Sunday, January 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Mr. Squiggles!

In honor of Mr Squiggles birthday, MomSelect is hosting a Zhu Zhu Pets™ Twitter Party!

Date: TODAY, January 31st, 2010
Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. EST
Location: #MrSquiggles
Host: @MomTalkRadio (Maria Bailey, Founder of MomSelect)

During the jam-packed Zhu Zhu fest, we'll be giving away over 20 Zhu Zhu Pets™ hamsters, as well as awesome habitrail pieces and accessories. Kids are welcome to tweet alongside Mom!

For those of you new to Twitter, here are some tips on attending:
*If you don't already have a Twitter account, sign up for one at It's extremely simple and a great way to connect with other moms and Zhu Zhu Pet fans.
*Make sure you are following the party hosts- @momtalkradio, @resourcefulmom
*Follow the instructions tweeted out by the party hosts to enter the contests and participate in the scavenger hunt
*Keep up with the conversation by searching for the party hashtag (#MrSquiggles) and make sure you include it in your tweets as well
*It can be helpful to use a site like to help keep track of the conversation. We also recommend that you check in on the hosts' pages ( and to keep track of the contest information.
*Grab your little ones and chime in to celebrate Mr. Squiggles Birthday!
*Have fun!!

Click HERE to RSVP. Your registration will count as an additional entry to win a Zhu Zhu Pet™ hamster and fun accessory! And because we know that you do a great job of spreading the word, tweet the details of the party until 7 p.m. today for additional entries.

Be sure to follow @MomTalkRadio, @ResourcefulMom and @MomSelectAmy throughout the evening for updates, prize information and contest details.

Hope to see you there!


Valentine's Day Giveaway starting 2/1!

Hey ya'll starting tomorrow I will have some giveaways listed just in time for Valentine's Day! I have a few that I think are pretty awesome so check back here tomorrow and the fun will begin!

Here's a button you can put on your blog. Sharing the bloggy love. ;)

If you do it'll give you 5 extra entries into ALL of the giveaways. Just remember that you need to leave a comment on the giveaway posts telling me you did so. :)

Enjoy and Good Luck!


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pampers partners with Team USA

Every baby is a champion in play, and to celebrate the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Pampers® Diapers has partnered with Team USA to introduce new Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max, the brand's new high performance diapers sure to earn gold with world-class "players" - babies.

What is Dry Max?
* Dry Max describes the new "engine" or core of Cruisers and Swaddlers diapers.
* It allows for the removal of the airfelt ("paper pulp") found in current Swaddlers and Cruisers, resulting in a thinner and less bulky core. Currently, Pampers is the only brand with this technology on the market.
* The thinner core is enabled by the new Absorbent Gelling Material (AGM), removing the need for airfelt. The AGM is more permeable, meaning it locks wetness in faster than previous AGM.
* The Dry Max technology will also be available in Pampers Swaddlers diapers for new babies in March 2010.

New Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers with Dry Max have game-changing benefits for mom, baby and the world:
* For Baby: They are our driest diapers ever and the new, revolutionary Dry Max™ technology helps lock wetness in for up to 12 hours. The new thinner core gives baby freedom to move and play with all-around softness to keep him comfortable so playtime never ends.
* For Mom: The thinner design allows mom to carry or store more of them within less space. She can also be confident that she is getting a hard working diaper for the same great price. (The product is being offered to retailers at the same price. Pricing is at the sole discretion of the retailer.)
* For the World: They help you reduce your impact on the environment. If current North American Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers users switched to the new Pampers with Dry Max diaper, they could together throw away the weight of a billion less diapers every three years. (Based on 08/09 volume for Swaddlers/Cruisers.)

Do you think that the new Pampers with Dry Max sound like something you would like for your baby? I think they sound AWESOME. I mean dry up to 12 hours! How wonderful is that? I mean think about have a baby that likes to sleep but the diaper keeps they won't! :) I can't wait to try them.

Starting tomorrow, January 29th, you will be able to request a free sample three-pack of Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max on

Wait! Here's the REALLY cool part!

If the sample sent includes a diaper stamped Team USA (randomly inserted in select sample packs), their baby will win a year's supply of Pampers diapers!

Ya'll need to hurry though because supplies are limited and these are gonna go fast.

But don't worry...if you miss out I might just be able to help you out here soon. ;) Just keep checking in.


Monday, January 25, 2010

The Boys are Back dvd Review

The Boys are Back starring Clive Owen is set to hit the stores tomorrow, January 26th.

Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Simon Carr, The Boys are Back is about an Australian sportswriter, Joe, who has his life turned upside down when his wife dies from cancer. He is left to raise Artie, their 6 year old son, alone. Not quite knowing what to do he makes one rule - no rules. And then to top it off his 14 year old son from his first marriage arrives full of attitude. What kind of craziness will ensue from this? A little bit of everything! ;)

Trying to work, make his children happy, and continue on with life ~ Joe and his sons provide you with an extremely emotional that will grab you by the heart and lift your spirits.

*Disclaimer: I received this dvd for free from Walt Disney for review. The above opinion is my own.*


Homeschool Resource of the Day: Life Begins

LIFE BEGINS (PDF comic book) – “Life Begins: An Amazing Adventure”, is a comic book published by Human Life Alliance, designed to teach grade school children about the humanity of the pre-born child. It is a walk through the first nine months of life, lead by two adventurous narrators, Carl and Tickles. Children will enjoy their antics while learning important life-affirming information about how a baby grows inside a mother’s womb.

To quote the publishers: “Since Life Begins was created for grade school children, it does not contain information on abortion, but instead concentrates on the amazing humanity of the pre-born child. Human Life Alliance understands the importance of giving children a strong foundation in the facts of prenatal development and respect for human life at all stages without damaging their innocence prematurely.”

This PDF “comic book” story is very tastefully and modestly done, and is a great resource to share with kids of all ages.

You can get it today only at


Friday, January 22, 2010

Homeschool Resource of the Day: THE BIG HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY Part 6

In the final section of THE BIG HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY – EARTH, WATER & SKY we focus on the world around us – from small brooks – to soil, minerals, and crystals – to the weather, skies, and sun, moon & stars. What a wonderful world it is… and many wonder-filled lessons and activities fill this last section of the book.

Again, each study begins with a great Teacher’s talk, and includes activities and discussion questions. Be sure to download all of these and keep in your permanent homeschool library. This is a keeper that you’ll use many time throughout your homeschooling years!

ALL SIX PARTS of The Big Handbook of Nature Study will be available here through this weekend, so be sure to download all of them, AND check your downloaded files to make sure they came through for you okay. These links will remain until Sunday evening. Enjoy!


Thursday, January 21, 2010


Ok, no, I don't. I don't! But my daughter does! LOL

They do have some catchy little tunes though...

You gotta live to party, bust your move
Everybody’s in the groove
Tell the DJ to play my song

(theme song to the tv show Jonas)

And you'll be hearing that a lot if you purchase the dvd I HEART JONAS (Vol. 2) which has a release date of January 26th.

This dvd contains 7 specially selected episodes of Nick, Joe, and Kevin aka Jonas.

In addition, there's a bonus feature:
"You've Just Been JoBro'd! -- Surprising Jordin Sparks"

I will admit I have watched a couple (ok ~ almost all) of the episodes and it's a cute show. I can see where a lot of tweens and teens like it. You know even my 4 year old nephew likes the Jonas Brothers. The guys like to have fun and act silly and you get to hear a lot of their music.

So, if you have a child that loves Jonas ~ this would be a great gift. :)

*Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the dvd free from Walt Disney for review. The opinion above is my own.*


Homeschool Resouce of the Day: THE BIG HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY Part 5

In Part IV of THE BIG HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY – PLANTS & TREES we focus on plant life in all its many forms in the fields and forest around us. Wonderful lessons and activities fill this section of the book.

Again, each study begins with a great Teacher’s talk, and includes activities and discussion questions. Be sure to download all of these and keep in your permanent homeschool library. This is a keeper that you’ll use many time throughout your homeschooling years!

You can get it today only at


Book Review: Tales from a Travelling Mum

Alice Griffin shares the story of how she embarked on a travel adventure with her young family during the first two years of her daughter's life. Taking in Norway, Greece, France and Spain on the way, Alice weaves an inspiring travelogue with practical advice to help other mums and dads who enjoy interesting and authentic travel to continue with their baby or toddler on board. As well as sharing her own story Alice has interviewed other travelling mums to provide even more tips and personal experience. Inside you will find practical tips related to: essentials - important stuff like packing and passports; feeding - how to keep your baby well-fed without getting weighed down; sleeping - rest tips for bouncing babies so parents can still enjoy their holiday; Playing & Pacifying - things to take along to keep your child entertained on long trips; and, mobility - advice for taking your young children by plane, boat, train, bus and car. Whether you prefer to go off-the-beaten track to indulge your spirit for adventure, or simply want to enjoy a well-earned all-inclusive break, all the inspiration and advice you need is inside. Travel need not stop when love and babies come along!

I've always loved the idea of travel. I'd like to go everywhere...really I mean everywhere. I'd like to go cross country and visit all 50 states. But then I'd also love to travel abroad. The Mediterrean has always held much fascination to me. I'd like to experience other lands and cultures. It's never been something I've been able to do. As soon as I was out of school, there was work, then marriage and then was always an issue and so the idea was pushed to the back of my mind. When my husband and I discuss traveling it's always way in the future after the kids are grown. And that's kind of sad to me. I'd love for my children to be able to experience these things with us.

I think that's why I loved this book so much! Alice Griffin decided while her daughter was still in womb that she wasn't going to let anything stop her and her family from their traveling lifestyle. She has an amazing outlook on life and I feel so blessed to have been able to read this book.

The book is jam packed with tips and advice on traveling with children and how to make it enjoyable for all. I think reading this book gave me a wonderful idea of the right way to travel with your family. Now if only I could win the lottery to finance such trips! :)

What others are saying:
"Tales from a Travelling Mum is a refreshing book and makes an encouraging read for concerned pregnant women expecting their first child and all new mums and dads. You will laugh and empathize with the very real situations the family experience on their journey through life with a baby."
Laura Tenison MBE; Founder & Managing Director JoJo Maman Bébé

“Alice really reaches out to fellow mums with this book. Her mix of humour and honesty gives a realistic view of what it’s like travelling with a baby, yet her clear enjoyment of the challenges ensures that you are left feeling that you want to do it too!”
Aliya Daya; Editor Mumsense Magazine,

"This inspiring and evocative book just goes to show that with a spirit of adventure, a touch of humour and more than a little bit of bloody mindedness, travelling with a baby can be a rich and exciting experience. If this book doesn't give you itchy feet and the confidence to travel with your brood then nothing will!"
Wendy Shand; Mum of 3 and founder,

You can get your copy here.

*Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book in e-book form free for review. The opinion is my own*


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

General Mills Cereal - Less Sugar

General Mills recently announced their commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving. The company has already been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain.

Did you know that ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters? Cereals also deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children´s diets.

Other cereal benefits:
* Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children´s diets.

* Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child´s diet today.

* More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.

Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office.

For more information about kids and cereals, please visit Cereal Health and Wellness.

Right now you can get a $1 off coupon for one of four General Mills cereals. Just click here.

*Disclaimer: I received 4 coupons for free boxes of cereal in exchange for posting this information. The information was provided to me by General Mills via My Blog Spark.*


Review: "The Word of God on Being a Woman, a Wife, and a Mother" e-book

Being a Christian woman in today's world is pretty hard if you ask me. We are expected of so many things and don't always know which way to turn. God has expectations for us as well. Those are the most important. How we can live our life the way he as intended us to. The Word of God series by Foote Family Ministries is intended to help us by giving us the verses of the Bible that relate to certain topics.

I was so excited to be able to review this e-book. I had heard of these books, but had yet to purchase one. So when they were looking for reviewers for the latest books I jumped at the chance. Mrs. Foote was gracious enough to give me a choice of what book I would like to read and I chose "The Word of God on
Being a Woman, a Wife, and a Mother". Because when it all boils down to it ~ that is what I am. The title of blogger or friend fades away. These are my most important roles. And I'll admit there are many times I feel very inadequate in them. Have you ever felt that way? Do you doubt yourself in the choices you are making?

When I first opened the e-book I was a bit overwhelmed. 133 PAGES!!! Granted that's nothing compared to if I was going to sit down and read the Bible. Which is something I am trying to do this year. :) But as I was saying, I was a little overwhelmed ~ until I saw exactly what was going inside. Starting with the book of Genesis EVERY verse in the Bible that pertains to being a woman, wife, or mother is there!

I really enjoyed being able to sit down and read exactly what God's word says about my roles as a woman, wife, and mom. I think that any woman who wants to grow in their faith and grow in their relationships can benefit from this e-book. This is going to be a permanent reference for me as I question what I need to do. When I start to wonder how I'm going to be a good wife or good mother and what God expects me to do in those difficult moments.

If any of this has made sense to you and you have at one time wondered just where to go from here - I urge you to go over to Foote Family Ministries and check out their vast selection of e-books. It'll be well worth it. :)


Listen Up!

Did you know that when MP3 players are purchased as gifts, the majority of purchasers are moms? That finding emerged at the Mommy Tech summit at the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show.

But do you know about the potential risks? Kids often don't know how to use audio technology safely and they can harm their hearing as a result. In fact, hearing loss among young people is reported to be on the rise and there are strong concerns that a generation of young people could end up with prevalent hearing loss.

"For some time, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has warned that hearing loss in the United States could rise significantly due to the misuse of personal audio technology," ASHA President Tommie L. Robinson, Jr. explains. "Unfortunately, a report released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation cites some alarming trends about excessive entertainment media consumption among our nation's children, indirectly supporting ASHA's concerns. This should be a warning to parents that they must regulate children's exposure and fully understand the potential health threats associated with misuse and over exposure to such technologies."

"ASHA will continue to bring these issues to the forefront and appreciates the Kaiser Family Foundation's contributions to the national dialogue," Robinson adds.

According to a 2004 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children were reported as being exposed to 6 hours and 21 minutes of media (TV, music, internet, etc) per day. By 2009, this statistic had increased dramatically to 7 hours and 38 minutes per day. When media multitasking is taken into account, this leaps to 10 hours and 45 minutes per day. This massive consumption of media has led to decreased grades in school and ASHA contends it puts kids at an increased risk of hearing loss.

One thing that is clear from the study is that parents can be very positive influencers on how their children use entertainment media.

How You Can Help - Spread the Following Message

Whether your child received an MP3 player, gaming device, cell phone, laptop, or any other device with headphones, don't overlook the important health threat of hearing loss. Now is the time to reach out to other parents about the importance of hearing loss prevention, the damaging effects of excessive media consumption, and the resources available to them through ASHA.

Here are two simple ways to protect your children's - and your own - hearing.

· Keep the volume down. A good guide is half volume.

· Limit listening time. Give your hearing 'quiet breaks'.

Find more information and statistics at ASHA's website. You can also follow their Twitter feed or fan them on Facebook to get real time updates on their work.

*This message is brought to you courtesy of Global Influence.*


Homeschool Resource of the Day: THE BIG HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY Part 4

In Part IV of THE BIG HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY – INSECTS & INVERTEBRATES we focus on all the creepy-crawlies of life around us: flies, ants, butterflies, grasshoppers, bees, spiders, snails, worms, and more. “Oooooo!” “Ahhhhh!” “Eeeekk! Get it away from me!”

Again, each study begins with a great Teacher’s talk, and includes activities and discussion questions. Be sure to download all of these and keep in your permanent homeschool library. This is a keeper that you’ll use many time throughout your homeschooling years!

You can get them today only at


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Homeschool Resource of the Day: THE BIG HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY Part 3 & BONUS


In this section of the book, we study toads, frogs, snakes, lizards & turtles … and then practically every fuzzy animal you can think of that lives on farm or forest.

Again, each study begins with a great Teacher’s talk, and includes activities and discussion questions. Be sure to download all of these and keep in your permanent homeschool library. This is a keeper that you’ll use many time throughout your homeschooling years!


Little Boy Blue: The Story of Eugene Field. It is SO good it may make you cry (literally). Or maybe not. I guess it depends on how sentimental you are. (Let’s take a poll and see how many folks actually do get choked up listening to this.) Anyway, you’ll long remember this sweet story — AND the extra bonus resource that comes with it is a sheer delight!

You can get them today only at


Monday, January 18, 2010

Homeschool Resource of the Day: THE BIG HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY PARTS 1 & 2

THE BIG HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY is a HUGE (940 pages) and absolutely wonderful teaching guide full of hundreds of nature study lessons, activities and discussion questions. It is a complete multi-year nature study curriculum that you can use for years to come. It is so big (over 100 megs in size) we had to divide it into six manageable ebooks for you. We’ve got the first two parts for you today, with the rest to come all through this week.

PART I – TEACHER’S GUIDE & OVERVIEW (PDF ebook) – In PART ONE, you get a very helpful and practical teacher’s guide, including an overview of the purpose, scope and style of the handbook… how each lesson is set up… what nature study should do for your children… how to to tie math, art, geography, gardening, agriculture & science into your nature study, and more. Each lesson begins with a “teacher’s story” which can be read to students along with suggested activities & methods, followed by great discussion questions.

PART II – BIRDS & FISH (PDF ebook) – In PART TWO, we jump into the actual lessons, this time devoted to birds & fish. As you’ll quickly see, these lessons are wonderfully written, blending history, humor, a bit of poetry, and a delightful sense of wonder into these nature studies.

You can get these today at

You can get parts 3 through 6 the rest of the week. :)


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Review ~ Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You Special Edition

Who here loves Winnie the Pooh? I do, I do! He is just the cutest silliest old bear with some really great friends. I grew up watching Pooh and love that my kids get to enjoy him also. Gracie and I have been reading House on Pooh Corner. She loves it. :)

Anyways, that's not what I'm talking about today. We received a copy of Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You Special Edition for review. I ♥ Valentine's Day!

Released on January 5th, this DVD contains 3 stories and bonus features. Here's a description from the press release...

In Un-Valentines Day, it's that warm and wonderful time when Pooh and his pals like to show how much they care. But Rabbit wants to cancel Valentine's Day because last year, he was up to his ears in the flood of cards that littered the Hundred Acre Wood. Reluctantly, everyone agrees -- until someone anonymously sends Pooh a pot of honey. Suddenly, the Valentine rush is again out of control, much to the delight of all -- including Rabbit.

In A Valentine for You, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Rabbit see Christopher Robin making a valentine for a girl and find he's been bitten by a "Smitten" and is lovesick. Worried that he'll no longer have time for them, and hoping a second bite from the love bug will cure him, they set out on a wild adventure to capture the Smitten.

My Hero is a new-to-DVD adventure that shows the lesson of two friends truly helping each other. When Piglet saves Tigger’s life, Tigger decides to repay the favor by being Piglet’s servant. But Tigger’s new job causes Piglet more harm than good. When Tigger saves Piglet’s life, his obligation to be the servant is erased and all is back to normal.

*”Catch the Love Bug Game” – Flying “Love Bugs” are on the loose in the Hundred Acre Wood and it’s up to the viewer to catch as many as possible
*Pooh-themed Valentine’s Day cards

This is a super cute DVD that I think kids of all ages will enjoy. Watching Winnie the Pooh is a timeless childhood pastime that I hope lasts for a very long time.

The suggested retail price is $29.99, but you can get it at Disney Movie Club for $14.96 plus 3.96 shipping.

*Disclaimer: I received this DVD for free from Walt Disney for review. The above opinion is my own.*


Getting Organized in January

Did ya'll catch my interview with Molly from Econobusters? She's one cool pony-tailed chick, huh?

In the January digest of Molly's Money Saving Digest, Molly focuses on ways to Evaluate, Prioritize, and Organize. :) A new year is always a fresh start. It's a great time to get things in order and that's what Molly wants to help us do. You'll find many printable forms that will help you keep your time, money and family in check. And we can all use a little help there, can't we?

Like pretty decorations for the home, but hate the price? There are some great and EASY ideas on how to do for less $$. Don't worry if you aren't the crafty type...I said they were EASY!

Ever wonder just how to make the perfect pie like Granny always did? Think it's impossible? It's not! I promise. There is an absolutely wonderful article by a guest writer in this month's digest that will have you in the kitchen baking up a storm.

With fresh ideas to start off a new year, you owe it to yourself and your family to check out Molly's Money Saving Digests. You won't regret it. ;)

BUT WAIT ~ That's not all! (Do I sound like an infomercial? SORRY!)

Also available this month is Molly Gets Organized ~ All in One Place.

This wonderful e-book contains excerpts from ALL of Molly's 2009 digests. It's a month-by-month guide on how to get organized and stay that way! It's jam-packed with printable forms you can use over and over again. Totally awesome stuff right here I tell ya!

So head on over to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine's Store and get your copies now.

*Disclaimer: I am an Econobusters e-book reviewer. I receive these e-books for free, but the opinion is my own.*


Sunday, January 10, 2010

An Interview with Molly Green from Econobusters

Molly Green Busting Free from this economy

At the beginning of this month, I was picked as an Econobusters Reviewer. I was SO excited. I absolutely &heart; this series from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Molly Green always as such great ways for us to live a frugal, better lifestyle. So before I started out reviewing her digests I wanted to sit down and ask her a few questions...and she was gracious enough to agree. Hope you enjoy!

Have you always been this frugal and good at organization?

No—it’s been a learning curve, and I’m still learning! One great thing about frugality is that it builds on itself. Pretty soon it becomes second nature to ask myself questions like, “Can I live without this?” “What do I already have at home that could be used instead?” I started looking at things in a new light—thinking of ways to re-purpose and re-use instead of just throwing away.

So, I’m paying more conscious attention to the resources we have—money, time, belongings, etc. and I guess that helps with organization, too. I look at each commodity and ask “How can I best use this.” or “How can I store it, or look after it?” It’s a day-by-day process.

So, what led you to be this way?

Well, I’m probably similar to most people—usually some trigger, whether it’s cutting back to one income, or going through unemployment, or just growing a family and having more mouths to feed—causes us to clue in that there’s not (nor will there ever be) an inexhaustible supply of money, and there’s only so many ways it can be stretched. “Having it all” is a fallacy. Everything has a price tag, and conscious choices need to be made about what really is important.

I’ve experienced all of the above—unemployment, one income, and growing a family—and I’m still learning how to make the most of what we have available. Nobody else can do that for me!

What is your favorite part of being frugal, besides saving money?

I like that it’s a conscious, thinking, purposeful way to live. It’s about sensible choices and good stewardship. It’s about simplifying and bringing sanity to my lifestyle and home. Eventually it’s about freedom and independence. I do NOT need to be controlled by advertisements and other people’s expectations. It’s actually a very rewarding and fulfilling way to live!

What are your favorite tips you like to share with your readers?

I’d just like to first encourage readers that a frugal lifestyle is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s not a get-rich-quick or a get-out-of-debt overnight story. But little by little, the small changes add up to big results. A marathon is long, it’s hard work, but it’s also exhilarating and rewarding.

Some more tips:

Think before spending.

Be grateful for everything.

Share what you have.

Keep things (budgets, plans, goals) simple—you’re more likely to stay on track.

If you fall off the wagon (and you probably will) don’t beat yourself up—just climb back on!

Plan ahead whenever you can—whether it’s meals, gifts, commitments, or anything else.

But remember the saying, “Blessed are the flexible, for they will not get bent out of shape.”

Do you ever have a moment when you feel trying to be thrifty and organizational is just too much?

Absolutely! And I actually think it’s important to understand and anticipate that those times will hit. Allow a little splurge once in a while. Last week I bought myself a gorgeous (though small) bunch of pink gerbera daisies at the grocery store for $4.95. I know that I could have bought 6 pounds of pasta instead, but I can’t put a price tag on how much I’ve enjoyed those daisies. I don’t know that I’ve EVER bought myself flowers before in my life—but I’ve probably bought 600 pounds of pasta. In the big picture it was $4.95 very well spent. On my budget, if I bought flowers every week it would NOT be money well spent, that’s what makes it such a treat!

And I’m not always busily trying to organize. I think it’s important to remember that organization isn’t an end in itself. Part of Webster’s definition of organization reads “…to arrange the several parts of for action or work.” It’s just putting things and time in place so that life runs more smoothly. The whole point of organizing is to save time, energy, and money for the things that are important and can be enjoyed—like playing with the kids, or curling up with a good book!

Any favorite sayings, scriptures....

Oh my—so many!

I think one of my very favorite verses is “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:5) It applies to just about every area of our lives!

What made you decided to created Molly's Money-Saving Digest?

Molly’s parent company is The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine—a homeschooling publication. Many of our subscribers are one-income families at the best of times, and need to be thrifty to make it work. However, we realize that today’s economic challenges extend far beyond the homeschooling community.

There are lots of excellent frugal sites and publications already out there, and lots of thrifty professionals who specialize in one area or another, yet we feel there is a particular niche for Molly.

We want to be a cheerful, non-intimidating community, especially welcoming for those who are new to frugality. We want to focus on all the different areas of a homemaker’s life—not just food, or financial budgeting. We want to be a go-to resource and share resources and ideas and tools as we find them. We want to learn and grow along with our readers in a community of friends so that we’re all better equipped to make the best of all we’ve been given.

Did you ever think they would be as popular as they are?

We are thrilled with our readership community, and hope it continues to grow by leaps and bounds! We greatly value reader feedback—we want to know how we can help. Email with your suggestions!

What's your favorite article in the digest each month?

Wow. That’s really hard to say. I do enjoy the variety that comes from a different featured topic each month. I just finished the manuscript for the February 2010 Digest where the feature was no-and-low-cost ways to show family and friends that you love them. That was fun!

I also love the weekly menu plan as it encourages me to try new recipes. And I enjoy the Something Old-Something New column. It’s a fun challenge to see how things can be recycled—like the cooling rack turned jewelry display in January’s Digest, or 7 things to do with an old flannel shirt—coming up in our February Digest.

What would be the one thing you tell a person who has decided they want to save money and live a more frugal lifestyle?

Think before you spend. Think while you spend. Be patient and persevere. Oh, I guess that’s more than one…pick your favorite!

Do you have any websites that people who are just starting out should visit?

Well, of course! We’re always sharing links to other frugal sites and resources.

There are many excellent websites out there, depending on a reader’s particular interests. Some of my favorites include Get Rich Slowly, and The Simple Dollar.

Simple Mom is another great site.

Do you have anything else you'd like to share with the readers today?

Well, I’d just want to encourage each one that a frugal lifestyle is not a drag. It’s a good life! It takes patience and perseverance, and planning, but it’s so worth it. Plug into a community like for regular inspiration. It’s much easier to stay on track with regular doses of support!


10 on the 10th

I saw this over at my friend Marsha's blog ~ Other Such Happenings ~ and thought I'd give it a go since I haven't posted anything personal in awhile.


1. I'm really not very good at describing myself. I don't think I have a lot of self-confidence anymore. Which is what my parents always wanted for us kids. I mean I don't hate myself. I just think there is a lot I could change to make me better.

2. I have the best kids in the entire world. Okay, so you think the same thing. That's okay ~ we're suppose to think that about our kids. Gracie & Matthew are literally my life. ♥

3. I love soap operas. I know that's not a popular thing for a stay-at-home mom to's the whole stereotype of women sitting on their tush eating bon-bons. I've never had a bon-bon in my entire life. What is it anyways? Chocolate? Then I'm missing out, maybe I should be eating them while watching Young and the Restless.

4. My house is messy. (NO! it's not from me watching soap operas ;oP) I try to keep it clean. I know how to clean, learned from the best, but somehow 10 minutes after I'm done there are toys in places I had just moved them from. I don't stress over it too much. Now my mom ~ woooooooweeee ~ she couldn't handle living here ~ can we say neat freak? I ♥ her though.

5. When dinner time rolls around I don't always have a plan of what to fix. This is one of those things in above mentioned #1 ~ the feeling of I can be better ~ maybe I'm just not that good of a wife and mom. I do love my family though. So that has to count for something.

6. Facebook and I have a love affair. I just can't go a day without ~ withdrawls are not fun. You can join me in my obsession here.

7. I like food. No, I love food. I enjoy it. I'm a big eater. I like snacks and the whole bit of junk food ~ but I enjoy a big ol' steak and baked potato a whole lot more.

8. I love nighttime, the night sky is beautiful. But I also like watching the sunrise in the morning. I think my perfect "day" would be from probably 10pm to 9am and then I could sleep ~ but then I'd miss #3. Hmmm, maybe someday I won't require sleep and can just stay awake 24/7. Ha! Yea, I like sleep too much. So I'm just going to have to miss something.

9. I enjoy watching teeny bopper tv shows. *shameful look* I think it all started when I was a kid and watched the show Fifteen on Nickelodeon and Swan's Crossings on FOX. Maybe It's because I never had a lot of teenage experiences (I was shy, ya know) ~ so I enjoy all the drama on these shows. Glee & The American Life of a Teenager are my current favs. :)

10. I want to move back to where I grew up~ Gatewood, WV. Granted it's just an hour away from here but I ache for it. I want my kids to experience things similar to what I did. I want them to be able to smell horse manure and think "home". Yea, that's kinda gross...but whenever we visit my parents in the spring and summer it's right across from our house and Gracie snarls her nose and says eeeeeew. I just laugh and take a deep breath and say that's country baby. I ♥ it.

Think you might wanna attempt this? It's not for the weak, that's for sure. I'm exposing myself to all kinds of comments here. ;) Go here to check it out.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Review: Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

I am constantly trying out new products just to see what is out there and if it's good for you that's even better. Some of my friends, the Dixons, over at Walking Therin, The Daily Planet and A Pondering Heart have talked about using Tropical Tradition's Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. So when I got a chance to receive a product for free and try it out, I jumped at it!

Coconut Oil can be used for a multitude of things. As a substitution to other cooking oils, a moisturizer for your skin, it helps your body in digestion, and more.

After I received my huge 32 oz. jar, I asked my friends on Facebook where to start. The one thing they all agreed on was popcorn. So I popped me a big pan of popcorn and it was DELICIOUS! I'm a big popcorn eater and this just made it better.

I also used it for a moisturizer on my skin. It worked pretty well. I have had dry skin for awhile (since babies! and winter hasn't helped any) now and it helped a lot. I just didn't like the greasy feel. But I did have pretty skin. :)

I was also told that it was good to take a couple tablespoons to speed up your metabolism and aid in weight loss...but as the product hardens in cooler weather I just couldn't get it down that way. I'll stick to cooking in it.

This is some great stuff. I was so glad I was able to try it. If you are thinking of going organic or trying to live a healthier life, this is one easy step toward your goal.

Tropical Traditions also has a Referral Program, so if you place an order with them as a first-time customer, please select “Referred by a friend” and in the box that says “How did you hear of us?” enter my sponsor ID number… 5723812. By telling Tropical Traditions that I referred you, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy with your first order! This book is filled with testimonies and research showing how healthy coconut oil is, and it also includes over 85 recipes showing how one can incorporate coconut into their diet.

*Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product. *


Review: Aveeno Baby ~ Bzzzz

As some of you all know I'm a BzzAgent and that means I get cool stuff in the mail that I can try out and tell others about. The last stuff I received from them were some Aveeno Baby products. I received a moisturizing baby shampoo and a diaper rash cream. I love that Aveeno has such great products that are suppose to be good for our skin, so I was excited my little man would get to try it out.

The diaper rash cream is very thick and creamy and it works great! Lately, he has been having lots of diaper rashes and I was so glad to have this around to clear him up.

The shampoo was very nice also. I've actually been using it on both Matthew and Gracie. I know she's a little older and probably shouldn't use baby shampoo, but it's there and I use it. :) And it's done super great in her hair! She has really thick curly/wavy hair and it helped tremendously in the tangles. Matthew likes a bath, but hates having his hair washed...what I liked best about it for him was I was able to rinse it easily and it didn't take me long to get it out of his hair.

Overall, these are some good products for your kiddies. Try 'em out!

*Disclaimer: I received the above products free for review. The opinion is my own.*


Friday, January 8, 2010

Review: SEED+

Everything begins with a seed. It’s a fact that a single seed contains all the nutrients that enable life. When you look inside a seed, it’s packed with elements that provide incredible skin health benefits. Our seeds are rich in Vitamin E, a powerful skin care rejuvenator. They also provide multiple forms of antioxidants and beneficial essential fatty acids. It's all inside these tiny seeds – the essence and power to create a healthy life.

Back in December, I was contacted about some products from SEED+. I was asked to try them out and post a review. I like body products so was anxiously awaiting their arrival. When they arrived in the mail, I ripped into the package...and this is what I found: grape seed enriched nourishing body lotion, body soap, and shampoo bar.

Usually, I'm not a big fan of lotion. I always find it greasy and hard to rub in. I was very surprised with how non-greasy this was! The scent was Invigorating Citrus Thyme. I think it smells very much like lime. I liked it a lot.

The body soap, also scented in Invigorating Citrus Thyme, was very moisturizing. After my bath, I definitely felt as if my skin felt softer and smoother.

The shampoo bar I was a little nervous about. I have extremely thick hair. And I just had visions of my hair being caked with soap or it coming out not looking clean. But it worked great. My hair felt (and looked) squeaky clean!

I can honestly say I REALLY liked all the products that we sent to me. These are some that in the future I would likely purchase. Be sure and check out their products at

*Disclaimer: I received these products for free, but the above opinion is my own.*


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Homeschool Resouce of the Day: Cursive Writing printables

Cursive Writing printables (PDF ebooks)

Courtesy of Copycat Books, today we have a neat little collection of cursive writing printables. Included are: Pangrams (sentences containing all 26 letters of the alphabet); the Pledge of Allegiance; the Preamble to the Constitution; the books of the Bible; and a selection from Proverbs 31 on the Virtuous Woman. Three versions of each printable is provided: traditional script, modern & italic. A great tool to provide your students penmanship practice!

You can get it today only at


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Homeschool Resouce of the Day: FireSide Cheer

"FireSide Cheer" (PDF ebook)

A full length HomeMaker's Mentor lesson offering inspiration that will warm you and yours! This lesson includes a photo tutorial on how to make pinecone firestarters, ornamental gift match boxes, a checklist for your fireplace, reminiscing about hearths in the homes of yesteryear through all four seasons, and warming recipes for cups o' fireside cheer! A great resource for those chilly winter evenings!

You can get it today only at


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary

The Sound of Music first debuted in 1959 at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theater. It was the last musical collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Most of us though have only seen the movie version starring Julie Andrews. In November 2009, the 50th anniversary was celebrated by the release of The Sound of Music Original Broadway Cast Recording and a classic collectible pop-up book. I was so pleased when I was asked to do a review.

The music is as adoring as ever. It's so wonderful to be able to listen to the songs as they were first meant to be heard. I love these songs, they are just so much fun to sing along to!

In addition to the original recording, there are three amazing bonus tracks:
* "From Switzerland: The Pratt Family," a spoof of The Sound of Music created for and performed by Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett in 1962 on their TV special Julie and Carol Live at Carnegie Hall;
* A live recording of "Edelweiss," sung in German, from the historic first production (2005) of The Sound of Music in Vienna;
* A soaring cover version of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," sung in Swedish (as "Sök dig till bergen") by Tommy Körberg, best known to American audiences for his vocals on the concept album of Chess.

And the pop-up book - OH MY GOODNESS!

At first I thought I'd review it and give it to my daughter. Ummm, nope. I'm totally being selfish. This book is all mine and it is gorgeous. I love it. The intricate detail is beyond anything I've ever seen in a book.

These are great editions to any home library. You can't go wrong by buying them. Children adn adults of all ages will enjoy the songs and the pop-up book. You can buy the CD at Amazon and iTunes and the book at Amazon.

*Disclaimer: I was provided the above products for free from Sony Music for review. However, all opinions are my own and were in no way influenced.*


New Year, New Click 'N Kids Codes

Click 'N Kids understand in this economy that the ability to offer customers a discount is very important. So they have decided to extend their discounts into 2010!

The 2010 codes are:
CNKSAVE40 (Save 40% off your purchase of ClickN READ or ClickN SPELL)

CNKSAVE50 (Buy one product and save 50% on the purchase of another. *Applies to ClickN READ & ClickN SPELL only)

CNKFREE (Buy 1 student of either ClickN READ or ClickN SPELL and get 1 student free)


Homeschool Resouce of the Day: Laura Ingalls Wilder's "The Long Winter"

Living Book for the Ears: Laura Ingalls Wilder's "The Long Winter" (MP3 audio)

Classic old time radio adaptation of one of Laura Ingalls Wilder's best books. Can the Ingalls family and the rest of the town survive one of the longest, harshest winters on recordwhile starvation looms? Find out in this great half hour "Living Book for the Ears" audio program.

(PLUS... we'll also have TWO MORE great "wintertime" audio stories for you today!)

You can get it today only at


Monday, January 4, 2010

Homeschool Resouce of the Day: Supermom's Simple Guide

Supermom's Simple Guide to Healthier Eating for Beginners and Beyond (PDF ebook)

"I know I should be eating healthier, but I don't know where to begin!" "A healthier diet would be nice, but my husband and kids will never go for it." "Healthy food doesn't taste good." Have you ever had any of these thoughts? Many people do! Incorporating healthful habits is important for all of us, but it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to do, how to do it, all the while wondering whether or not we're going to like the taste.

In her long-anticipated first book, "Supermom" Erica Johns shares her philosophy of taking realistic baby steps toward your healthy eating goals, rather than burning yourself out on extreme health plans. A homeschooling mother of six, she understands the unique challenges of time management and healthy living on a modest budget. A must for homeschool moms that want to start out the new year with a practical plan for health and weight loss that works!

You can get it today only at