Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Alphie's Back!

Do you remember playing with Alphie as a kid? I loved the way his face lit up, the feel of the buttons, and the satisfaction of solving a puzzle. Playskool brought him back to be enjoyed by a new generation. I'm so excited to play with him again! I mean, uhh, to let my daughter discover the fun of Alphie.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sweepstakes Win!

This week I won free pasta and pasta sauce from Barilla by entering this sweepstakes:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Recipe: Laura's Unbelievable Chicken and Pasta

Here is a simple and delicious recipe you can make in 30-40 minutes.

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Submitted By: OURGANG
Photo By: gapch1026
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 6

"A dream for families, this creamy chicken dish is a great way to get the kids to eat their spinach."
4 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken
breast halves - cut into 1 inch strips
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach,
thawed and drained
1 (8 ounce) package cold cream cheese,
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 (16 ounce) package dry penne pasta
1.Bring large pot of water to a boil, and stir in penne pasta.
2.Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook chicken cubes in broth; simmering until done, about 10 minutes. Stir in cubed cream cheese and spinach. Return to simmer, and cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cherry tomatoes, and cook about 3 minutes more.
3.In a large bowl, mix together cooked, drained pasta and sauce. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Half Price Tickets to Eckert's!

Groupon comes through again with half-price tickets to Eckert's Orchard in Belleville.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Yard Sale Reviews for Saturday September 11

825 E. Oak open until noon today. All kid's clothes 25 cents! Lots of girls clothes 6mo -4T and a few boys clothes.

427 S. 5th Great quality cute girls clothes 0-4T, no boys. Most $2.00 each.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


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Thursday, July 22, 2010

My New Favorite Diaper Bag Toy

As my daughter gets older her interests tend to gravitate towards toys with lights and loud noises. This isn't usually appropriate at restaurants and other public places where she needs to wait for extended periods of time.

My challenge: to find a toy small enough to fit into a diaper bag that is quiet and will hold her interest.

My solution: Goobi.

Katy lavishes her focused attention on these toys for at least 10 precious minutes at a time. Assembling, disassembling and rearranging magnetic sticks and steel balls into countless shapes and forms even holds my interest. Young children need supervision to avoid swallowing the small pieces.

Cartoon Character Dishes

I recently threw away one of my daughter's Mickey Mouse plastic plates because the coating protecting the Mickey Mouse image started bubbling up and broke open. I went to the baby and toddler aisle to find a replacement and went wide-eyed, again, at the prices, $3.50 for one plastic plate emblazoned with cartoon characters that I couldn't freeze, microwave or put in the dishwasher. I couldn't do it. After some searching I decided to buy 6 shallow Rubbermaid food containers for $4 and change. They're dishwasher safe, microwavable, freezable and have lids so that I can store leftovers. So, they're not cute. Mickey Mouse never helped my daughter eat more vegetables anyway.

This experience reinforced my #1 saving tip when buying for babies and toddlers: don't buy from the baby and toddler aisle unless you have to. You will pay a premium for something you can probably find cheaper in another section of the store. There's not much choice when it comes to diapers and formula. You can save big money by buying medicine, hygiene products and toddler dishes elsewhere.