Remember the Time I Let You Run on the Freeway?

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These past two weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind and although they were loads of fun, it’s good to be back to our regular routine again. So many exciting/interesting things have happened recently and I want to tell you about them ALL. So over the next week or so I’ll be sharing a few of those stories, but let’s start with graduation… shall we?

The morning of The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird’s graduation, the HH gave her a few carefully wrapped presents. Normally he just throws stuff in a grocery sack and says “Here, this is for you” but this time he actually drove to Target, wasted money on bought some wrapping paper and then spent a good hour wrapping her gifts. ;)

And no, he didn’t run out of paper. I know this because I found a second unused roll on my closet floor {doesn’t everybody wrap gifts in their closet} along with some packing tape and scissors.

I’ve offered to give him wrapping lessons before, but really, at this point, why bother. He’s got a system going on here and I wouldn’t want to crush his artistic abilities now would I? ;)

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After present time was over, we met my parents for brunch at a local restaurant before heading to the graduation ceremony that was taking place about a half an hour away.

The Girl had to be at the graduation ceremony 1 hour before it started, so the plan was the boys would go with my parents in their car {it seats 4} and The Girl and I would leave brunch a little early and drive our car {also seats 4} and I would drop her off then head into the auditorium and reserve some seats for my parents, the HH and Monkey Boy.

graduation gown

And everything was going great at brunch until it was time for The Girl and I to leave.

I asked the HH for the car keys.

He just stared at me.

And then he went pale.

He had inadvertently left the car key in his jacket pocket and at the last moment decided to take off his coat and leave it in the car before heading into the restaurant for brunch.

Nice huh?

Sooo…. I quickly grabbed my parents car keys and The Girl and I raced home to find the spare car key. But when we got home we couldn’t find the extra car key. AWESOME.

We then realized if we couldn’t find my extra car key then we wouldn’t be able to grab her graduation cap and gown out of the car and holy crap we are already late and now have only 45 minutes to get to the graduation because we had to race home to look for the extra key which we couldn’t find.

What to do????

Deep breath.

In a panic, The Girl called her friend who had graduated last year and asked if she could borrow her gown and sash. Luckily she was home and so I told The Girl to drive her car to her friends house to pick up the gown and then meet me back at the restaurant to pick me up {I still had my parents car at this point and I needed to get it back to them so they could get to graduation as well}.

So get this. As I’m driving back to the restaurant I get a call. From the HH. Wondering where I am at. Long story short. He found the key. IN HIS PANTS POCKET!!!!

Yada Yada Yada, The Girl pulls into the parking lot, leaves her friends borrowed gown in her car, hops in my car, I toss my parents keys to the HH and The Girl and I rush off to graduation.

Fast forward….

12 minutes before graduation is suppose to start The Girl and I are sitting on the freeway in bumper to bumper traffic  about a 1/4 mile from our exit {along with a ton of other kids and families} freaking out. Then, we see one kid pile out of their parents car and start running down the freeway ramp towards the building where graduation is suppose to take place {about 1 mile from where we are all parked on the freeway in traffic}. And then another and another, and then before you know it there are about 20, 30? kids running down the freeway ramp.

The Girl jumped out and joined them along with Mrs. Activewear and her daughter. It was CRAZY on a stick let me tell you. C.R.A.Z.Y.

Then right after that, Mr. Activewear pulls ahead of me in his car and takes a left turn {we were suppose to turn right} so I follow him of course thinking he knows something I don’t.

And he did.

We each toss $3 into the money slots at the secret parking lot then run like the wind to graduation.

Once inside I call the HH to see where they are. Oddly enough he was only about 5 minutes away.

Luckily graduation was delayed a few minutes and we all made it to our seats just in time.

Wowza! What a morning!

~Mavis

 

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Refurbished Kindle Fire, Coupons, Summer Fun for Kids, Recipe, Speck MacBook Cases and More

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Happy monday everyone! It’s great to be back home. :) :) :)

Here are a few deals for you…

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - $60 Off a Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9” (Previous Generation) $139 shipped

The Weekend Homesteader A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-SufficiencyLooking for a gardening book that will break everything down for you on a month by month basis? Then the The Weekend Homesteader is for you!. Whether it’s January or June you’ll find exciting, short projects that you can use to dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed.

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Do you use Tide Detergent? Hurry and print a coupon for $1.50 off ONE Tide Detergent 40oz or larger

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Pinzon Basics 100-Percent Egyptian Cotton 6-Piece Towel Set Starting at $17.50 {White}

We have these towels and LOVE them!

  • 6-piece oversized and extra-heavy towel set includes 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, and 2 washcloths; imported
  • Woven with over 4-1/2 pounds of 100-percent Egyptian cotton for softness, absorbency, and durability
  • Available in an array of colors to easily accessorize with home linens
  • Machine washable and dryable
  • Bath towels measure 30 by 56 inches; hand towels measure 18 by 30 inches; washcloths measure 13 by 13 inches

Go HERE to see all the color choices available

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Need a screen protector for your iPhone?  Amazon has them on sale for $1.55 shipped.  There are a few that are less expensive, but this one has the best reviews.
take along guides for kidsKeep the kiddos busy this summer with these take along guides, they’re loads of fun. The whole idea is for kids to “take them along” on nature walks to help them identify things in the great outdoors.

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Don’t forget the binoculars!!

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Did you know there are so many more cool things you can use WD-40 for? Here are 10 Cool Uses for WD-40.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Country Living Magazine for only $5.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 6/23/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

Cast-Iron-Skillet-Chicken-Pot-PieLooking for something to make for dinner tonight? How about this Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Pot Pie? Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

Speck MacBook Cases for MacBook Pro and Air

Groupon has Speck MacBook Cases for MacBook Pro and Air for just $19.99. According to my kids, these are super cool!!

quilted northern tpHere are a deals on basic essentials:

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Check out these New Printable Coupons:

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Weekly Meal Plan – Menu Plan Ideas Week 24 of 52

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Even though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from. Here are a few recipes from my recipe collection I thought you might like:

Cranberry Coconut Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Ideas 

Nutella Banana Nut Bread – Nutella is basically a gift from the heavens.  Enough said.  {Pin for Later}
Pina Colada Smoothie – Nothing says summer time like Pina Colada…or getting caught in the rain.  Sorry, I can’t help myself.  {Pin for Later}
Cranberry Coconut Breakfast Cookies – Cookies for breakfast always make the day a little happier.  And bonus, these are actually healthy.  {Pin for Later}
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal – This is perfect for one of those busy days you know breakfast HAS to stick with  you until lunch.  It is feeling and oh-so-tasty.  {Pin for Later}

slow cooker meatloaf

Slow Cooker  and Freezer Meal Ideas

Slow Cooker Meatloaf – Meatloaf is a classic.  Simplifying life and throwing it in the crock pot is a no-brainer.  {Pin for Later}
Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup {Copy Cat Recipe} – I love this soup.  It makes a ton, so you can have it all week for lunches, or just cut the recipe in half if leftovers aren’t your thing.  {Pin for Later}
Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Freezer Meal – This is a freezer meal that you then throw in the crock pot when you’re ready to cook.  Can it get any better than that?  {Pin for Later}
Freezer Meal Beef Stew – Now is the PERFECT time to whip up some freezer stew.  You can use the veggies from your garden, and come this fall {if you can wait that long}, you will love having this to throw in a crock pot on low-motivation days.  {Pin for Later}

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Soups , Salads and Main Dish Ideas

Salt Potatoes – These potatoes go sooooo well with pretty much any meat you decide to throw on the BBQ.  {Pin for Later}
Cast Iron Skillet Corn Bread w/Jalapenos – If you decide to eat the stew now, instead of freeze it, this cornbread makes an awesome side dish.  {Pin for Later}
Quinoa Spinach Salad with Tuna and Corn - This is a nutrient packed power-house of deliciousness.  {Pin for Later}
Pasta Salad with Salami and Olives – This is a BBQ staple at our house.  {Pin for Later}

Blueberry Peach Cobbler

Cookies,  Snacks and Desserts

Blueberry Peach Cobbler – This stuff is awesome.  {Pin for Later}
Dehydrated Kiwi Fruit – These are a yummy little on-the-go snack.  {Pin for Later}
Rainbow Salsa – This recipe is great to impress family/neighbors at a get together, but it is also perfect for putting your feet up on the back patio with a bag of salty tortilla chips while you chase after a moment of pure zen.  {Pin for Later}
Cheesecake Brownies - It’s the marriage of two of the best desserts.  It’s a family favorite around here.  {Pin for Later}

recipe how to make cherry jam

Canning Recipe of the Week

Cherry Jam – It’s cherry season around here, so it’s the best time of year to pick up some cherries for delicious cherry jam.  {Pin for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Pictures 6/22/14

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It feels like forever and 27 days since I have posted some pictures of my backyard garden. Maybe it’s time I get off my keister and get back to work. ;) growing mint in containers

We came home from our mini holiday to find mint growing EVERYWHERE. Note to self: never plant mint unless you put it in a container first. growing red onions in containers

Check out the red onions. I think I’m going to start harvesting the onion one at a time this week and use them in recipes. If I remember correctly we planted about 100 red onion starts so I should have plenty for salsa later this summer. Growing tomatoes in cages

Speaking of salsa, how are your tomato plants doing?green tomatoes

So far we have Roma and cherry tomatoes forming. No Purple Cherokee’s yet though.growing kale in cages

Kale. It seems we are growing a bumper crop this year. head of cabbage

And cabbage too. raised garden boxes

The view from the back of the garden.
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I don’t know what happened, but for some strange reason the HH watered the greenhouse while we were away. {Weird, huh} He didn’t water anything else… just the greenhouse. ;)
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Purple sage. I need to harvest and dehydrate a bunch of sage this week so I’ll have some to use in my recipes this fall.
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The raspberry jungle. I think we’re about a week or two away from our first harvest.

blueberries ripening

And last but not least, blueberries. Holy cats, this is going to be a bumper year for sure. We planted 12 blueberry plants about 7 years ago and as long as I can keep Lucy from eating them {she LOVES blueberries} we’ll probably be able to harvest enough that I won’t have to buy any for the first time. How cool would that be?

Well that’s what’s happening in my garden these days… How about YOU>

What’s in season at your place?

~Mavis

This years garden is being sponsored by the folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2014 Garden Seed Catalog HERE.

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Traditional Raisin Scones

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Traditional Raisin Scones

Sometimes going back to basics is best. These scones prove that. The ingredients are simple but their taste is anything but. Classic, yummy scone. I like to make these the night before and then serve them up for breakfast. Saves time in the morning and keeps us from eating cold cereal when I don’t feel like rolling out of bed and throwing on an apron! ;)

raisin scone recipe

Ingredients

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter, frozen
2 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 egg
1/2 cup raisins

Traditional Raisin Scones recipe

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper and set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Carefully grate frozen butter into flour mixture using the large holes of a box grater. Add shortening. Toss the mixture thoroughly to combine until it resembles a coarse meal.
In a separate bowl, combine cream with beaten egg, and then add to dry ingredients. Stir in raisins.
Roll dough out on floured surface and cut into biscuit size rounds {you can also cut into 6-8 triangles if you’d prefer}. Place the rounds onto the prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake about 15 minutes or until golden. Enjoy!
Traditional Raisin Scones

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10 Summer Activity Ideas for Families

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10 Summer Activity ideas for families

Warm weather brings a whole new list of family activity possibilities that are free, or pretty darn close to free.  It’s the best time to use the long days and warm evenings to your advantage.

Here are 10 ideas to keep money in your pocket and still have family time this summer:

  1. Go for a hike.  Getting kids outdoors can be a struggle sometimes when video games and air conditioning promise a little more ease, but once you get them out there, they always seem to love it.
  2. Have a backyard camp-out.  BBQ dinner, look at the stars, and tell ghost stories.  If you don’t have a tent, consider just sleeping in sleeping bags underneath the stars.
  3. Find a nearby lake, river, pond, etc. and jump in.  If you don’t live near one, consider a public pool.  You can cool off and enjoy each other’s company.
  4. Check out your local park activities or city provided activities.  A lot of times, parks will have a “free fishing day”, street fairs, or farmers’ markets.
  5. Have a water gun/balloon fight.  Kids love it when you participate in “their activities.”  Spending time, especially with younger ones, seriously doesn’t have to be that impressive to really impress them.
  6. Go miniature golfing.  Miniature golfing caters to a pretty wide range of skills, so if you have older and younger kids, it will make them both happy.
  7. When the temperatures finally reach unbearable, it’s time to break down and have a “family video game-a-thon.”  They will be both annoyed and amused by your sheer lack of skill {I am just speculating here, it is absolutely not from personal experience.}
  8. Make a picnic and take it to a local park.  Bring a frisbee or football to toss around while you are there.
  9. Go to the zoo.  This one is best in early, early summer or late spring–that way, most of the animals will be out and visible.  Once it gets too hot, they tend to go into their shelters to cool off.
  10. Go for a bike ride.  Most cities have some sort of bike path, consider riding it, or just take a ride through the neighborhood.  You’ll get some exercise and spend quality time together.

Enjoy the warm weather, I know we will.

~Mavis

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 6/21/14

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Mavis Butterfield on InstagramFollow me as I share a picture a day in 2014.

How to Keep Bugs Out of Your Garden

Garden Updates and Chickens Too!

easy pineapple salsa

Recipes

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Mornings with Mavis 

June 16th, 2014
June 17th, 2014
June 18th, 2014
June 19th, 2014
June 20th, 2014

How to Save Money Using the Library

Tips and Tricks

panera free lunch

Weekly Shopping Trips and Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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“Jamming” in the Summer Can Reduce Holiday Spending

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You’ve heard that saying, Christmas in July, right? Well we’re talking Christmas presents in June over on my latest eHow article, How Your Summer Jam Session Can Cut Your Holiday Spending.

Although canning jam is pretty straight forward, canning was not something I grew up around so to say I was intimidated by the whole canning process would be a major understatement. But as that first summer wore on I slowly got the hang of home canning and before I knew it we had about 60 jars of jam sitting in our cupboards.

Go HERE to read the full article…

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Friday Night at the Movies – BBC Future of Food – Part 3: Cuba

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This is the last part of the three part series on The Future of Food I’ve been sharing with you over the past few weeks.  This one explores how we can continue to sustain the world’s population with our current food growing and importing standards.  As always, the BBC puts on a good show, and it’s free, so click play and let me know what you learned from watching the series in the comments below.

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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Do the Colors Around Us Affect Our Spending?

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Do the Colors Around Us Affect Our Spending

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that retailers spend a lot of time {and money} strategically and meticulously planning every aspect of their stores to elicit one response:  you spending more.  Grocery stores put milk at the back of the store so that you have to walk through the store to get to it, in hopes that you will pick up a couple of other items along the way.  It totally works too, which is why I am actually saving money having my milk delivered instead.

Some stores rearrange constantly so that you have to look for the items on your list by perusing every aisle.  Did you know retailers use colors to influence your willingness to part with your cash too?  Yes, indeed, turns out shopping is all one big mind game.

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Companies use color for brand recognition all of the time.  Everyone knows that Tide comes in a blue and orange box, but the knock-off companies love to copy that color pattern, just so that you think that their brand is as good as the name brand–and it might be, but the point is, you are more willing to buy it if it reminds you of a popular brand.

Stores use the same general principals by capitalizing on the emotional response colors cause buyers.  One article I read quoted consumer psychologist, Kit Yarrow:

It could be the color of the product, or if they’re displayed in groups of colors that tends to have a big emotional impact. Colors have different associations and those things tend to get people going. So, for example, red is almost always the color associated with sales because it inspires people to take action and it’s a stimulating sort of color.

If  Target’s logo was blue, it wouldn’t be perceived as a place where things are reasonably priced. I think value-oriented stores tend to have logos with red, but it could also be orange. Black is almost always associated with higher prices and luxury.

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It’s totally true!  A red sticker screams clearance and always grabs my attention.  Retailers win this round, but I’m totally going to be aware of the psychological games retailers play from here on out.  {Read:  probably not, but it feels good to take a momentary stand.}

Want to know what colors are used for what?  So did I.  I found a super cool chart on Kissmetrics–which I totally recommend you check out, but here’s the basics:

Yellow - Optimistic, used to grab attention of window shoppers
Red – Increases heart rate, used for clearance items
Blue – Establishes trust and security, used by banks
Green – Associated with wealth {color of money, anyone?}
Orange – Aggressive color, creates an urgency to buy
Pink – Romantic and feminine, used to market to women and girls
Black – Powerful color, used to market luxury items
Purple – Calming and soothing, used in beauty and anti-aging products

What do you think, looking back, can you see how the use of these colors have influenced a purchase you have made?  I’ll admit that they’ve affected me.

~Mavis

Want to find out more about colors?   Amazon has a book called Color – Messages & Meanings with great reviews that will give you the low down on our emotional response to colors–and on the flip side, it might really be worth it if you are trying to sell something!

color messages and meaning

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