Mommy Monday Link Up Party – Week 18 – How Do You Save Money on Kids’ Clothes?

Mommy Monday Link Up Party – Week 18 – How Do You Save Money on Kids' Clothes?

Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a prompt based link up party with a theme.  We'll supply the prompts and you link up your related posts.  Anything and everything family friendly, old, new, even reviews and giveaways are welcome, as long as they relate to this week's prompt.

This Week's and Next Week's Prompt

This week's prompt is to How do you save money on kids' clothes?  Add your link to your post with this theme in the linky below.  

Plan ahead!  Next week's prompt is: Share your end of the school year or beginning of summer activities.

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Mommy Monday Link Up Party – Week 17 – Parenting Decisions

Mommy Monday Link Up Party – Week 17 – What's one parenting decision you've made that you've stuck to?

Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a prompt based link up party with a theme.  We'll supply the prompts and you link up your related posts.  Anything and everything family friendly, old, new, even reviews and giveaways are welcome, as long as they relate to this week's prompt.

This Week's and Next Week's Prompt

This week's prompt is to What's one parenting decision that you have made and stuck to?  Add your link to your post with this theme in the linky below.  

Plan ahead!  Next week's prompt is Where do you find great deals on kid's clothes?

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Mommy Link Up Party – Week 15 – Allowance

Mommy Link Up Party – Week 15 – Allowance

Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a prompt based link up party with a theme.  We'll supply the prompts and you link up your related posts.  Anything and everything family friendly, old, new, even reviews and giveaways are welcome, as long as they relate to this week's prompt.

This Week's and Next Week's Prompt

This week's prompt is How do you handle allowance in your house?  Add your link to your post with this theme in the linky below.  

Plan ahead!  Next week's prompt is to write a letter to your child for their 18th birthday.  

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Mommy Link Up Party – Week 14 – Silly Photos

I'm thrilled to be joining Mandi from Sweet Tiny Blessings with this fun, prompt based weekly linky party!  Big thanks to Mandi for this opportunity!

Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a prompt based link up party with a theme.  We'll supply the prompts and you link up your related posts.  Anything and everything family friendly, old, new, even reviews and giveaways are welcome, as long as they relate to this week's prompt.

This Week's and Next Week's Prompt

This week's prompt is to share your favorite silly photo of your family or kids.  Add your link to your post with this theme in the linky below.  

Plan ahead!  Next week's prompt is how do you handle allowances in your house?  

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Why Replacing Your Old Fridge Can Save You Money

Why Replacing Your Old Fridge Can Save You Money

Why Replacing Your Old Fridge Can Save $$$ ad

A few days ago, I went to Best Buy to pick up Hubby's birthday gift that I had bought online.  I noticed signs for their Earth Day sale, where you can get up to 30% off of major appliances.  I was intrigued.  It has been a few years since we have bought a major appliance, so I know they have done big things to make appliances more Earth friendly.  

Appliances and "Earth friendly" did not really fit in the same sentence until recently, but now they do!  Recent improvements in insulation and compressors have made the refrigerators of today use much less energy than older models.  Look for an ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, and you know you are maximizing your energy and dollar savings.  And you will not even be able to tell a difference in the features.

ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators are about 9-10 percent more energy efficient than models that meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard.

Recycle Your Old Refrigerator

There are an estimated 170 million refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers in the United States.  More than 60 million of these are over 10 years old.  It is great that they last so long, but they are actually costing us consumers more money in the long run…..up to $4.7 billion a year in energy costs!  By properly recycling your old refrigerator and replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, you can save between $35–$300 on energy costs over its lifetime. Find out how much money you will save by using the ENERGY STAR Savings Calculator.

What is so special about ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators use less energy and help us reduce our impact on the environment.  One might assume that all of the refrigerators sold in the United States are ENERGY STAR certified, but sadly, that is not true.  If all the refrigerators sold were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $400 million each year and 8 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, (equivalent to the emissions from 750,000 vehicles.)  That would make a HUGE difference!

Where to Start?

Now that you know how important recycling your old fridge and replacing it with an ENERGY STAR fridge is, where do you start?  My suggestion….start with the LG Studio Collection at Best Buy.  It's beautiful, but more than that, the features are drool worthy, too.

Why Replacing Your Old Fridge Can Save You Money

This Nate Berkus-inspired line has pro-style features like hefty metal knobs and flat doors.  It is well-designed, looks amazing, and it does it's job well.  Refrigerators, cooking appliances, dishwashers, over-the-range microwaves and more, you will find the perfect kitchen with these appliances.

Now at Best Buy, get 18 months major appliance financing or 10% rewards (increased from 5 to10% for April!) and 10% back in grocery purchases.  You will also get free delivery on purchases $399!

Fun Mother’s Day Printables – Mom and Grandma Facts Sheets

Fun Mother's Day Printables – Mom and Grandma Facts

Mother's Day Printables

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May means flowers, sunshine, bbqs, and Mother's Day!  This holiday is a day for moms, grandmas, and any other special women filling the role of mom this year!  

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What’s Your Coffee Mood?

What's Your Coffee Mood?

What's Your Coffee Mood?

This post is sponsored by Folgers and She Speaks. All opinions are mine.

We have three little boys and only one can sleep soundly and sleep in late in the mornings.  Hubby and I both enjoying sleeping, as well, so this presents a bit of a problem.  I am so thankful for my programmable coffee maker in the mornings because coffee is a must.  There is never a morning when I say "you know, I think I can go without coffee today."  Nope.  Three kids.  Two of which we are pretty sure hate sleeping.  

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Spring Clean Your Backyard with One Simple Cleaning Hack

Spring Clean Your Backyard with One Simple Cleaning Hack

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This review was made possible by iConnect and Mr. Clean. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are my 100% mine.

Is it just me or was that the longest winter ever?  I have no idea why I feel that way, I mean I'm in TEXAS, I should not feel that way!  There were plenty of warm days, but I just hate the cold more and more as I get older.  Or maybe it is because I have three little boys that do not thrive indoors!  I am SO glad that Spring is here, but Winter sure did leave a huge mess in our backyard!

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Stock Up On Essentials For Holiday Guests – Easy Storage Hack and Free Printable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HostingHacks #CollectiveBias  Stock up on essentials for holidays guests and use this easy storage hack for keeping it all handy!

Stock Up On Holiday Essentials for Holiday Guests – Easy Storage Hack and Free Printable

easy storage hack

We have lived in some pretty tiny spaces since we have been married and have had to come up with an easy storage hack or two along the way.  Now, we are very lucky to be able to live in a decent sized house with lots of room for us to live and play, but it gets cluttered very quickly.  It still seems that there is just no room for extra stuff, especially with the Christmas tree, gifts, and decorations out.  Last year for Christmas, my hubby installed some awesome wire storage racks in our laundry room.  The space was being wasted, so he just measured the wall, bought two 4' long storage shelves and installed them in less than an hour.  I am able to use them to store extras of everything AND hang clothes to dry on the bottom part.  It has been SUCH a nice thing to have!  He also installed one in our bedroom closet.  Basically anywhere that you have unused wall space, you can add extra storage, which really comes in handy when you have guests over.

Materials Needed:

  • wire storage rack(s)
  • level
  • electric drill
  • pencil for marking wall

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Every Two Minutes, A Woman Dies From Preventable Birth Complications, But We Can Help

All three times that I was pregnant, there were lots of things that I complained about.  Yes, I had morning sickness and there were times I could not think of anything to eat. I complained about having to wake up so much during the night (ha!  Little did I know what was about to come!)  I complained that I was uncomfortable in my nice, warm bed.  We tend to complain a great deal, it's true, pregnant or not.  When I take a moment to peruse the Samahope website and see what the people in other parts of the world are dealing with, my nice warm bed and the food that we DO have sound pretty good.  

And what about medical care?  I remember complaining about little things when I was pregnant, whether it was a nurse brushing off my concerns or an old, outdated sonogram machine that was fuzzy so we weren't able to make out the sex of Baby #2.  Then there was the gross stuff that I had to drink for my gestational diabetes test that made me feel absolutely gross the rest of the day.  Of course, all of these things are silly and pale in comparison to some of the real issues that pregnant moms around the world really do face.  Imagine waiting for months, worrying if you and your baby will even survive.  Imagine being in labor and not having any access to any kind of health care.  I think we can all agree that prenatal care and trained personnel during labor and delivery can be lifesavers…truly.

Every TWO minutes, a woman dies from preventable causes related to pregnancy and birth.  Something that is a beautiful gift and "routine" in America can be life threatening to those without the proper help and care.  Samahope is here to help those women who are in that exact situation.  It is a fantastic organization that allows anyone, anywhere to directly fund doctors’ life-changing medical treatments for women and children in need.  This year, Samahope is on a mission to protect even more women and children in need.  

Cigna SamaHopeThe 10,000 Lives Campaign will help 5,000 moms and 5,000 babies – 10,000 lives.  Samahope is dedicated to helping this many people and won't stop until they reach their goal of funding enough birth kits!  They are currently only half-way there.  At Samahope, $5 helps fund a birth kit that includes the sterile tools to enable a Skilled Birth Attendant to protect a mother and child from life-threatening complications during childbirth.  $5 can save the lives of a mother and a baby!

The Cigna Foundation is supporting Samahope while it focuses on helping people overcome barriers to their health and well-being related to factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, age, geography or economics. This year’s Cigna Foundation World of Difference grant to Samahope is helping to train local nurses and fund doctors in India to provide treatment and surgery for people in need.

If you want to help, $5 can buy one birth kit that will help one mother and baby.  You can donate at the Samahope site.  

Samahope is on a mission to help 5,000 women deliver their babies safely, and we can all help!  With the cost of a coffee or two, we can save two lives.  That is just mindblowing to me and gives me chills.  Can we all pitch in to help women and babies in need?

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