Decluttering your kids school mess

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When most people hear the question, “Paper or plastic?” it usually doesn’t make their skin crawl; unless of course, you are like me and you left your cloth bags in the back of your car for the millionth time. That does get a tad old. What I am referring to has nothing to do with shopping, bagboys, or keeping your meat separated by plastic. I'm talking about the inordinate amount of paper and toys which collect in my house during one calendar year. I have two young grade school-aged children, and apparently their teachers like them to keep busy drawing, and writing all the live long day. Every day. I think perhaps their teachers are sneaking into my home in the middle of the night and having my kids do art projects in their sleep because of the towering stacks of paper we ... [ Read More ]

Big Discounts, Coupons and Sales if You Like That Thang

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Hey Gang! For those of you loving Groupon's  deals, here is Google's version of big discounts and the deals are fabulous this week! Why not have more choices, right? Our friends at Yipit have curated the best deals this week in the 10 largest U.S. cities. Additionally, they have included the 5 best offers available now nationwide. Enjoy! :) Stacey NationwideEntire Store: Up to 40% Off -- Get All Old Navy CouponsGet Up to 40% Off Select Styles -- Get All Gap CouponsFree Shipping & Returns -- Get All Sunglass Hut CouponsUp to 50% Off Sale Tops -- Get All Athleta Coupons Save 15% Off Select Items When You Sign Up for Gearmail -- Get All REI Coupons Free Shipping on $45 or More -- Get All Home Depot Coupons Clearance Center: As Much As 50% Off Items -- Get All ... [ Read More ]

Summer Road Safety is Worth Mentioning Again


Whether your child is running to the neighbors, the pool, riding his bike in the street or high-tailing it to catch the ice cream man; summertime brings out scads of children on our residential streets. So as parents, we need to remind our children, our new teen drivers and ourselves to keep a watchful eye and share the roadways.   Educate Child Pedestrians Safe Kids USA reported in “Remind Children and Teens of Pedestrian Safety” (D. Kohnle, May 2011) parents should discuss with their kids about street safety several times throughout the summer: Obey traffic signals and signs. Pedestrians must stop, look left, right, then left again before crossing street (paying watchful attention while crossing.) Always walk against traffic on a path or sidewalk. Whenever ... [ Read More ]

Dinner for Two to Pick Your Final Resting Place

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Recently I received the most peculiar invitation in the mail. This gem contained complimentary admission tickets “good for two” persons for FREE FOOD! Now with the hunger crisis widespread throughout our country, why on earth were they trying to give ME and my plus one a free meal? At first I was keyed up by the prospect of someone wanting to award me something, especially if that something might include perhaps ice cream; but then I remembered a prophet's advice, “No one gives out ice cream for free, unless they want something in return.” So I called my mother, who is the oldest person I talk to on a regular basis, so that puts her closest to prophet status. I asked her, “Do you think this free meal is some kind of a scheme?” Being that she is a savvy retired elementary school ... [ Read More ]