Mornings with Mavis – Audiobooks, Finger Puppets, Sandals, Brother Sewing Machine, Coupons, + More

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It’s time to get up and start your day people! The weekend is almost here and hot diggety, it looks like the weather is going to be fantastic around these parts. Here’s hoping you have some nice weather too.

 ~Mavis

Here are a few deals to check out before you head out the door.


1 FREE Audiobook Credit RISK-FREE from Audible.com

Now that spring sports are in full swing I’m finding myself in the car quite a bit these days. I just sign up for a 30 day free  AudibleListener Gold membership, which includes one audiobook credit. After my 30 day trial, my membership will renew each month for just $14.95 per month if I chose to continue.

If you spend any length of time in your car, you might be interested in this deal too!

finger puppets

Amazon has the 10pcs Velvet Animal Style Finger Puppets Set on sale for $3.07 shipped! These would make a great Easter egg filler.

funny cute onesies for babies

Headed to a baby shower soon? Zulily has some funny onesies for $9.99. I’m not exactly sure how a baby could love bacon, but the I love milk one is adorable.

Graco turbo booster car seat

Looking for  a car seat? Snag the Graco Highback TurboBooster Car Seat for only $42.49 shipped.


Brother Sew Advance Sew Affordable 25-Stitch Sewing Machine for $85 shipped!

The XL-2600i sewing machine from Brother endears itself to novice and seasoned sewers alike with a host of user-friendly features, including a simple needle threader, built-in thread cutter, drop-in bobbin loading, and automatic bobbin winding.

living social deals

Living Social has some great deals this morning, here are my favorite National Deals.

Universal iPad Seat Headrest Case $17 {This is cool!}
Paper Style $40 to spend for $20
pEi Pod Pet Beds with Cushion $72 {Cutest pet bed ever!}

pineapple slicer

Amazon currently has the Easy Pineapple Slicer on sale for $5.72 shipped. The reviews on this are awesome! deals on summer sandals

6pm has Summer Sandals on sale for as low as $8.05 shipped.


$15 off your first order of practically new kids' clothes!

ThredUp is offering $15 off for all new customers! Promotions like this don’t come around often, so don’t miss out! Simply use code LUCKY15 at checkout to score $15 off your order!

Offer Details
- Valid Wednesday 3/20/13 at 12:01AM PST to Friday 3/22/13 at 11:59PM PST
- Valid for new customers/first purchase only
- Cannot be combined with other offers
- Does not apply to shipping costs
- One code use per person

Mountain Hardwear Lamina +35 Sleeping Bag

The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is the Mountain Hardwear Lamina +35 Sleeping Bag.

This week you can expect to find 2 coupon inserts in the Sunday paper.

  • 1 Red Plum
  • 1 Smart Source

Go HERE to view the entire list of coupons that will be available in this Sunday’s paper.

Don’t get the Sunday paper? Check this site for great deals for newspapers in your area. In many areas you will be able to subscribe to only the Sunday paper if you’d prefer.

rubbermaid sweepstakes florida

Enter the Rubbermaid Florida Family Sweepstakes for your chance to win 1 of 4 5-night trips for four people to Amelia Island, Florida. Sweet Diggety!

$1.00 off any two JOHNSON'S Baby Products $1.00 off any one HINODE Rice Product $4.00 off Zegerid OTC 42 ct only$0.75 off French's Dijon or Honey Dijon Mustard

New coupons this morning for Johnson’s Baby, Hinode rice, Zegerid and French’s Mustard.

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How Much do People Spend on Groceries Per Week?

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albertsons double coupon shopping trip mavis{Mavis’ Albertsons Double Coupon Shopping Trip February 2012}

Several years ago I borrowed the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats from the Library.

The book featured families from around the world showing the groceries they purchased in any given week. The one thing that really stuck out to me was that no matter how much food the families had to display for the photographer, they were all very proud of what they had.

Just as I probably was last year around this time when I scored all the food you see above for $7.24.

What this picture didn’t show of course was how I had to get up at the crack of dawn, drive to the store with a fistful of coupons, collect my pre-orders, stand in line, wait, then proceed to check out, drive home, unload the food, display the food, and then photograph it all and write up the lengthily transaction details.

winco-shopping-trip{Mavis’ Winco Grocery Shopping Trip January 2013}

Fast forward to about a year later, and I have pretty much bowed out of the whole extreme coupon craze.  Why? Because I was tired of playing the game. I’d rather spend less time and effort on grocery shopping, and more time with my family at home and playing  in my garden.

I think it will be interesting to see if I can pull off spending an average of one hundred dollars a month on food for the third year in a row. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it without trying as hard, but I am sure going to give it my best shot.

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I was recently reminded of Hungry Planet: What the World Eats  {and the pictures behind them} on facebook by Katleen and Carol. I found the pictures in a series of 3 picture posts on Time.com and thought you might want to take a peek.

What the World Eats Part 1
What the World Eats Part 2
What the World Eats Part 3

Can you identify with any of these families?

Is there a particular family you think your grocery shopping habits are similar to?

How much do YOU spend on groceries per week?

~Mavis

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Rice Cooker Recipes – Chicken and Thyme Rice with Carrots

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chicken and thyme rice with carrots

When I made Asian chicken with ginger the other night, I also whipped up an easy batch of chicken and thyme rice with carrots as well.

I’m sure if you have ever looked at the ingredients on the  back of one of those premixed boxes of rice, some of the ingredients were pretty hard to pronounce. Well guess what? A four year old will be able to pronounce all the ingredients in this simple {and delicious} recipe.

How cool is that?

Ingredients

2 cups jasmine rice
3 cups chicken stock {or water if you prefer}
1 large carrot, diced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

rice cooker recipes

Directions

Measure 2 cups jasmine rice and rinse in a fine-mesh sieve.

Place the chicken stock, rice, carrots, thyme, parsley, and kosher salt  in a rice cooker and cook as you would regular white rice.

Or, if you don’t have a rice cooker, place all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.

Serve as a side dish or hey, just eat a giant bowl of rice for dinner. That works too!

~Mavis

The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook

If you love using your rice cooker as much as I do, you’ll want to check out The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook . The book is filled with 250 awesome possum recipes.

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The Adventures of Lucy the Puggle Dog

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the adventures of lucy the puggle dog

This past week was been a busy one for Lucy the puggle dog.

She went to one of the kids sporting events, took a trip to the pet store, played in the garden, ate a raw sweet potato, chased the Handsome Husband around, and earned herself a wee bit of freedom to roam around the house. She is such a sweet puppy, I can hardly stand it.

puggle dog dishwasher

One of her favorite activities is to supervise The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird while she loads the dishwasher. She likes to make sure all the plates are CLEAN before they go in the dishwasher I guess.

brown puggle dog napping

Play hard, nap hard, that is Lucy’s motto. It’s a good thing she doesn’t get an allowance, because she’d spend it all on crappy stuffed animals from Target.

pEI egg dog beg puggle dog

You can totally tell she’s one of those high maintenance suburbia dogs too.

Apparently the Handsome Husband has an “in” with the Easter Bunny and he arranged to have Lucy’s eggs delivered a wee bit early this year. To put it mildly, she loves per pEi pet bed we found on Living Social last week.

Ahh yes, life is rough for that sweet little dog. Life is rough.

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 2013 Garden Tally

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organic vegetables{Late Spring 2012}

This year I’m on a mission to grow 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in my suburban backyard. In 2012 I was able to grow 2,028 pounds, and in 2013 I’m going double or nothing. I have absolutely no idea if I’ll be able to achieve my goal. But, as with any adventure, half the fun is getting there.   ~Mavis


oregano growing in a container

It’s time to break out the banjo because I feel a song coming on.

Although I didn’t harvest one stinkin’ thing from my backyard garden this past week, spring is EVERYWHERE! The oregano is starting to fill it’s giant container, all 4 rhubarb plants have poked through the soil,  flower buds on the trees are starting to appear like a flash mob, and bees… Lucy and I spotted 3 bees in the backyard yesterday. Weeeeee!

Now all we need is less rain, more sunshine and some heat, and we’ll be in business.

This week I’ll be planting more seeds, working in the greenhouse and planting the rest of our potatoes. Also on the agenda, a few super cool garden projects, so be on the look out for those as well.

If you still have snow, or your garden is to frozen or muddy to work in, hang in there, hopefully it’s only a matter of a few more weeks until you can get out there and grow baby grow!

~Mavis

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

how to can beets{Heirloom beets pictured from last summer}

Beets - 14 ounces

Parisian Carrots{Tonda di Parigi HEIRLOOM carrots pictured from last summer}

Carrots – 3 ounces

egg count 2013

Egg Count – 402 {5 eggs per day average}

This week we collected a whopping 73 eggs. Holy crack!

microgreens
Lettuce
– 6 ounces
Microgreens 5 ounces

potatoes

Potatoes – 2 pounds 9 ounces

bean sprouts

Sprouts - 8 ounces

swiss chard

Swiss Chard 11 ounces

cut wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 5 pounds 15 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 402

Get out there and grow!

~Mavis

free shipping botanical interests

Need some seeds? Botanical Interests is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50 right now.

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Mornings with Mavis – Kindle Books, Zuke’s Mini Naturals, Crocs, Living Social, Merrell Jackets, Coupons + More

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Hello Wednesday!

Yesterday my site went down sometime around 4pm and flickered back and forth all evening. If you can see this {Yay!} it’s back up.

~Mavis

zuke's mini naturals dog treats

Zuke’s Mini Naturals are only $7.59 shipped for the one pound bag when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout. This is a far better deal than the $18.99 the pet food store sold them to me for. Lucy the puggle dog loves these!

Need new cookware? Amazon currently has the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 14-Piece Cookware Set on sale for $174.99 shipped. The reviews are awesome!

kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

Learn to Make Yogurt $0.99
Simple Shortcut Recipes $3.99 {5 Star Reviews!}
12 Best Herbs For Flavor + How To Grow Them FREE
Straw Bale Gardens $9.99
How to Preserve and Enjoy Your Garden Herbs $0.99
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People $3.76
A Walk in the Woods $7.99
Raising Chickens FREE

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

crocs discount sale coupon

Zulily has Crocs on sale with savings over 50%. There are a ton of styles and colors to choose from.

New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

living social deals

Living Social has some great national deals, here are my favorites:

The Body Shop $10 for a $20 certificate {I LOVE this deal!}
Ranger Rick Magazine 1 year Subscription $10 {Great for kids!}
Gourmet Gift Baskets $30 for a $15 certificate
Vermont Teddy Bear Company 3 ft. Teddy Bear $40 

rei deal of the day

The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is the Men’s Merrell Differential Jacket for $54.93 shipped {retail $119}.

MIA boots

6pm has MIA boots on sale for up to 70% off. All of the boots above are only $29.99 shipped while supplies last!

chocolate fondue set

Amazon has the 3-Tier Chocolate Fondue Fountain on sale for $35 shipped. This would be great for parties, graduation, and just plain fun!

weight-watchers-magazine-

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Weight Watchers Magazinefor only $4.50 a year when you use code 8071 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 3/19/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.


Here’s a free downloadable booklet that will help you discover great new diabetic breakfast options. 20 delicious recipes will wake up your taste buds and cut carbs too!

$0.50 off ONE Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponge Multipack$1.50 off MAYBELLINE NEW YORK shadow or liner$0.75 off any one Colgate Optic White Toothpaste$1.00 off any TWO (2) Cleanser & Polish Product $1.00 off FRESH FRUIT with 1 Kelloggs Crunchy Nut

Great coupons for sponges, toothpaste, make up and cereal.

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Easy Slow Cooker Recipes – Asian Chicken with Ginger

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Easy Crock Pot Recipes - Asian Chicken with Ginger

Yesterday I made another super delicious crock pot meal for dinner. The weather was really nice and I didn’t want to miss my chance to get some garden chores done with the sun shinning. Not only was this crock pot chicken dinner super easy to make, it was delicious too!

Here is the easy peasy recipe:

Ingredients

chicken breasts
2 large carrots, chopped
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vingar
1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 tablespoons, candied ginger {or 1 tablespoon ground ginger}
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons dried parsley

Easy Crock Pot Recipes  Asian Chicken with Ginger

Directions

Add all ingredients in to the crock pot, and cook on low for 5 hours or high for 3 hours. Serve over a bed of rice. Sweet diggety, I love it when I only have to spend 5 minutes making dinner!

Are you in love with your crock pot too? Then be sure and check out more of my favorite crock pot recipes.

slow cooker crock pot cookbook

My favorite Crock Pot – Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Portable Slow Cooker
My favorite Slow Cooker Cookbook – Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook

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Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse

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how to grow food in a greenhouse

What the heck happened to the rain yesterday? It was a beautiful day here in the Pacific Northwest. Lucy the puggle dog and I were able to get a boatload of things done and were able to stay nice and dry too.

I love spring days like that.
daffodils in a container

Now that the weather is starting to warm up a bit, I’ve been slowly moving vegetable starts out to the greenhouse. So far I only have out there, because my second table is still in the house with grow lights sitting on top of it. I hesitate to running a cord from the house out to the greenhouse to hook everything up because it’s still a wee bit cold for a lot of the seeds I am trying to germinate.

Well, that and the whole part about how the HH would totally flip out if he saw a giant bright orange extension cord across the backyard. What would the neighbors think {blah, blah, blah}. I’ve tried to point out the the neighbors don’t even come out of their house, so how the heck would they even see the cord… but then he just mutters something about how they have windows.

I can’t win.

grow food in gutters

Yesterday we installed gutters in the left side of the greenhouse. So far all I have planted is a length of spinach in the top gutter. I’m hoping to get the other 3 galvanized gutters planted today.

grow strawberries in gutters

The strawberries I planted in the gutters last week are doing great.

strawberries planted in gutters

Last year I made the mistake of planting the strawberry crowns to close together. This year I planted the crowns about 12 inches apart to allow plenty of room for their roots to grow. In the fall, after the plants have fruited, I’ll remove the strawberries from the gutters and overwinter them in the garden.

grow food year round in a greenhouse

Seedlings, transplants, Lemon the lemon tree and onion and leeks.

magnum glass greenhouse

It’s looking pretty bare right now, but we all have to start somewhere. Right?

Do YOU have a greenhouse? Where are you starting your seeds this year? Inside, outside, at your MIL’s?

Mavis wants to know.

Thinking about growing food in a greenhouse but don’t know how to get started? Check out Elliot Coleman’s book Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long. I think it’s pretty awesome.

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Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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free produce food waste

I must admit I was a little excited when I saw all those bags of grapes and 1 pound boxes of strawberries when I picked up the reclaimed food boxes this week from Mr. Produce Guy.

Even though there were only 2 boxes of scraps saved for us, there were still plenty of treasures.

red grapes

Umm, especially grapes.

The Girl and I could not figure out why the grapes had been tossed because they were all in excellent condition.  There were so many in fact, I ended up giving a few bags of both red and green seedless grapes away to one of my neighbors.

red and green grapes

It was crazy!

free produce food waste in Amercia

Sadly a lot of the strawberries were not salvageable, but  it looks like I’ll be making banana bread again this week, and the kids will have grapes in their lunch every single day. Not to shabby if you ask me. I don’t know about you, but I love free  food.

How much do grapes sell for this time of year anyway? Does anyone know?

~Mavis

Would you like to see what else we have brought home over the past year?

Head on over HERE to read all the past stories and to see all the pictures.

If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.

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Mornings with Mavis – Weekend Homesteader Books, Amazon Deals, Coupons, 60 FREE Prints

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pink Camilla flower

Happy Tuesday and good morning everyone.

Poor Mrs. HB. A deer came along and ate the bottom half of both her potted Camilla flowers she has planted at in front of her porch.

There are a few flowers blooming at towards the top of the plant though, aren’t they pretty? Do you have any special tricks for keeping deer out of YOUR yard? If so, leave a comment below and I’ll pass them along to Mrs. HB.

In the mean time, here are a few deals I spotted this morning.

 ~Mavis

weekend homesteader series

Have you checked out the Weekend Homesteader series by Ann Hess yet? All kindle books are $0.99 and are broken down into monthly books. I LOVE these!

If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise.

See all Weekend Homesteader Kindle Books

Norpro Cut-N-Slice Flexible Cutting Boards, Set of 3 $5.64

Have you tried these flexible cutting boards yet?  My husband LOVES them, and he doesn’t even cook. Ha!  They are super handy and easy to clean, my kids even like them too.

cute swim cover ups

Zulily has some really cute summer dresses and swimsuit cover ups in their Salt & Sea sale.

New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

living social deals Living Social has some great deals today. Here are my favorite National Deals:

The Body Shop $20 of Bath and Body Products for $10
ProFlowers $30 worth of flowers for $15
American Meadows $25 Start your own vegetable garden

ASUS S56CA-WH31 15.6-Inch Ultrabook

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the ASUS S56CA-WH31 15.6-Inch Ultrabook for $399 {was $699}.

VTech MobiGo 2 Touch Learning System - Pink

Amazon currently has the VTech MobiGo 2 Touch Learning System for only $29.99 shipped! Walmart is selling this right now for $49.99.

keen shoes messenger bag

6pm has some sweet deals on Keen shoes, sandals and bags with savings up to 60% off. Free Shipping too!

York Photo York Photo is offering 60 free 4X6 photo prints for new customers.

  • Go HERE to create a York Photo Account.
  • Upload your photos and add {60} 4X6 photo prints to your cart.
  • Use coupon code 60PRINTS at checkout to bring your total to $0.00.
  • Shipping charges do apply {starting at $3.74}

Offer valid for new customers only.

discover magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Discover Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code 1293 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 3/19/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

the hobbit sweepstakes Enter The Hobbit Sweepstakes for your chance to win a 32″ Flat Screen TV, a Blu-ray player, and The Hobbit Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo Pack.  Want the Hobbit RIGHT NOW? Head on over to Amazon and get the disc and the digital copy and watch it right away.

udis-gluten-free-bread

Take a survey and get a $3.00 off coupon for udi’s Gluten free bread.

$0.55 off any two (2) Hunt's Canned TomatoesBOGO SNICKERS Bar and Peanut Butter Squared Bar
$1.00 off SNICKERS Peanut Butter Square Miniatures
$10.00 off (1) BREEZE Litter System

New coupons this mornings for Hunt’s canned tomatoes, Snickers and BREEZE Litter Systems.

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