Bestseller: Sarah’s Key

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What's on your reading list this week/month? "Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.........." Sarah's Key by Tatianam de Rosnay is a book with 5.5 stars from thousands of readers----and it's a NY Times Bestseller author..... You can add Sarah's Key to your … [Read More...]

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Apple Pie Filling Freezer Recipe

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Do you have a surplus of apples from a foray to the apple orchard or the farmers market or you just happened to inherit a bushel from a friend!?! I did and wondered what to do with dozens of apples---thankfully it dawned on me---apples---apple pie---freezer ready pie filling for fall baking!!! This recipe is similar to Renae's Apple Pie Filling Canning Recipe. However, if you are not familiar with canning, freezing works just as well. The hardest part about this recipe is peeling and … [Read More...]

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Daily Family Play + Quaker Giveaway | #QuakerPlayMaker

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When hubby and I went on our first date 16 years ago, we met at the tennis courts. Although I was not a skilled tennis player, we had a blast! Throughout the years hubby and I have continued to stay active and we are now passing our love of sports onto our sons. Most weekends you will find us in our backyard, on a hike, at the soccer field or at the park. As I type this, my boys and hubby are out throwing the baseball around in the yard! In order to fuel our active lifestyle, we try to eat … [Read More...]

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Food & Recipes

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Apple Pie Filling Freezer Recipe

Do you have a surplus of apples from a foray to the apple orchard or the farmers market or you just happened to inherit a bushel from a friend!?! I did and wondered what to do with dozens of apples—thankfully […]

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Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Muffins Recipe

I am that girl—that girl that LOVES everything PUMPKIN—all year round & this recipe showcases everything there is to love about baking with pumpkin! This recipe uses a unique combination of pumpkin and goat cheese. Even if you are not […]

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Try Something New: Plumcot

At the store the other day I was greeted in the produce section with a heaping pile of Plumcots. I had never heard of a plumcot but decided it was something we had to try! A plumcot is also referred […]

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Health & Wellness

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Tip for Reducing Joint Pain

Achy joints just may have met their match in your diet! Or have they!?! Are your joints still achy. Prevention Magazine (October 2014) notes that a “daily dose of monounsaturated fatty acids could help you overcome rheumatoid arthritis. In a […]

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Viscous Fiber Defined

Prevention Magazine (October 2014) defines ‘viscous fiber’ as “Dietary fiber that develops a thick, gel-like texture when mixed with liquid, causing it to take up more space in the stomach and intestines. This creates a feeling of fullness and, according […]

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Karate: Earning a Yellow Belt

Last Sunday my boys and I reached a goal that we have been working towards for 7 months! The three of us earned our yellow belt in Shotokan Karate! I can’t even tell you how proud we all are. Yes, […]

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Coupons

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Dining Out Deals: Famous Dave’s, Tony Roma’s + More

The weekend is here and it’s time for the restaurant deals and coupon roundup! If you are eating out this weekend, make sure to take a coupon along! Carvel Coupon: $0.50 off any cone. Expires 10/18/14. Corner Bakery Coupon: Free […]

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Ibotta: Buying Bath Towels

A couple of years ago, I rid our master bathroom of old bath towels and replaced them with bath towels from Macy’s! They have held up well over the course of the years but if I (Litsa) go without four […]

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Checkout51: New Offers for Thursday, October 16th

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 NEW items to earn […]

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Retail Therapy

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Bestseller: Sarah’s Key

What’s on your reading list this week/month? “Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a […]

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Running Shoes up to 70% Off

If you are looking for new running shoes, there are some great deals over at 6pm! There are several brands like Vibram FiveFingers, Asics, Brooks and New Balance up to 70% off. Plus there are some active wear items on […]

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FoodSaver HandHeld Vacuum Sealer $9.99

If you have been looking for a compact vacuum sealer, checkout the FoodSaver Handheld! Right now FoodSaver is offering the FreshSaver HandHeld System for just $9.99. It normally retails for $23.99. Along with the HandHeld System you get: Charging Stand […]

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Country Life

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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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Country Life: New Egg Layers

About a week ago our mama hen, Brown Town, started laying eggs again! I was a bit surprised that she started laying eggs since the baby chicks are just 7 weeks old. The last time she raised a chick, it […]

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Home Management

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Heartfelt Holidays: Fleece Tie Pillow

There is just something about the comfort of fleece. It’s so soft and comforting! Last year my boys received fleece tied blankets as a gift from their Aunt Cathy. These blankets are perfect for lounging on the couch on a […]

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Scrap Wood Projects

My husband (Litsa’s) is a contractor that specializes in DO IT ALL! He’s known to build homes and fix/mend everything in between! He’s the plumber, the electrician and all. I get the most excited about his building skills—-and the loads […]

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How to Keep a Pumpkin from Rotting

I (Litsa) will never forget the smell of rotten pumpkins in my second grade classroom. It was a Saturday. The fall festival was scheduled at our school. I had stopped in to visit with students and parents but found more […]

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Ways to Save

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Ibotta: Buying Bath Towels

A couple of years ago, I rid our master bathroom of old bath towels and replaced them with bath towels from Macy’s! They have held up well over the course of the years but if I (Litsa) go without four […]

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The Money Savings App of the Week: Snap by Groupon

There’s a new money savings app that you will want to take advantage of today! Snap by Groupon is EASY as snap and click. When your receipt is processed, you’ll get PAID. You may also be interested to note that […]

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Checkout51: New Offers for Thursday, October 16th

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 NEW items to earn […]

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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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