Mailbox Freebies I Received This Week


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My Mailbox Freebies This Week This week was a good one for mailbox freebies. Be sure that you are signing up for the freebies that we post. Most of them are time-sensitive or limited in quantity. We also love to hear what free offers you find, so that we may share. Mailbox Freebies I Received: Got my Crayola Color Bubbles for "Like" their page about a month ago. (NLA) You're One in a Million Burt's Bees Lip Balm - from their giveaway of reaching 1,000,000 fans. (NLA) Brew … [Read more...]

Gardening with Children


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Gardening with Children Children are like sponges, gathering and storing everything they see and things you do. Gardening with children is perfect because they're curious, like to learn by doing, and love to play in the dirt. Working in a garden, a child can experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time while observing the cycle of life firsthand. Gardening with kids is also a great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of … [Read more...]

Walmart – Jessica’s Shopping Trip


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My Successful Walmart Trip We have been living off our stockpile for the past month, with only trips for milk & produce. Imagine my surprise when I realized we were down to our last roll of toilet paper. After putting the kids to bed, I made a late night run to Walmart. Walmart Shopping Trip Details: (2) White Cloud Toilet Paper 12 Double Roll - $5.97 Used (2) $2.50/1 White Cloud Printable (no longer available) Paid: $3.47 Each Huggies Little Movers - $9.47 Used $2/1 Huggies … [Read more...]

Military Blues: Self Actualization


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Military Blues & Self Actualization I have been thinking lately that I have been writing this Military Blues series with the focus on being a military spouse. While that is fantastic, I hope that non-military can also find a comfort in my words. While our situations may be radically different at times, we often share the same emotional responses. Wearing my metaphorical mask is difficult. At times I want to scream at the top of my lungs, "I am broken!" Instead, I retreat into … [Read more...]

Portable Gardening In Small Spaces


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Portable Gardening Have you ever done something on a temporary basis and discovered it solved an old age solution when it comes to gardening? My small space portable gardening is the perfect example of just that. I have always struggled with the weather's radical changes between winter, spring, and summer temperatures before its time. I either have early summer heat during the spring so vegetables get wilted, or vegetables get frozen from unexpected cold fronts moving through in spring … [Read more...]

Earth Day 2012 Freebies


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Earth Day Freebies I love all of the Earth Day Freebies available. Here is a list of the best ones we have found. As I am typing this, we are getting ready to head out and score some goodies. Free Kiehl's Lip Balm at Nordstrom - when you trade in any empty cosmetic bottle. Free Reusable Shopping Bag at the Disney Store - when you bring in 5 plastic bags to recycle. Free Full-Size Origins Skin Moisturizer - when you bring in any empty skin care bottle. Free Target Reusable Bag … [Read more...]

Community Gardens, Seed & Plant Trading


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Community Gardens Community gardens may be for you. We talk a lot about gardening and how to prepare your soil, but what about those of you who don't have a yard, or you live in an apartment and feel left out from the joys of gardening. There’s been a trend called “Community Gardening” for quite some time now. It allows those of you the need resources, a plot of land to work and grow your own garden. Some community gardens charge for a plot of land and the flexibility to grow small to … [Read more...]

Crops For Children – 10 Best Ones to Grow


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Best Growing Crops for Children It is gratifying to watch kids interest and self-esteem grow as the gardening efforts yielded good results. Although there are many crops suitable for the young gardeners, here are our "top 10" crops for children, which are relatively easy to grow, have short growing seasons and are fun to harvest. Crops for Children - SUNFLOWERS A must for a child's garden. Plant just one or two, since they take a lot of room.  In 8 weeks, the buds will flower revealing … [Read more...]

Publix Shopping Trip + Gas Cards


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My Publix Shopping Trip When Publix runs their gas card promos I make it a point to take advantage of it with a Publix shopping trip. Luckily, I was able to score some deals on baggies as I let them dwindle down to 3 boxes waiting for a good sale so the timing this week was perfect for the few things I needed. The gas card deal is $10.00 off a $50.00 gas card with every $25.00 purchased. I also had (2) $5.00 off $30.00 or more Publix coupons so I had to get to $60.00 and save as much as I … [Read more...]

Winn Dixie – David Scores Big!


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My Winn Dixie Trip Check out this awesome trip to Winn Dixie! I think that with the sensationalism of Extreme Couponing in the media and on television that we find ourselves striving to make our shopping trips superhuman. I was thinking about it today and realized that I spend so much time writing about couponing and teaching other people how to do it that I haven't been out to buy anything at the stores myself! Granted, my wife is a formidable partner and can more than carry her weight in the … [Read more...]

Easter Lilies, How to Plant Them Outside


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How to Plant Easter Lilies Outside Just because Easter has come and gone, and your lilies have begun to drop their flowers, doesn't mean that you can't enjoy them for years to come! While I am in Florida, I am going to give you instructions for how to plant your Easter Lilies outside so that you may preserve them. First, it's important to note that you should not cut any of the foliage from the lilies. You may remove any of the dying blooms that have not yet dropped, but do not remove any … [Read more...]

Laundry Bottle Pet Food Scoop


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Laundry Bottle Pet Food Scoop Here's a great Earth Day craft that your pets will benefit from! You can get your kids to help with this easy laundry bottle craft. This would also make a cute gift, use the scoop as the gift bag and fill with toy's and treats. Laundry Bottle Pet Food Scoop Materials: Plastic laundry bottle Felt in your favorite shades White craft glue Scissors or a sharp knife Directions: Cut the top of the bottle off, leaving the handle in tact. … [Read more...]

Walgreens Trip with Almost Free Savings


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My Almost Free Walgreens Trip I am never one to run out first thing on a Sunday morning to get deals, but my almost free Walgreens trip made this one worth it. I like my weekends relaxed when they can be. Yesterday was anything but relaxing, but I started the day with a great shopping trip! I had planned on making a few stops so I ran to Walgreens for some freebie items. I didn't clear any shelves (bad!) and I only bought one of each thing. The only thing I may go back for later in the week is … [Read more...]

Coffee Cup Coffee Cake Recipe


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Coffee Cup Coffee Cake Try this coffee cup coffee cake. I get giant coffee mugs as gifts all the time and I don't know why. I love coffee, but I don't want to drink a bucket of it. I'm fine with a cup at a time. Here's something great you can make in those giant mugs that are too big for coffee. These cakes are ridiculously delicious, and it's a single serving, so you don't have the rest of the cake staring you in the face after you eat a slice. This is a quick, easy recipe you can make in … [Read more...]

Soil Amendments Make All the Difference


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Soil Amendments Over the last couple of weeks, I have started to share some of my pictures and comments with regard to landscaping. I am far from a green thumb, but I do consider myself to be somewhat savvy in the yard. I used to own a landscape maintenance and installation company so I do have a leg up on the average bear, but it has taken me a long time and a lot of experimentation to get to where I am. If you are a beginner or a novice landscaper, let me give you a piece of advice: … [Read more...]

Refinishing Furniture – Save Money Through Creativity


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Refinishing Furniture to Save Money Have you had the experience of refinishing furniture? I am a softy for my boys. I want to be a good example to them. I want them to learn from me and never question whether or not it's the right things I am teaching them. I want them to experience the things I have gotten to experience. In some cases, I want them to have some of the same things that I have had. Now that Ethan is older, he needs a place besides his Bumbo to eat. I am a pack rat. I don't … [Read more...]

Butterfly Haven – Build One Without Breaking the Bank


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Build Your Own Butterfly Haven If you read my post last night about getting the most from your landscape projects, then you read the first installment of this part about a butterfly haven. In about 2.5 hours, I was able to solve 3-4 major landscaping issues with 0 extra dollars out of my pocket. What started the whole process was my inherent need to "rescue" plants. I found a great deal on some butterfly bushes at Lowe's. Most people would walk by these things, but I didn't. I immediately … [Read more...]

F Word in Couponing, Are You Guilty?


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What Is the F Word in Couponing? Come on, did you really think I would go there? The F Word? You all should know me better than that. If you are new to the page, it won't take you long to figure out. If it does, you are at the wrong page anyhow, so thanks for stopping by. The sad truth of the matter is that couponing does have an F word and it's FRAUD. It amazes me how many people are quick to pull the trigger and lay down the fraud card as if it is the be all/end all of all things in the … [Read more...]

Patio Paradise – Planting One for Pennies on the Dollar


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Planting a Patio Paradise We love our patio and wanted to make it into a patio paradise. We spend a ton of time out there. We were able to pick up space heaters on clearance at Lowe's back around Thanksgiving so we had even more functionality all winter. Just before football season last year, I was able to get a steal on a flat screen that we have mounted to the wall. Of course, when you have a flat screen you also need a soundbar, right? I picked up one of those on an open box special at … [Read more...]

Landscaping Projects – Getting the Most From Them


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My Landscaping Projects Are you in the process of doing landscaping projects? I am one of those people that will see the absolutely perfect plant in Lowe's and decide that I need to rip out half of my yard to accommodate it. Tonight was no different. Actually, it was a perfect storm of landscaping for me. I found a great deal on some pretty Butterfly Bush at Lowe's. Wiz Kid Lisa Hebert and and her husband Tim were kind enough to send me a box full of Day Lily tubers. I had an issue with … [Read more...]

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