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Free Rayovac Hearing Aid Batteries at Walmart.

I just wanted to let everyone know about this wonderful find at Walmart. The other day while waiting in line at the pharamacy, I saw a display of Rayovac batteries. The astonishing thing was the word FREE written on the display. I almost picked some up some of XR's toys take hearing aid size batteries, but...people with hearing aids need them more than XR's toys do!

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know of this Fabulous Friday Find. I'm not sure if there would be any left or what Walmarts are carrying them
soal. It's worth checking or at least mentioning to someone you know that uses a hearing aid! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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EcOnomical (Eco-friendly) Entertainment... an Eeboo review

My EcOnomical tip for you today can help save you $$$ and bring your family closer together. Instead of spending over $25 just to get into the movies that's not including food or drinks, stay home and play board/card games with your children!

You will save yourself a tremendous amount of money by doing this. Most games out there cost less than $25 and you will be able to use them over and over and over again.

As a supporter of family game night, I am always looking for new, exciting, and educational games. When I first heard about Eeboo I was really excited! Eeboo is a company that makes their products out of recycled gray board and use soy based inks. {This is one of the first com
panies that I have found that acutally uses ec0-friendly materials and not just say that they do.

While browsing the Eeboo site, I found many, many exciting games and products for my family. After contacting Eeboo, I was sent their Fairytale game to review. First, let me remind everyone that I have an (almost) 5 year old boy. I was afraid that the Fairytale game would be a flop. To my suprise, he actually liked playing the Fairytale game. Granted, being a boy, he wasn't as excited with this game as he would have been with the others, but he will play it. {Eeboo also has lots of other exciting games and products that would be great for boys!}

The first thing I noticed when we received the game was the astonishing, vibrant illustrations. They use the original art of well-known and well-loved children's book illustrators.

After opening the game, we had to punch out the game pieces. At first glance, this seemed like a lot of waste to me. Luckily, we reuse and recycle. Instead of throwing the 'waste' away, I'm going to cut out the insides and keep the wonderfully illustrated border of the 'waste', add some magnets to the back, and have a fabulous refrigerator picture frame!

Once we had everything ready, J read the instructions which went something like this...

Spin for a Hero, and something to ride,
A Rival, a Treasure (to find or to hide)

Choose a cave, or a castle with fortified towers
A friend and an object with magical powers,

Get all of them first and you'll get the glory,
Of winning, and using them all in a story!

As we listened, XR played with the spinner. The spinner was the only other fault I have found with the Fairytale game. Excepting the fact that the game is geared more for girls. The actual spinner arrow is made out of clear plastic and is very hard to see. Other than that we had a marvelous time playing!! I think the best part is the end, when you get to take all of your items and create your own fairytale story. Or as my husband would rather call it...legend. XR's favorite part was trying to collect the Rivals. Boys will be boys no matter what you play!

Eeboo's Fairytale game is a fabulous board game that is not only fun, but makes your children use their minds too! We have spent hours of fun as a family playing this game. Thank you to Eeboo for sending us this game to review. If you would like to learn more or purchase the Fairytale ($16.95 + S/H with an option for gift wrapping!) or other Eeboo games, check out their website .

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TIPsy Tuesday edition 21

Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day.senyum
Today's tip isn't about being ecOnomical...sorry. It's more of a personal challenge.

When life seems overwhelming, too hectic, or too stressful...
Take a step back and give yourself a time out.

I know that this will be quite difficult for a lot of people. It was for me! Many of you will have noticed that I have not posted anything new in over a week.
Life was getting more hectic. I was feeling frustrated and sometimes neglectful.
sedih Besides being a mom, maid, wife, cook, chauffeur, therapist, crafter, etc... blogging was beginning to take up a lot of my time. It takes a lot of time to get everything set up, work out the kinks, etc but...most of you already know all about that! On top of all that, we now have 8 chickens and one pet duck. ayam We've had to build a coop and get everything ready for them too! And let me tell you...having a baby duck as a pet is like having a newborn baby!!!
There was soo much going on that I needed to step back from something and try to find a workable balance. Blogging was the only thing I could really step back from...but I'm glad I did.
Life not being so hectic gave me enough time to figure out that balance. And thank you everyone for patience while I did.

So my tip for anyone out there feeling too stressed or overwhelmed...
Take a step back. Give yourself a break! Even if it's only just eliminating one chore for one day, it will help. Try it.


FREE Chocolate Friday!!!

I have found great news everyone!!! tepuktanganActually, Saving with Sara posted this wonderful find. Thank you Sara!

Today, Mars is giving away 500,000 free chocolate bars! Visit here to fill out their form and receive a coupon for a free bag of M&M's or other Mars candy bars! Hurry!!! They're only giving away 500,000!

Free Shipping from Lands End until May 25.

With summer right around the corner, one can’t help but fantasize about a tropical getaway. In celebration of the season, Lands’ End has just launched “The Island” at, where one can enjoy a virtual island getaway. Amidst the backdrop of a private island paradise, you and your community can shop for Lands’ End swimsuit styles, enter an exciting sweepstakes and share the experience with friends through popular social media channels.

To celebrate the launch of The Island, Lands’ End is providing a promo code for free shipping starting Monday, May 4, and ending Monday, May 25. Simply enter the promo code and pin number below at checkout and you will get receive free shipping off your entire order.
Promo Code = ISLAND

PIN = 5262

While visiting The Island, you can scroll through the multiple Lands’ End swimwear collections (including our Swimwear That Slims, high-performance Aquaterra Separates, Beach Living Separates and Resort collections) in a fun and highly-interactive format. Also, all your finds can be easily shared with friends and family through built-in share tools for Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Digg and email.

I just wanted to share this deal with everyone. Hurry though, it ends on Monday the 25th!

How to make homemade rolled biscuits.

Making homemade biscuits are easier to make than you might think...especially when you already have the basic baking mix. From start to finish, you could be eating warm homemade biscuits in less than 30 minutes!

For variety you could add toppings to the biscuits. I will list some of them at the end of the recipe. If you by chance don't have milk, you can use water in the recipe instead...they just won't taste as yummy.senyum

Homemade Rolled Bisciuts

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine mix and milk and beat until smooth. {If dough feels too sticky, add more mix. BUT ONLY up to 1/4 cup.}
  3. Turn dough out on a dusted surface {either with baking mix or flour}, roll dough into a ball to coast, then knead gently about ten times.
  4. Roll dough into 1/2 in thick snake.senyum {Kids love helping with this part!}
  5. Cut about every 2 inches. {You should end up with about 10-12 biscuits.}
  6. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and brush tops with milk to brown.
  7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.

Voila! Yummy homemade biscuits. Now for yummy varieties. Just before baking...

  1. Melt 2 Tbsp butter.
  2. Brush tops with butter.
  3. Sprinkle with Cinnamon and Sugar.
  4. Bake.

  1. Brush tops with milk.
  2. Sprinkle poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or any seed you like.
  3. Bake.


TIPsy Tuesday edition 20 of '09

Good Morning! Last week I began giving examples of how I use pantyhose in the garden. This week I am continuing that quest. Besides using pantyhose to grow my garden vertically, I use them to support other plants.

Use pantyhose to tie tomato and pepper plants to stakes.

Doing this allows support without cutting into your precious plants as they grow. Strong enough to hold, yet able to give...pantyhose are wonderful garden helpers!

As always, your tips can be about anything. However...if you have gardening tips, I would love to hear them!

What do menu plans and moving tips have in common?

This week has been quite hectic! My MIL is selling her house so, this past week, we have spent the majority of our time there. The silver lining is that I will save myself some time with my next set of menu plans. I barely followed my menu plan and can transfer it to next week!tepuktangan

This past week has also reminded me of a great ecOnomical moving tip ...

Use boxes from your local grocery store when moving.

Instead of purchasing moving boxes, ask your local grocery store or dollar store...heck, any local store when they receive their shipments. Most places at least ones I have dealt with will save the boxes for you or tell you what day you need to pick them up by. This is just one way to cut down on moving expenses, cut back on consumerism, and help reduce landfill waste! I would say EcOnomical!

{Egg boxes from grocery stores are quite sturdy and make excellent moving boxes.}

Now for this weeks menu plan...

Dinner: Lasagna w/ salad


Dinner: Roast Turkey, potatoes, carrots

Dinner: Breakfast for dinner...Pancakes, Eggs, and Bacon

Dessert: garupale

Lunch: Eating out.
Dinner: Pasta night

Dinner: Pizza

Lunch: PB&J Sandwiches
Dinner: Left Overs Dinner

Lunch: Grilled Cheese w/ tomato soup
Dinner: Sweet&Sour Chicken w/ w.rice

Have a wonderful week!!!sengihnampakgigi

The IE Mommy In Praise of Mom...Happy Mother's Day!!

A few weeks back, I was honored to host a giveaway for Dr. Laura promoting her newest book and her live viewing of In Praise of Mom. When I announced the winner, I thought to myself Wouldn't it be nice if I could somehow share a bit of the experience with everyone?! When I contacted Christine (IE Mommy) she was very excited, so I took a chance doaand asked her to share her experience. She graciously accepted and has gladly described her evening for all of us!tepuktangan

I have something to admit. I was a closet Dr. Laura fan. I am not sure why I was in the closet about this....but it was just something I never really talked about. I would listen to her advice show, nod my head in agreement and then mosey along, never ever telling anyone.

For years that has been routine.

Recently that changed. It changed the drop of an e-mail! I was the fortunate winner to win two tickets to see the Live showing of Dr. Laura - In Praise of Mom! Rock On!!

From that moment on....every person I knew or even saw learned that I was going to see Dr. Laura. Heck, even my mailman knew! I was telling people on the street. I came out of the closet in a big way!

When I received the email from Casey at EcOnomical Mom that I was the winner of the tickets and a signed copy of the book, In Praise of Stay At Home Moms....I was floored! I must have sent her a million emails gushing about how excited I was and "thank you". Poor girl, she must have me on block by now.

When I told my husband he was so sweet....he instantly said "I want to go. I'd like to support you because you're a great mom" Well, how could I say no to that!

We planned a fun date night with dinner and a babysitter. I even purchased these ultra cool heels to wear to the event...I was all set.

The baby sitter arrived and we were out the door. Our tickets were for a theatre in Palm Springs. I love Palm Springs. It's a tad too hot for me in the daytime but during the evening it is beautiful

Now...I was imaging this grand "Hollywood" style event. You know complete with balloons and Dr. Laura books, t-shirts and tapes. I thought I would see a huge line of people (especially moms) waiting for the show to begin. My husband and I arrived 30 minutes early just so we could have a great seat!

We really didn't have to worry...let's put it this way...I personally knew 20% of the attendees there...doing the math? Yep, there were five people at the movie theatre. No balloons, no books...Nada! It was evident that the "live" showing in Irvine, California was packed and sold out. But our little group was only 6 strong. I am sure the closer you were in location to the real event the more packed it was.

But being the Dr. Laura fan that I am... (whew, it feels good to admit it...Hello, my name is Christine and I am a Dr. Laura fan...yes, much better)...I kept a positive perspective and was determined to have a wonderful evening regardless of how many people were in the theatre.

It gave me a lot of room to snuggle in with my hubby and laugh or cry as loud as I wanted.

You know...Dr. Laura did not fail me on my expectations of a great show...not one bit. Oh my goodness is that lady funny! I really did not know she had it in her. It was like having our very own personal performance. I laughed so hard my sides hurt.

Her thoughts and theories on being a stay at home really touched my heart and spirit. She talked about the honor, the duty and the joy of being able to raise our children. She also talked about how sometimes being a "stay at home" mom is like using a dirty word.

It was a very hard transition for me coming from the "business" world and no children for 11 years to not only being a mom, but a stay at home, home schooling mom. No one in my family has ever been a stay at home mom, nor have they home schooled so the transition wasn't a easy one. Come to think of one else has twins either.

But you know...I can firmly and confidently say... I am my husband's wife AND I am my kid's mom! Thanks Dr. Laura for reinforcing God's plan for my life is exactly where I am and a big shout thanks to Casey for having a great giveaway.

Dr. Laura ROCKS!

The IE Mommy

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Thank you Christine for sharing your experience with us! Please everyone show her thanks and visit her wonderful blog.

rosI hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day. ros

Welcome Ducky McDuckerton and the McNuggets.

Meet Ducky McDuckerton, the newest member of our family. He is supposedly an 11 day old Mallard. This past Tuesday we purchased 8 chickens and the cutest little duck. Duckerton, as I call him, has been an instant hit with everyone who meets him. I would have to say this was the best $4.50 we've ever spent! I have been extremely busy with him and will be for the next few days. It's like having a newborn again, oddly enough.

I just wanted to take a moment to introduce him to everyone. I'll be starting my new blog Ducky McDuckerton and the McNuggets soon. {I have just created it.} Check back in the next few weeks to see everyone's growth and to share in my follies as one ducky mama.

What's everyone doing on National Mom's Night Out? Me,I'm learning to be a mom...again! {A bird mom that is.}

TIPsy Tuesday Edition 19 ('09)

Good Morning wonderful blogosphereians! We are now in the hopefully soon gorgeous month of May. During this month, I will be concentrating on gardening tips. It's that time of year! Actually, it has been that time for awhile now. I'm just now getting in gear though. As always, your TIPsy Tuesday tips can be about anything... they don't need to be new either! Be EcOnomical with your through your old posts and see what you can reuse!

My tip for today...

Grow your garden vertically with pantyhose to save space!!

If you are limited on gardening space and who isn't you can use pantyhose to help you. If you like to grow melons of any kind, they eat up a lot of space in your garden. Growing them on a fence, trellis, or posts with strings attached in the middle will help you out tremendously! {Grow vertically, not horizontally!} One of the problems you will run into is the melon's weight. Once they get so big, they will pull themselves off of the plant. I have remedied this problem by using pantyhose to support the melons weight! I cut pieces of pantyhose and tie it around the melon and onto the fence. {Make sure you leave extra, so it can stretch.} As the they grow, the pantyhose will stretch with the melon without cutting into it! Growing melons vertically helps prevent flat or rotted spots on the melons too! Problem solved!

More tips on how to use pantyhose in your garden coming soon!

How to make homemade waffles.

In my last homemade how-to post I explained how to make pancakes using the homemade baking mix. This post, I will explain how to make homemade Here's the recipe...

  1. Combine all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Pour into a hot waffle maker and close the lid.
  3. Cook until they stop steaming.
Once again, I use a buttermilk mix and water instead of milk. {1 Tbsp buttermilk mix to 1/4 water.} The cooking time varies greatly. So you'll need to keep an eye on them, but don't open the waffle maker too soon. You end up with two messy halves instead of a nice waffle. adus Trust me! As with the pancakes, berries and chocolate chips are wonderful additions.

Coming next Monday...Homemade Rolled Biscuits!

Menu Plan for week 19.

It's that time again. And believe it or not, I actually had my two week menu finished Sunday afternoon! tepuktangan Rain makes it much easier to get inside work completed!

Once again I KISSed my menu plans. It's not that I mind cooking...I just enjoy being outdoors more and I have tons of work that needs done.

Dinner: Eating @ MIL's.


Dinner: Beef Roast, potatoes, carrots. (crockpot)

Dinner: Eating @ MIL's.
Dessert: garupale

Dinner: Pasta night

Lunch: Deli-style sandwiches
Dinner: Fish fillets w/ w.rice and cauliflower

Lunch: Left Overs Lunch
Dinner: Meat Loaf, couscous, and broccoli

Lunch: Brunch Casserole
Dinner: Chicken Tetrazinni

Winner of the Firefly giveaway is...

Entry #70.
Congratulations Shelly!!!

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