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mornings with mavis

Can you believe it’s August 1st already? Is it just me or does it seem like this year has flown by? Holy cats!  At what point does life slow down… does anyone know? 

Have a great weekend everyone, and stay out of trouble! Okay? ;)  

Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy!

pearl hair pins

My daughter just ordered this set of 6 White Pearl Hair Pins for $1.69 shipped. Aren’t they lovely? I think they’ll be great for special occasions. :)

Wahl 79300-400 Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting Kit

Save money on haircuts this year with the Wahl Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting Kit. On sale right now for just $17.99. I have been cutting the HH’s and Monkey Boys hair for about 20 years now and if I can do it, so can you.

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Get the Sparkle Paper Towels Large Rolls Print {12-Pack} $11.39 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout. Learn About Amazon Subscribe and Save.

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The HH is obsessed with Craigslist. I’m not the biggest fan, but I know so many people side with my husband on this one. Here are some tips for selling your stuff on Craigslist! Find more cool tips and money savings ideas on my Pinterest Boards.

The North Face Fennel Woven Shirt

REI Outlet Deal of the Day - The North Face Fennel Woven Shirt $31.73 {was $65}

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6pm has Betula {licensed by Birkenstock} on sale with savings up to 50% off. Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

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I’ve been loving audible lately as I’ve gone on evening walks. I can listen to all my favorite books and the workout flies by. It’s awesome. Now you can download a FREE audiobook with a free 30-day trial offer from Audible. You can cancel at anytime with no penalty at all. Get your FREE audiobook download HERE.

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Today is the last day to take advantage of the additional 20% off Williams-Sonoma Summer Sale. Simply enter code SUMMER at checkout and you will receive an additional 20% off your entire purchase. Yee- Ha!

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Popular Mechanics Magazine for only $7.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 8/1/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

The-Best-Strawberry-Shortcake-Recipe-I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve served this Strawberry Shortcake recipe for dinner before. Made me the coolest mom ever. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for later.

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Single Serving Microwave Chocolate Cake

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Single Serving Microwave Chocolate Cake

The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird made this the other night. Whoever thought to do this is freakin awesome. Where was this idea when I was growing up or before I had kids? There were so many times when this cake would have really come in handy. Even now, it will keep me from inhaling an entire chocolate cake.

Seriously though, tell me this isn’t the perfect college kid recipe! You don’t need large quantities of ingredients and every college kid has a microwave, right? I suspect this won’t be the last time The Girl makes this.

Single Serving Microwave Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons olive oil
A pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
Powdered sugar to dust on top

chocolate cake in a cup

Directions

In a coffee mug or custard dish, mix all dry ingredients together. Then add wet ingredients and stir until combined. Microwave on high for 1 min 45 seconds, sprinkle with powdered sugar and BAM. Dessert is served!

Single Serving Microwave Chocolate Cake

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HersheyPark and Desserts Etc. Cafe in Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Hersheypark, Pennsylvania

The day after graduation, The Girl and I packed our bags and headed out for one of our final mother/daughter trips before she leaves for school {sniff, sniff}.  We decided to hit the east coast.  One of our stops was Hersheypark in Pennsylvania.  I admit, I went for the chocolate.

She went for the roller coasters {I hate roller coasters, but was willing to ride them}.

hersheys chocolate world pa

Hersheypark is a massive amusement park.  It has 12 roller coasters, for any of you thrill seekers and about 65 other attractions.  It was originally founded by Milton Hershey as a leisure park for employees at Hershey Chocolate Company.  It is still solely owned by the Hershey Entertainment Company.  The park opened its first roller coaster in 1923 and has been adding to it ever since.

On a hot summer day, you can also enjoy the boardwalk {make sure to bring a swimsuit if you are going to the Boardwalk, they don’t allow you to go in without swimwear}.    We didn’t do the water rides, but if the squeals from all the little kids mean anything, I’d say it is totally worth your time.

giant hershey bar

The park doesn’t have any sort of transit system from one side to the other, so be prepared to do some walking {that’s not really a downside to me, I kind of liked it}.  When you get tired, you can always stop off at one of the restaurants {or grab some chocolate}. :) :) :)

The park offers shows as well, so when your feet get tired, you can stop off and watch dueling pianos–or if you are lucky, you’ll be there on a Saturday or Sunday when they offer their concert series.

If rides and shows aren’t your thing, you can swing through ZOOAMERICA or hit Hershey’s Chocolate World {restaurant and shops dedicated to Hershey’s treats}.  Yum.

hershey pa kisses

After your trip to Hershey Park don’t forget to drive through the downtown area to get a glimpse of the Hershey Kiss lampposts.

desserts etc hershey pennsylvania

And if you need a place for lunch, Desserts Etc. has the most amazing turkey and bacon sandwiches and the pastries aren’t too shabby either. Okay, so the pastries freakin’ rock. In fact, you may want to forget the sandwich and just load up on sweets instead. Not that I did that or anything. Nope. Not me. :)

Hershey, PA

It’s AWESOME!

~Mavis

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Upcycle Old Buttons Into Bookmarks

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Upcycle Old Buttons Into Bookmarks

I came across my grandmothers tin of old buttons the other day, and decided I really needed to put them to good use.  A lot of them are mismatched single buttons that I will never use for a sewing project or buttons I’ve collected over the years, but they are so unique, I don’t want them to go to waste so I decided to turn them into some bookmarks, and knew it would be a perfect way to use them.

old buttons in a tin box

Supplies You’ll Need:

Buttons
Paper clips {I like the colored ones best}
Hot glue gun and glue stick
Felt or snippets of wool

Upcycle Old Buttons Into Bookmarks

Directions:

Hot glue the button onto the top of a paper clip.  Cut a small piece of felt and hot glue it onto the back of the button/paper clip combo. The felt will hide the hot glue bump from gluing on the button and give you a cleaner finish.

I think these would make such a cute gift, along with your favorite book.

~Mavis

Upcycle Old Buttons Into Bookmarks

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Mavis Garden Blog – How to Harvest and Store Onions

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I’ve received a bunch of questions recently from people wanting to know when they should harvest their onions,  so I thought I would go ahead and repost this handy dandy tutorial on how to harvest and store onions for those of you who have never done it before, or just need a quick refresher.

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This year I grew 3 different types of onions.  Walla Walla Sweets Yellow Onions, and Red Onions.

The Walla Wallas are for eating fresh, the yellows for winter storage, and the red onions for homemade salsa, sandwiches and for roasting on the grill.

Because I planted so many onions, at different times, not all of the onions are ready to harvest right now.  But a few of them are.

Here are a few pictures of the drying process of my first batch of onions.

Onions are ready to be harvested when the necks are nice and dry.  At this point you’ll want to pull up the onions, and lay them flat on the soil for a day or two so they have a chance to  dry out in the sun a bit.

Then, you’ll want to move your onions to a warm, ventilated area {out of the sun} for a few weeks so they can finish curing.

You’ll know the onions are done drying when they look like the regular onions you see in the grocery store.  The outer skins will be paper like and brittle, the roots will be dry, and the tops will be completely dried out.

If you would like to show off your onions, then you’ll definitely want to try braiding them.  Hanging the onions in the kitchen is cool.  The Pilgrims did it, and so can you.

Braiding onions is pretty basic, almost like french braiding hair, but instead of pulling hair {onions} from beneath, you are adding them on top and working them into the onions from there.

The trick to braiding the onions is to make sure the onion stalks are not completely dried out.  If they are to dry, the papery stalks will crumble in your hands.  You need them to be moist enough so they will be flexible to braid with out falling apart.

When I braided the bunch of onions you see above, they had been drying for about 7 days on the back porch, which I felt was the perfect amount of time.  As the onions continue to dry, they will hold together just fine because I braided them pretty tight.

As far as long term storage goes, brush off any excess dirt, and place onions in mesh bags, or storage crates in a cool, dark place.  The ideal temp for storing onions is around 40 degrees.

Now, if I could just get the smell of onions off my hands…

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Printable Coupons, Big 5, Layering Tees, Potting Soil Recipe, Asics Running Shoes, Memory Cards and More

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lucy the puggle dog english bulldog

I was out walking Lucy the other day when Francisco walked by. He is currently pet sitting the most handsome English Bulldog on the planet while the owners are away on vacation. Talk about the sweetest dog ever! So friendly and LOVES people. I think Lucy has a new buddy. :)

Have a great Thursday everyone,

Mavis

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Dude… Groupon has Ecko Unltd. Men’s Jogger Pants on sale for $24.99 shipped. Monkey Boy says you’ll look narley in these.

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Have you ever made your own potting soil? Get my recipe for DIY Potting Soil HERE. Find more cool tips and money savings ideas on my Pinterest Boards.

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Amazon has layering tees as low as $2.99 on sale right now. Prices range from $2.99-$7.99 depending on your color and size.

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My daughter just ordered a pair of the new TOMS Campus Classics shoes in her school colors and she is so excited!!! Right now you can save $15 off  with TOMS Campus Classics when you use code SPIRIT15 at checkout at  TOMS.com! {Final price about $33}  This deal is valid through August 4, 2014. Yay!

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Do you have a BIG 5 Sporting Goods store near you? Here’s a coupon for 10% off your total purchase! I love going there for their back to school sales. They have great prices on high quality backpacks. Use this 10% off Big 5 coupon to make them even cheaper!

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Elle Decor Magazine for only $4.50 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 7/31/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas

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homemade whole wheat tortilla recipe

I love homemade tortillas. I can’t even look at the store bought ones anymore. I wanted to experiment with making them just a little bit healthier but just as awesome tasting. Mission accomplished. These whole wheat tortillas are so freakin good. And good for you too!

Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla recipe

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups whole wheat bread flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups boiling water

how to make Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, combine first 3 ingredients. Add shortening and blend with the back of a spatula or by hand until the mixture is crumbly. Form a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the boiling water. Blend with a fork until combined. Knead dough until smooth and no longer sticky {add more flour if needed}. Roll dough into small balls about the size of golf balls.  Place them on a baking sheet, cover and let sit for at least an hour before cooking.

pastry wheel

Heat a frying pan or cast iron skillet over high heat. Lightly flour a surface and roll out each dough ball depending on how thick you want your tortillas {If you have major OCD like me you might want to make cut them into  semi perfect circles with a pastry wheel}. Cook for 45 seconds on each side {I sprayed my pan with Pam first}, turning if bubbles appear.

homemade whole wheat tortilla recipe

Not a fan of whole wheat tortillas? Here’s my recipe for regular Homemade Tortillas.

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A Small Garden from Virginia Packs a Lot of Vegetables into a 6×8 Foot Raised Bed

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raised garden boxes

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

growing squash in a raised garden bed

Check out these photos Susanne from Virginia recently sent in of her 6×8, 24″ high raised bed garden. This is her second year with it and it just goes to show you do not need a huge amount of space to grow some veggies.

Here’s what Susanne said about her garden:

Kale, romaine, spinach and radishes were first and are about gone now.

Basil, and chives… Both onion and garlic in opposite corners! All have been ready for a couple months at least. Chives were perennial and survived last years crazy Virginia winter. Many things didn’t make it through that normally do.. My fig tree and large gardenia are still in recovery.

growing tomatoes in raised beds

Currently, in addition to herbs, we have HUGE Beefsteak tomatoes, tons of cherry tomatoes, summer squash and cucumbers. My 4 foot PLUS marigolds are blooming.., FINALLY! There are only 3 tomato plants in this garden. Two Beefsteak and 1 cherry! I have topped all over and over. They just get bigger… AMAZING. I will need a ladder to get all the cherry tomatoes… Literally.

squash growing in a garden box

My greatest challenge is to maintain good airflow and keeping it open and inviting to bees. I started everything from seed except the tomato plants and brussels sprouts. The sprouts are a failure. I have since learned they should be a fall planting… I guess the “grower” missed that point too!

All are growing in topsoil from a natural pond/runoff in the back corner of our property. This great natural dirt is amended with chicken poop compost from my chickens. The chickens live in our backyard. This garden bed is in our front yard!

raised garden

The table and bucket on the side are to keep my dogs from picking squash! They are starting to grow outside the box so we will see if they can restrain themselves!

~ Susanne

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

~Mavis

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

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How to Keep Your Home Safe for Dogs

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How to Keep Your Home Safe for Dogs

Until we got Lucy the Puggle Dog, I really had no idea that dogs are like babies.  You have to consider that they don’t know better and take them into account by dog-proofing your home and yard.  You totally have to start paying attention to little things you would have never thought twice about, like potentially poisonous plants out in the flower beds to grabbing fallen grapes and chocolate off of the floor lightening quick.

Doggy-proofing your house isn’t rocket science, but if your like us and just getting a dog for the first time in your life, here are some things to remember:

  1. Place cleaners, chemicals, laundry supplies, etc. in cupboards or latched cabinets.  Dogs don’t really understand Mr. Yuck stickers.  They interpret the world through their mouth and nose.  So, if it smells like lemons, odds are they will taste it.
  2. Don’t leave plates and food unattended.  Dogs can be trained, for sure, to leave food alone, but while you are doing it, you don’t want to leave packaged items or open plates within their reach.  Packaging on items can cause dogs a lot a harm {because they will eat it to get to the food} and not all human food is suitable {or even safe} for pets.
  3. Look at wires to lamps, computers, t.v.’s, etc.  As they tromp through the house, they will not consider the consequences of pulling your lamps and electronics off the shelves.
  4. Have them wear their collar and tag, even when they are inside.  If someone {say a neighbor kid?} lets your dog out accidentally, you will want them to be easily identified and returned.
  5. Never feed your dogs the following people food:  xylitol {a sweetener}, nutmeg, chocolate, onions, garlic, coffee, raw fish, apple seeds, apricot/cherry/avocado/plum/persimmon/peach stones, moldy foods, macadamia nuts {most nuts, actually}, bones from chicken or fish, grapes/raisins, alcohol, hops, or bread dough.  These items are toxic to dogs, so make sure not to leave them where a dog can get to them.
  6. Keep houseplants out of reach.  Several houseplants are toxic to dogs.  Even if they aren’t, you probably aren’t wild about having to clean up a spilled pot from a curious puppy.
  7. If you have a puppy, be religious about having kids pick up their small toys.  Dogs chew.  Small toys lead to choking or blocked up dogs.
  8. Keep trash cans in a closed closet or pantry, or get one with a lid that latches.
  9. Keep the toilet bowl lid closed to deter dogs from drinking potentially chemically treated water.

Do you have any more tips you’ve learned in doggy-proofing your house?

~Mavis

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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 31 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

empty closet

1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I have cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room. Wowza! Now that’s an empty closet! All that’s left to do is get everything washed and sorted before heading off the school.

I don’t know about you, but I smell a new craft closet for Mavis! :) :) :)

omron pedometer

2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house. My busiest day with the pedometer last week was 20,353 steps. That’s about 11-12 miles. Nice!

alaska airlines digi player

3. Travel.   So far this year The Girl and I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia and now Victoria B.C

Ummm…. you may want to scroll down to see where I’m headed next.

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing. I think the key is going to be to STAY BUSY and I’ve got a plan on how I can do that.

crappy british teeth

5. Get 3 new teeth. – I made an appointment with a new dentist {my old one retired and then the guy that bought his practice recently moved to another city so I figured what the heck, now is a good time to find someone local to go to instead of having to drive an hour to see someone I didn’t really care for in the first place}.

The only problem is, I can’t get in for 2 weeks. Which is fine because it’s a good sign that this dentist is BUSY and patients like to go there. :)

lucy the puggle dog

6. Pay off my car. Done!

primitive hooked star rug

7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done.

anne nichols turkey rug

I started another rug and I’m making some pretty good progress. I’m hoping to get it done by Thanksgiving. Because this rug is much smaller than the primitive star rug I made I should have no problem finishing it in time.

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. Yard work, eating leftovers and working on cars. Yee-Haw. We sure lead an exciting life around here. ;)

9.  Secret Plan #1 - Done! – I’ll tell you about it in August. 

10. Secret Plan #2 Making progress.

11. Secret Plan #3

mavis pilgrim

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. I have decided to take the bull by the horns and pick out a house for the HH and I for our 20th anniversary. Some people go on cruises or renew their vows for the 20th, I would like vacation home where I can wear my pilgrim dress and talk to the local townspeople without feeling weird.

* If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, now might be a good time… I may need your input over the next few days. ;)

head of cabbage

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden. I found a head of cabbage on the back porch last night. This can only mean one thing… the HH harvested it.

Actually the weather for gardening has been great lately, lots of sunshine and with such a small garden this year I’m actually able to keep up and not feel overwhelmed. ;) Shocking, but true.

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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