Ebates 14% Cash Back + FREE $10 Gift Card to Macy’s, Walmart, Target or Kohl’s

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I just logged into my Ebates account to purchase something online and noticed Ebates is offering 14% cash back today to oodles of stores.

Ebates offers cash back from any of 1,500 stores any time you start your shopping trip at Ebates.com. There are no points to redeem, no forms to mail in, and no fees. Stores pay Ebates a sales commission for sending shoppers their way, and Ebates uses the commission to pay you cash back.

If you are new to Ebates, you will also score a FREE $10 gift card to Target, Macy’s, Walmart, Kohls, or Ebates.  How cool is that?  Simply sign up HERE and you will receive the gift card of your choice in the mail after your first $25 purchase.  We use Ebates ALL THE TIME in our house, even our kids use it.

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Pick Up Lines for Ladies

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Pick Up Lines for Ladies

Okay, ladies, I know what you’ve been thinking…where are some pick-up lines that I can use?  I am sure you have just been dying to get out there and catch yourself your soul mate  so this week’s pick-up lines are for you.

  1. Are you Superman, because you’ve got buns of steel.  {Seriously, I dare you to use this on someone.}
  2. You Tarzan, me Jane.  {KISS–”Keep it simple stupid”}
  3. I read palms.  It says you’re gonna call me soon.  {Ah, this is actually a cute-ish icebreaker}
  4. Can I have a picture of you?  So I can show Santa what I want for Christmas.  {Barf!}
  5. There must be something wrong with my eyes, because I can’t seem to take my eyes off of you.
  6. Is it hot in here, or is it just you?
  7. There’s no time like the present to take me out on a date.  {Sometimes, you just got to be a little forward.}
  8. What does a girl have to do to get a guy to buy her a cup of coffee?  {Just flirty enough to maybe work.}
  9. What took you so long to come into my life?  {In general, men LOVE the idea of immediate over-commitment, so this is the perfect segway.  Ha.}
  10. Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?

Now go out there and land yourself a man!

~Matchmaker Mavis

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Friday Night at the Movies – Freakanomics

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Tonight The Girl and I are going to watch Freakanomics.  It’s based on the best selling book by the same title.  Basically, an economist attempts to answer what motivates people to make everyday decisions.  He uses statistics to explain life’s most basic mysteries, like crime rates, poverty, etc.

The book got such great reviews, that I thought the movie might be a cool overview.

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Amazon Prime Members can watch Freakanomics for free HERE.

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?

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!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

 

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How To Make Sidewalk Paint

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Whipping up a batch of sidewalk paint is not only easy, but it might just keep the kids busy long enough for you to get dinner ready.  Have you ever sidewalk paint before?

If not, here is how to make it:

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Mix equal parts water and corn starch {I used one cup of each} in a bowl and mix until the cornstarch is dissolved.  Next, grab one of your old muffin tins and fill the muffin cups with about 1/4 cup of the corn starch and water mixture.

DIY Sidewalk chalk paint for kids

Add 2 drops of food coloring for lighter colors and 4-5 drops for darker colors.  Walk the tin of sidewalk pint outside, hand your kiddos a few paint brushes, and let them have some fun.  The chalk washes off easily when they are done.

DIY Sidewalk  paint for kids

Summer vacation is almost here.  Are you ready?  I know I am!

~Mavis

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For more easy {and fun} children’s craft projects, check out The Complete Book of Arts and Crafts. The reviews are awesome.

 

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How to Plant, Feed, and Prune Roses

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How to Plant, Feed and Prune Roses

Do you have roses?  My friend Karen has them and she has always said that with a  little extra effort, there is a huge difference in how they look.  They add a ton of color to her yard, and as an added bonus, they always bring in the bees she needs for her garden.

If you plan on getting roses, or already have them, here’s a few tips on how to plant, feed, and prune them:

First, planting.  If you have soil with lots of clay, make sure to add compost when you plant them.  Also, choose an area with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.   If your roses don’t get enough sun, it will totally affect how many flowers you get.  {Do a little research to find the type of roses that do best in your area.}  Finally, add a little mulch to ensure the roses stay cool and moist during the hottest parts of summer.

Next, feeding  and watering your roses.  Roses need to be fed about once a year–usually in spring as soon as the first leaves are out.  Your local nursery should have some organic options for feeding roses.  As far as watering goes, roses typically need about 1″ of water per week.  Try, if possible, not to let sprinklers hit the leaves of your roses, because they are super susceptible to fungal infections.

Finally, pruning.   A standard rule of thumb is to prune your roses when the forsythia blooms in your area.  Pruning helps to make sure you get blooms all summer long.  To prune, always cut the stem at a 45 degree angle.  How often you prune depends on the variety of rose you chose.  You can ask your local nursery for the specifics.

That’s pretty much it when it comes to maintaining your roses, as far as I’m concerned.

Do we have an prize-winning rose gardeners out there with more tips?

~Mavis

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Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers

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Raised Garden Beds – Backyard Garden Tour

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Happy Friday everyone!

I thought I would give you a mini garden tour today and show you what’s growing {and what’s not} in our 16 raised garden beds. If you are wondering why I’m holding Miss Lucy, it’s because she is not longer allowed in the front yard. Every time she’s out in the front, she bolts.

She’s a free spirit. What can I say.

raised garden beds

Okay, before I show you all the vegetables that are thriving, let’s talk about these 2 stinkin’ garden beds shall we? I cannot get ANYTHING to grow in these. Nada. Nothing. What is up with that? I even tested the soil.  These beds are cursed I tell you. Cursed!

I think I’m going to have my online boyfriend sing to them or something when he visits me in a few weeks for the Mother Earth News Fair. Something has got to be done about this.

Has something like this ever happened to you? Seriously, what’s the deal?

raised garden beds organic cabbage heads

The cabbage {which is in the bed right next to the duds} is totally thriving, And no, I did not add another cabbage in the empty space yet. I thinkI’m going to leave it empty.

raised garden  beds radish

Radishes. We are picking them today!

The onions and kohlrabi that are in there are doing great.

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The square foot garden. So far so good. I’m really surprised at how well all the different plants are growing next to each other.

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Swiss Chard. Ahh I love how it’s growing in perfect little rows.

raised garden beds organic tomatoes

We planted 6 beds with tomato plants last week and they are doing great.

heirloom tomato plant

Here’s a close up of one of the tomato plants. I’m thinking we are about 60 days away to fresh salsa. What do you think?

raised garden beds

We planted garlic last fall and typically harvest towards the end of June or early July.

atrichoke

Close up of the artichoke leaves. I seriously thought these were gonners, but after some serious watering, they perked back up.

young beet greens

Check out the beets! They are coming alive. I need to get out there and thin these soon.

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Here’s a view from the back of the garden. I think everything is looking as it should for mid-May. In about another month or the tops of all the raised garden beds should be covered in a sea of green and it will start to look dreamy.

Right now I’m wishing I had a few more garden boxes.

Hmmm. I wonder if I can get the HH to build me a few.

What’s new in your garden? Are you tomatoes in yet? Have you spotted any tomato flowers yet?

~Mavis

Maximizing Your Mini Farm: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre 

Mini farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre.

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Mornings with Mavis – FREE Kindle Books, Kitchen Scale, Raisin Bran, Plink, Eureka Vacuum, Redbox + More

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Lucy the vegetable thief has discovered she likes French Breakfast radishes. What a stinker! Rain is in the forecast for the next 6 out of 7 days. Lately it’s just been raining at night, which is awesome, because I don’t have to water, but I’m hoping to do a little more garden clean up this weekend {mostly pulling weeds}. So a clear sky would be nice. We’ll see.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the weekend!

 ~Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

Garden Guide – FREE
How to Sprout Raw Food FREE
Superfoods: Top Superfoods and Superfoods Recipes FREE
On the Side: Low-Calorie Side Dish and Salad Recipes FREE
Quick and Easy Grilling Recipes FREE

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

If you have been looking for a kitchen scale the Cuisaid ProDigital Digital Kitchen Scale in silver is currently on sale on Amazon for only $9.99.  The reviews on this scale are great too!

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Don’t feel like going to the grocery store? Amazon has Raisin Bran Crunch on sale for $7.11/ $2.37 a box when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

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Okay, so maybe I’m getting old, but these Bedside Storage Mattress Book Caddies look kind of cool. Ahhh. I’ve become my mother.

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Amazon currently has the Eureka Hand-Held Vacuum on sale for $39.99 shipped! This is a great deal and the reviews are awesome.

Sign up for Plink today, make a minimum $20 purchase at Sears or Kmart by Sunday, 5/19 11:59 EST, and we’ll give you 2,000 Plink Points – enough to redeem for a $20 Gift Card of your choice at places like Amazon.com, Target, Walmart, Kohls, Starbucks and more!

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Zulily is having a Boc by Born shoe sale with styles starting at $26.99. I have a pair of their black sandals and they are super cozy.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

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Each credit is good for 1 overnight rental of 1 DVD. If you keep your DVD an extra night, it just uses another credit. You won’t be charged until your credits are all used up. And the next month it refills to 4 DVD credits again. You can cancel at anytime.

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The REI Outlet is having a 3 day 33% off sale on 3 4 brands. Head on over and check it out.

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Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs

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Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs

Who doesn’t like a tender chicken kabob?

If you like chicken, and {somewhat}spicy Thai food, these spicy Thai chicken kobobs are for you. No fancy ingredients, and super simple to make. Is it really time to fire up the grill again? Where does the time go?

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks {I used Zaycon chicken}
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed {optional}
8 wooden or metal skewers
salt and pepper  My husband puts it on everything! What a weirdo. 

Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs

Directions

Soak bamboo skewers in warm water for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar and red pepper until nice and smooth.

Skew chicken on wet skewers and place in a roasting pan.  Pour marinade over chicken kabobs and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Remove from marinade and cook over a medium hot grill until fully cooked {about 4 to 5 minutes on each side}.

Serve warm with your favorite side salad.

Fire Wire Stainless Steel Flexible Grilling Skewer, Set of 2

I just ordered a set of these Fire Wire Stainless Steel Flexible Grilling Skewers. The reviews are really good. Have you ever used them before?

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How to Make a Strawberry Hanging Basket

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How to Make a Strawberry Hanging Basket

If you are short on space, growing strawberries in hanging baskets might be the way to go.  It is super simple, and can produce surprising yields. I whipped up a hanging strawberry basket this morning for the greenhouse and thought I’d show you how I did it.

tri star strawberries

To get started, you need to choose what type of strawberry you’d like to grow.  In general, smaller June bearing strawberries are the best choice, because they are not quite as prone to sending out runners. {Runners are how strawberries multiply, but they take a lot of energy from the plant–energy that would be better used to make berries.}  I used my favorite strawberries, Tri-Star.

how to make hanging baskets

Next, you need a hanging basket.  I used a standard wire hanging basket from the Home Depot {Amazon.com has hanging baskets too}.  Anything will work, so long as you have 12-15 inches from top to bottom.  Line your hanging basket with moss {or even coir} to help the plants retain water.

Fill your hanging basket with potting soil. {Need potting soil?  Check out my post on how to make your own potting soil.}

How to Grow Hanging Strawberries

You can typically plant 4-6 plants in your average size hanging basket. My basket was a little larger than normal so I used 12 strawberry plants.

How to Make a Strawberry Hanging Basket

Finally, water those suckers in, and Presto!  In a month or two you’ll have a hanging strawberry garden.

Don’t forget to water your hanging baskets pretty regularly, and your strawberry plants will need to be re-potted each year, to ensure enough nutrients for a good crop of berries.

How do YOU? Are you growing anything in hanging baskets this year?

~Mavis

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Nikki from West Virginia’s Chicken Coop Pictures

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Have I ever told you I LOVE getting emails loaded with your garden and chickens photos and stories? Check out the photos {and the story behind them} Nikki from West Virginia recently sent in:

Mavis,
I love, love, love reading your one hundred dollars a month blog! I am so envious of your free food photos. Here in Southwest Virginia, I have visited all of my local markets begging for “chicken scraps” to no avail! Our major grocery chains are “not allowed” to save unused produce or it’s already spoken for by local rescue missions. I have resorted to just growing extra in my raised bed garden, and pallet salad bed- which I also got inspiration from you.

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Anyhoo…..I am writing to show off my chicken coop. It has taken a lot of hard work. I am a bit OCD like yourself, so once I get a vision I am on a mission to finish it like a crazy person!

DIY Chicken Coop Plans

We live on two acres on top of a mountain overlooking the Roanoke Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains, so we named our coop Bella Vista (beautiful view). It houses fourteen hens (Red sexlinks, Copper Marans, White Rocks, Eastereggers and one crazy White Crested Polish). I am a newbie to chickens with this being my first flock. I will start getting eggs around mid June. I have been doing research and talking “chicken” with whoever will listen for the past year, so the first egg will be an exciting day!

chicken coop with snow

Ok, so onto the coop detais. We built the coop behind our house so that it butts up to our dog fence. The dogs will scare away any predator that may try to have a chicken dinner! The coop is 8×8 interior with 8×16 run (8 ft. under with 8 ft covered run) I tried to only use re-purposed material as much as possible. I scrounged new construction site dumpsters for anything I could use. I saved a lot of money, but some things had to be purchased new like plywood for roof, T1-11 siding, and hardware cloth.

Classic chicken coop plans DIY

Most all lumber was “culled” (no chicken pun intended) lumber from Lowes for 50% Off. Shingles from Craigslist, exterior door from Habitat and windows- free from awesome replacement window guy!

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And the BEST free things….. coop screen door from my grandmother’s garage and an old plate rack shelf for the Bella Vista Eggs sign from my great granny’s house. It makes me all warm and fuzzy to see them ever day. They would have loved it!

My computer geek husband even installed a coop cam so I can check in on the ladies from work. My co-workers think I’m crazy! …. Ha! If they only knew!

I hope you enjoy my coop as much as I enjoy your website!
Sincerely, Nikki

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Gardening in Oklahoma – Raised Garden Beds + a Potato Tower

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.

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.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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