conversation.  I’m willing to bet that most of the time you share coffee, it’s when you are in a rush in the mornings.  This will be a nice change and therefore a great date.  Check Scoutmob for a local coffee shop near you!
  2. Dive Bar.  Going out for drinks doesn’t have to be expensive.  You can look for dive bar that offers cheap drinks and a unique atmosphere.  These bars are often provide just about the best people watching opportunities that exist.  Again, Scoutmob it, folks!  (I swear, this isn’t an ad for Scoutmob.  I just really like promoting free apps!)
  3. Hit the Trail.  Take your special someone on a romantic hike and a bring a picnic along with you.  Do an internet search for trails near year and their difficulty scale – or check out my list of free or cheap hikes around Atlanta.  Be sure to choose one that makes sense for your fitness level (they range from super easy, park like strolls to more strenuous ones).  Just be sure choose wisely so that you both have fun!
  4. Attend a Paint Night.  Are you and/or your sweetheart artistic?  Paint nights are very popular right now and many restaurants and local event centers are offering paint nights for a very reasonable rate.  I’ve personally been to All Fired Up and would recommend them, and have heard great things about Painting with a Twist, too.
  5. Dinner and movie (at home).  Dinner and movie at home can be very romantic!  Just make sure to mix it up a bit so it’s not the same thing as every other night.  Maybe the two of you can cook a meal together and enjoy each other’s company with a candlelit meal.  Follow that up by snuggling on the sofa watching a movie.  Or, if you’re near Studio Movie Grill, snag this great deal while it’s available!
  6. Take a YouTube lesson together.  Learning is sexy.  Lucky for those of us on a budget, there are lots of free classes available at our fingertips.  From cooking to musical instruments to singing and drawing, you can learn just about anything on YouTube.  Grab your honey, open up the laptop and learn a new skill together.
  7. Hit up happy hour.  Many restaurants now offer happy hour discounts where you can order select food and drink items for half price!  This is a great way to save and still go out!
  8. Play a game of miniature golf.  When was the last time you played mini golf? I didn’t realize how cheap it was!  And oh so fun too!  Check Groupon for a potential mini-golf deal near you.
  9. Group game night.  Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be just for two.  Why not invite a group of friends over for a group game night and enjoy everyone’s company?  It is free and fun, plus it will give you a chance to invite those friends that don’t h 73 answered questions ave a partner to spend the day with.  You can never go wrong with a classic game like Pictionary, Phase 10, or try something new like Watch Ya Mouth or even Pie Face.
  10. Find a local musical act playing or check out an open mic night and pay a small cover fee for live music and entertainment.  
  11. Explore Your City!  There are tons of free and cheap things to do in Atlanta.  You can also peruse sites like Groupon for restaurants and activities inspiration on the cheap, as well as Venue Kings and Goldstar for concerts, shows, and sporting events.

Got other cheap date night ideas not listed here?  I’d love to hear them!  Also, make sure you check out these great inexpensive Valentine’s gift ideas for her (also not limited to just Valentine’s!).

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--Barbara

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Creative Ways to Recycle Christmas Cards

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recycle christmas cards

It’s inevitable for many families this time of year, the Christmas Cards will start arriving once we flip our calendars to December.  We keep ours in a basket available for all to see each year during the month of December.  However, once the holidays are over, I’m perpetually perplexed as to what to do with all those cards.  We get cards from family all across the country, and from friends equally spread out.  Each year, I look at these cards as a sweet, simple way to stay in touch with loved ones; but I honestly always felt a sense of dread and apprehension once the holidays passed and it was time to take down the Christmas decor.  I never knew quite what to do with all the cards.

 

recycling christmas cards

Thanks Jannessa from Bliss Mama Wellness for sharing your Christmas Card door!

So I reached out to my blogger friends AND posed the question on Privet, and got some awesome ideas and inspiration for upcycling and recycling Christmas cards.  Here are some ways to get more out of the Christmas cards you receive.  If you’ve got more ideas or inspirations, please let me know!

Creative Ideas for Recycling Christmas Cards

  • One family tapes them to their kitchen pantry cabinet, for the toddlers to look at year long of friends and family near and far.
  • Hang them in kitchen door frame as you receive them.  My friend Jennessa of Bliss Mama Wellness did so this year.  (see pic above)
  • Punch a hole in each one, and bind together with a binder ring.
  • Using your smartphone, take a photo of each card. Then assign that picture to the sender in your phone. Then when they call or text, you have a seasonal reminder of them all-year long!
  • If you only receive them from close friends and family, save them. Dedicate a special spot to them and watch how the kids grow.
  • Cut out the names from the cards and start a bowl full of them. Once or twice a week throughout the year, pull a name and pray for them – even the companies and businesses that send cards.
  • Lindsey from Redhead Baby Mama informed me that “if you cut off the fronts of basic or old-fashioned cards (no family photos) and give them to the VA, the vets do rehab crafts with them!”
  • Winona of Southern Family Fun has a great DIY craft turning Christmas cards into decorative coasters.

Got any more great ways to recycle Christmas Cards?  Please comment below with your ideas or contact me.  I’d love to hear your ideas!

recycle christmas cards

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--Barbara

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Frugal Teacher Gift Ideas

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Frugal Teacher Gift Ideas

As a teacher, I recieved gifts over the years -some obviously very thoughtful and others that left me scratching my head in wonder.  Regardless, the simple act of giving a gift meant the world to me, especially since I wasn’t always the “main” teacher.  (I taught special education, and even if I saw a child for most of the day, I wasn’t their “homeroom” teacher, and ….I digress…)  So, let me repeat, any gift you give a teacher will be much appreciated.  Period.  Truly, it IS the thought that counts.

If you’re looking for something simple, without breaking the bank, then take heed of these frugal teacher gift ideas.

Honestly, the gifts that meant the most to me were the personalized notes, you could have your child help create a picture for each teacher, and include a note of thanks -offering anything specific you can, even if it’s simply “you make my child smile”. Pull out the paint brush, water colors or tempera paint, and let your child express himself – regardless of his age.  Sometimes a picture of your child is helpful, too, because it will allow her teachers to continue to put a name to a face (because we’re all a little forgetful in our old age.)  I’ve helped my daughter create various cards over the years, using card stock, colorful tissue paper bits, and contact paper.  Or peruse Pinterest for a simple craft you think you and your child could create for all his teachers.

Frugal Teacher Gift ideas - Tissue Paper Window Cards

When I was in the classroom, the gift that (still) meant the most to me was from one of my 5th graders, whose learning disability made the simple task of writing very difficult.  That year, she hand wrote me a letter of thanks – specifying things I’d done for her/with her that year.  I know the time, effort, and thought that went in to that was great – and I thus still treasure it dearly.  She got me a few other small things along with that note, but the note is what I most recall.

If you want to include a little **something** along with the pictures and notes, the gesture of a $5 gift card, or even a little baggie of assorted chocolates can go a long way.  The dollar stores usually have those little mesh baggies in multiples; I snagged a bag of chocolates last year for free with some deal -likely at Publix- and allocated a few of them to each of my daughter’s teacher, using those baggies.  Also, you could create various baked goods with your child, and include with a personalized note.

Along those same lines, clip and root a piece of your favorite house plant, like a Christmas cactus; root it, then put it in a colorful pot.  Or, grab a ready-to-paint pot from a craft store or home improvement store, and  let your child create a design on the pot.  House plants can certainly be a lasting way of saying “thank you”.

Frugal Teacher Gift Ideas - Paintable Flower Pots

Another idea, depending on your child’s class and teachers, is to pool together with other parents, and go in together for one big class gift.  With a larger budget, the class could get the teachers personalized stationary from Vistaprint, or even a larger gift card or gift certificate to her favorite restaurant.  Or just cold hard cash.

This year, for the end of year gift, my daughter’s pre-K class is making a photo book for each teacher.  Since they’ve been taking pictures all year round, and uploading to Shutterfly, we have plenty of pictures of the kids and both teachers.  Each child will also create one picture for each teacher, and write a sentence or two about what they like the most about each teachers – scan them in: boom.  Sentimental, meaningful gift.

The bottom line is this: no matter what the gift is, simply let your child’s teachers know you appreciate them.  That act alone goes a long way, and stands out for years to come.

**Also, check out Tiffany (of RealMomTalk.com) for her take on the Top 5 Gift Ideas for Teachers:

Top 5 gift ideas for teachers

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Stone Mountain Christmas Magic!

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Making the Most of Stone Mountain Christmas

Recently, I was the delighted to be invited back with my family to experience Stone Mountain Christmas.  Last winter, we played at Snow Mountain, but hadn’t yet gotten to see the magic of Stone Mountain Christmas, so of course we jumped at the opportunity to go.  Suffice it to say, it is now on my list of family-friendly things to do in Winter in Atlanta!

From the whimsical sing-along Christmas train ride with The Gift (my Thomas-loving son’s favorite, of course!), to the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 4-D (seriously, 10 minutes of fun and cuteness!), visiting Santa, the great variety of live performances peppered throughout, or my daughter’s absolute favorite: meeting the Snow Angel – there’s something for everyone at Stone Mountain Christmas.  The evening is topped off with the Snow Angel Fireworks Finale.

How can you make the most of your time at Stone Mountain Christmas this holiday season?  Here are my top tips for doing so:

Making the Most of Your
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