Why I Quit Throwing Birthday Parties for my Kids


why I quit throwing birthday parties for my kids

I know, I know, it sounds terrible to quit throwing birthday parties for your kids, but hear me out first. A couple of years ago after my daughter’s 10th birthday party I took a step back and looked at the money we spent on her birthday party and thought there might be a better way for my family to celebrate birthdays. I am not a Pinterest mom, and I’m not really in a season of life where I enjoy having lots of people over to my house. Truthfully, it stresses me out. All the cleaning, preparation, and planning is just too much when I already have a very full plate of life that I’m responsible for. Maybe you love doing these kinds of things, but I don’t.  So, I tried the next best thing, I attempted to make birthday parties easier by renting out the local jump place, where they do absolutely everything for you. It was so much easier, I thought I had birthday parties whipped forever. But, it still cost a lot of money and it was over so very fast. I’m not opposed to spending money on my kids at all, but this whole “birthday party planning frenzy” equals lots of money on things that are consumable. Plus, I don’t know about you, but it seems like the standard “throw your kids a birthday party” has been hijacked by Pinterest craziness. I don’t even think I’m capable of throwing the kinds of birthday parties I’ve seen.  And none of our extended family lives close to us. Coordinating everyone’s schedule to plan a big family party is almost impossible (Although we do celebrate birthdays with each of our family’s when we can.) Enter my grand idea. [Read more...]

Sam’s Club | FREE Membership (after Giftcard & Freebies!)

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Sams Club Deal!

This offer is BACK and it’s the best one we’ve ever seen!

Looking to get a Sam’s Club Membership Now is a GREAT time to get one because when you buy a $45 Membership, you’ll get a FREE $25 Sam’s Club Giftcard and several Freebies as a bonus!

Basically – the whole membership will be free if you take into account the value of the giftcard and food vouchers.

Just head over HERE and get this offer before it sells out like last time.

 

My family used to have a Sam’s Club membership – and it was definitely worth the $$$.
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Kohl’s Mystery Coupon | Up to 40% OFF for Everyone!

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Kohl’s Mystery Coupon | Up to 40% OFF!!

 

Check your email this evening to see if you got a Kohl’s Mystery Coupon offer -for either 20, 30, or 40% OFF!    PLUS – everyone still gets $10 Kohl’s Cash for ever $50 spent (Through today only).

There’s also a 30% OFF Cardholder code you can use if you get a lesser mystery code.

 

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SONOMA Antigravity Lounge Chair - $69.99 (Reg $139.99)
Use up to 40% OFF code from email
or 30% OFF Cardholder code *We can’t share this one, check your inbox!
(makes it as low as $41.99!)

 

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Simple by Design Memory Foam Butterfly Chair – $49.99 (Reg $100)
Use up to 40% OFF code from email
or 30% OFF Kohl’s Cardholder code *We can’t share this one, check your inbox!
(makes it as low as $30!)

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The Big One Bath Towels are on sale for $4.99
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or 30% OFF Kohl’s Cardholder code *We can’t share this one, check your inbox!
(makes it as low as $2.99 + FREE Store Pickup!)

The Big One Pillows are on sale $5.99
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or 30% OFF Cardholder code*We can’t share this one, check your inbox!
(makes it as low as $3.59 + FREE Store Pickup!)

 

 

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SONOMA life+style Turner Storage Bench $99.99 (Reg $200)
- 40% OFF Code (if you got it in your email)
Or 20% OFF code *We can’t share this one, check your inbox!
+ Get back $10 Kohl’s Cash
+ FREE Shipping on $50+ Order
(makes it as little as $49.99!)

Let us know if you were lucky enough to get that 40% OFF – and what good deals you find!

 

 

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Easy Summer Salsa Recipe (Great for Cookouts!)

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Easy Summer Salsa Recipe

Jamie here, my husband’s favorite words that come out of my mouth are probably “I think I’ll make Salsa today!”  His face lights up, as do the boys’, with unadulterated joy.  It’s an understatement to say that my whole family loves Mexican food – so when I make my salsa recipe, I usually do a triple batch.  That way I can use it over the next few days in any other Mexican recipes I wind up cooking.  Plus – it tastes even BETTER the second day…

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Chewbacca Mask Kohl’s Clearance only $17.99!

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Oh guys – if you haven’t yet watched the video Kasey posted on the Time2Save Facebook page this morning – you just really really should!  It’s a joyful experience, I promise!

And if you’re inspired to get your own (That’s where she got hers from the video)

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I WAS able to find one available for pickup at a store near me when I looked online – although the option to ship is no longer available.
You can ALSO get one from Toys R Us for $24.99 or Target for $29.99

Walmart had it for $20.08 – but looks like it’s already sold out and so did Amazon (unless you want to spend $49!)

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Baked Cheese Sticks

Cheese Sticks Final 5   Cheese sticks are so yummy, but since they are deep fried we usually avoid them. This recipe for a healthier version of baked cheese sticks will even please the pickiest kids. With the yummy crunch on the outside and hot melted cheese on the inside it’s a perfect afternoon snack or appetizer. Plus, they are easy to make! Give it a try and see how much you’ll love them! For more healthy recipes click here.   Ingredients Ingredients:

  • 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese – I used mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • a tad of olive oil, or cooking spray

In Process 1 Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen. In Process 2 Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture. In Process 3 Once all of the cheese sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this helps keep them from sticking). Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. Watch them closely so they don’t melt completely! Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

Baked Cheese Sticks
 
Ingredients
  • 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese – I used mozzarella
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • a tad of olive oil, or cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen.
  2. Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
  3. To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture.
  4. Once all of the cheese sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this helps keep them from sticking).
  5. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. Watch them closely so they don’t melt completely!
  6. Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

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Kent 20″ Boys BMX Bike only $59!

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Right now at Walmart – get this Kent 20″ Boys BMX Bike for just $59 (reg $79!)

This is the lowest “big” boys bike I’ve seen out there – not that it has to be just for boys.  But if you’re looking for a girlier bike – this one’s good:

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20″ Kent Cool Girl BMX Bike in Satin Purple - $69 (Reg $89)

There are actually several REALLY good bike rollbacks and clearance deals going on over at Walmart.com right now - take a look here!
The reviews are great on it and you can either pick it up at your local store or have it shipped to you for free!  (I like to grab the pre-assembled bikes myself)

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