Today’s Top Deals

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Hollister is having a great sale online only for jeans!  Pick up a pair for just $19 and get shipping for free!  These normally retail for $50-$60 so this is a great deal!

Get them here!

 

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If you are shopping over on Amazon today, you can pick up some really cheap Suave haircare products!

The children’s shampoo is $2.49, but after you ‘clip’ the $1.50 coupon it is only 99¢!

I purchased the deep conditioning mask.  Normally $4.39, it’s on sale for $1.99 and after the $1.50 coupon it’s only 49¢!

Both of these products are add on items so you will need to spend $25 to get the deal (and free shipping!) Here are some other great deals that I added to my cart!

apple jacks

A pack of 3 boxes of Apple Jacks.  Final price after coupon: $1.94 each!  (Get it here!) Plus, don’t forget to add your free sample of Kicking Horse Coffee and Lipton Natural Energizing Tea!

granola bars

A pack of 6 Granola bars (8 bars in each box) will come in handy for lunches and after school snacks.  Final price after coupon – $1.95 each!  Get it here!

 

velveeta

I love to have last minute dinner items in the pantry.  So a pack of 6 Shells and Cheese is perfect.  Final cost after coupon $1.85 each.  Get it here! (Don’t forget to add your free samples of Suddenly Salad and General Mills whole grain tortilla chips!)

Plus, everything shipped for free!

 

elf

I just got an email about this 88 piece set from ELF Studio that is on sale for today only!  For just $20 you will get:

the make up collection
eyelash curlers
make up remover cleansing cloths
volumizing mascara
glossy gloss
and mineral revitalizing mist

Compared to department store prices – this kit would retail you about $300!  WOW!

Get it here!

 

 

Wet-Nap: A Lake House Essential

 

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For the past week we have been hanging out on Lake Wawasee.  It’s been a week of jet skiing, tubing, wake boarding, boating and lots of food.

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We came up with our family to help celebrate both of my grandparent’s birthdays and their anniversary.  They live in Florida so it’s been nice to have them around!

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It took the kids no time to get to the water.

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A few things about my family.

1.  We are big.  With 7 boys 8-14.  That’s right.  Seven.  It gets loud.  It gets rowdy.  And it gets messy.

2.  My family loves to cook.

So this lake trip was no exception.  Our first night at the lake was designated crab leg night.

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Of course in our true fashion, after we had them steamed and ready to chow down we realized that we forgot the crackers!

Adam Crab Legs

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Wet-Nap was definitely the must have accessory for this dinner.

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I picked up our Wet-Nap supplies at Walmart in the napkin aisle.  (Walmart has low prices, but to make it even better you can get a 55¢ off coupon here while supplies last)  I bought a canister of wipes to keep on the boat, packages of Wet-Nap wipes for the dinner table and a pop-up container to keep in the jet ski.  The Wet-Nap is really strong (to wipe off every mess that 7 boys were able to conjure up!), but still super soft so it didn’t feel rough on our skin.  I love how it moisturized with Aloe and still was able to kill the germs!  The kids were hoping out of the water and heading straight to the bags of chips so it was nice to have a quick way for them to wipe off their hands and keep clean before eating!

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After our feast of all feasts was finished clean up was a breeze!  And we were able to go out for a quick boat ride.

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The lake is a lot of fun during the day.  At night, it’s a lot of fun indoors and luckily we have Wet-Nap to help clean up all of our messes!

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Moms Check In – Mom Confessions

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Friday is quickly becoming my favorite day because I get to post another Moms Check In post!  It’s been so much fun getting to know everyone and learning about their households!  This week’s topic is all about Mom Confessions.  What do you have to confess? Want to know what we confessed to?  Keep reading!  But first, who is doing the confessing?

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Amanda is the mom of one boy and owns It’s a Fabulous Life, which is a one stop place for all things ‘Mom’.  You can find recipes, DIY projects, frugal living, parenting and more.  (Follow her on Facebook here!)

Jenni is the mom of one boy and writes at Sweet Pennies From Haven.  Sweet Pennies From Heaven is a hearth and home website that focuses on recipes, crafts and creating a comfortable home. (Follow her on Facebook here!)

Lindsay is the mom of two great kids and owner of See Mom Click.  She shares great deals, Disney happenings and recipes. (Follow her on Facebook here!)

Stephanie  is the mom of one son and owns Spaceships and Laser Beams.  Spaceships and Laser Beams is a great site full of party ideas, crafts and more all with boys in mind!  (Follow her on Facebook here!)

This week our guest host is Mary from Mission: To Save.  Mission: To Save is full of coupons, deals and freebies!  Not to mention fun DIY projects and recipes!  (Follow her on Facebook here!)

You will want to make sure to check out all of our moms on Facebook!

And don’t forget to follow along with Moms Check In on Twitter!  We will be tweeting your responses all week!

Mom Confessions

 

 

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Alright.  Let’s confess.  This is a no judgement zone right?  My child is SO picky.  We are talking the only fruit he will eat is a banana and he has MAYBE tried 3 or 4 veggies in his life.  He will eat ‘leaves’ (salad) with a gallon of Ranch on them, but that’s it.   He’s never even had corn or potatoes!  So my confession is…I let my child eat PB&J.  For breakfast.  Lunch.  And dinner.  Obviously not every night, but there have for sure been a few times where he eats it for multiple meals in a day.  I swear, we go through more peanut butter in a week at our house than most people go through in a year.

And before you send me angry emails, I do make him take vitamins and drink shakes to get some vitamins and minerals that he is otherwise lacking… :) Tips for picky eaters?  Bring them on!!

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Oh geez.  Secret is out I guess.  Bedtime is my weakness.  We stay up late sometimes and so we let my son stay up too.  It’s been worse over the summer, but now that school is getting back in session  I need to work on getting back on a schedule.  It also doesn’t help that it doesn’t get dark until a little after 9:00 PM!

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Why are you making me confess this? I sometimes hide my favorite food from the kids.  I love having a little treat after they go to bed and know that if they see my goodies (like a jar of Cookie Butter – I have issues with it) then they’ll help themselves. I can’t have that.  So I hide it! Now never tell my kids or I’ll be forced to find new hiding spots.  

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I’m more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants person. I like being spontaneous.  I think some of my creativity bubbles up out of that part of my personality. However, as a mom I recognize that kids need to have at least some structure and order. Sometimes I think I need to get more organized so things move along smoothly…but I’m also pretty laid back in temperament so the entire life organization thing eludes me. And I mostly don’t care!

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I must confess…My house is usually a mess.  Sure I can make it look good for company or when we are leaving for vacation (because who wants to come home to laundry and a dirty floor), but on any given day- my house looks very “lived in”.  I tend to be a bit of a pack-rat (NOT a hoarder!) so I often have piles of things here and there.  I like to call it organized chaos.  Sure I would “like” to be more organized (that’s why I have a whole Pinterest Board devoted to it)  but right now, it’s not the priority.  For now, hanging with my fam, creating good food to sit down together to eat and building my business/blog mean more to me than the dust on that shelf.

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Indiana State Fair

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I was super excited to get to go to the Indiana State Fair this year!  I haven’t been in a LONG time!  The weather was perfect, it wasn’t crowded, and it was filled with awesome food, great shows, really neat vendors and lots of bloggers!  :) Indiana’s Family of Farmers was nice enough to send bloggers to the fair to learn about the exhibits, farming and to experience first hand why farms matter!

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When we got to the fair we were taken on a tour of the newly renovated Coliseum.  It looked really awesome and it was really cool that they kept the original integrity of the building.  When wee were in the Coliseum touring, some of the kids were showing their 4H cows.  I never knew how much work went into showing animals!  These kids have put in so much time and effort!  It was really neat to watch.

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Of course the State Fair had lots of animals!  We walked around and looked (and fed!) them.  How adorable is this baby goat?

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One of the kid’s favorite exhibits was the Seed Survivor exhibit!  We learned all about seeds, water and soil.  The kids even got to plant their own Sunflowers to bring home!  (Free event!)

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There were tons of exhibits and hands on things for the kiddos!

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Of course we had to head over to the Midway!  What is a fair without rides?  :)

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Both of the boys really loved the BMX show! (Free event!)

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And we couldn’t get out of the fair without stopping to see the tractors!

The whole time I was at the fair, I kept thinking, I can’t believe it’s taken us so long to get here!  Why didn’t we do this last year!?  If you are thinking of going this year here are some discounted days:

Tickets at the door are $20, but you can purchase tickets for just $10 online here.

You can also go on Tuesdays for only $2 admission.

Other ticket discounts:

8/7 – Indiana State Employee day.  Employee’s get in free with ID.

8/7 – All military members and veterans get in free with their ID

8/14 – Free admission for AAA Members

Other discounts;
Tuesdays – $2 food specials, Rides $2 each

8/11 Wristbands only $15 for rides!  Wristbands get you unlimited rides from noon-10 PM.

Thanks so much Indiana Family of Farmers for hosting us at this year’s State Fair!

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Back To School Sharpie Card – Teacher Gift Idea

 

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For us school starts soon!  I always like to send Josh into school with a little something for his new teacher.  Gifts have to be fun and practical.  And really, can you get any more practical than school supplies?  I’ve seen the candy bar cards ALL over Pinterest over the years, so I decided to make our own version using Sharpies!

My son called this the Ultimate Pun Challenge and we were very happy with our result!  This was SO easy, inexpensive and I think it will be easy to re-create for teacher appreciation and end of the year cards as well!  Plus, I think his teacher will love it!

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First, you need to go get your supplies.  You can find Sharpie markers at Staples!  All Sharpie Fine and Ultra Fine markers will be on sale starting August 10th while supplies last!

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The only other supplies you will need are poster board and tape.  We also included a Staples gift card with our gift so that his teacher could pick up more Sharpies and other back to school essentials!

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The instructions are really simple.  Write your note onto the poster board.  Make sure you leave enough space for a Sharpie to fit in place of some of the words.  Then, just tape the Sharpie in place.

Simple huh?  Here is our letter:

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Yellow (Hello) Mrs. Miller!

I just red (read) that you were going to be my teacher!  All of my black (back) to school blues (blues) vanished.

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The other kids will be green (green) with envy.  Orange (Aren’t) you excited about this coming school year?  I am!  Pink (pinky) promise it’s going to be great.

Love Joshua

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P.S.  In case this didn’t earn me any brown (brownie) points, maybe this gift card will help!

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Because every teacher needs a Staples gift card!  :)

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And that’s it!  SUPER easy!  Plus, it’s a gift that will be loved and well used!  Starting August 10th all Sharpie Fine and Ultra Fine markers will be on sale at Staples! (While supplies last!)

Moms Check In – Favorite Summer Memory

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I have been LOVING our Moms Check In series!  I fel like I have gotten to know so many of you!  :) I think it’s awesome when moms get together to talk! So with that said, welcome to week 4 of Moms Check In!

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So who are our Moms?

Amanda is the mom of one boy and owns It’s a Fabulous Life, which is a one stop place for all things ‘Mom’.  You can find recipes, DIY projects, frugal living, parenting and more.  (Follow her on Facebook here!)

Jenni is the mom of one boy and writes at Sweet Pennies From Haven.  Sweet Pennies From Heaven is a hearth and home website that focuses on recipes, crafts and creating a comfortable home. (Follow her on Facebook here!)

Lindsay (@SeeMomClick) is the mom of two great kids and owner of See Mom Click.  She shares great deals, Disney happenings and recipes. (Follow her on Facebook here!)

Stephanie (@spaceshipsLB) is the mom of one son and owns Spaceships and Laser Beams.  Spaceships and Laser Beams is a great site full of party ideas, crafts and more all with boys in mind!  (Follow her on Facebook here!)

This week our guest co-host is Erin from A Bird and a Bean.  Erin is a mom of 2 and on her blog she shares some amazing DIY projects with some yummy recipes and lots of amazing things for the kiddos!  (Follow her on Facebook here!)

You will want to make sure to check out all of our moms on Facebook!  This week you can join in our Moms Check In conversation for a chance to win some cash! :)

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I can’t believe that summer is about over.  Kids around here have been back to school starting as early as last week!  Yikes!  So this week’s topic is your favorite summer memory!

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My favorite memory this summer was for the 4th of July.   Josh and I went downtown Indianapolis for the day and rode paddle boats on the canal, hung out at the memorials and at the museums.  Later that night there was a big festival with bands and lots of pizza.  We ended up winning VIP tickets so we got to watch the fireworks from the top of the monument which was the most amazing view.  Plus, free unlimited pizza.  Josh was a happy kid!  The fireworks were awesome and we had so much fun!

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My favorite summer memory this year was probably the 4th of July. My little man loves fireworks and we had such a fun time. Spent the entire day swimming, then had a cookout with some family and their kiddos before the show! Other than that, we spend a lot of time in the pool and that’s Eli’s favorite place to be. No vacations this year…boo!! Hoping to get away somewhere this year still though. Maybe something awesome in the fall.

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Family vacations are always the highlight of my summer.  We’ve gotten to the beach a couple of times and have one more long weekend planned before school starts.  Unplugging, building castles with the kids, eating at our favorite beach spots…Ah, that’s the stuff a relaxing summer is made of.   I always think a change of scenery does everyone good and family time exploring a new place away from home creates the best memories!

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I don’t really have just one favorite memory this summer. Everything has melded into one satisfying season! Since Sam is in school now, this is the first summer he hasn’t been in daycare. We’ve spent a lot of time together and it has been AMAZING! This is also the first time in four years that I’ve taken a (kind of) vacation (the blog never sleeps you know!). I have been intentionally trying to relax and recharge so I’ve been able to enjoy lots of little things with him. Mike, Sam and I have gone on bike rides, mini hikes, and picnics as well as worked on a few fun projects. We’re also spending more time with family this summer. It feels good… and I’m more in love with my guys than ever!

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Our summer has been jam packed this year.  We’ve had so much fun and embraced every single minute of our time together these last few months.  We made an all inclusive bucket list at the beginning and I think we’ve completed almost everything, from catching fireflies and night swimming to horseback riding and river rafting.  But if I had to narrow it down to my MOST favorite summer memory so far (because it’s not over yet, baby!) it would for sure be our annual family vacation to Lake Michigan.  The whole family goes and stays in one big house, my parents and sibling and cousins.  It is chaotic and relaxing and crazy and wonderful.   We go to the beach everyday and take little day trips here and there.  This year my favorite day trip was visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes.  It is absolutely spectacular.  If you haven’t gone, you need to put it on  your bucket list.

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Easy (and Yummy!) Chocolate Smoothie

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So first I need to give a little background on why I chose to make a chocolate smoothie yesterday.

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First of all.  My son is the most amazing kid ever.  But he is an incredibly picky eater.  He will not eat vegetables (I can get him to eat a few salad ‘leaves’ with a gallon of Ranch.  So I’m not sure how much good that really does..)  He doesn’t do fruit either, with the exception of bananas.  And you can’t put bananas in, say, bread.  He won’t touch it.  So meals are a STRUGGLE at our house.  So, I thought I would be genius.  Really.  I was so proud of myself.  Smoothies!  And I would sneak in fruit and veggies.  But I know my child.  And I know that he would never voluntarily eat a smoothie.  So we needed to start small.

He loves chocolate milkshakes (no whip cream and no cherry of course!)  So I thought to myself…a chocolate smoothie!  And I would add some fruit.  And he would never know.  See?  Genius.

Or not.  (And yes, my son loves his Tru-Moo!)

But it was really good!  I promise!  I’ve made it a few times!

Chocolate Smoothie - This was SOO good. I've made it a few times this week!!

There are only a few ingredients which makes it super easy.  It’s great for a sweet treat.

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I also have to introduce you to my blender.  Her name is Betty.   Betty Blendtec.

Betty Bledtec -- You need a blender like this!

Seriously.  This thing is amazing!  Blendtec makes an awesome blender!  I love that it is touch screen (how high tech!) and even more so how this thing is a beast!  Seriously, you can make anything with it!!  Highly recommend it!

Easy (and Yummy!) Chocolate Smoothie

Easy (and Yummy!) Chocolate Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. Milk (I did 3 oz each of white milk and 3 oz of chocolate. Tru-Moo is our favorite!)
  • 1 Kiwi
  • 1/2 Of A Large Banana
  • 1 Tbsp Chocolate Syrup

Instructions

  1. Prior to making smoothies, I prep my fruit by cutting it and freezing it. This way I don't need to add ice to my smoothies. If you do not freeze your fruit prior, you may need to add a few ice cubes.
  2. In your blender, add all of your ingredients.
  3. With my Blendtec, I used the smoothie setting. Once was enough to get the job done. If your blender does not have a smoothie setting, blend until smooth or the consistency you prefer.
  4. Pour and serve! You are done! How easy!
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So while I didn’t trick my son into drinking some fruit with his chocolate, I am pretty sure that most any other child (and adult!) will love this smoothie! :)

Any tips, tricks or recipes for getting your children to eat fruit and veggies?  Send them my way!!

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