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Top 100 FREE books for your Kindle

 

 

 

 

party-dipHave a new tablet or Kindle you are looking to load up with eBooks?

Check out this great list of the Top 100 FREE Kindle eBooks on Amazon. These eBooks are available for everyone, not just Prime Members!

Remember you can use these eBooks on a PC, Smartphone, Tablet, or Kindle.

Amazon also has a list of the Top 100 PAID Kindle eBooks as well including the very popular Divergent series!

Lowes: 6ft Pine Picnic Table for $88

 

 

 

 

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The weather is warming up in my neck of the woods and Spring is just a few days away too.

I am loving this pine picnic table at Lowe’s!

Right now you can pick up this Garden Treasures 6-ft Clear Southern Yellow Pine Rectangle Picnic Table for only $88!

FREE store pick up!

HOT-75ft Expandable Hose for $19.99!!

 

 

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Who ever thought of these was so awesome.  I hate rolling and rolling up a hose.  This guy expands to 75 feet once you turn the water on, and when you turn them off, shloop right back down to a tote-able 9 feet.  Also I live where it gets sun cracking hot in the summer and my hoses always get brittle quick, even expensive ones only last me one season.  This new material stands up to UV rays.  PLUS it is a KINK FREE hose, how awesome is that!

This is just in time for gardening season. Grab 2 and you will have 150 feet of superior hose (compare that to the traditional quality hose prices)

Features:

  • No more struggling with a heavy, clumsy hose
  • Expandable hose automatically expands up to 3 times its length when water is turned on
  • Wide diameter provides powerful high-flow spray
  • 2-in-1 design: a tough rubber inner hose is covered in super strong durable fabric
  • When water is turned off, this expandable hose returns to its original length
  • Comprised of heavy threading to ensure no leakage
  • Light and kink-free design makes for easy transport
  • Easy to use and easy to store
  • Expands to 75-Ft in length when in use
  • Anti-corrosive and UV resistant materials allow for outdoor storage
  • Spray attachment generates strong water pressure
  • Rear Trigger nozzle has variable water pressure adjustments for customizable water flow
  • 7 nozzle settings: Full, Mist, Jet, Shower, Flat, Center and Cone
  • Included valve makes hose attachment a cinch
  • Will serve you and your family for years to come

Amazon: *HOT* Designer Infant Girls Clothing Sets PSA $9!!

 

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Head over to Amazon and pick up some sweet baby girls outfits.  Prices are starting at $7.43 but the majority are hovering right around the $10-12 and some change range.  You have a vast selection of styles and brands like: US Polo Assn, Nanette Baby, Roxy Baby, Lucky, Bluberi, Youngland.  These are all great quality brands that usually run $36-48!  These are terrific prices so make sure you pass the deal along to your Mama-Lama friends.

There were some adorable spring dresses so this could also be the time to get a Easter dress!  Sizes were newborn to toddler.  Have fun!

 

Kids Gymnastic Gear 50% off PSA $6.99

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I rarely find sales on gymnastic items and if you have a kiddo in the sport you know the accessories really hit the pocket book.  Today Zulily has two sales going on for gymnastic gear and accessories. Body suits are normally in the 50-70 dollar range when I price them out and today the average price was around $20-24, and this is for the really cute brands!

You’ll find TumbleWear, Areials, SBD, preppy mamma and more!  To find the sale quickly you need to look up the “All about Gymnastics Collection”

Does it Work? DIY uses for SALT

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Salt has so many uses.  Besides making those potato chips so irresistible, it can be a highly effective and chemical free way to approach many of your daily tasks around the home.  I recently left my high paying job in Seattle to find a different way to live so I could be available to raise my kids.  I have had to become clever both in my use of finances and resources.  When we first moved into our new home our stove didn’t work for a whole week!  I spent countless hours on-line trying to figure out how I could cook meals around the clock for my family in a crock pot until it was fixed.  Thankfully there is a never ending supply of crock pot recipes and we fared really well (and I am proud to say I can now bake a cake in a crock pot).

So now I am always researching new ways to improve my conditions, use what I have on hand, and stop paying for things I don’t need to.  I am surprised at what I find out there being touted as a DIY remedy for this and that, and I am also surprised when sadly some of them don’t work or at least don’t perform to my satisfaction ( I am kind of picky that way).  Today I am going to share my top uses for salt that I have personally used and was left impressed! (and the bogus ones too)

Laundry:  Keeping Colors Crisp: I hate when my colors fade in clothes and it seems to happen fast as more manufacturers are using unstable dyes to save money, leaving them dull and faded.  There are a slew of expensive color-fast products you can purchase, but seriously a ¼ cup of salt in your colored load works best.  (even on dark denim ladies)

Coffee Pot Cleaner: I don’t know why a dirty coffee pot makes me feel uggh, but it is high on the life is not right list.  I have done the vinegar brew thing, and usually always ended in scrubbing.  But you can actually put ice-cubes (leave room for swishing to happen) and ¾ cup of salt and swish it around for like 5 minutes (if that, and to get the top cleaned I flipped the pot upside down and swirled). Then rinse it out.  Crystal clean SO EASY. *Tip for the outside I took a washcloth wet it with cold water and about 2 TBS of salt and wiped around the outside and rim.

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Weed Killer: Do you know how much a little bottle of Round-up is?  I now live where in the summer it feels like the weeds grow up  overnight.  I especially hate my fence line, where the mower doesn’t reach and I am afraid of whacking my fence all up with the weed eater.  Save a milk jug (or go bigger if you need to) and mix 3 cups of salt and hot water (I bring mine almost to a boil) and then get out there fast and pour it where you don’t want weeds.  *NOTE:  I learned the hard way, don’t think salt is smart and knows to only kill the weeds and not the dahlia’s you are pouring it next too.  So just use caution.  I have seen some people post to actually pour the salt on the area then pour hot water over.  Whatever works best for you (but that seemed like a lot of salt to use), key is the water has to be HOT.

Oven Spills: There may be nothing I hate more than cleaning an oven, I don’t care if you have a “self-cleaning” oven I still hate wiping it out.  So I try to minimize the spills, but occasionally that ooey-gooey caramel apple pie stuff is going to make a break for it and land on your pristine oven floor.  If you don’t kick it out, it will become part of your family by becoming a charred air freshener that ignites itself every time you turn on your oven.  When it happens pop the door open, douse it in salt (don’t hold back) and it can pretty much wipe it off after you pull that pie out.

Tried but NOT True:

I am putting a disclaimer here that maybe, just maybe I did something wrong…but I feel like it isn’t rocket science, so you know…

Pest Control: I tried SALT as an ant deterrent in my windows.  We have some small ants that like to come in during the spring and they are not welcome.  Salt…completely ineffective.  (you know what did work? A little bowl of cinnamon and whole cloves…and it smelled nice too, but you know-not to the ants they think it smelled icky)

Keeping your car windows frost free:  Yes after the first application it helped, but pretty much you have to do it every night for a minimal benefit.  Just use a credit card like the rest of us!

*Remember to pin and  follow us on Pinterest where you will find more life hacks and “does it work” articles.  *Do you have something you want us to try and review for you?  Post it below!

 

Jane.com: Funky & Fun Briolette Style Necklace for $4.99!!

broiletteAll the fashion blogs are saying that “The bigger the better” with necklaces this year.  Grab these cutie patooties for under $5 today, originally $22.99. With nine different colors to choose from you can grab a couple to add some spark to your wardrobe.  These are Funky & Fun Briolette style necklaces that never really go out of style.

       COLORS:

  • Mint
  • Charcoal
  • Maroon
  • Turquoise
  • Raspberry
  • Coral
  • Gray
  • Pink
  • Black

Jane.com: Bows for you and the Babes-under $3

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Bows are the thing right now and we found two adorable (and super HOT) deals for you on Jane.com.  Right now you can get this classic little bow cuff for only $2.99.  The charming bow detail is rimmed with gold and has a gold center and comes in six different colors.  Bracelet measures 8 1/2 inches long with snap closure and can be adjusted to two different sizes to fit your wrist.  Jane.com deals have limited stock and only last for a day or two.  This deal is a TODAY ONLY deal.

At the same time pick up these sweet and preppy felt bows for the little ones for only $2.99!  You can’t make them that cheap!  You have your choice between hair clip or a 2014-01-21_2129elastic headband. These are also made in the USA!  Just choose your size, style and color for the perfect match to any outfit! These are simply darling, and with so many fresh, unique colors, how can you resist!

Here is size and style information:

Size:

  • 0-6 month
  • 6-12 month
  • 12 months to adult
  • N/A Ordering as a Clip

Style:

  • Standard Small 2-3/8” x 5/8”
  • Standard Large 3-1/2” x 1”
  • Chunky 2-1/2” x 1-1/4”
  • Girly 4” x 1-1/4”
  • Preppy Small 2-1/4” x 5/8”
  • Preppy Large 3-1/2” x 1”

Cute Strawberry Shaped Tote Bag-$1.40 SHIPPED

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Isn’t this the cutest thing?  Besides being super duper cute, it is totally practical.  I love to have reusable shopping tote bags on hand for grocery shopping, kids errands, car trips etc.  I mean we are using them all the time right?  Like me you probably have some hiding place where they all live jumbled, folded and falling over each other….Oh you don’t?  Guess that is just me!!

Plus I always seem to forget to grab them before I head out for my errands.  So this little guy is my solution-I can a stash a couple of the little strawberries in my purse, glove-box, or trunk and have them on hand at all time.  Plus for $1.40 a bag I can afford to!

These Cute Strawberry Shaped Reusable Tote Bag come in various colors and also ship for free!  Grab a couple!

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Product Details:

  • Durable and high quality
  • Great Eco-friendly and portable carrier bags
  • Easy washable, won¡¯t fade
  • Super convenient and waterproof
  • 100% Brand new

Remember that Amazon prices can change at anytime; always check the price before you buy. This item will ship from overseas so expect at least a 2 week delivery time.

Ranch Dressing Recipe-Healthy ( But Still Tasty)

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So I am one of those people on the “get healthy” bandwagon this year.  That means a good deal of my meal forecast is salads.  I refuse to eat low-fat salad dressing because one, I think they taste awful, and two I am afraid of a lot of the ingredients in them!!  I found a couple versions for DIY ranch dressing recipes on Pinterest and decided to pick one.

The whole jar is only 255 calories and 1.75 grams of fat!!  I mean isn’t that about the same as one serving of regular ranch dressing? But besides that this is actually a recipe you will LIKE TO EAT.  It in fact kind of reminded me of the sourcream/ranch you get from Taco Time in both taste and texture.  So if you have had that and like it you will enjoy this.  For those of you who have not had Taco Time or are like “What the heck is Taco Time?”  The consistency is a thicker (but not solid thick) than bottled but the taste is fresh and still rich.

I ended up taking some out and blending in some fresh cilantro towards the end for a change up, worked great.  I think you could even do jalapeno as well to give it a kick.

RECIPE:

1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt (I used Dannon Oikos because that is what the recipe suggested)

 1 packet hidden valley ranch mix

 1/2 cup 1% milk.

Whisk together and chill 1 hour before use.  Super easy and it doesn’t taste “low calorie”!

Crock Pot Corned Beef Hash!

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On the weekend I like to get up early and run errands before my family wakes up.  Since this time is precious to me, I try to keep the family appeased at home by having a tasty breakfast ready for them (and because I might come home to my children hopped up on marsh-mellows and toast!)  This corned beef hash recipe is a snap to prepare and cook in the slow cooker.  If your crock pot has a timer you can set it to come on around 3am if you have early risers!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package frozen cubed hash browns, partially thawed (24 to 32 ounces) I just move them from the freezer to the fridge the night before.
  • 2 cups cooked corned beef, or canned-my family actually prefers the canned or the canned roast beef from Costco
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed or salt
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded American or combination of American and Cheddar cheeses (sometimes I use pepper jack for spice)
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk

Preparation:

Lightly butter a 3 1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle about 1/4 of the potatoes the slow cooker, followed by 1/3 of the chopped onion and 1/3 of the corned beef, and 1/3 cup of the cheese. Sprinkle with celery salt, salt and pepper. Repeat two more times, ending with the remaining potato and 1/2 cup shredded cheese, and another sprinkling of salt, pepper, and celery seed. Mix together the cream of celery soup and evaporated milk; pour over the potato mixture. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours (my crock pot cooks this much faster, I put it on about 5 am and it is ready for my family about 8:30).
Serves 6 as a side dish.

Yummy New Years Cocktail-Espresso Martini!!

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Are you looking for new cocktail recipe to try for your New Year’s celebration?  This one will help make sure you stay up to see the ball drop!

1 fluid ounce vanilla flavored vodka

2 fluid ounces coffee-flavored liqueur (I actually like to make a pitcher of 1 to 1 brewed coffee and coffee liqueur so I can quickly pour out the 2 oz and I like the little coffee kick.  I do brew my coffee extra strong for this recipe)

1 fluid ounce cream or milk (cream folks!  I gives it a velvety texture)

1 cup crushed ice

Directions: Combine vodka, coffee liqueur, cream, and crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously to chill. Pour into martini glasses, and serve!