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Thrifty Thursday – Beauty Blowout!

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Thrifty Thursday – Beauty Blowout!

We are really excited about this one. As we were browsing the travel section at Wal mart we came across a jackpot! We found a travel size container of Ponds facial cream. It even came in 3 different varieties. Our favorite was the dark spot correcting cream. These gems were only $1.49 for a 1.75 oz. jar. That is $0.85 an ounce. We hopped over to the face cream isle and we found the actual size Ponds. It was $8.97 for a 7oz. jar. That’s $1.27 per ounce. Additionally, they did not have the dark spot correcting cream available. At a $0.42 per ounce savings it’s a steal. Next time you are in the travel isle stock up. But beware, most times travel sizes are not a better value. Be sure to compare to the traditional size before you load up your cart.

 

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday – Jimmy Carter

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Words of Wisdom Wednesday – Jimmy Carter

Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.

-Jimmy Carter

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Tip Tuesday – Holiday Gratuities

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Tip Tuesday – Holiday Gratuities

We know that everyone is on a budget! This holiday season we try and stretch every dollar. Just remember that what goes around, comes around. We must not forget to tip our fine service people that help us all year long. You hair stylist, gardner, manicurist, your day care provider and even the mailman work all year to keep our lives maintained. It’s time to give them a little thank you. Let me be clear. If you don’t have a personal standing relationship, you don’t need to go above and beyond. Dropping in to the super cuts to get your hair trimmed is not grounds for tipping above the standard. if you go to a regular stylist then you need to break out the wallet!

 

Here are some tips:

1. Cash is best

2. Having the cash prepared in a holiday card will identify that you are tipping them for the holiday and you didn’t mistakenly give them a $50 instead of a $20. You also get the opportunity to write a personal note if you wish

3. Your tip should be the amount of 1 service. example: If one hair cut is $25 then you should give them a holiday tip of $25 on top of what you are paying for the service.

4. You should have this tip prepared on the last service of the year.  If your appointment is on the 11th of December, that’s when you should give it to them. If you will not see them again before the end of the year, reach out with a phone call or text. Ask them for their address and let them know you would like to send them a holiday card.

5. Do not forget people in your children’s lives! Daycare, Nannies, and after school help are some of the most valued and underpaid people in our lives. They don’t need more cocoa mugs! Break open your wallet and give them cash. The rules are more open here. You can add anything from a days pay, to a weeks pay depending on the time they spend with your child and of course your budget.

 

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Monday Funday – Elf On The Shelf Ideas!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Monday Funday – Elf On The Shelf Ideas!

The elf on the shelf phenomenon is in full swing! Some of the ideas we have seen are so creative. It is truly fun to think of a great new idea, but what about those late nights when you are fresh out of ideas. What’s even worse is the early morning startle when you’ve forgotten to do it the night before. If you need a last minute idea or a fun new idea, check out this link to a list of our favorite elf of the shelf ideas.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/33-genius-elf-on-the-shelf-ideas

 

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Thrifty Thursdays – Repurposed Rod

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Thrifty Thursdays – Repurposed Rod

While visiting some friends of ours we came across this cute (and cheap) curtain rod. Simply use the U shaped bracket that comes with most rods or use the brackets from an old rod your replacing. In fact, if you already have hardware up, leave it it.  Just remove the old rod and go stick hunting! Take a measurement of your window and head out on a hike with the family. Once you have found the stick of your dreams, wipe it down and give it a quick spray with disinfectant. You can also spray a light layer of bug spray just in case. If you do use pesticides, leave outside or in the garage for a day or two before hanging.

Have fun stick hunting!

 

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday – Donald Trump

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Words of Wisdom Wednesday – Donald Trump

If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.

-Donald Trump

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Tip Tuesday – Better Popcorn

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Tip Tuesday – Better Popcorn

Before making popcorn on the stove or in an air popper, soak the kernels in water for 10 minutes. Drain the water, then pop as normal. The additional moisture helps the popcorn pop up quicker and fluffier with fewer “old maids.”

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Food Friday – Dinner in a Jiffy

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Food Friday – Dinner in a Jiffy

If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner that is sure to please, try this recipe!

Here is all you need:

  1. Chicken – About 1 breast per person
  2. potatoes – you can use fingerlings like we did, or grab any potatoes in your cupboard and cut into large cubes.
  3. Green Beans
  4. Butter – We used “I can’t believe it’s not butter” for a lower calorie options
  5. 1 package Italian Seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Place rinsed and trimmed chicken in your foil or glass tray
  2. Add potatoes on one side
  3. Add washed bean on other side
  4. Add 4-6 tables spoons of butter
  5. Sprinkle entire tray with italian seasoning

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday – Sheryl Sandberg

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.

-Sheryl Sandberg

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Tip Tuesday – Leaky Plants

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Tip Tuesday – Leaky Plants

Do you have a flower pot or plant that leaks when you water it? To prevent dirt or water leaking from your next pot, place a coffee filter in the bottom before you add dirt.  This will prevent heavy leaking and dirt spills.

 

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