When loved ones get older

I rememember my mom saying to me, about 6 weeks before she died, that my dad had been keeping her body alive and she’d been keeping his brain working.  I had no idea just how true those words were until shortly after her death, when suddenly, the nouns that slipped my dad’s mind weren’t an occasional thing, and more and more words and thoughts were harder for him to recall.  To make the story short, I will tell you that very quickly after her death, my dad sold their home and bought one midway between all of us kids here in CT to where their house had been.  It was a mistake.  Last August, just a year after my mom’s passing, my dad officially moved into an Assisted Living facility. 

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Make easy cash online!

One of my longtime favorite paid survey sites is accepting new participants- Mindfield Online.  They vary on the frequency and amount of payment, but I just cashed out for another $11.00 via paypal from last month alone- and I didn’t spend a lot of time on the surveys themselves (don’t need to!).  

Pinecone Research is also accepting new people, although   REMEMBER THAT ONLY ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD MAY REGISTER. Multiple registrations of the same Household will void all registrations.   (They aren’t joking.  I’ve known people who got kicked out.  So be honest!!)

Here is the link to the registration:


Kids Frugal Fun

If you’re the parent of a school-aged child, you know that a major skill most children struggle with is learning how to make change. This is also a challenge for some teachers to teach. When I was teaching 2nd grade I came up with a game that really helped my children understand a little better.
Children love to engage in dramatic play/games and I tried my hardest to allow them to do this during center time in the classroom. Games and role playing are huge learning tools! When I first began teaching I also waited tables at night at our local Applebee’s (further evidence that teachers are not paid enough). My students were aware of my second job and were always very interested about it. I thought I would take advantage of this interest and use it to grab their attention, hence my Dining Out game was invented.
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Big Event Fundraising

I don’t know of a school that doesn’t do fundraising- our local elementary school is no exception (nor is my son’s co-op preschool, for that matter!).  With fundraising usually comes some sort of incentive for selling the fundraising products- which doesn’t always include items that are desirable to everyone.  Big Event fundraising shows us some alternative things to use for incentives, like spirit sportswear-I know as a kid (and as a mom!) I’d have liked earning a school sweatshirt or tshirt instead of a plastic frisbee or some candy.

Big Event Fundraising has 4 Big Event prize incentive programs.

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Crest Pro-Health Invigorating Rinse

I am participating in the Crest Pro-Health Invigorating Clean Multi-Protection Rinse Test Drive Program for the next four weeks.  I started using the product yesterday, and will be using it daily for the next 4 weeks, at which time I’ll update you and let you know what I’ve thought, and any changes I’ve noticed. 

Oral care is so important, and we try hard to be really good about brushing 2 times per day around here.  My husband and I have a really nice quality power toothbrush (we don’t share brush heads just the handle!) and that in and of itself has made a positive impact on my oral health…but I always feel like there can be more done, which is why I wanted to try out this new invigorating rinse.  I am NOT good about doing a rinse.  Most of the time I just plain don’t like the taste- or if I do like the taste, it doesn’t seem like it’s doing what I’d hoped it would so I stop using it midway through the container.  I would like to find a rinse that I don’t mind using regularly to give me that added protection (and really, who doesn’t enjoy having nice, fresh breath?).

I have 2 quick thoughts about this product: #1 I don’t mind the taste!  and #2 the color of the product is a strange green!

Check outCrest Pro-Health Invigorating Clean Multi-Protection Rinse for more information!

“I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Crest and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central Consulting sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Girls Frugal Fun- Dinner Club

“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”- Randolf G

As life gets busier it is getting harder to find time to spend with my close girl friends. Kids, husbands, jobs and so many other things take precedence over just getting together and hanging out. Facebook, text messaging and e-mail make us feel like we know each other but there is no replacement for some good face time.

So about 18 months ago a few girlfriends and I decided to begin a “Dinner Club”- taking one night a month to prioritize our relationships with each other and catch up on life. We meet at someone’s house (sans boyfriends, husbands and usually kids) and take a few hours to sit down and eat a meal together. It’s a great chance to catch up on what is going on in everyone’s life.

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Non candy Easter Egg ideas

I’m not anti-candy. Not at all. (Hey, look at my physique, there’s clearly been candy in my life on many occasions!). That said, I don’t
want to just fill a bunch of eggs with candy and let the kids have at it. Sure, I do some candy treats, but we’re big into the hunting of the eggs in this family and I try to think “outside the box” for fillers. Since Easter’s just around the corner, I thought I’d share a few of my suggestions for non candy ideas for Easter Eggs!

non candy filler ideas for easter

Here are This Mama’s suggestions to put into Easter eggs:

For the Preschool Crowd:

1. Stickers
2. Tattoos
3. Bouncy Balls
4. Bandaids (what kid doesn’t love character bandaids?)
5. Mini Erasers
6. Matchbox Cars
7. Whistle
8. Tubs of chapstick/lip gloss
9. Coins
10. Puzzle pieces

The puzzle pieces might be my favorite…and you can do it a few ways. You can just tuck a piece or 2 of a puzzle in a bunch of eggs and finish the puzzle together as a family after the hunt, OR, you can get a puzzle per kid, and they have to find THEIR puzzle pieces. This can be a lot of fun and you can make it more and more challenging depending how old your kids are! The last way you could use puzzle pieces is to have a “larger” prize-type item and get a picture of it- cut that picture into puzzle pieces and tuck each piece into an egg to be hunted for. (You will likely have to color code the eggs or “label” them per kid with some of these ideas!)

School Age Kids:

1. Hair ties, hair clips

2. Tattoos

3. fun bandaids

4. chapstick or lip gloss

5. mini nail polish, matchbox cars

6. mini figures (Lego figures, miniature My Little Ponies, etc)

7. little keychains

8. puzzle pieces

9. clues on paper (When they follow the clues, they find a hidden surprise!)

10. coins

You can always buy different sized eggs, which would definitely allow for even more creativity in your hunts. Fruit snacks lend themselves nicely to being tucked into the medium sized eggs, as do pairs of kid socks, underwear and hair clips!

We love the egg hunt, we just have so much fun with it! Do you put things besides candy into your eggs? What kinds of things do you tuck into your eggs?