*Must Read* Chobani Yogurt Recall!

September 2013

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Due to “quality concerns”, the makers of Chobani yogurt are recalling some of their products. Customers have complained recently about swelling and bloating after eating the yogurt.

Affected products have the code 16-012 and expiration dates Sept. 11, 2013 – Oct. 7, 2013.

Most have been removed already, but if you purchased some that fall into these guidelines, contact Chobani Customer Support.

More Details HERE.

Thanks Budget Savvy Diva!

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Yep... this is me today.

August 2013

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Yep... this is me today. I thought I could push through and blog; 30 minutes later I realize I have been starring off at my computer doing nothing. lol

I will be back tomorrow. Have a fabulous Tuesday everyone, I am now going to go blow my nose for the next 12 hours. (sorry tmi)

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*Must Read* 5 Tips To Make The Back-To-School Transition Easier!

August 2013

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The school year is right around the corner, which is both a blessing and a curse for parents.

You finally get to stop hearing about how bored your kids are because there’s “nothing” to do, but that means the fights to get kids to bed and to do their homework is on the horizon.

Here are five tips to hopefully make the back-to-school transition a little easier.

#1 Re-establish bedtime and mealtime routines

Getting back into a school-time schedule can be a chore, especially bedtime, so start the process now.

Start getting your kids on mealtime and bedtime routines. This will give them a week or two to get back on the school schedule before school actually starts. If your kids are already use to getting down for bed and showing up for dinner it will, hopefully, be that much easier to get them to keep it up when school starts.

#2 Plan before you shop

Back-to-school shopping can be a complete and utter nightmare. Your kids refuse to hold still, and for some odd reason they’re not excited about trying on that fancy pair of corduroys.

Add that in with the fact you have a headache and question why you thought having kids was ever a good idea and you’re on the brink of a serious clinical breakdown. Let’s try and avoid this scenario, shall we?

Before you ever head out the door make a plan of exactly what you need. If your kid need one new pair of jeans and tennis shoes, plan accordingly and buy exactly that. It will make it easier on your child and you.

Also make sure to make a budget before you leave the house and try to take cash. That way, you’re forced to plan ahead and make smart purchases, because once the cash is gone, it’s gone.

#3 Take your kid shopping for lunch

If you’re tired of your kid trading his cucumber sandwich for an Oreo, the first thing you need to do is stop making him cucumber sandwiches. The second is take him grocery shopping with you.

Take your child to the store with you and let him make some of his own choices. No, you’re not going to let him get a case of Dr. Pepper and Red Vines for a weeks worth of lunch, but if you help him make some good choices with a couple of snacks he wants he’s much more likely to eat it because he picked it.

#4 Focus on the positive

In an attempt to get your child excited about going back to school make sure you focus on the positives that accompany going back to school.

No, the wealth of knowledge you gain is not the positive your kid is looking for.

What subjects does your child love? Ask questions about what they hope to learn in those subjects and why they like them. Get your child excited about spending time with their friends and make sure to never say, “Oh, stop worrying. It’ll be summer again before you know it.”

There are a lot of positives for kids heading back to school, find them and focus on them.

#5 Set goals and follow up

Every parent wants their child to perform well in school and you can help nurture that by setting goals with you kids. Make sure when you do this that you make the goals with your kids, not for them.

Talk to them about what they hope to accomplish and also express your expectations. Then, together, set goals and make a plan on how you’re going to achieve them.

Once you set said goals don’t just let your kid loose, but help them achieve said goals and make sure to follow up.

If you just set the goals and never speak of them again you can’t expect to come to your child at the end of the school year and say, “So, did you meet your goals?”

The goals can get your child excited about the school year and it will help them to know they have someone who will be there encouraging them and helping them achieve their goals.

What tips do you have to make the back-to-school transition a little easier?

Let us know! Be sure to pin this to save yourself some stress next year! 

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25 Must Know Household Uses for Food! You will be surprised by what's on the list!

August 2013

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Next time you’re running low on fabric softener, pest repellant or household cleaners, check the pantry.

Plenty of kitchen items, including baking soda, lemons and even coffee, can work well as substitutes for other household products.

In some cases, the experts swear, they’re even better! Try these alternate uses the next time you’re in need:

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*Must Read* 5 House Hunting “Deal Breakers” You Should Ignore

August 2013

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House hunting is a little bit like going on a whole bunch of first dates.

In both situations, you’re on the lookout for deal breakers, like a creepy attitude (bad neighborhood), nasty breath (moldy basement) and no personality (“blah” décor).

But just like the dating game, first impressions can be a deceiving, and not every cliché “house problem” is dump-worthy.

Here are five flaws you may find during a house hunt that aren’t necessarily deal breakers:

Wall-to-Wall Carpet

You don’t often hear people say that they “love” wall-to-wall carpet, but people’s tolerance for the look varies.

If you really can’t stand the shag – but you’ve found a home that’s perfect otherwise – give it a chance! Beneath that carpet is probably a beautiful floor with endless possibilities.

The cost to tear up and replace carpet with an inexpensive alternative (like vinyl) is generally $15-$20 per square yard, so this foible can be fixed without breaking the bank.

Popcorn Ceiling

This rough acoustic surface (also called “cottage cheese” ceiling) is basically the polar opposite of modern chic. But that doesn’t mean your dreams of a sleek décor scheme can’t come true!

Removing popcorn ceiling yourself is labor intensive, but very doable. Or, you can hire someone to do it for you – it generally costs $1.30-$2.60 per square foot to remove.

Note: If the house you’re looking at was built before 1979, popcorn ceiling removal is more complicated (and expensive) due to the risk of asbestos.

An Old Roof

A house with a roof more than 10 years old tends to trigger alarm bells. After all, old roofs can quickly turn into leaking roofs.

But remember: old doesn’t mean broken, and the age of the roof should reduce the asking price of the house.

Important: If you purchase an old-roofed house, it is important to budget for an eventual replacement, which can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000.

Different roof surfaces have very different life expectancies, so do some research about your roof and plan accordingly.

A Slightly-Too-High Price Point

If you’ve found your dream home, but it costs about $5,000 more than you planned to pay, don’t walk away immediately.

Five grand is nothing to sneeze at, but when you compare it to the total value of your home, it’s less significant. Plus, there are two possible ways to earn back this amount of cash:

1. See if there are any homeowner tax incentives for which you’ll qualify.

2. Ask your real estate agent if they’d be willing to take a small cut in their commission given the higher price (it’s in their best interest to get a deal done, so they may be receptive to this).

No Central AC

If you’re house hunting in the middle of July, the idea of a sans-AC existence can seem like purchasing a lot on the seventh circle of hell.

But a few window units (or some well-placed fan action) can cool off a lot more effectively than you think.

Plus, installing a central AC unit can be done for as little as $2,000, which isn’t that bad if the lack of AC took a chunk out of the initial price.

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