Thrifty Thursday: New Spring Wreath

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Have an old door wreath hanging around the basement? For a simple and cheap tip, take that plain Christmas wreath and jazz it up with the upcoming season or holiday.  We added a bird nest, a few eggs and a cute, chevron burlap ribbon to brighten this wreath for a Spring Flare.  Since we want to be able to change out the decor for the upcoming holidays, we used fishing line to hold the nest in place and just tucked the ribbon into the branches of the wreath for easy removal

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Tip Tuesday: How clean is your vacuum?

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Every thought about cleaning your vacuum?  Well, if you have a Dyson, then you know it is recommended to do a 6 month filter cleanup.  We found a great site from Ask Anna that told us just where to get started.  We took her post a step further to make sure that roller could be removed on this ole Animal Dyson so the scissors came in handy to cut away all fibers and hair entwined in the brushes.  That clump of carpet/string in the picture on the bottom right is what we were able to cut away from our roller!

Happy Cleaning!!

 

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Monday’s are Fun – (kind of)

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Monday’s are by far the least favorite day of the week. People deed Monday’s. We have to assume that is mostly due to having to go back to work after a weekend of fun and relaxation. If you are suffering from a case of the Monday blues, here are a few positives about Monday’s that might cheer you up!

1. Fresh Start – A great way to start a new week is with a new goal. Perhaps is a new diet, exercise routine or just a motivational kickstart to being more productive.

2. You get to see your work friends – We might not love everyone we work with, but we all have work friends. Mondays are a great time to gab about your weekend and catch up.

3. Monday Night Football  - Nuff said

4. Great night for DVR – Sunday’s and Monday’s are some of the best TV days. If your weekend was fulfilled and you missed your favorite program, Monday nights are a great night to have a DVR marathon!

5. Holidays – Lots of Holidays fall on Monday’s.  Today isn’t one of them, but maybe next time you read this it will be!

6. Traffic – Statistically speaking, Monday’s actually have less traffic than other days of the week. Morning commuters take Mondays off, go in late, are sick, etc… so the traffic pattern changes and traffic is lighter on this day!

7. No kids today – We all love our children, but GO TO SCHOOL ALREADY! Their weekend sleepovers and the “I’m bored” comments are gone today….yes!

8. Surfing the web – We know that this is probably not what your boss has in mind on his “productivity chart”, but come on. It’s Monday, you’re in front of a computer and you want to see all the funny posts, pictures and articles you missed over the weekend. It’s our saving grace today.

9. No rain on Monday’s – Okay maybe it will rain on a Monday, but history shows that Monday is the least rainy day. They aren’t sure why. Some claim the pollution rate over the weekend, but we say it’s just an added bonus for a typically poopy day.

10. Monday Coffee – It’s like no other. It saves lives!

 

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Food Friday – Understanding Food Labels

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Reading food labels is easy right? We think we are making healthy choices by buying “low” this, or “free of” that, but are they always the best choice? Some food companies know that we aren’t quite sure what these mean and will label their food to make us feel good about buying their product. Today’s blog is all about these labels. It’s time we learn what these labels mean and make educated choices.

 

1. All Natural
USDA recognized claim for products that are minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients, including but not limited to artificial colors or flavors. The label must explain the use of the term “natural,” such as, “No added colorings or artificial ingredients.” No third-party certifier exists, but producers must be able to show evidence that their product meets the claim.

2. Biodynamic
Products are certified by third party as grown using biodynamic principals. www.demeter-usa.org

3. Cage Free
“Cage Free” is generally applied to egg cartons; chickens are not kept in a cage, but they don’t necessarily have access to the outdoors. No third-party certifier exists, but producers must be able to show evidence that their birds are not caged.

4. Certified Humane
Meat sold under this label must come from animals must be treated in a humane manner. Under the program, growth hormones are prohibited and animals are raised on a diet without antibiotics, but antibiotics can be used in the treatment of sick animals. www.certifiedhumane.org

5. Fair Trade
The Fair Trade label is primarily applied to imported agricultural products that meet strict labor and sustainability standards. Certification ensures that farmers and workers are fairly compensated for their products. www.fairtradeusa.org

6. Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council is a third-party-certified sustainable-forestry program. Certification ensures forests are being managed to the highest environmental and social standards according to 10 FSC principles. www.fscus.org

7. Free Range
Generally applied to egg cartons and chicken products, the “Free Range” label indicates that birds have some access to the outdoors but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have access to pasture. No third-party certifier exists, but producers must be able to show evidence that their birds are allowed access to the outdoors.

8. Fresh Poultry
The term “fresh” on the labeling of raw poultry products means that the carcass has never been frozen or reduced to an internal temperature below 26 degrees F. No third-party certifier exists, but producers must be able to show evidence that their birds are sold fresh.

9. Grassfed
Producers using a grassfed label will need to meet third-party certification standards as governed by the USDA. However, the American Grassfed Association’s (www.americangrassfed.org) American Grassfed label applies even stricter requirements, including that animals must have regular access to pasture appropriate to the species. Under the USDA-approved label, animals can be fed silage.

10. Heart Check Symbol
The Heart Check Symbol is a label made and certified by the American Heart Association; producers who meet AHA guidelines and participate in their certification program may use the heart-check symbol on their labels.

11. Kosher
Products may only be labeled as kosher if prepared under Rabbinical supervision. No third-party certifier exists, but producers must be able to show evidence that their products meet the Kosher rule.

12. Leaping Bunny
The Leaping Bunny label is used on cosmetics to indicate that products were not tested on animals. This label is granted by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics. www.leapingbunny.org

13. Local or State Identifiers
Many states allow producers to apply for the right to label their products with a local or state-grown label. Contact your state’s department of agriculture to learn about such programs in your area.

14. Predator Friendly
Producers who are certified as Predator Friendly have made a commitment not to allow any lethal control (shooting, trapping, poisoning) to protect their sheep and cattle from native predators.www.predatorfriendly.com

15. Salmon Safe
Certified products from Salmon-Safe, a nonprofit in the Pacific Northwest recognizing fish-friendly farms and products that keep salmon running the rivers, mean the farm or facilities used to process the product use practices that protect water quality and restore habitat. www.salmonsafe.org

16. USDA Organic
All products now labeled as organic must meet USDA requirements and be certified by one of the third-party certifying organizations around the country. www.ams.usda.gov/nop

 

For more information on how to read labels, visit the FDA.

Happy Shopping!

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Thrifty Thursday – Free Nursing Pillow!

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Are you expecting? Maybe you have a baby shower coming up? We just found this great offer from A Thrifty Mom that you won’t want to miss. Right now you can get a nursing pillow from Nursing Pillows.com for just the cost of the shipping and handling. Thats a $40 value for only $12.95. Swing on over to A Thrifty Mom for your offer code.

Happy Shopping

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Tip Tuesday – Fresh Flowers

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Did you get flowers for Valentine’s Day? Lucky you! We’ve got a a great tip to keep those flowers lasting as long as possible. First we should note that if your flowers came with a freshness packet, you should go ahead and use that. If your flowers did not come with a packet or your water has gone bad, here’s what you need to do.

1. Use fresh room temperature water.

2. Add a small cap full of bleach to your water. Yes you read right! The bleach prevents bacteria which is what kills your flowers.

3. Make sure your stems are freshly cut and immediately placed into the water.
We’ve seen flowers last a month with this treatment!

 

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Yummy Crockpot Tortellini

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Crockpot Tortellini with Spinach:
This is an easy, fairly healthy and delicious meal that will just sit in your crockpot for a few hours while you are doing important things in your day rather than sitting in your kitchen!  Bon Appetit!
Ingredients:
1 (19oz) bag of frozen cheese tortellini
1 small bag of fresh spinach (I used about half of a 5 oz package, but more is better!)
2 (14.5 oz) cans of Italian style diced tomatoes, drained
1 block (8 oz) of cream cheese (softened in microwave)
1 lb. of ground sausage (fully cooked before adding to crockpot)
3-4 cups of chicken broth (start with 3, add 1 more if it looks like it needs it)Brown the sausage and put all ingredients in crockpot,
chunking up the cream cheese.
Cook on low for 4-6 hrs.Serves 4-6

*Keep an eye on your tortellini, it may be done sooner.
*If still soupy, leave lid off for the last half hour or so of cooking.
*For a vegetarian version, omit sausage and use vegetable broth instead.

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Thrifty Thursdays- Easy Money Savings Plan

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Saving money isn’t always easy…. Or is it?

It’s hard to slide a little money over when you are trying to pay bills. Sometimes we need small measurable goals that have little impact on the bill paying stress. We’re sure you’ve seen this helpful tool floating the internet, but we thought we would share one with our Bizzybabee friends.  Try using this same method with your kids. Change the $1 starting point to $.25 and your child will end the year with $344.50. It’s a great way to get the entire family involved in money saving goals.

Good Luck!

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