The Red Kettle

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The Salvation Army's red kettle always gleams its own shining star this season for our family! I (Litsa) love to hear the little bells ringing as we enter and exit the stores' entrances. With each chime, I'm reminded how fortunate we are to give----and even amidst the worries of our day, there are others serving, giving----and those waiting to receive what we may perhaps take for granted. A little change. Dollar bills. A check......... Will you give to the red kettles this season? "We … [Read More...]

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Garth Brooks’ New Single “Mom” + GhostTunes Contest

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Garth Brooks is back! It's been 13 years since Garth Brooks produced a new album. My best friend from high school is a HUGE Garth fan. In fact we were roommates for several years and I can't tell you how many times Garth songs were blasted from our radio! I recently listened to Garth Brooks' new single "Mom" and I absolutely love it. Beware - it will probably bring a tear to your eye (in a good way of course!). The song is a beautiful tribute to all mom's out there. Being a mom is the … [Read More...]

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This Christmas: Read with your Children

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Whether you are reading the Song of the Stars or How the Grinch Stole Christmas this month with your children, don't forget that quality time can't be wrapped! Select a stack of Christmas books, pull your little ones (or your big ones) close and read aloud---create memories through reading aloud as a family. I loved that even Dave Ramsey reminded us of the importance of reading through his post on social media. The stack of books that you select are not as important as the time you spend … [Read More...]

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Food & Recipes

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Wonderous Ways with Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are wonderful shaved into a salad or paired with pasta—or just saved to enjoy as a side dish as in Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Recipe. Don’t forget about these emerald green gems this time of the year. […]

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Dark Chocolate, Pistachio & Sea Salt Cookies Recipe

Cookies come in all shapes and sizes, textures and tastes, but the dark chocolate, nutty & salty notes to this cookie might just top all the other cookies you’ve ever had! This is the perfect time of year to bake […]

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Work Week Menu Plan Week of 12/15/14

It’s the week before Christmas! Can you believe it? Hubby and I had two parties to attend last weekend. Needless to say, we didn’t get much done around the house. That means next weekend will consist of wrapping, baking and […]

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Health & Wellness

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Meet the Nuts

This season while you are out grocery shopping, you’ve probably noticed the growing display of nuts. Take a few minutes to get a feel of what nuts are in your local grocery store (hopefully, you’ll only meet those that are […]

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December’s Superfood: Mushrooms

My parents were never a fan of mushrooms. My husband and daughter don’t eat them either but I like them. Lucky me (Litsa)—they are December’s superfood! Mushrooms keep me from feeling lousy according to Redbook. “They’re loaded with vitamin D, […]

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Festive Snack Smarts

December has made is debut—and your calendar may have more scribbles of parties and after work affairs than you want to introduce your waistline too! Maybe potlucks to cook for—what can one take without sabotaging their own numbers on the […]

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Coupons

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Save This Holiday Season with Healthy Essentials

I love to bake during the Holidays! My oven is constantly glowing on the weekends during the month of December! Not only do we love to eat baked goods, I love the smell. For the first time ever, I used […]

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Checkout51: New Offers for Thursday, November 20th

Whether you shop at Kroger, Wal-Mart—-Sam’s or Aldi….have a smartphone or not, you will want to give Checkout51 a try this week! If you have already shopped this week, you’ll want to note that Checkout51 offers START today on 11.10.14 […]

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Ibotta: Friendsgiving

Calling ALL ibotta users and those NEW to money saving apps–have you seen the MILK offer!?! It has been a forgotten side dish lately. It is BACK this week—redeem it now! Don’t miss the “Friendsgiving” giveaway….all new this week!  Scroll […]

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Retail Therapy

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This Christmas: Read with your Children

Whether you are reading the Song of the Stars or How the Grinch Stole Christmas this month with your children, don’t forget that quality time can’t be wrapped! Select a stack of Christmas books, pull your little ones (or your […]

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6pm Coupon Code | 15% Off

Okay last minute shoppers! 6pm has released another 15% off coupon! There is still time to order online and receive gifts in time for Christmas. Although, I would suggest ordering by today if you don’t want to pay expedited shipping! […]

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6PM Coupon Code | 15% Off

Do you still have Christmas shopping to do? If so, checkout the deals over at 6pm! There are many great deals on clothing, shoes and accessories for the whole family. Plus they offer free shipping! Today 6pm is offering an […]

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Country Life

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Autumn Leaves: Fun for Kids & Pets

Most of the leaves from our oak trees have hit the ground. That means that we have an abundance of leaves in our yard! Hubby made a huge leaf pile for the kids to play in the other day. It […]

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Country Life: Alternative Feed for Chickens

We currently have 14 hens and one rooster which is the biggest flock of chickens we have ever kept. They are eating a lot of chicken feed too! Since our puppies still like to chase the chickens, we no longer […]

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Country Life: Pet Chicken

I never thought I would say that I have a soft spot for a chicken – but I do! One of our chicks that hatched in June has become the sweetest chicken we have ever owned. She is calm and […]

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Home Management

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The Red Kettle

The Salvation Army’s red kettle always gleams its own shining star this season for our family! I (Litsa) love to hear the little bells ringing as we enter and exit the stores’ entrances. With each chime, I’m reminded how fortunate […]

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Garth Brooks’ New Single “Mom” + GhostTunes Contest

Garth Brooks is back! It’s been 13 years since Garth Brooks produced a new album. My best friend from high school is a HUGE Garth fan. In fact we were roommates for several years and I can’t tell you how […]

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This Christmas: Read with your Children

Whether you are reading the Song of the Stars or How the Grinch Stole Christmas this month with your children, don’t forget that quality time can’t be wrapped! Select a stack of Christmas books, pull your little ones (or your […]

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Ways to Save

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Wrapping Paper: Personalize It

Part of the fun of giving gifts is creating an atmosphere of joy—where the giver gets as much joy as the receiver of the gift! So if you’re wrapping paper supply is running low, don’t sweat it! You might be […]

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Thrifty Seasonal Treasures

There’s so much commercialism frosted throughout the stores this season. As much as I love the season and the festive golds, reds, sparkling lights……and the REASON for such a beautiful gift, I just have to refrain from retail shops (and […]

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Land’s End: Save this Season

A stack of catalogs and magazines arrive in my mailbox daily this season. What catalogs are arriving in your mailbox? Don’t just set them aside. LOOK for ways to save with each. Sometimes there’s free shipping and just the right […]

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Gardening

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Fall Foliage: Ornamental Kale

Among the pots and pots of fall mum’s, small pots of Ornamental Kale were hiding at our local grocery store today. I (Litsa) was unaware of Ornamental Kale as a seasonal annual plant. In the south—-at least in our southern, […]

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Gardening: Weather Watch for Frost

It’s that time of year wear the weather really plays a role with vegetable gardens. We have yet to have frost here in central Virginia but it will probably happen soon. We still have tomatoes, peppers, kale and herbs growing […]

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Tip on Growing Bell Peppers

We have grown bell peppers in our vegetable garden for the last few years. It takes awhile for bell peppers to mature and that is the reason that they are so costly in the store. The longer you leave the […]

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