Couponing for the Extremely Normal: I Won’t Pay Full Price

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal! My daughter decided she wants to play lacrosse this year.  Fortunately, her school received a grant and those players without sticks and goggles were given loaners for the season.  The only problem is she can't carry the lacrosse stick on the bus unless it's in a case.  I priced out carrying cases on the internet and learned it was going to cost about $30 to buy a new one.  Now lacrosse is something she is just trying out and I'm not going to spend ...

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The Summer Shape up

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I am a fitness queen in my mind. I am working on getting in shape for the summer. I figure I have about 3 more weeks until the bathing suit comes out of the drawer.  I admit I am thin but I am not in shape. There is a huge difference. When I wave the flab under my arm continues to wave. I have tried several at home exercise programs and I find that they are a great way to start my summer swimsuit plan. I need the flexibility to work out at home because of my children and my job. I also like to ...

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Chutzpah: Companies do not fufill their promises

ChutzpaChutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine. chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or ...

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Crafting with Kids: The Same Old Same Old

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Meet Stephanie! She's a 24 year old stay at home Mom, who couldn’t ask for a better blessing than to be home with her daughter!! Their favorite things to do together is working on art projects and they enjoy sharing them with people at Crafting with Bug!! In her free time she enjoys reading and scrapbooking!! Check out all of Crafting with Kids article here! I know I posted a couple weeks ago about having your ‘go to’ projects…the easy ones like coloring or play dough but we all know that can ...

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Making Memories Last

I am sitting by a pile of papers. These papers are filled with hours of effort and love from my children. I decided it would be a nice idea to make a college of my favorites for each child. Then I hope to preserve them in custom picture frames. I thought this would be a wonderful gift for Mother's day. I have everything I need and these pictures that were made with such love and consideration exemplify what Mother's day is all about. When I reflect on my life I know that the images  created this ...

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Karla’s Korner: Letting Go Of What’s Holding You Down

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! Letting Go Of What’s Holding You Down: A Look At How I am Taking Back My Sanity One Day At A ...

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ASK A Blogger: Where do you begin

  I got a lot of emails asking me how did you go from a teacher to a blogger? The answer is simple I "googled" it. I actually learn a lot from google and from you tube. I also learn a lot from being in networking groups on facebook. The easiest way to learn is to ask questions and read. I spend a lot of time looking at successful blogs and taking some of their ideas and making them my own. I like to call it a Madame Deals Improvement. I know my audience and I know who I am so I know what ...

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Working Mom: take one, two, and then there was three

I bet you think it must be easy to work at home. I thought I would show you an example of when I try to work at home. I asked the children to go to their playroom. I had a quick product review to do. I was thinking ten minutes top. I walked them upstairs played strawberry shortcake and trains. Then I went downstairs and I turned on my webcam. I got out the recordable book. I recorded it. Then these little footsteps came down the stairs. I figured I could let them help me. Well this is what you ...

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The Breast Debate

   Boobs. They come in all shapes and sizes. I am sure yours looked different then they did when you were 16 I always recommend getting abra fitting in my article What's holding up your girls . It can really change your life. I know that getting a bra fitting may in fact seem scary but it is actually quite beneficial. I also say spend money on a good bra. It makes a huge difference to your overall look. I mean I hate seeing bumps and lumps under clothes. I also suggest getting a convertible bra ...

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Crafting with Kids: Using Sensory to Maximize Experience

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Meet Stephanie! She's a 24 year old stay at home Mom, who couldn’t ask for a better blessing than to be home with her daughter!! Their favorite things to do together is working on art projects and they enjoy sharing them with people at Crafting with Bug!! In her free time she enjoys reading and scrapbooking!! Check out all of Crafting with Kids article here! Sensory projects are a huge deal in our house. In fact, I try and incorporate some sort of sensory into each project we do. This can ...

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