Fathers’ Day Gifts for Car Guys

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Now that June is upon us, it’s time to start thinking about dear ol’ Daddy – Father’s Day is *just* around the corner, y’all!  Got a gadgety car guy on your list this Father’s Day? Or even just a wanna-be car guy? (hee hee) Check out these great Fathers’ Day gifts for car guys in your life. Yep, Father’s Day will be here before we know it, so get going!

 

Fathers Day Gifts for Car Guys

Fathers' Day Gifts for Car Guys

Omega 91452 Black Low Profile Z-Creeper – 450 lbs. Capacity

 

Fathers Day Gifts for Car Guys - Omega Lift Equipment

Omega Lift Equipment brings you the latest offering from their innovative creeper and seat line, the 3-IN-1 Low Profile Z-Creeper. Riding the success of their patented original Z-Creeper, Omega brings you a version that is 2″ lower than ever before. This new creeper also adds an additional high back low profile seat function. Starting from seat position just pull an attached pin and adjust to an L-shaped Low-Profile Seat. Pull the next pin and your now an inch off the ground in the creeper position ready to roll underneath! Same heavy duty 450lb capacity, same 3″ high quality non-marking casters, same easy quick pin transformation, same professional grade upholstery…all now low enough to get underneath any job that comes it’s way! [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Mother’s Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom

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Mother's Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom

Mother’s Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom

I think I’ve made it clear that I didn’t inherit my wonderful grandmother’s green thumbs.  However, I know plenty of moms who are quite adept at all things gardening.  For them, I offer this gift guide.

Also check out my Mothers Day gift ideas for under $50, as well as Mothers Day deals and freebies around town this weekend.

Mother's Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom
Trowel and Error: Over 700 Tips, Remedies and Shortcuts for the Gardener $10.71

Mother's Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom
The Gourmet Gardener Gift Basket of Useful Garden Tools and Treats $102.98

Mother's Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom
Seed Keeper: Organize, Record, and Store Journal $15.27

Mother's Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom
Picnic Time Gardener Folding Chair with Tools $51.99

Mother's Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom
Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Therapy Lotion $15.00

Mother's Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom
12 Heirloom Varieties of Vegetable Seeds $15.95

Mother's Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom
Ergonomic 3-piece Garden Tool Set $27.99

Mother's Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom
CobraCo Two Tiered Garden Cart $25.84

Mother's Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom
Celestial Glow in The Dark Step Stone $10.90

Mother's Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom
Slumbering Gnome Garden Statue $18.81

If you’re feeling up to it, find out how you can create a flower garden for under $30, no gardening skills required!

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Mother’s Day Gifts for Under $50

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Mother’s Day Gifts Under $50

Mother's Day Gifts for Under $50

Mother’s Day is but a few days away, and I know there’s still plenty of y’all out there scrambling to find the perfect gift, right?  Here’s a list of Mother’s Day gifts that certainly won’t break the bank, aren’t a vacuum, and will show your mom (or wife/mother-of-your-children!) how much you love her.  And if you’ve got a mom with a green thumb in your life, check out this Mother’s Day gift guide for the Gardening Mom.

Also, make sure you check out all the great Mother’s Day deals and freebies happening this weekend.

Mother's Day Gifts for Under $50


Good Day – Bad Day – Don’t Even Ask Wine Glass $13.95I”m not a wine drinker, personally, but I know quite a few of y’all are, and could likely get plenty of use out of this one, right?

Mother's Day Gifts for Under $50
2-pack Chevron Infinity Scarves $7.99 – How.  Cute.  Are.  These?!  And did’ja check out the price?!?  Seriously, you can’t lose with these scarves!

Mother's Day Gifts for Under $50

Anne Klein Perfect Medium Tote $47.19 Again super-cute.  Do I need to say much more about this?!?

Mother's Day Gifts for Under $50

Sterling Silver Diamond Heart Pendant Necklace $49.00 – A beautiful keepsake pendant is a fantastic way to show a mother how much you love her, especially if part two of her mother’s day gift is a nice dining experience!

Mother's Day Gifts for Under $50

ViewSonic 8-Inch Digital Photo Frame $42.00If you’re like me, you absolutely STINK at printing pictures these days.  Seriously, I think I have about a dozen printed pictures of my two year old son, in spite of snapping probably a hundred a week.  That’s why a digital picture frame is a perfect gift: it lessens the guilt of not printing, while still allowing you to display your beautiful babes. 

Mother's Day Gifts for Under $50

Coffee Lovers Care Package Snacks and Treats Gift Box Set with Mug $45.25 – What mother couldn’t use coffee and treats?!?

Mother's Day Gifts for Under $50

Estee Lauder 7 Pieces Gift Set + Cosmetic Bag $35.55 – This.  Deal.  Rocks.  I can only speak for myself, but I’m wretchedly awful about using make-up, let alone purchasing it.  It’s definitely one of those things I’ll use if it’s given as a gift, but I won’t likely buy for myself.  (Did I mention I still have blush from college?!  Probably need to toss it, huh?)

 

Mother's Day Gifts for Under $50
Travelrest Travel Blanket $29.95 – For the mom on the go (or at home!), how comfy does this look?!  If you’ve ever tried to get comfortable on a long flight with those skimpy airline blankets, then you’ll truly appreciate this.

Mother's Day Gifts for Under $50
Sterling Silver Turquoise Multi-Stone Ring $40 – Stunning.  Just stunning.

Mother's Day Gifts for Under $50
Craft Mates Lockables Ultrasuede Organizer Case $27.71 – For the OCD mom, who likes compartments and organization (ME!), this organizer case has it all!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Amazon Lightning Deals – 11/22/13

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amazon lightening

Super big fat puffy-pink-heart thanks to The Budget Bandit for sharing these deals!

Squee!  It’s that time of year again: Amazon lightning deals are back!  You’ve got to be super -um- lightning fast to snag these unbelievable deals, which is why I’m bringing them to you.  Check the times below, and then get ready to save, save, save!  Make sure you’re already signed up for Amazon Prime, for 2-day shipping (plus a whole host of other amazing benefits!).

amazon lightening

Here are today’s Amazon Holiday Toy Lightening Deal thank’s to The Budget Bandit for compiling this list! Everyday between now and Christmas, Amazon will have HOT deals for toys, household products and more. These deals last for a couple of hours however the better the deal the faster it sells out!!!

amazon lightening deal

Kids/Toys/Games:

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Christmas in July – 10 ways to start planning now and avoid holiday debt

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Being extremely active on social media, I’ve seen tons of updates about how Christmas is just around the corner.  As much as I don’t want to start planning right now (procastinator!) it’s important so that I’m not breaking the bank in December.  So many families don’t plan for the holidays early enough, and end up putting a lot of their holiday gifts on credit cards.  Proper planning and smart shopping starting now can help you save in the long run, and avoid massive credit card bills when the new year rolls around.  Check out these 10 tips for making your Christmas as financially un-stressful as possible!

Start Christmas planning now avoid holiday debt

10 tips for planning Christmas on a budget

10.  Start making a list of what your kids want – As you hear them ask for specific things, or notice something that they could use, add it to a list.  You can easily make a list on your smartphone with an app like Evernote, and access it from anywhere.  This will really come in handy once you start actually purchasing gifts.

9.  Put aside money each pay period – Set aside a little bit each time you get paid.  Cut out stopping for coffee in the morning a few days a week, or maybe pack your lunch for work instead of going out.  Use that money for your Christmas fund instead.  There are about 25 weeks from the beginning of July until Christmas, so just saving $20 a week means you’ll have $500 to spend on gifts!  Be sure that money goes into a separate account so you don’t accidentally spend it!

8.  Subscribe to Amazon deals – Did you know that Amazon has Gold Box lightening deals available for a short period each day?  Subscribe to get those deals in your inbox and never miss out again!  Many of the deals are well over 50% off!

Start Christmas planning now avoid holiday debt

7.  Start cleaning out toys – Go ahead and start going through your kids’ toys now, and get rid of items that are broken, missing pieces, or that they have outgrown.  Once you pare them down and see what they have left, you’ll have a better idea of what they need.  You may realize they already have tons of stuff they still play with, or that they could use more Barbie clothes or Legos for their collection.  It’s easier to figure out what to buy when you have an accurate list of what they already own.

6.  Talk to your family about what to buy – If you have family members that always give your children gifts, talk to them about what they plan to purchase.  If there are specific items that you know your child wants, let everyone know.  If you plan to buy something that has accessories or add-on kits, that’s a great thing to clue family in on.  Another great way to share your child’s holiday wish list is through a site like GiftBirdy, which lets the kids make their own list online and then share it with others.

5.  Shop Craigslist, Ebay, and consignment sales – You can find great deals on gently used (and often new) items by searching Craigslist and Ebay.   I’ve also found great gifts by shopping yard sales and consignment sales in during the fall.  Your kids are going to open the boxes and use their gifts anyway, so why not buy something that’s out of the box but still in excellent condition?  This is a great way to pick up things like toddler toys, video games, outdoor toys and more, for often less than 50% of the regular retail price.  (Just be sure to exercise caution when purchasing items from Craigslist.  Meet sellers in a very public place, and if a deal sounds way too good to be true, it probably is.)

4.  Utilize layaway plans – If you have your eye on a big ticket item that you don’t currently have the money for, see if one of your local stores offers layaway.  You can pay a portion of the money up front, and then make payments over several weeks.  If the item goes on sale while it’s on layaway, most stores will honor that price and adjust it if you just bring it to their attention. Toys R Us, KMart, and Sears are just a few of the stores that currently offer layaway programs for their customers.

3.  Shop daily deal sites – Sites like Zulily and One Kings Lane offer short term deals on popular items.  Sign up to get their updates via email, and you’ll know about the big deals as soon as they are available.  Last year I got the super popular Pillow Pets for my kids for $1o from 1SaleADay.com for just $10, when they were retailing for at least $25 at other stores!  Be sure to share deals your friends would like as well, because most of those sites reward you with credit when your friends place an order.

Start Christmas planning now avoid holiday debt

2.  Check out the clearance section – Big name stores like Walmart and Target always have items on clearance, so when you are doing your regular shopping each week, take a second to check out the clearance aisle.  I have picked up several gifts at a huge discount that way.  I also like to look for clearance deals at local drug stores, and even grocery stores have good deals sometimes!

1.  Saving pocket change – Instead of using that change in the bottom of your purse, set it aside for your holiday fund.  Just a few coins here and there can really add up!  Do the same thing with found money, and you’ll have a nice little stash of cash to add to your holiday budget by the end of the year.  Every penny really does count, trust me!

Start Christmas planning now avoid holiday debt

Using these tips and a few others, I managed to spend just $250 on holiday gifts for my six children last year.  Christmas on a budget is totally possible, as long as you plan ahead!  Need some ideas for budget friendly gifts?  Check out the post I wrote with over 100 gifts you can get on Amazon for $2.00 or less, including shipping!

http://thebizymommy.com/100-gifts-can-buy-2-00-less/

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Red, White and Blue Party Food Roundup

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Fourth of July is just around the corner, and if you’re a regular reader of my blog you know that I have been sharing all sorts of fun red, white, and blue recipes over the last few weeks.  Today’s post is a roundup of fun patriotic recipes that are perfect for your holiday get together!

Red White and Blue Party Foods

Red, White and Blue Patriotic Party Foods

1.  Pigs in a blanket – These are pretty simple.  Just make them like usual, then brush with a little bit of food coloring before baking.  We used blue, but you could do red as well.

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Pigs in a blanket

2.  Two step cupcakes – Cute and tasty, these cupcakes can be made by little ones in just a matter of minutes!

Red White and Blue Cupcakes | Only two steps!

3.  Dipped strawberries – Another really easy treat, these strawberries are just dipped in white chocolate and blue sprinkles.

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Dipped strawberries

4.  American flag pizzaSometimes it’s nice to have something more filling than finger foods, and this pizza makes a great centerpiece for your holiday party table too!

Red White and Blue Party Foods | American Flag Pizza

5.  Fruit salad – Blueberries, raspberries, and star shaped cheese make a cute salad that’s good for you too!

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Fruit salad

6.  Patriotic pinwheels – Yummy and adorable, these pinwheels are made with cream cheese, provolone, peppers and tortillas.

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Patriotic Pinwheels

7.  Layered party punch – A science experiment and refreshing drink, your kids are sure to love this tri-colored beverage.

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Layered punch

8.  Caprese salad – Mozzarella pearls, grape tomatoes, basil and olive oil make a simple, beautiful salad that is super delicious.

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Caprese Salad

9.  Twizzlers – No preparation needed here!  Red and blue twizzlers make a sweet addition to your party foods.

Red White and Blue Party Foods

10.  Parent punch – Grown up cocktails with a patriotic twist, the same 3 ingredients make two tasty drinks for Mom and Dad!

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Party Punch and Martinis

Did you know that June 27th is National Bomb Pop Day?  Bomb Pops are one of my all time favorite childhood treats, and we still buy them on a regular basis today.  So you can probably imagine how tickled I was when they asked me to share some pops with my kids along with some other neat holiday party food ideas!  The folks over at Bomb Pop and Publix sent us a whole party pack to celebrate with, along with 2 boxes of popsicles, and that’s where the inspiration for all of my recipes came from!  Check out all of our fun party pictures below!

Red White and Blue Party Foods

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Red white and blue martini – Parent party punch recipe

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Last week I shared a recipe for a cute red, white, and blue layered party punch for kids, and it was so popular that today I’m sharing another drink that’s just for grown ups!  It fits right in with the patriotic party theme for the upcoming 4th of July holiday, and I’ve got two versions for you: one for a casual cookout and another for a more formal get together.  They both have the same exact ingredients, they are just prepared a little differently.  Check out the recipe below!Red White and Blue Party Foods | Party Punch and Martinis

 

Red, White and Blue Parent Party Punch and Martinis

Ingredients:

2 oz vodka

6 oz mandarin orange sparkling water (I used Clear American)

1 Tbsp grenadine

Ice

Fresh blueberries on a skewer for garnish

Red White & Blue Martinis and Parent Party Punch

Parent Party Punch Directions:

1.  Mix vodka, sparkling water, and grenadine in a 16 oz glass.

2.  Fill with ice to the top.

3.  Garnish with blueberry skewer and a cute straw (if desired)

Red White and Blue Party Punch

Red, White and Blue Martini Directions:

1.  Fill a shaker with ice.

2.  Pour in vodka and sparkling water, shake well to mix.

3.  Strain into a chilled martini glass.

4.  Slowly pour grenadine down the side of the glass so it settles in the bottom.

5.  Garnish with blueberry skewer.Red White & Blue Martinis and Parent Party Punch

 

***Tip – If you pour the grenadine into the martini glass too quickly, it will just mix with the vodka.  You MUST pour it slowly down the side of the glass for it to layer properly.

This drink is just as delicious with rum or a silver tequila, I’m just a vodka kind of gal. 😉  You could also you a different flavor of sparkling water if you like, but trust me, the mandarin orange is really tasty!Red White & Blue Martinis and Parent Party Punch

 

Red White & Blue Martinis and Parent Party Punch

 

 

Having lots of people over?  Make a whole pitcher!  You can premix all of it without ice for the punch, or just premix the vodka and sparkling water to prep for the martinis.  Blueberry skewers can be made in advance as well.  Just remember to keep it out of the reach of kiddos, it’s colorful and fun, and they’ll be tempted to take a sip!

Red White & Blue Martinis and Parent Party Punch

 

Have you checked out my other red, white, and blue recipes? 

Red White and Blue Party Foods

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Red White and Blue Pinwheel Recipe

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This red, white, and blue pinwheel recipe is the perfect addition to your 4th of July get together!  It’s simple and quick, and looks adorable when it’s all finished and cut up for serving.  Don’t worry, it doesn’t taste “blue” either, there’s ranch mixed in there!

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Red White and Blue Pinwheels

Ingredients:
3 large flour tortillas
8 oz tub of whipped cream cheese
Blue food coloring
1 packet ranch dip/dressing mix
1 pack sliced provolone (or any other white cheese)
1 small sweet red pepper
Plastic wrap

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

This recipe does have blue food coloring in it, so if you try to stay away from food dyes you’ll want to check out an alternative like India Tree Natural Decorating Colours.

Directions:
1.  Pour the ranch packet into the cream cheese, mix well.
2.  Squeeze blue food coloring into cream cheese, stir until desired color.
3.  Spread cream cheese across tortillas.
4.  Cover each tortilla with 4 pieces of cheese.
5.  Cut pepper into thin strips and lay out across the top of the cheese.
6.  Tightly roll up each tortilla.
7.  Wrap each tortilla in plastic wrap and chill for at least 3o minutes.
8.  Remove plastic wrap from chilled tortillas and slice before serving.

Red, White & Blue Pinwheels printer friendly recipe

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

 

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Spread the cream cheese across the tortillas

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Top the cream cheese with provolone

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Top the cheese with sliced peppers

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Tightly roll the tortillas

 

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Wrap each rolled tortilla with plastic wrap

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Chill wrapped tortillas for 30 minutes then unwrap and slice

***FRUIT VERSION – If you want more of a dessert pinwheel, you can trade out the ranch mix for a half teaspoon of clear vanilla extract, and use sliced strawberries instead of the peppers.  Yummy!
These pinwheels can be a tiny bit difficult to roll, as you want to make sure they are REALLY tight, so that they stay together when you slice them.  Other than that, it’s a cute finger food that’s perfect for holiday get togethers.  You could even change up the colors, doing green instead of blue for Christmas, or orange peppers and black coloring for Halloween!

Don’t forget to pin this patriotic pinwheel recipe for later, and be sure to share your pictures with me when you make it!

Red white and blue recipes

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Red, white and blue punch recipe – Great for kids!

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I’ve been sharing some of our favorite red, white, and blue recipes this month, and today’s post is a fun multi-colored punch that is perfect for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. It’s easy to make, yummy to drink, and sure to delight your littles.  You can even use it as a mini science lesson while you’re at it!

Red White and Blue layered party punch | Great for kids

Red, White and Blue Punch

Ingredients:Red White and Blue layered party punch | Great for kids

Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Blueberry Pomegranate G2 Gatorade

Mandarin Orange Clear American Zero

 

Directions:

1.  Pour about an inch of cranberry into the bottom of a clear glass.

2.  Fill with ice to the top.

3.  Slowly pour in the Gatorade until the glass is 2/3 full.

4.  Top off with clear soda.

5.  Let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving to make sure the different drinks have time to fully separate.

6.  Blow your kids away with your magic drink skills!

 

How it works:

Liquids will separate based on their sugar content.  Those with the highest concentration of sugar will sink to the bottom, whereas those with no sugar (or a sugar alternative like Splenda or Stevia) will end up on top.  You really don’t have to use the specific drinks I mentioned above in the ingredients, you just need to make sure that you have one with a high sugar content, one with low sugar, and one with little to no sugar.  But if you don’t want to run around the store comparing nutrition labels, just use the ones I listed above.  We typically don’t do any sort of high sugar drinks at all in our house (or those with fake sugars) but I made an exception for these because they are so cool looking.

Red White and Blue layered party punch | Great for kids

Want to make these drinks even more spectacular?  Top them off with a cherry and a skewer of blueberries and a cute straw!  Be sure you use a clear cup or glass, otherwise you won’t be able to see the colors, lol!

Red White and Blue layered party punch | Great for kids

Red white and blue recipes

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Red, white and blue cupcakes in just 2 steps!

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These cute red, white, and blue cupcakes are perfect for patriotic holidays like the 4th of July. Not only are they adorable and delicious, but they are also really easy to make!  Keep reading to find the secret behind these tasty treats!

Two step Red White and Blue cupcakes| Great for kids

Did y’all know just a few years ago I was big into baking?  I mean, I baked ALL KINDS of stuff.  Cupcakes, cakes, cake balls (before they got popular, dangit!), the list just goes on and on.  See, I’m good at that sort of thing but I don’t have the heart and passion for it.  It takes a lot of work, and tons of patience, and I’m just not up for doing that every day any more.  But the kiddos still want treats somedays, we still have get togethers to attend, which means I had to come up with something awesome but easy.  So today I’m sharing my super secret, 2 step recipe for red, white, and blue cupcakes that are the perfect dessert for your upcoming 4th of July parties.  Are you ready?  Let’s get started!

Red, White & Blue Cupcakes

Step 1: Buy premade cupcakes with white icing, raspberries, and blueberries.

Two step Red White and Blue cupcakes| Great for kids

Step 2: Arrange the berries on top of the cupcakes.

Two step Red White and Blue cupcakes| Great for kids

Ta-dah!  That’s it!  I know, it’s super lazy easy right?  Look how cute they are, and they literally take seconds to put together.  My 4yo daughter actually made the ones for our party, and she was so proud of herself when she was finished.  She had just as much fun as if we had made them from scratch, but this was faster and a lot less messy!  Just don’t tell on me now, ya hear? 😉

Two step Red White and Blue cupcakes| Great for kids

A few tips:

-You can switch out any red berry for the raspberries, it really doesn’t matter.  You could do strawberries or even cherries!

-Check for discount cupcakes, I know they mark them down the next day at Kroger and Walmart.  I paid about $6.00 for the dozen, but didn’t have to bake or pipe icing on, woohoo!

-Make sure all your blueberries are facing the same way, or they won’t look nearly as cutesy.

Be sure to check out my American Flag Pizza recipe, it’s kid friendly and fits in perfectly with the patriotic party food theme!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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