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Thursday, September 30, 2010

PlayStation MOVE

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of PlayStation MOVE. All opinions are 100% mine.


With winter coming soon, the boys and I are going to be stuck inside a lot more. My boys are boys. Meaning, if they don't get an hour or more of physical activity a day, they're bouncing off the walls. Literally. Enter PlayStation Move


The PlayStation®Move is a combination of the PlayStation®3 system, the PlayStation®Eye camera and the PlayStation®Move motion controller. PlayStation®Move brings motion gaming exclusively to your PlayStation®3 system. 

I would love a Play Station Move! Our family game nights would be so much more active! I know hubby would much rather be moving around and playing than playing board games. It's kind of hard to get a two year old to sit still for 20 minutes to play a board game. I think my boys favorite game would be the Toy Story Racer. Hubby would probably like something more along the lines of Call of Duty. ;)

PlayStation Move is more than just a gaming device. You can rent movies or get a whole season of TV instantly. Download thousands of movies and TV shows from the  PlayStation Store or stream thousands of movies directly from Netflix at no additional charge. You can even save your movies to an external hard drive to watch whenever you want.

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Cheeseburger Soup


Cheeseburger Soup
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 pinch dried parsley flakes
4 tablespoons butter, divided
3 cups chicken broth
3 medium potatoes, diced
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups shredded cheese (I used cheddar)
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup sour cream

Combine ground beef and onion, cook until beef is no longer pink. Combine broth, parsley, potatoes and beef in a medium pot, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender. In a small skillet, melt butter. Add flour; cook and stir for 3-5 minutes. Add to soup and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add salt, pepper, milk and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream.



I served this with Yummy Homemade Dinner Rolls made into a loaf. Cook at 420 degrees for 20 minutes.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Friendly Wednesday 9/29

Don't forget to enter my giveaways! They all have LOW entries!


Welcome to Feeding Four's Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop! I'm glad you're here!

Thank you to all the bloggers who linked up last week!

Please feel free to grab the button (located in the right side bar) and add it to your blog to get more bloggers to participate in the blog hop!!




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Follow the hostess - Feeding Four. If you want me to follow you back, please leave a comment letting me know that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog.

Create a new Friendly Wednesday blog post on your own blog. Use the button provided on the side bar to get more people to join in the hop! The more people who join, the more fun it is!

Enter your information into the linkup below.

Follow all the other blogs you want. This is a great way to get more followers!

Friendly Wednesday will be posted once a week. Your link must be added every week so be sure to come back to linkup!

Winner!

So I totally forgot that I never posted the winner of the Tropical Traditions giveaway!

The winner is....

Eve said... 57

tweeted: http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/23267739312

Congrats! I will be emailing you shortly, if you don't respond, I'll have to pick a new winner!
Don't forget to check out my other giveaways!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Story Time For Me GIVEAWAY

Story Time for Me offers new online animated children's storybooks for your kids! My boys love using Story Time for Me. They, of course, love Flame, the Dragon. Reading one of these children's stories is like watching a little movie. Excpet, as the narrator reads the story the words are highlighted to help your child follow along and keep their place. C was trying to read along with the narrator after we read the story five times. You can find them on Facebook HERE

STORY TIME FOR ME is a unique literary website designed specifically for toddlers and children in early elementary school, allowing them to read and listen to enjoyable, online interactive picture books.  We also offer a one-of-a-kind animated personalized book.

Story Time for Me offers two sample books for you to try out. Just go HERE and look for the sample books.

STORY TIME FOR ME is offering  giveaway to each and everyone of you! You have two options.

Option One
With Option One, you can earn 2 storybooks for FREE!  All you need to do is fill out the form below:



Option Two:
With Option Two, you can earn 10 Free storybooks! ($24 value!) You need to:

1.  Visit www.StoryTimeForMe.com/10.doc.

2. Save the Word document and fill it out.
3. Refer 10  friends (friends who do NOT already have an account with Story Time For Me)
4. Each friend that follows your referral will get 2 FREE books for themselves. For every 10 referrals, you will get 10 FREE storybooks.
5. You must actually contact your friends and ask them if they want to participate. They need to verify their participation by email for them to count as a referral.
Have fun reading all your new children's books!

Meal Plan Monday 9/26

Well. The flu has officially made it to my house. I'll spare you the details, but we've all been sick this past week. We didn't really stick to our meal plan last week, because of the flu and because our car broke down. While our truck was in the shop. We have decided it's time to start shopping for a new car and stop pouring money into the old one. We had grilled cheese for dinner one night (this is a RARE occasion in our house - hubby is a meat and potatoes kind of guy). Hubby fixed chicken fajitas the night I was sick, we skipped dinner the next night. We did have steak, spaghetti and cheeseburgers.

This week will really be a repeat of last weeks meals. I'm looking for easy stuff as I don't have much extra time to spend in the kitchen. I've got a house to disinfect! :) Because we are looking for a new car, EVERYTHING we eat (with the exception of fruits and milk) will come from the pantry and freezer, more than likely for the next few weeks.

Here's what we're eating this week:


Pizza

Chimichangas




Fish Fillets




Leftovers

What are you eating this week? I'd love to come check out your menu!

Make sure to check out 100's of other menus at OrgJunkie.com.

I'm still here!

Things have been crazy, crazy around here lately. All four of us have come down with the flu, both our cars have broken down, it's just been nuts! I just wanted to check in and let you know I'm still here! I have tons of posts to write up, they will hopefully be written up tonight. I have a giveaway to post, and I need to pick a winner for the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil giveaway! So check back tonight to see if you're a winner!!

Don't forget to enter my other giveaways!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Memory Game

C is currently in a program called K4. Which is basically a fancy name for preschool. He goes 2 or 3 days a week, from 9 until 2. The days that he's not in school, we spend about an hour doing "school work".Today we played The Memory Game and we both had so much fun, I thought I'd share it with you.

His teacher last year gave him 2 sets of ABC flash cards. They have a picture, a letter, and a letter sound on them. We used all of them this time. (Usually we use A through L or something similar).


Flip a card, say the letter, letter sound and the word.

Try and find a match!



After we played (he won!) we then counted, talked about pairs and put the cards in order from A to Z.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Overstock.com Discount Code!

I have just within the past year started to shop online. I have a few places I like to shop, Amazon (to use my swagbucks), CSN Stores and Overstock.com.  We're currently looking to put our house on the market, so I will be doing some redecorating to get ready for this. We definitely need new curtains. Our bathroom needs completely redone, a new shower curtain, a new toilet and new faucet


I really like this shower curtain, it has mesh pockets that would be really handy in storing all the boys bath toys.

They also have some great kid's furniture :


I would love to get one of these shelves for the boys play room. The only problem is I think A would think it was a ladder and climb it.

Overstock.com has tons of great stuff to choose from. They have everything from vacuum cleaners to men's jeans and everything in between!

And I have a discount code for you! Use 121728 to get 10% off all Overstock.com products. And shipping is a flat $3 no mater what your order!

Happy shopping!

Giant Coupon Matchups 9/19 - 9/25


Not a real great week at Giant this week. Here is the best deals I see!

Perdue Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast BOGO

Tastykakes -$1.88

Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables $.69

Celeste Pizza for One - $0.89



Del Monte Canned Fruit $1.00

$1/5 Select Del Monte Canned Products, 9/19 RP
$.80 each after coupon

Progresso Traditional or Rich and Hearty Soups $1.33
$0.50/1 Progresso Soup, 8/8 SS
$.33 each after coupon

Dan-o-nino Children’s Yogurt $1.66

$0.55/1 Dannon Dan-o-nino, 9/12 SS
$.66 after coupon
Shake & Bake Coating Mix $1.66 each – Buy 3 and get $2.00 off
$0.55/1 Shake ‘n Bake Product, Septmeber All You
$1.98 for 3 after coupon & savings

Campbell’s Condensed Soup – $1

$0.40/2 Cambell's Condensed Soup 8/29 SS
$0.60 each when you buy 2 after coupon

Dreamfields Pasta – $1.89
$1/1 printable
$0.89 after coupon

Hatfield Ham Steak – $2
$1/1 coupon 9/19 RP
$1 after coupon

Uncle Ben's Rice - $1.25

$1/3 Uncle Ben's rice 9/12 RP
$0.93 each after coupon

Did I miss any good deals? Please leave them in the comments!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Friendly Wednesday 9/22

Don't forget to enter my giveaways! They all have LOW entries!

Welcome to Feeding Four's Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop! I'm glad you're here!

Thank you to all the bloggers who linked up last week!

Please feel free to grab the button (located in the right side bar) and add it to your blog to get more bloggers to participate in the blog hop!!





How to Participate:


Follow the hostess - Feeding Four. If you want me to follow you back, please leave a comment letting me know that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog.

Create a new Friendly Wednesday blog post on your own blog and be sure to use the button provided on the side bar.

Enter your information into the linkup below.

Follow all the other blogs you want. This is a great way to get more followers!

Friendly Wednesday will be posted once a week. Your link must be added every week so be sure to come back to linkup!

Want to Save Money on Your Cell Phone?

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Boost Mobile. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am always looking for ways to save money on our bills. Paying bills on time, shopping around and actually opening bills are all simple ways to save. Lately, hubby and I have been talking about switching our cell phone company. We are currently with Verizon, and while we like the service, we do not like the price.

I recently came across Boost Mobile
.When approaching my husband, I know just the questions he will ask me. How much will it be a month? My first answer would be cheaper than we are paying now! And we get more options! For a Blackberry you pay only $60 a month! I'm paying more than twice that right now and only one of us has a Blackberry. Only one of us has a smart phone for that matter.

With Boost Mobile
it is simple to update all your social networks, like Facebook and Twitter. Your whole social network is at your fingertips! You can stay in constant contact with all your family and friends. This feature is especially important to me as I update my Facebook and Twitter accounts constantly from my phone. Hubby wouldn't really care about being able to access his Facebook or Twitter accounts, but he'll be happy I'm happy.

Boost Mobile
is simple to use. Simply activate your phone and your good to go! There are SO MANY easy ways to pay your bill. You can Re-Boost
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Boost Mobile offers so many extras and is so easy to use, that I'm sure hubby would be willing to switch carriers. Now all I need to do is find the time to talk to him about it!

Visit my sponsor: Reboost

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Meal Plan Monday 9/19

Last week we stuck to our menu except for 2 nights.  The first night, I was trying to mix black beans and hamburger meat to make burgers and the burgers completely fell apart. We went out for pizza instead. So I will use the hamburger/black bean mixture in spaghetti this week. We tried one new recipe - Spicy Honey Grilled Chicken and it was really good. Next time I stock up on chicken, I'll add the marinade to a few bags before I freeze them. We didn't get to the Chicken Corn Chowder and this week it's supposed to be in the 90s so I'm just skipping that meal for now. :)


Grilled Chicken Salad - a hit as always.

(Bday Girl, Hubby and my Daddy)

We went to dinner with my family Saturday night - my little sister turned 15! We left the tip so this meal cost us $12.

This week we're having :



Cheeseburgers and home made fries

Spaghetti (using last weeks "burgers")



Steak on the grill

Fish Fillets - found in my freezer


What are you eating this week? I'd love to come check out your menu!

Make sure to check out 100's of other menus at OrgJunkie.com.

Boogie Wipes Review & Giveaway

Back To School and the changing of seasons means it's cold season in our house. A has had a cold for the past three weeks. I have had the opportunity to review Boogie Wipes. Boogie Wipes are saline wipes made especially for your little ones nose.




 Boogie Wipes are made with saline to dissolve boogies (mucus) caused by the common cold, allergies or otherwise booger-filled kid moments.  Extra soft, alcohol, phthalate and paraben free, Boogie Wipes are available in Great Grape, Fresh Scent, Magic Menthol and Simply Unscented.  Recommended by pediatricians as a gentle, effective alternative to a dry tissue.


As a mom, you know that after wiping your kids nose multiple times a day leaves it red, raw and chapped. If A sees me coming with a tissue, he'll start crying and run away. I hated having to torture him just so he wouldn't end up eating his boogers. Now, all I have to do is let him see me get a Boogie Wipe (as opposed to a dry tissue) and he'll let me wipe as much as I need to.


Boogie Wipes are in a convenient little package, much like a baby wipe travel package. They are so easy to take with you. We have football practice every night and they fit right in the little lunch box cooler I use to keep the drinks cold. There are also little Boogies On The Run packs which is a box that contains 10 Individually Wrapped Wipes.


Buy it! You can buy your own Boogie Wipes HERE. They are also avalablie at over 40,000 retailers nationwide!




Win it! Boogie Wipes is offering one of my readers (2) packs of 30-count wipes (fresh, grape, menthol, or unscented– combination varies).
There MUST be an email address in your comment. I will no longer go hunting for a way to contact you.


To Enter:
REQUIRED Entry:Visit Boogie Wipes and become a member of the Boogie Bunch. (You'll get a $1 off coupon when you do!)


Bonus Entries:
  • Follow my blog GFC, email or RSS (two entries - leave two comments!)
  • Follow Feeding Four on Twitter
  • Follow Feeding Four on Facebook
  • Tweet about this giveaway– leave a link to your Tweet make sure to include @feedingfour and @boogiemom in your tweet
  • Blog about this giveaway - 3 entries
  • Follow Boogie Wipes on Twitter and let them know Feeding Four sent you
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This giveaway will end on 10/3/2010. The winner will be randomly chosen using random.org and contacted via email. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to the email to receive their product. After that I will chose another winner.




Disclaimer: Boogie Wipes provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Incredibly Yummy Homemade Dinner Rolls

The other night, we had pork chops for dinner. I was wanting some bread with it but wasn't wanting to make a trip to the store and I only had about one and a half hours until dinner. Most of my other dinner roll recipes I need at least 3 hours for the kneading and rising and baking. These rolls take about two hours total and taste delicious! Hubby says they taste like the rolls that are served at Ryan's.
 
You'll need:
1 cup water
2 Tbsp softened butter
1 egg
3 1/4 cups bread flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 packet yeast

Add all ingredients to bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Use your dough cycle.
When it's finished, pull apart into balls, about the size of a small apple. Place on greased cookie sheet roughly 2″ apart. Brush with butter. Cover and let rise for about 30-40 minutes or until almost doubled in size. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Brush with butter again. Serve with lots of butter.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mega Swagbucks Day!

Need some extra cash? How about making money to surf the web! Seriously, it's that simple. Sign up for Swagbucks and get points when you search the web. Turn those in for prizes! My favorite prize is an Amazon.com Gift card! Every Friday when you use Swagbucks to search the Internet you could win anywhere from 50-5000 Swagbucks! An $5 Amazon gift card is worth 450 Swagbucks. So get searching and earn some Swagbucks!

New to Swagbucks? Sign up HERE and get 30 Swagbucks just for signing up!

Don't forget to become a fan of Feeding Four on Facebook - I share Swagbucks codes there that are worth extra Swagbucks!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Home Made Ketchup

A few weeks ago, I shared with my Facebook Friends that I was making ketchup. Quite a few people asked me for the recipe. Being as it was my first time making ketchup, I wanted to make sure it tasted good before sharing it. :)


You'll need:
Tomatoes - forgive me, but I really don't know how much I had. There was enough that when I had squeezed the juice out of them all, they filled my largest pot.
2 1/2 cups vinegar
3/4 cup sugar - you can use white, I used brown
1 cup chopped onions
2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground mustard
3 tbsp allspice
3 tbsp celery seed

Your first step (which is optional, mind you) is to peel the tomatoes. I didn't. I was home by myself with the boys and wasn't able to spend all day in the kitchen. Then squeeze all the excess water/seeds out of the tomatoes. Throw all the squeezed tomatoes into a big pot and cook for about an hour on low - until the tomatoes are soft. While the tomatoes are cooking, put the vinegar in a small pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Tie the celery seed in a cheesecloth and toss it in the vinegar. Drain tomatoes and run through a food processor (or your newly acquired food mill :) ) Now you can either put the tomatoes in a large crock pot, or back into the pot you cooked them in. I opted for the crock pot. Take the cheesecloth out of the vinegar and discard. (The cheesecloth, not the vinegar). Add vinegar and remaining spices to the tomatoes. Cover, but leave the lid vented to let steam escape. Cook on high (in a crock pot) or low (on the stove) for 14 hours, or until ketchup has thickened to your liking. This should last a while in the fridge, but I would suggest you can or freeze what you aren't going to use within a month or two.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Eight to the Eight to the Eight

Michelle, at All Home Cooking, All Year Long tagged me in a meme called Eight to the Eight to the Eight. I have to answer Michelle's questions, and come up with some of my own, then tag more people to play. If I tag you, it'd be great if you could play along!


1. Who inspires you in the kitchen? Why?
Jamie Oliver - I love what he's trying to do with the country. He showed my husband why we need to eat healthier, he inspired a lot of people to start changing the way they eat and the way they teach their children to eat.
2. To sift or not to sift?
I've never sifted, I wouldn't even know where to start
3. How do you feel about white chocolate?
I like it IN something, not plain. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies became a favorite of mine the few months we spent at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
4. How do you feel about Teflon?
Don't give me that look...I'm not sure what Teflon is...
5. What dish are you famous for?
Broccoli casserole. I always get asked to bring it to family get togethers.

6. What's the biggest cooking disaster you've ever experienced?
When I first cooked this Chicken with Mustard Sauce, it wasn't cooked all the way - I'm talking red inside. We did finish cooking it for the next days dinner, and it was great, but that first bite was horrible.

7. If you could cook with any one person, alive or deceased, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
My grandmother - she died when I was young and I'd love to cook with her!
8. What dish would you consider your pièce de résistance, and have you mastered it yet?
Do hamburger buns count? I just can't find a recipe that my hubby will enjoy!

Now, here are my questions (I cheated and used a lot of Michelle's)
  1. If you could cook with any one person, alive or deceased, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
  2. What's the biggest cooking disaster you've ever experienced?
  3. What dish are you famous for?
  4. Who inspires you in the kitchen? Why?
  5. What season premiere are you most looking forward to?
  6. Who is your favorite author?
  7. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  8. You're stranded on an island and can take one thing with you. What is it and why?
Now, my picks are :
Adrienne at Adrienne's Food Adventures
Marie at Martha WannaBe
Get Healthy Cheap
Organic Parenthood
A Latte with Ott,A

Giant Food Store Coupon Matchups 9/12

Here are the best deals and coupon matchups I see at Giant this week.

Hatfield Sliced Bacon $5.99 each BOGO
$1/1 Hatfield Bacon

GIANT Bottom Round Rump Roast BOGO

Giant Fresh Boneless Center Cut Pork Roast BOGO


Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage or Polska Links $4.49 each BOGO


Thomas’ English Muffins $1.00 each (must buy 3)

Del Monte Fruit Naturals or Superfruit $1.00 each
$1/3 Del Monte Fruit Naturals Cup (8/15 RP)
$.67 after coupon when you buy 3

Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Wanchai Ferry, or Good Earth Boxed Dinners $2.99 each
$1.50/1 Romano’s Macaroni Grill Frozen Entre
$1.49 after coupon

Ronzoni Pasta $1.00 each
$1/1 Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta, (April Parents Magazine)
Free after coupon
 
Tony’s Pizza for One $1.00 each
$1/2 Tony’s Pizza
$.50 after coupon when you buy 2

Wisk 2X Laundry Detergent $4.99
$3/1 WISK Laundry Detergent, (RP 8/29)
$1.99 after coupon

Krusteaz Pancake Mix, $1.99
$0.50/1 Krusteaz Pancake Mix (SS 8/22)
$0.99 after coupon

Uncle Ben’s Instant Rice, $1.79
$0.75/1 Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain White Rice (RP 8/15)
$0.29 after coupon

Campbell’s Select Harvest Soup, $1.50
$1/1 Campbell’s Select Harvest Soup Healthy Request
$0.50 after coupon

Ragu Pasta Sauce $1.25 each
$1/2 Ragu Pasta Sauce, (RP 9/12)
$.75 after coupon

Pedigree Denta Stix Dog Treats, $2.99
$2/1 Pedigree Dentastix Dog Treats(RP 8/15)
$0.99 after coupon

Buy (3) Deer Park Aqua Pods $1.00 each (this is not advertised in the ad)
$1.50/2 Deer Park Aquapods Water(RP 08/29)
$.50 each AND you'll recieve a $3 catalina good on your next order!

See any deals I missed? Leave them in the comments!

Giant Trip 9/14

I ran to Giant today to get some water. There was a deal last week that apparently is still running this week.

Buy (2) Deer Park Aqua Pods $1.00 each (this is not advertised in ad)
use $1.50/2 Deer Park Aquapods Water(RP 08/29)
Pay $.25 each

In addition to this, IF YOU BUY THREE you'll get a $3 catalina to use on your next order.
 

I spent $1.50 OOP and received a $3 catalina.

(I bought 6 cases, so I'm thinking I should have received an additional catalina, not sure why it didn't print.)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Friendly Wednesday 9/15

Don't forget to enter my giveaways! They all have LOW entries!

Welcome to Feeding Four's Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop! I'm glad you're here!


Thank you to all the bloggers who linked up last week!
Please feel free to grab the button (located in the right side bar) and add it to your blog to get more bloggers to participate in the blog hop!!




How to Participate:


Follow the hostess - Feeding Four. If you want me to follow you back, please leave a comment letting me know that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog.

Create a new Friendly Wednesday blog post on your own blog and be sure to use the button provided on the side bar.

Enter your information into the linkup below.

Follow all the other blogs you want. This is a great way to get more followers!

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5 Minute Activities for Your Kids

Sometimes, all we really need is five minutes. Because when you think about it, in five minutes you could unload the dishwasher. Or load it. Or throw in a load of laundry, or check your email. Or you could lock yourself in the bathroom with some chocolate and read a chapter of your latest book. (I'm just saying, not that I know from experience or anything :) )All those 5 minutes add up. You could get a lot done if you had a bunch of five minutes. :) When I need just five minutes, here are some of the activities I give my kids to do.

  1. Bubble Wrap - my boys have a ton a fun laying bubble wrap out on the floor and stomping on it. Sometimes, I even join them! We just have to make sure to hide the bubble wrap from daddy or we won't get a chance to pop it. :)
  2. Let your child clean - my boys love to clean, especially when it involves water. A likes to d dishes. C used to, but I guess he out grew that stage already. They both love to vacuum. When C goes to my moms house, he asks her for a chore list. I need to write him up one for here, but somehow I never get to it.
  3. Give your kid a phone - not a real one of course, but an old one s/he can play with. A loves to call people. He'll walk around or even sit for like 10 minutes just talking away about anything and everything.
  4. Stickers! Stickers can buy me time just about every time I pull them out. Grab a sheet of stickers and a sheet of paper and you've got a good 5 minutes free of kids. Just make sure they know stickers go on paper only!
  5. Hammer We have a flower bed that has a few holes in it just the right size for golf tees. I hand A a bucket full of them and a toy hammer and he goes to work.
  6. Give them a calculator.  A thinks it's a phone. He's just now starting to realize when he pushes the buttons, numbers show up! C loves to see how many numbers he can fit in the screen.
  7. Let them look through a photo album or scrapbook. My boys love looking through our scrapbooks at when they were babies. We can spend hours looking at all the pictures.
  8. Give them a few cups and some water. Let them dump it from one cup to another and back again.
  9. Play dough - I keep a tub of it in my kitchen with all kinds of neat "tools". They use plastic knives, forks, cookie cutters, and rolling pins to make all kinds of cool creations.
  10. Color - My boys like to color, but it usually doesn't hold their attention for very long. 5 or 10 minutes is usually all.
Hopefully this will give you a few minutes to get things done, or a few minutes to your self! Don't forget to check out my other great children's activities!

Winner!

We have our winners in our SKOY cloth giveaway!
Angie said... 33

i heard about this giveaway from a tweet about the green genius giveaway. Came here to check that out and decided to enter this one.

Melissa said... 7

I like Skoy on FB, and let them know you sent me!


Congrats! I will be emailing you shortly, if you don't respond, I'll have to pick a new winner!


Don't forget to check out my other giveaways!

Review & Giveaway - DaysAgo Digital Day Counter

Have you ever wondered how long something has been sitting in your fridge? Just last night, I pulled out some leftover green beans and had to smell them to see if they were still edible. (Luckily, they were. I smelled some Ragu the other week that was definitely not!) I am now thankful for this product : DaysAgo Digital Day Counter.

The DaysAgo Digital Counters that I received are magnetic, so they attach to metal objects. So, of course, I attached them to my open cans of salsa and tomato sauce in the fridge. Can't have all those home made goodies going bad! I was thrilled that I could see how long the jar of sauce was sitting there. No more smelling a rancid jar of sauce. :)


Beyond their use in the kitchen, Days Ago Digital Counters have uses in every room of your house! Use it in your living room to tell how long it's been since you watered your plants, in the bathroom to see when to take your medication, for your pet to know when to change the litter box or give flea medication. Use it on baby formula, breast milk, in your garden, freezer or cabinets. There is so many uses for this handy little tool! Find other uses here.

Buy it! You can buy your own Digital Day Counter HERE. They offer a Magnetic DaysAgo (2/pack) , a Suction DaysAgo (2/pack) , and a Band DaysAgo (2/pack) . They also offer a Special Edition Pink DaysAgo from which 10% of sales are donated to breast cancer awareness.

Win it! Kathleen, with DaysAgo is offering two of my lucky readers a chance to win themselves a pack of DaysAgo Digital Day Counters too! The lucky winners will receive a Magnetic DaysAgo (2/pack).

There MUST be an email address in your comment. I will no longer go hunting for a way to contact you.

To enter:
Required Entry: Visit DaysAgo and tell me something you learned.
Extra Entries:
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This giveaway will end on 10/1/2010. The winner will be randomly chosen using random.org and contacted via email. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to the email to receive their product. After that I will chose another winner.
Disclaimer: DaysAgo provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Monday, September 13, 2010

My Yard Sale Goodies

This past weekend my mom and I went to a bunch of yard sales. I had a list in mind of what I wanted and I did pretty darn good! I was looking for clothes for the boys, books, and some kitchen items. I mostly wanted a food mill to go along with my new pressure canner. At the practically the last yard sale of the day, I hit the jackpot!

I got this baby for only 50 cents! I also scored a brand new fondue pot, a brand new pizza stone (with a pizza cutter), and some clothes for me and C. I spent $6.50 at that yard sale. I also found a bunch of winter clothes for A, and some books. I got C a few winter clothes, but it seemed like there was nothing in his size! Mom got the boys some puzzles which they've been playing with all weekend. Total, I spent under $40 - and that includes dinner at Denny's that night. It was a great way to spend a Friday!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Meal Plan Monday 9/13

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Wow, where has this week gone!? It seems like I blinked and it was over. Monday was A's birthday! He turned two. :) We had his birthday party on Saturday, it was great having our family over to celebrate with us. This week is kind of bus too. We have football and school as usual, hubby has some things going on a work, school meetings and other stuff. My sister's birthday is Saturday so I'm hoping to head down that way and see her. I did share the homemade fruit roll up recipe and I'm planning on posting my ketchup recipe this week.

Last week, our menu got screwed up before it even started. I forgot we had decided to go to my aunt's for Labor Day, we ate dinner there. Monday, we had hot dogs, mac and cheese and corn for A's birthday. We did have chicken fajitas and burgers because hubby had been asking for them. The boys helped me make Eggplant Parmesan, I hope to share that recipe soon. Friday, A and I went to the yard sale with my mom, and ended up going out to eat; hubby and C had chili.. Saturday we had A's birthday party.

This week for dinner we're having:
Pizza
Pork Chops - with a BBQ/pineapple marinade
Cheeseburgers
Honey and Spiced Grilled Chicken
Grilled Chicken Salad
Chicken Corn Chowder in Bread Bowls
Leftovers

What are you eating this week? I'd love to come check out your menu!
Make sure to check out 100's of other menus at OrgJunkie.com.

UPrinting Winner!

The winner of our UPrinting 50 7x5 Folded Cards Giveaway is.....

Courtney said... 32

I'd totally use them for Christmas cards. I've used uprinting before for other things but never thought about trying the cards.

Congrats! I will be emailing you shortly, if you don't respond, I'll have to pick a new winner!
 
Don't forget to check out my other giveaways!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I Bought a Pressure Canner!!

I have been wanting a pressure canner for a few months. Wanting, not needing. Hubby bought me one for Mother's Day, but it was missing a few parts so I returned it (it was the last one in the store). I came across one a few weeks ago while looking for something else in our local thrift store. The price tag was $25 which is great for a pressure canner. I wasn't sure about buying a used one so I left it there and came home to do some research. I went back and looked at it a few times, still undecided on whether I wanted to purchase or not. The owner of the store said she would take the price down to $20, but I still wasn't sure. Yesterday, I went back and bought it!

It's OLD and it needs some cleaning but she'll work! I need to take the lid down to the extension office and get it...checked. Weighted? I'm not sure what the word is. :)

And look what else it came with :


The original manual complete with notes from the previous owner. How awesome!?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Home Made Fruit Roll Ups

My boys love "gummies". I do not like the sugar, corn syrup and other *stuff* that goes into them. When I made these for the boys, they thought they were getting a special treat. Even hubby liked them! I love that I know exactly what's in them - real fruit and some sugar. And they're SO easy to make!



I used a combination of fresh peaches from the farmers market and frozen peaches from a trip last year. I believe there was about 4 cups total. Cook peaches, about 3TBSP sugar and a little lemon juice in a sauce pan until peaches are tender.


Pour mixture into foo processor or blender and blend until smooth.



Lay wax (or freezer) paper on a cookie sheet. Spread fruit mixture on the paper and place in 170 degree oven for at least 8 hours. Let sit for another 8 hours or until set.



Cut into strips and enjoy.


Blogger Appreciation Day - August 2010

I would like to thank my top 10 blogs who referred me the most traffic on my blog in the month of August!


Kelli, at 3 Boys and a Dog has a linky up for you to share with everyone who your top referrers are.

Here’s what you need to do:
  • Go into your stats program (I use Google Analytics - ACTUALLY, Blogger has added a stats page for us! On your dashboard beside all the other links - posting, settings, design, etc., there is now a stats link) and set the time period for August 1 – 31.
  • Find the blogs that have referred you the most visitors.
  • Write a post (like this one) listing your top 10 referrers.
  • Link your post up at 3 Boys and a Dog.

Without further ado, here are my top ten referrers for the month of August!

OrgJunkie - 1,208 visits - I link up my weekly meal plan here each Monday morning. And this is also where I find tons of inspiration for my menus!

Coupon Goddess - 155 visits - I was the featured reader :)

WeAreThatFamily - 129 visits - Works For Me Wednesday linky

BeCentsAble - 102 visits - She has a list of all the grocery stores and what blogs do coupon matchups.

LifeAsMom - 76 visits

MoneySavingMom - 75 visits - This is where I link up my giveaways.

TightWadInUtah - 31 visits

Tropical Traditions - 24 visits
All Home Cooking All Year Long - 21 visits
A Latte With OttA - 19 visits - she co-hosted a canning party I linked up to

As you can see, my numbers are up again now that I fixed the google tracking issue!

Thank you to all of my referrers! (I did not include any search engines, Twitter, or FaceBook. I only included bloggers)

Wednesday Blog Hop

This may be the coolest blog hop I've ever found! :)

Frugality is Free hosts a blog hop each week that is "where you can link up your best blog posts from the past week. This is a window into the blogoshere, a place to meet bloggers with similar interests, and it is a place to expose your best blog posts. Quite often the best blog posts are left unnoticed and without comments, and this is your chance to expose your best work."

Isn't that awesome?


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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Friendly Wednesday 9/9

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Welcome to Feeding Four's Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop! I'm glad you're here!

Thank you to all the bloggers who linked up last week!

Please feel free to grab the button (located in the right side bar) and add it to your blog to get more bloggers to participate in the blog hop!!




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Follow the hostess - Feeding Four. If you want me to follow you back, please leave a comment letting me know that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog.

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Follow all the other blogs you want. This is a great way to get more followers!

10 Things to do With Your Kids - In The Car

I know that sometimes, traveling with kids in the car is no fun. My parents live an hour away from us and we usually see them once a week. There are tons of ways to keep kids busy in the car, here are 10 of the ways I've found!

  1. Give your child a cookie sheet and magnets. My kids love magnets. Give your children a cookie sheet (with raised edges so the magnets don't go anywhere) and have them line up the ABC's, put numbers in order, or spell words.
  2. Take pictures - give your son/daughter a camera and let them snap away! Disposable cameras work great for this. My boys love to take pictures and it's so funny to see what they like to take pictures of! If you have a Kid-Tough Digital Camera, they can view their pictures whenever they want!
  3. Play "Who Am I?" My boys love this game the most! Give a few clues (we usually do three) and have them guess what you're thinking of. For example "I am red, have a siren and a ladder, who am I?" Answer - firetruck
  4. Let them steer - A toy steering wheel is the coolest thing ever for little ones! They feel so grown up driving just like mommy and daddy.
  5. Storybook on CD - my boys don't understand that when mommy is driving, I can't read a story to them. I check out books on tape from our library and it's just like mommy is reading to them.
  6. Create a travel journal - Keep a notebook and some crayons in the car. Every time you go on a trip have your child write or draw pictures about your journey. What did they see? Where did they go? What exciting things happened along the way? It will be interesting for them to look back in a few years and see what was important to them.
  7. Sing! What a better time than this to teach your children some new songs? Turn on the radio and sing along, make up your own songs, or sing some old favorites. A few of my boys favorites are "Big Green Tractor", Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
  8. Play I Spy - who can spy something green, something yellow, something brown? Sometimes the games you played as kids will be your kids favorites too.
  9. The ABC Game  - Start at A and see if you can find the whole alphabet in order.
  10. Backseat Bingo - Here is some downloadable bingo cards for you and the rules, etc.
Don't forget to check out my other children's activities. If you have any games or activities your family likes to play in the car - please share in the comments!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Meal Plan Monday 9/6

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(Pizza Braid with a Parmesan cheese mix on top)

This is a holiday weekend which means it's busy, busy, busy! Yesterday we went to visit my mother in law and hubby's uncle. At his uncle's house, we had dinner - sandwiches - and rode four wheelers all night. The boys even got to ride in a bulldozer. They had such a great time! We also visited my family for a while. Tonight, we went to my aunt's house for a labor day party. I brought zucchini bread and chips & home made salsa. Yum!

This upcoming week is busy for us too. We have a few appointments throughout the week, and I know the week will be messed up for me because of the three day weekend. Monday is A's birthday, Tuesday is my parents anniversary, Wednesday we have an appointment, Thursday we have a playgroup, Friday A and I are going yardsaling (all the yard sales I talked about last week are actually next weekend), and Saturday is A's birthday party. And there's football and school thrown in there! I'm hoping to have time to get some recipes up - I have a homemade fruit roll-up recipe I want to share, as well as homemade ketchup!

Last week, our meals were really good. I made green bean casserole using fresh green beans and it was great. We didn't have grilled chicken salad, we had a ham and pineapple pizza instead. We also had pizza braid and it was fabulous. Hubby has requested a bunch of his favorite meals this week, and I was happy to know that I have all of the ingredients on hand. We are starting eat from the freezer challenge. I am not planning on buying any meat at all for the next month. We are getting half a cow in October and I really need to clean out the freezer!

Chicken Fajitas (carry over from last week)
Pork Chops - with a BBQ/pineapple glaze
Cheeseburgers
Steak
Fish Fillets
Eggplant Parmesan
Garden Chili

What are you eating this week? I'd love to come check out your menu!


Make sure to check out 100's of other menus at OrgJunkie.com

Freezer Cleanout - I did it!

I finally did it! Cleaning out my freezer has been on my to-do list for a few months. I had just been shoving stuff in where ever it would fit and hoping it didn't fall out when I opened the door. I was freaking out because I didn't think we had any meat left - I thought the we only had  veggies and sides in the freezer. Remember when I said I could probably feed us for two months from the freezers? Yea. I was right. I haven't even touched my inside freezer yet...

Here's another before picture:


And here's my after picture:


While it may not look that much different, it's organized!! I so wanted to organize it like April did hers, but I remember her suggestion until I was halfway done. So maybe in a few months I'll redo it.

The first shelf is a hodge-podge of stuff. Beans, sweets, breads, bologna, bacon and some other stuff. The middle shelf is ALL MEAT. And stock, but there's just a few bags. The third shelf is all veggies and a box of Uncrustables. The bottom drawer has cheese and more meat! I didn't really touch the door, but there is a bunch of stuff in there - more meat, jelly, waffles, more stuff like that.

So we have officially started another eat from the freezer challenge. In a month, we're getting a half a cow. I have NO WHERE to put it. We do have a chest freezer in the shed if it's needed but I really, really don't want to have to hook it up.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Let's Talk... Period - Ovarian Cancer

Almost a quarter of the U.S. population is made up of menstruating women, but gynecological health is rarely discussed. In an attempt to raise awareness, Seventh Generation created a site that will aim to educate women about alternatives to conventional feminine care products. Let's Talk Period.

"Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among U.S. women.

The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to detect and diagnose.

Signs and symptoms include: bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency). If a woman is experiencing these symptoms for two or more weeks, and if they are new and unusual for her, she should see her doctor, according to OCRF.

The rayon in tampons is often whitened with chemicals containing chlorine, which can result in dangerous chlorinated toxins released in the environment.

If every women of reproductive age in the U.S. replaced one package of 16 count regular size conventional rayon/cotton blend tampons with Seventh Generation’s organic cotton tampons, we could prevent 17,000 pounds of pesticides from entering our environment and polluting our rivers, lakes and streams." That's a lot of pesticides! I think of all the harm my cleaning products and packaging is doing to the earth - I never thought about feminine products!

So what can you do to help fight Ovarian Cancer?

Seventh Generation has created a website where people can go to learn about gynecological health and contribute to the OCRF, the leading organization dedicated to eradicating ovarian cancer and supporting those suffering from the disease. Seventh Generation is encouraging people to log on to http://www.letstalkperiod.com/ during September. When you register your email address, Seventh Generation will make a $1 donation to the OCRF in your name (capped at $10,000.)


That's it! All you have to do is register your email address to help fight Ovarian Cancer! I've registered, have you?

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