Monthly Archives: April 2011

April 29, 2011

Fashion Friday: Here came the bride now what to do with the hat?

I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things, the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less.


I am a princess but I am not a royal. I know we are all talking about the wedding. Weddings are big news. I just got back from a wonderful wedding last weekend. I know that Kate will not be following my advice on finding your dream dress in Goodwill. I also know her guests will not follow my advice and gather their clothing on Ebay which is where I found an amazing Vera Wang. I am so enthralled by the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark dress. I am hopeful Kate will wear something simple and elegant.

This hat was found on Ebay for just $7.99

New uses for your hat after you have attended the big day:

1) Art work – hang it on your wall

2) Wear it to another event

3) Halloween costume

4) Dress up bin for any child

5) Tea party anyone?

6) Decoration for any diva’s bedroom

7) Go to a horse race

8) Crash a sorority rush party

9) Wear it and become Katy Perry or Lady Gaga

10) Bowl?

Frugal Tips: Mother's Day Craft

Frugal Tip: Save money and create more meaningful gifts by giving homemade items.  Receivers will remember them better than anything store bought.  Here are some ideas for Mother’s Day

Each week I bring you a craft you can create with your child that is both frugal and educational. This week I want to focus on Mother’s Day crafts. You may be thinking, “I don’t want to create my own gift!”. If this is how you feel, pass the directions onto your husband or another adult. I personally think it makes the gift even more special if you help your child create it because now you not only have a gift, but every time you look at you will remember the experience of helping them make the gift.
There are so many gifts for Mother’s Day on the internet and in books; I have tried to pick a couple of the most frugal ones that allow you to use materials around the house.
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April 28, 2011

Frugal Eats and Treats: Ramen Noodle Stir Fry


Ramen Noodle Stir Fry


1 pkg. Ramen noodles

1/2 or full bag of generic frozen veggies (or fresh, in season)

Inexpensive cut of meat to match Ramen flavor; for “beef” use cube steak, breakfast steak, etc.–whatever is on sale. Or go vegetarian, extra firm tofu, cubed and seasoned is great too.

Your choice of spices.

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April 27, 2011

$5 Dinners – Baked Lime Tilapia

Here’s the second dish I prepared from Erin Chase’s $5 Dinner MOM Cookbook.  We chose the Baked Lime Tilapia this week since we purchased 4 lbs. of individually, quick frozen tilapia filets at Walmart this weekend for just $12!  That’s $3 a pound.  We already had the rest of the ingredients:  lime juice, olive oil, dill weed, salt and pepper.

The yellow rice was leftover from a previous meal and frozen peas are a staple in the freezer.

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April 26, 2011

Chutzpah: Stealing my ride

Chutzpah. 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 confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment.

The cart thief. I went to the store today. I spotted my cart. I cleaned it off. I was just about ready to place the baby in the cart and it was gone. I looked back at where it had been. I wondered if the person who grabbed it noticed how much effort it took to clean it down. I was also curious to know if  they noticed the 21 lbs of moving chunky monkey in my arm as I attempted to throw away the wipes. I couldn’t let the opportunity pass so when I saw my handiwork in the aisle I told the baby I sure do wipe a cart really nicely maybe I deserve a tip. I couldn’t resist it has been one of those days.

April 25, 2011

Karla's Korner: It’s Okay to Do A Little Horn Tootin…..

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!

It’s Okay to Do A Little Horn Tootin…..

Have you ever heard the statement “don’t toot your own horn”? As a child growing up I remember hearing adults say that in reference to someone bragging about themselves. It was my understanding that being proud of something you did and “bragging” about it was not appropriate behavior. As a child, I never questioned it, but kept that unwritten rule tucked away in the little rule book of life I have stored in my brain and have tried to be mindful not to “toot my horn” for fear of offending someone. However, I have never had a problem tooting the horns of my children or my husband for their accomplishments. Once again I turned to Webster online and found the definition of pride and for a brief moment I agreed with the don’t toot your own horn rule. Webster defines pride as the quality or state of being proud; inordinate self-esteem or conceit. So there you have it, proof that tooting our own horn is not a good thing.Continue reading