One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 9/13/2014

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Easy Tips for Extending Your Growing Season

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tips-for-extending-the-growing-seasonAre you starting to freak out that gardening season is fading fast? Think again! It’s not almost over. In my latest eHow article, 9 Proven Tips for Extending the Growing Season, I’m talking all about how to keep that garden churning out produce!

Just because the kids are back in school and our sunlight hours are fading doesn’t mean it’s time to pack up the garden tools just quite yet. Although we may not be able to grow bushels of tomatoes during the fall and winter months, there are plenty of vegetables we can grow and many ways to extend the growing season.

Read the full article HERE.

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Care Packages for College Students – Friday Night Movie Night

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Care Packages for College Students

Friday night at the movies just won’t be the same around here now that The Girl is gone, but in an effort to carry on our tradition, I decided to put together a quick Friday night movie care package for her and her roommates.

I kept it pretty simple and sent her a DVD {I picked The Princess Bride}, a package of red vines, some candy bars and a box of microwave popcorn for her to share with her peeps.  I stacked all of the items together and tied them with a bow.

I don’t know about you, but the whole idea of getting care packages kind of makes me want to go to college. :)

~Mavis

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The Best Stuff on Earth. And No, I’m Not Talking About Snapple

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I was cleaning out a drawer today and came across these gems. We all have them, little scribbles from our children, and it made me stop and wonder why I haven’t taken the time to get them framed. Because really, these drawings, they’re the best stuff on earth.

They are the things I would grab if my house was on fire. They are irreplaceable snippets in time that you can’t replace. Ever.

Take time to tell your peeps you LOVE THEM. Everyday. Even when they’re making you crazy.

~Mavis

the best stuff on earth

The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird… Age 8

Dear, Piecie of cardboud, Today Mom is mowing the lawn. and there are lots of webs in the grage that I see. Now Ia’m riding my bike when I’m writeing. Now I only have 10 to more seconds till I stop writeing. Oh no 5 more.

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Monkey Boy … Age 9

Hi Pops I made your coffee beans into the small things so you wouldn’t have to. I hope they taste good.

We are real cool dudes {well you are way cooler}!

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Free Kindle Books, American Girl, Lego Advent Calendars, KitchenAid Mixer Deal and More

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Can we all just go back to bed? Please?

Mavis

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - “Burn Notice: The Complete Series”

free kindle books

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!

music note scarfThese would all make great gifts… especially that music note scarf!

kitchen aid mixer Pro SeriesBaking season is right around the corner and Amazon has the KitchenAid Pro 500 Series 10-Speed 5-Quart Stand Mixer on sale for just $254 shipped! Wahooo!

lego advent calendars

Got a Lego fan? Well the new Lego Calendars for 2014 are out and they are going like hotcakes! I used to get these for my kids when they were younger and they loved waking up every morning to find out what was behind the little door. :)

How-to-Get-a-Price-Adjustment-from-Amazon

Getting a price adjustment from Amazon is easier than you think. Find out how HERE. Find more cool tips and money savings ideas on my Money Saving Tips Pinterest Boards.

rudis bread coupon

Print a coupon good for $0.75 off any one Rudi’s Organic Bakery Product 

american girl bitty baby dolls

Zulily is having an American Girl Bitty Baby sale today and you can save up to 40% on select dolls, accessories, books and more.New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up. Already a member? Go HERE to get this deal.

dansko shoe deals

6pm has Dansko Shoes on sale today with savings up to 60% off plus FREE SHIPPING!

cooling racks

Get a 2 Pack of Baker’s Secret 10-by-16-Inch Nonstick Cooling Racks for just$7.40.

SavingStar

SavingStar is awesome. You load electronic “coupons” onto your loyalty cards, and then you can combine those offers with manufacturer’s coupons. Double the savings!

glamour magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Glamour Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 9/12/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

Spaghetti-Squash-with-Almonds

Spaghetti squash is a favorite of mine anyway, but when I added almonds, it was pure magic. Check out my Spaghetti Squash w/ Almonds recipe or Pin it for later.

stylus-pens

Get 10 Stylus Pens for your iPad or iPod for just $1.87 shipped!

seahawks duct tape

For all you Seahawks fans out there, Amazon has Seattle Seahawks NFL Team Logo Duct Tape in stock and ready to ship for $6.67 a roll. Not a hawks fan? Go HERE to find your team.

sunday ocupon preview

This week you can expect to find 2 coupon inserts in the Sunday paper. One Smart Source and one Red Plum. This is a great insert and it’s loaded with oodles of coupons!!

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.

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Bento Box Ideas – Hard Boiled Egg, Apples Slices, Pretzels and Almonds

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bento box ideas protein box

This protein packed bento box satisfies sweet and salty taste buds, all while keeping bellies full for hours.

sliced hard boiled eggs

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs
  • Apple Slices
  • Pretzels
  • Almonds

Bento Box Ideas Protein Lunch

Directions

Hard boil the eggs.  Place them in the fridge to cool a bit.  Peel and slice the hard-boiled eggs into thirds.  Place almonds into a silicone baking cup.  Place pretzels into a separate silicone baking cup.  Slice apples {sprinkle with fruit fresh if you don’t want them to brown before lunch time}.  Place the hard-boiled eggs into the container, add the silicone cups of almonds and pretzels.  Finally, arrange the apple slices in the remaining spot.

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Provide Fresh Air and Vitamin D With Baby Cages

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Holy Cats!!  I almost didn’t believe it when I watched this video.  It makes the back of my legs hurt just watching her put that baby into that cage {and then when the older child climbs in, I was sure it wouldn’t hold}.  According to this article on treehugger.com, though, baby cages were all the rage in London in the 1930′s.  People that didn’t have access to outdoor space took note out of the wildly popular parenting manual, The Care and Feeding of Children, and “aired out” their babies in cages suspended from their apartment windows.

Dr. Holt, the author of The Care and Feeding of Children, felt that kids do better when they are exposed to cooler temperatures.  He suggested that allowing babies to acclimate to the weather in a “bonnet and light coat” for short periods {gradually working their way up to 5 hours a day} in the cages provided a defense against them getting sick.  He even offered a temperature guideline for the nursery at night:  Not below 65 degrees for the first 2-3 months, after that, drop as low as 55 degrees.

After a year of age, you can go between 45-50 degrees.  {Ummm, obviously my kids have been spoiled, I could have saved a fortune over the years if I set our thermostat to 45!}

The idea is not all that crazy according to the same article, because years later, Dr. Spock {the childcare guru} agreed with the sentiment that children are healthier when exposed to the elements.  Even I can totally get behind a little vitamin D and cool air, but jeez-o, I don’t know if I would trust the structural integrity of those cages?

What do you think, any apartment dwellers out there ready to trade in their playpens for a baby cage?

~Mavis

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It’s Time to Plant Lettuce in the Greenhouse!

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greenhouse gardening

It was a big chore, but I harvested the rest of our tomatoes and cucumbers from the greenhouse yesterday, and by the end of the afternoon, I was pretty exhausted from hauling pots. Now all that’s left to do in the greenhouse is sweep the floor and scrub the glass window-pains and the greenhouse will be ready for fall.
planting lettuce seeds

I also started 2 gutters with lettuce seeds. This fall I’m growing rocket lettuce {have you tried it? It’s super spicy} and a blend of mixed salad greens. With a little luck the lettuce should be ready to harvest around the early part of November.
planting lettuce seeds in a greenhouse

Growing lettuce in gutters is s piece of cake! Installing greenhouse gutters is super easy too. I typically start my strawberries, chard, lettuce and other greens in them in the spring and then fill them with more lettuce seeds in the fall. So far I’ve had great success with the planting method.
growing lettuce in greenhouse gutters

I use a traditional mix of potting soil so the gutters don’t get heavy, but I’m sure anyone with a green thumb can tell you gardening can be the best workout on the planet {both mentally and physically}. :)
growing seeds in gutters

And now the hard part begins.

Ahh summer! I’m sad to see you go.

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Sweet Deal on a Composter, Recipes, Coupons and More!

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Happy Thursday!

Here are a few deals I spotted this morning, I’ll update this list as I find more deals throughout the morning so be sure and check back. Have a great day everyone,

Mavis

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Up to 62% Off Select Actron Scanners

free kindle books

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! :)

amazon kitchen deals

A few Kitchen Deals:

Scotch Brite Anti Bacterial Heavy Duty Sponge

Get a 21 pack of Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges for just $12.72 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout on Amazon. This price beats Costco! Learn About Amazon Subscribe and Save

Tips-for-Shopping-at-the-Farmers-Market

If farmer’s markets in your area are seasonal, they are probably winding down soon. Hit them up while you have the chance and use these Tips for Shopping at a Farmer’s MarketFind more cool tips and money savings ideas on my Money Saving Tips Pinterest Boards.

Soilsaver Classic ComposterThinking about making your own compost with your garden and kitchen scraps? Amazon has the Soilsaver Classic Composter on sale for $78.99 shipped.

capital360

No fees, no minimums and get a $50 bonus when you sign up for a CapitalOne360 checking or savings account. FREE money. Wahooo!

saveur-magazine-coupon-dealDiscount 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 9/11/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

Easy-Squash-Recipes-Roasted-Acorn-Squash-with-Parmesan

Not only are these Roasted Acorn Squash w/ Parmesan Cheesethey look like they are smiling right at you. Happy food makes me happy! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for later.

kraft butcher paper

Keep the kids busy for YEARS with a roll of kraft or butcher paper. Not to mention you can let the kiddos create their own wrapping paper for birthdays and holidays as well.

bakers-twineAnd don’t forget the Baker’s Twine, it’s great for simple bows and gift tags as well.

Chinese Laundry fleece lined tightsGroupon has the Chinese Laundry Footed and Footless Fleece-Lined Tights 2-Pack on sale for just $4.93!!! This is an awesome possum deal!

mens grooming suppliesSave time and MONEY by cutting hair at home.

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Check out these New Printable Coupons:

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Cilantro Parmesan Zucchini and Corn

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Cilantro Parmesan Zuchinni and Corn

This is a quick, fresh side dish I love to serve with some grilled chicken or fish. And at the height of zucchini season, I need all the zucchini recipes I can find! The cilantro and Parmesan combo really make the dish! It has been a hit with the fam and with neighbors when I’ve brought it along to potlucks. Give it a whirl and let me know if you love it as much as we do!

chopped zucchini

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 small zucchinis, cubed
1 cup corn
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Cilantro Parmesan Zuchinni and Corn

Directions

In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute garlic in olive oil for 1-2 minutes. Add zucchini, corn, basil, oregano and thyme. Reduce heat to medium and cook until zucchini is tender. Stir in lime juice, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve. Enjoy!

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