Monthly Archives: April 2012

April 30, 2012

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 year by my children will remind me about how they were back then.

I can look back and see that my son writes d instead of b and my daughter make large heads on small bodies. Then I can look at the colorful circles and puppets with mismatched eyes and  green yarn hair and be remind of the puppet shows that gave them life. I will look at the framed images and be reminded of the changes our life brings us. I will place my collage frames over my desk while I work. It will remind me of why I work and also remind me that with each day that passes their art will become more refined and their ideas more concrete. It in fact the way life goes but it is imperative to capture your memories and preserve them for a lifetime. I hope one day these picture frames find a home in their kids room.




April 30, 2012

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 Time

Over the past three years I have had this inner battle to become healthier both mentally and physically. To say that I have won the battle would be nowhere near the truth. In fact, some days I feel as if I have lost the battle, the war and am ready to throw in the white towel of surrender and defeat. Other days I feel that I am on the right path to cleaning up the battlefield of dysfunction and am headed down the pathway to peace. Thankfully the pathway to peace has become far more travelled lately so I thought I would share some of the little lessons I have learned along the way. Hopefully these little tid bits will be helpful to those who spend time on the battlefield.

  1. Control.  I cannot and will never be able to control anything or anyone other than myself; including my children.  No matter how difficult it is to do I must stay focused on my own issues and leave everyone else’s alone.  I cannot fix everything for everybody.
  2. Self worth.  I am who I am today and I must be thankful for that.  In order to be able to love others I must love myself first.
  3. Physical appearance.  You know what, I will never be a size 10 and that’s okay.  Staying focused on getting healthy and staying healthy are way more important that wearing skinny jeans and if the physical appearance benefits from that then yay for me.
  4. Guilt.  I have never been the perfect parent and for the longest time it haunted me.  Having come to the realization that there is no such thing as perfect I have learned to let go of the guilt, ask for forgiveness on the really big stuff and move on.
  5. Perfection.  Referring to #4, I know that there is nothing perfect in this world.  Oh we would like to think there is, but in reality there is not.  For years I have strived to have perfection in everything I did and I failed.  So now instead of working toward that perfection, I strive to do my best and be okay with that.  And you know what?  Letting go of that need to be perfect has given me a lot of peace.
  6. The past.  Seriously the past is exactly where it should be; behind me.  Realizing that the past cannot be changed has allowed me to look toward the future with clarity and excitement.
  7. Worry.   Someone once told me that worry was a sin and that by worrying I am not allowing my Creator the opportunity to do what He promised in my life.  Being a believer of Christian faith, I must remind myself of this and let go of the excessive worry.  And if you are not on the same faith page as I am know that excessive worry causes health problems that affect you for a lifetime.  And most of the time what we worry about doesn’t actually come true, so we’ve wasted a lot of time and energy for nothing.
  8. Acceptance.  I do not have to be accepted by everyone and I do not need to be friends with everyone.  True friendship is a rare gift, one that should be treasured for its rarity. Therefore, we are not meant to be accepted by everyone we meet.  It is okay if someone does not like us. Enough said.
  9. Greed.  Greed does not just have to do with money; one can be greedy for any number of things.  Always wanting more and never being satisfied with the here and now takes up a lot of time and energy.  Accepting life just as it is right now is the only guarantee we have.  Tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us and yesterday is over; all we have is right now.  Live it to the moment because the moment is all we have.
  10. Blame. The blame game is not fun to play.  I am learning to accept what I have done and take responsibility for my own actions and no one else’s.  It is not my job to point the fingers of blame toward anyone.  Each person is responsible to take responsibility for their own actions and if they do not, it is not up to me to see to it that they do.  This goes back to control and the fact that the only person I can truly control is myself.



Check out all of Karla’s Korner articles here.

Also, please visit Karla’s Lifetime Moms page and read her articles.

April 29, 2012

Free Food at Disney

What could be better than relaxing and not having to worry about where you are going to have your meals are while on vacation? How about having those meals for free? If you book your Disney World vacation before May 18th and are traveling in the time of August 25th through September 29th, you are eligible to have the free dining option.

Buy a non-discounted Disney Magic Your Way Package at select Disney Moderate, Disney Deluxe or Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts at the Walt Disney World Resort for stays most nights between Aug. 25th and Sept. 29th and get the Disney Dining Plan FREE! Or if you want to choose a value resort, you get a FREE Quick-Service Dining Plan. Best part, this offer is also available at the brand new Art of Animation Resort that is set to open this May 31.

This is a great value which ever resort you choose. But don’t miss out, you must book by May 18th to get this amazing deal.

Ask a Nurse: 10 Ways to Sneak Healthy Food into Your Child’s Diet

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters. To see all Ask a Nurse articles click here.

10 Ways to Sneak Healthy Food into Your Child’s Diet

(Works for picky husbands, too!)

As a nurse and a mother of six healthy kids, I have developed a few ways to sneak some nutrition into our meals. I decided to share with you these secret, never before revealed tips, so you can deceive conceal from your family how healthy their meals really are.

  1. Start Early!

The absolute best way to raise kids who are not picky eaters is to start from the beginning. From the time your baby is old enough to eat solid food you should expose him to lots of healthy vegetables, grains, and proteins. Go by what your Pediatrician recommends for when to introduce foods, but once your child can eat a variety of foods, give them a variety!    Try to hold off on the sweet fruits, once your baby tastes fruit they often begin to refuse vegetables. Sometimes a fruit and vegetable blend is a better choice. Never give your baby sugar! Read all the labels! We are addicted to sugar, do the best thing for your child and let them taste food in its natural state.

  1. Model the behavior you want to see.

I know I am always saying this phrase to you, but I do it because it works! Why would your children want to eat vegetables when you turn your nose up at them? Try new foods yourself, and try new ways of fixing your old favorites.

  1. Cook with your kids.

Letting kids help with some of the meal preparation helps them want to try their creation! Give them plenty of praise during the prep and while eating.

  1. Put some veggies in a blender!

Try blending some vegetables until they have a fairly smooth texture. Add this super-nutritious blend to spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, any casserole, soup, or any other recipe that has some bold flavors already. I did this for years until my family found out! It is best to only add a small amount and keep adding each time you make a meal until the taste is discernible.

  1. Sneak fiber into your meals!

Add oatmeal to meatloaf, cookies, bread, muffins or dry cereal. Most of us do not get enough fiber in our diet, and oatmeal has 4 grams of fiber per cup. Lentils can be cooked and mashed and added to many meals, at 15.6 grams of fiber per cup they are a great food to sneak in (if your family doesn’t like the taste). Another trick is to add Benefiber (or generic equivalent) fiber to any liquid or cooked foods.  You can’t taste it and it does not get thick or goopy, I use it all the time….Shhh! Don’t tell!

  1. Grow your own vegetables with your children

You don’t have to live in the country or have acres of land to grow your own food. Start small, plant a bean seed in a paper cup on the windowsill. When it gets a few inches tall and has several leaves, transplant it to a pot outside, or plant it in any spot that gets sun. Let your child water it, and pull up any weeds that sprout up too close. Before long your child will have grown his own beans! When your child grows his own food, of course he will want to eat it! Lightly steam or microwave your few bean pods, add a tiny bit of butter, maybe a sprinkle of salt and/or pepper and voila! You and your child are ready to plant some more! Look at what seeds or plants are for sale in your area. Let your child pick out a few they want to grow.  Did you know you can grow purple beans? When you cook them they turn bright green when they are done! Maybe growing purple beans will convince your child to try them!

Photo by kirsten reese ([email protected]/)

  1. Play with your food!

Remember the snack, “ants on a log” when you were a kid? All it took was celery, peanut butter and raisins. You can do all kinds of creative things to make healthy food more fun to eat. How about kabobs? You can buy those long sticks at Wal-Mart; just don’t let the kids sword fight with them or you may be making a trip to the emergency room before you make dinner! You can do all kinds of food on kabob sticks. Fruit, veggies, cheese cubes alternated with fruit, use your imagination!  I used to let my one daughter put sprinkles on her oatmeal! It wasn’t much, but it got her to eat the healthy rolled oats for breakfast. She is almost 19 and I think she still adds sprinkles sometimes! Using “dip” is another trick that works. Let your kids use ranch dressing, ketchup, yogurt, or your own concoction to dip food into.

  1. It’s all in a name!

Make up some funny and memorable names for some of your dishes.  I’m sure you have heard of “broccoli trees,” “pretzel logs,” and “carrot coins”. Think up some catchy names for other meals. When my kids were little, I would save leftovers in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. When we had a bag full I would make soup. For some reason, we didn’t want to call it “leftover soup,” so the kids came up with “Donkey soup!” I have no idea how that name came up!

  1. Frozen food is so much better!

Eating frozen food is fun, especially in hot weather. Putting it on a stick is just another fun bonus! Make your own frozen pops with fresh fruit, juice, and/or yogurt.  Freeze bananas and put them on a stick, melt a little dark chocolate in the microwave and dip, roll in granola or chopped nuts. Frozen grapes or cherries are fun and tasty, just be careful of choking. I wouldn’t give them to young children or any child who was running or being wild at the time.

  1. Smoothies are the bomb!

Smoothies are all the rage right now. Basically you throw some frozen fruit, yogurt, and ice cubes in the blender and blend until thick and smooth. There are many variations, try any of these combinations:

  • Frozen berries, green tea, small amount of honey
  • Kale, granny smith apple, banana, ice
  • Frozen berries, juice
  • Orange juice, carrot, mangos, ice
  • Banana, peanut butter, vanilla yogurt, ice

Well, I hope you have a few more ideas to try on your families this week! I would love to hear from you!

Be Well,


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April 28, 2012

Frugal Kid: Recycling Craft

Arbor Day is April 27th, here’s a fun frugal craft idea that will teach your kids about recycling and creating a beautiful piece of art featuring your child’s precious handprint at the same time!

Newspaper Art

Cereal Box
Mod Podge

1. Grab those leftover newspapers and allow your child to rip or cut it into pieces.

2. Cover the empty cereal box in Mod Podge.

3. Lay the pieces of torn newspaper to completely cover the Mod Podge. Allow to dry.

4. Paint your child’s hand with paint and have them put their handprints on the box to create tree top.

4. Paint a bottom to your tree and allow your child to fingerpaint leaves.

Since the cereal box acts as like a thick canvas print, we are using ours to cover up the thermastat!
Educational Activities:

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

If you enjoy my crafts, please be sure to share them on Pinterest!

April 27, 2012

Fashion Friday: Wigo

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 encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!


Straight & Smooth Ceramic Straightening Brush

   What is a Wigo? It is the best brush I have ever owned. I love mine. I used to have frizzy hair. I mean it was really bad. When I use this brush it acts like flat iron and makes your hair shiny and straight. I love it and that it is a frugal fashion find at under $20. Yes I realize that you would have been able to see better if my hair is wet. I promise it works and the results last all day without product.

You can buy your own Wigo brush at ULTA… best gift!


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