One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 3/15/14

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Friday Night at the Movies: Classic Irish Movies for St. Patrick’s Day

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Amazon Prime Price Increase Coming Soon

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primeI knew this day would come eventually. In five days, the annual fee for Amazon Prime is going up from $79 to $99 a year.  If you’ve been thinking about signing up, now’s the perfect time to start your free 30-day trial and lock in the $79 price for a year. Now I might not love the $20 price increase, but even at $99, I think Amazon Prime is totally worth it! Here’s why I think it’s the bee’s knees:

I am in love with Amazon Prime for 3 very specific reasons:

  1. FREE 2 -Day Shipping! {Sometimes my stuff even arrives the next day}
  2. I can order an item and have it shipped to my Mother {or anyone, anywhere else} for FREE!
  3. Tons and Tons of FREE movies and FREE eBooks!

The benefits far outweigh the $99 annual fee hands down.

* If you haven’t been an Amazon Prime member in the last 13 months, you can go HERE to sign up for a free trial.

What is an Amazon Prime Membership?

Amazon Prime is a membership program that gives you and your family unlimited fast shipping, such as FREE Two-Day shipping to street addresses in the contiguous U.S., on all eligible purchases for an annual membership fee of $79.

Amazon Prime members in the U.S. can enjoy unlimited streaming of videos: commercial-free, instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows through Amazon Instant Video at no additional cost.

Plus, Amazon Prime Members who own Kindle devices can also choose from thousands of books — including more than 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers — to borrow and read for free, as frequently as a book a month with no due dates, from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Go HERE to find out more about Amazon Prime

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How to Grow Onions the Easy Way

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red-onion-seedling

If you are planning on growing onions this year but want to do it the easy way, check out my latest article on eHow about how to grow onions the easy way.

Normally, I like to grow all my onions from seed. This year, however, I took the easy way out and bought a bundle of onion starts during a visit to a local home and garden show. It cost $4, which is about the same as two packets of onion seeds. Yes, the onion starts cost a little bit more, but by planting onion starts rather than onion seeds, I’ll be able to shave about three months off my growing time and pull my onions up in July rather than late September.

Go HERE to read the full article …

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Friday Night at the Movies: Classic Irish Movies for St. Patrick’s Day

Classic Irish Movies for St. Patrick’s Day

Classic Irish Movies for St. Patrick’s Day

In honor of the upcoming holiday, I thought I’d roll out a list of Irish movies to get you in the St. Paddy’s Day spirit. Some of these movies are AWESOME and a few I’ve never even seen, but are highly recommended. So go get your green on and settle in to watch one of these Irish classics.

If nothing else, you can mute the movies and dream about traveling to Ireland! It’s even more amazing than all these movies show. You have to see it in person some day to truly understand how gorgeous it is. But for now, seeing it in movies will have to do!

1. Waking Ned Devine: I love this movie. The Girl loves this movie. So of course we watch it all. the. time. It is one of my all-time favorite movies and I wouldn’t just recommend it for St. Patrick’s Day, but really any day of the year. Although, since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, watch away. You won’t regret it!

2. Once: First, grab your Kleenex before watching this. Second, don’t be scared off because of the “musical” label. It’s all the beautiful music that comes with a musical without all the glitz and outrageous costumes and choreographed dance sequences I hate. This movie follows an immigrant couple’s attempts to turn their love story into a musical. Sounds like an odd premise, but it works. And the music is awesome too.

3. Circle of Friends: An Irish coming of age tale that is the perfect Irish chick flick. It also stars Minnie Driver and Chris O’Donnel, so that’s a double plus in my book. Sure certain parts are a tad cheesy, but overall it’s the perfect movie for The Girl and I to get lost in on a Friday night.

4. Darby O’Gill and the Little People: This movie is pure kitsch, nostalgic nonsense. And I love every last minute of it. It’s tacky and silly, yes, but it absolutely works. It’s also a great movie to watch with the whole family. And I’m pretty sure it’ll make you laugh every time!

5. The Commitments: This movie is a great one if you need a good Irish laugh. It’s about a group of working class Irish musicians that decide to bring “soul” to Dublin by forming a very white version of a soul band. It’s awesome, and after watching it, I read a little about it and learned that pretty much all of the actors had never acted before. They cast them purely on their musical talents. I would not have guessed that, because they did a totally believable job!

6. Angela’s Ashes: This one is a hard one to watch and will probably make you cry, but don’t let that scare you off. The writing is awesome, and even though it’s a heavy storyline, it’s so worth watching. In a nutshell, it’s the story of how one father’s alcoholism reeks complete havoc on his family. Like i said, heavy stuff. But if you’re in the mood to shed a good tear, this is the perfect movie for you.

7. Braveheart: I know, I know. Technically this is not an Irish movie, but a portion of the movie was filmed in Ireland so I’m adding it to the list. And because it’s one of the HH and Monkey Boy’s favorites of all time. Even though I normally don’t like that much violence, I’ve gotta admit it was pretty incredible.

8. Boondock Saints: Here’s another one I haven’t seen, but ranks up there as a HH favorite. He tried to get me to watch it once, but that was right after I watched Braveheart for the first time, so I needed a good chick flick to recover from that. From what I gather, it’s a vigilante Irish mafia movie. But the HH swears it’s good. Maybe someday I’ll give in and watch it!

So there you have a great selection to get you in the Irish spirit. Did I miss any of your favorites?

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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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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How to Pressure Wash Your Driveway

How to Pressure Wash Your Driveway

How to Pressure Wash Your Driveway

It seriously blows my mind how much gunk {that’s a technical term} builds up on the driveway after a long winter.  There is something super therapeutic about blasting it down the drive with high pressured water too.  It’s empowering, and yet not at all backbreaking.  I think I might actually be having an emotional relationship with my pressure washer–either that, or it was a really long winter for me.  Ha!

Here are a few tips if you plan on pulling out the pressure washer for a little spring cleaning:

  1. Start by sweeping.  This is pretty much the bulk of the manual labor, the rest is easy pleasy.
  2. Treat any oil/grease stains by sprinkling a little sawdust {or kitty litter if you have it} on the stain.  Allow it to absorb the stain as best you can and then sweep it up.
  3. If you will be pressure washing near your garage door or front door, you may want to hang a little plastic up with painters tape, just to be sure you don’t take any paint off of the exterior of the house. {We learned this one the hard way}.
  4. Start at the top of the drive and work your way toward the road.  Follow the sweet trail of dirt as it exits the premises {it’s possible I’m entirely too into cleaning}.
  5. Put the pressure washer away and enjoy some tea on the front porch while you watch your poor neighbors trying to get the job done with their thumb over the hose. 😉

Some jobs just aren’t worth the back break, so pressure wash it.

Do you pressure wash your driveway every spring? Any tips?

~Mavis

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Mavis Garden Blog – Rhubarb, Poppies and Artichokes

rhubarb plants

rhubarb plants

Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day in Western Washington!! I spent 3 hours… THREE HOURS outside in the garden. All by myself. No dog, no kids, just me and my garden. It was awesome.

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Check out my rhubarb plants! I planted the two larger ones last spring as crowns {see how to plant rhubarb} and the three plants towards the back of the garden bed were transplanted from another area in the garden last fall.

I wasn’t sure if the transplanted rhubarb was going to make it, but they did. Now I’ll just have to figure out what on earth I’m going to do with all the rhubarb this summer.

young poppy plants

And the poppies are back as well.  Three years ago I scattered Flanders,  Lauren’s Grape and Oriental poppy seeds and every year since then they come back in full force. When I planted the poppy seeds though I thought the seed pods that drop every year would produce more poppy plants, but so far, no such luck. I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong, or if poppies are just incredibly difficult  to start from seed and I got lucky the first year. artichoke plant dead

And then she killed the perennial artichokes. Last fall I also transplanted my artichokes. I thought for sure they would make it but so far there is no sign of life {green} anywhere near where I transplanted them. Which totally stinks of course because I didn’t plant any  artichokes from seed this year {and why would I? I had 20+ plants growing in the ground. Or so I thought}.

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It’s amazing how much work you can get done in the garden when the kids and pets stay inside the house.

Poor Princess Lucy.

Maybe I’ll let her help me in the garden today. 😉

Do you have rhubarb or artichokes in your garden? Any sign of life yet?

Mavis wants to know.

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Free Kindle Books, Strawberry Plants, Sorel Boots, Garden Tools, Bath Salts and More

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Happy Friday everyone!! I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to the weekend. I’ve got a project list about a mile long and rain or shine, I’m going to tackle it.

Be sure and check out all the deals today, especially if you need some plants, there’s an awesome deal! :)

Mavis

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – Harman Kardon CL Precision On-Ear Headphones with Extended Bass

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Red Alert!!!

Zulily is offering all sorts of strawberry, raspberry and blueberry plants for sale as well as fruit trees and other goodies in their Enchanting Garden Collection. These deals typically go pretty quick  so if you are interested hop on over and check them out pronto Tonto. Go HERE if you are already a zulily customer.

sorel boots

Zulily also has Sorel Boots on sale for the whole family! Wowza! Talk about some awesome deals today.

fiskars garden tools

Ordering from Amazon soon? You might want to add these garden tools to your cart:

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

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

Homemade Lavender Bath Salts

Looking for something to do this weekend? How about whipping up a batch of Homemade Lavender Bath Salts. Get the directions HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Need some Essential Oils? I use 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils from Edens Gardens.

Solar-powered LED Flashlight  Keychain

These Solar-powered LED Keychain Flashlights sure come in handy and Amazon has them for only $1.36 shipped

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REI Outlet Deal of the Day – The North Face Chimborazo Full-Zip Fleece Jacket

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Taking a road trip soon? Here are some deals:

amazon kitchen deals

Here are a few Kitchen Deals I spotted:

saveur magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Saveur Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 3/15/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

camouflage giftsGet Er Done… With these deals on camouflage products. 😉

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St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Round Up

Guinness Beef Stew

Looking for a few good recipes for St. Patrick’s Day? Here are a few of my favorites:

Guinness Beef Stew

Guinness Beef Stew

Irish Soda Bread recipe

Irish Soda Bread

Guinness Black & Tan Brownies recipe yum

Guinness Black and Tan Brownies

rainbow cupcakes

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes

rainbow waffles

Rainbow Waffles

rainbow jello how to

Rainbow Jello

Do YOU make anything special for St. Patrick’s Day?

~Mavis

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