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Freebie Friday June 6, 2014

Friday, June 6th, 2014

freebie friday Happy Freebie Friday, everyone! We would like to thank Couponing 101 for assisting us with our freebies each week for loads of deals, savings, and freebies!

This week on MomAdvice I’m sharing two ideas that would be great for Father’s Day: an easy gift of DIY Grilling Seasoning Mixes (with free printable!) and a delicious meal any dad would love, Restaurant Style Steaks. I also have a Sundays with Writers interview with Patry Francis, the author of one of my favorite books this year, The Orphans of Race Point, that you won’t want to miss! And our food contributor, Diana, has an article all about 5 FREE things you can get at U-Pick Farms that has me anxious to plan a family outing to a farm. On this week’s edition of  It’s the 3 Little Things I’m sharing what’s making me happy and hope you’ll share yours, too.

Of course you’ll also find our weekly notebook, filled with inspiring DIY food, decorating and craft ideas, and you’ll want to check out all the contests you can enter on our weekly round-up of great giveaways.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

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Entertainment

This Week’s Freebie Events: June 7 - 13

7th - Home Depot: Build a Riding Lawn Mower, 9 am – 12 pm

7th - Lakeshore Learning: Create a Learn To Count Ladybug, 11 am - 3 pm

7th - Michael’s: Make a Father’s Day Card, 12- 3 pm

7th & 8th - National Museums: Free Entrance to Museums for Bank of America Card Holders

 

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Apron Full of Giveaways 06.03.14

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

princess tiana apron

Source: Dark Balloons,  $80.00

 

Welcome to our Apron Full of Giveaways! I hope everyone is having a great week this week! As we do each week, here is our round-up of giveaways for our readers. We hope that this is beneficial to you and your family! Please let us know if you guys win anything- I love to hear the success stories!

Below are the contest links-if you are hosting a contest please link it up below. Sorry, we are not giving away the aprons just showcasing them! Please put your site name and then what type of contest you are hosting. For example, “MomAdvice (Kid’s Movies).”

Good luck to each of you!

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Freebie Friday May 30, 2014

Friday, May 30th, 2014

freebie friday Happy Freebie Friday, everyone! We would like to thank Couponing 101 for assisting us with our freebies each week for loads of deals, savings, and freebies!

This week on MomAdvice I got to feature an interview with our summer book club author, Torre DeRoche for Sundays With Writers – it’s awesome and I hope you’ll check it out as a great way to get into the book, Love with a Chance of Drowning! And I hope you’re as ready as I am for summer’s easy recipes! We have two perfect examples this week – a self-crusting leafy green quiche and an appetizer of grilled tomato bread with prosciuttoyum, right?. On this week’s edition of  It’s the 3 Little Things I’m sharing what’s making me happy and hope you’ll share yours, too!

Of course you’ll also find our weekly notebook, filled with inspiring DIY food, decorating and craft ideas, and you’ll want to check out all the contests you can enter on our weekly round-up of great giveaways!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Health & Beauty

Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths Sample
Matrix Biolage Sample
Listerine Mouthwash Sample
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Sample
U By Kotex Sample

Food & Drink

Doughnut at Krispy Kreme on June 6th
Lipton Natural Energy Tea Sample

Entertainment

Printable Slow Cooker Menu Plan for June
Christian Music Downloads
Printable Vintage Recipe Cards
Doll Swimsuit Pattern
Doll Tank Top Pattern
80 Disney Apps for Apple Devices
Spring Veggie Fever eCookbook
$1.29 Amazon MP3 Credit with Shazam Android App Download
Summer Math Program
June 2014 Monthly Menu Planner
Minecraft Pre-K and Elementary Educational Printables
Printable Father’s Day Fill-In Printable Booklet
Frozen Q-Tip Painting Printables
ABC Phonics Ladders
Martha Stewart Living Magazine Subscription
Ice Cream Preschool Unit
Dora’s Shape Adventure eBook
Vacation Bible School Curriculum

This Week’s Freebie Events: May 31 - June 6

31st - Lakeshore Learning: Create a Mermaid Mobile, 11 am - 3 pm

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Apron Full of Giveaways 05.27.14

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

denim apron via etsy

Source: Attitude & Apron,  $42.00

 

Welcome to our Apron Full of Giveaways! I hope everyone is having a great week this week! As we do each week, here is our round-up of giveaways for our readers. We hope that this is beneficial to you and your family! Please let us know if you guys win anything- I love to hear the success stories!

Below are the contest links-if you are hosting a contest please link it up below. Sorry, we are not giving away the aprons just showcasing them! Please put your site name and then what type of contest you are hosting. For example, “MomAdvice (Kid’s Movies).”

Good luck to each of you!

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Freebie Friday May 23, 2014

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

freebie friday Happy Freebie Friday, everyone! We would like to thank Couponing 101 for assisting us with our freebies each week for loads of deals, savings, and freebies!

This week on MomAdvice we have another fantastic craft from our DIY contributor, Sarah – the gift of a meal idea with a free printable to make it all the more special! I’m completely excited about this week’s Sundays with Writers featuring John Green sharing about his book, The Fault In Our Stars, being made into a movie. You’ll also find an easy summertime recipe for 5 Ingredient Caprese Pork Chops and some sweet diy ideas to makeover your bicycle this summer. On this week’s edition of  It’s the 3 Little Things I’m sharing what’s making me happy and hope you’ll share yours, too!

Of course you’ll also find our weekly notebook, filled with lots of inspiring DIY food, decorating and craft ideas, and you’ll want to check out all the contests you can enter on our weekly round-up of great giveaways!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Health & Beauty

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Sample

U By Kotex Sample

Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths Sample

Zarbee’s Seasonal Allergy Relief Sample

Food & Drink

Yogi Tea Sample

Entertainment

Frozen Free Fall App for Kindle Devices

5 Android Apps + 1000 in Amazon Coins ($10 Value)

Minecraft Themed Printable Pre-K Pack

Tangled Pre-K Printable Pack

Small Space Organizing eBook

Wildflower Reference Guide

Personalized Disney Family Car Decal

Scripture Coloring Pages

A Life Worth Reading: Thomas Jefferson eBook

This Week’s Freebie Events: May 24-30

24th - Lakeshore Learning: Create a Superhero Puppet, 11 am - 3 pm

 

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DIY Bike Makeover Ideas

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

DIY Bike Makeover Ideas

With warmer temperatures on the horizon, I am looking forward to spending lots of time biking with my kids this summer. Is there anything that makes you feel like a kid again like riding on a bike? I think not! Today’s post offers 7 ideas for a DIY Bike Makeover that you can do on a bike you already own or on a bike that you might like to purchase from your local Goodwill Store.

Did you know that Goodwill has bikes? I often see them lined up outside of our store and I had been dreaming of buying one and updating it with a few embellishments and spray paint of my own. As I had been dreaming and bookmarking my plans, my husband secretly surprised me with a bike to celebrate selling my first book.

Read more about my love for bikes and get 7 Ideas for a DIY Bike Makeover on the Goodwill Tips Blog today!

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Apron Full of Giveaways 05.20.14

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

zip half apron

Source: Laurie’s Gifts,  $30.00

 

Welcome to our Apron Full of Giveaways! I hope everyone is having a great week this week! As we do each week, here is our round-up of giveaways for our readers. We hope that this is beneficial to you and your family! Please let us know if you guys win anything- I love to hear the success stories!

Below are the contest links-if you are hosting a contest please link it up below. Sorry, we are not giving away the aprons just showcasing them! Please put your site name and then what type of contest you are hosting. For example, “MomAdvice (Kid’s Movies).”

Good luck to each of you!

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Freebie Friday May 16, 2014

Friday, May 16th, 2014

freebie friday Happy Freebie Friday, everyone! We would like to thank Couponing 101 for assisting us with our freebies each week for loads of deals, savings, and freebies!

This week on MomAdvice we have an inspiring look at one surefire way to improve your marriage from our family & marriage contributor, Mary, plus ideas and tips about how to earn more money to help save and pay off debt in our continuing money series from our contributor, Kelly. You’ll want to definitely check out this week’s Sundays with Writers where Maggie Shipstead shares about her book Astonish Me. And on this week’s edition of  It’s the 3 Little Things I’m sharing what’s making me happy and hope you’ll share yours, too!

Of course you’ll also find our weekly notebook filled with inspiring DIY food, decorating and craft ideas, and you’ll want to check out all the contests you can enter on our weekly round-up of great giveaways!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

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Entertainment
This Week’s Freebie Events: May 17 - 23
17th - Barnes & Noble: Attend the Dr. Seuss Oh The Places You’ll Go Storytime, 11 am
17th - Lakeshore Learning: Create a Fishing Pole Craft, 11 am - 3 pm

 

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Earn More Money to Help Save More and Pay off Debt Faster

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

From our money & finance contributor, Kelly Whalen.

Saving and cutting back are not the only way to get your finances in order – in our series we’ve discussed reducing expenseshow to deal with unexpected expenses, and 5 easy steps to a budget that works. But slashing spending is only half the battle. The other half is earning more money so that you can save more, pay off debt, and reach your financial goals faster. Today I’m sharing some ways you could potentially earn more as well as some ways to make sure that extra money doesn’t end up in extra spending.

Earn More Money

Earn More Money

Earning more money is essential if you’re struggling to make ends meet. Here are some ideas to get you started on the path to earning more:

  • Ask for a Raise or more Responsibility at Work. There are many reasons to ask for a raise including being underpaid, having extra responsibilities, and being responsible for generating new income or cutting costs for your company. There are lots of tips for negotiating but the best way to get your boss to say “yes,” is to show your value.
  • Time to Job Hunt. If you are in a position where there’s no room for growth it’s time to look at new jobs. Your skills could be more valuable elsewhere. People often see a jump in income when they make a lateral move from one company to another.
  • Start a Side Gig. Whether you have an idea for a small home business or can tutor kids from home in the evenings’ it’s likely you have skills or hobbies that could be used to earn you some extra money.
  • Get a Second Job. Getting a second job may not sound ideal but look for work that fits your schedule. You don’t have to work two 40 hour a week jobs. You may find a part-time or job you can do online or at home when your regular work day is done. Use your network, friends, and family to find something that is a good fit. This could be anything from a part-time barista job to being a virtual assistant from your computer at home.
  • Improve your Education or Training. If you’ve reached as far as you can go with your current role it may be time to look at more education or training. For some industries it makes sense to go back to school for an advanced degree while for others a certification course will help improve their skill set. If you’re short on cash to pay for further education look for training, programs, or degrees that will be covered by your current employer.
  • Add New Skills to your Resumé. For many people they have a set of skills that they work with each day. Look at related skills to help improve your value to your current or future employers. For ideas on things you might consider search LinkedIn for colleagues or those with similar titles at other companies.
  • Start a Blog. Read some great advice from Amy on long-term tips for bloggers. Blogging is definitely not a ‘get rich quick scheme’ but it can be helpful for reaching new clients for your day job or be a creative outlet that’s totally different from what you do from 9 to 5. And yes it can eventually earn you some extra dough.

Temporary Boosts in Income

While the following ideas won’t get you out of debt entirely or help you save every year they can be a great way to jumpstart your financial goals:

  • Sell Off Items. Whether it is baby gear you no longer need or housewares that aren’t getting use daily you can earn some extra cash by selling items you no longer need or want. Using Craig’s List or other services works well for local only items (like the play kitchen your kids outgrew) while eBay works well for items like collectibles, designer clothes, and electronics.
  • Take Surveys. There are multiple sites that will allow you to earn cash for answering a few questions. Some are based on your fit for the survey while others offer to pay for your feedback no matter your personal fit.
  • Use Apps that help you Earn. Apps are available to help you earn now. The Ibotta app allows you to earn cash for shopping after answering a question or two, liking on Facebook, or even watching a short video. GigWalk is another app that allows users to take photos, submit surveys, and share info with companies that are looking for ‘on the ground’ help.

In the end earning more only helps you reach your goals if you stick to your budget. While it can be tempting to spend a little more on things since you’re earning more-don’t. It’s pretty easy to get yourself right back into living paycheck to paycheck if you aren’t careful. A simple way to manage the extra funds is to have them deposited into a separate account that you use to save, pay off your debt, or reach your other financial goals.

These are just a few ways to earn more. What are some ways you’ve earned more?

 

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Apron Full of Giveaways 05.13.14

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Lucy Apron

Source: Suburban50s,  $36.95

 

Welcome to our Apron Full of Giveaways! I hope everyone is having a great week this week! As we do each week, here is our round-up of giveaways for our readers. We hope that this is beneficial to you and your family! Please let us know if you guys win anything- I love to hear the success stories!

Below are the contest links-if you are hosting a contest please link it up below. Sorry, we are not giving away the aprons just showcasing them! Please put your site name and then what type of contest you are hosting. For example, “MomAdvice (Kid’s Movies).”

Good luck to each of you!

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