DIY Creepy Halloween Night Light

Creepy Nightlight from SimplifiedSaving.com

If you’re looking for a super easy Halloween Craft, look no further!  All you need for this night light is a mason jar, some plastic spiders, cotton balls or cotton batting, and glow sticks.

Creepy Nightlight Supplies  SimplifiedSaving.com

I started by opening up my glowsticks.  I had some glowstick necklaces from the Dollar Store in my craft stash, so I used them instead of regular glowsticks.  Unless you are a professional glowstick necklace wrangler, I recommend using the regular short glowsticks.  I’ve used them in the past and they are much easier to get in the jar. :)

Once your glowsticks are activated (bend them back and forth or shake them depending on what kind you have), fill jar halfway with cotton and add glowsticks to the middle.  You’ll then want to place your spiders between the outside of the jar and the cotton.  Once your spiders are in place, fill the rest of the jar with cotton, put the lid on it, and take it to a dark room!  Voila!  Your very own creepy nightlight.

These are also great for lining your walkway on the night you have Trick-or-Treaters.  Keep in mind, they will only glow for as long as the glowsticks last.  If you want to use them over and over again, simply replace the glowsticks.  Easy-peasy!

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Tackle Your Greasy Tools with #DawnBeyondTheSink & Enter This #Giveaway

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Dawn. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but as usual, all opinions are 100% mine.

Car on Jack Stands

My husband is a ninja when it comes to working on cars…and it’s a good thing because lately our cars have needed a lot of work.  I drive a bright yellow 2002 Ford Escape that I bought new with only 7 miles on it.  I totally love it, but it now has over 200,000 miles on it. I have no desire to get rid of it which means that my hubby has to play mechanic from time to time.   We also have a minivan (pictured above) that seems to have had a lot of bad luck lately.  My husband has spent nearly every Saturday for the last 3 months (or at least the Saturdays where we weren’t moving) working on that van.  He replaced the EGR valve multiple times due to a faulty sensor and finally he had to replace the catalytic converter.  There was also something wrong with the oil pan.  Needless to say,  it’s seriously dirty work.  His tools are disgusting…and don’t even get me started on the nice clothes he wears while his “work clothes” sit untouched in our closet…but I digress.  His tools are covered in caked-on grease and they’re not fit to be used for anything in the house because I worry about getting grease on everything in the house! (When I was in 4th grade I got grease on my mom’s white couch and to this day, grease gives me the heebeegeebees.)

When I was asked to use Dawn Dish Beyond the Sink to tackle some projects, I immediately thought of my husband’s greasy tools.  I decided I’d try to clean them up.  You probably know that Dawn is the dish soap that best cuts grease in the sink, but did you know it’s also the ultimate secret weapon for cleaning greasy messes throughout your home from kitchen surfaces, to laundry pre-treating, to greasy tools, or car wheels and bike tires.  Seriously, nothing beats Dawn at getting them clean. It’s amazing what a drop can do! I poured a gallon of hot water into a bucket, added a drop of Dawn and got to work.  I used a dish scrub brush but you could also use a sponge or dishrag to tackle them.  You want to make sure you don’t soak your tools as it can cause etching.

I just dipped my brush in the water and scrubbed.  It only took a minute to get the grease off.  When I was finished with each tool, I rinsed them in clean water and dried them with a towel.  Voila…tools that were clean and shiny and looked like new.  Dawn for the win!!!  I couldn’t believe how easy it was.

Tackle your Greasy Tools with DAWN SimplifiedSaving

If you’re thinking of tackling the dirty tools in your garage, there’s no time like the present!

Clean Greasy Tools with Dawn

  • Add a teaspoon of Dawn to a gallon of hot water.
  • With a dishrag or sponge, scrub away the grease and oil (do not soak hand tools as it can lead to etching).
  • When clean, thoroughly rinse them under running water and dry them with a towel right away.

There are so many great uses for Dawn…and they’re not limited to just dishes and tools!  Dawn has some great promotions going on that you don’t want to miss out on.  You’ll get lots of good info and you could win some really sweet prizes.

We’ll be talking about additional uses for Dawn on Tuesday, October 28th at the #DawnBeyondTheSink Twitter party.  The Twitter party starts at 9pm EST and you’ll want to RSVP.  There are some cool prizes!

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There’s also a Pinterest party going on from October 27th – November 24th.  Prizes include weekly prizes of $250 Target Gift Cards and a Grand Prize of a $700 Home Depot Gift Card. 

Pinterest Party: Get more info here!

Last but not least, you’ll want to enter to win a 20-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit. (ARV $600) Enter below!

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Restaurant Coupon Roundup {10/24/2014}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Bakers Square – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 10/31/2014)
Bertuccis – $5 Off Entire Check from 4PM – Close (exp: 10/31/2014)
Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak, Lobster & Shrimp Meal (exp: 11/17/2014)
Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 10/30/2014)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Breakfast Entree Get 1 Free When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 11/1/2014)
Boston Market – Free Kids Meal with Individual Meal Purchase (exp: 10/31/2014)
Cafe Express – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree (exp: 10/31/2014)
Carlos Okellys – 29¢ Queso When You Wear Team Colors (exp: 10/26/2014)
Corner Bakery – Free Pumpkin Whoopie Pie with Lunch or Dinner Entree Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $5 off Mediterranean Family Feast (exp: 10/30/2014)
Dennys – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 10/26/2014)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit – Free Kids Meal When You Buy Adult Meal (exp: 10/31/2014)
Hardees – FREE Small Coca-Cola Freestyle Drink (exp: 12/15/2014)
Jacks - $3.50 for Cheeseburger, Fry, Drink & Pie + More (exp: 11/23/2014)
Logans Roadhouse - 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
Longhorn Steakhouse – $4 Off 2 Adult Dinner Entrees (exp: 10/26/2014)
Maggianos – Buy 1 Pasta Get 1 Butternut Squash Ravioli To Take Home (exp: 12/3/2014)
Marie Callenders – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/31/2014)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 11/9/2014)
Pizza Inn – $19.99 Party Pack (exp: 11/26/2014)
Quiznos – $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 10/27/2014)
Shoneys - Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes When You Buy Legendary Breakfast Buffet (exp: 11/1/2014)
Souplantation – $29.99 Family Combo Including Beverages (exp: 10/29/2014)
Steak Escape - Buy 1 Sandwich, Salad or Potato Bowl Get 1 50% Off (exp: 10/31/2014)
Sweet Tomatoes – 20% Off Adult Lunch When You Buy Drink (exp: 10/29/2014)
Tony Romas – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 12/9/2014)
White Castle – $1 Off Sack of 10 Sliders (exp: 10/31/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {10/24/14}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Adidas Outlet – $10 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014)
Bath and Body Works – Free Ultra-Shea Body Cream with Any Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
Belk – 20% Off Regular & Sale Price Purchase + More (exp: 10/27/2014)
Build A Bear – FREE Howl-o-Ween Treat Starting 10/24 (exp: 10/31/2014)
Carters – 25% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 10/29/2014)
Casual Male – $25 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 11/2/2014)
Dress Barn – 20% Off Entire Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014)
J Crew – $25 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 11/5/2014)
JCPenney – $10 Off $25 Select Apparel, Shoes, Accessories & More (exp: 10/25/2014)
Kohls – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
Lord and Taylor – 25% Off Regular & Sale Price Purchases + More (exp: 10/26/2014)
Macys – 20% Off Select Sale & Clearance Apparel for Him, Her & Kids + More (exp: 10/26/2014)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 25% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 10/29/2014)
Payless – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/3/2014)
Shoe Carnival - $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
Talbots – 30% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 10/26/2014)
Yankee Candle – $20 Off $45 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Oreo Eyeball Pops

Oreo Eyeball Pops SimplifiedSaving.com

 

I love to make “themed” foods.  In my kids opinion, there’s no better time than Halloween.  Creepy, spooky, and just plain gross (looking, not tasting)  appeal to them!

Since I’m pretty much in love with all Oreo based recipes, I whipped up these Oreo Eyeball Pops!  They’re easy, they’re fun, and they taste delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need to whip up a batch of Halloween Eyeball Oreo Pops:

1 bag of lollipop sticks (After making these a few times, I think the 6″ Wilton Lollipop sticks work best)
Double Stuffed  Oreos or Mega Stuffed Oreos
White Candy Melts or White Almond Bark
Lifesavers
Mini Chocolate Chips
Red Edible Food Marker, Red Decorating Gel, or White Frosting and Red Sugar Crystals (optional)

Instructions:

Begin by heating your candy melts or almond bark according to the directions on the package.

While your candy is melting, carefully insert lollipop sticks into your Oreos.  I hold my cookie together while inserting the stick.

Once your candy is melted, spoon the white chocolate over your Oreo pops paying extra attention to the area where the Oreo meets the stick.  By adding additional melted candy there, you’ll ensure that your Oreo won’t slide around later. I learned this the hard way. ;-)

Dipped Oreo

When your Oreo is completely covered, place your Oreo Pop on a sheet of wax paper to set.  While the candy coating is still soft, add a Life Saver and a mini chocolate chip to make the eye.  If you’re not in a hurry, you can let them set for a few hours until they’re nice and hard.  If you’re impatient like I am, pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes and they’ll set perfectly!  Once you’re Oreo Pops have set, you’ll want to trim the excess chocolate off your Oreo Pops with a pair of clean kitchen shears.

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Now it’s time to make those eyeballs a little creepier.  You have a few choices here.  You can use an edible food marker, red gel, or buttercream frosting and red sugar crystals.  I went with the buttercream frosting and sugar crystal because I believe everything is better with frosting! :)

I piped on a some buttercream frosting to look like bloodshot eyes.  {mmmm….doesn’t that sound appetizing?}

Eyeball with buttercream

Next sprinkle on some red sugar crystals!

Oreo Eyeball Pop SimplifiedSaving.com

Voila!  You have Oreo Eyeball Pops!  These are freakishly delicious!

Suave Family Perks Program

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Global Influence. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
Suave Hairspray

I’ve always been a beauty product snob.  While my frugal friends were buying drugstore makeup and hair products, I was saving money like crazy on all my other purchases so I could splurge on department store and salon quality products.  A few summers ago, I accidentally left my $25 hairspray at home when I went on vacation.  Rather than buy another $25 bottle, I thought I’d “make do” with something from Walmart.  I grabbed a bottle of Suave Professionals hairspray and that’s the only brand of hairspray I’ve used since that time.  I love the way it keeps my hair in place without making it stiff,  I love the smell of it, and I really like the price!  I now also use Suave Professionals shampoo and conditioner and Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo.  (If you’re a busy mom and you haven’t discovered dry shampoo, you need to grab a bottle for those I-didn’t-have-time-to-shower-but-I’d-like-to-look-like-I-did days.)  :)

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And now Suave has given me one more reason to love their product…the Suave Family Perks Program.  The Suave Family Perks program is a rewards program exclusively for Walmart shoppers.  Every time you purchase a Suave product at Walmart, you can scan your receipt to earn points that can be redeemed for $5 Walmart gift cards.

Suave Family Perks Program

While I’m quite particular to the products I mentioned above, Suave makes great products for the entire family You’ll want to check out Suave Kids detangling spray, Suave Mens 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner, and Suave Naturals Body Lotion. Suave has got the whole family covered and at a price you can’t beat!

In honor of the new Suave Family Perks Program, you can register to win a $50 Walmart gift card!  That will take care of hair and skin care products for your family and will allow you to get a few things for Christmas too!

Enter using the following widget or click on the blue box below!

Suave Family Perks – Resourceful Mommy

Win a 50 Dollar Walmart Gift Card from Suave Family Perks

 

 

 

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {10/18/2014}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Au Bon Pain – $2 Off $7 Purchase (exp: 10/20/2014)
Bertuccis – $5 Off Entire Check from 4PM – Close (exp: 10/31/2014)
Black Angus Steakhouse – $41 Campfire Feast for Two (exp: 10/28/2014)
Blimpie - Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 10/30/2014)
Bob Evans – 20% Off Carry-Out Purchase (exp: 10/20/2014)
Corner Bakery – Free Pumpkin Whoopie Pie with Lunch or Dinner Entree Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $5 Mediterranean Family Feast (exp: 10/30/2014)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit – $5 Rack of Ribs When You Buy Family Pack (exp: 10/21/2014)
Friendlys – Buy Any 3-Scoop Sundae Get 1 Free (exp: 10/21/2014)
Hardees - FREE Small Coca-Cola Freestyle Drink (exp: 12/15/2014)
Jacks – $3.50 for Cheeseburger, Fry, Drink & Pie + More (exp: 11/23/2014)
Logans Roadhouse - Free Appetizer When You Buy Rum Salmon Entree or Combo (exp: 10/19/2014)
Longhorn Steakhouse – $4 Off 2 Adult Dinner Entrees (exp: 10/26/2014)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 10/31/2014)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/19/2014)
Peets Coffee and Tea – 50% Off Any Beverage After 12PM (exp: 10/31/2014)
Quiznos – 99¢ Small Soup When You Buy Regular or Large Sub (exp: 10/20/2014)
Shoneys – Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes When You Buy Legendary Breakfast Buffet (exp: 11/1/2014)
Smokey Bones – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 10/19/2014)
Souplantation - $29.99 Family Combo Including Beverages (exp: 10/22/2014)
Stevi Bs – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Buffet When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/19/2014)
Tony Romas – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 12/9/2014)
Village Inn - $5 Off 2 Entrees & 2 Drinks or $2.50 Off 1 Entree & Drink (exp: 11/14/2014)
White Castle – $1 Off Sack of 10 Sliders (exp: 10/31/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {10/18/14}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Ace Hardware - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Ace Hardware Air Filter (exp: 10/31/2014)
Adidas Outlet – $10 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014)
Bealls - $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 10/25/2014)
Belk – 15% Off Sale Price Purchases + More (exp: 10/18/2014)
Bonton – $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 10/23/2014)
Carters - 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 11/1/2014)
Casual Male - $25 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 11/2/2014)
JCPenney - 25% Off Select Apparel, Shoes, Accessories & More (exp: 10/26/2014)
Kohls – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 10/22/2014)
Party City – 20% Off $65 Purchase with Halloween Order (exp: 10/19/2014)
Payless - 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/3/2014)
Shoe Carnival - $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
The Limited - 15% Off Scandal Collection Purchase (exp: 10/19/2014)
White House Black Market - $20 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 10/21/2014)
Yankee Candle - $20 Off $45 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)

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DIY Snowman Mugs {An Easy Sharpie Craft}

DIY Hot Chocolate Mugs

Now that the weather has cooled off, we are in hot beverage mode.  My hubs and my 16 year old are drinking lots of coffee, my 19 year old is sipping on her tea, and the twins and I are craving hot chocolate and chai lattes.

Our older daughters and my husband and I  each have our own mugs and so the twins have asked for their own mugs. Rather than buy something, I thought I’d take the time to create something fun.  And when I was finished, I realized these would make great gifts this Christmas…especially when filled with hot chocolate mix and Hershey’s kisses!

I purchased mugs at The Dollar Tree and brought them home and washed them.  Then I used Sharpie Paint Pens and went to work creating snowmenpeople.  If you use regular sharpies, they will come off when you wash the mugs…even if you bake them in the oven.  By using oil-based Sharpies, you can hand wash with soap and water without damaging your artwork. :)  Keep in mind, they are NOT dishwasher safe.

I thought about personalizing each of the snowpeople with the twins’ names, but decided I’d just create a snowgirl for Shayna and a snowboy for James.  Once I finished painting, I baked the mugs to help set the paint.

After they were completely cooled, we took them for a test run!  The results…hot chocolate tastes even better in an adorable snowman mug!

Want a step by step?

1. Purchase mugs.

2. Wash and dry mugs thoroughly.

3.  Draw your designs on with Sharpie paint pens (if you’re doing an intricate design, feel free to draw the design in pencil first”

4.  Bake for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

5.  Let cool completely.

6.  Enjoy!

 

Project 38: Update 2

Project-38-Update 2

It’s been almost 3 months since I turned 38.  Where does the time go?  I’m quite thrilled with the progress I’m making on my goals this year.  I’ve been working out regularly, I’ve lost some weight, and I feel like I’m starting to settle into a routine in our new house!   There are still some areas where I could use progress though.  If you have suggestions of things that have worked for you, please leave me a comment!

1.  Read through my Bible twice

2.  Memorize 38 Bible verses {I’ve memorized 2}

3.  Lose 10 pounds  {WOOHOOOOOOOO!}

4.  Lose 10 pounds

5.  Lose 10 pounds

6.  Lose 10 pounds

7.  Lose 10 pounds

8.  Lose 10 pounds

9.  Lose 10 pounds

10. Lose 10 pounds

11.  Complete C25K {I just finished Day 3 of Week 3}

12.  Run a 5k in 38 minutes

13.  Run a 5k in 33 minutes

14.  Run a 5k in under 30 minutes

15.  Run a half-marathon

16.  Do T-Tapp workout 38 times  {I completed 4 T-Tapp workouts so far}

17. Swim laps 38 times

18. Complete a sprint triathlon

19.  Do 38 girl pushups in a row

20. Do 50 girl pushups in a row

21.  Do 100 girl pushups in a row

22. Do 10 regular pushups

23.  Do 38 regular pushups

24.  Read 38 books  {I’ve finished 7 books so far}

25.  Listen to 38 audiobooks  {I’m killing this one! I’ve listened to 19 and am currently on #20!}

26. Write an ebook

27.  Take family pictures

28.  Go on 38 dates with my hubby {We’ve been on 6 dates….I have some making up to do}

29.  Go on 38 walks with friends (or workout with friends) {I’ve been working out with a friend 3 days a week, so I now have 16 under my belt}

30. Get certified to teach a fitness class

31. Learn one new skill

32. Do 10 speaking engagements

33. Complete the 365 Day Savings Challenge (fill my piggy bank) {I am kicking butt on this…I’ve already filled two whole mason jars and I’m on jar #3}

34. Complete the 52 Week Saving Challenge (put money in our savings account)  {I’ve added $25 to our account}

35. Put $2000 in vacation fund

36. In bed, lights out by 10pm 60 nights {This has only happened 7 times, but it needs to happen much more frequently}

37. Get up by 5:30am 50 days {So this has happened 3 times…I need to get on the ball!}

38. Make 38 fun crafts, recipes or projects  {I’ve made Homemade Ramen Seasoning and I’ve done the crafts shown below.  I’m hoping for some sweet crafting supplies for Christmas which will hopefully allow me to create even more cool crafts!} 

DIY Hot Chocolate Mugs

Blog Post Coming Soon

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Tulle Tree and Painted Christmas Canvas {Sorry the picture is not better!}

I did a few other crafts that weren’t picture worthy!  Once I recreate them, I’ll post them on the site.

That’s my goal progress for the year!  I’d welcome any suggestions!!!

 

Retail Coupon Roundup {10/10/2014}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Bonton - $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 10/14/2014)
Carsons – $20 Off $40 Regular or Sale Price Kids Outerwear Purchase (exp: 10/14/2014)
Carters - 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 11/1/2014)
Dress Barn – 20% Off Entire Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014)
Express – $25 Off Every $75 Spent (exp: 10/13/2014)
Famous Footwear – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/13/2014)
JCPenney - $10 Off $30 Select Apparel, Shoes, Accessories, Fine Jewelry & Home Items Purchase (exp: 10/13/2014)
Kohls - 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/13/2014)
Macys - 20% Off Select Sale & Clearance Apparel for Him, Her & Kids + More (exp: 10/13/2014)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 10/15/2014)
Pet Supermarket – $2 Off $10 Purchase* (exp: 10/31/2014)
Shoe Carnival – $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
Sports Authority – 14.92% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/13/2014)
Yankee Candle - $20 Off $45 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {10/10/2014}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Au Bon Pain – $2 Off $7 Purchase (exp: 10/20/2014)
Bertuccis – $5 Off Entire Check from 4PM – Close (exp: 10/31/2014)
Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 10/30/2014)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Breakfast Entree Get 1 Free When You Buy 2 Drinks Starting 10/1 (exp: 10/11/2014)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $5 off Mediterranean Family Feast (exp: 10/30/2014)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit – $5 Rack of Ribs When You Buy Family Pack (exp: 10/21/2014)
Hardees – FREE Small Coca-Cola Freestyle Drink (exp: 12/15/2014)
Longhorn Steakhouse – $4 Off 2 Adult Dinner Entrees (exp: 10/26/2014)
Marie Callenders – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/31/2014)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/19/2014)
Outback Steakhouse - 10% Off Entire Check (exp: 10/12/2014)
Quiznos – Free Chips & Fountain Drink When You Buy Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 10/13/2014)
Smokey Bones – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 10/12/2014)
Sweet Tomatoes – 20% Off Adult Lunch When You Buy Drink (exp: 10/15/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Burger King 10 Piece Nuggets Only $1.49

Burger King Chicken Nuggets

If you’re looking to feed your family dinner without spending a fortune, you’ll want to check out this new deal from Burger King!  For a limited time only at participating Burger King restaurants, you can get 10 piece nuggets for only $1.49.

Made with premium white meat, BURGER KING® Chicken Nuggets are tender and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Battered in a home-style seasoned breading, Chicken Nuggets pair perfectly with any delicious signature BK® dipping sauce including BBQ, Honey Mustard, Ranch, Zesty, Buffalo and Sweet & Sour.

This amazing offer is available for a limited time only at participating BURGER KING® restaurants.

 

Please Take A Moment to Help My Daughter

Vote for Amina in the Beauty Changes Lives Scholarship

My oldest daughter Amina is heading to the Paul Mitchell School of Cosmetology in Knoxville in December.  She is excited about the opportunity to pursue her passion, but school isn’t cheap! :)

Amina has applied for a scholarship that will pay $10,000 of her schooling (which means that half of it would be taken care of).  Twenty-five percent of her score is comprised of votes, so I thought I’d take a moment to ask you to please consider voting for her!

If you click on this link, you’ll be taken to the site that hosts the scholarship.  You can click on the pink Looks Good button and that will count as a vote! {I’m not sure if you have to register or not}.

Thanks in advance!  I’d love to see her win this as she is one of the most deserving girls I know {and I’m not just saying this because I’m her mom}!

Click here to check out her video and to vote for her!

Homemade Ramen Seasoning

Homemade Ramen Seasoning

 

All of my kids LOVE ramen noodles.  When we brought our oldest 2 daughters home from Ukraine, that was one of the first things they pointed out in the grocery store and asked me to purchase.  When they lived in the orphanage, they actually ate the ramen noodles dry…and they liked them.  During their first year in America, they often took ramen noodles to school with them (and I’m sure the school wondered about my parenting since they would eat the ramen noodles at school without cooking them too).

After we adopted the twins, one of the older girls introduced them to ramen noodles and they were just as smitten!  If my kids had their way, they would eat ramen noodles 2 or 3 nights a week.  Fortunately (or unfortunately if you were to ask them), James has a gluten intolerance and can only take small doses of gluten without having major stomach issues.

I recently discovered these thin rice noodles and decided to try my hand at making my own ramen seasoning.  It took a few tries to get the spice blend right, but I’m thrilled with the way this turned out.  It was super easy and my kids are thrilled that they’ll be able to enjoy ramen noodles more frequently…although still not 2 or 3 times a week.  :)

Here’s what you’ll need:

1.  Crush your bouillon cubes into powder.  You can do this in a food processor or by hand.

2.  Mix all ingredients together.

3.  Place in an airtight jar.  {I used one of these Ball Herb Jars and it’s perfect.}

Voila!  Super easy, super fast…and with a LOT less sodium than the original.  Best of all, you can use as little or as much as you want!

DIY Ramen Seasoning

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {10/3/2014}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Arbys – Free Creme Brulee Shake with Hawaiian BBQ Brisket Sandwich (exp: 10/7/2014)
Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 10/30/2014)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Breakfast Entree Get 1 Free When You Buy 2 Drinks Starting 10/1 (exp: 10/11/2014)
Buca Di Beppo – $10 Off 2 Pastas, Baked Pastas, or Entrees** (exp: 12/31/2014)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $5 Mediterranean Family Feast (exp: 10/30/2014)
Dennys – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 10/5/2014)
Marie Callenders – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/10/2014)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/19/2014)
Olive Garden – Buy 1 Entree Take 1 Home Free + Free Redbox Movie Rental (exp: 12/31/2014)
Outback Steakhouse – 10% Off Entire Check (exp: 10/5/2014)
Souplantation – $29.99 Family Combo Including Beverages (exp: 10/8/2014)
Sweet Tomatoes – 20% Off Adult Lunch When You Buy Drink (exp: 10/8/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {10/3/14}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Bloomingdales – 20% Off Almost All Regular & Sale Price Purchases for Men, Women, Kids & Home Starting 9/30 (exp: 10/5/2014)
Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 10/8/2014)
Casual Male – $25 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 10/8/2014)
Express – $15 Off $50, $35 Off $100 or $80 Off $200 Purchase (exp: 10/5/2014)
Gordmans - 20% Off 1 Single Item (exp: 10/13/2014)
Hancock Fabrics – 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Fabric Item (exp: 10/8/2014)
Lord and Taylor – 20% Off Regular & Sale Items (exp: 10/6/2014)
Off 5th – 40% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/7/2014)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/8/2014)
Rue 21 – 30% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 10/5/2014)
The Limited – 15% Off Scandal Collection Purchase (exp: 10/19/2014)
Yankee Candle – $20 Off $45 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Pizza Hut BookIt Program…For Adults!

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My kids loved the Pizza Hut BookIt Program.  So did I, but I always wished they had one for adults.  Now they do!!!

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the BookIt program, Pizza Hut is offering a BookIt Alumni program.  You get a free personal pan pizza just for signing up!

Click here to sign up!

I’ve Saved Over $200 Without Even Working At It

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Earlier this year, I shared this 365 Day Savings Challenge Printable.  I had grand intentions to start using it in January, but didn’t get around to it til my birthday in July when I set my Project 38 goals.

I’ve been emptying my pockets of change (and my purse on days I remember) and checking off the box for whatever I have in my pocket or purse.  I’m also adding change I found laying around the house and in the laundry room.  When I see the jar, it reminds me (and inspires me) to add to it!  I love checking off the little boxes and I’m thrilled to know how much money I’ve been able to accumulate in a short time without even trying.

If you’re looking for a painless way to save, I highly recommend that you print off this chart!

If you’re not ready to implement this now, but want to kick off 2015 with this routine, pin it here!

10 Ways to Make Money from Home

10 Ways to Make Money from Home

Whether you’re looking to make a little extra money to make ends meet, trying to make extra money for a vacation, saving for Christmas or looking to replace a full time income, working from home can be a great option for you!  My husband has worked from home for the last 14 years (with the exception of 1 year where he worked at a physical location) and I’ve worked from home for the last 3 years.  We have both thoroughly enjoyed the flexibility and  freedom that working from home provides.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s called working from home for a reason…mainly, that it’s still work.  If you’re looking for a get rich quick scheme, you’ve come to the wrong place! :) Here are 10 ways to make money from home!

1.  Get Crafty

If you are artistic and you love to craft, this is for you!  You can make money selling your crafts.  If you prefer graphic design, consider creating t-shirts and selling them on CafePress.

2.  Donate Plasma

I have a good friend who gives plasma twice a week.  She and her husband use this money to fund vacations, Christmas and more.  Donating plasma is a completely safe process and helps to save lives.  Most plasma centers pay between $20 and $50 per visit and you can donate twice a week.  Many also offer special incentives when you refer new donors.

3.  Take Surveys

Taking surveys isn’t a huge money maker, however, if you’re home and sitting in front of a computer anyway, you might as well make a few bucks!  Please keep in mind that is very rarely worth your time to take a survey for a chance to win a prize.  Stick to surveys that offer actually points or money (depending on which company you’re with). Here are a few reputable companies to check out!

My Survey

Opinion Outpost

Pinecone Research

Toluna

4.  Become an Online Tutor

If you’re looking to make money without a lot of upfront costs, becoming an online tutor may be the right thing for you.  Most tutoring gigs start at $9/hour but if you have specialized knowledge, you can earn between $30 and $50 per hour.

Here are some companies to look intoL

Kaplan

Tutor.com

eTeacher

5.  Listia

Listia.com is an online auction site like eBay, only no money exchanges hands.  You can buy and sell things using credits.  If you’re looking to make money, consider selling things you have around the house for credit and using your credits to purchase gift cards to Amazon.com and Kohl’s.  Then use those gift cards to purchase items you would have purchased with cash.  Pocket the cash and it’s like you made money!  Sign up here to get 1000 free credits!

6. Sell Your Stuff

If you have extra stuff around your house, you can sell it and make some extra money!  You can sell stuff online on eBay, Amazon.com, or Craigslist.  You can also have a garage sale.  Make sure your stuff is clean and in good working order.  If you’re planning on selling online, make sure you take good pictures and that your description is thorough.

7.  Amazon Trade In Store

If you’ve never traded stuff in on Amazon, you’re missing out.  You can trade in textbooks, electronics and more.  I have a reader who traded in 2 electronics and 1 textbooks and got $250.  You even get a prepaid shipping label.

8.  Childcare

If you like kids, childcare is a great way to make some extra money.   Consider doing a mom’s morning out or a mom’s night out once a week.  Set your hours, set your price, and let your mommy friends know!  If you’re interested in setting up an in-home day care, there may be local and state regulations that you need to adhere to.

9.  Pet Sitting

Some people like kids…some like pets!  If you’re one of those people who prefer furry friends over the human variety, then pet sitting may be for you.  You can offer to keep animals while people are on vacation, visit their home to walk and feed their animals or some mix of the 2.

10.  Direct Sales

If you’re looking to make a full time income, direct sales is a great way to do it.  In fact, 82% of women in the US who make more than $100,000 per year, do it through direct sales.  There are over 250 direct selling companies to choose from, so you should be able to find a company that’s a good fit for you.

My personal favorites are Nerium, Plexus, and Younique as they are products I love and use every day.  If you’re looking for a company or a rep near you, check out BestDirectSalesCompany.com.

If you have a work at home idea that’s not mentioned here, please leave me a comment!