Showing posts with label cheap. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cheap. Show all posts

Monday, November 7, 2016

The $1.00 Christmas Gift

Cheap Christmas Gifts (Books)

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Isn’t it a little depressing how Halloween and Thanksgiving kind of get the boot after October 31st. I mean the Christmas decorations have already taken over the stores. All stores have announced that their Holiday Shops have arrived & that Christmas is here! Ouch, so for me I began to go into panic mode because little simplicity has a December b-day & Christmas is in December.

Starting Nov. 1st I no longer purchase toys, books, or anything for the kids in order to get ready for Christmas. With all of the stress that comes along with the Holidays. I have a quick tip to help you save on books, DVDs, and select CD’s. My local public library often has a for sale section of books & items that have been withdrawn from their system. Books are usually $.50-$1.00, Magazines $.25, CD’s $1.00, DVDs $2.00. This is an awesome way to cut on Holiday cost (buy used books). To me paper never goes out of style and you can sometimes find books that are almost brand new on the sales rack.

The sale rack really is hit or miss. This week I found 10 books for the kids, 2 books for me & 2 jazz CD’s for $9.50. I do spray the book covers with Hand Sanitizer& wipe them off when I get home. I am not ashamed, and I can admit that I am a germa o phobe!!! Back to the book talk….I rummage through the shelves every week looking for books that my family may be interested in, or some educational books that I would like them to read & buy them.

I usually buy a nice little Basketand add wrapping paper inside and give each one of my kids their own book basket on Christmas morning. They don’t know the difference! I mix in old & new because a book is a book. And when we wind down at night they look through the baskets and lie in bed & read. Also, let’s not forget that they don’t go back to school until after the New Year so they have a lot of free time to read.

I don’t know if all public libraries dispose of their withdrawn or old books this way, but it is worth a look.

How do you save on books? Let me know below

Friday, July 29, 2016


Is this the morning where you’re just standing in the fridge staring & thinking about what is for breakfast today what DO I have to make for breakfast again?? The kids are pulling on you; you can’t remember if you brushed your teeth yet, and you would much rather get waxed than cook breakfast one more time this week.

This is a no-cook good for you throw it in a bowl breakfast. You can customize it to your taste, and the kids really find it exciting. When I am late, in a rush or just don’t feel like cooking I pile some fruit & yogurt on the table. This is a great way to use up all of the fruit that may be getting too ripe.
Anyone, see the trend now? This is a weekly staple on my grocery list (a container of yogurt). If you have picky kids, are out of ideas, or just tired sometimes I suggest you add it to the list.

  • A container of your favorite yogurt- I use Organic whole milk yogurt
  • Cut up any fruit you have on hand (bananas, kiwi, raspberries, blueberries, apples, figs, peaches, strawberries, blackberries, etc)
  • Granola
  • Pumpkin seeds,
  • Nuts (almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans)
  • Chia & or Hemp Seeds
  • Scoop of peanut butter, almond butter or sun butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Raw Honey to drizzle once done

I always encourage people to buy organic if available and if possible. If money is an issue, no problem! This is still a whole lot better than taking everyone through the drive thru.
So, if you’re out of ideas for the week or just plain exhausted throw some yogurt, bowls, spoons, and whatever you have on hand on the kitchen table. Tell the kids: “you get to make your own breakfast today.”

Give them a mason jar, or whatever they think is fancy. Buying a large container of yogurt then adding in your preferred toppings is also cheaper than buying those little containers from the grocery store. 

What do you like to put in your yogurt? Let me know below


Wednesday, April 6, 2016


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Every morning 7:30am sharp I abruptly wake up my 2-year-old. “Let’s go, your brother has school today.” He looks up eyes swollen and sleepy, “school today”. I grab him, his blanket, and run downstairs to find that my oldest still hasn’t put on his shoes. Every day, I tell you!

When we get back I usually like to have something already prepared so that he doesn’t have to wait. Or eat 2 bananas; I had to hide them behind the blender, what 2 year old can eat 2 bananas?

This is a quick breakfast that I throw together often for the busy weekday or game day mornings. Eggs/cheese who can resist, but this gives me a chance to sneak in some kind of green veggie.

  • 9 eggs
  • 1/4C Milk or Half & Half
  • 1-9oz package of frozen broccoli (thawed) & chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1C Sharp Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4C Parmesan Cheese (shredded)
  • ¼ tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Dash of Onion Powder
  • Dash of Garlic Powder


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup Muffin Pan with Muffin Liners
  • Crack the eggs into a bowl, add milk, cheeses, spices, and mix. After all of the ingredients are mixed well stir in broccoli.
  • Scoop enough egg mixture into each muffin cup to fill to the top.
  • Bake for 18-25 min. until puffed and set in the middle. 

I prefer to use pastured eggs & organic ingredients, but if you don' big deal. I don't judge! Give it a try, and let me know what you think below. 

Friday, April 1, 2016


We all get them, we've all had them, the infamous, the messy, the most inconvenient......

Cleaning blood out of fabrics quickly


Have you ever been woken up out of your sleep by a 7-year-old who appears to be covered in blood somewhere around 3 am asking for help? Dad hears none of this, but that's another story!!

This happens frequently in my house especially once the weather changes & we put the heat on. I mean I had a humidifier (cool mist to be exact), but who knows what he did to it. He meaning my oldest son who likes to take things apart and put them back together.

So as I am getting up half sleep, maybe still loopy from a glass or 2 of wine he states "a little got on my sheets". My mom alarm goes off a little means A LOT. There was a massive trail from my bedroom to his, drop after drop on a white carpet. Let's not mention the sheets, please just use your imagination. As I was cleaning him up I had an idea. I ran down to the laundry room & grabbed a new bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide. The brown bottle you see in the aisles next to the alcohol-in case you were wondering. I took off the protective foil layer and starting squirting the blood stains. To my amazement after a little blot with a soapy cleaning cloth they disappeared. Yes, this only took an hour, & then there were sheets/blankets, but that is another post friends.

Emergency White/Light Beige Carpet Cleaner:

  • 1 Bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide 3%
  • A soapy cleaning cloth
  • 1 inconvenient nosebleed
Apply Peroxide directly from the bottle until the stain disappears & blot with a soapy cloth. Let Dry, & start your laundry.

I have not tried this on any other color carpet, so please test all fabrics and surfaces before trying. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Most people probably won't understand this, but I hate garbage disposals. Is there anything worse than standing at the sink gazing out your window at the sunset & getting a whiff? Yes, a whiff of last night's garlic and onions. I am very sensitive to smells, I can smell trash from miles away, Is there any in your can right now? because I can smell it!

These are some quick tips to freshen & clean your garbage disposal:

1.  Lemons, Limes,Grapefruit or Oranges. They have all worked wonders for me. After I eat them or squeeze them into my water, into the disposal they go with the water running of course. The peels clean the blades & the natural oils are released for a refreshing scent.

2. Throw in 1/4C of Baking Soda and let it sit for a few minutes. Then run your hottest tap water to clear away.

3. Or make a Volcano, remember those from science class? The baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a base while the vinegar (acetic acid) is an acid. When they react together they form carbonic acid which is very unstable, it instantly breaks apart into water and carbon dioxide, which creates all the fizzing as it escapes the solution. Did anyone care to know that? I did!!

4. Pour in 1/4C of baking soda, then add in 1/4C White Vinegar. 

 Try one or try them all, let me know what you think below.