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Pumpkins seeds, funny story about everyday life as a mom, hacksConfession time (don’t judge me)…. Last night my kids carved pumpkins. They all separated the pumpkins seeds for me to make into roasted pumpkin seeds (they look forward to this tradition each year). Little Maveric spent almost an hour picking them out one, by one. They put them all in a bag, as I saw the big bag of sloppy, slimy seeds I felt rather overwhelmed.

Making seeds is not hard, but just one more thing to add to my already very busy day. SO…. I ran to the dollar store, bought 2 bags of pumpkin seeds, came home dumped then in a tupperware bowl and left it on the counter for the kids. I put the packages in the trash…. IF they ask I will tell them they are store bought. But If they don’t ask I AM NOT TELLING THEM. ?#?Best2BucksIHavespentAllYear? ?#?IAmNotSuperMom?.

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Baby Girl with KittiesCan you believe my baby girl is already sitting up in a high chair?  She is 4 months old (almost 5) and the time is flying by!  She loves to play with her sisters little stuffed kitty cat toys (and Mr. Octopus).  But what really has me laughing out loud is the fact that my baby girl LOVES TO PET HER KITTY. Our cat Spaz who we adopted from the animal shelter is always looking for someone to love on him.  He has learned that if he hops up next to baby Madilyn on the couch he will get a little snuggle time.  Funniest thing ever to sit and watch her tiny hand rub his head.  I took a video of it so you can see it yourself:).

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Just a fun moment I wanted to share with you…. I sure do love this baby girl. I just love how she holds her hands when she sleeps and while she is awake for that matter :) .

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We all like to have what we need when we need it. And it is those times that we need to prepare for now before something happens. Maybe the power goes out, maybe it will be out for days at a time due to a disaster .

If you have Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts these are practically a must have for campouts

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Recently we post on one of the best prices on tents we have seen. A good deal on large 10 person tents are hard to come by. But this Coleman 10 person tent is a great deal! After we post on that a couple readers mentioned that tents with poles are too hard to figure out and take too much time to even make camping fun! So we went on a search. We found some of these tents that are called Pop-Up tents. So you just unzip them from the carry bag and throw it into the air – and POP they are set up in an instant!

Pop Up TentPop Up Tent (size:106″x65″x43″) with inner tent

As low as $59.99.

  • 2 Layer construction (fly sheet and the inner tent)
  • Pop Up itself in a second
  • The inner tent is completed covered by the rain fly.
  • Fold down to a 30″ diameter dish
  • Weight: 5Lb

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Or you can get this easy to set up tent. It’s not a pop up tent but it only takes a pull of one string to set it up and once to take it down.

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Alternative to using Wood Logs or Pellets in your fireplace or wood stove.

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Ever wonder why we all use wood for all of our heating. Sure they look pretty sitting there crackling away. But there has to be another way to heat your home and save money at the same time. Sure you could go out and spend all that money buying wood pellets or corn, or all the other small pellet type fuels. But what if there was a way to burn something that we all have in our home and usually end up throwing away into the garbage? Especially in the coupon world we tend to have more then the other homes.

newspaper logs newspaper brick

Thats right NEWSPAPER. Now I bet you’re thinking what do I just crumple the paper up and throw it in? Actually yes and no. Yes it’s just paper all crumpled and ripped up. And after just a little bit of work, you can then just throw it in. So what are we making? Newspaper logs! Burn that paper in your fireplace! By using a Newspaper Brick press you can turn newspaper into bricks or logs to burn in your fireplace or woodstove.

Make newspaper brick logs

Here is how you can save money burning newspaper in your wood stove or fireplace.

 

First collect all of your newspapers. The more the merrier, which means less work through out the year.

By collecting more newspaper you can combine all of the work into one processing day.

Grab a 5 gallon bucket of water

Tear, shred or rip your paper pile into pieces. The size really doesn’t matter, and your kids will have tons of fun making a newspaper shred pile.

If you have any sawdust, wood shavings you can add them to the water. It is not needed or required. It is just a great filler item.

You can add a tablespoon of bleach to help the breakdown process but it is not required.

Place your newspaper shreds and sawdust if you have it, into the bucket of water and let it sit for three to four days. You are trying to get it to a pulp slush or mush type state. The newspaper will easily fall apart into smaller pieces. You do not need to have it in total mush, just entirely soaked through so it will adhere to each other.

Gently mix the paper mulch to breakdown anything that will and to stir up the portions on the bottom of the bucket.

Now bring your brick maker over to the bucket out side. Scoop your mulch into the brick maker to level it up to the top of each container. Place the top screen on the mulch and place the handles over the screen and press out all the water you can. You may need to add more mulch to the top of each log or brick you made depending on the size you are looking for. The larger the brick the longer they will last.

Now remove the top screen and pull out the handles holding the bottom screen. Remove your brick and place on an old cooling rack or place on anything that the air can circulate under the bricks. Leave the bricks out over the summer in a dry place. Once fall comes and the cooler weather is here the bricks or logs you have made will be completely dried out.

Now you can burn just the newspaper logs or bricks with the wood logs to cut down on how many you are burning and save your wood pile. Or you can burn the newspaper logs all alone. Just place them criss cross in the wood stove or fireplace just as you would place your wood logs.

You can get single brick presses

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Newspaper four brick makerOr you can make four Newspaper Bricks or Logs at a time

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