Jul 242014
 
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Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

In addition to my family recently making a Donation to the Salvation Army via the Champions for Kids Summer of Giving Program, we also got together with my daughter and son’s friends to make a donation to a local Food Pantry.

We were provided with a $35 Gift Card to Walmart to help facilitate our trip, and we also made a family match in dollars.

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

Their mother and I decided to make this day both educational and fun.

We got up early and did our shopping, and later in the day the kids would enjoy some playtime.

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

As we headed over to Walmart, we discussed what we were doing and how families would be benefiting from our donation that may not have enough to eat.

We also explained how blessed we were to not worry about going hungry, and why we should help others in need.

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

As we shopped, we picked up vegetables, canned tomatoes, and pasta.

These items were foods that could easily be turned into a large filling meal.

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

Once we were finished checking out, we drove over to the Food Pantry.

There, the kids hand delivered the food and the volunteers gave them a tour inside.

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

As we left, we asked the kids to tell us the purpose of our trip and who it would be helping. They knew, and told us exactly what it was all about.

Afterward, the kiddos got to play and we moms got in some socialization time.

 

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

 

Just like our first trip, it did not take very much to make a big difference. Again we were helping families in our community, and also teaching our children about the importance of giving.

Have you ever performed a Simple Service Project? What did you do to help those in need?

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

For more details about the Champions for Kids #SummerofGiving and its goal to provide 5 million meals this summer, visit the frozen food aisle at your local Walmart Super Center or visit cfkhelpkidsthrive.org. There you can also find out details on how you could win $25,000 for your favorite school.

You can also follow Champions for Kids on Facebook at facebook.com/ChampionsForKids.

FFM

Jun 232014
 
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Are you looking for a way to make a difference in a child’s life?  How about having a chance to win your favorite school $25,000? 

If the answer is “YES”, I have an easy way to fulfill both through the Champions for Kids Summer of Giving program.

Champions for Kids

So how exactly does the Summer of Giving work?  To participate you must perform a Simple Service Project over the summer that helps Children in your community. Not only do you get to help others, but if you do it on behalf of your school, they could win the big $25,000 prize.

This great initiative has been made possible through a partnership with Tyson, Birds Eye, and State Fair brands.

Champions for Kids Summer of Giving Participating Brands

Now to show you just how easy it is to perform a Simple Service Project, Champions for Kids provided my family with a Walmart Gift Card to shop and make a donation to a local organization that helps children in need.

Before we got started though, I did have to do a little research and I discovered that the Salvation Army would accept perishable items. For more Simple Service Project Ideas visit championsforkids.org/simple.

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My husband and I then took the kids aside and talked about the importance of helping others.  We also discussed how we would be shopping and why we would be visiting the non-profit.

We both thought it was important that they actually understood what the “Summer of Giving” was all about. After this, the entire family piled in the car and drove to our nearest Walmart.

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We went in and headed over to the frozen food section.  There we saw displays for Tyson, Birds Eye, and State Fair.

After shopping the aisles, we found 3 lbs bags of plain chicken breasts and large bags of mixed vegetables. I figured these items could be served “as is”, or prepared into some type of dish.

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My kids then took turns pulling the items from the freezers and putting the various items into the carts. They were having fun and making a difference at the same time.

After we finished, I called the local Salvation Army Kitchen and told them that we were on our way.  I spoke to a gentlemen named “Brian”, and he sounded so excited over the phone.

Summer of Giving Donation to the Salvation Army

We pulled right up to the back of the building to deliver the food, and they came out with a cart to transport the items in. It really felt good to give.

Have you ever performed a Simple Service Project before? What did you do to help those in need?

Summer of Giving Shelf Display Champions for Kids

For more details about the Champions for Kids #SummerofGiving and its goal to provide 5 million meals this summer, visit the frozen food aisle at your local Walmart Super Center or visit cfkhelpkidsthrive.org. You can also follow Champions for Kids on Facebook at facebook.com/ChampionsForKids.

Our Simple Service Project was really that simple, yet it made such a big impact. By helping individuals at the Salvation Army, we not only provided meals to those in need, but my children learned about what it means to give.

FFM

Aug 062013
 
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Back To School Routines with Walmart and Bigelow Tea #AmericasTea #shop #cbias

This past weekend, my family took advantage of tax-free in the State of Florida and headed up to Walmart to finish our back to school shopping. In addition, we explored the Bigelow Tea section in the coffee aisle and picked up items to aid in this year’s back to school breakfast, afternoon snacks, and drinks on the go for after school activities. I’m happy to report that we completed our mission. 

You can check out our trip here, Back To School Routines with Walmart and Bigelow Tea #AmericasTea.

Back To School Routines with Walmart and Bigelow Tea #AmericasTea #shop #cbias

I ended up bringing home 6 different varieties of Bigelow Tea to try along with fresh fruit and raspberry spread for pairings. Of course, I had to break open a box of herbal tea as soon as we got home to help unwind from all the shopping. The Red Raspberry Herb Tea looked like a good choice and I was right.  I steeped the tea bag for 5 minutes in hot water and added a teaspoon and a half of honey. It smells great and is delicious!

Red Raspberry Herb Tea, Back To School Routines with Walmart and Bigelow Tea #AmericasTea #shop #cbias

I also brewed a 1/2 gallon of the Perfect Peach Herb Tea.   To make it I boiled water and turn it off, added 8 tea bags, and steeped for 5-10 minutes. After, I stirred in a 1/2 cup of sugar, I moved this to a beverage container, and then added enough water to make it a 1/2 gallon. This gave me something caffeine free to drink during the week.

Perfect Peach Herb Tea on the go, Back To School Routines with Walmart and Bigelow Tea #AmericasTea #shop #cbias

I even took some Perfect Peach in my Tervis Tumbler to a play-date. This was a great alternative to grabbing a sugary soda or cold coffee beverage while I was out. I expect I’ll be doing this a lot while I wait in the car rider’s lane or hang out during after school practice.

Perfect Peach Tea Ice Pops! #AmericasTea #shop #cbias

I also told the kiddos that I would make Freezer Pops with the Perfect Peach Herb Tea and fresh peaches. These were surprisingly easy to make.  I used the sweet tea I had already made the night before in this recipe.

Perfect Peach Tea Ice Pops! #AmericasTea #shop #cbias

The next day, I peeled a peach and cut it into small pieces.  These went at the bottom of the pop holder. 2 cups of the Perfect Peach previously brewed was then poured over the peaches.  The pops were put into the freezer overnight. (You could always brew 2 cups of fresh tea and sweeten to your desire).

Perfect Peach Tea Ice Pops! #AmericasTea #shop #cbias

I decided to call these Perfect Peach Tea Ice Pops. The kids decided to call them “YUMMY” as they watched an afternoon movie. I asked if I should make them again and the exclaimed response was “YES!”. These pops are so refreshing and I feel great about giving my kids an afternoon snack that is caffeine free and filled with fresh fruit.

Perfect Peach Tea Ice Pops! #AmericasTea #shop #cbias

Not only did we have tea for a snack, we also had it along with our breakfast. My daughter wanted warm Perfect Peach and my son requested the Red Raspberry. I asked him if he wanted Raspberry spread on his toast as well and he said yes.  It made for a delicious breakfast pairing.

Bigelow Tea with breakfast, Back To School Routines with Walmart and Bigelow Tea #AmericasTea #shop #cbias

As a parent, I am concerned about the amount of sugar my kids are consuming, and I like a beverage that I can determine the amount of sweetener going into it. It is a plus that Bigelow Tea offers caffeine free varieties, and teas with antioxidant properties. 

Bigelow Tea with breakfast, Back To School Routines with Walmart and Bigelow Tea #AmericasTea #shop #cbias

I haven’t even begun to explore all of the possibilities with the Bigelow Tea varieties, but I am excited to continue to incorporate them into our daily routine. It was awesome to find a tea with so many flavors versus using a plain variety, it keeps things interesting.  Not to mention, I was thrilled at the affordability of this product.

For other ideas on how to use Bigelow Tea, visit the Bigelow Tea Aggregator.

So how do you incorporate tea into your daily routine?  What is your favorite flavor?

FFM

Apr 142013
 
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Starbucks Coffee and Walmart Brownie

“Starbucks Dark French Roast Coffee and Walmart Turtle Brownies are a match, and now I am in the know!”

I needed to pick up some milk and other household items at Walmart this past week, so I headed out after the kids went to bed. This was an opportunity to take some “Me” time, and get some much needed shopping done. While I was there, I was also on a mission to pick up the delicious pairings of Starbucks Dark French Roast Coffee and Walmart Turtle Brownies at the Walmart Bakery.

Walmart Brand Turtle Brownies

Since it was around 10:30pm, the store was relatively quiet and I went straight over to The Bakery to look for a Starbucks display.  However, there was not one present, so I proceeded to find the brownies and then went over to the coffee aisle and found the Starbucks Coffee products. I then picked up a bag of Starbucks Dark French Roast Whole Bean Coffee.

Starbucks Display at Walmart

Afterward, I walked the store for another hour or so and shopped. I went all over the place and ended up with a pair of shoes for my daughter, a beach towel and hand towel for my son’s bathroom, clothes for the baby, and seeds for our garden. Oh, and I also got a gallon of milk, juice boxes, and dish detergent. This was a typical shopping trip for me to Walmart, and I thought “Wow what a combination.” These were all things I needed, and I got it all done in one trip.

Brewed Starbucks Dark French Roast

When I got up the next day, I opened up my bag of coffee and a wonderful aroma rose up.  I ground the beans, set the coffee to brew, and went about my usual business first thing in the morning.  Once it was ready, I poured a cup of black coffee and took a little sip.  Now that is some strong coffee with bold flavors.  Brewing Starbucks at home was a new experience for me, since I usually brew medium strength coffee at home, and my experience with Starbucks has been in store.  I typically take the kids once a week for a treat to get a boxed vanilla milk, and I pick up a latte or Frappuccino.

Walmart Iced Turtle Brownie

Next, I tasted the brownie by itself, it was sweet.  It was covered with a rich chocolate icing with caramel drizzle and pieces of walnut. Then it was time to put the two together.  I took a bite of the brownie and then a sip. With this, no sugar was needed in the coffee. The sweetness cut through the strength of the coffee and together they were a great combination. After, I added milk and took another sip. I liked it either way, but I do prefer milk in my coffee. Starbucks Dark French Roast is intended to be served with complimentary notes of toasted nuts, caramelized sugar, and roasted vegetables.

I’m thinking pairings like this would make a great treat once a week for some “Me” time at home. I would now be open to using a stronger Starbucks coffee now that I know how to pair it. In addition, these would be great to use for entertaining when I have mommy friends over. Interested in making your own Delicious Pairing?  Look for the Starbucks display at The Bakery in your local Walmart.

Starbucks Dark French Roast and Walmart Turtle Brownie Picture

Since April is National Poetry Month, I was inspired by my experience to write the following poem.

Delicious “Me” Time by Carlee at Frugal and Fun Mom

I pour me a cup, I slice me a sliver, the moment is almost here,

I take a bite, I sip my drink, this me time is so dear,

The coffee is strong, the brownie is sweet, together they are a pair,

When they meet, the taste is divine, I think “Eat the whole brownie should I DARE?”.

I need to get moving, up and awake, but I sit and enjoy this meal,

However, in a bit the kids will be up, saying “Brownie for breakfast? Hey mom what’s the deal”.

I finish my drink, I clean off my plate, to the dishwasher it will go.

Starbucks Dark French Roast Coffee and Walmart Turtle Brownies are a match, and now I am in the know!

Have you combined coffee with your favorite pastries? If so, which ones have you tried?

FFM

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Nov 292012
 
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Kellogg’s and Scholastic want to help with FREE books and balanced breakfasts!

When you purchase two specially marked Kellogg’s products or one Kellogg’s Tri-Pack at Walmart you’ll receive a coupon for a FREE book of your choice* from Scholastic (up to a $5 value)! Codes can be found inside boxes of participating Kellogg’s products, sold only at Walmart.

 

 

Kellogg’s provided me with Scholastic Books, and I have to say it has been such a pleasure sharing these with my kids. My daughter and I read a few of the books including one about Clifford called “Clifford’s Manners”. I also started reading a Goosebump’s Book called “Beware, The Snowman”, and my son is now totally hooked on this story. I told him I would read him a few chapters each night till we finished, and I’m thinking I might buy a few of these as stocking stuffers.

To learn more about this special offer or to enter the codes visit KelloggsFamilyRewards.com/Scholastic.

* Participants will receive a $5 Book Coupon that can be used for books or any other materials sold through Scholastic Book Clubs and Scholastic Store Online, valued at $5 or less. Shipping and handling charges may apply for orders placed through the Scholastic Store Online.

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And thanks to Kellogg’s, One (1) Lucky Frugal and Fun Mom Reader will receive a Prize Pack with Kellogg’s products and Scholastic Books.

To Enter, Please allow a moment for the Rafflecopter Form to load below:

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FFM

Disclaimer: Kellogg Company® has provided me with a Kellogg’s-Scholastic Book Club kit to conduct a reader giveaway. However, my opinions about the product are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments toward Kellogg Company or its products. For Official Giveaway Rules visit: scholasticbloggergiveawayrules.com/scholastic-rules/

Nov 142012
 
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Walmart will be giving a total of $1.5 million in grants to Local Nonprofits this Holiday Season! 

This year Americans will have an opportunity to voice which organizations they feel need support and deserve to win a portion of the $1.5 million in grants being donated by Walmart. These funds will help communities across the country by providing basic need items like food, diapers, coats, baby formula, and other cold-weather clothing to those in need. 

Between November 1 and November 18, 2012 you can vote for local nonprofits at Walmart’s Facebook Page. On December 10, Walmart will start the 12 Days of Giving by announcing funding to the winning nonprofits that were nominated on Facebook.


 

I just went over to the 12 Days of Giving and nominated a local nonprofit called St. Joseph’s Food Pantry. This organization provides food to those in need and in 2010, approximately 50,000 bags of food were distributed to 25,000 families. Source  sjcfl.org

When the holidays come around, the Food Pantry’s services are in great demand and they make it so individuals in my community do not have to go without a Thanksgiving. My kids and I actually took food items up to the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry last year and will most likely do the same in the next couple of weeks.

The process to nominate an organization at the 12 Days of Giving is really easy.  Simply visit Walmart’s Facebook Page and provide the Nonprofit’s name, contact info, website address, and you can also provided a photo, however that is optional.

So what are you waiting for?  To get started visit 12 Days of Giving. 

And, make sure you leave a comment below sharing which nonprofit you chose!

FFM

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Oct 072012
 
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This weekend, I decided to brave it and head out by myself with all three kids.  I figured it was time for me to get back into the swing of things since feeding seems to be going pretty well for me and the little guy.

There were a couple FREE events going on this weekend, and once my oldest son got home from his soccer game, we decided to head out.

We missed out on The Home Depot Free Kids Event, but hopefully we will catch it next month. CLICK HERE–> Trip To A Home Depot Kid’s Workshop

Our first stop was the Free Cinderella Event at Walmart. CLICK HERE–> FREE In-Store Events this Weekend at Walmart! Apparently Walmart has events like this all the time.

 

They had Cinderella activity sheets, cupcakes with a ring, and a Pumpkin decorating kit. While we were there we went ahead and visited a Craisins booth, got some samples and coupons, and as we left picked up coupons from the booth that was promoting Green Giant and Yoplait.

 

 

After that we headed over to the Beyblade Event at Toys R Us.  CLICK HERE–>FREE Events at Toys R Us This October 2012 They actually have events going on all this month.

 

They weren’t giving away anything, but they did have a special coupon offer and I used it for a Beyblade book since my son is a big fan. He really enjoyed this event because he got to play with new Beyblades and battle other boys.  His little sister even got in on the action.

 

My son got an education on Beyblades from the other boys, which he then schooled me on during the ride home. 

Once we were out, I decided to stay out and even ventured to the library and a local mall with my mom. It was nice to spend some quality time with the kiddos, and refreshing to feel a little bit of normalcy again. 

I hope you all had a great weekend. Let me know if you got to check out any of these events, and how it went!

FFM

Oct 052012
 
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Starting this Friday and throughout the weekend, there are some exciting FREE events planned at your local Walmart stores.

We have been to a few, and sometimes they are hit or miss, but I did score FREE tickets to the Lorax from Seventh Generation,  and a FREE Picture for my kids at a Dora Event in the past.

I think what I am most excited about this weekend, is the FREE Cinderella Event on Saturday!

Here are the details:

Visit the Bright Ideas station at your local, participating Walmart to sample a Cinderella cake from the Walmart bakery and get your child excited for the Cinderella Blu-Ray release by picking up a pumpkin decorating kit, activity sheet and information on a new interactive Cinderella app! Learn more about your favorite Disney princess at Walmart today!

CLICK HERE–> FREE In-Store Events at Walmart to check out events, times, and if your location is participating!

Enjoy!

FFM

Jun 052012
 
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I just treated my son to 2 packages of Gum. I don’t mind paying .46 a pack!

CLICK HERE–>  Buy One Get One FREE Coupon for Dentyne Ice to print your coupon. Remember to print twice. Look under foods and if you don’t see it try Zip Code 34209.

Only available for a limited time and while supplies last.

Enjoy!

FFM