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Candy free Disney gift basket ideas for under $50

Easter can be overloaded with candy, and honestly, it makes me crazy!  I'm always looking for ways to create new and fun Easter baskets without the sugar.  I've found a few ideas for your little ones, if this is something you care about too!  These are all Disney-themed.

 

I don't know what kind of budget people have for Easter.  Each basket shared here is under $50:

 

Disney Princess Toiletries Gift Basket ($45)

Gift Basket 4 Kids - Ideal Gifts for Girls Disney Princess Toiletries Gift Basket


Disney Frozen Tin Mini Pail Gift Basket ($45)

wrapnrave :) - Disney Frozen Tin Mini Pail Gift Basket Great for Easter Birthday Thank You or Get We


Disney Baby Winnie the Pooh Kids Preferred Plush Bear ($25)

Disney - Baby Winnie the Pooh Kids Preferred Plush Bear with Easter Basket


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Candy free Disney gift basket ideas for under $50

Easter can be overloaded with candy, and honestly, it makes me crazy!  I'm always looking for ways to create new and fun Easter baskets without the sugar.  I've found a few ideas for your little ones, if this is something you care about too!  These are all Disney-themed.

 

I don't know what kind of budget people have for Easter.  Each basket shared here is under $50:

 

Disney Princess Toiletries Gift Basket ($45)

Gift Basket 4 Kids - Ideal Gifts for Girls Disney Princess Toiletries Gift Basket


Disney Frozen Tin Mini Pail Gift Basket ($45)

wrapnrave :) - Disney Frozen Tin Mini Pail Gift Basket Great for Easter Birthday Thank You or Get We


Disney Baby Winnie the Pooh Kids Preferred Plush Bear ($25)

Disney - Baby Winnie the Pooh Kids Preferred Plush Bear with Easter Basket


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Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – February 2-8 1 comment

And….it’s February.

 

This new month is bringing a few changes.  The rock climbing class that I signed both my kids up for has ended.  I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to sign them up again, but they both felt like they were having a hard time keeping up with all of the extracurricular things we have going on, so we’re going to take the next few months off, and start up again in the summer.

My husband and I both received new callings (volunteer opportunities) in our church:  Cub Scouts.  My husband is the Wolf Den Leader, and I’m the assistant.  I know NOTHING about scouts, so it’ll be a new learning experience.  My son just turned 8, so he’ll be in our Den, and that will be a good experience for him as well, hopefully.  I always get nervous sending him off to do things with people who aren’t comfortable with him and his disability, and I think that is probably a big part of why they gave us this new “job”.

 

As for the food, we’re still employing the pantry challenge.  I’ve been purchasing fresh produce and dairy as needed, but the bulk of our meals is coming from food in our freezer and food storage.  In looking through the freezer today, I found that we have some ground beef, which made me happy – I thought we were out!  We’ll also be using up some ground turkey and some chicken thighs in the meal plan:

 

Chicken and Rice SoupMonday – Chicken and Rice Soup

Tuesday Nacho bar  (tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream homemade refried beans, avocado, taco meat, salsa, etc)

Wednesday –  Crockpot BBQ Pork Ribs, brown rice, salad

Thursday –  Leftover night

Friday –  Homemade Pizza night

Saturday -   Baked Dill Chicken Thighs, roasted potatoes, carrots

Sunday –  Blueberry Crepes

 

In looking at my goals last week, I am happy to say I got them all done.

  1. Get the Cub Scouts materials, go to the Pack meeting, and figure out what I’m doing.  I mean, I still don’t know ALL of what I’m doing, ha ha…
  2. Munchkin is going ice skating for the first time – I’ll need to sign the release form and take her to that.
  3. Rock climbing with the kids.
  4. Post at least 3 new blog posts.
  5. Gather and organize tax materials.
  6. Set up budget for the first half of February.

This week, like last, is as much a to-do list as anything:

  1. Go to my son’s IEP meeting, get a new IEP set up.
  2. Get the disability tax form signed by his school.
  3. Meeting with a local company to share my thoughts on a new Autism program they want to roll out.
  4. Start the Fe’ Fit Workout Program.  (I’ll be reviewing the program for the blog; I’m excited to see what it’s like!)
  5. Sing a musical number at church.
  6. Post two new giveaways!! :)
  7. Start taxes.

 

I hope you all have an awesome week!

 

 

 

 

 


10 Valentine’s Day gifts under $50

Need some inspiration for Valentine's day? Here are some ideas for gifts under $50!  Enjoy:

Luxury Spa Experience Gift Basket

A Spa Experience Gift Basket

Hydro? Luxury Spa Experience Gift Basket – $29.95, See Site shipping – Available at GiftTree.com


Disney - Frozen Crystal Silver-Plated Snowflake Pendant Necklace 18

Disney Snowflake Pendant Necklace


Overstock - 14k White Gold 4/5ct TDW Diamond Engagement Ring (H I, VS1 VS2)

Overstock – 14k White Gold 4/5ct TDW Diamond Engagement Ring (H I, VS1 VS2)


Harry & David - The Favorite Royal Riviera Pears - Gift Baskets & Fruit Baskets - Harry and David

Harry & David – The Favorite Royal Riviera Pears – Gift Baskets & Fruit Baskets – Harry and David


Teleflora - Hugs and Kisses

Teleflora – Hugs and Kisses

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Teleflora – Hugs and Kisses – $34.16, 14.95 shipping – Available at FlowerShopping.com


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My natural health kit

Cold/Flu season got you down?  This winter stay healthy with these healthy alternatives to over the counter or prescription medicines for colds or the flu.  Portable for daily use on the go. 

Vitamin C to fight off colds

Emergen-C - EMER'GEN-C TANGERINE Net Wt. 0.3 oz./Packet, 30 Packet Box


Echinacea to fight off colds

Nature's Answer - Echinacea Alcohol Free -- 2 fl oz

Nature's Answer – Echinacea Alcohol Free — 2 fl oz – $15.35, 4.99 shipping – Available at evitamins.com

(8 reviews)


Ginger for stomach upsets

Ginger People - Ginger People Ginger Chews Original-3 oz Bag


Tea Tree Oil as a disinfectant

Rock - Tea Tree Oil Australian 100% Pure 2 oz Liquid

Anyone familiar with Tea Tree Oil knows how incredible it is.  It's my miracle worker!  It's an amazing disinfectant.

 

Rock – Tea Tree Oil Australian 100% Pure 2 oz Liquid – $5.99, 3.95 shipping – Available at Piping Rock


Lavender oil to help you relax

Rock - Lavender Essential Oil 1/2 oz 100% Pure Oil Therapeutic Grade


Organic Black Elderberry Syrup to Fight Viruses

Gaia Herbs - Organic Black Elderberry Syrup 5.4 fl oz

My holistic doctor introduced me to this sweet syrup.  He explained to me that there are studies showing that it helps to slow the reproduction of virus cells, helping your body to fight off the infection faster.  It tastes awesome, too!

 

Gaia Herbs – Organic Black Elderberry Syrup 5.4 fl oz – $21.44, See Site shipping – Available at LuckyVitamin.com

(17 reviews)


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Menu Monday – Weekly Goals 1 comment

Oh my goodness; what a week!

 

I hope everyone who celebrates had a great Christmas!  I personally barely remember mine.  I got hit with the flu bug that’s been going around, and I got hit HARD (like everyone else, it seems).  I spent Christmas in and out of fevers, laying in bed while my sweet husband took the kids to relatives’ houses.

I’ve gotten over the worst of it, and I’m grateful.  With the holidays over and my health mostly back, I’d say it’s time I get back to being organized, eh? :)  I’ll start with some goals for the week, and with a menu plan.  I’m in “recovery mode”, which is something I need to go into after an illness or a recurrence of negative digestive symptoms.  That’ll last for today and tomorrow, and the meals will be anti-inflammatory friendly.

 

orangebroiledchickenMonday – Brown Rice, Chicken sauteed in coconut oil, lettuce salad

Tuesday – Sweet Potato “hash”

Wednesday – Breakfast for dinner:  gluten free pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit salad

Thursday – Roasted Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, carrots,

Friday – Leftover night

Saturday – YOYO (You’re On Your Own)

Sunday – Orange BBQ Broiled Chicken, Super Crispy Roast Potatoes

 

 

And the goals for the week?  Well, they’re really mostly thins I want to get done to be ready to start on my goals for 2015, ha ha!  One thing I want to do next year is provide a frugal, money savings tip EVERY day on my Facebook page.  I also have some other ideas for my War On Debt series that I’d like to play with.  Whatever works:

 

  1. Finish writing up goals for 2015.
  2. Create action plan for goals.
  3. Begin scheduling FB tips of the day.
  4. Take carload of stuff to local thrift store.
  5. 1 Freezer cooking session to be ready to go back to work next week!

 

Enjoy what’s left of 2014, friends!

 


Final August Grocery Update

Yeah, I’m late.  What of it?? :)

 

Sorry about that, y’all.  I’m so far behind on everything – it’s pathetic!  One of these days I’ll be on top of it.

 

That day will be the day this world implodes.

 

In the meantime, let me share this very late update on our final August shopping trip.  Did we stay under budget??  Let’s see:

 

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We paid a visit to Winco, which I LOVE for their bulk foods section (as you can see).  They also mark their meat down in the mornings, every morning, but in all honesty, I don’t often take advantage, since I can usually find meat on sale for less.  We were running pretty dang low on our proteins, however, so I picked up the best deals I could find.  I didn’t write down the number of lbs I got, so I don’t know the exact price-per-pound, but I know that I spent less than $2.50/lb on each:

  • Boneless Pork Loin, $5.82
  • Beef Sirloin, $6.91
  • Fresh Ground Pork, $3.77
  • Jennie-O Ground Turkey, $4.74
  • 2 frozen Burritos, $0.38 each, $0.76 total
  • 2 Airheads (the kids behaved, what can I say?), $0.30 total
  • 1.86 lbs Fresh Ground Peanut Butter, $3.68 total
  • 3.55 lbs of Quinoa, $17.71 total (OUCH!)
  • 4.5 lbs of Brown Rice, $2.80 total
  • 2.6 lbs of Dry Garbanzo Beans, $2.66 total
  • 2.3 lbs of Buckwheat Groats, $2.20 total
  • 2.9 oz Ground Cumin, $0.59 total
  • 1.6 oz Dried Oregano, $0.39 total
  • 5 oz Chicken Soup Base, $1.08 total
  • 5.1 oz Ground Cinnamon, $0.86 total
  • 1.1 lbs Unsalted Peanuts, $1.75 total

The total plus tax for this trip was $57.70.  That brings the our total for the month of August to $228.46.

 

Our total grocery budget for the month of August was $220, so we did NOT make it under budget.  We overspent by $8.46.  Aw, man!

September is Case Lot sales, baby, so I get to budget more money for the month.  This makes me happy. :)

 


Tart Cherry Juice – Nutritional Powerhouse

Summer Healthy ChallengeOne of the things I’m trying to do this summer is to improve my health holistically, or naturally.  I figure what I eat/drink is a very easy way to do that!  Enter:

Tart Cherry Juice.

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Tart cherries are LOADED with nutrients.  It is known for it’s anti-inflammatory agents, among other things.  In fact, it’s considered to be one of the top 10 foods to help reduce inflammation in the body, according to multiple resources (here, here, and here are a few).

Other potential benefits include:

Because one of my goals is to reduce inflammation and pain in my body, I decided I had to give this tart cherry juice a try!  I ordered some online from a farm local to me (you can buy the same brand online HERE ), and it arrived a couple days ago.  I’ve drunk it twice so far, and am excited to hopefully have some positive results to share.  Time will tell!

The cherry juice I bought is a concentrate, which is usually the best way to get it for a lower price.  You mix it in water according to the package directions.  Mine suggests mixing two tablespoons in 5 ounces of water, but I am only using one tablespoon to stretch it out and make it last longer.  I want to do this as low cost as possible while still reaping the maximum benefits, so I’ll probably tweak the amount I’m taking as I get a feel for how it’s working.

Do you drink tart cherry juice?  Have you experienced relief?  If you suffer from pain caused by inflammation, it may be worth a shot to check out!

 


Thoughtful Thursday – Secrets to Success

With the new year, 2014 upon us, I thought it may be a fitting time to share some quotes about the secrets to finding success in this, and in all other years.  May your 2014 find you successful!!

 

 

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
William Feather

 

1616_40186694653_1940_n“Your life is a gift to the world. Be the gift that you were born to be. Everything you have experienced up to now ~ the good, the bad and the ugly, can be used for a greater good. Regardless of what is going on around you, be thankful that you are still here. You have new thoughts, untapped strength and more skills that can be developed. Life is not through with you yet.

Forget about your age and don’t think about the odds. You have an assignment – a higher calling. You know it. Demonstrate faith in your ideas, strengthen your abilities and use your talents. The world is waiting for you. Your mission is possible. Work to create a larger vision for your life, and unleash the power in you to make things happen. It’s your time. Make your move. You have GREATNESS within you!!” – Les Brown

 

 


Allied Shirts Custom Shirts Review 1 comment

I’m a lover of comfortable.  That is perhaps why I love t-shirts, and yet am picky about them.

My husband and I have each received a free shirt or two from various community events, work, etc.  Most of the time I’m not impressed.  They are often stiff and rough, and not as comfortable as a nicer, more expensive t-shirt would be.  I mean, they’re free, but I don’t ever wear them, if I’m being honest.

 

When I was offered the chance to review a custom t-shirt from Allied Shirts, I was more than happy to do so, because hey, I love t-shirts!  Upon looking at the pricing options and seeing how affordable everything is, I was pretty darn sure I was gonna get a stiff cotton shirt, and I was trying to think of what positive things I could say in spite.  I was SO pleased when my personalized shirt arrived, and the thing is SOFT cotton!!  YAY!!

 

Allied Shirts gives you the option to personalize your shirts with logos and words.  I chose a baseball logo since my son plays baseball, and I will be wearing it to his games.  He’s very happy with that, as you can imagine! ;)

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These shirts are affordable.  They are customizeable.  They are COMFORTABLE.  Win-win-win!  They are available in 3 different styles:  Budget short sleeve, Classic short sleeve, and Fashion short sleeve.  The Fashion tees give you a slimmer, The size I got was larger than I had expected, which, although not a problem at all for me, something worth mentioning.  I don’t know if the Allied Shirts sizes run large or if other brands I’ve worn run small, but do keep that in mind.

 

Big thanks to BuildASign.com and Printcopia for this fun review opportunity!

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*No monetary compensation was given.  I received a custom t-shirt free in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions are mine alone.