Thrifty Thursday – Cheap Amazon Deals

We all know Amazon has great deals. They often have low prices, reasonable shipping, and they even have their our “deals” page like groupon and living social. But did you know that they have a page for items under a buck! Their “cheap stuff under a dollar” page has fun gift ideas, office supplies and novelty items. Check it out at the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000977131

 

 

 

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Tip Tuesday – Timers

It seems like we are always pressed for time. Work, kids, family, school… The list goes on and on. As a mother (or father), we know how to stretch every minute, but what about the kids? It feels like they live in a world with no time limits, no clock, and sometimes no sense of urgency. If you have this same problem, try this out. TIMERS! Find a few cheap timers at the dollar store and place them in areas where time limits need to be set. We have them near the TV, the computer, game units and even the shower! Some kids could live in the bath or shower. Move these timers outside, in a playroom, in the yard etc… the possibilities are endless. They can also be used for homework and reading times. They will be more responsible for keeping track of their time and save you some                                                                                    stress!

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Food Friday – Sweet Potato Chips!

We have a great recipe this week from our friends at Simply Notable! These homemade sweet potato chips a a treat and a healthier choice. With a low glycemic index and simple instructions, three’s no reason why you can’t have some ready for the weekend.

Directions:

Slice potatoes thin

Drizzle with 1 table spoon olive oil

Sprinkle you favorite seasons on

Bake at 250 for 2 hours

Check out this recipe and others at http://www.simplynotable.com/2013/sweet-potato-chips/

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Food Friday – Cute Cupcakes!

We love healthy recipes, but every once in a while you just need some cute cupcakes! If there isn’t a birthday around the corner then find a reason. Maybe a treat for the kids after soccer, or just a “happy Friday” surprise. What ever the reason, these cupcakes are sure to put a smile on anyones face.

Yes those are twinkie’s!

 

Find several variations on Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=minion%20cupcakes

 

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Thrifty Thursday – Cheap IcePacks

The more kids we have, the more icepacks we seem to need.  Lunch boxes and boo boo’s never seem to end. We keep buying icepacks and they keep disappearing! Well we’ve got a great tip that will save you money. Try using these colorful sponges instead. Soak them in water then freeze them in ziplock bags. You won’t only save money, you can use the sponges for other things around the house!

 

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday – Steve Jobs

In light of the movie “Jobs” coming out this week, here is a quote from the man himself….Steve Jobs

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
-Steve Jobs

 

 

Here’s a clip of the new movie coming to a theater near you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tDHH1eXKmA

 

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Tip Tuesday – Pin Holder

Bobby pins always come in a nice row on their cardboard housing. After used just once, they get scattered around your drawer only to become missing in action over time. Try using an old Tic Tac box to store your pins. They will have a long lasting home where they can always be found.

Hint: It works for tooth picks too!

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Food Friday – Superfood’s for Breastfeeding Mom’s

It’s no surprise that a breastfeeding mom should have a healthy well balanced diet. Good nutrition is key in producing a healthy mom and baby. But we have the 12 super foods that nursing mothers should be sure to incorporate (PS these are great foods for non-nurisng moms as well)

1. Salmon - like other fatty fish, is loaded with a type of fat called DHA. DHA is crucial to the development of your baby’s nervous system. All breast milk contains DHA, but levels of this essential nutrient are higher in the milk of women who get more DHA from their diets.

2. Low-Fat Dairy Products - Yogurt, milk and cheese are all great choices.  In addition to providing protein, B vitamins, and vitamin D, dairy products are one of the best sources of calcium. If you’re breastfeeding, your milk is loaded with calcium to help your baby’s bones develop, so it’s important for you to eat enough calcium to meet your own needs.

3. Lean Beef –  Boost your energy as a new mom with iron-rich foods like lean beef. A deficiency of iron can drain your energy levels, making it hard for you to keep up with the demands of a newborn baby. Nursing moms need to eat extra protein and vitamin B-12. Lean beef is an excellent source for both of these nutrients. If you don’t eat meat, be sure that you get enough B-12, iron and protein from things like beans, leafy greens and eggs.

4. Legumes - Iron-rich beans, particularly dark-colored ones like black beans and kidney beans, are a great breastfeeding food, especially for vegetarians. They’re a budget-friendly source of high quality, non-animal protein.

5. Blueberries - Breastfeeding moms should be sure to get two or more servings of fruit or juice each day. Antioxidant-rich blueberries are an excellent choice to help you meet your needs. These satisfying and yummy berries are filled with good-for-you vitamins and minerals and will give you a healthy dose of carbohydrates to keep your energy levels high.

6. Brown Rice - You might be tempted to drastically cut back on carbohydrates to help lose the baby weight. Don’t. Losing weight too quickly may cause you to produce less milk and leave you feeling lethargic and sluggish. Incorporate healthy, whole-grain carbs like brown rice in your diet to keep your energy levels up. Foods like brown rice provide your body the calories it needs to produce the best quality milk for your baby.

7. Oranges - Portable and nutritious, oranges are a great food to boost energy for new moms. Oranges and other citrus fruits are excellent breastfeeding foods since nursing moms need more vitamin C than pregnant women. Can’t find time to sit down to a snack? Sip on some orange juice as you go about your day — you’ll get the vitamin C benefit and can even opt for calcium-fortified varieties to get even more benefit from your beverage.

8. Eggs - Eggs are a versatile way to meet your daily protein needs. Scramble a couple of eggs for breakfast, toss a hard-boiled egg or two on your lunchtime salad, or have an omelet and salad for dinner. Opt for DHA-fortified eggs to increase the level of this essential fatty acid in your milk.

9. Whole-wheat bread  - Folic acid is crucial to your baby’s development in the early stages of pregnancy. But its importance doesn’t end there. Folic acid is an important nutrient in your breast milk that your baby needs for good health, and it’s crucial you eat enough for your own well-being too. Enriched whole-grain breads and pastas are fortified with this vital nutrient and also give you a healthy dose of fiber and iron.

10. Leafy Greens - Leafy green veggies like spinach, Swiss chard, and broccoli are filled with vitamin A, good for both you and your baby. The benefits don’t stop there. They’re a good non-dairy source of dietary calcium and contain vitamin C and iron. Green veggies are also filled with heart-healthy antioxidants, are low in calories, and are tasty to boot.

11. Whole Grain Cereal - After yet another sleepless night, one of the best foods to boost energy for new moms in the morning is a healthy breakfast of whole-grain cereal. Many cold cereals are available that are fortified with essential vitamins and nutrients to help you meet your daily needs. Whip up a healthy hot breakfast by stirring blueberries and skim milk into a delicious serving of oatmeal.

12. Water - Breastfeeding moms are especially at risk for energy-draining dehydration. To keep your energy levels and milk production up, make sure you stay well hydrated. You can vary your options and meet some of your fluid requirements by drinking juice and milk, but be careful when it comes to caffeinated drinks like coffee or tea. Keep your intake to no more than 2-3 cups a day or switch to decaffeinated varieties. Caffeine enters your breast milk and can cause your baby to become irritable and sleep poorly.

To read the full article visit: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/breastfeeding-9/breast-feeding-diet

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