House Keeping: Ask A Teacher

I get a lot of comments on my columns and I thought I would do some follow -up. That is the point of this site. It is to inspire, help, and encourage. Yes, I know I sometimes make you angry but sometimes anger is thought provoking. It isn't my intention to make anyone upset, but I also believe that I can't possibly please everyone all the time and I need to be true to myself. We all have different opinions and different ways that we approach things. We value you and your feedback. Do you have ...

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Real Reviews, Real Products, Real Women: Blistex

Blistex- Karla is a 42 year old mother of two. I am Christian preschool teacher and certified lay speaker for the United Methodist Church. I live in Central Va with my husband of 20 years and two children age 16 and 11. The Blistex Review: I have been using both the regular Blistex medicated and the Berry flavored lip balm for the past two weeks. I prefer the regular unflavored Blistex. The berry flavor leaves an unpleasant "taste" while the regular has no real "taste" at all. The Blistex ...

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

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Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Stew beef is on sale at the local grocery store this week.  You can make a number of things with this cut of beef including, vegetable beef soup, beef burgundy, beef stroganoff, beef pot pie, and beef hash, just to name a few.  But, my favorite is Beef Stew.  It’s an easy, slow cooker meal and can be doubled to feed a crowd.  Slow cooker meals are really great this time of year because we want comfort food ...

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Madame Deals Survey & Giveaway

Amee and I are always striving to improve Madame Deals. We can't do it without a little help from you! We want to hear from you about what you like, don't like and want more of. We also need to collect some demographic information. Don't worry, it won't take but a couple of minutes to fill out the form! And as an extra incentive, we are offering a $25 1-800 Flowers gift card to one person! Please, note that you do not have to include your e-mail address. You can fill out the survey anonymously. ...

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Fashion Friday: Love Shoes!

I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. If you are bored with your clothes  sell them at a consignment store or a place like Plato's closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast! There is one at the Lake Monticello Club House this SATURDAY! Shoes are my favorite item in the apparel and accessory department. I have to say I have several pairs. Shoes can make or break an outfit. They can cheer you up and provide for endless compliments if you select the right ...

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Keeping Track of Charitable Donations

Today for Making Dollars Out of Change we have a guest post from Mary! One of the things we like to focus on at Madame Deals is being charitable. Using coupons and bargain shopping has helped Amee and I become more charitable. Mary is an expert bargain shopper and she is charitable by caring through coupons. April 15th is right around the corner and that means tax time.  Are you looking for more deductions?  Here’s something you might have overlooked.  Most people are aware you can take a tax ...

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CrockPot Ribs Recipe

I have to say this week I am so busy I  do not have time to make anything new. I know sad ha? I thought I would share a quick dinner idea that I used last night since we had Karate at 4:30-5:30 and then basketball 6:00-7:00. I mean sometimes you just have to do what you can. 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce 1/4 cup of water 1 crockpot as many ribs as your family can eat or will fit in your crockpot Place 1/4 cup of water in the crock pot add ribs $4.18  and pour on the sauce $1.00. Place ...

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Chutzpah: What's your Gripe?

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So on to my new column idea- Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine. chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often ...

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Grocery Items to Stockpile for Easy Meals

  Ideas That Spark: Kitchen Flair Stock the Perfect Pantry From the Editors of Ideas That Spark By Susan Korones Gifford In these long winter weeks, you’re most likely avoiding your usual round of grocery store, gourmet shop and health food market. That’s why it’s essential to stock some staples in your pantry, freezer and fridge that’ll let you pull together a full, belly-warming meal -- without setting a booted foot into the wintry mix. You probably keep such basics as eggs, pasta and ...

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Food Pantry Items for the Penny Experiment

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Harris Teeter Super Doubles gave us the perfect opportunity to buy more items for the MACAA Food Pantry. You might recall that we are taking part in the Penny Experiment. The goal is to spend little money and buy the most food possible for the food bank. In order to do this, we need to wait for great sales and awesome coupons! Amee and I were able to do three transactions at Harris Teeter this week for the food bank. Below is the breakdown: Transaction #1  Unfortunately, I do not have a ...

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