Ask A Teacher: To fight back or NOT?

This is a hard one. When should a bully get it back? When is it self defense? When is fighting okay? In our household hitting is unacceptable. The only thing we "hit" are balls. I think fighting can be done in several ways the best way to fight back is to use the proper channels. It is important to teach our children rules. I know not every child or parent subscribes to these rules but we can't be concerned about others. I have had a parent of one my students threaten to hurt me because their … [Read more...]

Free Ladies Night tonight!!: Making Dollars out of CHANGE (open to everyone)

Madame Deals will be speaking at Ladies Latte on Thursday November 5th! Please join Amee, Renae and Connie for an evening out. Amee and Renae will be talking about financial planning and making small changes in your life to save money. Connie will be speaking about cooking from a stockpile. It starts at 7:00 and meets in the Chapel which is in the Family Life Center at Effort Baptist Church. Free childcare is provided in the nursery which is located in the main building. … [Read more...]

Caring through Coupons

I know everyone feels the pinch in our present economy. What if you could make a difference for a couple of pennies? It is possible if you coupon. I have a huge bag of health and beauty products and dry goods ready to pass on. I paid the tax on the items. I love to contribute to society by helping those in need. The main draw to  of our site is how you can do more with less. I mean I am spending less than I did before and I have more to give to others. I have more to save for my family and I … [Read more...]

What Happened to Thrift?

The University of Virginia is offering free lectures on home football game days. The series is called "More Than the Score". There are only two lectures remaining for the season. The next topic is Whatever Happened to Thrift? Why Americans Don't Save and What to do About itand the speaker is Ronald Wilcox, Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business. Mr. Wilcox will enlighten the audience on the need for the reinvention of thrift. He will talk about easy solutions to "spend … [Read more...]

Gymboree: 30% off Everything Coupon

Gymboree has a coupon our for 30% off everything. These coupons are great since they also take 30% off clearance items! Also, you can earn gymbucks for ever $50 you spend. I love Gymboree (and so does Amee!). The quality of clothes are great and they run good sales. Now, I wouldn't buy a regular priced item there; too pricey. However, I love the clearance and the extra 30% off! … [Read more...]

Identity Direct: Personalized Vinyl Labels

I am trying to give you all a heads up on all of my favorite gifts I have given or received. Last year I ordered personalized vinyl labels for my nephews from Identity Direct. I had received vinyl labels from a friend as a baby gift. These labels are awesome! We have some that say our "last name family" and others that say "Mason" and "Brennan". So why are these labels so awesome? Well, they stay put even when they go through the microwave or dishwasher! We label our kids sippy cups, lunch … [Read more...]

Rachel Ray 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... an oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! Peanut-Curry Chicken and Rice 1 cup jasmine, basmatior Texmati rice 1 small bunch scallions, coarsely chopped 1 inch ginger, peeled and grated 2 large cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped and mashed … [Read more...] Clearance Items

  I told you all about Alice.comlast week. Well, I just took a quick look and they have several clearance items! To find the clearance items, sign into your account (or sign-up). Then on the left side of the page click on "Other Ways to Shop" and then "Shop the Best Deals". You will not see the clearance price until you add the item to your cart or click on the little + sign in the upper left corner. Some Deals I see: Kool Aid Lemonade or Fruit Punch Mix $1.60 Maxwell House Coffee 31oz … [Read more...]

Harris Teeter Triple Coupon: Free & Cheap List

BOGO items: you do not have to buy both; items will ring at half price. The Price listed below reflects the half price Make sure you register your VIC card for special e-VIC promotions. Limit of (20) coupons per household each day for triple coupons (very strict on this). You can use other coupons but they will not double. Give your Triple coupons first, then the other coupons. This is not the ad list, just a list of items that will be free or cheap! The ad will be up tomorrow! Progresso … [Read more...]

Melissa & Doug: Select Toys 35% off

Melissa & Doug Educational Toys are one of my favorites. We have the Stacking Train, Take-Along Tool Kit, Wooden Firetruck and the Emergency Vehicles Light & Sound Puzzle. I have to say that the customer service at Melissa & Doug is phenomenal! Last year Mason received the firetruck for Christmas. It came out of the package with a broken wheel. I called customer service a few days later and talked with a very friendly lady. She apologized since they no longer carried the firetruck … [Read more...]