Saturday, September 30, 2006

MomAdvice.com Makes the News

We wanted to share with everyone that we have been featured in All You Magazine. This magazine is available in Walmart (nationwide) and should be at the front of the cash registers. They did an interview with us and I got the opportunity to share all about our website. The interview is on page 84, so if you have time to browse the magazine (even while waiting in line), I hope that you can check it out!

We also are proud to announce that we have been working with Cascade and we have gotten the opportunity to represent them and their new Cascade 2 in 1 product. Cascade has just issued press releases announcing the spokesperson position and have included it in their press kits. I was given the chance to write tips for their press materials and share on one thing that I enjoy talking about- saving time when cleaning! These print materials will be used to promote their new product and it was such an honor to work with them.

If you get a chance to check out the article, just give us a click on our comments button. It is so exciting to share this with all of our wonderful readers!

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Friday, September 29, 2006

MomAdvice.com Advertising Requests

I have been getting a lot of inquiries on how to advertise with us. If you haven't noticed our new look, we have added a lot of advertisements by partnering with Women's Forum. Although I loved being able to offer the advertising myself, it was a lot of work to maintain all of our accounts and we now are allowing Womens Forum to handle our advertising. The advertisements for work-at-home businesses that are currently posted, are only remaining until they expire because we do want to fulfill our advertising agreements with them.

If you are interested in becoming a part of a directory, we are going to take that approach with advertising. I am starting a Work-At-Home Mom directory, a Birthday Party directory, and a Cloth Diapering Directory. The Work-at-Home Mom directory will be listed in the Work-at-Home Ideas article, the Birthday Party directory will be located in our Birthday Party Ideas article, and the Cloth Diapering directory will be located under Cloth Diapering 101. Each of these will list resources at the end of the article. You can include a fifteen word text advertisement and a link to your personal website. The total cost will be $15 to be listed within that article. We will be listing more than one representative from each company so the listing will appear as a first come, first serve in order of appearance. This is a one time fee and will be up as long as we have our site up (which I hope will be keeping me busy until I am old & gray). We accept PayPal payments to advertise@momadvice.com. Include your website link & a fifteen word text ad within the notes. All other advertising requests (banners, button ads, etc..) must be directed through Womens Forum. These advertisements will say Additional Resources and all links will appear below that.

Thank you all for your continued support with our website. Please let me know if you have any questions about advertising.

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Freebie Friday: September 29, 2006

Thank you for coming each week to my blog. I am surprised by the popularity of Freebie Friday, but am so happy to share these with everyone. It is so nice to see my friends light up when they go to their mailboxes and open it finding something special just for them (instead of those horrible bills).

I did want to remind everyone that it is definitely your choice whether or not you want to sign up for these. I have gotten some hateful emails from people who are unhappy that I am polluting the world by getting everyone to sign up for this stuff. I only post freebies that I would sign up for myself and if you don’t think you will use something- just don’t sign up for it. I have not seen an increase in my junk mail and have really enjoyed getting the samples.

Just think of all the things you can use your samples for. Tuck them in a basket for your guests that come to your house and forget their shampoo or toothpaste. Stick the freebies in your suitcase to help cut down on space instead of carrying giant bottles or purchasing sample size products. Save the samples and give them to someone in need, like a women’s shelter or a homeless shelter. Heck, give them away for Halloween treats. Imagine the children’s delight when they come to your door and receive a sample of Sensodyne toothpaste (this one is just a joke!) I just wanted to share some useful things you can do with your freebies though and feel free to share what you have found uses for in your own home.

Please be sure to send me an email and let me know if you run across any freebies. My email address is amy@momadvice.com and I am always looking for new things to add each week.

I did want to add one final reminder that this weekend is the time to use your FREE museum passes. Be sure to print these out and hit that expensive museum that you have been dying to go to! I hope you enjoy the day with your family.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Get your free subscription to Everyday Smart Moves Magazine. Healthier living can be fun. And free. Everyday Smart Moves magazine features family-friendly tips for healthier living, activities to get everyone moving, ideas for better meals and snacks, and a whole lot more. Fill out the information to have a FREE Everyday Smart Moves Magazine mailed directly to your home. If you sign up this week, your subscription will start with their fall issue 2006, arriving in October.

Try a free sample of the new Advil PM. Please allow up to four weeks for delivery.

Get a free sample of Lysol Sanitizing Wipes.

Clorox is giving away a free Classroom Kit and helping expel nasty germs from the classroom. You can request a kit for your classroom (if you are a teacher) or nominate your wonderful teacher to receive the kit.

Complete the form to receive a free sample of Reynolds Parchment Paper.

Receive a free sample of Emergen-C. Please allow up to four weeks for delivery.

Get a free First Aid Kit. Simply enter in the code firstaidkit to request this freebie. You will receive your kit within three weeks.

Receive a free, limited edition, art print featuring Holly Hobbie. There is no purchase necessary. Enter the coupon code HOLLY FRIENDS for this freebie.

The Window Covering Safety Council is offering free retro window kits that help prevent cord accidents from happening. They have two free kits, one for pre-1995 miniblinds/pleated shades & one for post-1995. This is a great freebie for keeping your family safe!

Receive two free issues of Photoshop User Magazine by filling out their registration form.

Receive two free issues (risk free) of Real Simple Magazine (one of the best on the market, in my own humble opinion). This was a special invitation from J. Jill.

This is one of the best freebies out there. State Farm gives away a wonderful book called “Caring For Your Baby Child (Birth to Age 5)”. It is a great book and completely free. I got one of these when we found out we were expecting our daughter. I received no harassing calls from the company and it is full of wonderful information for your family. Enjoy this one or share it with a friend!

Receive a coupon for a free Dr Pepper from Chick-fil-A, just for registering to win their contest. It is possible you might win even more than that, if you play the game. I tried last year and lost, but maybe I will have better luck next year. Either way, you will receive the coupon for the Dr Pepper. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery. You can enter the contest daily, but will only receive one coupon. This coupon will expire on January 31, 2007.

Receive a free survival kit for children with diabetes (and their parents). You can request a kit for your school/office or for your child. This looks like a wonderful freebie!

Get your free sample of the new Dove Ultimate Clear Deodorant by filling out their form. Look for this freebie in your mailbox soon!

Receive a free sample of Next Step Lipil Formula for the toddler in your life.

Get a free sample of L’Oreal Elvive Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. You will receive this sample shortly.

Last Week's Freebies

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

WFMW: Cleaning Up Yo' Grill

Welcome to Works for Me Wednesday. Each week a bunch of us share our solutions for our family with our readers. If you want to get the full experience, please visit Shannon's blog and you will find hundreds of ideas for your family & simplifying your life.

I have a quick and easy tip if you are looking for an easy solution for cleaning your grill. If you have a self-cleaning oven in your home, simply take the grill grates from your outdoor grill and pop them in with your oven. Run it through the self-cleaning cycle and go to bed. In the morning you will have a shiny clean grill and a shiny clean oven. What could be better than that?

Here is the listing of all my other grand ideas- feel free to browse around and I hope you find this tip helpful!!

Good Ol' Plastic Bags
Easy Carrying & Storing
Find Just What You Are Looking For
Target Pharmacy
Say No to Hand Cramps
Foamy Soap
Adventures in Shipping
Frugal Exercise Solutions
Microfiber Obsessions
Sand Between Your Toes Blues
Giving the Gift of Magazines (Frugally)
Solution for Cheap Trash Bags
Programming Your Cell Phone
Free Up Pantry Space: Make a Snack
Weeding Through Your Child's Art Work Creatively
Using the Coffee Maker With Ease
Making Your Spice Rack Usable
Maximizing Space

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Our Birthday Party Directory

Stumped for birthday party ideas this year? You are in luck because we have pulled a list of great places that you can have your next child’s birthday party at. I have created a directory of places that offer children’s birthday parties. Why, you might ask? Well, I had a hard time finding information about who offered parties for children. After researching for our son’s birthday party, we decided to have a McDonald’s birthday party and it has become among the top items searched for that have lead people to our site. I figured that I probably was not the only mom hunting for this information so I put together a list of (mostly) national places that you can host your next birthday party at.

This is not necessarily the most frugal birthday party choice. I have hosted some wonderful birthday parties at our home. For our son’s first birthday party, I made two lasagnas, a tray of baked ziti, and we had a birthday cake (for almost twenty guests- only inviting family). The total cost was around fifty dollars. Our second birthday party cost a mere forty bucks (for almost twenty people). I made a French toast soufflé, two egg casseroles, orange juice, and served Krispy Kreme donuts (that I piped blue and pink decorations onto). This was a very inexpensive “cake” because I had a coupon for buy one dozen, get one dozen free. They were a hit with the kids and a candle fit perfectly into the donut. Our third birthday party was also a home party, costing around fifty bucks for everything. We bought two subs from Walmart, a cake from Walmart, and I made a veggie tray, fruit salad, and a pasta salad. This party was hosted outdoors (cutting down on clean-up).

Party number four was a McDonald’s party and the most enjoyable of the bunch. Sixty bucks total and no clean-up for me. The savings of ten dollars seemed minor after having a second child and feeling drained of energy and creativity.

If you are just not a party type of family, that is fine too! Go out to dinner and treat yourself to some birthday freebies by visiting my blog entry and finding every freebie, known to man, that you can cash in on during your special day.

I hope that you will find some time to visit our birthday party directory. If you have a local or national place that you like to have your parties at, please give me a shout out by hitting my comments button. Please do not give me a shout out if you are trying to advertise your personal business. I will be happy to add any company (or work-at-home mom!!) to our directory for a PayPal payment of fifteen dollars to advertise@momadvice.com. This is a lifetime spot and we will only have one representative listed from each company, so it is first come first serve. I would love to add your services- clowns, mimes, face painters, juggling acts (wait, don’t we all do this?), and other birthday planning services can be included in our list.

Thank you all for your support of our site and all that we do here!

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Formula

Head on over to Baby Cheapskate to get the tutorial you need on store brand formula versus the "good stuff." Are store brand formulas just as good as their brand name competitors or are we being duped? This blog entry has some very valuable information in it.

Now on the market are many organic baby formulas. Just what is the difference between the organic stuff and their other counterparts? Her blog entry shares all of the information you need to justify whether or not you should be buying this expensive formula.

When I had a visit with a dietician a few months ago, for low blood sugar, I was deciding whether or not I wanted to continue nursing my daughter. She was draining me and I have never felt worse in my life. After five bouts of thrush, two cases of mastitis, and plugged milk ducts, low blood sugar, and feeling like I was going to die, I was debating on whether or not I was dedicated enough to continue. Needless to say, the dietician agreed that it might be a good move for me to make the switch to formula. We had children just a few weeks apart and she had switched at six months to formula. Curious to see if being a dietician influenced her decision to buy the brand name versus the store brand, I went ahead and asked her what she purchased. She said that she did extensive label checking and discovered that the store brand that she felt was closest to the big name stuff was...Target store brand formula. Walmart, although cheaper, did not fit the bill as closely as this store brand. I found it interesting information and being as frugal as I am, I am always wanting to know how to get the best stuff for the cheapest price.

I admit, I buy the Walmart brand and my daughter is as healthy as a horse. She is happy and her momma is happy too. We love Parent's Choice formula and it is the cheapest brand that I have found.

Feel free to share your experience with store brand formula, organic formula, or the brand name stuff.

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Monday WAHM Spotlight: CaitiMac Creations

Name: Carolyn Carter

City/State: Cochranville, PA

Name of Company: CaitiMac Creations

Two or Three Sentences About Your Company:

I own a baby keepsake business specializing in handmade shopping cart covers, clingy cords (my own invention), fleece baby blankets and Boo-boo bags. All of my items are very unique and made w/great attention to detail. I started my business so I could stay at home w/my 19 month old daughter.

Two Tips for Moms Trying to Work-At-Home (these tips can be how you stay organized, how to be successful, how to get started- anything that you feel would help someone just starting out):

Make sure you have work/life balance. I know how easy it is to get wrapped up in my work but I have to remember that my 19 month old needs mommy time.

For me to stay organized I have to write everything thing down. For example: what I have to buy at the store, what I sold, how much it was and who bought it. Always keep a list/journal or your inventory/supplies.

**If you are interested in being featured, we will be selecting a mom for each Monday of my blog. You can read more and apply. Email confirmations are sent to each mom if they are chosen. Please remember to do your own research on these companies. If there are obvious red flags on BBB, I do not post them. Check my scam article to find out more about the potential dangers of work-at-home businesses.**

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Freebie Friday: September 22, 2006

Before I begin listing the free samples, I just wanted to share with you all that Yahoo is offering a free cup of coffee, from the beloved Dunkin Donuts, for every single person who sets their homepage to Yahoo.com today. For more information about this offer please visit Yahoo.com or read this article published by Productivity Applications.

Also, a reader tip (from Sharon- thank you!) was sent to me. MOO is offering free Flickr MiniCards for all Flickr Pro users. Please visit this link for more information and to sign up for this freebie. Please keep those reader tips coming, people! This helps me extend even more offers to everyone!

Please share our blog with your friends and let them know that every Friday they can score loads of freebies.

Free sample of Airborne

Get your free sample of Calgon spray in Cotton Candy scent. This sample will arrive in four to six weeks.

One free Klean-To-Go Personal Protection Packet (perfect for all of those road trips!)

Get your free sample of Bar Keepers Friend Powder or Liquid Bar Keepers Friend by visiting this link.

Request a free sample of Oxygen Nutrition Awakening tablets.

Sign up and receive a free sample of Member’s Mark Soy Formula. Please allow one to two weeks for delivery (or this is sent out around your due date, whichever is applicable).

Get your free Eucerin Daily Replenishing Lotion sample by filling out the form.
Sign up and receive a free 3.0 ounce sample of Dove Hand Wash.

Fill out this form to receive a sample of Oil of Olay Total Effects Cleansing Cloths. This sample will arrive in four to six weeks.

Receive a free sample of the new Dove Calming Night Lotion.

Fill out the form for a free sample of Garnier Fructis. This sample will arrive in three to four weeks.

Receive a free sample of Downy Plus Whitening by filling out there quick form. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery.

Get a free one year subscription to PC World magazine by visiting this link.

Request a free Smart-Memo board sample by filling out their quick form. This sample will arrive shortly.

Get a free one year subscription to Spin Magazine.

Fill out the form to receive a free sample of Always Clean from Procter & Gamble. Please limit to one sample per household. Please allow up to four weeks for delivery.

Fill out this form to receive a free sample of Viactiv. Please limit one sample per household.

Take a fifteen minute survey and receive a one year subscription to Fast Company & Inc. Magazine (remember that this is a timely one!)

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

WFMW: Good Ol' Plastic Bags

Welcome to my little corner of the world over at Works-For-Me-Wednesday. For more great solutions and ideas for your family, please visit Rocks In My Dryer and click through all of the great participants.

I love plastic grocery bags and use them for just about everything- from carrying my library books to lining our trash cans.

I have a caddy with all of my cleaning supplies in it and I take that from room to room when I do the weekly house cleaning. Within it are two of my favorite free tools- newspaper and plastic trash bags. I take a giant trash bag with me from room to room and pull all of the trash from each room. In the bottom of each trash can, I put three extra trash bags and then line it with a final bag. When the trash is full, it makes it easy to toss and then place one of the empty trash bags (from the bottom) in its place. I also keep one newspaper in my caddy of tools for wiping down windows and mirrors....But I digress.

My favorite use for plastic grocery bags is to line my counters and kitchen sink. Instead of dirtying my counter when I open fresh poultry or beef, I just open the package over the empty grocery bag and dump the juices (and bacteria) directly into the trash can.

They are also really handy when peeling potatoes or carrots. Just line the interior of the kitchen sink and clean-up becomes a cinch when you gather up your bags and toss the vegetable peels in one fell swoop.

I hope this helps save some of you some clean-up time out there! Thanks so much for stopping by. For new visitors, I always include links to my past entries. Feel free to browse around!!

Past Entries:

Easy Carrying & Storing
Find Just What You Are Looking For
Target Pharmacy
Say No to Hand Cramps
Foamy Soap
Adventures in Shipping
Frugal Exercise Solutions
Microfiber Obsessions
Sand Between Your Toes Blues
Giving the Gift of Magazines (Frugally)
Solution for Cheap Trash Bags
Programming Your Cell Phone
Free Up Pantry Space: Make a Snack
Weeding Through Your Child's Art Work Creatively
Using the Coffee Maker With Ease
Making Your Spice Rack Usable
Maximizing Space

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Frugal Momma's Test Kitchen: One-Pan Chicken & Potato Bake

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In past entries, I have mentioned the wonderful Kraft Food & Family Magazine. If you are not a subscriber to this magazine, I highly recommend it because the recipes are incredible. Despite the fact that they obviously include almost all Kraft products, many of the ingredients can easily be substituted with an off-brand of the same exact thing.

The fall issue was jam-packed with lots of great recipes for busy & tired mommies. I happened to have left the magazine out and my husband came across the magazine lying on our coffee table. He pointed to the front and said that he would love to try what was on the cover so we decided to give that recipe a shot.

The recipe was for a one pan dish and I love dishes that can easily be assembled and cooked in one pan. I have a really nice 9x13” stoneware dish that has a pretty serving basket that it rests in so I can just put this on the table when company comes without transferring anything to a serving dish. Fewer dishes equal less time in the kitchen and more time with my family, so I am always willing to give one of these recipes a shot.
Meijer had their bone-in chicken on sale for a $1 a pound last week and I stocked up and bought twenty pounds of chicken. Most of it was quickly processed with my Foodsaver in marinades (making for easy grilling), but I did keep one package just plain for casseroles.

This dish was delicious; unfortunately the potatoes did not cook as quickly as the chicken and ended up being a little too raw for our taste. Despite the beauty of this one dish wonder, next time I will place the potatoes on a separate cookie sheet and then place them with the chicken upon serving. It is possible that they cooked unevenly due to the placement of them rather than the cooking time.

This chicken is moist & flavorful. I do plan to make this recipe again and again because it is not only easy to make, but it is also a frugal momma’s dream with inexpensive ingredients & easy clean-up.

Enjoy!

One-Pan Chicken & Potato Bake

4 bone-in chicken pieces (1 ½ pounds)
4 large potatoes cut into wedges
1/4 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing (I used ½ cup because I wanted more flavor to the chicken & potatoes)
¼ cup Kraft 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken & potatoes in 13x9” baking dish. Pour dressing over chicken & potatoes; sprinkle with cheese. Bake one hour or until chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with fresh parsley, if desired.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Monday WAHM Spotlight: Heritage Makers

Name: Melinda Steadman

City/State: San Antonio, Tx

Name of Company: Heritage Makers

Two or Three Sentences About Your Company:

This is an online publishing company that lets customers create different books, brag books, photo journals, scrapbooks, etc all online and then hit publish and we send them a hardback library bound book in 2-3 weeks. This is a brand new company that not many people have heard of and our mission is to strengthen families by helping them save their memories forever.

Two Tips for Moms Trying to Work-At-Home (these tips can be how you stay organized, how to be successful, how to get started- anything that you feel would help someone just starting out):

My first tip is to find something that excites you, don't sell a kitchen product if you don't like to cook, look for the business that you want to buy from and run with it.

Tip number two: Stop when it ceases to be fun and make a schedule of work hours and stick to those hours.

**If you are interested in being featured, we will be selecting a mom for each Monday of my blog. You can read more and apply. Email confirmations are sent to each mom if they are chosen. Please remember to do your own research on these companies. If there are obvious red flags on BBB, I do not post them. Check my scam article to find out more about the potential dangers of work-at-home businesses.**

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Freebie Friday: September 15, 2006


This is a great week for freebies- I hope that you enjoy them as much as I enjoy sharing them with all of you. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Try two new Huggies Supreme Diapers. Click on the free sample link to the right. Currently available only in a Size 3 diaper. Please allow up to four weeks for delivery.

Fill out the short form to receive a free sample of Mocafe Coffee. Flavors are chosen randomly. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery and a limit of one sample per household.

Get your free sample of new Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Liquid Makeup from Cover Girl. Look for your sample in about six to eight weeks. You will receive one of their most popular shades- Buff Beige or Soft Honey.

Receive a free bottle of Booster Water Brand Premium Drinking Water.

Receive a free OxiClean Detergent Starter Kit (this is valued up to $6.99). Print out this coupon and take it to your local discount store to get this freebie. The coupon expires on 01/31/2007.

Try a free sample of Pledge Wipes. Please limit one sample per household and allow up to four weeks for delivery.

Get a free one-year subscription to Horse Illustrated by completing this form.

Register for a free subscription of TeacherEase. The first three teachers in a school to register receive a one year free subscription. Any teachers after the first three, receive three months for free. No credit card is required.

Get a free sample of Dove Body Lotion and receive a coupon good for one dollar off Dove Body Lotion when you buy one Dove Body Lotion.

Sign up to Maybelline to get your free sample of pure.makeup with your choice of shades. You will also receive a coupon for two dollars off any pure.product or Maybelline New York foundation, powder, concealer or brush. Will receive this freebie within four weeks of ordering. Offer is limited only to the US and one free sample per household.

ABC & iTunes are giving away one million free downloads of last season's finales of Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Lost. They are also offering unlimited free downloads of special highlight shows for each of the three series, featuring commentary from show producers and the expert editors of People Magazine & Entertainment Weekly. Once they hit the one million download mark, the finales will no longer be available.

Fill out the form to receive a free sample of Kotex Ultra-Compact ultra thin pads. Limit one sample per household and allow up to four weeks for delivery.

Receive six free issues of MacWorld Magazine (for Apple customers only).

Claim your free subscription to Tips & Tricks magazine (this magazine is full of video game tips for every system through expert strategy guides that are easy to understand and follow). The survey is long, but you can click through quickly by saying "No" and "No, thank you" to all offers.

Get a one-year subscription to Premiere Magazine (gives you behind the scenes looks at the stars & creators of today's top films by focusing on the art & commerce of the film industry). This survey is also long, but you can click through quickly by saying "No" and "No, thank you" to all offers.

Sign up for the monthly Orville Redenbacher's newsletter and receive fun family activities, promotional offers, and news from Orville. You will also receive a Blockbuster coupon good for one free movie rental (it is a buy-one-get-one-free coupon). This offer expires on September 30, 2006.

If you are a DirectTV customer, you have a Starz Free Preview weekend (for Family Choice, Total Choice, & Total Choice Plus packages) this weekend from September 14-17. Lots of good family films (and date night movies!) are available. If you have a DVR, it is time to put it to good use!

Past Freebie Offers:

Last Week's Samples

2 Weeks Ago (note: the Crest offer has expired!)

3 Weeks Ago (note: be sure to print out those FREE MUSEUM PASSES! They are good for a one time use on September 30th!! Just wanted to remind everyone since that is a really great freebie.)

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

WFMW: Easy Carrying & Storing

Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of Works For Me Wednesday where hundreds of mommies share solutions for their families. Be sure to stop by Miss Shannon's blog to read all of the entries!

I do a lot of cooking for other families because that is how I feel like I can help in crisis situations and to show my appreciation to people. Since I take meals all over, I have gotten the whole process down to a science. Because balancing and carrying items was hard, I did finally invest in a serving tray that I could carry everything on, but I had a creative solution before which worked for a long time. This solution works really well, in particular, for those flimsy aluminum pans. Just invert a lid of a 9x13" pan and rest your dish into that. I used the edges of it as a handle for carrying the dish and it made it easy to put it in the car.

This also works really well for stacking casseroles (until they become frozen or until you remember you put it in there) when you are freezing multiple dishes.

I also find, when I am running meals, usually the space in my fridge is limited. I just use my cooling racks and stack using those. I can usually get two or three stacks going, which saves on space.

Past WFMW Entries:

Find Just What You Are Looking For
Target Pharmacy
Say No to Hand Cramps
Foamy Soap
Adventures in Shipping
Frugal Exercise Solutions
Microfiber Obsessions
Sand Between Your Toes Blues
Giving the Gift of Magazines (Frugally)
Solution for Cheap Trash Bags
Programming Your Cell Phone
Free Up Pantry Space: Make a Snack
Weeding Through Your Child's Art Work Creatively
Using the Coffee Maker With Ease
Making Your Spice Rack Usable
Maximizing Space

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Monday WAHM Spotlight: Daydream River Gifts

Name: Kristy Pruitt

City/State: Jefferson NC

Name of Company: Daydream River Gifts


Two or Three Sentences About Your Company:

Daydream River Gifts offers home decor, gifts and much more. New products are added frequently.

Two Tips for Moms Trying to Work-At-Home (these tips can be how you stay organized, how to be successful, how to get started- anything that you feel would help someone just starting out):

1. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

2. To do lists are a must if you want to get anything done!

**If you are interested in being featured, we will be selecting a mom for each Monday of my blog. You can read more and apply. Email confirmations are sent to each mom if they are chosen. Please remember to do your own research on these companies. If there are obvious red flags on BBB, I do not post them. Check my scam article to find out more about the potential dangers of work-at-home businesses.**

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Cloth Diapering 101

Just wanted to let everyone know that I have written a new article on cloth diapering. If you have ever entertained the idea of cloth diapering or are just wondering what it is all about, please visit our Cloth Diapering 101 article. To someone who has already taken the cloth diapering challenge, it will be old news to you, but to someone just starting out...I am hoping it is a goldmine of information.

Feel free to sound off in our comments section on cloth diapering. What is your favorite kind of cloth diaper? Where have you gotten the best deals? (No advertisements please- just personal experiences!)

If you are a cloth diapering distributor and would like to be listed in our Cloth Diapering Resources links, please send a $15 PayPal payment to advertise@momadvice.com with a name & link to your company. We would be happy to include you as a resource for the moms who visit our site!

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Freebie Friday: More Free Samples


Here are your freebies for the week!

One free sample of Sensodyne toothpaste. Please allow up to four weeks for delivery.

Complete a few questions and receive a one year free subscription to Family Fun Magazine from Sylvan and the Sylvan Successful Student Online newsletter.

Cut your cleaning time in half! Enjoy a free copy of Laura Dellutri's latest book, "Speed Cleaning 101." Simply complete the form to receive your copy, courtesy of Frigidaire and Lowe's.

Receive a free sample issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Limit one sample per family.

September 18-22nd is National Recess Week. This is a part of Cartoon Network’s Rescuing Recess campaign to keep recess a part of the school day. Register to receive a free recess kit and participate in the recess campaign (might want to send this to a fellow teacher in your life!) The kit includes a recess game poster, red playground ball, sidewalk chalk, rescuing recess tattoos, jump ropes, recess whistle, recess monitor buttons, recess rally flyer template, and volunteer recess monitor certificate template.

Receive a free cocktail shaker from Kahlua, just for registering.

Register for a free sample of Playtex Sport. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery.

Receive a free sample of the Healing Garden Skin Organic Moisture Lotion. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery.

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

One Club for Games & Movies

Here is my secret confession... I love to play video games with my husband. My love for this started when we were in college at Purdue University. We would go bowling and they had an arcade next to the bowling alley. My husband thought it would be fun to challenge me in a game of Tekken. I ended up beating him in the game and then beat the arcade game itself. I had a crowd of guys surrounding me, whispering in awe that they couldn't believe how good I was. They all became witness to my gaming glory days. Many of our date nights consisted of playing a video game and just spending time together.

Now that we are supposedly "grown-ups," we haven't gotten a chance to share our hobby as much as we used to. A few weeks ago though, we did get an opportunity to do this when our kids were enjoying an evening at grandma and grandpa's house. We picked up a game and two movies from Blockbuster for the evening. I pulled a ten out and the total bill came to sixteen dollars! I had that cold sweaty feeling (only a truly frugal person can relate to this) and felt a little sick as I handed over my debit card. I figured that I would be able to make the correction once I had a glance at the receipt, but no such luck. The cost to rent a game at Blockbuster is a whopping eight dollars. I was pretty upset that we had spent that much and it took a lot of reassuring from my husband to convince me to let it go and enjoy the evening. He kept pointing out that we hadn't been able to do this since college and to try and not let it ruin our night.

To make a long story short, we rent a lot of movies. I do try and get them from the library, but the ones that I really want aren't there and it is usually after library hours when I want to pick one up. We decided to try out a movie club. We originally signed up with a two week trial using Blockbuster. I loved that you got the movies and two coupons for in-store rentals. I thought this would be perfect because we could rent two video games and movies for ten bucks a month. When I went to cash in my coupons, however, I discovered that Blockbuster would only let me use the coupons for movie...not for games, as I had intended to use my membership. I sent a note of complaint and cancelled our subscription. I do know that if you buy the higher plans, that you can use the coupons for both games & movie rentals. I did not want to spend more than this and was disappointed with how slow their service was (only received one movie after sending it back the next day during the entire two weeks).

I decided to do some research to see if I could find a plan that would fit our needs a little better. I ran across a great company called GamezNFlix.com and I decided to give this company a shot. They had a great plan where we could get any game or movie, two out at a time (unlimited) for $12.99 per month. We decided to give it a shot this month and have been extremely pleased with how timely the movies have come to us and the selection that they offer.

If you are looking for something like this, I highly recommend this company. If you use the provided link, I do get credit for a referral, but promise that I wouldn't refer you to something I wasn't proud of.

If you have had an experience (either positive or negative) with a movie club company, please share away by clicking on the comments button.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Comparing Gas Prices Made Easier

In one of my past blog entries, I talked a little bit about GasBuddy and how this program allows people to share low gas prices that they spot in their local areas. I have used this a few times, but found it difficult to find the best price close to me. At times, I would go to the gas stations, only to find out that the price was inaccurate. Then I later blogged a bit about ways you can keep your gas consumption down. This is something that I am still trying to do.

Now I want to share with you another great site for comparing prices on gas. Leave it to MSN to come up with a better way of tracking gas prices! According to MSN Auto, they check every night and analyze prices from over 90,000 gas stations and you can search in your local area for the cheapest gas.

On their homepage, they have listed where the cheapest gas is (today it is Morehead, KY at $2.04! Lucky!) and the highest price for gas (listed today is Kanukakai, HI at $3.93 per gallon- ouch!)

I typed in my zip code and found a close gas station that is selling their gas for $2.59 a gallon, which is a steal these days!

In our area, $2.59 is the lowest, $2.69 is the highest, and the average price per gallon is $2.64.

Check this site out for the best prices in your area and feel free to sound off, in our comments section, how much you are paying for gas & how you save money.

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Monday WAHM Spotlight: My Plush Friend

Name: Kelly Dash

City/State: Orangeville, Ontario

Name of Company: My Plush Friend - an independent rep for Bears N Buddies AND Stuff A Friend.

Two or Three Sentences About Your Company:

Stuff your own animals at home! There is no better reward than seeing the joy in childrens faces when you have them make their own special friend!

Two Tips for Moms Trying to Work-At-Home (these tips can be how you stay organized, how to be successful, how to get started- anything that you feel would help someone just starting out):

Definitely make time for YOUR business! At least twice a week I have my husband take the kids out (or occupy them at home) for me to completely devote time to my business. As for staying organized - don't try to do too much at one time! If you are working on promotion - do one thing at a time.... working on preparation, same thing! As soon as you try to multi task too much, you are asking for trouble!

**If you are interested in being featured, we will be selecting a mom for each Monday of my blog. You can read more and apply. Email confirmations are sent to each mom if they are chosen. Please remember to do your own research on these companies. If there are obvious red flags on BBB, I do not post them. Check my scam article to find out more about the potential dangers of work-at-home businesses.**

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Freebie Friday: Free Samples

Fill in the form to receive a 12-count sample pack of Baby Wipes from Playtex®. Playtex® Baby Magic® Baby Wipes are formulated with the special Baby Magic® Bath cleansing formula, which cleans thoroughly after every diaper change. You should receive your baby wipes in six to eight weeks.

Receive a free sample of Amazing Goop. Just click the skip button (if you don’t want to take their quiz) and it will redirect you to the form. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery.

Free Disney Vacation Secrets Revealed DVD. You can view the movie online or request a copy of it (which should arrive in ten to fourteen days).

Free sample of Herbal Essence shampoo in Hello Hydration or Body Envy. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery.

Free full size Crest Pro-Health toothpaste from Procter & Gamble. Limit one sample per household.

Fill out this form to receive a coupon good for a free BD Logic Blood Glucose Monitor.

If you place an online order with Albertson’s Grocery, they will give you a ten percent discount or a free pizza. Visit their site for more information.

Receive a free Kashi Chew Trail Granola Bar. Expect to receive this freebie in four to six weeks.

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