Holiday from the Heart: Toy Swap

Amee and I both belong to a local Mom's Club. One of the moms came up with a fabulous idea for her children's Christmas presents this year. This mom has organized a toy swap! So many people have little money to buy presents this year. Why not organize a toy swap? Young children do not know the difference between a new or used toy. Have each mom bring there unwanted, in good condition toys to a swap. Divide items into categories and then let everyone "shop"! My three year old will be getting a ...

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Cooking with Connie: Cranberry Cornbread Pork Chops

Thanksgiving is over, and we are all enjoying the smorgasbord that is Thanksgiving leftovers.  It is easy to figure out what to do with the juicy, delicious turkey...sandwiches, casseroles, soups, lots of possibilities.  But, what about those side dishes?  Sweet potatoes can become biscuits, waffles, pancakes, cornbread, pie and soup.  In our house, the pies are gobbled up; but most of the traditional pies freeze well for up to 1 month.  Pre-slice before freezing; wrap in waxed paper and store ...

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What Renae is Thankful For

  I love holidays; family, fun, memories and of course the eating! I have so many fond memories of large family gatherings. One of my goals is to have my children realize that holidays are more than just food, fun and gifts. I have already told you about our Thankful Turkey and as Christmas nears, I will give you some other ideas to incorporate. Right now I am in the process of teaching my three year old what the word "thankful" means. I can't wait to hear what he is thankful for! I am ...

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What Amee is Thankful For

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Well, Renae asked me to pick five things and if you know me, being brief is not a gift I have. It is hard to think of just five but I will do my best. I am thankful that I am an American. I believe that this has enabled me to become anything I wanted to be. I am proud of all the people who defend my rights and help those who do not have what we so readily enjoy. I am also grateful for my family and friends with whom my life would be dismal. I am extremely grateful that we are all healthy and ...

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Ask A Teacher: How do I teach my child to be thankful?

How do you teach children to be thankful? The answer is simple, lead by example. We make a point of saying what we are thankful for each night. We remind our children that we are lucky to have the things we do and we need to appreciate what we have instead of always wanting new things. Another way to teach thankfulness is to take things away when children do not appreciate them. I know it sounds harsh but, we often do not miss things unless we are without. I have to say, I take the fact that ...

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Rachel Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday: Chili

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! Buffallo Chicken Chili I love Chili because it is easy and filling and my husband will eat it two meals in a row! This is one leftover that always makes his lunch box! Here is RACHEL ...

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Tuesday Tip- Plan Ahead & Travel Smart

I know easier said then done but a little planning ahead can save you a huge headache. If you are traveling here is a list of things to add to your packed car: Gallon of water Cups Blanket Snacks Car repair kit First aid kit Map $100 in cash just in case of emergency Cell phone charger or phone card Toys if you have kids or head phones [ad#adesnse text link] ...

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Money Saving Monday: Black Friday

The word of the day over at Inexpensively is Black Friday! Are you ready? Okay, the key to Black Friday is PLANNING! There is no doubt about it, it will be crowded and there will be lines. Bring your patience and a plan of attack...a strategy. First research what you are looking to buy. If it is a large purchase, look up the pros and cons of the item. If it is a hot item, you will not have time to debate in the store. Research what stores you want to shop. Many stores have their ads out ...

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Slow Cooker Recipe: Sweet Potato Custard

I have had a couple of requests for the Sweet Potato Custard recipe. This recipe came from a crock pot cooking class I took several years ago. It is a simple recipe and great to make for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I really like that it cooks in the crock pot instead of taking up room in the oven. It almost tastes like dessert! The original recipe was by Debbie Duggan. Sweet Potato Custard 5 Cups chopped, peeled sweet potatoes or yams 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice 2 Tblsp. unsalted soft ...

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Holiday from the Heart: Gift Packaging

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Gift Packaging Ideas Oh how the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season has begun! I was out shopping yesterday and the parking lots were packed and so were the stores! As I was shopping, I was thinking of gift packaging ideas. I know many times gift bags are used as a simple solution to wrapping. Gift bags can be pricey though. Here are a few gift packaging ideas to use that will keep more money in your pockets! ...

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