Life Happens

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A moment in time is fleeting but a decision to live life minute by minute is imperative. Our once in a lifetime moment came to us by surprise. We had two amazing children. I was embarking back toward my career from my stint as a stay at home mom. I had begun to build my professional portfolio and ease my way into a part-time job. Then we found out we were expecting again. The expectation and timing of having another child was worrisome financially and emotionally. We sat down as a couple and I … [Read more...]

The Beauty of Tantrums

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A week or so back I saw one of my new-mother friends having a really rough time. She was a first time mom, nervous to be alone with new baby (then again aren’t we all?), scared to go anywhere with new baby, but most of all….new baby would not go to sleep. She was living on a couple hours of sleep daily, as her beautiful new baby would not calm down enough to sleep more than a couple hours at a time. As much as I hurt for her I realized….she is not the only woman out there who wants to pull … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Twenty-three Years and Counting

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! As I sit down to write this it is Sunday afternoon and by the time I write my next article my … [Read more...]

Free Printable Grocery List

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Free Printable Grocery List If you want to save money the number #1 thing to do is write a list of the items you need. Then you find coupons to go with them. If you stick with your Madame Deals Printable Grocery List then you will also save money. I use this list. I laminated it and I use a dry erase marker to keep track of what we need each week. It is a great tool and helps my husband and myself stay on budget. It is yours to print. Please leave my logo on the bottom since it took a lot of … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: America

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This is my third project for photography class. I was asked to explore pattern, texture, and lines. I shot this image with a Canon XSI Rebel. Photo Project #1 Photo Project #2 I am learning to use Photoshop Lightroom 4 to import my images. Then I will begin to use Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended - Student & Teacher Edition. I got a great deal on both programs since I am a student. You can also buy yours with amazing discounts. … [Read more...]

Homemaking Tips: Bath-time Tricks

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Have you noticed how hard it is to successfully wash your daughters hair? The reason I say daughter is because 98% of the time they are the troublemakers, but boys may cause this too. No matter how hard I try to get my youngest to let me wash her hair she fights me so hard I wind up giving up from lack of energy. She is very strong willed like my husband, so I have learned a few tricks from her stubbornness….Hope they help you out. J 1. Let them do it their self – My daughter is 2½, and … [Read more...]

A Wife’s College Life – Part 1

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Hi I'm Ashley Earp! I know everyone thinks of the ideal college life as fresh out of high school looking forward to making their dreams come true and having new experiences in a new atmosphere. However, in today's society it sometimes isn't possible or is thrown away all to easily. I was one of those people, I was rebellious and way to careless after highschool and I attended 1 semester of college. Now that I am 25 and a working, married mother of 2 young kids I am also a college student. I work … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Please Do Not Touch

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! Please Do Not Touch…. One of my favorite movies of all time is “Dirty Dancing”. Everyone who knows … [Read more...]

10 Simple Tips to Save $ While Cooking

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Hi I'm Gwendolyn and I have been a stay at home mom since 2009. I have been with my husband, James, for 10 years and we are proud parents of Jayme (8) and Nicholas (13). We are also parents to 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 hamsters, and a snake. My father-in-law lives with us so it is always non-stop at our house. I had the honor of becoming a step-parent when I got married and have a great relationship with my step-son. I always used coupons and shopped for bargains but was forced to step up my game when … [Read more...]

How to Care for Pets on a Budget

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Before I begin I should preface my life. I share my 2 bedroom apartment with 5 animals. I have 3 cats, 1 dog, and 1 rabbit. I also don't have alot of money left over each month after bills are paid so I have to stretch my dollars to the max to care for my animal family. The first best way to care for them would be by clipping coupons. You could go through the coupons in the Sunday paper, or to save me money from buying the paper I typically get coupons in my mailbox once a week and I go … [Read more...]