Homemade Cleaning Products

 This post is from our partners at Studio One Networks.Ideas That Spark: Home Style Be a Clean Freak … for Less From the Editors of Ideas That SparkBy Sarah MahoneyIt took a bout of unemployment to jolt Joyce Wilden of Melbourne, Fla., out of the cleaning products aisle. “We were out of window cleaner and looking for every possible way to save money,” she says. So she went online, searched for a recipe for a homemade version and has never looked back. “I discovered it works exactly ...

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Saving Money on Date Night

 The theme for this week on Inexpensively Money Saving Monday is Date Night. February is big month for date nights! It is important to implement a date night on a regular basis though. Date night is something my husband and I have struggled with in the last couple of years due to our young boys. Here are a few tips to help you save money on date night.First, find a friend or two that is willing to participate in the babysitting co-op. Set up a schedule that works for all of you. It may be as ...

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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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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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Family Activities to Warm up Your Winter

  Are your children climbing the walls?This bitter cold weather has left little opportunity for children to play outside and get the wiggles out! Below you will find ideas to keep the children entertained and bring some warmth back into their minds! This post is brought to you by our partners Studio One Networks. Your Family Today: Activities 7 Ways to Warm up Your Winter By the editors of Your Family Today for Your Family TodayWhen it’s cold and gray outside, doesn’t it seem like your whole ...

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Marinate & Freeze Boneless Skinless Chicken

Have you taken advantage of the great deal on Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts at Harris Teeter this week? If so, you may be wondering what you will do with all of it!A few weeks ago Harris Teeter ran a similar promotion. I ended up with (6) packages of the chicken tenderloins. I divided the chicken into family sized portions and placed them in zipper bags. A simple way to get ahead on dinner is to add the marinade to the meat before you freeze it! When you pull the chicken out to defrost, it ...

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Ask A Teacher- 10 Family Fun Activities

So taking a break today… Instead I am listing 10 fun activities to do if you are snowed in: 1)   Make snow cream, YUMMY!2)   Put on some music and do puzzles3)   Bake a treat4)   Play board games or interactive games like Win, Loose, or Draw5)   Let the kids “swim” in the tub6)   Paint the snow. Take squirt bottles or spray bottles and put some Kool Aid in with a little water or use food coloring and paint away (you can also use the Kool Aid to paint with on paper too)7)   Write ...

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Ask A Teacher: How do you keep a teen out of trouble?

The best way to keep any person out of trouble is to keep them busy. This does not mean drag them to every activity you want them to do. Rather it means help them find a passion. Then support this passion and enable your teenage to pursue their dreams. I came across this site that helps teens achieve their dreams.The Do Something site provides grants $500 and up to student with innovative ideas.I realize my high school years were filled with tons of fun but also coupled with a lot of ...

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Ask A Teacher- Teaching your child what the holiday is about

This is a great one. What are some ways you teach your children to be part of the spirit and not get caught up in the "me" of the holiday? We start early every year we take five birthday gifts and put them away to give to children who do not have much for the holiday. We then have a budget for children in need. We put our coins in a jar. The coins are divided into thirds: 1/3 for our daughters bank account, 1/3 for our sons, and 1/3 for a child in need. My son even does chores to add to the jar. ...

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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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