Join us tomorrow 1/16 for a Blick Art Twitter Party! #BlickARA

Blick art

Join me for a #BlickARA party w/ @Blick_Art & @theMotherhood, 1/16 at 2p ET! Help local teachers & win prizes!

Contribute to a local teacher via #BlickARA to help student art projects! Talk w/ @theMotherhood, 1/16 at 2p ET. Learn more & win prizes!

#BlickARA Twitter party details

What: Do you believe art is an essential part of your child’s education? Then you already know how important art education is — and how schools are struggling to keep their art programs alive. That’s where Art Room Aid can help! A program of Blick Art Materials, Art Room Aid is helping teachers across the country enlist the aid of parents, families, friends, and other art advocates to fund their art projects and keep creative learning going.

Want to learn more? Join this Twitter Party to find out how you can support art education, make sure art continues to play a role in your children’s lives, and spread the word about Art Room Aid in your community. We’ll be discussing projects you can do with your own kids, and sharing sources of inspiration.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2 p.m. ET

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #BlickARA hashtag to track the conversation. See this Twtvite for more info and to RSVP:

Hashtag: #BlickARA

Prizes: We will give away five total prizes – two $25 Blick gift coupons, two $50 Blick gift coupons, and one $75

I will be compensated for helping at this party.

Free Appetizer at Chilis Jan 14 – 16

chilis-logoDo you love restaurant coupons as much as I do? If so, head into Chili’s January 14th-16th for a yummy freebie when you use a Chili’s coupon!

You can get the Guacamole and Chips appetizer for free with the purchase of one adult entree. Just make sure you take this Chili’s printable coupon with you to get your free appetizer. Coupon is valid January 14th-16th only. You can also get a FREE order of Skillet Queso & Chips when you join the Chili’s email club!

Don’t forget to check out the other printable restaurant coupons I’ve posted for even more delicious savings.

Thanks Freebie Spot!

How to make a Faith Kit

A few weeks ago during the children’s message at church, the kids each received a Faith Kit.  I’d actually never seen these before but I think they are a cute idea- and my kids seem to have really made some connections and have an understanding of the different components, so I thought I’d share with  you all.  These won’t take much time at all to make and are a fun activity- for church, family, Sunday school, etc.

faith kit instructions

What you need for the kit:

Hershey Kiss- To remind us of the sweetness of God’s love

Duct Tape – To remind us that God can fix anything that is wrong or broken

Paper Clip- To remind us that God helps us to “keep it all together”

Band-Aid- God can heal our souls

Crayon- To remind us that God’s creation is colorful and varied

Penny- To remind us of the blessings that God has given

Candle- Jesus is the light of the world and will always light our way

Life Saver- Jesus is our savior


You can probably modify parts of this to tailor it to your specific needs or beliefs.  I do recommend when you do use the duct tape to stick it to itself so that it doesn’t stick to everything else in the bag.

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20 minute homemade tomato meat sauce

tomato sauce2

I just love cooking hearty meals this time of year. One of my family favorites is lasagna. My secret? The super flavorful, meaty tomato sauce. This recipe has never failed me and makes the perfect amount for lasagna. Enjoy !


1 T olive oil
1 medium onion
6 garlic cloves
1 pound breakfast sausage (jimmy dean)
1/4 cup heavy cream
28 oz tomato purée
28 oz diced tomatoes
Salt pepper


Heat olive oil in a large pot, add chopped onion. Cook 3 minutes until translucent but not browned. Add minced garlic and cook additional 3 minutes. Add sausage and break meat up into chunks. Cook mixture an additional 5 minutes until meat loses raw color. Add heavy cream and cook 3 minutes. Adds tomato puree and diced tomatoes, cooking an additional 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


tomato sauce

*Note- once cooled, this sauce can be layered with no boil lasagna noodles, shredded mozzarella cheese and a ricotta cheese/Parmesan cheese/egg mixture to make a delicious lasagna. Bake 350 for 30 minutes.

This sauce is also delicious on plain pasta!

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Happy Birthday Clifford the Big Red Dog! (Prize Pack Giveaway 5 winners)

Clifford the Big Red Dog Happy Birthday Prize PackScholastic is still celebrating the 50th Birthday of Clifford the Big Red Dog and they are throwing him the BIGGEST birthday EVER!  Join the celebration and enter for your chance to win a CLIFFORD 50th anniversary prize pack that includes a plush toy, DVD, books, games, coupons and a free download card for the new Clifford app!  For more birthday fun, go to to send CLIFFORD a personalized birthday card.


Five readers will win birthday prize packs including:

  • A Clifford DVD
  • A set of 3 Clifford books
  • A Clifford plush
  • A Clifford board game
  • A code to download Clifford’s BIG Birthday app for free
  • A coupon for Clifford-branded juice boxes
  • A Clifford coloring & activity book

To Enter:

Visit Scholastic and tell me another book or series you’d love to check out! 

*Follow Me on Pinterest

*Share this giveaway on any social networking site- can be done 1x/day but leave the url of each share in it’s own comment!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state and local regulations apply. Entries must be received by January 31, 2012. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email. One prize per person per household. 5 prizes available. ARV of prize is $75.00/each. Employees of all promotional partners, their agencies and those who have received a prize within the last 90 days are not eligible. Mama Loves Her Bargains, Allied-THA and their affiliates accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any loss or accident incurred in connection with use of a prize. A recipient of prizes assumes any and all risks related to use of prize and accepts any restrictions required by prize provider. Prizes cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash, in whole or in part.

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Pasta Fagioli Soup in the Crock Pot (recipe)

This week’s recipe is for yummy Fagioli Soup with Pasta using Amee’s recipe from Madame Deals! Perfect for the cooler weather it is sure to warm and fill you up after a busy and hectic day!

pasta fagioli soup crock pot


  • 1 onion-chopped
  • 2-3 ribs celery chopped
  • 4 carrots chopped (I used about 20 baby carrots)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (I used Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic -2 TSP)
  • 3-15 oz cans cannellini beans (white kidney beans) drained and rinsed
  • 2- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 12 cups chicken broth (you can buy it in a can or make your own)
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cups small pasta (Used ditalini but you could use shells or elbow)
  • Combine all ingredients except pasta in crock-pot and stir to combine.
  • Cook on low for 8-9 hours.
  • 20 minutes before serving stir in pasta. Once pasta is cooked the soup is ready to serve.
Amee topped hers with Parmesan cheese for an extra kick and served with Beer Bread.

Each Tuesday during the Fall and Winter The Centsible Family will showcase a slow cooker (crock-pot) recipe that one of the Mavens of Money have tried and tasted. By sharing we hope you will be able to save a little time during the week as we all know saving time is just as valuable as saving money. And you will be able to enjoy a hot meal at the end of your day.

Want more recipes? Check out 1,001 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes: The Only Slow-Cooker Cookbook You’ll Ever Need for more recipes.

Are you in need of a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe? Amazon is having a “Crocktober” Fest until November 30th with a $5 cash back rebate offer. Order any of the crock-pot slow cookers and you can get $5 back through their rebate. Prices range from $29.88 Crock-Pot SCCPRP500-LTD 5-Quart Round Programmable Slow Cooker, Limited Edition Pattern to the $79.99 Crock-Pot SCVT650-PS 6-1/2-Quart Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel.

Jimmy Dean 30 Day Breakfast Challenge (Prize Pack Giveaway)

jimmy dean 30 day breakfast challengeI think by now we’ve all seen the Jimmy Dean breakfast commercials at least once with the “Sun” in them.  I’ve kind of grown fond of them over time.  Of course, we love sausage, especially Jimmy Dean, in my family, so that helps.  I like that there are fun ways to remind us how important breakfast is- and how much it is part of our day.  I used to be a breakfast skipper.  Years and years I went without breakfast.  Not smart, not healthy, but there you go.  I can’t say I’d have been better had we had Jimmy Dean Delights around, but maybe.  I know that since having children I’ve become more conscious of needing breakfast and I’ve grown to love breakfast foods.

As this new year begins, I’ve decided I’m going to jump in and  take the Jimmy Dean and 100% Florida Orange Juice 30 Day Breakfast Challenge by taking a pledge each day.  I need to get back into exercise so I think having a small manageable goal will help.  A mile run- I can do that. I’ve done it before. Pledging things online seems to keep many of us on track so here’s hoping!

Of course, getting a free tumbler (while supplies last) for signing up is a fun extra (You can get one too!) and I have found that having a “fun” cup really helps me to be more likely to drink water throughout the day- it’s a silly thing, but add a fun design and a straw and I’m more likely to use a cup.  If it helps me to be healthier, I don’t see harm. Plus, who doesn’t love freebies?

Once you’ve signed up for the 30 Day Breakfast Challenge, you can enter the daily sweepstakes for a chance to win a $250 Walmart gift card. There will be 30 winners in 30 days, so you have a better chance of winning if you enter daily.  Who doesn’t want an extra $250 to start the new year?  You could get yourself some new clothes to workout in !

Save $1.25 on Jimmy Dean Delights when you buy 100% Florida Orange Juice. The coupon will be updated weekly and may change to visit frequently!

In honor of the 30 Day Breakfast Challenge, one reader will win a  prize pack that includes the following:

  • $50 Walmart Gift Card 
  • Yoga Mat
  • 32 oz. Water Bottle
  • Pedometer
  • Watch (to get to work on time)

To Enter:

Make a pledge and let me know which one you made today. Gain multiple entries by coming back everyday to leave a comment saying what pledge you made (can do one pledge per day)

Share this giveaway on any social networking site (can be done once daily per network site- just leave separate comment with your share URL)

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This giveaway is open to US only.  Giveaway ends on January 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. Winner chosen randomly. Winner has 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
 Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.