Sorry for a post full of randomness, but I wanted to update everyone on stuff that is going on this week!!
Yesterday I went to the WSBT studio to discuss how to put together a rainy day survival kit for your kids. This goes along with my little tutorial on making a rainy day suitcase for your family. My husband said this is the best one I have ever done? I think it came off that way because I was feeling a little more sassy…or maybe because I had to be there by 6:20 in the morning and wasn’t fully awake. I hope you guys enjoy it. I am pretty proud of our little suitcase so it was fun to get to show it off.
My nephew is doing so well that they are moving him out of ICU this morning. The skin looks great and it even has color to it- a great indication that the blood supply is doing what it is supposed to. My sister is a nurse so she can explain it a little more technically than I can, but it all sounds so positive. Thank you all for your sweet prayers and messages!
Lands’ End Contest-
I am really trying hard to share everything I can with all of our readers and today we have a Mother’s Day contest posted with Lands’ End. We will be offering one winner a $100 gift card to Lands’ End to make her own custom-fit swimsuit! I am so excited that we can offer this and I hope you will head over there to check out all of the contest details.
I got to participate in another swap hosted by Monica & Carrie… two of my most favorite blogging friends in the world! Above is all of the loveliness that my swap partner, Angela from Life with one busy boy, sent to me. Her box was so beautiful and full of spring for me. My favorite item was a pair of pink gardening gloves- perfect for this girly-girl in the garden. I loved my box so much that I missed the photo opportunity and just dug right in. I had to sheepishly email Angela and ask if I could borrow her pictures. What a nice swap partner she was to share them with me!
I skipped the box in favor of my favorite reusable bag from Target. I filled hers with lots of flowery goodness and fun spring accessories for her garden. A fresh pair of garden gloves, flowery cards and pads of paper to put by her phone, and some bulbs to plant in her garden!
Thank you to my swap partner and the swap sisters for making this possible!
This week on Blissfully Domestic I am sharing a few tips for dressing your kid like a celebrity…or die trying! You can see a picture of Ethan in his favorite, “Rock Star” t-shirt!
Over at Frugal Hacks I am sharing how we plan to beat the bad weather days this summer and am opening the floor up to see how you keep your little ones entertained when you are stuck indoors.
On WSBT this morning, I shared tips for keeping those birthday parties fun & frugal! We are all about making our celebrations affordable and I share a ton of ideas to make your next birthday party a heck of a lot cheaper!
Tired of me yet? I sure am!
I have added a new article to our website called, “Goodbye, Old Friend: Asking Jealousy to Leave.” If you read my articles in Michiana Family Magazine, you will find this same article there, in their April issue. It was a more personal piece for me, but I wanted to share how I struggle with jealousy too and ways that I have found to be helpful to put that negative thinking elsewhere.
You will also find me sharing about card games over at Frugal Hacks. My article isn’t half as interesting as the comments. There is an awesome comment on there about using a deck of cards to do workouts- don’t miss it!
Finally, this week on WSBT, I also shared my tips for spring cleaning. Speaking of, where in the world are my printables? I did take a break with the kids on spring break and my whole mental breakdown this week… hopefully I can get back to it this weekend, but it is not far from my mind! No worries!
We are running TWO new giveaways this week! Dr. Mindell has written a book called, “Sleep Deprived No More.” This is an autographed copy of her book sharing tips for getting pregnant mommies to sleep better and tips for early motherhood. If you would like to win a copy of this autographed book, please leave me a comment here by Friday (04/11) and I will include you in the giveaway. If you have a sleep tip you would like to include that has worked for you, please let us know!
We are so excited to be offering FIVE Kodak Sport Cameras up for grabs! This giveaway will end next Monday ( 04/14) at 8 PM. To enter, please share one of your favorite tips for getting a great picture or a description of one of the best pictures you have ever taken here! I especially love to hear tips for capturing those dreaded family photos or how to get your child to stand still for any length of time. Of course, the winners will be chosen at random, but I look forward to your responses. Good luck, everyone!
Today on WSBT, I share some tips and tricks for planning an inexpensive getaway with your family. I suggest some frugal alternatives for vacations and ways to make some memories for your family on a budget.
Sound Off: What are your plans this year for Spring Break? How are you making your travels more affordable?
Today on WSBT, I shared some tips and ideas for making Easter special on a budget. You can even get a sneak peek at what our kids will be wearing and how we manage to dress them well on a budget. This discussion goes along with our article, “Budget-Minded Easter Celebrations.”
Thank you for all your great comments today. I have been out of town since 5:30 this morning (a business trip to Chicago for the day) and just got home this evening. I can’t wait to catch up on all of my blog reading tomorrow and share more tips and ideas for our spring cleaning too!
Today on our Moms First segment on WSBT, we are talking about how to save money using your dishwasher. I offer a few ideas for ways to save money including what cycles to chose, how to make your own dish detergent, what to buy instead of Jet Dry and explain the cost-effectiveness of putting your dishes in the dishwasher.
This is great timing since we are spring cleaning our kitchens this week! I will have to add an extra credit assignment to our printables to clean our dishwashers! You can also read my article, “The Amazing Dishwasher” for more ideas on how to save money!
I have gotten some emails from local folks who missed the recipe this morning for making your dish detergent so I wanted to supply that too!
Homemade Dishwashing Detergent
1 cup Borax
1 cup Baking Soda
1/4 cup Salt
Mix these ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Add one tablespoon to your detergent dispenser. If you have an older dishwasher, you may need to experiment with this to see what works best. You can also add this mixture and then a small sprinkle of the regular stuff you buy to extend further.
This formula works well for scouring sinks and tubs too!
This morning on WSBT, I shared some tips for saving money on your beauty services. This is something that I talk about frequently because it is such a huge expense for families. If you have multiple children, haircuts alone can cost an arm and a leg, not to mention if you want to keep up with the beauty trends.
Here are some entries to go along with our topic this week:
Open Your Own Beauty Shop
Overcoming My Fears: Cutting Hair
Sound Off: What are some ways that you have saved your family money on beauty/hair cuts? Do you have any special beauty recipes you use for your own pampering needs?
Today on my Frugal Mom segment on WSBT, I wanted to chat a bit about my Baby Steps series and our first topic that we tackled… the art of stockpiling. I wanted to illustrate some of the ways that people can begin making progressive steps towards saving their family money in their weekly grocery budget. If you missed this first post in our series, you can read it here!
Continuing our written series here, tomorrow we will be discussing how and where you can store your stockpiled groceries. Be sure to check back for another riveting piece on groceries.
And if you aren’t tired enough of the grocery topic, we will also be watching a mom who hates to cut coupons, cutting coupons and attempting a fun four week trial of the grocery game.
Who needs television when you can have all that entertainment? And I also wonder out loud…does the topic of saving on groceries ever get old? I hope not!
Each Tuesday on WSBT, I share tips to help save families money. This week I shared tips for saving on printing costs. This segment goes along with a past entry that I had written on ways that we save on printing and on ink.
If you have an idea that you would like to see covered on WSBT, please leave me a comment and let me know. I am always looking for new ideas.
Sound Off: How do you save on printing and ink expenses? Do you return your ink cartridges anywhere or do you refill them yourself? Please share!
You can find me on our local news each Tuesday sharing advice on ways to save a buck. This week I share how we found health care coverage during my husband’s time of unemployment. Our town is supported mainly by the factories and the RV industry and it seems that jobs are fewer and farther between. I wanted to share how we found our health care coverage and less conventional ways to buy your prescription drugs.
If you are looking for more information on this subject you can visit my article on going without health insurance or my article explaining the prescription drug lowdown.
Sound Off: Do you have good health care coverage? Are your prescription drugs covered or do you pay for those out of pocket? Please share!