Child Passenger Safety Week is Here (Get Your Car Seats Checked for FREE)

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Monday starts Child Passenger Safety Week and it is a great time to brush up on car seat safety and make sure your child is in the right seat, with the right seat and installation. Selecting the right seat in a store with tons of brands, types and prices can be quite overwhelming. What’s the difference between a combination and a convertible? When is my child ready for a booster seat? When did car seats become so complicated? Thankfully, there is help!

During Child Passenger Safety Week, more than 1000 events are expected in 45 states across the country to raise awareness for proper car seat installation and usage. The week culminates in “Seat Check Saturday,” where Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will help parents and other caregivers make sure their car seats are installed correctly. In most cases, this service is FREE!

The right car seat is so important. Every 33 seconds* a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States. Car seats, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce the risk of death or injury. But over half of car seats are either installed or used incorrectly, and 1 in 3 children killed in car crashes in 2015 was not in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt at the time of the crash. To make sure your child is using the right seat you can visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat, or fnd a Child Passenger Safety Week event in your area by visitng bit.ly/CPSTech.

*According to 2015 data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway TraGc Safety Administration (NHTSA).

 

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Silver Dollar City’s National Crafts & Cowboy Festival (September 13 – October 28)

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September 13 – October 28, Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO presents the National Crafts & Cowboy Festival, featuring some of the nation’s finest craftsmen and authentic cowboys. Over 125 visiting craftsmen from around the country demonstrate their art, including Best of Missouri Hands juried artists, all joining Silver Dollar City’s 100 demonstrating craftsmen.

The festival also features great entertainment, including a Wild West Show with trick riders, ropers, and a world-champion Native American Hoop dancer; Western music; a barn dance, and 125 visiting craftsmen. When you get hungry, the nation’s pioneer culinary heritage comes to life with campfire cooking and cowboy cuisine, including Cowboy Beef Stew and Dutch Oven Desserts, plus Chuck Wagon & Food Network Chef Kent Rollins and Extreme Mustangs are featured in the Red Gold courtyard.

This event draws approximately 300,000 visitors each year, and has been a tradition since 1963. This became the nation’s largest festival of demonstrating craftsmen. The focus on authentic craftsmanship was one of the reasons the U.S. Congress in 2010 proclaimed Silver Dollar City the “Home of American Craftsmanship.” In addition to craftsmen, Silver Dollar City added features with another American icon several years ago, the cowboy, to carry on the festival as The National Crafts & Cowboy Festival.

Get more information at www.silverdollarcity.com

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Mickey Mouse Sweets, Snacks, and Treats

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Simply Being Mommy – Mickey Mouse Pizza

Eclectic Momsense – Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Sandwich

Sugar Spice and Glitter – Mickey Mouse Lunch Box Idea

The Joys of Boys – Mickey Mouse Crispy Treats

Mom Endeavors – Mickey Mouse Munch Snack Mix

Premeditated Leftovers – Mickey Mouse Chocolate Dipped Oreo Cookies

Serendipity and Spice – Sorcerers Apprentice Mickey Mouse Cupcakes

Frugal Mom Eh – R2 D2 Mickey Mouse Cookies

Smart Schoolhouse – Mickey Mouse Soft Baked Pretzels

Simply Being Mommy – Mickey Mouse Candy Bark

A Mom’s Take – Chocolate Dipped Mickey Mouse Pretzels

Trips With Tykes – Mickey Mouse Trail Mix

That’sWhat Che Said – Mickey Mouse Head Shaped Cake

Delightful Life – Mickey Mouse Pretzel Treats wih Hershey’s Kiss’ and M&M’s

Pint-Sized Baker – Mickey Mouse Cake Pops

I Heart Naptime – Mickey Mouse Beignets

Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen – Mickey Mouse Pancakes

Two Sisters Crafting – M&M Mickey Mouse Layer Cake

Liz on Call – Mickey Mouse Pop Tarts

Robot, Squirrel, and the Monkeys – Mickey Mouse Cinnamon Rolls

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Tyson Chicken Recalls Over 2 Million Pounds of Product

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Tyson Foods Inc is recalling approximately 2,485,374 pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken products due to mis-branding and undeclared allergens, the USDA announced June 9th.

The products could contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

These items were shipped for institutional use nationwide. According to Tyson’s records, schools have purchased products through the company’s commercial channels.
According to the USDA, the problem was discovered on June 6, when the company received notification from an ingredient supplier that the bread crumbs the company received and used in the recalled products potentially contained undeclared milk.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

The RTE breaded chicken items were produced and packaged on various dates from Aug. 17, 2016 through Jan.14, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

View Labels HERE

  • 31.86-lb. bulk cases of “Tyson FULLY COOKED, WHOLE GRAIN STRIP-SHAPED CHICKEN PATTIE FRITTERS-CN” with case code 003859-0928 and production dates of 09/09/2016, 10/05/2016, 10/14/2016, 10/15/2016, 11/09/2016, 12/10/2016, 12/30/2016 and 01/14/2017.
  • 31.05-lb. bulk cases of “Tyson FULLY COOKED, WHOLE GRAIN CHICKEN PATTIE FRITTERS-CN” with case code 003857-0928 and production dates of 11/12/2016.
  • 30.6-lb. bulk cases of “Tyson FULLY COOKED, WHOLE GRAIN BREADED CHICKEN PATTIES-CN” with case code 016477-0928 and production dates of 09/10/2016, 09/16/2016, 09/23/2016, 09/30/2016 and 10/06/2016.
  • 30.6-lb. bulk cases of “Tyson FULLY COOKED, WHOLE GRAIN CHUNK-SHAPED BREADED CHICKEN PATTIES-CN” with case code 016478-0928 and production dates of 09/16/2016, 09/28/2016 and 10/06/2016.
  • 20.0-lb. bulk cases of “Tyson FULLY COOKED, BREADED CHICKEN PATTIES-CN” with case code 005778-0928 and production dates of 09/14/2016, 09/19/2016 and 10/03/2016.
  • 32.81-lb. bulk cases of “Tyson FULLY COOKED, WHOLE GRAIN GOLDEN CRISPY CHICKEN CHUNK FRITTERS-CN CHUNK-SHAPED CHICKEN PATTIE FRITTERS” with case code 070364-0928, packaging and production date of 08/17/2016.
  • 20-lb bulk cases of “SPARE TIME, Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Patties” with case code 005778-0861 and production date of 10/03/2016.
  • 20-lb bulk cases of “SPARE TIME, Fully Cooked Chicken Pattie Fritters” with case code 016477-0861 and production date of 09/16/2016 and 10/06/2016.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-1325” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped for institutional use nationwide. According to Tyson’s records, schools have purchased products through the company’s commercial channels.

The problem was discovered on June 6, 2017, when the company received notification from an ingredient supplier that the bread crumbs the company received and used in the recalled products potentially contained undeclared milk.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about this recall can contact Christina Self, Supervisor-Consumer Relations, at (866) 328-3156.

For more information on what products are included in the Tyson Chicken Recall click here.

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Staples Class Action Settlement – You May Be Owed

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Staples Inc. has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it under-credited Staples Rewards customers’ accounts by misapplying retail coupons.

If you are a Staples Rewards member who, between March 24, 2009 and April 25, 2017, purchased a Rewards-eligible product and a non-Rewards-eligible product in the same transaction, used an item-specific coupon on the product that was not eligible for Rewards and you were negatively affected by Staples’ coupon accounting method, you may be entitled to benefits from the class action settlement.

Are you eligible?

Class Members of the Staples Rewards settlement include: “All United States Staples Rewards Members who, during the Class Period, [1] bought a Rewards-eligible product and a non-Rewards eligible product in the same transaction, [2] used an item-specific coupon on the non-Rewards eligible product, and [3] were negatively impacted by Staples’ pro rata coupon accounting.”

According to the Staples class action settlement documents, the Class Period means March 24, 2009 through April 25, 2017.

How much is the settlement?

Class members will potentially receive $10 in Staples Rewards.

What do I need to do to file a claim?

No proof of purchase is currently needed. However, Class Members may be asked to verify their claim. The Settlement Administrator has asked Class Members to retain any supporting receipts. Class members may submit a claim HERE through July 24th, 2017.

For more information, see the settlement website www.TorczynervStaplesSettlement.com

 

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Recall on Chef Boyardee Products – This Includes Private Label Brands

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Conagra Brands, Inc. is recalling approximately 700,125 pounds of spaghetti and meatball products due to mis-branding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced June 10th. The product contains milk, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label.

The spaghetti and meatball products were produced on Jan. 5, 2017 and Jan. 12, 2017. This recall affects private label brands as well. VIEW LABELS HERE

The following products are subject to recall:

14.75-oz. cans with “Libby’s Spaghetti and Meatballs MADE WITH PORK, CHICKEN AND BEEF IN TOMATO SAUCE” on the label with package code 2100701200 and Use By Date 01/02/19.
14.75-oz. cans with “Del Pino’s SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS MADE WITH PORK, CHICKEN AND BEEF IN TOMATO SAUCE” on the label with package code 2100701200 and Use By Date 01/02/19.
14.75-oz. cans with “Hy-Top Spaghetti and Meatballs Made with Pork, Chicken and Beef in Tomato Sauce” on the label with package code 2100701200 and Use By Date 01/02/19.
14.75-oz. cans with “Food Hold Spaghetti & Meatballs MADE WITH PORK, CHICKEN AND BEEF IN TOMATO SAUCE” on the label with package code 2100701200 and Use By Date 01/02/19.
14.75-oz. cans with “Essential EVERYDAY Spaghetti with Meatballs Made With Pork, Chicken and Beef in Tomato Sauce” on the label with package code 2100701200 and Use By Date 01/02/19.
14.75-oz. cans with “Chef BOYARDEE Mini pasta shells & meatballs, Pasta and Meatballs made with Pork, Chicken and Beef in Tomato Sauce” on the label with package code 2100700500 and Use By Date 12/26/18.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 794M” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide to warehouses for distribution to retail locations.

The problem was discovered on June 6, 2017, when Con Agra received notification from of of their ingredient suppliers that the bread crumbs the company received and used in the recalled products potentially contained undeclared milk.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Conagra customer service at 1 (866) 213-1245.

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Check this out!! Walmart Has A Drive-up Unmanned Grocery Pickup Kiosk Open 24/7

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Walmart is making it easy to pick up online grocery orders at your convenience!

Walmart is testing out a giant self-service kiosk which is located in the parking lot of their Supercenter in Warr Acres, Oklahoma. The kiosk is open 24/7 and can fulfill hundreds of customer orders in a single day.

How Does it Work?

Customers first pick out and and pay for their groceries online. Then Walmart employees pick and pack their orders, and store them in bins in the kiosk. The kiosk has refrigerators and freezers inside that keep all the groceries fresh. Customers can pick up online grocery orders anytime, 24/7, after they are notified that they are ready – without interacting with any employees. When customers arrive to pick up their orders, they simply walk up to the kiosk and type in a pickup code and their groceries appear within a minute.

There is no fee for using this service, but customers must spend at least $30 per order to use it. More than 30,000 grocery items, including fresh produce, meats, frozen, and dairy products, are available for online ordering and pickup.

 

 

Walmart is testing a similar, though smaller, structure in some of its stores for picking up non-grocery online orders.

Why is Walmart doing this?

The pickup kiosks are being tested as part of a much broader effort by Walmart to more seamlessly integrate their online and offline services, and leverage the power of its vast network of stores to better compete with Amazon.

Would YOU Use This?

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Have Summer Fun Without Breaking the Bank

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Ways to Have Summer Fun without Breaking the Bank

“Mom! I’m bored!” How many times have you heard that as a parent during summer vacation? Summer break should be a time of fun and relaxation for the entire family, but lots of the time, that fun can be really expensive. Family fun doesn’t have to be so expensive that you need to mortgage the house. These ways to have summer fun won’t break your bank account wide open since they’re all budget friendly family fun ideas and will allow your family to have a blast during the warmer months.

Shaving Cream Balloon Fight – Put a new spin on the classic water balloon fight and use shave cream filled balloons instead! Your kids will love that they are getting to make a mess and you’ll love that it is so easy to clean up! Turn on the water hose and spray the kids down! See how to make them over at Totally The Bomb

Nerf Gun Wars – Grab a few Nerf guns and head outside! Play tag or hide ‘n seek where the person who is “it” has to successfully tag someone with a Nerf dart instead of by hand. Want to make it even more fun? Make multiple people “it!”

Nature Hunts – Print out a scavenger hunt list and turn the kids loose on a nature hunt! They’ll have fun tracking down the items on your list and you’ll enjoy how low cost it is! Add a small prize to make it even more fun.

Hiking trips – Pack up the kids and your favorite backpack and head out to do some hiking on the trails. Most trails are open to hike for free but if you do come across one that charges, the fees are usually reasonable. Don’t forget big spray,snacks, and plenty of water for everyone.

Pool Party – If you have a backyard pool, throw a pool party! Grill hot dogs and hamburgers and let the kids and their friends have a blast! If you don’t have a pool, most city pools are inexpensive for admission for the day.

Outdoor Movies – During the summer, see if your local city has a day and place that it shows movies outdoors. These things usually happen at the local parks or courthouses, and in my area the libraries also do this. The movies that they choose are family friendly and best of all? They’re free to attend! Bring a blanket and snacks to sit on and enjoy the show!

Farmers Markets – If your area has farmer’s markets during the summer, check them out for cheap family fun! Most aren’t just booths of produce and yummy foods, but instead have music, petting zoos, and other forms of family fun too.

Flea Markets – The same can be said for flea markets. There is usually cheap food, music and other forms of family friendly entertainment. Plus? If you have a lot of clutter to get rid of, you could check into getting a booth and make some extra cash while you’re at it!

Road Trip – When most people hear the words road trip, they think a long one, but they don’t have to be. Pack the kids in the car with drinks and snacks and just drive around your local area. You’d be surprised at the hidden gems that are all around us but go unnoticed! Check out these Road Trip Savings Tips

Camping –  If you have a tent and sleeping bags, you are half way to camping! Most state parks offer very affordable camping sites that bill per day. Spend the weekend with your kids away from technology and just get to know one another as a family again! You’ll be glad you did and your wallet won’t be too much lighter.

Enjoy your summer break!

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St. Louis: FREE Passes to see EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

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St. Louis Movie Fans!

You are invited to a screening of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING on Tuesday, May 16th at Wehrenberg Des Peres 14 Cine. I have 25 pairs of passes get you in for FREE!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @7:00 PM
Wehrenberg Des Peres 14 Cine
12701 Manchester Rd.
Des Peres, MO 63131
314-822-4903
(Have your pass ready to show at the door.  Arrive early, seating is first come first served, there will be a line.)

FREE Passes to see EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING code: IHLcf40074

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

#EverythingEverything
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I Invested $50 in a Small Business and It is SO EASY — YOU can do this, too!

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I USUALLY DON’T GAMBLE WITH MY MONEY

I am not a huge gambler.  I have a hard time just giving away my money with just a slim chance I will win something, so the casinos do not see me very often.  And believe me, I understand how hard it is to earn extra money and even harder to spend that money on something that may or may not pay off.

But, as an entrepreneur, I learned that I WAS willing to gamble on a few things:

1. MYSELF

2. A decision that might involve some risk but could be well worthwhile.

OWN YOUR OWN BUSINESS FOR $50. PERIOD.

I recently made a small risk decision, and I want to share it with you.  I spent $50 on a chance to make some nice residual income for my family, by investing in a NEW business called Divvee Social. Whether I want to admit it or not,  I blow $50 on stuff I cannot even remember buying, and I decided that I would stay out of the stores and restaurants for a week.  I decided to invest $50 in myself instead of splurging that $50 on unnecessary stuff, or going out to eat, or take out, or [insert the last thing(s) you blew $50 on that you got next to no value from here].  I found Divvee Social and after learning about the business model, I said, “Take my $50 please!”.

For 50 bucks, you can invest in your own business with Divvee Social, too.  A business that involves ZERO kits to buy, NO inventory to buy or store, NO products to sell at all!  NO parties to book, NOTHING to ship, etc.  – NONE of the usual things that come from owning your own MLM business.

So what is Divvee Social?  The premise is easy.  Advertisers know that more people are spending time on their mobile devices rather than reading the newspaper, or doing other things with their free time.  SO they have naturally adjusted advertising budgets to target these users! Divvee Social is a brand NEW app for Android available in the Play Store.  Currently, users can also access Divvee Social from all devices including computers via the desktop version, and the app for iOS is coming soon.  Join Divvee Social, upgrade to be an independent affiliate for $50, and you can get paid CASH for things that you probably already do, like watch videos, take surveys, and download and rate apps!  How many of us belong to sites that pay you in points, that you save up and redeem for merchandise or gift cards?  Yeah, I DO and have for years!  I would rather get paid cash, BUT Divvee Social is AWESOME because they pay affiliates in points AND in cash.  In addition, affiliates have access to the Travel portal (with wholesale pricing, a BIG WOW!) and the soon-to-come Shopping portal ( where affiliates will earn commissions on purchases!).

RIGHT NOW, EARN A BONUS FOR EACH PERSON YOU ADD TO YOUR TEAM!

Watch this video to see how Divvee Social pays commissions, and how you can earn a bonus per person that signs up, till the end of May 2017 — and it will be paid to you weekly! For every person you sign up, you get one dollar, and everyone above you gets one dollar up to 10 levels. So if people under you sign affiliates up, you will benefit from that — up to 10 levels below you. This encourages focus on the teambuilding structure that will maximize your commissions EVERY MONTH.

NOTE!  There is currently NOT a free membership option, though it is coming.

THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE (BEST) WORM

Sometimes the key to a great business decision is timing.  That time is NOW to sign up with Divvee Social because this business will potentially grow by MILLIONS of members this year, and you could be positioned at the top with ME.  I am literally a few levels right below the president and the CEO!  I want to be clear: this IS a start-up and as such can fold, and you lose your initial $50 investment.  I feel like it is well planned and managed, and that it has HUGE potential.  I want all my readers to know about it before it goes big, so you have a chance to get in early.  The sooner you get in, the better your chances are of making some nice money.  I have been involved with the launch planning for a few months now, and I like what I see.  I really think for $50 a year to be an affiliate, that I can make some decent cash, with a time investment of 30-60 minutes a day to complete my activities to be active.

Want to give it a try under my team?  Sign up HERE  and then introduce Divvee to others you know who may be interested.  I am signing up my husband, too, so keep in mind that you can build a family leg and earn for each of you!  You only need to be 18 to sign up. Remember, Divvee Social is paying bonus commissions on each signup you get, paid weekly, through May 2017!  If you have any questions, email me through the contact me form and I will be in touch.

 

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Nintendo SNES Mini Classic Edition, Will Launch by Christmas?!

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There are reports that Nintendo is working on a mini SNES Classic to replace the just discontinued Nintendo Mini NES system, and old school gamers will rejoice.

According to Eurogamer’s sources, Nintendo is currently working on the successor to the NES Classic Edition.  The SNES mini (or, to continue Nintendo’s official branding, likely the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System) is currently scheduled to launch in time for Christmas this year. Development of the device is already under way, Eurogmaer sources have indicated.

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Creative Uses for Cream of Tartar

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Creative Uses for Cream of Tartar

Most people think of using cream of tartar in the kitchen, to accomplish tasks such as preventing sugar from crystallizing and stabilizing egg whites. But, they don’t realize they can clean with it as well. For example, as you can use this pantry item to do the following.

Naturally Repel Ants

Ants are such a nuisance, and kind of gross, too.   A paste made of cream of tartar and vinegar works wonders for repelling ants around the house.  Put it at entry ways and wherever you see them getting in.  For active infestation, reapply every few days.

Clear Drains

There’s no need to buy caustic drain cleaner when you can do this instead. Mix together two ounces of salt, two ounces of baking soda and one tablespoon of cream of tartar. Pour this down the drain, followed by one cup of water. Allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, before rinsing everything down.

Polish Stainless-Steel Appliances

Make your stainless-steel appliances shine by making a paste consisting of cream of tartar and a little bit of water. Use it just like you would traditional furniture polish.

Clean Stained Shirt Collars

When you need to remove “ring around the collar,” it’s simple to do with cream of tartar. Sprinkle it liberally, directly on the stain. Rub it in and watch the ring magically disappear. No soaking required!

Clean Dingy Aluminum Cookware

Dingy pots and pans?  Clean them with a paste of cream of tartar and water.  Apply on the stains, wait a few minutes, and then wash as usual.

Polish Copper

Simply combine one tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of cream of tartar. Rub it all over the surface of the copper and then wipe clean.

Restore Scratched Dishes and Porcelain

Cream of tartar removes scratches on dishes.   It also works on the porcelain in the bathroom.  Combine warm water and cream of tartar to make a really thick paste. Apply it liberally to each scratch, wipe with a clean cloth, and rinse. Easy-peasy!

General Household Cleaner

You can make a by mixing together equal parts of white vinegar and the tartar. You’ll find that this safe and affordable cleaner will clean most of the surfaces in your home… including grout and the inside of your oven!  Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if the vinegar smell is bothersome, or if you just prefer scented.

Tip: For better deals than the grocery store baking aisle, look for sales on cream of tartar at craft stores (Like Michael’s with a 40% off or 50% off coupon!), or find cream of tartar online.

These are just a few ways you can clean with cream of tartar. Using natural ingredients that I know are safe to consume are a better alternative than something with chemicals in it that I cannot even pronounce.  Plus I usually have this stuff on hand for baking and royal icing.  Look for a few bottles on sale and try some of these.

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Aldi Recall on Frozen Vegetables!

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Aldi is Voluntarily Recalling some of their Frozen Sweet Peas. It is their Season’s Choice Frozen Sweet Peas, manufactured by Lakeside Foods, Inc. The reason is possible listeria monocytogenes contamination. There have been no reports of illnesses related to the frozen peas.  The peas have been pulled from the shelves. The 16 ounce bag has the UPC code 041498164294 and contains a best by date of 08/2018.  If you have this item in your freezer you can return it to Aldi for a full refund.  They were sold at Aldi locations in Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia.  

Anyone with questions can call Lakeside Foods, Inc. at 1-800-466-3834.

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600,000 Albuterol Inhalers Recalled!

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GlaxoSmithKline is recalling 600,000 albuterol inhalers. They are recalling 3 lots of Ventolin HFA 200D inhalers. This is a voluntarily recall due to potential issues with the delivery system. Affected lot numbers are 6ZP0003, 6ZP9944 and 6ZP9848. READ MORE……..

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Road Trip Savings Tips

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Road Trip Savings Tips

Are you planning on taking a road trip this year?  Whether it’s a short one or long, you will want to be prepared with these savings tips to help make your trip a fun, more easily affordable one (so that the next one is more likely!).

Plan Ahead

Scheduling when and where you are going to go will help you save big on your road trip.  This can be viewed similar to a trip through the grocery store.  Think about it like this, if you don’t have a list, you are far more likely to grab whatever food you think looks good at the time and  you are far more likely to be sucked into those impulse purchases. If you don’t have a game plan on your trip, chances are you will be more willing to stop at places that will force you to spend out of your budget.  Places like Booking.com offer last minute hotel and motel deals that are super cheap, an can often be cancelled at the last minute if your plans change! 

Designate a Savings for the Trip

Like many other things, road trips are something that you really shouldn’t borrow for.  A fun, relaxing road trip becomes a lot less relaxing when you have to worry about how you are going to pay the bills that come along with charging everything.  Uses your credit cards wisely to take advantage of the perks, then pay that bill off immediately with the money you already saved for your trip.

Maintain your Vehicle

This is the most important thing you can do in preparation of your road trip.  Maintaining your vehicle can not only save you money, but it can, quite literally save your life.  Make sure that your oil, water and other fluid levels are all where they need to be.  Check your tires to be sure that they are in good condition and aired up to the proper levels.  Clean air filters can also help improve your fuel mileage = gas cost savings.  All of these things will keep you safe on the road, plus they also make it less likely that you will run into mechanical failures while on your trip, which can easily blow your budget and ruin your fun.

Score Cheap Gift Cards

Saving right off the top is excellent!  I LOVE to visit a site like Raise [NEW Raise customers get $10 off $25 CLICK HERE] to see if they have any discounted gift cards that I can utilize along the way.  There are tons from fast food places to gas stations.

Pack Necessities (Along with Your Clothes)

Yep, you need to bring clean clothes and food, you know that, but don’t forget the other necessities that you will need to bring with you on a road trip:

  • First Aid Kit – You really should always have a first aid kit in your car anyway, but it is a must have on a road trip.  Bandages, gauze and light medications can be handy in case of any small emergency, but it can also help prevent unnecessary stops along the way. (First aid supplies are not cheap at truck stops and convenience stores.)
  • Entertainment – This is especially true if you have children with you.  Make sure you pack TV/DVD players or tablets, road trip games and small toys.  You will save your own sanity by doing this because there will be less “Are we there yet” questions and boredom stops.
  • Food.  You need to be sure and have food on hand for emergencies (stick some granola bars in your First Aid Kit), but you also need to keep food on hand for snacks, so that you are not stopping a rest areas or driving through restaurants regularly, which can add up quickly if you are not careful!
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Fast and Easy Loaded Cheeseburger Muffins

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We love cheeseburgers!  But to be quite honest, they can get a little boring.  This recipe for loaded cheeseburger muffins solves the boring burger problem!  They are easy to make, delicious, and can be topped any way YOU want them.  I love that these freeze easy, so I can make a few dozen at a time and have them ready for a fast meal or a snack.  Get ready for a new recipe in your rotation.

Fast and Easy Loaded Cheeseburger Muffins

Burger Mixture Ingredients:

1/2 pound lean ground beef or turkey

1/2 pound ground sausage or turkey sausage

1/2 cup chopped bacon

1 large onion, chopped (optional)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Baking Mixture Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour, or use half whole wheat and half regular

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/3 cup milk, we used 1%

1/3 cup vegetable oil or canola oil

Directions:

  1. Pre-Heat oven your to 375° F.  Spray 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium skillet, brown together: beef (turkey), sausage (turkey), garlic, and onion over medium-high heat, about 5-10 minutes, till meat is browned well and onion is cooked well. Drain and hold mixture in a large bowl. Return pan to burner and then fry your bacon. Remove and allow bacon to cool. Chop bacon and add to the browned meat mixture. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, salt, and cheese until it is all well combined, then set aside while you work on the baking mixture.
  3. Make the baking mixture:  In a medium bowl, add in all dry ingredients and mix well. Add in the wet ingredients, gradually, and mix well by hand till well combined, then allow to sit 2 minutes before filling cups.
  4. Fill the bottom of each muffin cup with around 2 tablespoons of the baking mixture.   Top that with about 1/4 cup of the burger mixture. Top that with 1-2 tablespoons of baking mixture, taking care to not overfill the cup.
  5. Bake about 30 minutes uncovered on the middle tray, or until muffin tops are golden brown.  If tops brown too quickly, loosely cover with foil till done. Cool about 5 minutes in the pan to make them easy to remove from the pan. Serve with all your favorite cheeseburger fixings!  Yields 12 full-size muffins that will serve 3-5 people.  These freeze well also for a snack or for a meal on the fly!  ENJOY!!

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