There is nothing like having a play structure in your own backyard. Personally, I love having the kids in my backyard where I can chaperone. (Ok – I’m a control freak – I admit it). I have some great suggestions when it comes to choosing a play structure. Read on to see my 3 Recommendations For Your New Swing Set. [Read more…]
*This post has been sponsored by Just Between Friends Allentown/Bethlehem and Quakertown/Hatfield. All opinions are my own.
If you have never been consignment shopping, you are truly missing out. Find great quality, gently used items at outstanding prices. If you are also a frequent Facebook Marketplace, B/S/T, or Craigslist shopper, you know there are a ton of benefits to shopping consignment. If you don’t know how awesome it is, here are 5 reasons consignment sales are better than Buy/Sell/Trade groups, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist. [Read more…]
I really love the Christmas season. The cookies, the lights, the snow, the music, the cookies… 🙂
One thing that I could really do without, however, is the stress of knowing that there will be a large influx of presents in my house. Don’t get me wrong. I am so grateful for my family and friends who love us enough to give us gifts for Christmas. But, these are new things that will be added to the copious amount of other toys/games/activities that ALREADY don’t have an organized place in my home. If you are like me, it doesn’t matter how much you try to organize, there will be Barbies in the Hot Wheels bin and random bits of paper mixed into the Play Doh. It’s chaos on top of chaos. Clutter on top of clutter. And, try though I might… it stresses me out. The more gifts, the more stress.
We have implemented a Christmas present tradition in our home that attempts to mitigate some of the anxiety around the holiday while maintaining the magical experience that is Christmas for our girls. Here are a few ideas to help make Christmas-gift-influx less stressful in your home. [Read more…]
Maintaining kids’ “stuff” should be considered a full-time job. I mean, rotating out kid gear is practically ENDLESS. Between clothes, shoes, and toys, kids grow out of things just so darn fast! I spent hours this week pulling out 18 month clothes, unearthing 24 month clothes, and searching the basement for additional age appropriate toys for my 21 month old. A great way to avoid high priced (short-lived) items is to buy at large-scale consignment sales like the Just Between Friends Sale happening in Allentown, PA – Sept 13 – 16. Let me give you a top 10 of items to buy when you are shopping a Kids’ Consignment Sale. [Read more…]
DD1 (almost 7 years old) and I were online shopping for her new backpack this morning. Let me tell you that this has been a process. She is very picky and between me vetoing (No, you can’t get a white backpack) and her fussiness, we have spent literally hours looking at backpacks in store and online. Today, I will share with you my experience with School Gear Price Shenanigans: How To Avoid The Trap.
Find your item
We FINALLY found one that we could agree on while scrolling the 60% off eBags sale. It’s this super cute Dickies brand Mandala print with all of her favorite colors. I looked at the price: $24.99. Not bad. I don’t know the quality of these backpacks, but at least the price was good and it was marked down from a $40 retail price. It was also marked as “No additional discounts can be applied” – meaning this was the rock-bottom price that eBags could offer it for. So despite their offer of an additional 20% off with code PENCIL this would be $24.99 + shipping.
Not one to miss out on a chance to use my Prime membership, I checked the Amazon price. It was sold by a 3rd party vendor for $30.32. I try to avoid 3rd party vendors unless they have a super high rating. But this price was higher, so I moved on. I could have been lulled into a false sense of security in purchasing from eBags, seeing the price at Amazon being higher, but persistence is key.
Check the Brand’s Site
I decided to check the Brand’s site next. Since it’s Dickie’s brand, I typed that into my trusty Google Chrome browser. And there it was. On sale for $19.99 PLUS an additional 25% Off. So when I added it to my cart, I was shocked to see it in there for $14.99. A full $10 less than the price that I *thought* was really great.
(I had to spend $4.01 more to get free shipping so I added a tee for $8 – Otherwise the shipping was $7.99)
Last ditch effort should always be to Google your item. Copy the exact name from the website that you are looking at so that you have the Brand name, item name, and potentially the color name. You will get Google Shopping results and can pinpoint the obvious good prices.
Obviously, I went with the Dickie’s price. I got the backpack + a cute tee for under $24. I will put a cute applique on the backpack and she will look so stylish and smart on her first day of 2nd grade.This whole process of price checking took me less than 10 minutes and saved me $10, so I call that a win. If you want help finding the best price on your backpack, feel free to message me on Facebook .
For more Back to School deals and advice, please check out my Facebook page and all of the deals that get posted daily.
*This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase through Mama’s link, you get a great deal and MamaSavesALot gets a small percentage commission from the seller. Win/Win.
I always struggle with what to make for company. I am not a gourmet cook and my family are not gourmet eaters. My family likes my food, but I don’t have any go-to specialties when it comes to guests. When we had company last weekend, we knew we wanted to grill (because the heat has been oppressive lately), but choosing sides was a huge struggle.
This has become one of my go-to company recipes. It’s easy, fresh, and most people love it (or can at least find part of it that they like!) Almost everything can be made in advance and you can add anything you like. At a time when your garden is probably exploding with fresh produce, take advantage!
I did all of the chopping and cooking ahead of time, so I could spend time with my guests instead of fussing with the food. You can put everything in separate Tupperware containers, or pre-arrange your plate and put it in the fridge. The only things I left until the end were the avocado and grilling the chicken/salmon.
Below is an example of what my latest concoction included.
(Shout out to my SIL for the dressing recipe who, I think, got it from her SIL. I altered it slightly to add less sugar)
Chopped Salad with Homemade Poppyseed Dressing
2 Stalks of Romaine Lettuce
1 large Cucumber
1 pint of Grape/Cherry Tomatoes
1 can of Black Beans (Drained, Rinsed, and Cooked)
2 Hard Boiled Eggs
1/2 lb Bacon
2 Ears of Sweet Corn (husked)
1 cup of Shredded Cheese
1/2 Sweet Vidalia Onion (Cut into chunks)
1/3 Cup of Sugar
1 Cup of Canola Oil
1/3 Cup Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Dried Mustard
1 tsp Poppy Seeds
Chop the Romaine, Cucumbers, and Hard Boiled Eggs into chunks
Cook Bacon in the oven on aluminium foil for easy cleanup – 400 degrees for 15 – 20 mins.
Drain Fat. Allow to cool completely.
Place in food processor and pulse a few times to make Bacon Bits.
Boil or Grill Sweet Corn. Remove from cob.
Wait to cut the avocado until just before serving (so it does not brown)
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
Arrange all of the items separately on a large plate and have tongs for self-service (Since it’s easier to pick things up with them)
Add Grilled Salmon (My Favorite) or Chicken for some protein.
It was a hit (even with the kids) and I had lunch leftovers for a few days. With so many flavors, it never got old.
Is this something you would try with your family? Leave me a comment below.