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Vamping It Up With Vivacious Savings at Vistaprint

Vivacious Vistaprint Savings

Vivacious Vistaprint Savings

Here is a great deal from Vistaprint! I just ordered some adorable little business cards for my blog from them. From past experience, they have nice products at very reasonable prices. I’m excited to share these terrific deals with you.

First, choose a code for the product you are most interested in purchasing:

Free shipping on your entire order: VPSHIP341

30% off customized t-shirts and 15% off all other products: VPSHIRT30

40% off the highest priced item in your shopping cart: VPDEAL817

25% off invitations and cards: VPINVITE25

20% off and free shipping on an order of $25 or more for new customers only: VPFIRSTORDER

You can also get 250 free basic business cards without a code through their site, as well. Just look for “Free Business Cards” under the Business Cards tab. I did that, then added 250 for just over $3 when that option popped up after my order went through. :)

Next, use my link to get $10 off the finest business cards, stationery, invitations, and more at Vistaprint.com. Make an impression.

http://vistaprint.tellapal.com/a/clk/1mKG13

What would you like to order from them?


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Canny Canning

Canny Canning

Canny Canning

Most folks who are avid canners also appreciate the art of saving a buck. I have gathered together a few ways for myself and other savvy food savers to preserve their food and pennies at the same time. Read ‘em and whistle! ;)

Outdoor Cooking is running a special through August 18, 2014, giving you 20% off of canning stoves and canning supplies when using the code CANNING14. This code only applies to items in the Home Canning category, but it is a fantastic savings!

Amazon has some wonderful bargains on canning items right now, as well, such as this less than half price Granite Ware Water Bath Canner and this Back to Basics 286 5-Piece Home Canning Kit at 35% off and a Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker at 29% off!!

Ball has a coupon for 10% off using the coupon code C88367. If you need me to explain who they are, you probably have never seen a shiny new mason jar in real life! :)

I found something that says you can get a free jar scraper with any online order from  Canning Supply using the code CS2013JS or a free set of four wooden corn on the cob holders with any online order using the code CSS812A.

Please note that I haven’t used any of these bargains. I discovered all of them through sources I have found accurate and useful in the past, so I have every reason to believe that they are valid, but I certainly can’t guarantee anything without having used them myself. Please let me know if you try them out!

 

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Re-sharing About Birthday Free Goodies

August is a huge birthday month in our extended family. We have about 10 birthdays this month between both sides of our family. In honor of all of them and the ensuing birthday shindigs, I’m re-sharing an older post I made about birthday freebies. Check it out, y’all! :)

Happy Birthday Freebies


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Tomato Cucumber Macaroni Salad

Tomato Cucumber Macaroni Salad

Tomato Cucumber Macaroni Salad

Want a quick & healthy dish for a summer lunch? Try my Tomato Cucumber Macaroni Salad! It’s super simple, and was a hit with my kiddos and I. I made it the night before while I was making baked mac and cheese for supper, and let it chill overnight to marry the flavors better. It really did blend the tastes together even more strongly by morning.

Here’s how ya do it:

Boil two cups of macaroni noodles to al dente.

While the noodles are boiling, chop up two medium cucumbers and two medium tomatoes. Toss in a medium sized bowl with a bit of salt and pepper.

When ready, drain the noodles and rinse with cold water until they are cooled off. Dump in the bowl with the chopped veggies.

Pour in ranch dressing to taste and stir well. You can eat it then or chill overnight.

This would be good with sweet onions, shredded carrots, chopped olives, tuna or shredded chicken stirred in, as well. It’s a versatile sort of “dump salad”, and oodles of fun for the palate to play with a variety of ingredients. I love to use fresh veggies from my garden for light and refreshing lunches in the summer time, so it varies what I make according to what produce is on hand.

This would be great for packing in something like these World Kitchen Pyrex 6-Piece Food Plus Storage Set for lunches, if you have a cooler to carry or refrigeration available wherever you’re headed for work, school or play. Just pop one open on your lunch break and dig in! :)

What are some of your favorite lunches? What splendid summer veggies do you have an abundance of to gobble up?

Peace, smiles, and good vittles for all! ;)

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Upcycled Trellises for Gardening

Stroller Trellis

Stroller Trellis

When my cucumbers started getting out of control, it never

Broken Stroller Trellis

Broken Stroller Trellis

occurred to me to go buy something to use as trellises. My first instinct was to scour our property for things to be used. I have used pieces of leftover fencing, unused animal cages, tree limbs rigged up and many other myriad random objects to trellis or stake plants with. This year my objects were a wee bit on the creative side.

Have you ever used a baby stroller as a plant trellis? It works great! We had this ancient stroller left outside on our property by a former resident and beyond safe use for it’s original purpose. We’d never bothered to haul it off, so I rolled it’s wobbling wheels on over to the end of my garden and started encouraging my cucumbers to climb. The photos illustrate the interesting results. My daughter loves it. She says our cucumbers are babies with their own baby carriage, and is eager to show off her baby cucumbers to anyone who may happen to be around. :)

Trellis From Yard Objects

Trellis From Yard Objects

I needed more than what the rickety stroller could handle on it’s own, so I went a-searching again. I cam up with a couple of leftover pieces of plastic yard edging, barely visible in the picture, and a black metal decorative tower thingamajigger. They both work well for the purpose, as you can see from their barely visible appearance in the featured snapshots.

What items have you upcycled, recycled or reused to trellis your trailing plants in the garden? In the spirit of sharing, this Kindle book The Upcycled Garden
(only 99 cents!) shares over 50 ways to use “discarded” items in new ways for your garden. Check it out!

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Amazon Special Registries

Holding Hands On Our  Wedding Day

Holding Hands On Our Wedding Day

Did you know that you can create online registries at Amazon.com for your special occasions, just like you could at a brick & mortar store? It’s very convenient for you and your friends, and offers a huge selection of items to choose from! There are also some great savings attached, which is probably the biggest attraction for a penny pinching mommy like me.

With your Amazon Wedding Registry, there are a few cool perks, such as a universal registry allowing you to add selections from sites other than Amazon and a 10% off gift after your wedding date for savings up to $100!!! You can register from anywhere you are, and your friends can easily shop via a site most of us are already familiar with. Win win!

With your Amazon Baby Registry, you are eligible for a 10% discount (15% if you are an Amazon Mom member) 30 days prior to your child’s due date (not available for 14 days after your application), 90 day return policy on Baby Store purchases, and can add to your wish list from sites all over the web. It is pretty neato!

Have you ever done an online registry? Do you plan to? I just did an in store registry for my wedding, and not much of one. I did some online for my babies, but didn’t know about this program with either of them. You can betcha I will next time around, though! This is a great deal! :)

 

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This and That Infused Water

I’ve seen all sorts of blurbs online about this wonderful fad of making infused waters at home. Now, generally I’m not one to jump on the myriad bandwagons of fadhood, but in this case it seemed harmless. Since I need to drink a lot of water, love fruit, and always have mason jars floating around the house, I decided to give this particular fad a try. I have sampled a variety of different flavors, so I’ll tell y’all about it. Prepare yourself! ;)

Blueberry Lemon Infused Water

Blueberry Lemon Infused Water

My first test was blueberry lemon infused water. It was quite pretty, and made a truly refreshing beverage. I just sliced up a lemon, threw in a heaping handful of blueberries, filled my quart jar with water, shook it up and stuck the whole concoction into the fridge overnight. When I tried it in the morning, it was a big thumbs up. I was able to refill using the same fruit four times over the course of two days. The fourth time the flavor was starting to fade, so I just ate the blueberries and called it good. :)

Key Lime Infused Water

Key Lime Infused Water

My next try was key lime. I quartered two key limes, squeezed them into the jar, and filled it up with water. I also added two tablespoons of sugar melted into some hot water, because I figured it would be way too tart and kinda icky on it’s own. I think I was right, but it would’ve been smarter healthwise if I had just used a tablespoon of honey or something. :) It didn’t make it sweet at all, just cut the sour a bit. This one only worked for two refills, but may’ve worked for more and a stronger flavor with a large lime or more key limes. I liked the blueberry lemon better, but this still had a nice little zest.

Mango Infused Water

Mango Infused Water

My third flavor to check out was mango. I sliced up half of a mango into my jar, filled it with water and shook it, letting is sit overnight. It had a pleasant mellow mango flavor to it that lasted through a couple of refills. Try it!

Blackberry Infused Water

Blackberry Infused Water

My fourth tester to share was blackberries, since I’d just picked a big jug full of blackberries and wanted to see how it was. It came in a close second to the blueberry lemon on the taste test and the water color was a beautiful purple. By this point, my sweet husband had taken note of my new fun water trick and bought me a really pretty fruit infusing water bottle off the clearance rack at Walmart, as seen in the photo. I love it! It made it so simple, and I could take it anywhere and keep adding water as it got about half empty throughout the day for continuous lightly fruity refreshment. Infusing water with the mason jars was great, but using the nifty little Cool Gear Flavor Infuser 28oz BPA Free-red* with the insert and the top that snaps shut so my kids can’t dump it all over me took it to the next level, honey! :) (The fact it was on clearance added to his thoughtful hubby points. LOL)

Cucumber Key Lime Infused Water

Cucumber Key Lime Infused Water

My final creative flavor combination to share is cucumber and key lime together. I took a few thin slices of cucumbers and put them in the bottom half of my infuser insert in my Cool Gear Flavor Infuser 28oz BPA Free-red*, then quartered two key limes, squeezed them into the cup and threw the quarters into the infusion insert. Next morning, I had a drink best described as “fresh”. The flavor was surprisingly strong in a pleasant way. I’d thought of cucumber because I’d seen a few places that cucumber water could boost metabolism and aid in weight loss. Can’t hurt, huh? ;)

To sum it up, I’d definitely recommend doing your own infused waters of you like a little flavor in your beverages and are trying to drink more water. Don’t expect it to be as strong of a fruity taste as juice, but it is very pleasant and certainly makes me reach for my water a little more frequently than always drinking it plain. Adding a bit of citrus like lemon or lime to whatever fruit definitely seemed to amp up the flavor of the “host fruit”, from my little experiments. Play with the flavors. It’s fun! I’m thinking of trying pineapple or peaches next. What fruit would you try to infuse first?

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