Thursday, February 24, 2011

Deals in the store and online for the weekend

I heard on the radio news this morning that gasoline prices are on the rise, and I see that reflected at my local gas station, already up three cents since yesterday.  Perhaps we will all be combining  more errands than we already are to save gasoline and time.

Store Deals:

This might be helpful in combing errands, especially with warm weather on the way;
 Target is offering a FREE reusable freezer bag when you purchase six frozen food items in the store.(ad for Feb.20-26, 2011).  This will be a good bag to store your cold foods in while running errands in the same area as your grocery stop.

 Staples  has some great $1.00 deals in their add for this week.  I bought this Scotch Brand Tape there today for $1.00, you can purchase two for the $1.00 each price.  It is not the roll type, it is flat to fit on your desk or work area.

Staples (r) $1.00 each

Kotex has a metal tin(with products inside) that is great for travel or to throw in your purse.  I bought this at Shop Rite  in the travel section of the store.  It sells for $1.99 and I used a coupon that was for the purchase of two products, so one was free! ($2.50 off Two)
Kotex (r) travel tin
Online Offers:
Scensibles (r) offers a free sample of biodegradable plastic sanitary bags.  These are another great purse/bag item.  They have a antimicrobial additive to reduce germs and odors, and a fresh fragrance. Visit the web site and ask for your own free purse pack.
All You has free samples available on their web site, and sign up for the offers to be emailed to you.  I have just started to use this sample program and the sample do arrive pretty quickly.
Kleenex brand tissues has a promotion for you to send a cute little box of tissues to someone you choose.  Click under promotions and fill out the form. I sent one to my daughter and she did receive the box quickly.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Not in my backyard

Wordless Wednesday

These are pictures from my backyard.  I guess the wind blew these two bags there. I put them in our bag of bags for recycling. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Take the Pledge and enter to win a $10,000 college scholarship savings bond

  Happy Baby (tm) offers a complete line of organic foods for babies, toddlers and pre-school age children. Offering  100% natural foods in BPA free packaging.They also support parents by offering them resources on their web site to help you be the best parent to your child.

Take the Generation Happy Pledge Today!

There is a new campaign for Moms and Dads across America called Generation Happy from HappyFamily the leading premium organic baby food company in the nation. The company is inviting parents to take the Pledge on their Facebook Page.  By Taking the Pledge parents will join HappyFamily in educating children to understand eating organically, respecting the earth, and living a sustainable life.  Parents will also have access to helpful ideas to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle.  Parents will also have access to exclusive offers and giveaways to help support their pledge.  HappyFamily is hosting a Generation Happy Video Contest on Facebook to commemorate this national movement. 

 Parents are invited to submit a video of their babies' special times for a chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship savings bond.  One second place winner will win an entire year's supply of HappyFamily Foods, and one third place winner will win a six month supply of HappyFamily foods, and a Stokke (r) Tripp Trapp (r) high chair.  The winning Videos will be determined by popular vote. Also, for five weeks, consecutively,  the HappyFamily team will select their favorite video to receive an exclusive Generation Happy prize pack filled with gifts from select campaign sponsors.  The contest is open now and will close on March 25, 2011.   Winners will be announced on the HappyFamily's Facebook page on March 28, 2011.
Please click the links for complete details and more information and to submit videos.

Visit HappyFamily Facebook Page to take the pledge and join HappyFamily Baby Food Company in educating today's children on a healthy lifestyle.    Happy Family  is consistently recognized for superior taste and nutrition.  There is also a link on their web page for the campaign of Generation Happy.  I found their web site to be really nice and easy to use, and full of parenting information.

Please visit their Facebook page and web site for official  details and information on the campaign, contest, and products. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Review of Klean Kanteen (tm) Stainless Steel Bottles

Klean Kanteen (tm) Stainless Bottles

Happy Saint Valentine's Day!  Today on my kitchen table is the weekend newspapers, coupons I need to look at,  Valentine's day cards, five boxes, yes five, of Candy Canes, don't ask why I still have them???, and  the tape and permanent marker I used early this morning at the post office to mail some packages.  The bottles in the middle of the table are Klean Kanteen stainless steel bottles.  They are a favorite of one of my children and we have a growing number of them in our household.  I like the bottles because they are 18/8 stainless steel food grade, BPA free, easy to carry, really easy to clean, are not lined with plastic or aluminum, and omit the use of plastic water bottles.  We are a family of water bottles on the go, especially in the car.  These are great to fill with your cold beverage, refrigerate and then take with you.  I have never seen the bottles leak or rust. I hand wash the bottles and caps. When one visits their WEB site you can view the different sizes, colors, and caps that are available.  There is an insulated version that will keep hot or cold beverages that way for hours. The company works with other groups to promote health and sustainability of the planet.  I have purchased the stainless steel bottles in select stores and from the web site.
We have other brand bottles we received as a promotion, or bought from a store, but they don't seem to make it out of the cupboard. 

Disclosure:  I am not affiliated with Klean Kanteen.  This post is my own review and comments.  Please visit the companies web site for specific information.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Saint Valentine's Day Weekend!
This weekend is  one of gifts and candy and dinners out with loved ones.  People will become engaged, receive special jewelry and heart shaped boxes of candy. Children will exchange cards and candy on February 14 in classrooms.   What are your plans for the Holiday weekend?  What makes Valentine's Day a holiday?  Is it a holiday? 
It is not a National Holiday where the majority of the working world has the day off, or schools are closed, so why is this day one to be recognized?  Saint Valentine is the patron saint of Love.  His history is in Rome and there are varying stories to be found in books and web searches.  His belief in Christianity and love has brought us to a day we remember him and show love for one and another.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Three Hearts, One Family
The First Heart was made by one of my Children.
 The Second Heart was given to me by my parents .
The Third Heart was made by my Grandfather.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Reclaiming Plastic Bags into Decking Material

Over the weekend I read an article about a school students that are collecting plastic bags.
The students are collecting the bags in a program that is from Penn Jersey Paper Company and Goodwill Industries.  The program has a goal in collecting a certain amount of bags, and for top collectors,   students are earn prizes.  The bags are collected, then sent to Goodwill Industries where they are sorted, giving jobs to Goodwill Industries Programs.
The Plastic bags are then used in the making of Trex decking material ( their products are made with reclaimed plastic and wood).  If you are considering a new deck or replacing a deck, visit their WEB site.   This is a great way to recycle the bags and keep them out of the landfill or blowing in the breeze ,or as we see to often, bags stuck on fences and whirling around the parking lots.

Over the weekend I also received a decal in the mail.  It is from ConservingNow.  This is a static cling decal to remind you to bing your own bag.  You can get your own decal  by clicking the link, ConservingNow  it is a FREE Decal so get one today.  It is a great idea to get Reusable bags, and even better to remember them.  I still have a bag of plastic bags to recycle every month, but getting a smaller amount to recycle each month.    I  have started to tell the cashier I don't need a bag if it is something I can carry without a bag,when I have forgotten a reusable bag. 
Remember to use your grocery bags just for groceries and wipe or wash them out periodically to keep germs at bay and contamination from raw meats away from other food on your next trip to the grocery store.
Don't use your grocery bags to haul other things around such as shoes or dirty laundry.  I like machine washable bags the best try Project Green Bag or ConservingNow for these types of bags.  You can also  LIKE both  these companies on Facebook and Follow them onTwitter by visiting their respective web sites and click on the Facebook and Twitter Buttons.

Disclosure:  This post is my own comments.  Please consult the web sites of each of these companies for specific details and information.  I am not affiliated with these companies. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Freebie For Friday:

The first week of February is almost over, snow is everywhere in my area, it is cold-16 degrees this morning on the drive to school.  More snow is predicted for the weekend, wintry mix, but warmer. The melting snow has to be good for the plants and bulbs underneath the dirty mounds of snow!!!

Annie's Home Grown (r)
 Freebie For Friday:

Visit Annie's Organic and click on the FREE LOOT TAB to get your own free stickers and decals.  You can also find this information on the packages on Annie's Organic foods on the side panel.

Visit Annies' Organic for details on how to get your own Root For Kids Gardening Kit when you buy any two Annie's Products between 2/1/2011 and 4/30/2011 while supplies last. The web site has more details on this promotion.  (Organic Gardening Magazine Feb/March issue, Thanks for the magazine DAD!)

Like them on Facebook
Follow them on Twitter

While you are visiting this Web site look around at their offering of  organic, simple, natural from the earth foods.  I used to buy their Organic Mac and Cheese when my kids were younger, and have since discovered them again in Target.  The organic, natural ingredients and easy availability has made me a fan again.  Their Root 4 KIds site is great for kids recipes, games, and coloring pages.  They also have a movement underway to get kids to plant vegetables this year.  There is nothing like getting your own vegetables out of your yard in the summer.

Disclosure:  I am not affiliated with Annie's Homegrown, and this post is my own comments and knowledge.  Please contact their web site for specific details and information.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Do you want to Dip or Squeeze? Review of the new Heinz Tomato Ketchup Package

Heinz Tomato Ketchup in glass bottles
  There is something pure and simple about Heinz Tomato Ketchup in a glass bottle. Maybe it is that home cooked feel of a local diner, my  childhood, or glass vs plastic bottle that makes me determined to keep that glass bottle in my refrigerator.  Heinz Tomato Ketchup in the Iconic glass bottle is  hard to find for sale for home use. As far as I know it is not available in the glass bottle for retail sale.  You can still find it in some restaurants.  I was able to it for sale at a wholesale store, and now it resides in my refrigerator!

The Heinz Company was founded in 1869 by Henry James Heinz in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania. The company has introduced the NEW Heinz Tomato Ketchup single serve packages, the first change in 40 years.  The new version is dual use; Dip and Squeeze (tm).

The New Dip and Squeeze (tm)

Heinz Tomato Ketchup New Package
The  Dip and Squeeze package is bigger than the old version, holding 3 times more ketchup.  You can tear off the cap to "squeeze" out the ketchup, or you can "peel back" the seal for dipping.  To see more watch  You Tube , Follow them on Twitter, "Like" them on Facebook, (click the dip and squeeze tab).

Disclosure:  I am not affiliated with Heinz (r), these are my own comments.

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