FREE Amazon Prime for Students

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Capture4Pretty soon, my kids will be enrolling in college {excuse me while I have a small panic attack}. I’m not looking forward to paying for tuition, overpriced text books or cramped dorm rooms. Know what I won’t be paying for? Amazon Prime. Because they’ll be getting it FREE with Amazon Student.

Amazon Student is a feature offered to college students with a valid .edu email address. They’ll get Amazon Prime FREE for 6 months and then have the option of continuing that membership for 50% off {so only $39/year for students!}!

Here are all of the cool perks they’ll get:

FREE Two-Day Shipping: Wait until the last minute and avoid the lines with FREE Two-Day Shipping on textbooks and tons of other stuff.

Earn a $5 credit: Receive a $5 credit for referring friends via email and social networks with no limit on the number of referrals made.

Unlimited instant streaming: Watch 41,000 movies & TV episodes on your laptop, phone, tablet, & gaming console.

Borrow FREE Kindle books: Choose from more than 350,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates when you join Amazon Prime for $39/year.

Get more info on Amazon Student HERE.PicMonkey Collage5

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Tips for Buying Produce From a Roadside Stand

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sun-gold-tomatoesAre you a sucker for a roadside produce stand like me? It’s like I’m a magnet and just can’t pass them up. This week in my latest eHow post, What to Look For When Buying From a Roadside Vegetable Stand, I cover some helpful tips you can use the next time you happen upon one.

I was driving home the other night and noticed someone down the road from us had put up a little makeshift roadside vegetable stand to sell garden produce and eggs.

I don’t know what it is about roadside vegetable stands, but they sure bring a smile to my face every time I pass one. The tiny little mom-and-pop stands are my favorite, mostly because it’s pretty clear growing and selling the food is a labor of love and it has all been grown on the people’s property.

Read the full article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Chocolat

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Amazon just added Chocolat to their list of free movies Prime members can stream.  If you have never seen it, let me tell you, you really should.  It is about a woman who moves to a small village and opens a chocolaterie.  First of all, it’s about chocolate.  I really shouldn’t have to say more.  But, it is also a great story about the little french village and the people in it.

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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?

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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!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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How to Care for Succulents

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How to Care for Succulents

I LOVE succulents.  If you maintain them, which is super easy to do, they always look great.  They make great centerpieces, for pretty much any occasion, they are excellent house plants, and here in my neck of the woods, they look great in outdoor landscaping.  {Does it sound like I am running for the Succulent Promotion Council?  I am having cards made up as we speak.  It’s all very official :) }

succulents

Like I said, maintaining them is a piece of cake, once you know what you are supposed to do.  Here’s the 411 on caring for succulents:

  1. Water.  Succulents have unique watering needs.  During their growing season {the warmer months}, they actually need consistent watering.  Allow them to dry out completely between waterings.  In the cooler months, cut back watering to just once a month.  They will go dormant, and just won’t need tons of water.
  2. Light.  Because cactus are actually a type of succulent, some people think all succulents love direct heat and sun, but not true my friends.  Afternoon sun can actually burn them.  They do, however, enjoy plenty of light.  How is that for conflicting information? :)  Your best bet is to place them in a south facing window, but move them back quite a bit in the dead of summer.  If you plant them outside, plant them in spot that they aren’t exposed to direct afternoon sunlight.
  3. Temperature.  If you only have succulents as houseplants, you don’t really need to worry about this one.  They are happiest in a range of about 50-85 degrees–which is actually a pretty significant spread, if you ask me.  Outside, they can tolerate higher and lower temperatures, but you may notice some signs of stress.sedum and succulents living wall frame
  4. Soil.  Because succulents tend to grow naturally in very sandy well-drained soil, make sure to choose a potting soil designed for cactus and/or succulents.  If you can’t find any, you can mix regular potting soil with perlite, to encourage drainage.
  5. Pots.  If you will be potting your succulents, make sure your pots have sufficient drainage holes.  This is pretty much a standard rule of thumb for all potted plants, but I thought I would mention it anyway.

That’s it.  If you take care of those 5 little items, your succulents should stay pretty happy.

~Mavis

Need a creative way to showcase your succulents?  Try making a succulent terrarium or you can try a  succulent living wall planter.

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Weekly Garbage Expose

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Remember awhile back when I told you about that woman who decided to take the plunge and create a zero waste home?  It was a mind-blowing concept–which obviously would take a crazy amount of commitment, but it is still totally commendable.

The garbage we generate must be on a lot of people’s minds because a recent series of pictures by photographer Gregg Segal features families and individuals with the garbage they generated over one week is sweeping the internet.

The photographer wanted to show what the amount of garbage we generate over one week would look like.  He had the people lay in their garbage, and then snapped a photo.  You can check out a couple of his pictures on treehugger.   It’s actually pretty interesting to see the amount of stuff {and what kind of stuff} people throw away over 7 days.

What do you think?  Would you be embarrassed to let someone see you laying among your garbage?  What packaging is in your garbage that you KNOW you could cut back on?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Canning Supplies, Online Deals, Recipes and More

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Happy Friday everyone!

Here are a few deals for today, I hope you have a great weekend!

Mavis

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Save up to 70% on Friends: The Complete Series on Blu-ray and DVD

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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Amazon has the Frito-Lay Chips Classic mix Multipack, 20 Count on sale for $5.48 when you clip the $0.50 off coupon. These are great to pack in your kiddos lunches and ship FREE with Amazon Prime. Learn how to get free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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If you had guests stay with you, would you be embarrassed to have them see the chaotic contents of your bathroom drawers or cupboards? I am a master bathroom organizer. Check out my Bathroom Organization Tips HERE or Pin them for later. Find more cool tips on my Organization Pinterest Board.

 

dansko shoe sale coupons

6pm has Dansko Shoes on Sale today with savings up to 65% off PLUS FREE SHIPPING too!

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

Choose from a Family Essentials Bundle or a Diaper Bundle sample. They contain samples of The Honest Company’s products and allows you to try them before purchasing a full Bundle. Depending on your selection, your kit may contain a travel size Honest Shampoo & Body Wash, Honest Diapers and wipes, Honest Lotion, Honest Healing Balm, Honest Laundry Detergent, and Honest Hand Soap. The kits are free, but there is a shipping and handling fee of $5.95.

Entrepreneur magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Entrepreneur Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 8/15/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

tomato sauce

I can’t get enough of this Fresh Tomato Sauce. Once you start canning your own tomato sauce, it’s pretty much impossible to go back to the jarred variety. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for later.

canning supplies

Here are a few canning tools that could come in handy:

outdoor pet bed

Groupon has Outdoor Waterproof Deluxe Orthopedic Pet Beds from $16.99–$44.99

buy mattresses online

Looking for an inexpensive mattress? These Signature Sleep Contour 8-Inch Mattress come highly rated by fellow Amazon shoppers and they prices are very inexpensive.

  • Twin Mattress $159 shipped
  • Full Mattress $189 shipped
  • Queen Mattress $219 shipped
  • King Mattress $279 shipped

Go HERE to check out the mattresses and read the reviews.

anchor hocking glass gallon jarI use these Anchor Hocking storage jars to store my flour, sugar and homemade granola.

Anchor Hocking Heritage Hill Storage Jar 1 Gallon $9.99
Set of 2 Dry Goods Scoops $5.59

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Check out these New Printable Coupons:

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Bento Box Ideas – Nutella and Peanut Butter Sandwich Cut Outs with Banana Chips and Jicama Slices

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bento box ideas

My friend Jen has totally turned me onto bento box style lunches.  They seriously make “taking cold lunch” so much more fun.  If you are looking for ways to spice up your kids’ lunch fare,  try bento style.  I should warn you, it becomes a little addictive–it’s like food art.

bento box lunch ideas

Ingredients

Nutella
Bread
Peanut Butter
Banana Chips
Jicama Slices
Cheese

Dinosaur Sandwich Cutters

Directions

Start by making your basic nutella and peanut butter sandwich.  Dinosaur sandwich cutters are pretty awesome, and it automatically cuts off the crusts, which makes you a hero in most kid’s eyes.

bento box ideas

Then, cut out some cheese shapes using cookie cutters {the sky is the limit with the shapes you can create}.  Placing cheese in a silicone baking cup which are surprisingly cheap is fun, and can be reused throughout the school year.

Cut the jicama slices using a crinkle cutter.  Since the jicama needed to be cut them anyway, using a crinkle cutter didn’t take anymore time.  Put the jicama in one compartment of your container and the banana chips in the other {these containers were used for this bento box}.  Then, lastly put the sandwich in the large compartment and wedged the cheese along side the sandwich.  Boom!  Lunch magic.

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7 Tips for Saving Money on Rental Cars

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7 Tips  for Saving Money on Rental Cars

Rental cars are one of those necessary evils sometimes in traveling.  You need them to get to your destination, but it kind of stinks to pay such a huge part of the travel budget toward them.  There are all sorts of ways to get discounts and deals, though, if you are willing to dig.  {On a somewhat related note, ALWAYS remember to do a quick walk around the car to check for damage.  It is a step that can prevent paying for something you didn’t do, which is a total vacation downer.}

Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tricks, here are my top 7 ways to save money on rental cars:

  1. Lately when I travel, I’ve been going through Costco Travel for my rental car deals.  Their rates are almost always less.  Other places, like AAA, usually offer substantial discounts to members.  So, I suggest starting there first.
  2. If you are traveling for 5 days or more, make sure to check weekly rates.  Even if you return it after 5 days, the weekly rental rate might come at a substantial enough discount that it makes it a savings.
  3. Airport pick-ups are, on average, more expensive than renting a car off-site.  Which basically means that taking the train, bus, etc. into town and renting there could save you money at the exact same rental company.  Remember, you pay for convenience, if you are willing to be slightly inconvenienced, the savings might be worth it.
  4. Check your personal auto insurance before you leave.  Odds are, you are covered in a rental–so skip the in-house insurance offer and save some money.
  5. Free upgrades are awesome, if you need the space, but if not, remember, it just equates to more gas.  The better the fuel economy, the more money you’ll save.
  6. Typically, it’s best to fill the tank BEFORE you return the car.  Each rental car company offers different rates and fine print, so check with them first, but odds are, they will charge you a premium for the convenience of not filling the tank.
  7. Choose one driver and stick with that person.  Most companies charge extra to add additional drivers and it just isn’t worth the cost.  Choose one person to do all of the driving–and if there is an emergency, you might just have to break the care rental rules.  Gasp!

How about YOU, how do you save money on rental cars?

~Mavis

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How to Make Minky Burp Cloths

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how to make minky burp cloths

These burp cloths are ridiculously easy to make–seriously, if you can sew in a straight line, you can make these. They are so much softer and cuter than cloth diapers, and they make perfect baby shower gifts.  Whip up several, and grab them whenever you need a quick gift.  It’s homemaking, only streamlined.

how to make minky burp cloths

To start, cut out your fabric.  I like the minky fabric for one side and a cool patterned fabric for the other.  Cut out 10″x16″ rectangles.

how to make burp cloths

Put fabric on table.  Place the minky side fabric right side up, and then place the patterned fabric on top pattern side down.  Pin together.  Sew the edges, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Sew all four corners, leaving one side open about 1-2″ so you can turn the fabric right side out.  Trim the corners at an angle as in the picture above to make for smoother edges.  Once you have sewed all of the edges, you can trim off any excess outside the seam.

DIY minky burp cloths

Turn the fabric right side out.

minky burp cloths

Iron all of the edges for a nice smooth finish.  Then, pin the opening and sew it closed using clear thread.  To give it a nice finished look, Sew two straight lines up the sides of rectangle giving it about a 3″ border.

how to make minky burp cloths

Roll them, tie them with a bow, and practice saying, “your so welcome,” graciously in the mirror.

~Mavis

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Mavis Mail – Ann From Eastern Oregon Sends in Garden Pics

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unnamedA big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other people’s pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

~Mavis

This post finds us transported to rural Eastern Oregon where reader, Ann, gives gardening another go:2

Hello Mavis,

Ann from Eastern Oregon here. I have been enjoying your blog for about 8 months now. After gazing longingly {and, I must admit, a bit enviously} at your beautiful garden and green house, I have been inspired to take another stab at vegetable gardening after a long hiatus. Thank you for the gardening tips, the DIY products, the recipes and the leads on good reads from Amazon!

So here’s my story:

When I mention to out-of-the-area folks that I am from Oregon the typical response is: “Oh, I’ve been to Oregon! It’s sooooooo green and Portland is such a cool city!” Well, my stomping grounds are about 300 miles east of the lush greenness and the metro area. Here in rural Eastern Oregon we have wide open spaces, beautiful rugged mountains and an abundance of wildlife, cattle and farm land.

3We are blessed with ample opportunity to harvest and preserve a variety of produce {both wild and domestic}. We have had a bumper crop of huckleberries this year and through the generosity of friends and friends-of-friends I have also been able to harvest and preserve bing cherries, sour cherries, apricots and {soon} apples!
3In my particular corner of the state {the far NE corner} we have high desert conditions with sage brush, mountains and large working cattle ranches. The 4-season weather can be a challenge and it’s important to heed the advice of the old-time gardeners: “Don’t plant your pots until after Mother’s Day. Don’t put your garden in until the snow is off of Lookout {a nearby mountain}.” The weather challenge doesn’t just involve temps, but also wind {the strong, gusty kind}. This causes a gardener to contemplate plant types {no wimpy, tender types need apply} and location, location, location {the sheltered-from-the-wind type of location}. In addition to weather conditions, I am particularly challenged by soil conditions {the chalky, alkali-type}. Needless to say it’s taken some creativity, tenacity and just plain bullheadedness to get things to grow and thrive on our little 5-acre slice of Terra firma.

1As you will see from the before and after pictures things look pretty bleak in the spring.2 Miraculously, with a little {okay a LOT of} soil enrichment and selective placement of plants {i.e. containers and raised beds} and selective selection of plants,things will eventually grow and bloom! I have learned {through trial and error} which plants will tolerate the conditions and have been pleased with the results.

4Sunflowers are particularly happy here and I’ve enjoyed growing a variety of sizes and colors. My family and I enjoy not only the bright, cheerfulness they bring, but also the abundance of insects they attract: ladybugs, honey bees, in particular.

6We have big plans next spring for a REAL garden. Because we own horses, chickens and our 2 oldest children have pigs for 4-H projects, we have accumulated copious amounts of terrific organic material. Over the past 2 years, as we clean pens, we’ve created a LARGE compost pile that we are tilling and turning and should be ready for spring planting.

5This year we had to settle for corn and lettuce grown along-side flowers in the raised beds.

Although the weather and soil conditions make gardening in our area a challenge, we feel so blessed to live where we are surrounded only by mountains, cattle and terrific people!

Sincerely,

Ann from E. Oregon

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.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

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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