Thursday, April 17, 2014

Budget Friendly Baby Food? #Giveaway

This is a partnered post with Perrigo Nutritionals. I received samples for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.


Baby food... who knew it could cost SO much?! Honestly, if there was one thing I would tell my before-kids self it would be that baby food is pricey! Thank goodness there are a few ways to save a buck!

Okay, so let's talk about money saving tips.

Crystal Paine’s 5 Money Saving Tips for Families

Create a Budget
A budget gives you parameters and purpose, it gives you boundaries, and it gives you freedom to live creatively within those boundaries.

Shop With Cash
When you shop with a credit card (or even a debit card, for that matter!) you can have your budget in your head and you can do the best to stick with it when you check out, but it’s so much easier to go just a little bit over here and there when you’re swiping!

Plan a Menu
When you have a plan in place for what you’re supposed to be eating each meal and you’ve already purchased the ingredients for those recipes, it’s a lot harder to justify chucking the plan for takeout.

Use Coupons
Coupons are a great way to save a lot of money on your grocery bill, but they can be hard to keep up with. Clipping, sorting, and organizing coupons takes time — so enter a coupon database! You’ll have access to printable and other coupons currently available and it’s one of the most effective and efficient ways to save money on groceries.

Buy Store Brands
One way to save a great deal of money on your grocery budget is to learn to like and use a variety of brands. The sooner you can get over being a brand-snob, the more your pocketbook will thank you.
For example, while I breast fed my children, moms who choose to formula feed can save up to 50 percent by switching to store brand formula, which meets the same FDA quality standards as expensive name brands. There are also coupons available at a website - StoreBrandFormula.com .  This one simple change can save moms about $600 a year!

We use all of these great money-saving ideas. With a large family we need to keep a close tab on how much we spend (especially on food, since it's a large expense). We love store brand items here.... just for the cost-savings, sure there are a couple items that we splurge on, but the truth is 99% of the time the store brand tastes just like the name-brand. Orrin doesn't seem to mind store-brand foods one bit, and it's great to be able to keep a few extra dollars in our pocket!


GIVEAWAY
   
This giveaway is for:

A copy of “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your  Passion for Life” by Crystal Paine.       
1 container of store brand formula 
9 assorted Puree Pouches  
5 assorted Puffs 
4 assorted Yogurt Bites


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

One Man's Junk is Another Man's Treasure.#7DaysofSpringCleaning


This post was made possible through the support of Goodwill. All opinions are my own.


Need a little motivation to declutter? Perhaps you've been meaning to, but don't want to pay to toss all of your unwanted things away? Well, how about donating your usable, but not wanted, items to Goodwill? Not only will someone else find a treasure, but you'll be helping create jobs.

#7DaysofSpringCleaning:


Goodwill is encouraging everyone to participate in #7DaysofSpringCleaning by urging people to focus on cleaning different areas of their home for seven consecutive days. Spring cleaning can be very overwhelming if you do it all at once, so why not spread it out over a week and make it a little less daunting!

Day 1) Clear your closet clutter
Day 2) Time to tackle the kitchen
Day 3) Spread holiday cheer (holiday decorations, center pieces, Halloween)
Day 4) Downsize your tech toys (used laptops)
Day 5) Clean out your office supplies
Day 6) Provide quality entertainment (unused movies, video games)
Day 7) Downsize your bookshelf


If you have stuff to donate you can calculate your donation impact.



So... how about it? What do YOU have cluttering up your house? We donate all throughout the year, and there always seems to be more to donate. Kids grow out of items, kids get bored of items.... "stuff" gets overwhelming- those are all great reasons to share some of your stuff with Goodwill and create some jobs!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It'll make you want to finish each other's..... sandwiches! #Recipe #Giveaway

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Roman Meal. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Hope you got my little Frozen play on words there. Yes, yes, it's struck our house too we can't hide from "Let it Go" or any other catchy song that may or may not mention finishing each other's sandwiches.... but while we're thinking of sandwiches, what's a pretty important component to sandwiches? The bread, of course!

Roman Meal bread is is always baked fresh, locally with more many regional bakeries across the United States to delivering freshly baked bread to your local grocery store.
Roman Meal's whole grains are a good source for vitamin D, calcium, and fiber! Studies have shown whole grain intake may reduce the risk of heart disease, so it's wise to try to add in some whole grains to your diet. Good tasting bread is a great way to do this. 

But....bread isn't just for sandwiches, oh no. There a ton of great recipes that will help you get creative with Roman Meal bread!  I really wanted to make the Raspberry Hazelnut Toast Bites, but I didn't have everything I needed so I decided on the Chocolaty Whole Grain Cinnamon Toast Treats instead.


(Click the recipe to go to the recipe page)

Okay, so they might not be the healthiest treat, but a little whole grain into an indulgence at least boosts it up a bit, right? The kids loved these, and I preferred them without the chocolate. Either way they're tasty! 

Now, how about some contests? First, Roman Meal’s Baked Fresh Sweepstakes is going on through April 30th. One grand prizewinner will receive $2,500; several others will win free bread coupons! Be sure to sign up for the Roman Meal newsletter to keep up to date with future promotions as well!

Next contest.... easy peasy! All you have to do is leave a comment here on what your favorite way to eat/use bread is! I will select one commenter on April 18th to win Roman Meal bread coupon vouchers!*

So, how about it, what is your favorite way to use bread?



*Winner must have a continental US mailing address and be at least 18 years of age. Prize fulfillment by Mom Central Consulting. Winner must reply to email within 48 hours with required information. Winner will be drawn using random.org. Comment must include an email address or commenter must have email address accessible from the user-name. One comment per person.  


Thursday, April 10, 2014

LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN




LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN in theaters May 9
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Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. A continuation of one of the world’s most popular and beloved fairy tales, Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. Set to the tunes of Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, Legends of Oz marks a charming, family-friendly return to the Oz franchise.
 
Starring Lea Michele, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, Jim Belushi, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Oliver Platt, Bernadette Peters and Patrick Stewart with new music by Bryan Adams
Directed by Daniel St. Pierre and Will Finn
Written by Based on the book “Dorothy of Oz” by Roger Stanton Baum
Screenplay by Randi Barnes and Adam Balsam
Produced by Bonnie Radford, Ryan Carroll and Roland Carroll

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Make it a Hoppy Easter with Oriental Trading!

I received product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Easter has always been a fun holiday for me. I love the egg hunts and the feeling of Spring that comes along with it. One thing I didn't think about, though, is the cost! Holy smokes can it get pricey, especially with 8 kids!

Oriental Trading has some great deals to help make your Easter celebration fun- without breaking the bank! For about $75 I was able to get 12 baskets, 144 small plastic eggs, 72 pre-filled Jumbo eggs, 12 Easter basket bags, and an Easter Candy and Toy assortment (218 pieces)! 

That's less than $10 per child in our house....with extras for next year, or for donation! 

Oriental Trading has great catalogs full of stuff that is great for parties, get togethers, birthdays, crafts, weddings, holidays- there is just SO much available! It's great to go online and see everything they offer. 

Right now, you can get your Easter supplies shipped right to your door! They'll be there by Easter if you select ground shipping and place your order by April 10th, or if you're running a bit behind and can't order before the 10th you can select faster shipping in order for your order to make it before Easter. 

I was pretty happy with all of the supplies we received. The jumbo filled eggs each had a small toy (such as a necklace, yo-yo, ball on a string, or mini-finger skateboard) and a sticker inside. The 144 pastel eggs we received were pretty decent, although the "pastel pink" color was nearly white. The eggs were small, but I was happy that all but 3 of the eggs closed (and stayed closed). I filled those with the Easter Candy and Toy assortment. The assortment included Easter gliders (which were pretty nice, little kids would likely need help from an adult to assemble), sticky bunnies (hard to describe, they remind me of those slap hands from the 90's), flying bunnies, temporary tattoos, flying disks and of course some candy. The baskets we got were on the smaller side, but were great for about 6 eggs and a couple of the small toys. 

The biggest thing I wish were different was with the basket bags. I really wish some coordinating twist ties came with the bags. It's a small thing, but it means I need to make a trip for some ribbon or twist ties for the bags. 

How about you; what kinds of supplies do you need for Easter? Do you plan on having an egg hunt, Easter Baskets, both?
 
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