ASK A Blogger: How do you post in Word press?

Amee and I have posted a lot about wordpress since we started this series. We've discussed the cost of moving from a blogger blog to a wordpress blog, our experiences with the move and our experiences with blog design. This week I wanted to step back and show those of you who have been toying with the idea of moving wordpress how to start writing a post using the somewhat foreign looking dashboard. 1. Click "Add New" under the "Posts" heading on the left side of your dashboard 2. Type your … [Read more...]

Frugal Kid Fun: Fishing for Knowledge

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Are you looking for something Cheap and Fun to do with your kids? Well Madame Deals will be adding a weekly column written by Sharon at Mom on Dealz and Heather at Living on Love and Cents. I will occasionally add my 2 cents since I am a certified Special Education and Regular education teacher. If you want or need modifications let me know in the comment section. Thank you for the great idea! This is an activity I did during center time in the classroom and the kids LOVED it!  It can be … [Read more...]

ASK A Blogger

Dana: The Coupon Challenge I started my blog with a free design from The Cutest Blog on the Block. The set up was easy and FREE. There are numerous other sites offering free or cheap templates to give personality to your site. These can be downloaded with little to no expense or design experience. After several months, I had my blogger blog designed by Custom Blog Designs. The rates were reasonable and I loved her designs. Plus, she handled all the design installation with very little … [Read more...]

Frugal Kid Fun: Have a ball

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I love this Activity that Sharon at Mom on a Dealz created. The reason is simple it is fun and easy to do. It is also cheap. It is important to note that questioning a child brings forth higher learning. When I taught reading I would ask the children questions based on  Bloom's Taxonomy. There is actually a hierarchy of thought associated with processing and retaining information. The use of questions and conversation will deepen a child's understanding of the subject matter. This is a great … [Read more...]

ASK A Blogger: Moving your site … is it a good idea?

You've been blogging awhile. You want to change hosts. You decide to take the plunge. Fear sets in. You know you lack the knowledge or experience to transition yourself but the price of paying someone seems out of reach. What do you do? As two bloggers that have recently moved from Blogger to WordPress, or changed hosts, we'll let you in on a little secret. We had no idea what we were doing either. Dana's Experience: After about a year of blogging, I decided to move from Blogger to … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner

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I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children's teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy! Life Lessons…. As a preschool teacher to approximately 20 three year olds every school year, I … [Read more...]

VTech Ultimate Tips For Encouraging Kids to Read

Over the last few weeks we have been working on encouraging our kids to take part in a summer reading program. I have loved hearing all of your tips for getting your kids involved in reading! Showing kids that reading can be fun is one of the many challenges of parenting – especially during the summer, when school is out and kids want to play. VTech, creator of the V.Reader e-book for kids, asked TheMotherhood.com, an online community of moms, to provide their ultimate tip list for encouraging … [Read more...]

Favorite Reading Spots & the V.Reader by V.Tech

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I am very excited to tell you that I am a VTech Voices blogger. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing a post each week based on different themes that revolve around children reading. I will also be telling you about the new V.Reader from VTech currently available at Target. Plus, you will have some opportunities to win some prizes! The theme for this week: Favorite Reading Spots. Reading is a great way to keep your kids involved and learning in the summer months. Last month we told you … [Read more...]

How do you save money?

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The first question people ask me is how did you get started? How do you keep it all straight. The easiest response is I follow our site. I mean that is my secret. This secret has saved me on average $100 a week. That's right I bought what we needed and didn't spend $100 extra on the items. My budget is $100.00 a week. I spend every penny and I enjoy it! I enjoy it because I used to spend atleast $200 on the same items! Here is exactly what I do: I click on the store in my area whose list I … [Read more...]