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It’s Back to School season, and Cheerios and the Florida Department of Citrus want to make sure you’re preparing your kids for their day with a nutritious and energizing breakfast that helps start their day right!

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Cheerios are available in a range of flavors the whole family loves, from the original Cheerios in the yellow box, to Honey Nut Cheerios, to fun flavors like Dulce de Leche and Fruity, and new Cheerios Protein, available in two irresistible flavors: Cinnamon Almond and Oats & Honey. All Cheerios are made with whole grain first ingredient, and do not have high fructose corn syrup.

FOJAnd for the perfect Back to School breakfast combination, pair Cheerios with 100% FloridaOrange Juice – an excellent source of vitamin C, providing at least 100% of the Daily Value. A delicious 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida orange juice is also a good source of potassium and other vitamins like folate and thiamin. And as a complement to whole fruit, drinking an 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida orange juice is an easy and refreshing way to add more fruit servings to your mornings.

You can find great Breakfast Savings at Publix on Cheerios and 100% Florida Orange Juice:

In-Store Savings

  • Save $2 when you buy any 1 Cheerios 10.9 oz or larger AND any 1 100% Florida OrangeJuice 59 oz or larger” (this sale will include both flavors of Cheerios Protein)

Printable Coupons

  • Visit www.ReadyPlanSave.com to clip and print your coupons. While supplies last.
    •  $1/2 Cheerios Franchise

Visit Cheerios.com, also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit Florida Orange Juice on Facebook.

 

Nicole’s take:  It’s all about back to school and starting the day off with a good breakfast is so important! Cheerios and Florida Orange Juice have long been a part of our daily routine and these savings at Publix are so impressive!

 

Disclosure: The information has been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.  All opinions remain our own.

 

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A Crisis of Clutter – Part 2 – Continued

by Pennie on August 20, 2014

 

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So now I have a lot more clothes to deal with and for a couple of months they were piled on a table in the corner of my bedroom.  And then it is decided that a friend of my daughter is coming to stay with us for a while.  That meant we had to rearrange the house to open up a bedroom.  A bedroom that had been used for storage and was chock-a-block full of boxes.  (The reason a bedroom was being used is because my house has no basement and I’m kind of freaked out by attics.)

Anyway, the boxes came out and were first stacked up in the corner of my family room, all along one wall, all the way to the ceiling.  But the bedroom was cleared out and prepared for our new guest.  Now I’ve got clothes piled up and boxes piled up and another person in the house.  The stress is beginning to rise – where does the good part come in?

As it turns out our friend is a reformed pack rat.  And has become a neat freak.  As he becomes a little more comfortable in the house, he starts to straighten up a little bit here and a little bit there.  Which feels weird, but ultimately has a positive effect on both me and my daughter.  It’s like he is modeling good behavior for us and we start to emulate him.  Putting a few things up here and a few things up there.  It takes hold a little more strongly on me than my daughter (after all she has 2 little kids to deal with).

One day I tackle the clothes in my bedroom.  They are now all folded and neatly stacked on that table waiting to be put away.  Where I’m not exactly sure, since my closet and dressers are full.  I think that means that I need to weed some more, even though all the items fit, I just don’t have room for them!  Quite a realization.

And those boxes have started to dwindle.  They are certainly not all gone, but at least half of them are and I’m building a pretty large pile of stuff to donate.  Multiple trips have been made to the dump.  While everything is certainly not under control, I’ve made some pretty solid steps in the right direction.

Where do I go from here?…

 

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Giveaway Winners

by Pennie on August 19, 2014

I’ve picked winners – they are posted on the Giveaway Tools widget of each of the following giveaways (just click the link of the giveaway title to be taken to the post where each widget is).  You will also receive an email from us congratulating you on your win:

New Nuance Products from CVS & Salma Hayek and Giveaway  (5)

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The makers of the #1 pediatrician recommended swaddling blanket, Miracle Blanket, just launched a new product called Miracle Sleepers.  Miracle Sleepers are wearable blankets- perfect for the graduate baby who is no longer swaddled. Miracle Sleepers are big enough for big kids too!

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Millions of Well-Rested Babies Can’t Be Wrong:

  • Stops Colic – GUARANTEED!
  • Eases Fussiness For ANY Baby!
  • Helps Baby Sleep Better/Longer!
  • Prevents Facial Scratches!
  • Stops Twitches That Wake Your Baby!
  • Makes Breast Feeding MUCH Easier!
  • Makes Your Baby Feel Warm & Secure!
  • One Size Fits All Up to Fourteen Weeks
  • 100% High Quality Cotton

Visit Miracleblanket.com and also find them on Facebook and Twitter and Amazon.

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Nicole’s take:  My trio were swaddled from the start in the NICU and I swaddled them at home as well.  But once they started to be able to escape the swaddle and roll we were done with swaddles.  I knew we needed something for them as we keep the air conditioning on pretty cool in the house.  I was excited to find the Miracle Sleepers! They are so super soft and the colors are light and pretty.  They wash really well and the zippers don’t get caught.  I can’t say enough good things about them and my babies seem to really love them!

 

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My grandson is starting Kindergarten soon.  He was in preschool last year and I regret not having a first day pic of him.  Since I’d like to do this every year, I’d like a clever idea on taking the picture so it has some meaning to him in the future.  Surely Pinterest pinners must have some great ideas!

Bombshell Bling has a simple picture idea and even provides Back to School Printables for you!  And what a little cutie!  (And don’t you love that color of blue on the door?)
FREE-Back-to-School-Printables-651x1024Life with Fingerprints has a simple idea – use a chalk board to give the grade and year.
20120808-DSC_2262-EditFrom Suburban Mom is an idea about a 1st day & last day pic in the same outfit – gives you an idea of how much they’ve grown in a school year!  Not sure this would be doable every year, depending on how much your child grows!
First-Last-Day-Pre-KHere are 2 clever ideas from Paging Fun Mums.  Both are pics from above with the child on the sidewalk/patio/driveway with some information written in chalk!photo-31-copy-31I especially like the info on what I want to be when I grow up!

photo-31-copy-2From Lauren Lasher – Adventures of Bradysitting – on Flickr are these cute pair of pics! I love the spontaneity of this pic!

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1169142492f7549822688366100cc88dBetween U and Me has two really great ideas – First because they contain information that would be fun to know in the future and second because they are cleverly presented!

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Kindergarten-MagazineThis unclaimed photo is one to which many parents can relate.  Wish I could acknowledge that clever mom!730e1cebdbc011d9012ed84ead1f737cPinterest definitely came through for me today.  I can hardly wait for my grandson’s first day of kindergarten!

 

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S’mores Balance Bar and Giveaway

by Pennie on August 18, 2014

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When I was a Girl Scout every year we had a camping trip. Besides all of the wonderful things we did, some of the best times were sitting around a campfire at the end of the day and having S’mores.  You had to get the marshmallow just the right ooey, gooey consistency, as well as the perfect golden brown on the outside.  Slide it between 2 graham crackers along with a piece of chocolate bar and you were in camper heaven!

S’mores became so popular that August 10 (right in the middle of camping season) became National S’mores Day!  We hope you celebrated with a traditional S’more, but Balance Bar wants you to know you can have the same yummy experience, all year round in a more convenient manner (after all, whose has time to build a campfire every day?).

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Any day is the perfect time to enjoy a delicious and healthy chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow inspired treat from Balance Bar!  Graham cracker crunch. Marshmallow fluffiness. Chocolatey richness. All wrapped up with the nutritional balance your body needs for lasting energy. Grab a S’mores Balance Bar, take a bite and take on what’s next.

Nutrition At A Glance:

200 Calories
14g Protein
3g Fiber
Balanced 40-30-30 Nutrition
Low Glycemic Index (38)
23 Vitamins & Minerals
Excellent Source of Antioxidants

Nicole’s take:  We are huge Balance bars fans, Jamie takes one every morning for breakfast so we were excited to try the S’mores variety! They are the perfect combo of chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker – delicious!

For more information visit BalanceBar.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

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1 reader will win a case of S’mores Balance Bars! Please enter the giveaway on the widget below.  Email and feed subscribers will need to click over to my actual site to enter.

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Ruby Tuesday introduces endless choices, endless combinations, endless lunch for $7.99 with our Garden Bar. Try unlimited trips to our Garden Bar and choose from over 30 ingredients to mix and match as many times as you want. Available Monday – Friday at most locations.

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The garden bar includes: Spring mix, fresh garden greens, crisp vegetables, premium cheeses and toppings, our famous croutons, and a variety of dressings.Add on 2 Minis (Sliders), 2 chicken or fish tacos, or a quesadilla for $2 more.

Ruby Tuesday’s also has new entree items to try:

  • Coastal Trio - Tender lobster tail and jumbo skewered shrimp brushed with garlic scampi butter paried with light, flaky tilapia topped with your choice of creole seasoning or a lemon-Parmesan crust.
  • Crispy Fried Shrimp - A generous serving of shrimp fried to a golden brown and served with our sweet and spicy chile sauce.
  • Hickory Bourbon-Blazed Pork Chop - A tender pork chop finished on the grill, then glazed with a hickory bourbon barbecue sauce. Served with mashed potatoes and green beans.
  • Southern Style Chicken Tender Dinner - All white-meat chicken, dipped in our signature batter and fried golden brown. Choose classic, mild, or hot Buffalo sauce.
  • Low Country Shrimp and Grits - Tender jumbo shrimp and andouille sausage, bacon, mushrooms, and peppers served over six cheese grits in a Parmesan cream sauce.
  • Baked Ravioli - Jumbo cheese-stuffed ravioli tossed in a light tomato cream sauce with baby spinach and the perfect crunchy, cheese crust.

Ruby Tuesday’s is making it easier for you to try the new dishes with a BOGO 50% coupon and a full kid’s menu that starts at $3.99!

Nicole’s take:  Ruby Tuesday has always been one of our favorite chain restaurants because the food is so fresh they have a great salad bar and the value is excellent! The Buy one Get One 50% off coupon makes it even more affordable! My favorite item is the sliders with salad bar.  I like the beef sliders – you get 2 with fries and endless salad bar! The salad bar at Ruby Tuesday is my favorite as it is so super fresh with a huge variety of items.  Plus the pumpernickel croutons are incredible!

For more information visit Ruby Tuesday’s website and on Facebook and Twitter.

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Grab Green Creates Products to Make Cleaning Safe & Convenient

August 17, 2014

Our philosophy is simple: create products families can safely and confidently welcome into their homes. We are a small, passionate group striving to do the impossible: change the dominant paradigm. People deserve to have clean, healthy homes without paying the high price of dangerous chemicals. For too long, has there been a gap in the […]

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A Few Shortcuts Weekly Recipe: Stuffed French Toast Muffins

August 17, 2014

Amanda @ A Few Shortcuts says this dish is EPIC!  From my point of view I have to agree.  First of all it’s French Toast, which is pretty awesome on its own.  Then it’s made into muffins-portable french toast!  Then you add a little yummy cream cheese filling and top with berries.  Voila!  Stuffed French Toast Muffins! […]

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Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa & Milk and Giveaway

August 16, 2014

Launched in 2006, Nocciolata is Rigoni’s “newest” product born from another old family recipe. Like everything else from Rigoni, it is 100% organic goodness. SO GOOD. SO ORGANIC. It’s actually quite simple. Quality ingredients produce superior taste. Only certified organic ingredients go into each jar of creamy, dreamy Nocciolata. That means no chemicals, no artificial […]

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Top 10 Giveaways, 8/16/14

August 16, 2014

Don’t forget to enter my current giveaways: New Nuance Products from CVS & Salma Hayek and Giveaway (Ends 8/18) Here are this week’s top 10 giveaways.  Please be sure to read each blogger’s giveaway post carefully as they all have different rules.  Good luck! Engineer Mommy - Personalized Stamped Necklace Giveaway (Ends 8/18) Moms of Faith – […]

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Immaculate Baking – It’s Time to Bake Well!

August 15, 2014

Immaculate Baking is launching a new line of dry baking mixes with the same promises and non-GMO commitment since its refrigerated cookie origins: Using only wholesome, simple, delicious ingredients, and offering baking options ranging from all natural, organic and gluten free! Using the same ingredients you would use if you were to bake cookies, cakes, and […]

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Friday Top FREEBIES and Great Deals, Week of 8/15/14

August 15, 2014

Here are this week’s FREEBIES and great deals: FREE  Crispy Beef Taco at Taco Bueno - locator FREE  Subscription to Outdoor Photographer FREE  Eucerin Sample FREE  Nivea Lotion Sample FREE  Subscription to Midwest Living FREE  Touchscreen Stylus Pen – for new ShotCost customers only FREE  Streaming Movie from Target - Target Ticket has a $5 promo code available, so […]

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Honeymoon Mishaps with Cystex

August 14, 2014

Jamie and I took a cruise for our honeymoon. We went on a great cruise line, Celebrity, and did a 7 day eastern Caribbean cruise. It was my first cruise but not his. We got a suite which was incredible and had a butler! Our balcony had a great view and we spent every morning […]

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Find the Deepest Discounts on My Amazon Deals Page!

August 14, 2014

Check out my Amazon Deals page to find the deepest discounts on your favorite merchandise! You can search by minimum discount percentage, top sellers or even hot new releases. When you’re on the Amazon page you can refine your search further with the choices in the left sidebar. Back-to-School Savings Spend $50 and receive 20% off kids’ clothing, shoes & more. Enter the […]

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8/12 Pinterest Pin(s) of the Week: Salad Dressings

August 13, 2014

While I’m all about things being easy, I’ve been more and more concerned about extra stuff that is in pre-packaged foods.  So I thought I’d start with some baby steps in making some changes.  Since it’s summer and there are a plethora of vegetables available for salads, I figured salad dressings would be an easy […]

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My Adventure with the 2014 Kia Soul

August 13, 2014

I was a little skeptical about the 2014 Kia Soul! I mean a yellow box like car? I was pleasantly surprised and for the right owner this is the PERFECT car! In contrast to my minivan this was a fun ride. It handled really well and had a great turning radius. I’m not sure if […]

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Peace of Mind with the Snuza Go!

August 13, 2014

I am so excited to share this product with you as it as literally has changed my life and given me so much more peace of mind.  As you know my triplets were born 9 weeks early and all came home between 4 and 5 lbs.  This is so small! Zoe has vulnerable lungs and […]

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Steam in the Microwave with the Tupperware SmartSteamer

August 12, 2014

Like you, Tupperware has evolved with the times. Now available are meal time-savers, summer entertaining staples in bright colors and tools to help you chop and mix in minutes.The dream of steaming in the microwave is now a reality thanks to the SmartSteamer. The ingenious design blocks microwaves from cooking foods. Instead, microwaves are directed to the Water Tray […]

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