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    10 Free Things To Do This Summer

    It’s summer and everyone is ready to get out of the house and have some fun. Today’s post is 10 ways to have a great time without spending a penny, a win win. Story time at Barnes and Noble– Sit and listen to a story this summer. We love to go to Barnes and Noble and listen to stories once a week, and afterward we work on a craft or coloring. It’s totally free, unless Mom or Dad takes a trip to the in store Starbucks. Check out the library – Following up on story time, libraries offer story times, movies, and other great programs or activities during the week.…

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    5 Lunch Ideas Under 400 Calories

    Looking for healthy lunch options under 400 calories? Here they are!  The calorie counts for these 5 lunches are for specific brands, be sure to look at the packaging for the food you are preparing. Personally, I do not count vegetables, if you want to, add them but the amounts wouldn’t be too much. Some of these ideas work best when you cook ingredients the night before, assemble and are ready to heat for lunch. Stir-fry – 366 Calories Steamed vegetables – Free Trader Joe’s Baked Tofu – 150 Calories 1 Cup Brown Rice – 216 Calories Veggie Burger & Baked Potato – 360 Calories Garden Burger – 100 Calories…

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    Crib Sheets Tutorial

    I knew that with decorating Baby V’s nursery that I didn’t want to go out and buy a set from a store. I wanted to have the ability to personalize the room. One easy way to do this was to make my own crib sheets. If you search for sales, you can save money from buying from a store and you can get cute fabric to match your theme. I made three designs in flannel fabric. I recommend getting a wider fabric because it will shrink when you wash and dry it. Supplies: 2 yards of fabric, at least 44 inches wide. Matching thread Elastic 1/4 inch thick, at least…

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    12 Secrets to Save Money when Holiday Shopping Online

    It’s that time of year! I love the Christmas lights, holiday movies, homemade treats, and even the music. One thing I do not love is holiday shopping at the mall. It is chaos. You will not find me out at 3 am wrestling other customers for a TV or toaster. My ideal shopping situation is sitting in my PJ’s drinking a mug of tea and buying gifts online as the snow falls. I avoid all of the stress of shopping and still get what I want and save money while doing so. By this point shopping online is my thing, I try to save money however I can when online…

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    Tackle The Junk… Tips From A Reformed “Hoarder”

    I think I spent my childhood and teen years preparing for an audition for the TV show Hoarders… I saved EVERYTHING. Why? I’m not sure, I think I was trying to hold onto things as if I got rid of it it would disappear from my life. Control freak much? One year, there was a tearful garage sale when I discovered that my precious My Little Ponies were on the table for sale. It was not pretty. While I am much better at letting go of my things, it is still a struggle. Can you relate? This past weekend I cleaned my closet. I love clothes, purses, and shoes so…

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