Ask A Teacher: Cooking for Entertainment

How do you deal with the I'm bored... The answer I have is simple, ask your child what they want to learn about. Then make it happen. Our son wants to learn how to cook. This is so exciting for his future wife! I asked him what he would like to cook and since he is four he started naming all the food he likes to eat. I wrote a list down, although I already know what he likes to eat. We then went on this site All Recipes and entered in the ingredients we wanted. His are spinach, bacon, and pasta. ...

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Canning: Recipe for Peach Salsa

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Visit Your Local Orchard for Great Savings! For the last three summers, Cathy and I have jumped into the world of canning. We started off small, just doing applesauce and sliced peaches. Last year we experimented with peach salsa. It was fabulous! We have also canned pickles, peach jam, blueberry jam, apple butter, apple pie filling and apple jelly in the past. It is so delightful to have these goodies in the middle of winter! Last weekend, I went to purchase the peaches for our peach ...

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Birthday Party: How to be Stress-free

My son's 3rd birthday is approaching. This article is a good reminder of what birthdays are all about; the celebration of your child. You do not have to spend a ton of money to make a party fun and full of memories!        Your Family Today: Activities Stress-free Birthday Bashes By Elizabeth Hurchalla for Your Family Today Magicians are expensive. So are clowns, moon bounces, and 25 goody bags stuffed with candy and toys. Is it really worth it? Pulling off a stellar birthday party doesn't ...

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Ask a Teacher: How do I save all the memories

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How do I preserve my child's work? I know that your child will come home with a lot of papers. I know this because I used to make up the assignments. I am now on the other end of the process and trying to figure out the best way to honor my son's progress. I came up with a system that works for us. I thought I would share. On Friday when Matthew brings home his work we are going to place it in a sheet protector in a binder. I will try to gather a variety of subjects to showcase his academic ...

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Time Saver: Using the Dot System to Organize Clothes

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I want to carry on with uses for a Sharpie pen. Last week, I told you how to mark expiration dates on your stockpile items. Heather taught us how permanent markers can help keep AC adapters and power cords organized and how to determine how quickly laundry soap is used. This week, I would like to focus on clothes organization. My sister-in-law Cathy has come up with a clever way of keeping her three boys clothes organized and separated. They use the dot system. Boy number one has one dot on his ...

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Ideas That Spark: Storing up for Winter

Ideas That Spark: Smart Living Storing up for Winter From the Editors of Ideas That Spark Does this sound like you? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average family of four is spending about $100 a month more at the grocery store than it did a year ago. Do the math: That’s an additional $1,200 a year for the same amount of peanut butter and toilet paper. Fortunately, “the grocery budget is a place where most families can find some extra dollars that can be used ...

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Ask a Teacher/ MOM … What's for lunch?

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ASK A TEACHER Matthew: Please, mommy and daddy pack me a lunch I like. I need to be fed and full of energy.(repeating what we say over and over again)   Me: What would you like?   Matthew: I have no idea.   Me: Well think of something we have 15 minutes before we have to go to school. Matthew: random list of items. Me: Well it sounds like you need the big lunch bag today. Matthew: Yes, mommy I think it is going to be one of those days. Me: (in my head not aloud isn't it always one of those ...

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More Quick Tips from Heather

Here are just a few more quick tips that I use and hope that you will find them helpful in stretching your dollars and cents. - Renae mentioned on Sunday how permanent markers help her for marking expiration dates on boxes of food. Another great way for putting markers to use (and in this case I use a silver one) is to mark what AC adapter/ charger plugs go to what devices. This is actually something that I learned from my husband and since we have been using this tip, it has saved us a lot of ...

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Ideas That Spark: Smart Living

Madame Deals is pleased to announce the new partnership with Ideas That Spark. We will be posting informative articles from their editors from time to time. Ideas That Spark: Discover 6 Ways to Save: Reinventing Yourself From the Editors of Ideas That Spark In a tough economy, the tendency is to hunker down at your job -- if you still have one -- and hold on for dear life. But the truth is, now might be the right time to branch out and learn something new that will boost your ...

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Stockpile Organization

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Stockpile Organization   Due to my recent shopping adventures to Harris Teeter, my pantry was in need of  stockpile organization. One of the secrets to saving money, is to stockpile. This means to buy extra items your family uses regularly when the items are at their rock bottom price. We all know that Harris Teeter triples or Kmart super doubles allows for a plethora of stockpiling opportunities! I would like to share some tips to make stockpiling easier and more ...

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