Archive for March, 2009
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.
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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
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!
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
Fund College without a College Savings Fund at Frugal Dad
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
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
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
20 Tips for Finding Your Routine with Kids at Simple Mom
Quiet Time Bins at Keeper of the Home
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.
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.
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.