10 Fun and Easy Homemade Valentines For Kids

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10 Fun and Easy Homemade Valentines For Kids

I have added more homemade Valentines for kids since originally posting this!  So enjoy and let me know if you have a Valentine you’d like to add.

Easy Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

1. Easy Homemade Lip Balm Recipe is great for family members.

Valentine Lollipop Flowers

2. Valentine’s Day Lollipop Flowers - Super easy for even young kids to make.

Homemade Valentine Pails

3. Homemade Valentine Pails For Kids using recycled yogurt containers. Easy for the kids to do!

recycled crayon hearts

4. Recycled Crayon Hearts is a great way to recycle those broken crayons and make hearts!

5. You Make My Heart Glow from The Teacher Wife with a printable.  Glow sticks can be purchased for pennies

6. These Homemade Bubble Valentines from Domestic Charm are adorable and the kids will love them.  You can find all the instructions and some printables to go with them.

7. Matchbox valentines are too cute.  You can let the kids decorate them and fill with the treat of your choice.

8. I love these Pencil Valentines.  Sweet Muffin Suite has the printable downloads on her site so you can make them at home easily.

9. If you are looking to avoid candy altogether, you can try these bouncing ball valentines and they have the free printable to go with it.

10. This is a cute one, especially for my Florida readers.  They are beach shovels with candy in them!

11. These Bubble Gum Valentines are cute and they have the free printable for you.

12 .Kool -Aid Valentines would be a frugal idea and fun.

13. These Printable Butterfly Valentines are adorable and she had the printable templates done for you.

13. Here are some ipod Valentines for all the music lovers out there.

Walgreens Balance Reward Changes Coming Soon

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Balance Rewards Program Updates | WalgreensYesterday after I made  a purchase at Walgreens, a catalina printed informing me about Walgreens Balance Reward changes coming soon.

Balance reward members can now earn rewards on pharmacy purchases.

  • 100 points per prescription or immunization
  • 300 points for 90-day prescriptions
  • Up to 50,000 points per year on pharmacy transactions

They are also simplifying the program and discontinuing specific regional only offers. 

They will also be rolling out new ways to earn, later this summer.  Remember you don’t have to have your balance reward card with you for every purchase.  Simply enter the phone number associated with your account at checkout.

Check out the Walgreens Balance Reward changes coming soon.

Valentine’s Printable and Homemade Idea

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Kind Printable 2

By Contributing writer Jessica.

I needed Valentines for some friends and I wanted to come up with something cute but also something healthier than candy.  I decided to make a Valentine’s Printable to go along with Kind bars.  These Valentines are simple to print, cut out, and attached to the bars.  You could give individual bars to friends/coworkers or the entire box to a child’s teacher or a special friend.  I know that when I was a teacher, getting granola bars would be a welcome change from candy.  Here is the Valentine’s Printable you can print out and enjoy.

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I printed these on white card stock at home, but you can also email them to your local office supply store and have them print them for you fairly inexpensively.  They will even cut them for you (although, for me,  it’s usually not worth the price unless I am getting a large stack).

Kind bars are a little more expensive than other granola bars, so I try to look out for a sale.  My store carries them with the protein bars, not the breakfast aisle with the regular granola bars.  I also wouldn’t recommend these for passing out at school unless you are sure about allergies – these contain nuts.

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I hope that these Valentine’s inspire you to share some kindness with your friends and coworkers.

Also be sure to check out 10 Homemade Valentine Ideas. 10 Fun and Easy Homemade Valentines For Kids - Saving the Family Money

Zaycon Chicken Orders Now Open $1.99 lb

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Zaycon Foods chicken orders for the southern regions are now open!  If you can’t fit 40lbs of chicken in your freezer, split the order with a friend.  This is how I recommend saving on Chicken in my Coupon Classes!  But you have time to MAKE room!

  • Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts for ONLY $1.99/lb.   (Stock up price)

Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

  • 100 % natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients.
  • Comes directly from the processor and has never been frozen.
  •  Sold by the case — 40 lbs in each case.

 Here’s how it works:

  • Head over to Zaycon Foods and register (It’s FREE!).
  • Check the locations and see if a Chicken event is in your area.
  • Place your order.
  • Then you simply drive to the pick up location, show your receipt and get your order
  • They’ll place the box in your trunk for you.
  • Split up the chicken when you get home.

Here is my video processing the Boneless Skinless Chicken if you want to check it out.

See if there is a delivery location coming to you here.

Update: 10 Day Money Tracking Challenge

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10 Day Money Tracking Challenge

Last Friday I posted the 10 day money tracking challenge and wanted to follow up and see how everyone is doing?  We officially started last Saturday, so I could get hubby on board.

My husband even got involved and was texting me pictures of his receipts.  Hey whatever works right?

On the weekends hubby and I usually go out for a cup of coffee and chat about the week.  It’s kind of like our little date morning.  Last weekend we did this in Starbucks at Target for several reasons.  We needed to pick up a few items, an RX and my hubby had a freebie coffee for his birthday!  So we only paid for my coffee.  I’ve been tracking my calories and I’ve lost 6 pounds so far, so I didn’t want to waste a ton of calories on my morning coffee.  I ordered a tall black coffee.  Not only is it cheaper than a fancy drink but I’m able to control what sugar/milk I put in it so I can track.

Have you been tracking your spending?  What have you discovered and has it change the way you think/spend?  Will you go past 10 days?

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Onion Dip

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Onion Dip

By Contributing writer Ashley.

As a little treat the other night my husband made a slow cooker dip, something for us to snack on while watching TV once all the kids are in bed sleeping. It would be perfect for friends getting together, or the Super Bowl!

Just say it: Cheesy Bacon…dip. Yeah, I hope you’re drooling too.

This is the first time we’ve made a dip in our slow cooker. And we’ll be doing it again and we had to share how it went. Amazing!

Neither of us thought that I’d like it, much less devour it. Yeah. I didn’t eat it all in one sitting, we refrigerated the rest of it, then I microwaved it and had it for lunch.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of thick cut bacon
  • 1 tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 10 oz. can diced tomatoes

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until slightly crispy. Chop it when cooled to the touch. As with ours we used Real Bacon Bits.

Heat the EVOO in the pan, add the onion and garlic, season with salt, pepper, and brown sugar, cook for a few minutes until translucent.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Dip

Mix the cream cheese and sour cream together in the insert of the slow cooker, adding in the mozzarella cheese, onions, bacon and diced tomatoes.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Dip

Heat on high 2 hours or until warm and cheese has melted.

Serve with chips or crackers. Or maybe save yourself the time and grab a spoon!

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Don’t forget to check out the other BIG GAME day recipes here. 

Amazon $10 Credit With $50 Amazon Gift Cards Purchase (Eligible Customers Only)

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Amazon.com_ Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more

Right now Amazon is offering a $10 credit when you give $50 in Amazon gift cards to some Amazon customers.   Now might be a good time to send that Wedding gift card, Birthday or other special event.   Purchase at least $50 in Amazon.com Gift Cards by January 31, 2015, and they’ll email you a $10 promotional code to spend at Amazon.com.   Important: This offer is valid ONLY to eligible customers.

Enter “JAN5010GCS” in the “Gift Cards & Promotional Codes” box when you check out.

CLICK HERE to see if you qualify.  If you do, you must purchase the Amazon.com Gift Cards using the Amazon.com account to which you are currently logged in.  If you do not qualify, you’ll see a message saying you aren’t eligible. 

Good luck!

Unique Organization Ideas

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By Contributing writer Beth Anne.

January always feels like a fresh start and is a great time to organize the different parts of your home. I am sharing 20 Unique Organization Ideas with you today that I think are great ways to reorganize your home this year!
Organization

It can be so difficult to organize small places but this post gives some really good tips.

Did your kids get a lot of new things for Christmas? This post about organizing kid things is really helpful to reorganize all your kids new gifts.

Organize all those old tshirts you have into a Tshirt Quilt

Every time I move I use this backward hanger trick to declutter my clothes! It really works!

Get control of your shoes with this DIY Shoe Shelf.

Organize your Spice Cabinet with bins from the Dollar Tree.

Use a wire hanger to Organize Ribbon.

Add an extra shower rod with S hooks to hang items from for more storage space in your shower.

Get hooks and pegboards to organize your garage.

Use a broken rake as a key-holder, such a unique idea!

Organize your measuring cups using hooks.

Use an old door to create a new coat rack!

I love these hidden storage spaces that you can use in your family room.

I love all these unique Ikea Hacks!

Organize all your jewelry using a screened frame and some hooks.

Use storage bins to keep your car clean and organized.

Keep track of your opened chip bags with this pantry idea.

Repurpose empty boxes and containers for kitchen storage.

Get control of all your fabric by organizing it in a file drawer!

Clean up your kitchen spices by labeling them.

Which part of your home are you going to work on organizing first?