A Fabulous Day Trip

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Sensible Saver Sunday If you live in Virginia or ever come for a visit, then you have to take a trip to the Virginia Safari Park. We took a day trip today and had a wonderful time. We actually did not spend that much money either. We started the day getting a free breakfast at Burger King. My husband had two free breakfast croissant coupons he had won from a previous trip to Burger King. The bonus, on our receipts it says to call for a survey and you can earn a free whopper. Hummm, I wonder ...

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Keeping Your Cool

 More parenting videos on JuiceBoxJungle   It is the middle of summer and the kids are home all day. It is bound to happen; losing your cool that is. We are not "super moms". Everyone loses it from time to time. The key is to learn how to cool it before it gets out of control. Juice Box Jungle offers some great advice on how to calm yourself down and how to deal with the out of control kiddos. So do yourself a favor, take a coffee break this morning and watch a two minute video from Juice Box ...

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Ask The Teachers

Teaching what is just enough… How do you raise children that aren’t greedy? I had a lovely conversation with a student at our coupon workshop and she disclosed to me that people used to take advantage of the free food given by the local churches. The churches had to come together to create a single place to distribute food to make sure everyone got their fair share. It got me thinking, were these adults raised to be greedy? Is this nature or nurture? I am not sure but I know what we do at our ...

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Helpful Heather & Safety

We as moms wear many hats. I have heard it said - especially around Mother's Day - that if we were to be paid for all the jobs that we do for our family, that we would be the highest paid group of people. Think about it. You are organizer, cook, maid, laundry lady, nurturer, financial planner, travel agent,nurse, party planner, and so much more. With all of that going on, I look for some short cuts to help me do the jobs that I need and want to do for my family. Under the category of ...

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Helpful Heather Says Its the little things that count

Making a ScrapbookIts the little things that count. With all that is going on in the world today, I have really been thinking about making the little things count. We hear a number of times, especially when we are stressed or under pressure, " Don't sweat the small stuff" but sometimes, it's the small stuff that gets us through. ( In addition, stressed, is desserts spelled backwards :)The tips team and I have put together a number of ideas on how to have low to no cost time and experiences with ...

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Ask A TEACHER

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Ask A Teacher In the interest of keeping our website as one that addresses the needs of our readers we are starting a weekly topic. We are calling it ask A Teacher. Renae and myself are both teachers. I am a certified Regular and Special Education teacher.  Renae is certified in Adult Education. We are also both moms, wives, and friends. We will answer a question from one of our readers each week. If you are going to ask about your child please, use a fake name. I get requests all the time ...

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It's not a chore to be Helpful Heather

Children and chores: Have you marveled, like me, how some women manage their household let alone with a LOT of kids? For sometime now, I have watched shows like "18 Kids and Counting" with Michelle Duggar and "John & Kate Plus 8" with Kate Goslin and wondered how they do all that they do in a day and not fall apart half way through? Now, I realize that we are only seeing snippets and there are many hands to help, but still, somewhere along the way, one has got to wonder, HOW do they do it? ...

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Helpful Heather A little This and That

Helpful Heather Is Just That! Here are some more super ideas that will make your life easier: Here are some quick tips that I have found useful: - Vinegar. Well, I have sung its praises before here and just this past week, found yet another use for it when I had some unwanted pests in my kitchen. Fruit flies. I searched and searched and couldn't find the usual suspect of a source (old fruit, etc) and although I wiped things down they still hung around my sink and drove me nuts. So, I headed to ...

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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It wasn't that long ago that I thought a toilet paper holder just held the toilet paper. The dish soap bottle's only job was to make my hands gorgeous as I attempted to scrap food off dishes. The milk jug was only used to hold the milk... and then came the kids. The brightly colored mass distributed toys are not nearly as fun as the ones we can make using household castoffs. The creativity and environmental impact are invaluable to my children. I suggest you grab your trash and create an ...

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Helpful Heather

Kitchen Assistance - part two:      Last week we talked about how becoming part of a cooking co-op may save you some time in the kitchen. I also heard from readers that instead of participating in co-ops, they take the approach of doubling meals and freezing one. Other lessons I learned while doing a cooking co-op were: - meal planning - purchasing in as large a quantity as possible & reasonable  - re-package larger quantity into more user friendly portions - setting "theme" nights on the ...

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