One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 8/30/2014

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How Much Do You Spend On School Supplies

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Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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DIY Backyard Fairy Gardens

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fairy-gardenI sometimes long for those magical days of wonder from my childhood. Anything was possible. I anxiously awaited Santa’s visit every year, I was certain there were leprechauns and pots of gold at then end of rainbows, and fairies very much existed. I’m bringing a little of my childhood back in this week’s eHow installment: Hide and Seek: Creating a Fairy Garden in Your Backyard.

I was pulling out my fall decorations the other day and came across a handmade fairy house I received last year as a gift. Our garden will be loaded with kids this weekend, and I thought it would be fun set up a miniature fairy garden for the kiddos to “discover” while they are playing in our mostly wooded backyard.

If you’ve never made a fairy garden before, they are extremely simple to make and can be made with pretty much anything you’ve got on hand, in a pinch. Or, you can be like me and take a quick trip to the craft store for a few additional supplies.

Read the full article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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Tonight I am going to watch The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  I have wanted to see it since it came out {in 2008, I am only a little late}, but never got around to it.  It is about the son of a German soldier who befriends a little boy on the other side of the fence of a concentration camp.  It is supposed to be excellent, though, with fair warning, it will probably be heart-wrenching.

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Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Tips for Running with Your Dog

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Tips for Running with Your Dog

Since I am back on the pedometer wagon, Lucy and I have been taking looong walks around town and my neighborhood.  On our walks, I always see people jogging with their dogs.  Lucy the Puggle Dog likes to give the leash an extra pull when she sees them trot by.  I suspect she would like to feel the wind her face too.  Right now, I can’t even imagine being a “runner.”  I suppose it’s something I’ll have to work up to–and maybe I will, for Lucy’s sake at least.

If you want to start running with your dog, here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Ease in slooow.  Just like people, dogs need to ease into running.  The need to build up stamina.  {Lucky for Lucy, I’ll be needing to build up a little stamina myself.}
  2. Don’t go long distances with your dog until s/he is at least one.  It gives the dog time for the skeletal system to grow and mature without excessive high impact.
  3. Pack water for you and the dog.
  4. Be aware of the heat.  You might be in a t-shirt and shorts, but the dog is running in a fur coat.  They are more prone to get over-heated.
  5. Train them to run with the leash first.  Keep them on the leash until you know they won’t dart off.  Even then, keep them on the leash around roads, etc.  Trails that allow off-leash are great once you KNOW your dog will come back when called.
  6. Bring a plastic bag to pick up after Fido.  It’s just a common courtesy for other walkers and runners.
  7. After a long run, make sure to check your dogs paws.  If they appear raw or worn, you may want to scale back the length of the runs.  Cleaning their paws with warm soapy water after a trail run will help to get any dirt and debris out.

Do you run with your dogs?  Do they look forward to it?

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – End of August Garden Photos

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growing green beans in garden boxes

The weather has been crazy good here up in the Pacific Northwest this summer and it’s hard to believe gardening season will be coming to a close  pretty soon. Well, not technically coming to a close… we’ve still got plenty of things to grow around here in the winter months, but for things like fresh beans and tomatoes, we’ve only got about a month left to enjoy picking them fresh out of our gardens.

baby green beans

What will I do without fresh beans?

growing zucchini in a garden box

And zucchini? Well actually, to tell you the truth, my love for zucchini is pretty much seasonal thing. ;)  purple Cherokee tomatoes

But heirloom tomatoes? Now that’s something I wish I could grow year round. pumpkin patch

Check out the pumpkin patch? I counted 7 pumpkins growing on the vines. {Plus a few winter squash!}green cabbage with slugs

I think cabbage is going to be on the menu this weekend. I just have to pick off a few slugs first.  :)
Italian kale

And kale. If you can’t kill it, you might as well grow it, right?

Ahh summer. I’m going to miss you.

How is YOUR vegetable garden doing these days? Winding down? Just getting started?

Mavis wants to know!

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Free Kindle Books, Earrings, Labor Day Sales, B1G1, Recipes, Coupons and More

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I don’t know about you, but I am totally ready for a long weekend. I feel like I’ve been running around lately like  a chicken with it’s head cut off. I seriously need to learn the art of slowing down. Can you help me with that? Got any good tips, because I sure need them right now.

Monkey Boy starts school next week and we haven’t even started school shopping or going through last years supplies yet to see what we need. The fact that he is still growing doesn’t help matters in the clothing department either.  Sheesh! Senior year 2.0 here we come!

Have a great weekend everyone and stay safe!

Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

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Amazon has these adorable Rhinestone Owl Earrings on sale for just $1.70 shipped! I ordered a few sets for my daughter so she could give them as birthday gifts to her friends. Too cute!!

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Blueberry pies, blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, oh my! So many yummy ways to use blueberries. Find out How to Plant and Grow a Blueberry Bush. Find more info on how to plant and grow your favorite garden items on my Growing Guide Pinterest Board.

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6pm is having a huge Labor Day Sale with big savings on brands like The North Face, Columbia Sportswear, Ugg, Frye, Asics and more.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Wine Enthusiast Magazine for only $5.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight /29/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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Here are a few deals on wine gadgets:

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Lane Bryant is having a Buy One Get On Free sale today through Monday, September 1, 2014!

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These Raisin Bran Muffins are a great way to get some bran in your diet! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Amazon has the Birdscapes Clear Window Feeder on sale for $8.97. I have one of these on my front window and Lucy and I love watching all the little birdies fly in and get a snack.

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Bento Box Idea – English Muffin Pizzas with Pepperoni Slices and Cheese

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bento box idea mini pizzas

This is the perfect starter Bento Box lunch.  You don’t need any fancy cutters or supplies to put it together and what kid doesn’t love pizza?

Ingredients

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Green Beans
  • 2 English Muffins
  • Pepperoni Slices
  • Grated Cheese

bento Box ideas mini pizza

Directions

Slice the english muffins in half.  Place shredded cheese in a silicone baking cup.  In the large compartment of the container, arrange the english muffin slices, the pepperoni {about 8 slices}, and the silicone cup of shredded cheese.  In the remaining to compartments, add a bit of pizza sauce and some green beans {or any other veggie you like}.  Voila!  Finito.

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Fred Meyer: Home of the 20th Anniversary Gift Store. Who Knew?

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fred meyer shopping trip

Twenty Years.

The grocery store. You buy your groceries there, my husband, buys my 20th Wedding Anniversary gift there. Yep, that’s my guy…And to think I actually went out and bought 2 boxes of quart sized zipped baggies yesterday in anticipation of getting corn.

What a romantic.

~Mavis

 

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New Marketing Campaign to Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies

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Millions of dollars goes into making sugary foods appealing to kids.  I mean, just think about the cereal aisle in your grocery store.  The boxes are fun and colorful–they kind of promise an experience, an experience that the produce section just can’t compete with…until now.  According to an article I found, major retailers have decided to put a little pizzazz into the produce section by offering funner healthy snacking choices aimed specifically at kids.

Companies like Bolthouse Farms are piloting veggie snackers, which are basically a serving of baby carrots with a seasoning packet designed to make the carrots taste more like Dorritos.  Is this really what it takes to make kids eat their veggies?  Wowza! {Meanwhile, I tried to look up the ingredients in the seasoning packets, and it was just listed as “natural seasoning,” so take that however you choose:  good, bad, or indifferent.}

Major grocery stores like  Giant Eagle and Walmart are hoping to start marketing healthy options to kids with items like apple slices and dips, fruit tubes, etc.–all with more colorful packaging to appeal to kids.

I definitely like the idea of having a go-to spot in the grocery store where healthy prepared snacks are readily available.  I even like that retailers have decided to throw some of the marketing money in a more positive direction.  What do you think?  Will making fruits and veggies “funner” make them more appealing to kids?

~Mavis

 

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Free Kindle Books, Fruit Leather, Online Deals, Starbucks Coupons, Recipes and More

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lucy the puggle dog

I took Lucy the Puggle Dog for a long walk yesterday afternoon and she barely made it through the door before she plopped down. Ahh summer. I’m going to miss you and your wonderful weather when you’re gone. ;)

Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

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Amazon has the Dorcy Floating Waterproof LED Flashlight with Carabineer Clip, 55-Lumens, on sale for $6.76 and it ships FREE with Amazon Prime. I just ordered one for The Girl’s dorm room and one for my car.

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Spinach is mmmm mmmm good! Find out How to Grow Spinach From Start to Finish. Find more info on how to plant and grow your favorite garden items on my Growing Guide Pinterest Board.

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If you ever run out of scented candles, make this Slow Cooker Pear & Ginger Applesauce recipe and your house will smell delicious for days. Oh and it tatses awesome too, as a bonus! Find the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Urban Farm Magazine for only $8.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 8/28/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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Amazon has the Brother Personal Labeler Machine on sale for just $9.99 each! I have one of these and LOVE to get my OCD on and label the crackers out of everything.

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Got Favado yet? Favado is a mobile savings app that helps shoppers save time and money {up to 70%!} by providing access to tons of hidden deals that match coupons plus in-store promotions. Talk about making your money stretch.

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If you shop at The Grocery Outlet be sure and print this $5 of a $25 Purchase Coupon to save some cash. Go HERE for store locations.

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