Free 50 Days of Disney Music

Apr 30, 2010


Beginning on Monday, May 3rd, Disney will kick off their "50 Days of Disney Music" campaign. Every day, for 50 days, you will be able to download 1 free song. Songs will come from the Walt Disney Records catalog and will include songs from movies such as Aladdin, Toy Story, Bambi, and Beauty and the Beast; and Disney Channel TV shows such as "Hannah Montana" and "Wizards of Waverly Place;" and Disney Channel Original Movies such as High School Musical and Camp Rock.

To get the free music, you will have to do one of the following: "Like" Disney Music on Facebook, "Follow" Disney Music on Twitter, or you can text "Disney" to 66937.

*  Thanks to Spoiled But Not Rotten for this information.

FREE Carvel Ice Cream and Flavor Shot

Apr 29, 2010


Head over to Carvel TODAY to get a FREE 3.5 oz cup with your choice of twelve flavored shots.

For details, click here.

Great treat for you and your kids today!

Crock Pot Recipes - April 28

Apr 28, 2010

Here are some new recipes to try out in your crockpot.  Just print out this blog post, highlight the ingredients you don't have on hand and take the post to you with the grocery store to do your grocery shopping.  Voila!  A week's-worth of dinners almost made for you (and one dessert!)

CROCK POT SPANISH RICE
1 lb browned ground beef
1 small onion - finely chopped
2-3 carrots - finely chopped
2 stalks celery - finely chopped
1 large can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
1 16 oz can red kidney beans
1 16 oz can white kidney beans (AKA cannellini beans)
16 oz beef stock - I use the kind you make from bouillon cubes
1 & 1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon pepper
2 & 1/2 teaspoon parsley
10 oz jar (+or-) spaghetti sauce depending on how soupy you want it
4 oz ditalini pasta (shaped like short little tubes)
Brown the beef and then throw everything in crockpot except pasta. Cook on low for 7 hours. I don't recommend high...it burned the time I tried the high setting. Cook pasta separately to al dente, then add to pot just prior to serving.
Chicken Cordon Bleu

8 boneless skinless chicken breast.....Pound them out to flatten
8 thin slices of ham
8 thin slices of Swiss cheese
1/2 flour seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder
1 large onion thinly sliced
1/2 cp chicken broth
1/4/1 cp parmesan cheese, grated
2 cans of cream of mushroom or cream chicken soup...

Place a slice of ham and cheese on flattened chicken breast and roll up. Secure with toothpicks and roll each in seasoned flour to coat, set aside on platter.

Add onions and chicken broth into the bottom of the crockpot and then start adding your chicken,laying them flat and start another layer.

Add your cans of cream soup and topp wth cheese.

Cook on low for about 6 - 7 hrs or 3 to 3 1/2 hours on high

I personally use alot more cheese:)

Keilbasa w/ scallopped potatoes

Slice red potatoes and placed in crockpot. combine 1 can campbells cheddar cheese soup, evaporated milk, 1 can of cream of mushroom (I have used many different flavors, celery, broccoli) and pour over potatoes. sliced @ 1-2 lbs. keilbasa, add to crockpot. Top w/ vegetable of your choice, but we used peas & carrots and it was awesome. Cook @ 4-5 hrs. on low. you will love it!!

Pasta Fagioli Soup

1 1/2 c. long grain rice
3 c. tomato juice
1 chopped green pepper
1 lb. hamburger meat, cooked & drained
1/2 c. butter
1 chopped onion
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Saute rice in butter until golden brown, place in crock pot with remaining ingredients. Stir well. Cover, cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, high 2 to 3 hours.

Sprinkle with cheese of your choice. Serve with sour cream and tortillas.

This is a recipe I found on a copycat recipe website recently. It tastes exactly like the Pasta Fagioli Soup from the Olive Garden restaurant.

Super easy. This fills my large crockpot.


Heirloom Carrot Spoon Cake

SERVES 10

1 (18 1/4 ounce) box spice cake mix
1 (3 1/2 ounce) box instant butterscotch pudding mix
1 cup water
2 cups shredded carrots
3/4 cup canola oil
4 eggs
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 cup sour cream

Spray a 5-quart slow cooker with butter flavored cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker. Place a paper towl over top of slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 1/2 to 6 hours.

The paper towl absorbs the moisture and does not allow the water to drop onto the cake.

Pushing and Shoving

Apr 27, 2010

When my daughter was two years old, I was called into her classroom for a parent-teacher conference. Apparently, Jordan was pushing other kids and her teacher was not happy about it. The teacher, (one of my least favorite thus far) told me that Jordan would grow up to be a bully and never have any friends.
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I came home and remember crying and crying over the matter. My mom, who was visiting from New Jersey that week, kept saying, “She’s only two, Kelly. Just two.”

I knew that she was right. Just because my two-year-old pushed a few other children did not mean she was going to grow up to become a serial killer.

Still,” I told my mom, through my tears, “if Jordan is not a good child, it’s my fault. I’m the only one raising her and I must be doing something very wrong.” (At the time, my husband was in Iraq.)

Fast forward five years. Jordan is now a seven-year-old second grader. Never once, since kindergarten, or really, since the age of two, has she ever been in trouble at school. In fact, I dare to say she’s the most empathetic and compassionate member of our family.

I look back on that memory and realize that my mom was right. Just because she did something disobedient when she was a little girl did not mean she was destined to be a menace to society for the rest of her life.

So, when I showed up at my son’s school last week and they told me that he had pushed another child, I was not happy, but I also did not break down into tears over it. When we got into the car, I told him how disappointed I was, how pushing and hitting were wrong and how he was going into "time out" when we got home.

I’d hoped the situation was resolved, until I arrived at his school two days later and was approached by the director as soon as I walked in the door. Now, in the five years my children have attended this school, never, ever has one of them been in big trouble. I started to panic the minute I saw the look on her face.

It seems that the hitting and pushing had continued that day and the teachers were very upset with Bennett (and rightly so). I promised the director, and the teachers, that we would take care of it at home. I made Bennett go and apologize to each teacher and then I brought him into the director’s office to talk to her, too, about his behavior.

When we got into the car, I didn’t yell at Bennett. I just turned around, once we were all in our seats, looked at him, and started to cry.

He just stared at me.

I calmly told him that we do not hit people. That hitting is wrong and mean and that it hurts me to know he did that.

Bennett didn’t say a word. He just sat quietly, (quite an achievement for him), until we got home. Once we arrived, I told him he had to go to his bed and would not get dinner that night.

Now, in my children’s defense, and heaven knows they need one, they are very tall kids. I say this because they are considerably bigger, especially in preschool, than all the other kids in their class. To put it in perspective, most of the kids in Bennett’s class come up to his mid-chest.

Thus, when Bennett swore to me, up and down, that the other little boy had hit him first, I didn’t really doubt him. What I have learned is that, when another kid hits or pushes my children, nothing really happens. But then, when my kid pushes back, that child will go flying across the room. (And, naturally, gain the attention of the teacher.)

As a result of this, all weekend long we worked on “role playing” with Bennett. I enlisted the help of Jordan and we’d pretend that she was the other child in the room. When she’d push him, I’d ask him what he should do. Methodically, he’d tell me each time, “Say stop and tell the teacher.”

By Sunday night, Bennett knew what to do if pushed or hit by another child, but I wasn’t sure he understood why it was better to tell on the child than just shove him back.

At dinner that night, I once again said to Bennett, “What do you do if someone hits you at school?”

As usual, he replied, “Tell the teacher.”

And then, it was if a light bulb went off in his head.

He continued, “Cause if I tell the teacher, then HE’S the bad boy!”

“Yes, Bennett. YES!” I said with joy.

I’m not the bad boy,” he said, getting more and more excited. “HE’s the bad boy!”

I nearly jumped out of my chair with glee.

“Yes, Bennett. You’re not the bad boy! HE’S the bad boy!”

We laughed and giggled as we continued to say, “If you tell on him, HE’s the bad boy. YOU’RE not the bad boy!”

I really felt we’d achieved a major breakthrough.

I’m not sure how long it will last, but the next day, he was so good at school that the teachers gave him a cookie.

Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that the promise of a cookie, and the other kid getting in trouble, is enough to keep him from becoming the class bully.

FREE Pretzel TODAY at PretzelMaker

Apr 26, 2010


Head over to your local PretzelMaker and get a FREE Pretzel today. 

The rule is, though, you have to SING a snippet of your favorite song to get it.  Anyway up for "Old McDonald?"

Click here for details.

FREE Stuff on Earth Day

Apr 22, 2010

I just read a great article on Yahoo about all the Free stuff you can get on Earth Day (which, in case you don't realize, is TODAY!)

So hurry and jump on it!

Click here for the article and all the great deals!

Packing for the Plane

Apr 16, 2010

It’s been a couple of weeks since I put up a story-of-sorts on my blog. My excuse?? Hmm . . . I went on vacation!

But, I’m back! Unfortunately, I wasn’t on vacation for the entire week and a half, but once I came back to my family, there was ‘catching up to do’ (you moms understand) and I am now trying to “catch up” on my blog!

Let’s start with where I went - Washington, DC! I had a fabulous time and I didn’t visit a single monument or museum! (Unless, of course, you count Banana Republic, Filene’s Basement and H&M as national landmarks . . . which, of course, to some they are!)

No, I went to visit my best friend, Shanika, for some much-needed “girl time.”

Before I go into details, I want to explain that I have two best friends – and I don’t want either to feel “cheated” when I refer to the other with that “title.” The two women are as different as they come (and I plan on writing a whole blog post on that, some day), but equally the most incredible friends anyone could ever ask for.

On this trip, I went to see Shanika – my single, best friend who lives in a gorgeous condo in the heart of DC. Her house is child-free and as quiet and clean as can be. I tell everyone that it’s like “going to a spa” when I make my once-a-year trek to visit her. I look forward to it all 12 months of the year and am saddened when it ends and I have to wait another 12 to go back!

We spent the whole 5 days of my visit shopping, going out to eat, watching movies and . . . my favorite part . . . sleeping . . .uninterrupted. . . all night long!!!! (and, for a few naps, too!)

The time there was just perfect. I don’t have a single complaint.

Okay, maybe just one.

A itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny complaint.

What was it?

FLYING THERE!

Now, I only fly two or three times a year. I admit. That’s not much. Ever since I had kids, my airplane time has been cut dramatically. I just can’t bear the thought of being cooped up in a cylinder space with three kids and dirty looks flying my way faster than the plane is traveling.

I haven’t been on an airplane since last summer – and I was shocked at the changes.

I have long legs – very, very long legs – and usually request extra leg room. Well, it seems that the airlines now have something against tall people because extra leg room seats cost $25 more – each way!

I am always thrilled when I get on a flight with a movie – and I make sure to hang onto my $3 headsets from flight to flight so that I don’t have to buy another one each time I fly. As it turns out, though, that $3 was the least of my worries. Continental has now installed small TV monitors on each individual seat. Sounds great, right? Sure. But you have to swipe your credit card on the side of it (and be charged $6) if you want to watch the flick!

Want to eat? Better bring your own snack. Though, I flew before the deadline (and I always do pack my own food), Continental is going to start charging for meals and snacks, too.

And then there’s the most irritating. I thought it was bad last July when they charged me $15 to check my first bag. But now, Continental is up to $25 for the first bag. That’s $50 round trip! $50!!!!! If my ticket cost $300, that’s a “hidden cost increase” of 17%! If my husband and I took our family of five on a vacation, and we each checked one bag, we’d have to pay an additional $250. We might as well have brought another whole child instead!!!

Some airline called Spirit (never heard of them and certainly never plan on flying them after this) is going to start charging $45 per carry-on bag! Are they NUTS?? EVERYONE needs at least one bag, so your choices are to check it for $25 and risk them losing it or carry it on and pay $45? What about parents with kids who need to pack snacks and DVDs and toys to keep their child entertained? They don’t have the choice of checking their bag for a cheaper rate.

Next thing you know, they’ll be charging a fee if your child cries on a flight. You just wait. It’ll happen. And then, after that, they’re going to charge you for the oxygen you inhale, too.

Anyway, it was this “bag” dilemma that had me (and all my Facebook friends, whom I hounded the week prior to my trip) confused about what to do. The first issue arose because I have a Continental MasterCard and the primary cardholder can check their first bag for free. The problem? My husband is the primary. But, he hates to fly and will never use this “perk” and so I was hoping I might be able to take advantage of it. After all, I write the check for the credit card bill each month – I should get the free bag, right? I read that you can show your card and get the fee waived at the gate. But, what if they decided I wasn’t “worthy” of this fee waiver? Though I wanted to check my bag (for free) because I could bring a bigger bag with me that way, I also couldn’t risk bringing one I couldn’t carry on with me. So, I still had to pack lightly. And, of course, I couldn’t have any liquid, gel or cream with more than 3 oz. Oh, the stress!

And then I realized, I planned on going shopping on my trip . . . and I mean, I was going to do some serious shopping. This is my one time – pretty much my one and only time – all year long where I shop for clothes for myself. I needed room in my suitcase to bring home all that I planned to buy!

So, I packed as lightly as I could and decided to just carry the bag on with me instead of risking having to pay the $50 in baggage fees. I prayed that I had enough extra room for all I planned to buy.

I tried to not think too much about my bag situation while I was in D.C., and apparently I was quite successful at this because, when it came time to repack my suitcase for the flight home, it was obvious I would not be able to fit everything in my bag.

What to do? What to do?

When Shanika would say to me, during my visit, “How are you going to get all this stuff home?” I’d say, in the words of Project Runway’s Tim Gunn – I’ll “make it work.”

And, I did make it work . . .

I packed my suitcase as tightly and neatly as possible. I crammed everything I could possibly into that little bag, making sure it didn’t bulge so much that it wouldn’t fit in the overhead bin.

But, I still had a great number of clothing items left. For a moment I wasn’t sure what I was going to do about them. And then, a great idea hit me!

I would WEAR the clothes!

All of them.

One on top of the other.

When I got dressed that morning, I was wearing a tank top, 3 shirts, a sweater , a jacket and a winter coat.

I asked Shanika how I looked.

She stared at me and said, seriously, “Like a homeless person.”

I looked at myself in the mirror and I just had to laugh.  She was right. That was exactly what I looked like.

But, what other choice did I have?

Fortunately, it wasn’t so hot in D.C. to cause me to die of heat stroke on the way to the airport. I boarded my flight and stripped off as much as I could once I was seated, using the extra tops as a back pillow (which, I’m pretty sure they now also charge you for!). When it was time to land, I “redressed” myself, sweating as I came into the hot Austin sun.

The airlines have found a way to mess with us. They’ve found a way (many, many ways) to make extra money off of the average traveler.

They wanted me to pay for my extra clothes (which, trust me, had already cost me a small fortune when I bought them in D.C.)

They said I couldn’t pack them.

So, I didn’t.

I wore them.

They never said I couldn’t do that.

(At least, not yet.)

FREEBIES on Tax Day - TODAY

Apr 15, 2010

Happy Tax Day!

Now that you are giving the government all of your money, you might as well benefit by a few companies giving YOU something today!

Here's a list in case you want to take advantage of them!

-- FREE COFFEE AND TREAT

CINNABON: Get two free bite-sized cupcakes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at participating mall locations as part of "Tax Day Bites!" Flavors include Chocolate Passion, 24-Carrot Cake, Vanilla Bliss and Cinnacake Classic.

Scholotsky's:  Get some of those cinnamon cupcake bites by presenting this coupon.

MAGGIEMOO'S: Get one free slice of ice cream pizza -- ice cream with red frosting to look like sauce and white chocolate to look like cheese -- at participating locations from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

STARBUCKS: Get free brewed coffee all day Thursday if you bring your own mug, a promotion the cafe chain says is friendly to the environment as well as taxpayers.
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-- DISCOUNTED MEALS
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BOSTON MARKET: For a "last-minute tax break" -- one free meal for each one you buy Thursday through Sunday -- show this coupon.
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IHOP: Expanding on the tax deduction parents get for kids, the restaurant chain is offering free dinner for one child age 12 or younger with each adult meal purchased 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. all month long.
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MCCORMICK & SCHMICK'S: The seafood restaurant is offering $10.40 dinner and drink specials in the bar on Thursday -- a nod to the 1040 tax form. Bar guests who come in April 15 also receive a $10.40 gift certificate for a later visit. And professional tax preparers, who may have to work right until the midnight deadline Thursday, get their freebie Friday: dessert on the house plus a $10.40 certificate if they show a business card.
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P.F. CHANG'S: Get 15 percent off food purchases for dine-in or take-out, excluding alcohol and happy hour food and beverages.
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-- STRESS RELIEF

HYDROMASSAGE: Get a free massage Thursday through Sunday at participating locations. The mall-based massage chain suggests calling ahead to book an appointment. Find a location at http://www.hydromassage.com/taxday.

Free Better Oats Oatmeal


Have you ever wanted to participate in a taste test?  Well, here's your chance.

Sign up for a Free a carton of Better Oats oatmeal by clicking here.

Then, according to their website:

Fill out the form below to receive a high value coupon and take the taste test challenge! We think once you've compared our great taste, texture and real flavors to your old oatmeal brand, you'll start waking up with Better Oats. Share your experience in an email or video and we'll donate five meals to help feed hungry families in the United States.
Get your coupon for a carton of Better Oats oatmeal, then follow these rules:

1.Cook your Better Oats and your old brand of oatmeal according to directions.

2.Try them both.

3.Tell us in an email or video which you liked best.

FREE Starbucks Coffee

Apr 14, 2010


Hey, everyone!

Head over to Starbucks tomorrow (April 15) and don't forget to bring your reusable travel mug!

Starbucks will fill it up with a FREE brewed coffee!

Click here for details!

Free TCBY Waffle Cone



Sign up for the TCBY newsletter and receive a coupon for a FREE waffle cone (plus some sort of gift on your birthday.)

Click here to sign up!

Free Hallmark Kids Card

Apr 13, 2010


Stop by Hallmark to get one FREE card from the Hallmark Kids Collection. 

Valid through 5/30/10
Valued at $1.99

Click here for more details.

Crock Pot Recipes - Week of April 12

Apr 12, 2010

I don't know how the rest of you have been doing with your crock pot, but I am really proud of myself!  I have been using mine on a regular basis and it is making my life a whole lot easier.  In fact, each night I just wash it and leave it on the counter - it never gets put away.  I find that if I just spend a couple minutes in the morning getting the meal ready, I have a lot less stressful of any evening later on. 

My kids are really enjoying the crock pot cooking, too.  As my 3-yr-old says, as I prepare the meal in the morning, "Why are you hiding dinner in there?"

I ask him if he'd like to help me "hide" dinner and he's always eager to pour or dump the ingredients in the pot.

These are the newest recipes I'm going to try.  I just printed them out to take to the grocery store with me next week - making my shopping easier, too.

Chicken Chow Mein


1 1/2 pounds boneless/skinless chicken breasts/cut into 1 inch chunks.
1 tblsp. of olive oil.
4 stalks celery/chopped
4 carrots/chopped
4 green onions/chopped
1 cup of chicken stock.
1/3 cup soy sauce.
1/4 tsp.
red pepper flakes.
1/4 tsp. ground ginger.
1 clove garlic/minced
8 ounces bean sprouts
8 ounces water chestnuts/sliced.
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup water.

in a skillet brown chicken in the oil.
put chicken in the crockpot.
add all the ingredients except cornstarch and water.
Stir;cover;cook on LOW 6-8 hours.
Before serving turn heat up to HIGH.
Mix cornstarch with water in a small bowl.Stir till dissolved.
Stir into the crockpot .

Keep cover slightly ajar to allow steam to escape,cook until thickened.,15-30 minutes.
Serve over rice or chow mein noodles.
May be doubled for a 5 quart crockpot.
Very tasty.

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

1 Tbsp. olive oil
16 corn tortillas
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 cans (12.5 oz) chunk chicken breast, drained and loosely shredded or equivalent fresh, cooked chicken breast
1 onion, diced
2 cans (10 oz) green chile enchilada sauce (we use Old El Paso, but if you can find Hatch green chile enchilada sauce, I highly recommend it)
1 can (4 1/2 oz) chopped green chiles, if desired (not counted in nutritional info below)
sour cream, if desired (not counted in nutritional info below)

What You Do:

• Saute the diced onion.
• Lightly spray a 9×13″ baking dish or large, oblong crock pot with non-stick spray.
• Layer the following into the cooking container: 4 corn tortillas, 1/3 of sauteed onions, 1 can of chicken, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/2 can of enchilada sauce. Repeat two more times. Top with the last four corn tortillas and the last 1/2 can of enchilada sauce and last 1/2 cup of cheese.
• If cooking in a traditional oven, bake uncovered 15 minutes at 350F. If cooking in a crock pot, cook on low 2-4 hours.

Mexican Cream Cheese Chicken

Put 4-6 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts in crockpot. Add a jar of salsa, a can of drained black beans, and a bag of frozen corn. Put on low for 6 hours- till done. Take a brick of cream cheese and put on top, turn the crock pot off, let it sit for about 20 minutes. Serve over rice, in tortillas, or just the way it is. Yum!

Pintos and Pork over Corn Chips

16 ounce package dried pinto beans
3 pound pork loin roast
7 cups water
4 ounces chopped green chilis
1/2 cup onion,chopped
2 cloves garlic,minced
2 tsp, chili powder 1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp oregano

GARNISH:cornchips,sour cream,shredded Chedder cheese,chopped tomatoes,shredded lettace.

Cover beans in water in large soup pot overnight.
Drain.
Add beans and remaining ingredients except garnish to crockpot.
Cover and cook on LOW for v9 hours.
Remove meat from bones,and return to crockpot.
Cook,uncovered for 30 minutes until thickened,
Serve over corn chips,garnished as desired.

Quick And Easy Italian Chicken And Potatoes

skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.
4-6 medium potatoes/peeled and cut into wedges,or thick slices.

brown chicken in olive oil,salt and fresh pepper on this.
Place in your crockpot.
sprinkle with half of the Italian dressing,spices,and grated cheese.
Place the potatoes on top and aroun chicken.
Sprinkle with remaining dressing ,spices,and cheese.

Cook on LOW for about 6-8 hours,or until chicken is done and the potatoes are tender.
So easy,alot of flavor.
Cantonese Dinner

1 1/2-2 pounds boneless beef round steak,cut into strips
1 tsp. oil
1 onion,chopped
1 green pepper,chopped
3/4 pound sliced mushrooms.
8 oz. can tomato sauce
3 tsp. packed brown sugar.
1 1/2 tsp. vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce.

In a skillet,over medium heat,brown beef strips in oil.
Drain.
Place beef,onion,green pepper,and mushrooms in crockpot.
Combine remaining ingreiants,mix well.
pour over meat and vegetables.
Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
OR on high or 3 hours.

Serve over cooked rice or chow mein noodles.(or fresh lo mein noodles if available)

Dessert – Minister’s Delight

1 can fruit pie filling (any kind you like)
1 box cake mix (any kind you like)
1 stick butter
1/4 cup walnuts (if desired)

Dump pie filling in the crock pot. Pour dry cake mix on the top. Melt the butter and drizzle over the top. Sprinkle the top with walnuts. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.

Austin Adealio Website

Apr 9, 2010


If you live in Austin, sign up for the Adealio daily email.  It's a program that works a lot like Groupon.  Each day, they have a new deal (for Austin) at a local business, retaurant, spa, etc.  Generally, it is 50% off the price of something great!

Click here to sign up!

Free Einstein Bagel EVERY Friday until May 22

Apr 8, 2010


For all you Facebook junkies out there, here's a GREAT Freebie deal!

If you are a fan of Einstein Bagels (or, if not, become one) you can print out a coupon for one FREE bagel EVERY Friday until May 22 (it's a resuable coupon.)

Coupon must be used before 11 AM.

Click here to get your coupon!

Learning to Speak Spanish

Apr 7, 2010

Every since my daughter was 2 years old, our kids have attended a Spanish-immersion preschool in Austin, called Escuelita del Alma. Our goal, in enrolling the kids there, was to have them grow up bilingual. My husband and I are, well, unilingual – and sometimes, maybe not even that.

We had better hopes for our children.
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And, so far, so good on that plan. Our daughter is in 2nd grade and I now have a high school student come over about 4 hours a week to continue to speak Spanish to her while they play. My boys attend the school now and it’s been fun to watch them learn to speak. Some words are always in English and other things are always referred to in Spanish.

For example, my three-year-old is yet to say “milk” – it’s still always “leche.” “Water” is always “Agua.”

The conversation I find the most amusing now, though, is with my 22 month old. This is how it usually goes.

Say Mommy.
                       Mama
Say book.
                      Book
Say bus.
                      Bus
Say adios
                     Bye-bye


Maybe he can’t say the word, but he certainly knows what it means!

Free Grocery App Download

Apr 6, 2010


I am going to admit, right up front, that I can't take advantage of this offer because I (unlike most of America) do not own an iPhone or any other fancy phone or Blackberry.  This is a concious decision on my part.  I know myself and I do not want to become addicted to checking email or the internet or playing with any other cool gadgets while I am "out and about." 

I don't even text.  I have never sent a text.  And, to be honest, I don't see myself ever sending one in the future.

Having said that, for those of you out there who are much more "advance than me" - here's a great deal (and one that I do wish I could take advantage of)!

GroceryIQ has an application to help you be more efficient in your grocery shopping!

And, for the month of April, you can download it for FREE!!  Click here for details.

With this application on your iPhone or Android, according to their website, you can:

Auto-suggest: Start typing and Grocery iQ will suggest grocery items you can quickly select.
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Barcode scanning: Take a picture of a barcode with your iPhone camera to add an item to your list.

Favorites and History: Add frequently- or previously-purchased items to your list with just a few taps.

Add frequently- or previously-purchased items to your list with just a few taps.

Create lists for different grocery stores: Add items to a specific list or to your "Any Store" list.
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Add item details: Enter product quantity, package size, price and more.

Organize items by grocery store aisle: Grocery iQ automatically sorts your list so you can easily navigate the store.

Coupons by category: Click on an aisle from your list to view coupons related to that category.
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Coupon gallery: Find over a hundred coupons for your favorite brands.
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Print or email coupons: Print coupons or email coupons directly from Grocery iQ.
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Savings Card: Add store coupons directly to your Savings Card.

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Where to Buy the Cheapest Over-the-Counter Medications

Apr 5, 2010

I was watching Good Morning America this morning (a luxury I was only able to indulge in because the boys were at a sitter's house) and I saw an interesting segment on what stores have the cheapest prices on namebrand over-the-counter medications.

Let me first say that I, nearly always, buy generic drugs.  I read the ingredients and if the active ingredients are the same (which, more times than not, they are) I buy the storebrand and find I can save up to 70%.

But, if you are loyal to your favorite namebrand, you should pay attention to the study by Shop Smart.

They found that Walmart and Target nearly ALWAYS have the cheapest prices on namebrand medications (i.e. Tylenol, Advil, Claritin, etc.)  And, that there was really no price difference between Walmart and Target.

Stores such as CVS, Walgreens and RiteAid were more expensive - sometimes, considerably so.

Keep this in mind when you go to shop for medications - especially if you have coupons to combine with these low prices!

Click here to watch the clip from Good Morning America.

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