Free Subscription to Woman’s Day Magazine

Posted by zc on Wednesday Jul 20, 2011 Under Uncategorized

Right now, a 1 year subscription to Woman's Day magazine is available through this link. You have to first qualify but so far I haven't heard any issues. Check it out. Woman's Day is a pretty good magazine full of great recipes, so its definitely a staple at my house.

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Free $5 Amazon Video Credit

Posted by zc on Tuesday Jul 19, 2011 Under Cheapskate 101, Money

Currently, Amazon has a Free Amazon $5 Instant Credit available. All you have to do is make sure you login to your Amazon account and your Twitter account to tweet about the Free credit. Tonight is the last night to take advantage of this free credit. So, make sure you head over here, and get it by tonight at 11:59pm PST. This is offer is limited to one credit per Amazon customer, and the credit expires August 31, 2011.
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Got Milk?

Posted by zc on Tuesday Jul 19, 2011 Under Cheapskate 101, Food, Life, Parenting

For those of you who remember, back in January I made a decision to continue breastfeeding my youngest at 6 months, I had a tentative goal of 2 years. And if you think I'm one of those crazy mothers who plans to allow their kid to breastfeed until they are 13, don't, while it's not my place to judge, it's also never going to go down like that. I only give her milk in the morning (with her breakfast) and the night to help her go to sleep. It's literally equivalent to a warm glass of milk before bedtime. During the day, she only gets water to drink. Anyways, Around month 9ish/10ish, I started noticing a decrease in my milk production and it scared me. I was absolutely not ready for this t end this soon. So I started doing what any smart person would do, I googled it! Google is always a great starting point. I found that there are many herbs out there that claim to help with increasing the production of milk. While the FDA does not support these claims, many people have had great results with some of the herbs. If you were curious about the many herbs out there try google yourself :)

So on a weekend when we didn't have our older kids we went to a basic herb shop that had exactly what we were looking for. After plunking down $20, I was't too sure that I was going to be satisfied with it since I am a cheapskate by nature, but my production had gone down from 26+ ounces daily to 9 ounces if I was lucky, and lately I hadn't been lucky. I had already tried eating more rice, oatmeal and drinking more water and that wasn't working, so I read the instructions and carried on hoping that the milk wouldn't dry up right away, and by golly it didn't. I actually started creeping slowly back into 20 ounces and it kept on going. I was pleasantly surprised.

Now our nearest herb shop is not too close to us, so imagine my delight when I found out that Amazon has it available! So here is the part where I tell you what worked for me: Nature's Sunshine Marshmallow & Fenugreek.

Recently, I ran out of my favorite little magic pills and I wanted to find them cheaper online, so in my hunt to find them I realized that I can get them for practically nothing (or really cheap) at Amazon using my Swagbucks! All I have to do is accumulate 450 Swagbucks for a $5 gift card from Amazon or 2250 Swagbucks for the $20 gift card I need to get the vitamins for free. I know it may seem like a lot, but honestly, its not that much work to get to that point. If you have never heard of Swagbucks you can sign up here.


Keep in mind, that one should always read the label and ask a pharmacist if you are taking any other meds to see if there are going to be any issues. I am not a doctor and do not profess to be one. This is only my opinion and my experience. What worked for me may not work for you, but it's worth a try. Also, I am NOT a Natures Sunshine Rep. I am not being compensated for this review, and I do not endorse all of their products, just this one has worked for me.
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Posted by zc on Tuesday Jul 19, 2011 Under Cheapskate 101, Food

I love frozen yogurt. My sister and I recently took a tour of the new frozen yogurt shops that have been popping up all over and we were very pleased (and very stuffed) with the new flavors, add-ons, and innovative developments in the world of frozen yogurt. While I love American Yogurt, I honestly have to say that my absolute favorite of the frozen yogurt places isn't even in the United States, it's Snog in London.

For those of you who know what a snog is, the name is rather cute. If you don't know, then here is your first lesson in Brit speak. A snog is a kiss. Two of the main reasons why I love Snog (other than the to-die-for flavors and the name) is because it's free of fat and sugar, and still tastes excellent. Since, I don't currently live in the U.K. I have to survive with American frozen yogurt, which is delicious in it's own ways. Now, I have had a ton of frozen yogurt from many comapnies, but the one place that I have been desperately trying to get to is (drumroll please) Pinkberry!

I have heard nothing but great things about Pinkberry so, I was extra excited to see that they have a great coupon available right now.

Between 7/18-7/24 if you buy one Pinkberry for your friend you can get one free to keep. I don't know about you, but I consider my belly a friend. Score!!! If you are interested go here to see where the nearest location is for you and then click here for your coupon. Let me know what you decided to get and how it tastes!
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Birthdays and Epidurals?

Posted by zc on Thursday Jul 14, 2011 Under Life, Parenting
This post is 2 days overdue, because of computer issues! (please keep me and my patience in prayer)

Two days ago I was scanning one of my good friend's blog, and she posted about her son's birthday and how grateful she is for the medicinal miracle that is the epidural. Since my youngest is almost 1 I started thinking about her birth as well and how I didn't get an epidural thanks to the fact that my hubby was strong enough to ignore my request for any painkillers during my labor. Now, in Jen's blog, she asked how some women can survive the pain without the meds, and boy I will tell you that was a task and a half, but I did it, and it was, in hindsight, very scary and ultimately the right choice for me. I can't fault anyone for choosing the epidural, it just wasn't the right choice for me. In my opinion, no matter how you choose to deal or not deal with the pain, anyone who can be as selfless as a mother is incredibly strong.

Recently, I read a story on how many women are making the choice to give birth at home, like women used to years ago. I personally came very close to this option, however my insurance covered the midwifery clinic that I chose. My initial doctor was a family referral and when I wanted to talk about turning down painkillers, and I asked about a water birth option she immediately laughed and said that water births were not allowed in my state...hmmm. Well, after using the handy dandy internet, I confirmed that my OB was not only full of poo, but she was also lazy and didn't respect my wishes for the way I wanted to deliver my baby, so I fired her. I told her that I found it to be offensive that she could not open her mind to my options, yet wanted to force her "standard" way of doing things on, good riddance.

I had a blast at my midwifery clinic, the ladies were genuine and kind, they were very light hearted and still ridicule me as the one with the loudest scream! and my big mouth.

I love the great memories about the birth of my 1st bio baby, and on Saturday the 16th, we will be celebrating her birthday. So happy birthday to both very special kids. We love you so much!!
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Barnes & Noble July 2011 Storytime

Posted by zc on Thursday Jul 7, 2011 Under Bookworm, Cheapskate 101, Parenting, Stepparenting

Every month Barnes & Noble has a children's book selected by Barnes & Noble and read by authors and celebrities. This month Molly Ringwald is reading Splish, Splash, Splat by Rob Scotton.

This book is great because it continues on with the story of Splat the cat. My kids looove the Splat books. The first one we received was Scaredy-Cat, Splat! (Splat the Cat) and it was just too cute, and my kids loved this one.

For those of you who may want to try out the Splat books or if you just want to hear your favorite Breakfast Club actress read a kid's book, check it out here, and when you hear how cute it is, you can purchase it here from Amazon for $10.19.
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Organic Whole Foods Cherries

Posted by zc on Thursday Jul 7, 2011 Under Cheapskate 101, Food, Money

Tomorrow, Friday July 8th, Whole Foods will have Organic Cherries for $2.99/lb! That is an awesome price for cherries, and it gets even better at Whole Foods for the organic ones. Make sure you go early, and get a bunch of cherries because you can preserve them by turning them into jam or freeze them. Also, Whole Foods has some great ideas to use up your cherries in recipes here. Although I don't live close to one, my husband will be swinging by one after he gets off work tomorrow to get a bunch of cherries for me.
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Redbox Discount – July 7

Posted by zc on Thursday Jul 7, 2011 Under Uncategorized

Today Redbox has a coupon code for $.50 off any rental of a DVD, Blueray, or game rental. If you reserve your disk online at the website you don't need to worry about the coupon code, but if you want to go to a kiosk, enter July7 at the "add promo code" option. Just check here for more information. Make sure you enter the code July7 at your Redbox kiosk to get the $.50 off.
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Disney’s Tangled Rental Only $.99 Today

Posted by zc on Thursday Jul 7, 2011 Under Cheapskate 101, Money, Parenting

Today Amazon has the Disney movie Tangled for $.99 today only. If you are looking for a great family movie for this weekend take advantage of this now, since it's a 48 hour rental and its so much easier than having to return movies and get late fees.
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Cow Appreciation Day 2011

Posted by zc on Wednesday Jul 6, 2011 Under Cheapskate 101, Food, Money, Parenting, Stepparenting

I loooove Chick-Fil-A! If they had more veggies on the menu other than just the salads, I would be tempted to eat it everyday, ok that's a slight exaggeration, but I do love everything from the menu to the employees, and the principles. Overall, the model for their company is one to mimic if you do have a larger company.

Back to the upcoming deal! On Friday July 8th Chick-Fil-A is doing their Cow Appreciation Day! For those of you who do not know what Cow Appreciation Day is check out their website here. If you partially dress like a cow on Cow Appreciation Day you get a free sandwich, but if you dress from "head to hoof" then you get a free meal!

My family and I always participate and we always use the free cow-wear available on the site and we end up getting free meals. Maybe this year I'll put a little more effort into it for the kids sake :)
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