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Valentine’s Day Ideas: Free Printable Date Night Conversation Starters

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Looking for frugal Valentine’s Day Ideas for a night in?  This is one of my favorites!

One Valentine’s Day years ago – my husband and I were once again planning an evening in with our four kids because we were a) too broke for both a babysitter and dinner and b) didn’t know any babysitters anyway…

A couple days ahead of time, I decided to think up enough questions to create a little Valentine’s game to play with him.  I came up with several questions, some fun instructions and a few dares and wrote them down on slips of paper.  I folded each one up and put them in a heart bowl and waited for Valentine’s Day.
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Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids: Heart Shaped Crayons

Valentine’s Day Craft for Kids:  Heart-Shaped Crayon

Photo Credit: All You Magazine

If you’re already thinking ahead of Valentine’s Day Crafts to do with your kids – you might want to start collecting old crayons!  I don’t know about you – but I am ALWAYS finding stray crayon pieces around our house, in the van, under the couch cushions – I think this is the perfect Valentine’s Day Craft for us!

Basically, you just melt old crayons in a heart-shaped mold and pop them out, voila!  Heart-Shaped Crayons!  They’d be great to give out to classmates – or if you’re a teacher, a great gift for your kiddos!

Here’s how to make them – and some nice deals on Heart-Shaped baking molds as well:

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Valentine Cupcakes with X’s and O’s (Save those Red M&M’s and Sixlets!)

photo credit:  Martha Stewart

Valentines Cupcakes with X’s and O’s

It may be a little early to start thinking of Valentine’s Day, but I wanted to give you a heads up before you eat all the red Christmas Candy you’ve been buying!

Here’s a super cute – AND EASY – idea I saw for Valentine Cupcakes over at Martha Stewart!  I bet lots of us have been finding clearance deals on Christmas colored M&M’s or Sixlets – all you need to do is save the red ones in a little Ziploc baggie for Valentines Day!

To this end, I am FORCING my children to eat all the green Sixlets from some clearance candy we got at the Dollar General this week.  They are very broken up about it :)

 What else would you use Christmas Candy for?  Leave your ideas in the comments and we’ll possibly feature it in a future post!

Christmas Dessert Recipe: Easy Fantasy Fudge Recipe!

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Jamie here, fudge was always something I loved but could not make properly for the life of me.  But to be fair, this fudge-failure gene is one I inherited from my mom (along with spider veins and droopy eyelids).  When I was a kid – she would make fudge at least once a month – chocoholics that we are – and she failed miserably every time.  It was always more chocolate goo than anything, and we had to keep it in the freezer just so it would stay a solid. [Read more...]

Hummingbird Cake Recipe (Most Requested Recipe at Southern Living)


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Here it is, my absolute most favorite cake in the whole wide world.  It’s the most requested recipe at Southern Living, honestly it’s hard to describe in words just how good this cake is!!  If you are looking for the perfect cake recipe, here it is!!  Besides being unbelieveabley delicious, it’s super easy to make – literally just dump and stir the ingredients for the cake.  Only the frosting requires a mixer, if you make it homemade.

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Maidenform: $8 Bra Sale + FREE Shipping!! (Ends Tonight!)

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Just a reminder – this great sale ends TONIGHT!

WOW – ANOTHER great sale on Maidenform Bras just started today and it ends tomorrow! Get awesome bras for only $6.80 + Free Shipping…

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Walgreens: Chex Mix ONLY $.45! (Great Pool Snack)

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Walgreens has a great deal on Chex Mix this week when you combine this new $.50 Chex Mix Coupon and a store coupon!  I love having this stuff on hand – it makes for great cheap snacks (See my post on Preparing Lunchbox Snacks Ahead to Save Time & Money)

Chex Mix & Gardettos on Sale 4/$5

Deal Idea:

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Redbox Valentine Codes: 2 FREE Movie Rentals! (Today Only)

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New Redbox Code – 2 Free Movie Rentals!

Use this new Redbox Valentine’s Day Code to get 2 Free Movie Rentals at any Redbox Kiosk!   Use promo code  SWEET and promo code HIGHFIVE. This code is good through 2/14/13 at the redbox kiosk only! [Read more...]