Thursday, September 30, 2010

Latest child product recalls.

There have been quite a few recalls in the news lately. Here are a few of the latest:

7 million Fisher-Price children's tricycles recalled
Recalled: 2.9 million Fisher-Price infant toys
Recalled: 1 million Fisher-Price high chairs
Recalled: Fisher-Price Stand n' Play Rampway
Recalled: Mood rings and necklaces
Recalled: Children's hooded sweatshirts and jackets
Recalled: Sorelle "Prescott" cribs
Recalled: Children's star building sets
Chuck E. Cheese recalls more than 1 million toy rings and glasses
Recalled: Land of Nod toy vegetable sets
Recalled: Bamboo roll-up blinds from Jo-Ann Fabric
Recalled: Children's trains and boats play stations
Recalled: Baby bottle warmers sold at Williams-Sonoma

There are many more listed here. It pays to keep updated on recalls. Even if you researched until you were blue in the face and carried that darn Baby Bargains book with you at all times your stuff can still go bad.  My crib was recalled a few months ago and they sent me fire engine red plastic stoppers ( my crib is a cherry chocolate brown!) so that my drop side is stationary. Grr. I am a short 5'2 and I cannot lay my son down now. I have to give him hugs and kisses standing up and tell him to lie down. It pains me a little each time. So now I have to decide if I am going to keep my son in the crib and turn it into a toddler bed, but we are planning on expanding our family so then what? Maybe I could get rid of the bed skirt and chop off the legs by a good 4" and then it would probably be okay.....

Save A Lot specials 9/29 - 10/5. Little Chute location.

I am really sorry I didn't get this up sooner, but I was very sick the last two days so blogging was the last thing on my mind. I am almost 100% today. This week Save A Lot put out a paper flyer insert instead of just a print ad in our local newspaper. The dates aren't listed anywhere so I am just going to assume that the dates are the same as a normal week, although this is not usually the case with this type of flyer. Maybe call ahead before you plan your grocery trip.

  • 9.8 to 10.8 oz. Totino's Party Pizzas $0.89.
  • 30 Count Michelina's Pizza Rolls $1.99.
  • One Dozen Coburn Farms Large Eggs $0.79.
  • 3 lb. Tub Home Churned Spread $1.50.
  • 16 oz. Coburn Farms Sour Cream $1.19.
  • 12 oz Bag Assoorted Varieties Coburn Farms Shredded Cheese $2.49. $1/2 here.
  • Frozen, Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.69/lb. Decent price if you don't mind frozen.
  • Whole Picnic Pork Roast $0.99/lb.
  • Boneless Beef Bottom Round Roast $2.49/lb.
  • 14 oz. Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies $2.49.
  • 16 oz. Fairgrounds Regular, Garlic or Thick Bologna $0.99.
  • 2 oz. Assorted Varieties Fairgrounds Lunch Meat $0.50.
  • 16 oz. Eckrick Smoked orPolska Sausage $1.79.
  • 64 oz. Tipton Grove Apple Juice $0.99.
  • 24 Pack Crystal 2 0 Bottled Drinking Water $2.49.
  • 14.5 to 15.25 oz. Wylwood Corn, Peas, or Green Beans $0.49. $0.50/4 here.
  • 12 oz. Coburn Farms Evaporated Milk $0.69.
  • 5 oz. Portside Chunk Light Tuna $0.59.
  • 15 oz. Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli $0.88.
  • 48 oz. Crisco Vegetable or Canola Oil $2.00.
  • 8.5 oz. Jiffy Corn Muffin Miz $0.39.
  • 16 oz. J. Higgs Buttery Rounds Snack Crackers $1.49.
  • 16 oz. Morning Delight Butter or Buttermilk Jumbo Biscuits $1.19.
  • 22 oz. Morning Delight Toaster Pastries $1.79.
  • 7.25 oz. O'Day's Mac & Cheese Dinner 3/$1.
  • 18 oz. Morning Gems Corn Flakes $1.19.
  • 32 oz. Country Crossings Marvella Processed Cheese Spread $3.49.
  • 4.9 to 4.93 Pringles $0.99.
  • 4.8 to 6.6 oz. Assorted Varieties Betty Crocker mashed Potatoes $0.99.
  • 20 oz. Nature's Crunch Rasin Bran $1.50.
  • 50 oz. Era Laundry Detergent $3.00.
  • 40 Count Wrightware Foam Plates $0.99.
  • 12 Double Rolls Colortex Bath Tissue $3.99.  
Visit Save A Lot's website to see more deals. The deals posted above are local to me, but may not be local to you. :) There are also great printable coupons on their site. Some aren't even specific to Save A Lot. Bring your own bags/boxes to save yourself some $ as Save A Lot charges you for bags, but you can use any of the boxes available for free. Save A Lot accepts cash, check, food stamps, credit and debit cards and WIC.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Coupons! Get your coupons!

M√ľnch Probiotic Granola
$1.00 off your next purchase. Sign up required.

$1/2 Keebler Townhouse Crackers.

$1/1 canning item here.

Kraft Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese Dinner
$1/1 here. Bricks coupon.

Old Orchard 100% Juice
Save   X here. Bricks coupon.

Totino's (any Totino's products)
$0.50/2 here. Bricks coupon.

$1/1 here on Lobster Classic or Crab Classic. SmartSource coupon prints immediately.

American Greeting Cards
$1/3 here. Some exclusions apply. Opens in Adobe.

Purina Pro Plan Cat Food
$3/1 any size/variety dry food here. Sign up required.
BOGO wet food here. Sign up required.

Reach Toothbrush
$1/1 here. Bricks coupon.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Feeling lucky?

Baby Wearing Videos is giving away Rockin' Green Laundry Soap. Ends October 8 at 11:59 pm PST.
One Furgall Ladyis giving away a $50 worth of chocolates from Sweet! Pun totally inteded. Ends October 18.

is giving away an Oreck Halo UV-C Vacuum Cleaner. Ends October 24. Also,  an  Organic Fruit and Veggie Case  from The FruitGuys. Ends October 8.

is giving away Perricone products at a value of $150 or less (winner's choice) to one winner. Ends October 8.
is giving a way a Baby Dipper Bowl Set. Ends September 29 so hurry!

Our Homeschool Reviews is giving away an Amy's Prize Pack. Ends October 1. 

MakingMyAmericanDreamis giving away a pair of Umi shoes. Ends October 4 at 11:59 pm EST. Also, MiracleBody Jeans! Ends October 8 at 11:59 pm EST. Also, a $50 gift card to Ends October 11 at 11:59 pm EST.

 is giving away 24 personalized Halloween stickers. Ends October 9 at 10 pm CST.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

How does your garden grow? Part 27: Apples apples apples!

I went apple picking with my dad the other day and now it is time for all things apples. Mmm. First up is my crock pot (slow cooker) apple sauce recipe.

Crock Pot Applesauce

Go get it:

15 to 20 medium sized firm apples in sweet varieties. I like Golden Delicious, Cortland, Gala, Empire and Connell Red. This ensures a nice consistency and sweetness to your sauce.

Sugar or Splenda to taste (not always needed)

cinnamon to taste

water or apple juice

Go make it:

1. If using a food mill you will not have to core or peel your apples. Just cut into chunks and place into crock pot. The food mill will catch all your seeds and stuff you aren't going to want in your sauce. A food mill will create a very smooth consistency so if chunky is your thing you may want to take the long road. You will need to core, peel and cut up apples prior to putting them in the crock pot.
2. Add cinnamon (I like a lot so I use 1 tablespoon) and sugar/Splenda (I like only a little so I use about 1/4 cup or less). Mix well so the apples are coated. Some like to add cinnamon toward the end of the cook time because they feel the cinnamon loses it's potency. I'll let you decide.
3. Add about 1/4 cup of water or apple juice.
4. Turn crock pot to low and cook for anywhere between 5-8 hours depending on how big or small you cut up your apples. Check their doneness every so often just to be safe.
5. When sauce is ready to your liking, mash with a spoon or potato smasher (only if you peeled and cored apples first) to get a chunky consistency. Use an emulsion blender (only with peeled and cored apples) for a smooth consistency or a food mill. If using a food mill just run the sauce through the food mill while it sits on top of  a bowl to catch the sauce. Get rid of the peels and seeds every so often.
6. Place applesauce into containers of choice and freeze. Also can be processed in a hot water bath. Process 15 minutes for pints and 20 minutes for quarts. Make sure jars have sealed. Any unsealed jars need to be refrigerated. Enjoy!

I make this applesauce every year. Have fun with it. Try fun additions like maple syrup or other spices.

Nana's Apple Cake (Thanks Copykat Recipes and a big shout out to Stephanie!)

Go get it:

1/2 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg or mace

1 tsp. ginger

6 cups peeled, diced tart apples
Go make it:
Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients and add to mixture. Stir in apples. Spoon into greased 11 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Cook time may vary so really check the doneness before removing from oven. Recipe may be cut in half and cooked in an 8x8 pan. This is amazing all by itself, but even better served warm with some vanilla bean ice cream.
I would love to hear any of your go to recipes for apples. I love apple anything and everything. It really is Fall when I bust out the apple recipes. I might as well enjoy it.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

My Piggly Wiggly run. 17 items for $4.93!

I just had to go to the Pumpkinfest! Early in the morning we bought 10 pumpkins. Yes, 10. They were all gone when we went back in late afternoon for some other deals. You can do something similar too. Read on.

10 boxes of Totino's Pizza Rolls (15 count) $0.99 each. These qualified for the buy 10 General Mills items and receive and instant $5 off. So it quickly went from $9.90 to $4.90. I then used two $1/2 coupons from the Totinos website and I had three $0.50/2 coupons from the Totinos website, but found a better coupon right next to the pizza rolls! It was a blinkie for $0.55/2. Hey, $0.15 is $0.15! So I held onto my other coupons and used these instead. This brought my total down to $1.25. The hubbs loves instant freezer food as much as I love to recycle. ;)

I also picked up some random items. One loaf of Piggly Wiggly bread for $1. One bag of carrots (1 lb.) for $0.79. Crab Classic Crab for FREE using a $1/1 coupon from the Crab Classic website. Three packs of Ramen noodles on sale for $0.20 each. Curry powder for $1.29. Do you smell a recipe coming on? I also used one reusable bag that didn't take off $0.05 LOL. I tried. Cashier Brandon did not. That's ok, he was very friendly.

I purchased 17 items and spent $4.93. Not bad. Not bad. If you see my husband tell my husband it won't hurt him to eat more fruit and vegetables. We'll work on the Dirty Dozen at a later time. Your turn to go grab some savings!

Friday, September 24, 2010

FREE Pampers Kandoo Wipes. Hurry!

Go here to get a coupon mailed to you for a free tub of Kandoo Wipes. First 10,000 requests so hurry your hiney up! Thanks Money Saving Mom! I just signed up for mine a minute ago so you can get this deal if you act fast.

Piggly Wiggly deals 9/22 - 9/28. Midwest locations.

These prices apply to Piggly Wiggly stores in the Midwest. See if your store is included here. Don't forget to print out your Online Exclusive Coupons. This week's coupons (for my area) are for 10 or 12 count Food Club Thirst Splashers or Sugar Free Drink Mix or 200 count Valu Time Napkins. You can use these coupons when you spend $10. Since these are Pig coupons you can stack it with mfr. coupon if applicable. I am also really liking that Piggly Wiggly is participating in the EZ Pic discount program. It's like eco-friendly coupons. No need to clip. No card to load them onto. If you buy the qualifying amount of a product the sale price just rings up at the register. I will try to note when an item is an EZ Pic product. I have not been doing so in the past. My Piggly Wiggly (Little Chute) accepts IP (Internet Print) coupons up to $2.50 $2.00. They no longer accept any IP coupons that have the word FREE in the title. No BOGO (buy one get one) or just plain FREE coupons. None. Zero. Zilch. Also no % off. These are new rules. Yours may vary.

Saturday, September 25
8am to 5pm
Bounce House, Prizes, Samples and more!
Learn more here.

With your Piggly Wiggly Preferred Club Card. No Rain Checks.

- 12 oz. Bottle Food Club Chili Sauce $1.00.
- 25 oz. Jar Regular or Natural Indian Summer Applesauce $1.00.
- 24 oz. Jar Rinaldi Pasta Sauce $1.00.
- 3.3 to 4.5 oz.  Select Varieties Oscar Mayer Lunchables $1.00
- 8 oz.  Select Varieties  Imitation Trans Ocean Crab or Lobster Classic $1.00. $1/1 here. IT'S FREE!!
- 6.4 oz. Tube  Select Varieties Crest Toothpaste $1.00. $0.50/1 or $0.75/1 in 8/29 P&G.
- 24 oz. Squeeze Bottle Del Monte Ketchup $1.00.
- 6 to 8 oz. - Select Varieties Del Monte Fruit Naturals $1.00.
- 28 oz. Can Red Gold Tomatoes or 46 oz. Can Red Gold Tomato Juice $1.00. $1/3 here.
- 8 oz. Pennsylvania Dutchman Whole White Mushrooms $1.00.
- 8 oz.  Regular or Light Daisy Sour Cream $1.00.
- 4.5 to 7.5 oz. Tuna Helper, Chicken Helper, Hamburger Helper or Betty Crocker Specialty Potatoes $1.00. $0.75/1 here. $0.75/3 in 9/12 GM insert.
- 24 oz. Loaf  White or Wheat Piggly Wiggly Split Top Bread $1.00.
- 96 oz. Bottle Food Club Liquid Bleach $1.00
- 10 oz. Jar Food Club Hot Dog or Sweet Relish $1.00.
- 10 oz. Food Club Fruit Smoothie $1.00.
- 10 to 12 oz. Package  Chopped Broccoli, Food Club Frozen Diced Green Peppers or Diced Onions  $1.
- 16 oz. Package Food Club Frozen Dinner Rolls $1.00
- 6 Count  Orange Push Pops or 12 Count  Banana, Tropical, Rainbow or Food Club Frozen Red/White/Blue Pops $1.00
- 3 Count Package Food Club Microwave Popcorn $1.00.
- 2 to 14 oz.  Deluxe Shells or Food Club Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese $1.00
- 6.4 to 7 oz. Select Varieties Banquet Brown'N Serve Breakfast Links or Patties $1.00.
- 5 to 10.25-oz. Banquet Frozen Entrees $1.00.
- 12 to 16 oz. Select Varieties Creamette Pasta $1.00.
- 16 oz. DaVinci Pasta $1.00.
- 11.5 oz. Package Frozen Bagels Forever $1.00.
- 10 oz. Package  Chopped or Leaf Countrys Delight Frozen Spinach $1.00.
- 11 to 12 oz. Package  Select Varieties Pictsweet Frozen Vegetables $1.00.
- 12 oz. Can Select 100%, Apple, Pomegranate or Cranberry Varieties Old Orchard Frozen Juice $1.00. $1/4 here.
- 5.5 oz. Package  Select Varieties Snapp's Frozen Appetizers $1.00.
- 8 to 12 oz. Package Michelina's Frozen Entrees $1.00. $1/5 here.
- 8 oz. Package  Frozen Campione Mini Garlic Loaf  $1.00.
- 100 Count Top Care Aspirin Tablets $1.00.
- 170 Count Package Top Care Cotton Swabs $1.00.
- 18 to 22 Count  Select Varieties Top Care Panty Liners or Shields $1.00.
- 70-Count  Jumbo, 100 Count Triple Size or 300 Count Top Care Cotton Balls $1.00.
- 12 oz. Package No Yolks Noodles $1.00.
- 2.6 to 3 oz. Pouch Light Chunk in Water, Solid Chunk or 5 oz. Can StarKist Albacore Chunk White Tuna $1.00.
- 8 Count Homestyle Flour or 10 Count Azteca Flour Taco Shells $1.00.
- 2.25 to 4.25 oz. Bag Frito Lay Extra Value Snacks $1.00.
- 20 oz. Bottle Vitamin Water or, 1 Liter Bottle Smart Water $1.00.
- 4 Count Package Gels or Hunt's Snack Pack Pudding $1.00.
- 1 lb. Bolthouse Baby Carrots $1.00
- Chiquita  2.2 to 2.7 oz. Fruit and Snack Bites $1.00.
- 8 oz. Twin Pack Select Varieties Chimichangas or El Monterey Burritos $1.00.
- 9 oz. Can Glade Aerosol Spray $1.00.

General Mills EAT AT HOME FOR LESS Instant Savings
Get $5 off instantly when you buy 10 participating items.

- 15 count Totino's Frozen Pizza Rolls $0.99. $1/2 or $0.50/2 here.
- 18.5 to 19-oz. Can (Excludes Classics Varieties) Progresso Soup 3/$4. $1/4 here. $1/4 in 9/12 GM.
- 11 to 15.25-oz. Can Select Varieties Green Giant Vegetables $0.99.
- 6 to 8.94-oz. Nature Valley Granola, Nature Valley Thins or General Mills Fiber One Bars 2/$4.50. $0.50/2 Fiber One in 9/12 GM. $1/2 Nature Valley here.
- General Mills Cereal - Selected Varieties $2.00. $1/2 many varieties here.
- 4.5 to 9-oz. Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks $1.99. $0.50/2 here or in 9/12 GM.
- 15.2 to 26.7-oz.  Select Varieties Betty Crocker Muffin, Bar or Deluxe Brownie Mix $1.99.
- 4.9 to 8.75-oz. Cheerios Snack Mix, Chex Mix, Bugles or Gardettos Snacks $1.50. $1/2 Bugles here. $0.50/1 Chex Mix here.
- 24-oz. Macaroni Grill or Wanchai Ferry Frozen Entrees $5.99. $1.50/1 in 9/12 GM or here. $1.50/1 Macaroni Grill here.
- Select Varieties 23 oz. Yogurt or 4 to 8 Pack GoGurt or Splitz, Trix, Kids, Low Fat, Yo Plus, Yoplait Original or Fiber One Yogurt $1.99. $0.50/1 32 oz. tub here. $0.75/2 Trix, Go Gurt or Splitz here. $0.50/1 Fiber One here.
- Pillsbury Crescent or Cinnamon Rolls - Selected Varieties $1.59 $0.50/2 Crescent Rolls or $0.40/2 Sweet Rolls here. $0.40/2 in 9/12 GM. $1/2 Crescent Rolls here. $1/2 Sweet Rolls here.
- 10 to 16.4-oz. Package  Frozen Pillsbury Pancakes, Toaster Strudel or Toaster Scrambles $1.99. $1/2 Toaster Strudel here.
- 8 to 12-oz. Select Varieties Green Giant Valley Fresh, Sauced or Steamers Frozen Vegetables $1.49. $0.60/3 Boxed Vegetables in 9/12 GM. $0.50/2 Steamers in 9/12 GM.

- 14.5 to 15-oz. Red, Black, Pinto, White Hominy, Mexican Chili or Light or Dark Red Food Club Kidney Beans $0.50.
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lb.
- 12-oz. Package Fresh Express Garden Salad $0.79.

Don't forget your green reusable bags for a $0.05 discount!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lucky me.

As you may know, I like to enter contests and giveaways. I like to enter giveaways after I put the Punkin in bed and am watching TV. I've been pretty lucky over the last year. Knock on wood. I have been keeping track of what I have won. As of September 1 I received the following:

9/1 MetroMint Water-$

9/8 Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil-$27.50

9/9 Tropical Traditions Coconut PB-$9.99

9/9 Pediped Originals-$

9/1 South Pacific tickets-$138

9/11 Two bottles Country Bob’s Sauce from Freebies and Much More -$8

9/14 All You sub.-$20

9/15 Olive Garden gift cert, bowl, dressing-$44

9/17 Ecover Cleaner-$5.99

9/19 Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil-$27.50

9/19 Nature’s Babies shampoo-$17.95

9/22 Dragon's Den gift cert from Mrs. Nespy's Frugal World-$15

You can win big too. Every Monday I post Feeling Lucky to many of the giveaways I enter. Good luck!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Save A Lot specials 9/22 - 9/28. Little Chute location.

  • Family Packs of Ground Beef $1.69/lb. Smaller packs $1.89/lb.
  • Family Packs of Chicken Thighs/Drums $0.99/lb.
  • Family Packs of Bone In Country Style Pork Ribs $1.29/lb. Smaller packs $1.49/lb.
  • 19.76 oz. pack of Johnsonville Brats $3.19. $0.55/1 here.
  • Hot House Tomatoes $0.99/lb.
  • Seedless Grapes $0.99/lb.
  • Assorted Squash $0.29/lb.
  • 10 lb. bag Biggin's Baking Potatoes $3.99.
  • 24 pack Pepsi $5.99.
  • Gallon of Orange Juice $2.99.
  • 16 oz. pack of Saltines $0.89.

Visit Save A Lot's website to see more deals. The deals posted above are local to me, but may not be local to you. :) There are also great printable coupons on their site. Some aren't even specific to Save A Lot. Bring your own bags/boxes to save yourself some $ as Save A Lot charges you for bags, but you can use any of the boxes available for free. Save A Lot accepts cash, check, food stamps, credit and debit cards and WIC.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Coupons! Get your coupons!

The latest and greatest:

Wholly Guacamole
BOGO here. Registration required.

Old Navy
In store coupon for 30% off or 40% off when you use your Old Navy card. Coupon expires September 23.

Burt's Bees Toothpaste
$1 off here. Sign up required.

Toys R Us
$5 off $25 here.

Mambo Sprouts
$2/1 Rescue Remedy
$1/1 Tazo Iced Tea
$0.55/1 Florida Crystals
$1/2 Helios Kefirs
$2/1 Bach Kids Remedy
$2/1 Nelsons Pure & Clear
$0.75/1 Natural Brew 4 pack
$0.75/1 Made 16 oz. product
$1/1 Country Choice Organic product
$1/1 ZenSoy pudding
$1/1 Bulk or Packaged Fair Trade Coffee
B2G1 Cesar Bistro Entrees
$5/1 Bach Emotional Eating Support Kit
$1 off any McCann's Irish Oatmeal product

Red Gold Tomatoes
$1/3 cans here. Sign up/in required.

The Picture People
$18 for $100 worth of pictures here! Expires October 31.

Pillsbury Sweet Moments
$1.50/1 here. Bricks coupon.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Feeling lucky?

Florida Frugal Familyis giving away Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Oil. Ends September 24. Also, the I Hate to Cook cookbook. Ends September 24.
One Savvy Momis giving away a Joovy Caboose stroller. Ends October 8. Also, a $100 gift card to The Children's Place! Ends September 30.
One Furgall LadyBorn 2 Impressis giving away an ERGObaby Carrier. Ends October 4.

is giving away a $200 Gift Certificate for the Company Kids store. Ends October 11.

And then there were 4is giving away a Balboa Baby Shopping Cart Cover. Ends October 4.

is giving away a beautiful purple Sasha New York Mottled Purple Hobo Handbag. Ends September 30.
is giving away a Timeless Secret starter kit. Ends October 3.
Photobucketis giving away a 2 GB iPod Shuffle. Ends October 16.

Sandcastleis giving away a costume from Anytime Costumes up to $50. Ends September 21 so hurry!
Hearts Expanding is giving away a $35 gift certificate to CSN stores here. Ends September 29.
Mommies Gotta Have Itis giving away a $50 gift card to your choice of Walmart or Target. Ends October 1.

is giving away Tropical Traditions Laundry Detergent. Ends October 1. Also, 7 packets of Funky Monkey Snacks! Ends Septembe 24 so hurry.

The Rattles review and giveaway.

Do the giveaway dance! I was given the opportunity to review the new album, Rattle On by The Rattles. The Rattles are a family friendly quartet of furry animals that sing fun classic rock type songs. The Rattles consist of Gus, Kitty, Hal and Sal who have been friends forever. Don't they sound like someone you'd want you family listening to? I think so.

Here's a fun song called Rattle On to get you acquainted:

I was very excited to listen to this album because I heard that it wasn't cheesy, nursery rhymey songs that you can't wait to turn off. I will admit I was that mom that didn't play the CDs that were too over the top mushy gushy. I just couldn't take too much of it. Especially not a whole CD worth. Sure, they are great for bed time, but anything past that.....

My take on The Rattles is that it's very kid friendly. It was easy listening for me and my kids. My toddler loves all kinds of music and this was no exception. Now my tween on the other hand wasn't so thrilled. Don't feel bad Rattles, she only lives for Justin Bieber. I totally felt a Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band vibe on Rattle On. That was fun. On Wavy Lane I was thinking more on the lines of Simon and Garfunkel. And for R-A-T-T-L-E-S I was totally feeling Bay City Rollers. Don't laugh if I'm the only one who thinks this. Listen to these songs here

You can find loads and loads of fun stuff like pictures, fan club, groovy games and much more on their website here. Do you tweet? If so follow The Rattles here! They are also on Facebook.

Buy it:
Buy the Rattle On CD here for $9.99 or the Rattle On Bundle for $19.99 here.

Win it:
One lucky reader will win their very own copy of The Rattles: Rattle On!

To Enter:
Mandatory-You must visit The Rattles website and tell me something fun you learned. Leave one comment with your fun fact.

If you do not do the mandatory entry all further entries will be deleted. You must leave your email address in each comment. I need an email address to contact you if you win big. I recommend leaving it in this format: iwannawin at  hotmail dot com so you do not receive spam. Leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If all of your entries are put into one comment you will only have one entry in the giveaway. More entries equals more chances for you.
Extra Entries:
You may do any or all of the following after the mandatory entry is completed.
1. Listen to The Rattles songs and tell me what song on the Rattle On album is your favorite.
2. Publicly follow my blog using the Google Friend Connect (right side of blog). Leave one comment telling me you are a new follower or that you already do. I luv you guys!
3. Share this giveaway on a linky/forum/blog/website. Leave one comment for each place with the link so I can take a peek.
4. Grab my button. Leave one comment with the link so I can see the button love.
Note: Giveaway open to US residents only. Giveaway ends October 11 at 10 pm CST. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be picked. Comments are moderated so if you don't see them right away they are just patiently waiting for me to publish them. Thanks so much Musebox for supplying me with a complimentary CD to listen to. I was not paid in any way. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. Good luck!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

How does your garden grow? Part 26: Ready to winter over your flowers?

More like how does your garden stop growing? LOL. My Geraniums are definitely on their way out. I haven't had the heart to put them in the garage and start their ugly looking process toward next year's pretty flowers. Today I finnally got the courage. My rule is that I cannot put up my fall decor much less the Halloweeny stuff until my flowers go inside. What? Don't red and pink Geraniums go with orange pumpkins?

Geraniums are pretty hardy so they could handle a light frost, but not most other flowers. Like my Begonia should come in very soon, but it is still outside because it is so pretty. Well, that and it's yellow and orange. :) Remember this little guy? He was the tiny, hardly noticeable pot in this picture on my post about wintering over your flowers. Actually, it's only half of the plant. One of my tubers broke right after it established good new growth. So this is really only one of two Begonias.

First, you should place your pots in the basement or garage before a frost. Then remove the excess dead stuff. After about a week put them down your basement (if you had them in the garage) in large enough garbage bags. Keep them right in their pots. Read more here. This saves lots of money each year. Try it out.

Tropical Traditions Natural Liquid Soap 40% off plus FREE shipping today.

Quick, go to Tropical Traditions and order some of their all natural Liquid Soap. The pump is the kind that makes the soap all foamy and lasts a long time this way. It is an 8 oz. bottle. You get to pick from Unscented ($4.50), Tea Tree ($5.70) or Lavender ($5.70). They are so very natural. Check this out: Ingredients: saponified organic virgin coconut oil. Scented varieties: organic essential oils of tea tree and lavender. That's it! Today only they are having 40% off and FREE shipping. To get the free shipping you need to type in promo code 10910 at the checkout.

FREE sample of Thomas Coffee

As you may know I am a big fan of coffee. I have a treat for you. Go here to get a FREE sample of Thomas Coffee. Hurry because this offer went fast the other day. If you missed it the first time now is your chance. You should receive your sample in about a week. Thanks Mojo Savings!

Congrats to the winner!

My first giveaway went great. Thanks to those who played along. picked lucky number 6 to win the bar of Springvale Soap last night. I will be emailing you shortly. Congratulations!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Last day to enter the Springvale Soap giveaway!

The Springvale Soap giveaway ends tonight at 10 pm CST. You know you want some! Good luck and thanks again Deb. :)

Top 10 plants that purify the air you breathe.

We all know that our houses become stuffy when closed up for long periods of time. I hate to say it, but stuffy isn't the half of it. There are many pollutants floating around in the air we breathe every day.

Newer constructed homes are tightly sealed and this assures that we don't let cold/hot air in or out. This is great for efficiency, but not for our health. There have been studies showing that quite a few tropical plants and some typical houseplants have great capabilities at removing these toxins.  NASA is the most well known study that people cite. NASA recommends that you put one plant per 100 square feet in your home. So load up!

Here are the top 10 most air purifying plants:

  1. Areca Palm - Not only the highest ranking at removing toxins it also is great at keeping humidity in the air.
  2. Lady Palm - Almost tied with the Areca Palm, but not as good at removing Formaldehyde. Your best bet is to have many types of plants in your home.
  3. Bamboo Palm - An all around great air purifier. This plant will get big.
  4. Rubber Plant - Great at removing all the bad stuff in your air along with adding moisture. As the plant grows and grows it just keeps getting better at removing the toxins. This plant will get pretty big too.
  5. Dracaena (Janet Craig) - Best spot is in newly carpeted rooms that have loads of toxins.
  6. English Ivy - Allergies be gone with this houseplant. Mold in the air is quickly removed with these.
  7. Date Palm Tree - Not as great as it's three siblings (see 1, 2 and 3), but don't pass on these guys just yet. If added to your home with other plants listed you will notice big results.
  8. Ficus Alii -  Easy to care for and great at purifying the air. If you have an allergy to latex wear gloves when handling.
  9. Boston Fern - The best plant at removing Formaldehyde.
  10. Peace Lily - Another easy to grow plant. A great air purifier too.
Noteworthy plants that didn't make it to the Top 10 are:

 Aloe Vera - Not only known for it's medicinal properties, but does a decent job of removing Formaldehyde from the air.
Spider Plants - The more the merrier. Amazing at removing carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide from the air. Put these all over your house.
Chrysanthemums - Removes VOC Benzene from the air.
Philodendron (Heart Leaf) - Awesome at removing Formaldehyde from the air.
Snake Plant (Mother in Law Tongue) - Amazing at removing toxins from the air and great hearty growers.

Just remember to read up on the type of plants you have so you know how to care for them and what to watch out for (e.g Ficus for latex allergies). Who needs an air purifier with expensive filters?!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Piggly Wiggly deals 9/15 - 9/21. Midwest locations.

These prices apply to Piggly Wiggly stores in the Midwest. See if your store is included here. Don't forget to print out your Online Exclusive Coupons. This week's coupon (for my area) is for a FREE 16 oz. bottle of Food Club Salad Dressing. Excludes mayonnaise varieties. You can use this coupon when you spend $10. Since this is a Pig coupon you can stack it with mfr. coupon if applicable. I am also really liking that Piggly Wiggly is participating in the EZ Pic discount program. It's like eco-friendly coupons. No need to clip. No card to load them onto. If you buy the qualifying amount of a product the sale price just rings up at the register. I will try to note when an item is an EZ Pic product. I have not been doing so in the past. My Piggly Wiggly (Little Chute) accepts IP (Internet Print) coupons up to $2.50 $2.00. They no longer accept any IP coupons that have the word FREE in the title. No BOGO (buy one get one) or just plain FREE coupons. None. Zero. Zilch. Also no % off. These are new rules. Yours may vary.

Saturday, September 25
8am to 5pm
Bounce House, Prizes, Samples and more!
Learn more here.

- Gerber's Real Amish Whole or Cut Up Amish Frying Chickens $0.99/lb.
- Whole Untrimmed in the bag (Trimmed: $5.99/lb.) Beef Tenderloin $4.99/lb.
- Farmland Fresh Preferred Natural Assorted Pork Chops $1.69/lb.

- 3 lb. Yellow Onions $0.99.
- Green Bell Peppers $0.99/lb.
- Green Cabbage $0.39/lb.

- 16 oz. Select Varieties or 12 oz. Food Club Frozen Steamin' Easy Vegetables $0.99. 
- On-Cor Frozen Family Size Entrees 3/$5.
- 4 Pack Yoplait Delights Yogurt $2.49. $1/1 here. $0.50/1 in 9/12 or 8/8 GM insert
- DanActive, Danonino or Lightn Fit Yogurt $1.99. $0.75/1 here. $1/1 and $0.50/1 in 8/8 SS from Milwaukee Journal.

- 14 to 15.5 oz. Can - Select Varieties Food Club Vegetables or 4 oz.  Stems and Pieces Food Club Mushrooms $0.49.
- 4 Pack Dole Parfait, Gel or Fruit Bowls $1.99 $1/3 in August issue of All You.
- 16 oz. Can Food Club Refried Beans $0.79.
- FREE Special K Bars when you buy 4 Special K Cereals, Bars or Crackers in one trip. Kellogg's Special K Cereal, Bars, and Crackers 4/$10.

Feed your Fiesta with Old El Paso and SAVE up to $3 between 9/6/ and 10/3 on your next purchase of Beef or Chicken. Purchase any Old El Paso Taco Shells, Dinner Kits, Seasonings, Refried Beans or Heat and Serve Dishes. All items must be purchased in one shopping order. Save $1 on Beef or Chicken when you buy any 3 packages. Save $3 on Beef or Chicken when you buy 6 packages.

Don't forget your green reusable bags to receive  $0.05 discount!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Save A Lot specials 9/15 - 9/21.

  • Family Packs of Ground Chuck $1.89/lb. Smaller packs $2.09/lb.
  • Boneless 1/2 Pork Loin $2.19/lb. Smaller packs $2.49/lb. 
  • Family Pack of Chops $2.29/lb.
  • Whole Eye of Round $2.19. Smaller packs $2.89/lb. Roasts $2.49/lb.
  • Family Packs of Round Steaks $2.69/lb.
  • Premium Slab Bacon $1.99/lb. Smaller packs $2.19/lb.
  • 16 oz. Fairgrounds Bologna $0.99.
  • Save A Lot Gallon Milk (Skim, 1% and 2%) $2.00
  • 3 lbs. Yellow Onions $1.29. Cheaper at Piggly Wiggly this week.
  • 12 oz. Bag Lettuce $0.99.
  • Local Sweet Corn $3/13.
  • Pears $0.69/lb.
  • 3 lbs. Local MacIntosh Apples $2.00. 

Visit Save A Lot's website to see more deals. The deals posted above are local to me, but may not be local to you. :) There are also great printable coupons on their site. Some aren't even specific to Save A Lot. Bring your own bags/boxes to save yourself some $ as Save A Lot charges you for bags, but you can use any of the boxes available for free. Save A Lot accepts cash, check, food stamps, credit and debit cards and WIC.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Coupons! Get your coupons!

Skippy Natural Peanut Butter
$0.50/1 here. Bricks coupon.

Campbell's Condensed Soups
$0.50/2 when you like Campbell's on Facebook.

Wise Variety Packs
$0.75/1 here. Bricks coupon.

Simple Green
Save $2 here. Take a quick survey and print two coupons.

got2b hair products
$2/1 full sized product when you like got2b on Facebook.

Nuk Manual Breast Pump
$5/1 here, Register first.

Snackpicks sign up/in required
$1/2 Cheez-Its
$1/2 Famous Amos Cookies

Hershey's candy bars
$1/3 Kit Kat, Reeses or Hershey's candy bars here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Feeling lucky?

is giving away a Seventh Generation Prize Pack. Ends September 16 at 9 pm EST.
is giving away Tropical Traditions Oxygen Bleach. Ends Septembe 13.
Let's Just Give It Awayis giving away Skin MD Natural.  Ends September 26.
Coupon2.bmpis giving away a $10 Target gift card. Ends September 25.

is giving away a maternity item of choice from Kikis Fashions. Ends September 22.

Everything Home Eventis giving away an Oreck Edge. Cool! Ends October 20th. Also, a Julian and CO. Round Locket. So pretty! Ends September 20. Also, a Bebe au Lait Hooded Towel. Ends September 15.
The Veater Family Adventures Review & Giveaway Blogis giving away lots of goodies for the Back to School Event here. Ranging from Stella Blu tees to Piggy Paint to Kidz Gear Head Phones. Ends September 22.
is giving away a Terralina Ultimate Collection! Ends September 21. Also, a Helix Biomedix Striking Daily Defense Product Duo Set. A $100 value. Ends September 16.

The Gift Stationia giving away a set of Flirty aprons for parent/child. Ends September 15.

obviously marvelousis giving away a bottle of Ecover All Purpose Cleaner. Ends September 16.
is giving away Crystal Deodorant to two winners! Ends September 18.

is giving away a Seventh Generation Back to School Prize Pack. Ends September 13 at 11:59 EST so hurry!
mom blog,mom blogger,blessings abound mommy,blessings aboundis giving away a Eucerin Prize pack. Ends September 22.
The Coupon Challengeis giving away an 18 issue subscription to All You or a $20 credit to Willow House. Ends September 14.
is giving away lots of cool things! First, a $25 gift certificate to Invitation Box. Ends September 15. Also, winner's choice of 30 invites/cards/announcements/etc. from Bunny Prints. Ends September 13 at 11:59 pm EST.
is giving away a $125 gift certificate to CSN Stores! Ends September 17.