Saturday, November 28, 2015

Great Free Ebooks! Don't Miss These!!

I don't know about you, but with all the Black Friday money spent, I just wanted a few things for FREE today. :)

Here are some (I think) awesome Free Ebooks.  Please take a second to verify that these are still free before purchasing as Amazon reserves the right to change their pricing at any time without notice.

Are you tired of complicated recipes with hard-to-find ingredients? Are you looking for delicious and easy recipes with only a few simple ingredients? 60+ EASY RECIPES IN 5 INGREDIENTS OR LESS!
This SIMPLE and DELICIOUS cookbook has step-by-step recipes that are easy to follow and simply prepared. All of the recipes only require 5 ingredients or less! No more looking for hard-to-find ingredients that you'll only use once.

I am a coloring book addict. LOL  It honestly relieves a lot of stress for me.  If you haven't tried it out yet, use this free book to try it out... and get in the holiday spirit at the same time!!

The man who owns all he wants for the living of all the life he is capable of living is rich; and no man who has not plenty of money can have all he wants. Life has advanced so far, and become so complex, that even the most ordinary man or woman requires a great amount of wealth in order to live in a manner that even approaches completeness. Every person naturally wants to become all that they are capable of becoming; this desire to realize innate possibilities is inherent in human nature; we cannot help wanting to be all that we can be. Success in life is becoming what you want to be; you can become what you want to be only by making use of things, and you can have the free use of things only as you become rich enough to buy them. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

List of Zip Codes I Check Regularly

Have you ever been online and seen a deal that uses a printable coupon but no matter what you do, you can't seem to find that coupon to print?  (Pull out hair here: we've all been there.)

I'm going to assume that you know how to change the zip code on the website.

Here are the zip codes I check regularly:

PA 18051
NH 03103
NJ 07738
NY 12345
VA 22222
VA 23240
GA 30044
GA 30330
OH 43420
IA 51501
MN 55555
IL 60611
IL 62946
TX 77477
TX 77079
CO 80212
UT 84123
AZ 85021
CA 90210
CA 93907
WA 99218

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sterling Pro 6 Cup French Coffee Press Only $19.85!! Original Price $49.95!!

What is your favorite way to prepare coffee?  If a coffee press is your favorite way, Amazon has this SterlingPro 6 Cup French Coffee Press, Unique Double Screens
, Unique Double Screens for just $19.85, down from $49.95!

Brews 0.85 liter, 28 oz. of the best tasting coffee.Carafe is made of durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass.

The first and only coffee press use Double Screens System—No more GROUNDS in your coffee.

The only Stylish Christmas Red color Coffee Press in Amazon. —the Great Christmas and birthday gifts for coffee lover.

1 pieces BONUS stainless steel screens(over $12 value)—FREE!–Limited Quantity!

If you buy more than 1 of this SterlingPro 6 Cup French Coffee Press, Unique Double Screens
, you will get over the $35 limit to get FREE shipping!!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saving Money By Growing Your Own: Stevia

We see it all the time- sweeteners that aren't sugar.  Somehow white sugar has become bad for us over the past few decades.  I don't buy into that malarky, (I'll post my opinion of that at a later date) but there are tons of people out there buying this:
and these...

when in truth, no matter where you live, it's possible to grow and process your own version of these sweeteners for way cheaper; even after your coupons!!

Growing your own, you can guarantee that it's 100% real stevia, not some chemically enhanced concoction that the big companies want you to believe it better for you.

Want to learn more?? Check out the post about making your own syrup (and growing Stevia) over at Making Our Sustainable Life here.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Freezer Cooking: Freezer Grilled Cheese!!

If you all are like me, then you were all over the free Healthy Living bread at Kroger this week.  I honestly wish I had gotten more coupons for this sale, but my paper budget is limited lately.

I have a bad habit of not using a lot of bread.  I know, and I really hate throwing out good bread to the compost pile.  True, my garden loves it, but to me it's like shredded up paper money and taking it out to the compost bin!!  *Pulling out hair*

So, with the free bread sitting in my pantry, I'm coming up with ways to use it up without letting it go to waste.

So I brainstormed.

And brainstormed..

And had my "Eureka!" moment.

Remember all those Kraft Singles we got a while back? Yep, I still have some in my freezer.
So I popped them out to thaw for a day and then got to work.  :)

Grilled cheese for in the freezer!!

Just make your grilled cheese like you would any other time, but lay them out on a cooling rack.  Once they are cooled, wrap them individually in plastic wrap or foil.  Then pop them all into a gallon or two gallon size baggie.  Voila!

When you or someone in the family wants grilled cheese, pull them out of the wrap, place them on a microwave safe plate, and zap them for about 30 seconds.  (The times will vary based on your microwave.  I have two microwaves and one takes 30 seconds; the other takes about 40.)

Easy as pie and makes a simple dinner with some tomato soup!!

Try this out for yourself and let me know how it goes!  I'd love to hear your thoughts or your ideas for other things to make and freeze using up the free bread we all got!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Smartphone User?? Read this!!

We all know to protect our computers from spam and viruses by not clicking on unknown links or unsafe sites, but now, since technology is getting more advanced in our phones, hackers and other scammers are attacking our phones as well.  This new way to attack us is called "smishing". 
Have a smartphone or considering purchasing one?  Here's some things you will want to be aware of before you become a victim.

If you get a text that’s unsolicited or from an unidentifiable source, protect yourself with these tips:
  • If the message appears to be from a legitimate source, contact that source’s main phone number—not the number provided in the text—and verify. Legitimate businesses, such as banks, do not send out texts that elicit a response.
  • Delete messages from unknown sources without reading.
  • Do not click on links or download apps from an unverified source.
  • Never provide sensitive information to an unverified texter.
  • Avoid messages that appear to come from the number 5000. This may be an identity that hides a scammer’s real number. The message may have no number at all.
  • Add security software to your mobile phone.
  • Look into setting up a “text alias.” This cell phone feature hides your actual phone number from the smishing sender.
  • Contact your phone provider and alert it to the messages you’ve been receiving. 
Read the entire article about "Smishing" here.  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

10 Household Cleaners That I Will NEVER Use

10 Household Cleaners That I Will NEVER Use, whether cheap or free.

I love saving money, but when you stop and read what some of these products contain, it makes you think, "Even if the price is free, what cost is my family paying to have me using these products in my home?"  Especially when there are so many non-toxic alternatives that are also cost-efficient!!  I'm posting a link to a list of safer, homemade household cleaners at the end of this post.  So, continute reading and prepare to be shocked at what big business is peddling to us!!

Simple Green Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner
Perhaps one of the worst because it undeservedly boasts the title “green”, this all-purpose cleaner from Simple Green contains 2-butoxyethanol, a solvent known to damage red blood cells and irritate eyes. Despite its “non-toxic” claims on its labeling, this all-purpose cleaner also contains a secret blend of alcohol ethoxylate surfactants; some chemicals in this family are banned in the European Union.
Even worse, the EWG notes that the company website instructs the user to significantly dilute this product when cleaning. Actually, Simple Green calls it “custom dilute,” as if it’s some fabulous product feature. Yet, the cleaner is packaged in a spray bottle that implies it can be used full strength, which means possible higher exposure to the toxic chemicals in this product. Awful.
Scrubbing Bubbles – Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner & Extend-A-Clean Mega Shower Foamer
Despite its cheery cartoon scrub brush mascot, Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom and shower cleaners should do anything but bring a smile to your eco-loving face. These products contain chemicals banned in the European Union including DEGBE, which can irritate and inflame the lungs. The European Union bans this chemical in household cleaners in concentrations above 3 percent. These products contain up to 10 percent.
EASY-OFF Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner Aerosol Spray
Besides dissolving the gunk in your oven, the chemicals in this cleaner can also burn your skin and eyes. The label says as much. It advises users to avoid eyes, skin, mucous membranes and clothing. On top of that you should also wear long gloves when using it, avoid breathing in the mist, use only with adequate ventilation and do not ingest it. Something so dangerous has no place in the your eco-home.
Target’s Up & Up Cleaners
Unlike food, cosmetics and drugs, ingredient labels are not required for cleaning products. Some companies choose to include their ingredients because of consumer pressure—others do not, including, Target’s Up & Up brand cleaners. This brand’s toilet bowl cleaner and glass and surface wipes list no ingredients whatsoever. Other cleaners in its line of products list only one or two ingredients, or use vague terms. Hiding something, eh?
Lysol Disinfectant Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Lime & Rust Remover
You know many household cleaners on the market pose serious health hazards, but what about death? This toilet bowl cleaner from Lysol even states on the label that it is “harmful or fatal if swallowed”. The label also suggests wearing safety goggles as a bit of this acidic concoction can cause “irreversible damage” to eyes. So not worth a clean toilet.
Ajax, Dynamo and Fab Ultra Liquid Laundry Detergents
How does mixing in a little formaldehyde into your washer full of laundry sound? That’s what you do if you use any of these Phoenix Brands detergents. As a known human carcinogen at its worst, formaldehyde has also been found to cause asthma and allergies. The company only lists this information on the product as a technical disclosure for workers.
Comet Disinfectant Cleanser Powder
One hundred forty-six: that’s the number of chemicals the EWG found in this common household toilet cleaner. Some of the chemicals are known to cause cancer, asthma and reproductive disorders. The most toxic of the chemicals found, including formaldehyde, benzene, chloroform and toluene, are not listed on the label. The EWG states that little is known about the health hazards of most of the hidden chemicals.
Citra-Solv Cleaner & Degreaser
Even though some cleaners contain ingredients derived from plants instead of petroleum, that doesn’t mean they’re safe. Case in point: this cleaner and degreaser is made from d-limonene and orange oils from citrus peels. Sounds innocent, but when sprayed into the air these oils can react with trace levels of ozone air pollution to form ultra-fine particles that can penetrate deep into the lungs.
Clorox, Fantastik, Febreze, Formula 409, Easy-Off, Lysol, Mr. Clean and Spic and Span
Many of these brand name spray cleaners are laced with ingredients that cause asthma, including quaternary ammonium compounds or ethanolamine. These chemicals can trigger asthma attacks and even cause new cases of the disease. These products essentially spray these dangerous chemicals directly into your home’s air.
DampRid Mildew Stain Remover Plus Blocker
This bathroom cleaner contains up to 10 percent of a toxic solvent called 2-butoxyethanol. Canada only allows this chemical’s use in non-aerosol cleaners up to 6 percent. As if that wasn’t enough of a hazardous toxin for one cleaning product, this product also includes nonylphenol ethoxylate, a chemical prohibited in cleaners in the European Union.

*Taken from Organic*

Want some better alternatives??
Check out Little Ms Robinson's blog for ways to make your own household cleaners without sacrificing your family's health & well-being!