One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights

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Cooking from the Farmers' Market

Books, Books, and More Books from Amazon.com

Thy-Hand-Hath-Provided-Recipe-Book

Giveaways

Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

Mornings with Mavis

Mornings with Mavis 

Black Bean Fajitas

Recipes

10 Ways to Save Money on Laundry

Tips and Tricks

New FDA Guidelines on Free Range Chickens

Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Buy 1 Citrus Lane Kid’s Care Package, Get 1 FREE!

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It’s always hard for me when I go to baby showers or buy birthday gifts for my friends’ kids because I want to get them something unique, but also something useful. I’ve stumbled onto the perfect solution! There’s this company called Citrus Lane that sends out these adorable care packages each month filled with all sorts of baby goods tailored to your child’s age {newborn to 5 years}. And right now they have this awesome offer where you basically get two boxes for the price of one!

Here’s how it works:

Select the box that works best for you and your little one. They start as low as $21 {that’s only $10.50 per box with this offer!}. Tell them the age of the child the box is for so they can pick just the right products for your box. They deliver a box-o-goodies every month right to your door {shipping is FREE!}. If you just want to do the B1G1 FREE box offer, canceling is super simple!

Sign up for the Citrus Lane Buy 1, Get 1 Free offer HERE!

And then come back and tell me what cool products you got in your box!

**When you sign up for the B1G1 offer, you’re automatically enrolled in their monthly box program, but cancelling is easy peasy. You can cancel by emailing customercare@citruslane.com or filling out their cancellation form.. You will still receive any boxes that you have already paid for, but your subscription will not be renewed when it expires. 

Be sure to cancel before the 1st of the next month (11:59pm Pacific on the last day of the previous month), before they begin their monthly billing cycle and start prepping your next box for shipment.**

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Friday Night at the Movies – Earth Voice, Food Choice

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Tonight I’m on my own, so I am going to check out Earth Voice, Food Choice.  It popped up as a suggested movie for me on Amazon, and looks pretty interesting.  It is a documentary/lecture that talks about our reliance on air, water, and dirt–and how we are destroying it with our modern day practices.

It’s in a lecture form, so I can feel like I am taking a class and still be in my p.j.’s.  Ha.

Amazon Prime Members can watch Earth Voice, Food Choice for free.

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.  Did you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to watch it over and over?

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

earth voice food choice

Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

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10 Tips for Taking Great Vacation Photos

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10 Tips for Taking Great Vacation Photos

If you haven’t guessed already, I love vacation photos.  Over the years, we have gone quite a few places, and even though it seems excessive while I am snapping the pictures, the whole family loves to look back at them all.  I love having little reminders of the places and faces.

Taking great photos is definitely an acquired skill {a great camera doesn’t hurt either}.  I have learned a few tricks over the years that have really added to the overall quality and enjoyment of my pictures—mostly the hard way.

Monticello

Here’s my top 10 tips for taking great vacation photos:

1. Before you take the shot, make sure the picture will tell the story of your trip.  This will help ensure you don’t take 400 pictures of one site, when you really only need 5.  {Okay, okay, I admit, I am still learning the finery of this one!}

2. Embrace technology and use your view finder.  It is basically showing you the picture you are about to take.  Look to see if you are cutting someone’s head off {I’ve never done this.  Ha.}  or if everything is centered the way you want it.

3.Fill up the photo.  A friend of mine who scrapbooks always says she “crops the crap”.  She cuts out the sky if there is too much in any photo and just gets down to the meat of what she’s trying to take.  I took this advice and decided to not take pictures of anything other than what I really want to remember.  So, if there is too much sky or people are too far away, I try to remember to zoom, etc. and “crop the crap” out of my pictures.

4. Turn the camera.  I used to always forget that horizontal wasn’t the only way I could take a picture.  In an effort to adhere to tip #3, I try to remember to fill the photo, and if that means going vertical, I do.

boise-idaho-dirty-dash-picture

5. Remember the people.  I know you go on vacation to see the sites, but really, you go to create memories with whoever you are traveling with.  Remember to take pictures of the people, in front of the sites or not.  Some of my favorite shots are the really random ones. For instance, in this photo the guy on the right forgot is his black running shorts. So what did he do? He ran in his underwear. ;)

6.Remember to pass the camera off. For awhile, it seemed that I didn’t actually attend any family vacations, family events, or birthday parties. I had to remember to pass the camera off to the HH every once in awhile to document my presence.

paris

7. Don’t be worried about posing everyone perfectly in front of some monument.  The candid shots are the best anyway.  This is just another one of those areas in life where it is best to “go organic”.

8. If you have little ones and your camera allows, set your action shots to take several consecutive pictures with one press of the button. Kids faces change so quickly and with several shots, you are bound to find one perfect picture for keeps. {You know, the one that captures their “for real” smiles.

Fat Smitty's

9. Think outside the box.  If you have an amazing meal at a famous restaurant, make sure to snap a picture.  Snap pictures of the trees, if you are moved by the basic scenery.  I am so used pine trees here in Washington that wide open fields or the fall leaves in the East always seem like they need documenting.

10. I recommend bringing an extra battery, and depending on the camera, an extra memory card.  That way, you never get caught without picture-taking abilities.  You can charge them in the hotel at night, but that won’t give you back your kid’s first ride on Splash Mountain {Because you know that’s when your camera will decide it’s out of juice.}

How about YOU, have you learned any picture-taking tricks that I must know?

~Mavis

canon rebel

If you are looking for an awesome camera, I use the Canon EOS Rebel T2i. Check the reviews {They are awesome!}

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Andrew’s Straw Bale Garden

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andrew la blanc{Photo Credit Journal-News/Pavel Slepicka}

One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Andrew was just featured in his local Hillsboro, Illinois paper, The Journal News for his amazing straw bale garden he planted 3 months ago in his grandparents backyard.  The above picture features Andrew standing in front of his nearly five-and-a-half foot tall tomato plants.

straw bale garden

But he’s not just growing tomatoes, he also has pumpkins, zucchini and cucumbers growing in his straw bale garden as well. And the best part? These straw bales help keep the soil weed free. In fact, Andrew says he hasn’t pulled a weed yet!

Andrew studied ornamental horticulture while in college and is also a Master Gardener. He started gardening at the age of 12 and hasn’t stopped since. What a stinkin’ rock star! ;)

Way to go Andrew.

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Last Night’s Harvest

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strawberries in wooden box

Rain is in the forecast again for today so last night I went out and harvested a few fruits and vegetables so I could take the day off from gardening and work on getting ready for our trip to Memphis.

If you’ve never had real, homegrown strawberries before, you need to put them on your wish list for next year. The last few years I’ve ordered the tri-star variety from Raintree Nursery and absolutely love them.
red potatoes

We have about 2 rows of potatoes that are ready to be dug up so last night I pulled up two potato plants and this is what I found below the surface. Someone get the butter, quick!
heirloom beets

More beets!

heirloom tomatoes

The heirloom tomatoes are just starting to trickle in. We’ve been picking them every two or three days and Lucy the puggle dog is out there at least twice a day stealing the little cherry tomatoes as well.

kitchen garden heirloom vegetablesLast nights harvest:

1 pint raspberries
1 quart strawberries
2 quarts green beans {Roma and Kentucky bush}
2 quarts tomatoes
2+ pounds potatoes
3+ pound heirloom beets

Not to shabby if you ask me. :)

How about YOU? What have you been harvesting lately?

Mavis wants to know.

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Toilet Paper, Ragu, Kids New Balance Shoes, Canning Deals + More

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Happy Friday!

Here are a few deals I spotted for you while I was drinking a nice cup of water. ;)

~Mavis

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The Berry Bible $0.99 or FREE with Amazon Prime {I have this and LOVE it!}
Pies and Mini Pies FREE
Homemade Christmas Gifts and More FREE
Natural Homemade Cleaners FREE

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

personalized address stamper

Amazon Local is offering a Personalized Stamper with Custom Faceplate for $29 shipped {Under Tacoma Deals} I have one of these and it’s great for around the holidays and when I have to mail a lot of stuff out}.

Be sure and Sign up HERE so you’ll know what the daily deal is each day.

Quilted Northern Ultra Plush, Double Rolls

Amazon has the Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Double Rolls 48-pack on sale for $21.69 shipped when you clip the $1.00 off coupon {must be logged into your account to see the coupon} and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

ragu chunky pasta sauce

Get Ragu Chunky Pasta Sauce, Tomato Garlic & Onion, 45 Ounce Bottles {Pack of 4} for $8.55/ $2.13 each shipped when you clip the 20% off coupon {you must be signed into your account to see it} and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

ragu sauce

It’s a great deal and time to stock upon Ragu Pasta Saucegarnier fructis coupon

Print a coupon good for $1.50 off (1) GARNIER FRUCTIS SHAMPOO Products

kids new balance shoes


Joe’s New Balance Outlet has kids New Balance Shoes on sale for just $19.99 today only!



Get a Free Trial of all-natural, safe, and effective diaper products for baby and home from the Honest company.

A Discovery Kit contains samples of The Honest Company’s products and allows you to try them before purchasing a full Bundle. Depending on your selection, your kit will contain a travel size Honest Shampoo & Body Wash, Honest Lotion, Honest Healing Balm, Honest Laundry Detergent, and Honest Hand Soap or a handful of Honest Diapers & Wipes Discovery Kits are free, but there is a shipping and handling fee of $5.95.

canning aprons

Zulily is having a big home canning sale with canning equipment, aprons and enamelware on sale today.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

hello kitty purse

Check out these cute Hello Kitty Purses!

White Hello Kitty Shopping Bag Handbag Tote Purse $16.90 Shipped
Black Hello Kitty Head Shaped Tote Shoulder Bag $17.37
Hello Kitty Scottish Style Plaids Handbag $19.70 Shipped
Hello Kitty Shoulder Tote Purse $24.99

how to make sidewalk chalk paint

Here’s a cool project for the kiddo’s - How to Make Sidewalk Paint.

easy-summer-recipes-grilled-corn-roasted-pepper-and-black-bean-salad

Looking for something simple to make tonight? How about a Grilled Corn, Roasted Pepper, and Black Bean Salad?

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Vegan Recipe – Mediterranean Barley Salad

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Vegan Recipe - Mediterranean Barley Salad

I spotted this recipe for Mediterranean barley salad in the online edition of L. A. Times and thought it looked pretty tasty. Lucky for me my neighbor Hulda had a jar of capers and we had some kalamata olives in the cupboard so I was able to make it.

It was a little different from the salads I normally liked and I LOVED it!

Ingredients for the Salad

2 cups pearl barley {Amazon or your bulk foods section}
4 cups water
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup pitted and chopped kalamata olives
1/3 cup drained capers
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh oregano,chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Ingredients for the Dressing

2 tablespoons lemon juice {I used bottled}
1 tablespoon honey Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil {Zoe Olive Oil is my favorite}

pearl barley

Directions

Place the pearl barley, water and salt in a rice cooker and cook just as you would rice.

If you do not have a rice cooker simply add the pearl barley, water and salt in a saucepan, bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook covered, until the liquid has been absorbed and barley is tender {about 30 minutes}.

In a small bowl combine the lemon juice, mustard, kosher salt, vinegar, chives and olive oil and whisk together. Set aside.

Once the pearl barley has cooled, place the barley in a large bowl, and stir in the dressing. Cover and chill for about 2 hours and then fold in the chopped olives, oregano, capers, pine nuts and chives..

Ancient Grains for Modern Meals

Looking for more recipes like this one? Check out the book Ancient Grains for Modern Meals. It rocks!

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Sales Cycles – What’s on Sale in August?

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What is on sale in august sale cycles

August is bittersweet for me.  It’s the last month of summer vacation for the kids {which is both a welcome relief and a little sad, for me at least}.  It’s also supposed to be the lazy days of summer, but if you’re on a mission to garden, there’s nothing lazy about it. This month while you’re out, keep an eye for sales on these items:

deals on kashi bars

Food

Juice Boxes {in preparation for school lunches}
Lunchables
Ready Made Kid Snacks
Pudding Cups
Tissues
Granola Bars
Fruit Snacks
Lunchmeat
Canned Fruit
Salmon

picture of heirloom beans

Seasonal Produce

Apples
Beans
Blackberries
Blueberries
Carrots
Cherries
Cucumber
Corn
Peas
Plums
Raspberries
Spinach
Summer Squash
Strawberries
Watermelon
Cantaloupe
Peaches
Apricots

family sized tent

Non Food Items

Back to school supplies
Swimwear and summer clothing {continued clearance from last month}
Tents {clearance}
Charcoal {clearance}
Water Toys {clearance}
Sunscreen {clearance}
Insect Repellent {clearance}
Swingsets
Lawnmowers
Patio Furniture
Computers {back to school}
Dorm Necessities

Is there a particular item you always notice for sale in August? Let us know in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list.

Saving money is cool!

~Mavis

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Follow Us From Seattle to Memphis: #StJudeorBust

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mavis gnomes St. Jude #StJudeorBust

The Girl and I spent this morning rounding up all garden gnomes from every nook and cranny in our backyard garden. No stone, leaf, or pallet was left unturned.

As of this morning we have collected a whopping 460 gnomes and $231 in cash donations! This means that so far together we have raised $4,831 for St. Jude. HOW COOL IS THAT? :)

garden gnomes St. Jude #StJudeorBust

Since you guys made this whole trip possible when you answered the call to Send in the Gnomes, we feel like this journey is just as much about you as it is about us. So we’re going to be documenting every last mile of our journey and we’d love for you to come along on our virtual trip!

#StJudeorBust

It’s hard to believe but we leave for Memphis in just 6 days and in addition to the endless pictures and posts about all the cool people/places/things we see along the way, we’ll also be posting daily video recaps of the adventures from the day before on my YouTube channel.

We’ll even be giving you “live” coverage via Facebook, Twitter and Google+ every time we “Gnome Bomb” someone, someplace, something! We’ll be using the hashtag #StJudeorBust, so if you just want to narrow in your coverage of the trip, we’ll make it nice and easy for you. So pick your favorite social media outlet, subscribe now and buckle up. It’s going to be a crazy ride!

Here’s how to follow us:

On Facebook
On Twitter
On Google+
On YouTube

#StJudeorBust

Remember to look for our #StJudeorBust hashtag to make following our journey that much easier!

Read more about our St. Jude Fundraiser

See all the Gnomes that Have Been Sent In

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