Real Products, Real Women, Real Reviews: Clouds and Stars

Madame Deals is pleased to announce a new column. Why? Well, I can't stand looking at magazines and trying to figure out why the product I bought doesn't live up to its review. I decided to gather several women to try products. These women are not paid! They are not sponsored in anyway. They get to keep the product they try that is it. We are only offering them a forum to express their honest thoughts. We are willing to review food, beauty products, clothing, and services. Click on our contact ...

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Ask A Teacher- How can I help get my child ready for a test?

The answer is simple, preparation. The first thing you need to determine is how your child learns. Do they learn by looking, touching, or listening? Do they require multiple types of learning? Do they need information repeated over and over again or do they pick it up right away? I will give you some hints to help with spelling. The methodologies can be applied to different subject. Think about how to make learning new material more interactive. My son asked me where we get rice from? I ...

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Freezer Cooking: Butternut Squash, Beans Ravioli and Banana Muffins

Can you believe it is the end of January and the Pantry Challenge is over? For the most part, it went really well for me. I was nervous and apprehensive when starting on the pantry challenge journey. It turns out that we had plenty of food in our cupboards and freezer. I did fairly well with sticking to my $40 a week food budget. I found that I could not resist some of the good deals that Harris Teeter and Kroger offered this month though. In total, I spent $175 in January on groceries; which ...

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Friday Fails: Menu Plan & Cleaning

It has been a very busy week for me. Getting ready for Blissdom has me hustling and bustling. I will be away from my family for four days. If I want my boys to eat something other than pancakes, waffles and macaroni & cheese, then I need to get cooking! Yes, last week my husband made waffles for dinner and then the very next morning pancakes...a little syrup and butter overload! So, in all of my preparation for next week, I did not make a menu plan for this week. We have just been winging ...

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Fashion Friday: Conference Wear

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I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things: the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can't see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell them at a consignment store or a place like Plato's closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast! What to ...

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Cook Once, Eat Twice to Save Time & Money

This week for Making Dollars out of Change, I want to focus on cooking ahead and using your leftovers. In the last few months I have been cooking more meals ahead of time, dabbled in freezer cooking and made the most of our leftovers. I hope to integrate more freezer cooking in the next few months. It is a huge time saver to have meals prepared in the freezer. I have been inspired by Connie to make "leftover makeovers". What that means is to take your leftovers and turn them into something ...

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Rachel Ray's Grilled Green Quesadillas with Brie and Herbs is What's for Dinner Wednesday

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! I have an awful obsession with cheese. I especially love brie. My favorite sandwich is one my sister makes with brie. She puts ham, brie, and raspberry jam on a baguette. Then place it in a George Foreman ...

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Tuesday Tip: Organize your Car Repair Receipts

This weekend, much to my surprise, my car wouldn't start. Great! Now what? My husband was traveling. So I skyped him to find out how to jump my car. We have one of those jump boxes, $43.00 at Walmart. Great to have in case you need a power source or need to jump your car. We got the car started but then I had to put the kids to bed instead of driving it around. Big mistake! It wouldn't start again the next morning. I jumped it again and off to Sears I went. I knew I bought my battery from Sears. ...

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Tips for Eco-friendly Driving

Life & Beauty Weekly: Happy You Eco-friendly Driving Tricks Anyone Can Do By Elizabeth Brownfield for Life & Beauty Weekly In an eco-perfect world, we’d all drive zippy little electric cars. Or better yet, we’d take public transportation and walk everywhere. But with work, running a household, carpooling and your social life, living without your car isn’t realistic for even the greenest women among us. Still, that doesn’t stop the pang of guilt you may feel whenever you hear experts ...

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Ask A Teacher: What kind of Homework is this?

As our children grow so does the complexity of their assignments. What do you do if you can’t help them with an assignment? The first step is to have an established relationship with the teacher. The next step is to ask questions prior to the night before the assignment is due. It is best to look at a project the night it is given and write down any questions you may have. Then ask your  child if they know the  answer. If they can't answer them, then send your list to school with your child. I ...

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