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With three kids all running in different directions in the morning, I often feel like I’m just throwing together the same old breakfast every day. While every so often we get creative, I struggle with good, healthy ideas that are also quick enough to get us out of the door on time.

Walmart must understand what it’s like to be a mom, because they’ve partnered with Erin Chase of 5 Dollar Dinners to come up with some delicious, affordable, and quick breakfast ideas including some our favorite, affordable products like Smuckers, Hungry Jack, and Martha White.

Plus, Erin shares some of her tips for cooking with kids, always having quick breakfast ideas on hand, and enjoying breakfast as a family.

Watch the following videos featuring Erin to print up to $4.50 in coupon savings:

  • Family Friendly Recipes
  • Under 10 Minutes
  • Family Breakfast

After you watch each video you’ll be rewarded with a FREE printable recipe card, plus you’ll be able to print the following coupons:

  • $1 off Martha White Product(s)
  • $2 off Hungry Jack Product(s)
  • $0.50 off Smucker’s Jam, Jelly, or Preserves
  • $1 off Folgers Coffee

Watch all the videos to get all the coupons. Each coupon is only available while supplies last and some may run out quicker than others, so if you find one that has reached it’s print limit, that doesn’t mean they all have. See the coupons for additional restrictions.

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Looking for a family-friendly way to cool off this Friday? On July 13th the Indiana Dairy Association will be hosting their 23rd Annual Ice Cream Social on the Circle on Monument Circle in front of IPL, Hilbert Circle Theatre, and Circle Tower.

Indiana Dairy Association 23rd Annual Ice Cream Social
Friday, July 13, 2012
from 11 AM – 2 PM

Many activities are FREE!

  • Games and prizes
  • Face painting
  • Magician
  • Cows and calves
  • Live weather forecast from the event by WTHR-TV/13

Meet local celebrity dippers from WRTV/6, Indiana Ice hockey, Indiana Pacers, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Fox 59, Indiana State Police, WZPL, and more!

Plus, of course, there will be ice cream! Gigantic sundaes made with Edy’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream will be served for $3 each.

Proceeds will benefit the Diabetes Youth Fountain of Indiana.

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With my first child, I had a the brilliant frugal plan to invest in one or two pair of reusable swim diapers and save a bundle.  I found a cute one with ruffles on the bottom.  It was perfect… that was until I hit the pool and I saw the signs.

Izy, Huggies swim diaper peeking out from her bathing suit, at the sprayground.

If you’re a parent, you know the signs I mean – disposable swim diaper required. Some also require additional plastic pants over top. But basically, if you plan on taking your young child to a public pool, sprayground, or beach, you’re going to have to invest in disposable swim diapers.

Why? Well, I’m by no means an expert, but the explanation my local pool gave me made completely sense.  The quality of reusable diapers varies greatly, from handmade to brand-name.  Without research, the pool has no way of knowing if your diaper meets CDC regulations created to stop the spread of germs, mainly in fecal matter, in the pool.

Saving on swim diapers can be a challenge – guessing which size to buy at end-of-the-year clearance for next year, hunting down rare coupons, and finding sales.  Honestly, when I need them most, I can rarely find a great deal and we always run through them quicker than I planned with our frequent trips to the sprayground right down the road.

Izy, when we took an unexpected swim in Grandma's pool (and didn't have our swim suits with us).

This year, Sam’s Club Members can pick up Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants at Sam’s Club and save an average of $6.06 when compared to non-promoted retail prices over a 13-week period.

How cute is that little keg (not quite a 6-pack) of a belly?

And, if this is your first summer with a baby, I have something important to tell you – swim diapers are only meant to hold in the solid! Put it on when you arrive at the pool. Otherwise, you’ll end up finding out your carseat or stroller has been soaked thoroughly.  I don’t want you to learn the hard way, like I did. It’s not a pleasant surprise.

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The Disney Fairies are one of my daughter’s favorite Disney characters (right there with the Disney Princesses, of course), because they are crafty, silly, and so beautiful.  They love the short videos that play on Disney Channel during commercial time, giving them a peak into Pixie Hallow.  They are quick, but always hysterical.

Walmart is diving into the world of Pixie Hallow with three FREE exclusive Pixie Hallow previews that are as entertaining as the others, featuring Rosetta, the Southern belle garden fairy who stole my heart in The Pixie Hallow Games by proving she had a bit of edge.  Just in time for warmer weather, Rosetta is teaching a “Flowers, Not Just for Garden Fairies” for some of our favorite Disney Fairies, including Tinkerbell.

While you’re there, Walmart is also offering FREE Disney Fairy Crafts for fairy fans of all ages including:

  • Fairy Photo Frame: Upload your favorite picture and create a fun fairy frame for a fanciful keepsake.
  • Letter from a Fairy Friend: Design a letter to your fairy fan friends from Tinkerbell.
  • Fairygolds Pixie Playtime Craft Kit
    • Fairy Name Tag
    • Wonder Wand
    • Pixie Bouquet Flowers & Vase

Pre-order Disney’s Secret of the  Wings, the newest Disney Fairies movie available October 23rd, 2012, and enjoy FREE shipping when you purchase through Walmart.

Which Disney fairy is your favorite?

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Quick & Healthy Breakfast with Oatmeal

by Beth Montgomery on February 24, 2012

in Frugal Cooking, Store Deals

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We are not morning people!  My entire family struggles in the morning to get ready for school, get a healthy breakfast, and get out the door without missing the bus.  Of course, I’m the ringleader, so a lot of it is on my shoulders.

Do not let that smile fool you! He was throwing a fit about the fact that I woke him up just before this was taken.

I’ve always been a huge fan of oatmeal.  My Grandma always made me plain oatmeal with a bit of milk and brown sugar.  For me, it was like a treat, but a healthy treat.  I even prefer oatmeal cookies over chocolate chip (I know, I’m a freak).  But, for my kids, my easy and quick oatmeal idea flopped.

Why I Love Oatmeal

  • It’s (heart) healthy
  • It’s quick & easy  (5 minutes to make)
  • Great ingredient for recipes
  • There’s nothing better than a breakfast on a cold day (seriously!)

Quaker offers many oatmeal choices!

When someone says oatmeal, Quaker is what pops into my mind.  Quaker is the brand I trust and the brand I reach for most often.

For kids who gag at the thought of plain oatmeal (like mine) Quaker offers so much more than just plain oatmeal, including their mix-up creations, flavored instant oatmeal, granola bars, and oat cereals, which did entice my kids’ picky palates.

Make Plain Oatmeal More Fun

Plain oatmeal is still my favorite.  For breakfast, our oatmeal often becomes a kitchen science project where we mix things into our oatmeal to make it more fun and get the kids to enjoy it too.

Here’s a list of things we love to add to oatmeal to mix it up and make it more flavorful.  Some are a bit sweeter and some are a bit healthier, so it depends on what you’re in the mood for at the time.  And, you can always go with the fat or sugar-free version.  Make sure to mix and match. The fun is getting creative!

  • Fruit (fresh or dried)
  • Applesauce or other Fruit Purees
  • Flavored Soymilk or Other Milk
  • Brown Sugar (or Sugar)
  • Maple Syrup
  • Nuts
  • Honey, Molasses, or Agave Nectar
  • Peanut Butter or Nutella
  • Jam, Jelly, or Fruit Spreads
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice, or other Spices
  • Yogurt
  • Vanilla Extract or other Extract
  • Instant Hot Chocolate or Vanilla Mix
  • Chocolate or Butterscotch Chips
  • Canned Pumpkin (or fresh, see )
  • Coffee Creamer or Coffee (this is more for moms, then the kids!)

Some Oatmeal Recipes

How do you enjoy your oatmeal?

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You’re probably ready to sign up already, but let me tell you how it works exactly.

How zuuzs works

zuuzs is a social shopping site designed for women, where you join, then invite your friends, and encourage them to invite their friends.  Then, you all shop online at sites like Amazon.com, Groupon, and Old Navy, then earn money back on your purchases, your friend’s purchases, and your friend’s friends purchases.

How you can increase your Buying Power to increase how much you earn!

If that isn’t enough, zuuzs recently introduced Buying Power, which is a rewards program that gets your more money back.  When your Buying Power is full, you’ll earn a higher percent back when you shop online.

Log in to see hints on ways to increase your  buying power in the right-hand column of your dashboard.

How to get started now

  1. Join zuuzs and create your account.
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  3. Encourage your friends to invite their friends!
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    • Update your profile
    • Update your favorite categories
    • Invite more friends to join your circle
    • Make purchases through zuuzs
    • Encourage friends to make purchases through zuuzs
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