Free Kindle Books, Serta Mattress Deals, Halloween Ideas, Recipes, Coupons and More

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fall leaves

It finally feels like fall. The leaves are falling like crazy, the temps are dropping and let me tell you Bob, I can practically smell the hot cocoa and fresh apple cider. It’s my favorite time of year!!!

How about you? Are you a fan of fall too?

Mavis

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Up to 67% Off Hitchcock Titles and 30% or More Off Philips Wake-Up Lights

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! :)

kashi honey almond bars

Get the 4 Pack of Kashi Chewy Granola Bar-Honey Almond Flax for just $8.34 shipped when you clip the 24% off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

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Candy-Corn-Mason-Jar-1

Are you a candy corn fanatic like me? Then you’ll love my Easy Candy Corn Mason Jar! Find more cool projects on my Halloween Pinterest Board.

screaming doormatA few deals for fight night:

Portable Solar Charger

Amazon has the Portable Folding Solar Charging Kit for iPads, iPhones, Tablets, Phones or Anything with a USB Connection for $49.99 shipped {reg. $149.99}. It makes a great addition to any emergency kit, when the power is out, you can charge your electronics using the sun.

starbucks rewards

Any Starbucks fans out there? ;) Join My Starbucks Rewards and sign up to receive email rewards, and you’ll get a free drink. It’s that easy. {I just did this}. Wahoooo!

Cat Self Defense KeychainThis Black Cat Self Defense Key Chain would make a great little stocking suffer or gift tag tie on for someone who has to walk to their car at night. Only $2.59 shipped! The pink version is $3.30 shipped.

skeleton tights

Easy Costume Ideas:

downton abbey season 5

Did you know you can Pre-Order Season 5 of Downton Abbey right now?! Yes.You.Can.{This title will be released on January 27, 2015}

Don’t forget when you place a pre-order if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price. AWESOME!

serta california king mattress

Looking for a new mattress? Check out these deals:

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vitacostVitacost is having a B1G1 1/2 Off Sale with FREE shipping on orders of $49 or more. Go HERE to check out the sale. If you have never ordered from Vitacost before, go HERE to get a $10 off any $30 purchase coupon code.

Black-Bean-Quinoa-Salad-recipe

This Black Bean Quinoa Salad is one of my favorite ways to serve quinoa. I try to make a big batch so I have some leftovers, because it’s perfect for lunch the next day {or anytime you happen to be passing the fridge!}. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

colman sleeping bagREI Outlet Deal of the Day - Coleman Contoured Sleeping Bag $24.73 {was $49.99} Sleep comfortably during mild spring, summer and fall car-camping adventures with the Coleman Contoured Sleeping Bag.

rei garage sale

The Epic REI Garage Sale is happening this weekend, October 18th, 2014 at most REI Stores. Don’t miss out!

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Get a 1 year subscription to Family Circle Magazine for just $4.49!

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Check out these New Printable Coupons:

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Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

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Butternut Squash and  Quinoa Salad

I’m not always a super health nut, but sometimes when I’m packing lunches for the HH, I try to stick with some healthier options. Sometimes I go overboard and he complains his lunches taste like cardboard, but then I make something like this and it gets rave reviews. Which is totally awesome because quinoa is packed full of protein and is just as healthy as it is yummy. Healthy and tasty lunches? Mission accomplished.

Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

Salad
3 cups cooked quinoa
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Dressing
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

roasted butternut squash

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 F. Place the butternut squash on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until tender or about 15 minutes.

Cook quinoa. I like to cook my quinoa in a rice cooker. It cooks just like white rice, so the most important thing to remember is to use the ratio of 1 part grains to 2 parts liquid {I use vegetable stock most of the time}.

If you do not have a rice cooker, simply add the grains and broth in a saucepan, bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook covered until the liquid has been absorbed and grains are tender {about 20 minutes}.

While squash and quinoa are cooking, mix all dressing ingredients together until well blended. Once squash and quinoa are done, place them in a large bowl with the spinach. Pour the dressing over and toss to coat. Serve warm or chilled. It’s delicious either way.

Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

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12 Goals for the New Year Week 41 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

messy family room

1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room.  But that was at the old house. ;)  

My new game plan is to have everything unpacked and put away by mid December {the remodel is suppose to be wrapping up towards the end of November} so I don’t have to stress about having an unorganized house anymore.

it works

2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our {now old} house.

I had all but given up hope on fitting into my old jeans until my friend Wendy talked me into trying an It Works Ultimate Body Applicator. Have you tried one of these yet?

it works wrap

The photos above are of a lady who tried a wrap in June and had great 72 hour results. Recently she bought a box of wraps and wrapped every 72 hours. This is after her fourth wrap!!!!! Do they work?! Umm, I think so! Ding, ding, ding… I think we might have a winner here folks and I’ll be able to fit into those pants by the end of the year after all. ;)

I plan on “wrapping” this afternoon, and will post before and after pictures of me in my old jeans in next weeks edition of 12 Goals for the New Year. Stay tuned.

rodin Museum ticket paris

3. Travel.   So far this year I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Victoria B.C

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing.  Done! She’s having a blast and lucky for me she likes talking/texting daily. :) Life is good.

xray of teeth

5. Get 3 new teeth. – The saga continues. Out of all the goals I set for myself this year this was the one I thought for sure I’d be able to mark off my list. But since my dental insurance is maxed out for the year and I would like to get my daughters room remodeled before she comes home from college for winter break, I will probably push getting my 3 new teeth to January of 2015. I know, right?

volvo xc70 white black trim

6. Pay off my car. Done! I LOVE Volvo wagons, and I’ll probably still be driving one when I’m 75.

primitive hooked star rug

7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done {I’m working on a second one and I hope to have it finished by Thanksgiving}.

moving garage

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. Lately our Sundays have been revolving around unpacking, putting furniture together, painting, or watching the Seahawks play on t.v. Hopefully in about a month things will settle down and get back to our usual laid back Sunday adventures.

moving day

9.  Secret Plan #1 - Sell our house. It felt like it took us forever, but we were finally able to downsize both our home and yard and let me tell you Bob, it feels good. Really, really good.

ugly laundry room remodel10. Secret Plan #2 Buy a smaller house.  Although our new home is not in the area we were originally looking in, by downsizing we were able to cut or mortgage payment in HALF and pay for the remodel out of pocket… So in the end, I think it all worked out for the best.

11. Secret Plan #3 – Working on it. ;)

fall garden planting

12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. Done! We didn’t buy a house in Colonial Williamsburg, but I did find us a vacation house on the east coast and we LOVE it. I need to post more pictures of my “set it and forget it” vegetable garden over there.

digging around an air conditioning unit

13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden.  Because of all the workers in and out of our house the past two weeks I haven’t been able to get as much gardening done as I would have liked too, but the HH has promised to pick me up a truckload of dirt this weekend so look out world… the fall and winter gardening season is about to begin. ;)

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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DIY Witch’s Broom Paper Bag Party Favors

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Witchs Broom Paper Bag Party Favors

How cute would these be for a school Halloween party or if you live in a small neighborhood and just get a few trick or treaters? I’ve been making these for a couple of years now and they are always a big hit with the kiddos.

halloween witch broom candy bags

You’ll need:

  • Lunch-size paper bags
  • Scissors
  • Small branch or piece of wood
  • Candy
  • Twine or raffia

Witch Broom Paper Bag Party Favors

Directions:

  1. To make one broom, you’ll need two lunch bags.  Unfold the bag, then fold back together the left and right sides {so the base is open and flat, but the sides of the bag have been folded in again}.Witchs Broom Paper Bag Party Favors
  2. Cut the bag into thin strips, stopping at the base.  You want to keep the base of the bag intact so it can hold the candy and sit flat.  Cut thin strips into the top inch of the second bag.Witchs Broom Paper Bag Party Favors
  3. Open both bags and place the second bag {with the one inch cuts only} inside of the shredded one.  Fill the inside bag with candy.
  4. Insert a small branch 1-2 inches into the bag:  cinch the tops of both bags and secure them with twine or raffia.

Now just sit back and enjoy being the most creative mom ever.

~Mavis

Witchs Broom Paper Bag Party Favors

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How Much Water Does it Take to Make Food?

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backyard garden harvest

So, until I ran across an article on Huffington Post about the relationship to water and food production, I literally had NO IDEA that it took so much water to make food.   Seriously, mind blown.  I mean, looking back on the information logically, it totally makes sense, but I never really gave it much thought.

Basically, the article broke down how much water is needed to make food and drinks that most of us consume regularly.  They calculated how much water it takes to produce a pound of each item.  The article put it in a sort of competition framework:  coffee vs. tea, chocolate vs. vanilla, chicken vs. beef, etc.  But, seriously, it all takes quite a bit of water.  Honestly, since I don’t live in an area that has huge drought issues, sometimes water conservation isn’t on my mind, but holy buckets people, when you get down to it, we use a lot of water we don’t even realize we are using, just to eat our favorite foods.

mavis garden blog greenhouse tomatoes

Here’s the breakdown {this is to make a pound of the food or drink, and I am not listing all of them, so check out the article for a more extensive list}:

Tea takes 108 gallons.
Coffee takes 1,056 gallons
Chicken takes 518 gallons
Beef takes 1,847 gallons
Rice takes 299 gallons
Pasta takes 222 gallons
Oats take 290 gallons
Almonds take 1,929 gallons
Broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts take 34 gallons {that seems like a ton on it’s own, but when you compare it to the others, it seems like a pretty good choice}
Olive oil takes 1,729 gallons
Chocolate takes 2,061 gallons {Yikes, my beloved chocolate is one of the worst as far as water goes}
Cinnamon takes 1,860 gallons

Seriously, the list goes on. Does this surprise you?  I am totally aware as a gardener that it takes water to grow my produce, but this is a lot of water.  Next time I cook up a pound of taco meat, I’ll totally think about how it took 1,847 gallons of water just for us to have tacos.  Crazy, I tell ya.

Does this surprise you the way it surprised me?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Halloween Loot, Orange Juice Coupon, Sports Bras, Recipes and More

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chino the handyman laundry room

Hello Wednesday!

Yesterday Chino the Handyman stopped by to measure for my new laundry room cabinets. After hauling our clothes to the laundromat a few times I am looking forward to this room the most. Well, and the kitchen too. ;)

It’s a little gloomy outside today so be sure and bundle up. Have a great day,

Mavis

rubbermaid storage binAmazon Gold Box Deal of the Day -Rubbermaid Deck Box with Seat for $63 shippedand the Harman Kardon CL Precision On-Ear Headphones with Extended Bass $59.99 shipped.

minute-maid-orange-juice-coupons

Print a coupon good for $1.00 off (1) Minute Maid Pure Squeezed bottle

moving comfort sports bra

REI Outlet has the Moving Comfort Fiona Sports Bra on sale for just $19.73!! {Regularly $46} I have a few of these and let me tell you, they have a TON of support. I love these sports bras!

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! :)

10-Pumpkin-Carving-Tips

Gearing up to carve pumpkins? Check out these 10 Pumpkin Carving Tips first! Find more cool projects on my Halloween Pinterest Board.

skull face mask

Amazon has the UrbanSource Black Seamless Skull Face Tube Mask for just $1.54 shipped!

skull-scarfA few accessories for fright night:

hummingbird stickersLooking for a fun stocking stuffer? Little Dover stickers are the best!

drape tops

Zulily has these Spurlice Drape Tops on sale for $15.99 today plus deals on SPANX {up to 60% off}, Naturalizer {up to 60% off} New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up.

hoover steam vac

Get the Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge for just $120 shipped when you “clip” the $15 off coupon!! This is a fantastic deal if you are looking for a carpet cleaner.

You probably see me reference Amazon Prime almost daily in my Mornings w/ Mavis posts. It’s because I totally love it. It’s like my favorite thing since Panera was opened. Before Prime I had to pay for shipping and then wait a ridiculously long time to get my orders! Blah! If I had to go back to that, it would be like reverting back to a rotary dial phone & ditching my cell phone! I love Amazon Prime because with it you get:

  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!

Start your Amazon Prime membership HERE! Especially with Christmas coming up, you won’t regret it!

the perfect riding boot

Jane has the Perfect Riding Boot on sale for $34.99 and it’s available in 4 different colors. Yumm-o!

vegetarian times magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Vegetarian Times Magazine for only $6.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 10/15/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

salt-potatoes

How can something simple be so good? Go make these Salt Potatoes and you will see. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

fisher price doll houseGreat Deals on Fisher-Price Toys:

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Stew with Pumpkin and Spinach

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Vegetarian Lentil Stew with Pumpkin and SpinachI’m trying to remember a time I threw pumpkin into my crock pot for any recipe and I can’t. I’m not sure why though because this stew was awesome. It’s hearty and the flavors just meld altogether into the most delicious taste. And the pumpkin just gives it that extra something. I tasted it and was all ready to heavily salt it but I realized there wasn’t a big need. It was already totally amazing tasting.

Ingredients
3 cups lentils, rinsed
1 cup chopped pumpkin
1 cup {packed} chopped spinach
1 cup frozen corn
1 can green beans, drained
1 onion, minced
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 quarts vegetable broth {homemade vegetable broth recipe}
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Top with fresh cilantro. It totally doesn’t get easier than that!

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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: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes!

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10 Non-Edible Treats to Pass Out on Halloween

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10 Non-Edible Treats to Pass Out on HalloweenWhen I was little, candy was a treat.  So, Halloween candy wasn’t that big of a deal.  It wasn’t like I was going to get it for standing in line quietly at school, and it certainly wasn’t in a steady rotation in our pantry.  It seems like kids get candy everywhere, daily, now though, so it’s a bit hard to feed the problem when it comes to Halloween.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by the volume of candy, but don’t want to give up the fun of the holiday completely, here’s 10 non-edible treats you can pass out instead:10 Non-Edible Treats to Pass Out on Halloween

  1. Mini Play-Dough.  Every kid loves brand new playdough {who am I kidding, I love it too}.
  2. Glow sticks.  Glow sticks can be used right then and there-or they can save them and use them later.
  3. Stickers.  They are cost effective to buy in bulk, but still get the job done.
  4. Temporary tattoos.  You can always find pretty cool temporary tattoos in bulk around Halloween.
  5. Hit up Oriental Trading and get little novelty items to give out {crazy straws, cards, bracelets, etc.}.
  6. Bubbles.  You can never have enough bubbles, plain and simple.
  7. Halloween themed toys:  plastic fangs, rubber eyeballs.  The kids seem to think the grosser the better.
  8. Sidewalk chalk.  Enough said.
  9. Little jars of slime or goo.  Kids love them.  Parents will hate you.  All in a days work.
  10. Mini Water Bottles.  Over the years, I’ve seen the kids sprint from house to house like their life depended on it.  By the end of the night, they are parched, the water won’t go to waste, I promise.

Do you have any ideas to add?

Have a safe and happy Halloween.

~Mavis

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Painting with Puggles… It’s an Art Form

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lucy the puggle dog

Since we started remodeling the house Miss Lucy the Puggle Dog has had her fair share of days at doggy daycare. And although I know she has a blast when she’s there, I still miss her every single minute she is out of my sight.

mavis butterfield office

That’s why when I know a contractor is just going to be here for a few hours {as opposed to all day} I keep her home, behind closed doors with me working on some random project.

painting with puggles

Lately, we’ve been working on painting my new office space.

removing shelving

I keep telling myself it’s going to be totally RAD when it’s done.

lucy the puggle dog painting

But it’s taking me a little longer than I thought to get the place painted. ;)

wet puggleAhh puggles, they’re so much trouble.

But so much fun.

~Mavis

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How Much TV Do You Watch Per Week?

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How Much TV Do You Watch Per Week

T.V. is one of those fantastic little time-suckers.  On one hand, if you find a show you like, it offers genuine enjoyment, but on the other, it really can become a waste of time.  Besides my weekly Friday Night Movie ritual, I’d say I probably don’t even watch an hour of t.v. per week.  Crazy, I know, but it has just never really held my attention for long.  I’d rather be doing other things.  I totally get that I am the odd ball, though.

I kinda wondered what the national average is for watching t.v.–which I should clarify as “screen time,” because YouTube and other mobile device viewing counts in my book.  I found a couple of different numbers {here and here} that suggested kids watch between 24-32 HOURS of t.v. per week, while adults are coming in as high as 5 hours per day–um, what?!  Holy buckets that seems high.  I flat out don’t have 5 extra hours per day, and I honestly don’t think I could find enough to watch during that time if I did.

One of the links above even broke down the viewing time per week by age:

2-11: 24 hours, 16 minutes.

12-17: 20 hours, 41 minutes.

18-24: 22 hours, 27 minutes.

25-34: 27 hours, 36 minutes.

35-49: 33 hours, 40 minutes.

50-64: 43 hours, 56 minutes.

65-plus: 50 hours, 34 minutes.

So, my here’s my question, how much t.v. do YOU watch per day {or week}?  Are the numbers I found an accurate representation of our television habits?  {Make sure to include all screen time–Netflix on your computer, YouTube on your phone, etc.}

~Mavis

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