Thursday, May 31, 2012

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This is a picture I took at the Milwaukee Public Market when I was on the Milwaukee Photo Tour!

The Milwaukee Public Market has classes?
Check out the class list here.
It looks like some get booked pretty fast.  The classes are held upstairs so not only will you be learning about the food but you will get a great view of  the market below.  I knew a child who took a class and loved it so you might want to watch for the children's classes.  This would also be a fun night out for you and a friend!  While you are there make sure you check out the candy store, there are some tasty treats.  

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Walgreens.com: 16 Bottles of Disney Multivitamins ONLY $30.52


I was so excited to find this great deal on Walgreens.com that just scored me 16 bottles of vitamins for just $30.52. This is a super HOT deal!  It comes out to about $1.90 for each bottle.
To get this deal, you will need to choose between the 3 varieties of vitamins listed below. They are on sale buy one, get one 50% off, so be sure to add them in 2 count increments to your cart. After you have added them to the cart, enter the code DISNEY2 at checkout to save an additional $2 off per bottle.

Disney Princess Vitamins
Disney Winnie the Pooh Vitamins
Disney Fairies Vitamins

You will need to purchase at least $25 worth of items to get FREE shipping. If you don’t want 16 bottles of vitamins, be sure to check out the Walgreens store brand diaper sale.

Thanks, Couponing to Disney!
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Print this LaChoy coupon before it disappears or resets!


SAVE $1.00 on any ONE (1) LaChoy Creations® Family Size MealSAVE $1.00 on any ONE (1) LaChoy Creations® Family Size Meal
These are really good!  We bought two last week and have tried the sesame so far, I really like it. :)With the $1.00 coupon they are a great price but when you double it you are really getting a steal!


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Create a homemade family compost bin under $20!


(You might remember seeing this post last summer, I am still using my homemade compost bin, here is a refresher.)
I saw one like the one I made at a nature program I was attending (I refused to pay $20.00!), I then created my own!
I started container gardening a couple of summers ago, I am not a pro, not every plant comes out great but I love seeing that something is growing.

Each summer I am able to make salsa a few times.  I have found that my  favorite things to grow are peppers and herbs.  Last summer I used a Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Planter for my peppers-it was really neat.  For my herbs I just used the containers.  I also had a peanut plant (I think I purchased it too late in the summer to see any good results.  My tomatoes never grew last year-again I think I started them too late). 


Well my point to this is that I am having to get soil for my containers.  It can get expensive and honestly I do not buy expensive dirt-I also don't buy anything really fertilized or organic.  I have thought of a compost bin but I know that I am not going to want to "turn" the dirt and I also did not want to invest in a turnable compost bin in case I choose to not stick with composting, I am excited to say that I have stuck with it and have been adding my scraps to the bin throughout the winter. 

Here is how to make your homemade compost bin, you can certainly make this a fun family activity that won't take a long time and is inexpensive:

  • one Rubbermaid container (I say Rubbermaid because the plastic is more flexible and durable)
  • newspaper
  • food scraps
  • red wiggler worms
  • dirt (just some from the yard is fine)
  • water
  • leaves or some cut grass
  • screwdriver
Okay so all I did was take a Rubbermaid container that I already had,  poke a few holes in the bottom for drainage (I did 4, one at each corner), add some dirt, took some newspaper and shredded it by hand, threw some fruit and veggie scraps in, grass or leaves, red wriggler worms and moisten the whole thing, poke a few holes in the top for ventilation and you are set!  You can order the worms online for $25! Yeah-I was not paying that-I started calling bait shops-I purchased mine from Joe's Bait Shop on 6th and Lincoln.  I received 30ish worms for under $4.00.  I have purchased more worms, I get two containers at a time.  The worms do last about 6 months.  Once a week or so just shake up the contents, you could also do it each time you add scraps.  Kiddos can throw on some gloves or get their hands dirty and carefully mix up the contents by hand.  Sometimes getting dirty is the most fun. :)

Make this a fun family activity...
  • kiddos can tear up the newspaper into strips (young children can do this, my niece loved shredding paper when she was 10 months!)
  • kiddos can add the worms (treat them with gentle hands, they are your workers and need tender loving care)
  • kiddos can add the dirt/soil
  • You might want to poke the holes in the lid and the bottom unless your kiddos are a little older, it would be a good learning experience but definitely supervised) 
  • Rule of thumb: if it required some kind of dirt to grow it can go in the compost bin.  Carrots, oranges, apples, beans, you get the picture.  No meat!  This is a great way to get your family to realize how much waste goes in the garbage and may have them thinking about what they consume and how much they take.  
  • I know that kiddos are more excited about activities that they were able to help create.  This could be a great job for children.  After dinner or snacks they can be in charge of putting the acceptable scrapes in the compost bin.
  • Kiddos can also help with the "turning" of the bin, they can shake it or get their hands dirty and move the contents around, just be gentle your worker worms need to be treated with care).
  • If so inclined kiddos can use acrylic paint or permanent markers to decorate the outside of the bin.  Use words like recycle, garden, flowers, veggies, put your family name on it, be creative.  Also add pictures like fruits and veggies, flowers, sunshine, worms, the possibilities are endless.  Make it fun!  I wouldn't use stickers because they will fall off in the rain and just become trash.
Completing my container compost bin cost me under $20 (bin would have been about $5 but I used one I already had, food scrapes $0, free newspaper, worms a little under $8-every six months).
In the long run you will end up saving money on the dirt you will need for planting projects.  The dirt from compost bins is also more nutrient rich, my uncle calls it "gardener's gold" because it is richer and is better for growing fruits, veggies, herbs and more.

  Experience=Priceless :)

Do you have a compost bin or container?

***It is important to use newspaper not magazines or gloss paper as that will not break down the same way.  Periodically add more grass/leaves and newspaper to add the variety to the bin, it helps get everything broken down, your worms will appreciate it and your kiddos will have fun ripping and adding it. :)

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High Value: Save $5.00/2 Cafe Escapes K-Cup Packs Printable Coupon


If you have a Keurig, this is a very high value coupon that you are giong to want to print out!  Hurry over to Coupons.com to print out this coupon that will save you $5.00/2 Cafe Escapes K-Cup Packs.  If you have trouble finding this coupon, search under zip 53220.




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GREAT Father's Day Gift! Little Giant Ladder ONLY $149.99 (retail $327)_


Today on Woot! you can get a Little Giant 15125 Select Step 5-8 ft Ladder for only $149.99. These retail for as much as $327.00 and would make a great gift for dad!  My husband has seen this on TV quite a few times and each time he makes a comment about how he wishes these weren't so much money because he would LOVE one.  Now might just be the time that he gets one!

  • Adjusts quickly from 5 – 8 feet
  • Built-in no-pinch Comfort Step™ provides a huge, comfortable standing platform that literally feels like you’re standing on solid ground
  • Each side telescopes incrementally, giving you a 5, 6, 7 or 8-foot stepladder, so you have the flexibility to work on staircases or sloping ground as well as even surfaces
  • Can be used as a staircase or 90-degree ladder
  • Lightweight and easy to move from job to job
  • Triple-Position AirDeck
  • Integrated Tip & Glide wheels for easy transport
  • Versatile top cap complete with integrated tool slots and work tray

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Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner ONLY $0.50 with Doubled Coupon at Pick 'n Save Saturday or Wednesday


Head over to Coupons.com to print out this coupon that will save you $1.00/1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner. Then, head to Pick 'n Save on Saturday or Wednesday when they will double your coupons with an order over $25. Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner is on sale this week for $2.50, making them only $0.50 when you double your coupon!

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Step 2 Welcome Home Kitchen ONLY $59.99


Today there is a HOT deal on Kids Woot for a Step2 Welcome Home Kitchen for only $59.99 (Retail $149.99).  Step 2 is one of my favorite brands...very affordable, great quality, and always age appropriate!

  • Compact, upscale kitchen designed to match today’s interior home d├ęcor
  • Kitchen has realistic electronic stove top “burner”
  • “Stainless steel” oven, microwave and refrigerator enhance children’s play and provide valuable storage of playtime accessories
  • Upscale, granite-look counter top
  • Special silverware drawer plus pull-out fruit or vegetable “basket”
  • Sink with faucet
  • Realistic kick plate, graphic window and detailed molding to accent wallpaper border
  • Special frying pan and boiling pot with lid activate electronic frying and boiling water sounds in stove’s front burner
Warranty: 1 Year Step 2

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Groupon 5/31: Omaha Steaks, Kohler Flipside Handshower Kit, iPhone Solar Rechargeable Battery Case, Remote Controlled Air Swimmer, and more...


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Star Wars–Themed Mimoco Flash Drive –

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Simplicity Flavor-Infusing Pitcher –

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Blue Ridge Two-Pack of Natural Fill Pillows – 

Two-Pack of Blue Ridge Smooth or Quilted Natural-Fill Pillows (Up to 52% Off)


Remote-Controlled Air Swimmers Bass – 

$25 for Remote-Controlled Air Swimmers Bass ($42 Value)



Sony Bloggie Touch HD Camera –

$69 for Sony 4GB Bloggie Touch HD Camera ($99.99 Value)


Brew1 Eco-Friendly Coffee Set – 

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PHI Beauty Ceramic Flat Iron Set – 

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Comfort Zone Memory-Foam Mattress – 

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Easy Slim Body-Wrap Kit – 

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Fossil Stella Watches for Women – 

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Eton Mobius iPhone Solar Rechargeable Battery Case – 

$39 for Eton Mobius Rechargeable Battery Case with Solar Panel for iPhone 4 and 4S ($80 Value). Shipping Included.


Kohler Flipside Handshower Kit – 

$59 for Kohler Flipside Handshower Kit ($115 Value)


Anti-Aging Argan Oil Skincare Kit – 

$29 for a Naturelle d'Argan Three-Piece Anti-Aging Skincare Regimen with Argan Oil ($111.97 Value). Shipping Included.



24-Pack of Plum Organics Baby Food –

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Marika Shape-Enhancing Activewear – 

Total Slimming Capri, Skort, Bermuda, or Pant or Three Smooth-Shaping Bras from Marika (Up to 77% Off). Shipping Included. Multiple Sizes Available.





Premium Wine Sampler – 

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Omaha Steaks – 

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Zaggora –

Weight-Loss HotPants in Shorts, Capri, or Flare Style (Up to 64% Off)



Little Genius – 

$29 for Little Genius "Favorite Children's Songs" CD Series ($99 Value)



Sticks and Stones – 

$65 for Personalized and Framed Alphabet-Photography Keepsake ($139.99 Value)


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LAST CHANCE: Two hour session at Studio 915 for $19! Also check out the One Week Summer Camp Deal!


Bike Kids Wisconsin

$144 for a One-Week Outdoor Camp for Ages 9 to 14



$20 (Pay $10) or $40 (Pay $20) to Spend on Bike or Boat Rentals

Studio 915

$19 Two-Hour Intuitive, Mandala, or Tile Painting Workshop
I think I may have to get the Mandala or Tile Painting class. :)

Mania Ink Tattoo Studio & Gallery

$49 One-Hour Tattoo Session and Consultation

Take a trip to Springfield, Illinois!
For $189 you will get:
Two night stay for up to four guests in a Deluxe Room
Daily Hot Breakfast
Four Tickets to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Knight's Action Park VIP Family Fun Pack with four mini golf passes, four go-kart passes and a $30 VIP card
You can combine two vouchers for up to a four nights of stay!







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Did you see the Nivea for Men coupons?

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LAST DAY to get these eBook deals!!!


Today is the last day in May!  That means it is the last day to pick from these 100 eBooks $3.99 and under!


by Daisy Meadows $2.99

Curses!  by J.A. Kazimer $3.99



The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945 (History of Jazz) 
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by Eileen Garvin   $2.99

by David Borgenicht $1.99


Fanny Brice : The Original Funny Girl by Herbert G. Goldman $1.99


Fresh from the Farmers' Market: Year-Round Recipes for the Pick of the Crop 
by Alice Waters $2.99





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New MorningStar Tryology Program, maybe you will get picked!

There is a new Tryology Program:

1.       Members have the chance to eat and review some of the latest products by MorningStar Farms http://bit.ly/MorningStarProgram. Application window closes on June 5th.

To apply for this program all you have to do is sign up to be an EXPO member and take the short screener.  Qualifying members will receive an invitation to try and review the product.  It’s that easy!  You can find more information about this program and others just like it here:  http://bit.ly/MorningStarProgram.


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The Loaded Slate, National Bakery, and Chubby's Cheesesteaks! Delicious deals!


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The Loaded Slate – Milwaukee

Pub Fare, Pizza, or Party-Room Rental (Up to 72% Off). Four Options Available.


  • $10 for $20 worth of pub fare for two or more people
  • $20 for $40 worth of pub fare for four or more people
  • $10 for a pub meal for two with two domestic draft beers and one pizza (up to $18 value)



National Bakery & Deli – Multiple Locations

$10 for $20 Worth of Bakery and Deli Fare

I am buying one for myself and one as a gift for my mom! :)



Chubby's Cheesesteaks – Lower East Side

Cheesesteaks, Sandwiches, and Other American Fare (Half Off)





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