Archive | February, 2013
28 Feb

Saving Time is something that is super important to me so that I get more time with the kids! I saw this post and was excited to see a link to a great website with LOTS of healthy crockpot recipes!! I use my crockpot several times a week and there is nothing better than coming home to a healthy dinner that is already prepared and ready to eat. Less time cooking in the evenings, means more quality time with my kids!! I have already tried some of the recipes and I’m looking forward to more!!!

A Year of Slow Cooking!

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I know one of the things I struggle with as a busy momma, especially at the end of the day when I am beyond tired, is making sure my family has a healthy, yummy dinner.  Who wants to  A –  actually cook something, and B –  have the creativity to come up with something new and exciting after a day of running around like a crazy person!   I found Stephanie, over at A Year of Slow Cooking,  a while back.  I just have to say, bless you Stephanie, and  bless who ever invented the slow cooker 🙂  It has become my new BFF!  It’s really nice to throw something in the slow cooker in the morning and not even think about it again until dinner time.  Stephanie has so many recipes, I don’t have to worry about any of us getting tired of eating the same thing over and over.  Check her out.   I hope you…

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Capri Sun Money Savers and Crafts

24 Feb

What Can you do with Capri Sun Pouches?

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Use Capri Sun to Keep Lunches Cold

Freeze your Capri Sun, and it makes the perfect Ice Pack!!! By the time lunch comes around, the Capri Sun is nice and cold and ready to drink! No more busted ice packs or packing a lunch and realizing you forgot to put the ice pack in the freezer! When you buy your Capri Suns just stick in the freezer, so when it’s time to pack a lunch, just grab a Capri Sun from the freezer and you got your ice pack and drink all in one!!!

Save the Capri Sun Pouches for Arts and Crafts

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Use the Capri Sun pouches to make lunch boxes, pencil pouches or just be creative and see what your kids can come up with!!! My girls like to cut out different shapes and glue on construction paper for a shiny works of art.

Step by Step Directions for Capri Sun Pouches Crafts

(These step by step instructions were compliments of ThriftyFun.com and Craftster.org)

Capri Sun Purse

Capri Sun Lunchbox, Wallet, Checkbook Cover, Purse

Wallet, Gift Bags, Totes

Money back from IbottaIbotta

Right now Ibotta has the Kool-Aide Jammer Capri Sun on their product list. For those of you who are familiar with Ibotta, you know that they frequently have offers on Capri Sun products. If you are not familiar with Ibotta, it is an APP where you save money on groceries you already buy. For more information on Ibotta, see my previous post, Ibotta: Save Money on Groceries you Already Buy.

Earn cash for your schools

Save all your Capri Sun pouches to earn money for your school or any other organization. It’s as program called the Pouch Brigade and its a great way to teach your kids the importance of recycling. Click on the title of this section for more information!

Do you have a craft idea for Capri Sun? Or Maybe a coupon? Please feel free to comment!

Morning Craziness: How to Make your Morning Less Chaotic with Kids

18 Feb

Morning Craziness: How to Make your Morning Less Chaotic with Kids

Do you struggle getting your kids ready for school and out the door in the morning?

This is a constant struggle for me!! I have 3 girls that I have to get dressed, feed them breakfast, fix their hair, and make sure their teeth are brushed. Sounds easy enough right? Well you add a crying baby who needs me right away and 2 of my girls are arguing about something, it makes for a tough morning!!!

No matter how early we get up, we always struggle to get out of the door in time for school! I had to make my mornings easier somehow!! After trial and error, I came up with a list of things I do to make our mornings easier!

Want a morning with less chaos?

Start the Night Before

Lay clothes out: This includes accessories, shoes, and socks

Be sure you lay clothes in the same spot every night so that your kids look in the same spot every morning to get dressed. This helps to establish a routine. My girls wear hairbows so I clip a matching bow on their outfit and lay their shoes by their clothes. If your kids pick out their own clothes, make that part of their Nighttime routine.

Make sure all folders are signed and that bags are ready for school

Before my girls go to bed, it is THEIR responsibility to make sure their folders are signed and bag is ready to go and placed by the door. That way, on the way out the door, THEY remember to grab their bag! If your kids are younger, you will have to make sure folder is signed and bag is ready to go by the door.

If taking a lunch, have it ready the night before

My 7 year old makes her own lunch, so if she wants to take her lunch to school, she makes her own lunch and gets it ready. This is part of her nighttime routine. If you have younger children, it will have to be your responsibility to make the lunch the night before. I promise, by taking the time the night before to make lunches, it makes your mornings SOOO much easier!! I usually put a sticky note on the door for my daughter so she remembers to grab her lunch ON HER OWN. Or for younger children, it’s a good way for US to remember!! Too many times we were on our way to school and realize that the lunch is at home in the refrigerator, so I have to turn around and go back home to get her lunch, which leads to more frustration!!

Put a Sticky Note on the Door

I put a sticky note on the door to remind my daughter to grab her lunch! It’s also a great reminder for US…… This sticky note has saved us many trips back home to get the lunch that is still in the refrigerator!

Now time to tackle the morning

Turn on their light 15-30 minutes BEFORE they HAVE to start getting ready

When I wake up in the morning, first thing I do is turn the light on in the girls room. This gives them about 15-30 minutes to wake up on their own and allows me to get ready. During this time, I turn on my girls favorite music to get them stirring! When I rush my kids in the morning, this makes them even more grumpy. I’ve learned that if they wake up on their own, they are not quite as grumpy!

Have a morning routine in place for your kids

Wake up, get dressed (clothes are ready and laid out the night before), brush teeth, fix hair, eat breakfast and out the door!!

Kids get dressed and ready

You have laid out their clothes, so first thing they should do is get dressed with shoes and socks. Once dressed, time to brush their teeth. Once teeth are brushes and before breakfast, go ahead and fix their hair. That way they are ready to go before they eat breakfast!

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it all

This is a rule at my house. If arguing and drama is going to happen, it is at this time when they are getting dressed and ready. I have made it a rule that if they do not have something nice to say, they are not to say anything at all!! I got tired of playing referee in the morning and this rule has helped our mornings go smoother!!

Breakfast

Have Healthy Breakfast options, they can fix themselves

Rule at my house for my 4 and 7 year old…. You can have anything for breakfast that you can fix yourself. They have to be completely ready for school so that they have time to make breakfast. Cereal, waffles, pancakes, or already cooked sausage they can warm up are some things I have. They know how to use the toaster and microwave which makes my life easier. While the older kids are eating is my chance to feed my 1 year old.

If they don’t get ready in a timely manner, then they have to grab and go

If they didn’t get ready fast enough, I don’t give them an option to fix breakfast. They have to grab something to eat in the car like a cereal bar, pop tart, fruit, etc…. This makes them want to hurry up and get ready so they can have the breakfast they want!

Set a Time or have a timer

I like to set a timer for my girls. This gets them motivated to get ready faster! If you have older children, you can give them a time that they HAVE to be ready to walk out the door! Make this a necessity, NOT AN OPTION! They HAVE to be ready when the timer goes off or at the time you have them!

Out the door

Bags are already by the door, the sticky note is a reminder to grab the lunch, so when you walk out the door, there will be no more frustration of having to turn around because of something forgotten!!

Note: Because my girls are old enough to get themselves ready, this gives me time to get my 1 year old ready. If you are getting all your kids dressed, be sure you wake up before your kids to get yourself ready so you can have the time when the kids are up, to get them dressed and ready! You can still get everything ready the night before, which helps for an easier morning!!!

Do you have any tips to share that will help me and other moms have a less chaotic morning? Please feel free to share!

Have you Heard of the Money Saver Store No More Rack?

17 Feb

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Great Prices

I don’t know how I found this online store, but it is a GREAT place to find awesome deals, so I thought I would share…..

I have ordered a couple of things and looking forward to order more! You can buy anything from electronics, accessories for android and IPhone, sheets, bedding, organizers, clothing for men and women, toys, much MoRE!! ALL AT HUGE DISCOUNTED PRICES!!

My Experience

Just to give you an idea of the store, I bought these earrings and necklace and was super happy with the quality!!

Nomorerack earrings

Do you want to know the best part?

They were only $5.00, original price was $199!!! I was wanting a pair of diamond earrings, not the real thing, to wear everyday. I have to be careful with my earrings because I have sensitive ears and they get infected if I wear jewelry that does not have sterling silver or real gold post. Being a stay at home mom, I do not change out my earrings very often so I wanted a pair that I could leave in and even sleep in without my ears getting infected! These were perfect!! I keep them in all day and sleep in them and you can’t beat the price. I haven’t worn the necklace yet, but next time I get dressed up, the necklace dresses up the earrings to wear for a special night out!

Here is something else that I am interested in from Nomorerack, just to give you an idea of the discounts!

Nomorerack sunglasses

Your Experience?

Have you bought from nomorerack? I would love to hear from people who have or are going to try it out after this post! Any negative experiences?  Although my experience was great, I would like to know if anybody has had a bad experience with nomorerack!

Kellogg’s Family Rewards!

12 Feb

Do these products looks familiar?

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You can join the Kellogg’s Family Rewards and get rewarded for the products you already buy!

I had not even heard about this reward program up until a month ago, so I thought there might be some moms just like me looking Looking 2 Save!!

Kellogg’s Family Rewards!

I didn’t realize how many of my groceries were Kellogg’s brand until I signed up for the rewards program.  Cereal, pot tarts, waffles, cereal bars and pancakes are just a few of the things I buy in this brand. If you sign up on there website, you can start entering the codes located in the box to earn FREE stuff.

Kellogg’s Symbol

Be sure to look for this symbol on the Kellogg’s item. If this symbol is not on the product, the code will not be inside. I have made this mistake!

Kellogg’s Family Reward Symbol

It looks like this:

We already use and buy this brand, so why not get rewards for your purchases?

Use your points on Sweepstakes, Instant Wins, coupons, gift cards, magazines, toys, and much more. Plus every time you enter a code, you have a chance to win a $200 shopping spree!

Added Bonus: If you buy from Walmart, you earn Scholastic books and you don’t even use your points for them. You get free books just by purchasing Kellogg’s brand at WalMart.

I just signed up for the Kellogg’s Rewards about a month ago, and I have already gotten a free book for my girls and have accumulated 1200 points!

Do you use the Kellogg’s Family Rewards or do you intend to after reading this? I would love to hear about it, so please feel free to post a comment!

Here is Link from the Kellogg’s site to sign up for Kellogg’s Rewards!

Ibotta: Save Money on Groceries you Already Buy

10 Feb

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How can IBOTTA help you?

Being a mom of 3, I am always looking for the best deals! I am so excited about some of the ways that I have found to save, that I decided to start a blog on things that I have TRIED, that save you money! The first thing I am going to share is an APP that I absolutely LOVE and it is FREE!!!!

IBOTTA!!!

I downloaded this App a couple of weeks ago and have already accumulated over $30!! Who wouldn’t want FREE money!!!! You earn money just by buying the stuff you already use!! Share with your friends and family and get $1 for everyone who signs up!

You will want to share once you use this APP because it really is easy to use and most of the products are ones you would use anyway! So why not get money back for those items!!!

If you haven’t heard about IBOTTA, TRY it and you will probably be like me and want to share it with all your friends and family!!! It is SUPER easy to use!!! After you go grocery shopping all you do is take a picture of your receipt and use the APP to select what you bought, and VIOLA! The money is in your account!!!

You can download the FREE app here!

Keep checking back with my post! I will be adding a post on saving even more by combining your Ibotta savings with current coupons!!

Please feel free to comment on any questions about this app!!!

I would LOVE to see comments from people who are alreading using Ibotta!

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