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Tuesday’s Tip Jar – Lego Building Instructions

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Legos are my son’s favorite toy. He spends several hours each day building things and playing with his new creations. If you are familiar with legos, you know that when you buy a box of legos, they come with building instructions, to help you make specific lego items, such as buildings, people, vehicles, etc.

When our son started getting into legos, we just kept the instructions with the legos. Most of these instruction booklets ended up getting torn apart and lost, or in such bad shape, we had to throw the instructions away. But without the instructions, there were items we could no longer build. I spent some time searching the internet to see if I could find instructions and discovered you can download building instructions from lego.com.

We actually haven’t printed any out, but I will search for certain ones and then keep them on the computer screen as we build. So if you have lost lego building instructions, or are looking for new building ideas, check out lego.com.

For more tips or to participate in Tuesday’s Tip Jar, go to BlogMommas.com.

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March 31, 2009 at 3:01 pm 1 comment

Menu Plan Monday

I just finished making my menu plan for this week. For some reason, I was not able to find a specific recipe for Thursday. We will have chicken, but none of the recipes I came across this evening appealed to me. So if you have any easy, simple, healthy chicken recipes that you want to share, that would be great!

Tuesday: cream of broccoli soup with leftover biscuits

Wednesday: tacos and steamed veggies or salad

Thursday: chicken and steamed veggies or salad

Friday: perfect pizza crust (Taste of Home Magazine April/May 2009, page 58) and salad

Saturday: spaghetti and meatballs and salad

Sunday: leftovers

Monday: hamloaf and steamed veggies (never got to this last week)

You can participate in Menu Plan Monday also! Head over to OrgJunkie.com.

March 30, 2009 at 9:41 pm 2 comments

Deals This Week: 3/29-4/4

Here are some links to highlighted specials and coupon match-ups. I hope this will help you save some money this week.

CVS at The Coupon Game

Rite-Aid at Sisterly Savings

Walgreens at Mommy Snacks

Wal-Mart at STL Mommy

Giant (PA) at Moms Need to Know

Target at Attention Target Shoppers

March 30, 2009 at 12:03 pm 1 comment

Link Love – Home and Money

Sorry for not posting yesterday, time got away from me. I’ll save my food links for next Friday. Hopefully I can set that post up before hand, so it won’t matter if I have time on Friday or not, it can go on automatically. I really should do more of that.

Here are some interesting and helpful links I found over the last week. Enjoy!

Free
Bread Breakthrough Recipe Book at Freebies 4 Mom

11 Free Songs from SXSW at Mommy’s Wish List (thanks to Freebies 4 Mom for linking to this post)

Free Software for your Home Computer at Frugal Dad

5 Free Sun Maid Recipe Books at Sisterly Savings


College
Fund College without a College Savings Fund at Frugal Dad


Money
Free Online Finance Courses at Gen X Finance (thanks to Frugal Dad for posting about this)

Frugality Goes Beyond Frugal Tips at Almost Frugal

Teaching a Three Year Old How to Save at The Simple Dollar

How I Use Credit Cards and Why at The Simple Dollar

Choosing Not to Participate in the Recession at iMommies


Job
14 Tactics for Getting Ahead at Work No Matter What Your Job Is at The Simple Dollar

Income Diversity at Gather Little by Little

The Hidden Costs of Your Job at The Simple Dollar


Miscellaneous
Do You Know How Much Your Printer Costs to Use at Northern Cheapskate (thanks to Freebies 4 Mom for the link)

Great American Bake Sale at Stolen Moments Cooking

A Step by Step Guide to Making Big Goals Achievable at The Simple Dollar


Children
20 Tips for Finding Your Routine with Kids at Simple Mom

Quiet Time Bins at Keeper of the Home

March 28, 2009 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

Book Giveaway Links

Today I found several websites with links to book giveaways. I love signing up for giveaways, it’s so great to win books! I recently won God in the White House from Literate Housewife. Thanks so much!

If you enjoy winning books, here are some of the links I discovered today:

Proud Bookworm (Check out the giveaway list is on the left hand side of the site.)

Book Contest Links

Fresh Fiction


Stone Soup has giveaways almost every week. I signed up this week, I’d like to win The Shack. I actually won it last year, read it, and thought it was very good. My husband was over halfway through this book when our dog chewed it up. So I would like to get another copy so my husband can finish it and then be able to lend out to friends.

Do you know of websites that regularly have book giveaways? If so, please share! Thanks!

March 26, 2009 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

Booking Through Thursday – Best Bad Book

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The opposite of last week’s question: “What’s the best ‘worst’ book you’ve ever read — the one you like despite some negative reviews or features?”

I read this question this morning and since then have tried to figure out what my “Best Bad Book” is… It seems to me that every book has people who love it and people who hate it. So here are a few books that I enjoyed, that I know some people thoroughly hated:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (I have read quite a few of her books and like all of them, although in varying degrees.)

I love all of Jane Austen’s books. Again, it seems like people either love or hate her works.

Even Now by Karen Kingsbury (This was my first book by this author and I thought it was good. Definitely not a favorite book that I will re-read, but it was a decent story. Before I read this book, it was my understanding that this author wrote “cheesy Christian books”, but I don’t think that is the case.)

Check out more responses to this question at Booking Through Thursday.

March 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm 2 comments

Works for Me Wednesday – Macaroni and Cheese

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Macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite meals. It’s easy to make, uses only a few ingredients, tastes great when reheated and freezes well. My mom gave me this recipe:

Macaroni and Cheese

1 cup noodles (I normally use elbow noodles, and actually use a whole box, 16 oz)
1 cup milk
1/2 lb extra sharp cheddar, grated or cut into small chunks
2 tablespoons flour

Cook noodles in boiling water 7-9 minutes. Drain. Stir in flour. Add milk. Stir in cheese. Cook over medium until cheese melts and the sauce becomes thick. Watch closely. (When I use extra noodles, I usually add some extra milk, flour, and cheese. Sometimes I only have sharp cheddar on hand, and that works fine. Other types of cheeses work well also, it depends on what taste you want.)

I normally also make stewed tomatoes to go on top of the macaroni and cheese.

Stewed Tomatoes

Cut up one large tomato, put in blender. Add 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Cook until thickened. (If you use more tomatoes, add more cornstarch and sugar. Use less sugar if you don’t want the stewed tomatoes to be sweet or vice versa.)

Check out more Works for Me Wednesday tips at We Are THAT Family.

March 25, 2009 at 10:41 am 3 comments

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