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EnerHealth Botanicals Giveaway

EnerHealth Botanicals 

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More Than Mommy

Have teamed up to bring you a great giveaway! Not only can you win some great prizes, but you can rest assured that you are keeping your family healthy in the process.

 

Check out a review of these products and pick up a great recipe
 from More Than Mommy HERE.

 One lucky winner is going to win TWO bags of NutriCafe Organic Trade Free Coffee, TWO containers of Coconut Milk Powder (Vegetarian/Non-GMO, and gluten free), and TWO bags of Fair Trade Organic Cocoa MoJo!
 
Not only are these some great products, but you can feel good about where you got them and about what you are feeding your family.
 
 

Click HERE to ENTER this Giveaway!

*I have not received compensation for this post. More Than Mommy received product in exchange for her honest opinions. If you would like her to host a giveaway and/or review you can contact her at Renaeec1@gmail.com.

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Create a T-Shirt design with TeeSpring

Have you ever thought of creating your own tees for a fundraiser, team, group or even just for fun? It is really easy and simple to do with Teespring. I love this site and I have had time to play around and mix things up and be very creative. This site is great if you are trying to raise money for a fundraiser, team and group. You can even design and sell them to make extra money.

With Teespring it is so easy to get started and it doesn’t cost you a penny to do it. So yes it is FREE to design a tee, set the price you want to sell it for, set a goal. Then advertise with facebook, e-mail and the rest of the world you decided to share it with.

It is so simple to do. It takes only 3 easy steps from beginning to end.

While you are working on the first step you need to decided what brand/style of a T-shirt you want to use. Along with what color. There are a lot of options to pick from, along with cost.  You can also add your own art or use one of the art graphics they have available.

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Want a design or wording on the back of your t-shirt? Well it is possible to flip your t-shirt around using the button below the t-shirt that says “see back”.
Go ahead and edit this side as well if you have something extra you want to do. You can write a saying, a couple of words & or even art If you don’t have anything to add just leave it blank. It really is all up to you. The options and possibilities are endless.
When you are finished you can click the green button that says “Next Step”.

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Now you are on step 2. This is where you will set your sales goal – “How many t-shirts you want to sell”. How much you want to sell them for. Once you have set those 2 things, look at the bottom of the page the bright green digits will show your profits. This will tell you what your estimated profit will be. When you have everything set. Go ahead and click “Next Step”

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Step 3 here we come. Next enter the title of your Campaign.  Give a description of your t-shirt and or why they should buy it. You can also put a link to a website or a picture/design into the description. You then can choose your campaign length of time and choose your URL – This is not where you put your website name this is where you just put a simple name or team name  for instance we used economicalmommy  “http://teespring.com/economicalmommy” This way when you give the link out it directs people right to your campaign. Then decide on your shipping options. When you are all finished Click “Launch Campaign”

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Once you have clicked “Launch Campaign”  another screen will pop up showing you the buy it now tab along with how many you have sold compared to your goal. There you are all done.

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Wait did I say you were all done? Not quite 😉 Now that you are ready to sell your tee. Make sure to share it with friends and family!
Once you have shared it you can sit back and watch your group, team, fundraiser or see the extra money you need come in.

It really is that simple and it really doesn’t cost you anything to get started.

Give TeeSpring a try for your next fundraiser, group or even to make a little extra money on the side. It is an awesome company. One that is worth giving a try.

If you would like to purchase our first ever Economical Mommy Tee “Where Piggy Banks Rule The Day” Click here.

FREE Spring/Fall Cleaning Checklist

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Ok I will have to admit, I used TO LOVE Fall! All the leaves changing colors and cooler temps. BUT I don’t love it as much as I used to because it reminds me that WINTER is right around the corner. Ugh for Winter. The only reason I can possibly love or even like that season is seeing the joy on my children’s faces when they see snow falling. That is the only reason.  However with fall here and all the leaves changing color and the cooler temps it is time once again for a fall cleaning overhaul of the house! YEAH for cleaning… Ok I was a little sarcastic there, sorry. But I do love the house so much more when I’m all done. So here is my run down. Hope it helps you get your house cleaned and smelling great!

So for starters you should always remember this rule of thumb when spring cleaning. “Always start from the top and go down”.

In order to get a thorough cleaning “don’t do one room at a time” you will want to start from the top “ceiling” and go down “floor” Remember dust settles. Also base the following list on a one level home. If you have multiple floors always start on the top floor and go down following the cleaning checklist. Give or take depending on what you have on each floor. Remember clean from the top down.

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Here is a run down for cleaning, but for a more precise cleaning checklist click and print the link below

  • Dust cobwebs
  • Clean all light fixtures and fans
  • Remove all wall hangings and head to the washing machine and wash them. once they are done put them on
    clothes line so they get that fresh spring air smell. **make sure to follow cleaning labels accordingly.
  • Dust and wipe down all window frames
  • Wipe down and wash all cupboards
  • Clean your windows inside and in between if possible
  • Clean your window sills – once windows are done leave open and let the fresh spring air in.
  • Remove all pictures and wall hangings and wipe and dust them including tv’s and mirrors including the ones in the bathroom
  • Wipe down your walls
  • Wipe down and dust all appliances including your refrigerator, stove and microwave.
  • Clean the inside of all your appliances “look below for how to”
  • Dust and wipe down all other furniture
  • Shampoo those sofas and vacuum under those cushions
  • Wipe down and clean all cupboards and counter tops
  • Remove all bedding from beds and place in the washer and keep cleaning – when the bedding is done place outside on your clothesline and let the spring air freshen them up. You will thank me later.
  • Clean your bathrooms medicine cabinet, sink, tub and toilet.
  • wipe down all baseboards
  • now your floors
  • Carpet – Vacuum and Shampoo those things “You will want to move furniture and possibly only do one or two rooms at a time so the carpet can dry before moving all the furniture back.
    Hard wood floors – Sweep/wipe down or wax/buff
    Linoleum/tile – Sweep and mop

Now take a deep breath your house looks and smells awesome!

For those of you that are curious here are some how to’s for your kitchen.

How to clean that pesky stove and oven – This link is one of the best that I have found.
http://happyhomemaker88.com/2007/10/11/easy-cleaning-with-vinegar-baking-soda/
“I have tried this and it works wonderfully. My only recommendation is to let it sit for a while.

Now to clean the inside of the oven doors.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVdcioALeuA

How to clean your refrigerator
http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/kitchen/how-to- clean-refrigerator-00000000055364/index.html

Don’t forget to defrost your freezer so you have more room in there.
http://www.ehow.com/how_2028449_clean-defrost-refrigerator.html#page=0

Need a copy of the Spring/Fall cleaning checklist? Click this link for your free checklist spring and fall cleaning checklist

Let me know what you thought of our Spring & Fall Cleaning Checklist and if there is anything you would add to it that we didn’t think of. Can’t wait to hear back.

Junior LIVE on tour Get Your Discount HERE!

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If your kids LOVE Disney Junior as much as my kids do. You will not want to miss out on this never-before-seen live show. My kids are so EXCITED to see  Jake and the Never Land Pirates. They can’t stop talking about it. Read below to see who else is going to be there! Don’t forget to buy your tickets and use the coupon code below for a special discount!!! Hope to see you there!

Grab your tiaras and doubloons and join us for Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure. Mickey and Minnie are taking their seats too at this never-before-seen live show featuring your favorite characters from Disney Junior’s hit series, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Get swept up in the excitement as Sofia and her family prepare for a royal celebration that helps us all learn the true meaning of being a princess with a special appearance from Cinderella. Then it’s off to Never Land where Jake and his swashbuckling friends Izzy and Cubby, with a little help from Peter Pan, battle Captain Hook to unlock treasure hidden inside a mysterious volcano. It’s danger and dueling on the high seas as Jake discovers what it takes to be a true hero. Filled with new music, amazing effects, thrilling action and endless surprises, your whole family will sing, shout, and soar into the action when Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure sails into your hometown.

Special bonus! Starting ten minutes before every performance join loveable Doc McStuffins for a special pre-show! You can help Doc take care of one of her beloved toys with her own special brand of love and magic. Free to all ticket holders.

All my awesome readers can Save $4 using code: FAM4. Not valid on VIP or VIP floor seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling and facility fees may apply. Get Your Tickets Today!

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Artist Picasso Gift Set Giveaway

Artist Picasso Gift Set Giveaway!

Sponsored by Jaq Jaq Bird

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Hosted by More Than Mommy

Jaq Jaq Bird is an Eco-friendly children’s store specializing in kids art activities and supplies, though they have adorable feeding and travel items as well. Their products are the most stylish around, while maintaining functionality.

The Artists Picasso Gift Set is sure to inspire your budding artist! It includes an activity tote, a chalk mat that doubles as a place-mat, and a full set of Butterstix (Jaq Jaq Bird’s much improved version of chalk).

To read a complete review, check out what More Than Mommy had to say HERE.One lucky winner is going to win an Artist Picasso Gift Set, all ready to get their little one’s creative juices flowing! This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. 18+. Only one entrant per household, please!

Click HERE to Enter THIS Giveaway

*This blog has not been compensated for this post. More Than Mommy received product to facilitate a review, however, her opinions are her own. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. 

Cold Buster Juice Recipe

I’m not sure if you have ever tried juicing but in our family when cold and flu season start we bring out the juicer and we hit the store for fresh fruit and veggies. We have tried several different juices “Different fruit and veggies in our juice” but our favorite seems to always be Carrots, Celery and Apples and sometime a hint of pear.

Needless to say I’m the first to get the cold in our family this cold season…. Bummer I know, Right? Well This mama needs to keep up her energy and needs to get over this cold very soon and fast. Plus I can’t have anyone else catch a cold either.

Well This is what I’m doing to overcome this dreadful cold….. Lots of Vitamin C “I love Emergenc and Airborne”. Plus some Zinc Lozenges and I also Juice 2 to 3 times a day.

To make your own juice it is really important to have a juicer. We use a Jack LaLanne express. Now I will be honest over time it doesn’t work as well as it did in the beginning. We really want a vitamix. They are bit more spendy but I feel that it will be worth it in the end.

Once we have our juicer put together we gather our fruit and veggies that we plan on using.

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We cut everything up a bit. It just fits in the juicer easier.

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Then in the fruit and veggies they go and out comes the juice. 🙂

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Once it has all been juiced I place in cups and in the mouths it goes. Yes my kiddos LOVE juiced carrots, celery and apples.

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And Juice just wouldn’t be the same without those mustaches!

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This batch made about 3 1/2 cups of raw juice…. No sugars added, no preservatives added and non of the other junk that you find in juice bought in a store. Raw Juice is SO MUCH better for you!

Here is an idea of the nutrients that are packed in this awesome drink
This was one of the best websites I could find for this recipe for nutrients.

Do you juice? If so what are your favorites recipes and why do you do it?

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Homemade pizza made from scratch

I love pizza. However it has become expensive to feed my family with frozen or from a pizza joint. $10 for one pizza is extreme and it nearly takes 2 to feed my family. so $20 for one meal? That is way to much for our small budget. especially when we only allow $20 every 2 weeks for out to eat and only about $35 – $45 in groceries every week. “yes it is tough at times” But we don’t starve and we eat fairly good. It just comes down to bargain shopping and only buying items on sale. Pizza is one of those things that I can make that taste awesome “I also think it tastes a heck of a lot better than what you can buy in the stores, but hey I might be a little bias too.” 😉 So here is my favorite homemade pizza recipe.

I got this recipe from a church cookbook. “I love those cook books.” I had to tweak it a little bit since the dough was way to sticky for my liking. This recipe will make 2 12″ pizzas and it only takes about 20 – 30 minutes to make. This recipe makes a very soft and tasty dough.

Ok so grab everything below first

2 pizza pie pans or 2 cookie sheets
large bowl
Spoon
1 cup of Warm Water
1 yeast packet
2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cups of Flour **start with 2 1/2 and add a little bit more depending on the stickiness of the dough.
2 Tablespoons of Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Salt
4 Tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil
Oven
Tomato sauce *I like using leftover spaghetti sauce
Plus any toppings you want to add to your pizza *We love onions, cheese and pepperoni.

Turn oven and set it for 425
Start with placing your yeast, sugar and water into the bowl

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Next whisk it all together and let it sit in a warm spot. *I usually place it on my stove top*
There is no time limit here. You just need to wait until the yeast has started to foam. It takes between 5 to 10 minutes
This is what it should look like after it has started to foam.

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Next you are ready to add all the other ingredients – Flour, Salt and Oil. Mix it well with a spoon. Once most of the ingredients have been stirred in you will have to knead the dough. I usually just knead it right in the bowl.

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You won’t need a rolling-pin – I just split the dough in half and press it between my hands to get it to be a little flat. I place it on a well-greased pizza pie pan and press down with my fingers until it is completely flat.

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Once you have completed that place your toppings on in the following order

Tomato sauce
Cheese
Pepperoni
onions
anything else that is bulky

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Put your pizzas in the oven.
Once your pizzas are brown around the edges and little bit on top. **About 8 – 15 minutes
Take them out and enjoy. If you want a crispier crust leave in the oven a little longer.

I tried many different pizza crust recipes and this one was by far my families favorite.
Homemade pizza is the way to go.
The total cost of this pizza recipe will depend on the ingredients you add to the pizza
The yeast packet .33 cents
Tomato sauce – .50 cents
*Free if you use leftover spaghetti sauce
Onions* .19 cents
We only use half of one
Pepperoni $1.49
Cheese $1.76 *we buy the extra-large bags to save money
a 7 ounce package will make 4-5 pizzas
Flour – about .66 cents
Salt – Less than .10 cents
Water – Free. we usually use tap

Total Cost for the recipe above?
$5.03 not bad for 2 12″pizzas

I LOVE saving money! You will also find that the pizzas recipe above is more filling then what you buy in the stores. Usually 1 12″ pizza will feed 2 adults 1 schoolager “who by the way is in another growth spurt” a Preschooler and a toddler.

Homemade pizza made from scratch is so worth it in the end. These freeze really well. So if you don’t have time to make some later on in the week. Make these and freeze for later just make sure you wrap them good.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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creative ways to use duct tape

Don’t we just love duct tape?  For those of you that need a laugh check out Monday’s post on crazy ways people have used duct tape
Otherwise read about all the creative ways you can use Duct Tape below.
There are some fun interesting ones that I will have to definitely try out.
I will keep adding new ways to use duct tape over the next several days 🙂
Enjoy and have fun!

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Basketball Hoop
Picture by Stuckonducttape
You Tube How to

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Duct Tape Hammock
Picture by Instructables
You can watch a short how to video – Yes this is the best one out there on You Tube
YouTube Hammock

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Make a road on the carpet for kids
Picture by Economical Mommy

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Make a dress
By Master Duct Taper – You can watch the how to videos on You Tube
Part 1

Part 2
Part 3
Picture by ABC news

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What are some creative ways you have used Duct Tape?

Padi Blankey Giveaway

Padi Blanket Giveaway

Sponsored by:  Elli and Nooli 

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Hosted by:  More Than Mommy


The Padi Blanket is a one-of-a-kind blanket made of organic cotton pique, and designed to keep your baby snugly warm without overheating. Because of its special design, this blanket will never fall off and works well for all strollers and car seats.

 

You can read a full review of the Padi Blanket at More Than Mommy.

Elli and Nooli and More Than Mommy are teaming up to give away one of these fabulous blankets! They are also available for purchase on Amazon. (RV $42) There will be only one winner, 18+, U.S. only. One entrant per household, please.

ENTER HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

*I have not been compensated in any way for sharing this giveaway with you. More Than Mommy and this blog are not responsible for prize shipment. More Than Mommy received a Padi Blanket in return for her honest opinion. Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are not affiliated with this giveaway.

15 unique/crazy ways people have used Duct Tape!

I don’t know about you but I have heard some crazy things that people have used duct tape for. Here are our top 15. Leave a comment below if you have other crazy ideas for how to use duct tape. We would love to hear about them.

Replace a valuable piece on a vehicle

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Use duct tape to help get rid of wort’s. Yes people do, do this.

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Use it on your next vacation.

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Yep so true!

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Fix a tire… Hey you never know it might actually work. but I wouldn’t count on it for too
long if at all. Yikes!

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Can’t find the tools and items you need to put a sink up? Why not use duct tape?

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Child sitting? I highly do not recommend this. It is a unique way to use duct tape but not really sure what these parents or baby sitters were thinking… poor kiddo.

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Why not recover a a piece of furniture that is falling apart?

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Why buy a boat you can build one!

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To many things in your luggage and can’t zip it up? Why not use duct tape?

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Duct tape someones mouth shut. A great way to keep those that never stop talking,
quiet.

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Hem your pants. Hey why not it works for the moment. Right?

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I bet you feel safe on an airplane that has duct tape on it.

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Duct tape on a paint-roller to help remove pet hair.

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fix a linking pipe? Hey why not.

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I don’t know about you but these are some crazy ways to use duct tape. However if it works, why not try it?What are some of the ways you have used duct tape?

**All pictures were from google images, None of them were my own, Thank you google for the inspiration**

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