Helpful Heather makes a list

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Organizing & Taking Stock I am a list maker. Always have been, probably always will be. I say it is because I can't remember all that I have to do, when in reality, I have been a list maker as long as I can remember. I guess some people just are. That got me to thinking though; how do others of you manage some of the things in your house?  Summer is winding down for us here and the kiddos are going to be in school in less than a month (I know, collective groan from all the kiddos out ...

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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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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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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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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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Duh…

So Renae and I were making our binders for the June 11th workshop and we were sharing deals. I said, "I have to submit that rebate for the $7.00 cheese.. gosh I have to find the form." She started laughing and said, "You only have to go as far as our site." Click on the rebate calendar and get your cheese rebate form and more!!! (huge cheese freak and free cheese ranks up there with free chocolate) In case you  snag this free after a rebate cheese here are three ways to use it: 1) place the ...

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Needed: Kitchen Assistant, able to work odd hours, on demand, and do many things at once! This was an ad that I was contemplating posting somewhere, anywhere, in hopes of gaining an extra hand (or four) when preparing my meal the other night. Let's face it, during the five o'clock "witching hour" as I call it at our house, it is difficult to try to get all the things you need to get done, finished, and dinner on the table...all before the kids need to be in bed. So, as I was lamenting my plight ...

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Rebates

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I must confess I am rebate obsessed.. it all started with the Unilever promotion... I mean free ham or turkey. In my mind I calculated a new pair of shoes or a whole outfit based on the way I shop with that money. I have since decided the hunt for getting free products is fun. I spend a couple of minutes filling out my forms and mailing them. It is worth my time! What did I get you ask? Well a free bag of IAMS $7.49 for the dog (got the rebate form at CVS bought the dog food at supermarket) , a ...

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