A Day in the Life of a Mom Blogger

 

I thought you might like to have a glimpse into my day in the life of a mom blogger and see how I manage the days with my kids, keep the house clean, feed my family meals and run a blog. Most days are busy at the Park house. Leave a comment and let me know what your days are like.

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Utah Giveaway: Free Airbrush Tanning

I was talking with my friend, Melissa, a few weeks ago and I  found out that she specializes in custom airbrush tanning. She does a great job of giving people a natural looking sunless tan (as you can see in the photos). Airbrush tanning allows you to have a controlled level of detail, shading and customization for your skin without the tan lines, streaks or turning orange, like what some store-purchased self tanner spray bottles do to your skin. Plus, airbrush tanning is a healthy alternative to tanning in the sun or in a tanning bed.

An airbrush tan would be perfect for vacations, proms, dance/cheer competitions, engagement photos, weddings, or if you just want a nice looking tan. Melissa does wedding parties and tanning parties, so if you have a group of eight people or more, she will come to you. Contact her at 435-313-4681 for specials and group discounts.

An airbrush tan lasts approximately 7-10 days, and the cost is as follows:

  • Women’s full body – $25
  • Men’s full body – $35
  • Face Only – $10
  • Arms Only – $10
  • Legs Only – $10

For those of you who would like to try an airbrush tan, mention Saving Cent by Cent to Melissa and you’ll receive 10% off an airbrush tan. This 10% discount is only good through March 31, 2017. Melissa also has a deal that when you buy 9 tans, you will get one free. Contact Melissa at 435-313-4681 to schedule an appointment, and also check out her Airbrush Tanning by Melissa Facebook page.

 

Photo: Miss Utah Contestant

 

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Hurry! Get Your Disneyland Tickets Now Before Prices Increase

Disneyland recently increased their ticket prices on February 12th, but you can still get the current Disneyland discount ticket prices and save up to $32 per ticket through Get Away Today through Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

You don’t have to travel by Feb. 21st, you just need to purchase your tickets by then to get the discounted price. You can travel anytime between now and December 31, 2017, so if you have been thinking of vacationing at Disneyland, now is the time to book your travel for summer vacation, fall break and even the holidays.

If you book a 2-night or longer Southern California vacation package including tickets and hotel stay, use the promo code SCBC to get an extra $10 off. Every small amount of money saved helps out!

Get Away Today Layaway Lock In

Get Away Today has a layaway plan that’s only $125 down, and they will LOCK in your discount package price. If you can’t pay for your whole trip upfront, you can book it to get the discounted ticket prices and make payments each month until 14 days before your trip, when it needs to be paid in full. So hurry and purchase your tickets now by booking online Get Away Today.com or call Get Away Today directly at 1-855-GET-AWAY. Be sure to use the promo code SCBC.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

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I really love this Broccoli Cheese Soup. It’s one of my favorite soups! Years ago, I made a broccoli cheese soup and I’ll admit that I didn’t love it, so I didn’t try making a broccoli cheese soup again for a while. Until recently, I tried a new recipe and I loved it! In addition, all my kids love it. My little boy loved it so much that he had two helpings of this soup before I could even sit down to eat. So this Broccoli Cheese Soup is one you’ll want to add to your family-friendly recipes. Here’s how to make the Broccoli Cheese Soup:

 

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25 No Candy Valentine’s Ideas for Kids

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We still have so much candy in the house from the holidays and my kids don’t need more candy, so I’ve compiled a list of no candy Valentine’s ideas that kids can give to school friends or neighbors or that you can give as fillers in your valentine’s baskets you give your kids. For those of you who want to give non-candy Valentine’s to kids this year, here are 25 ideas with cute sayings you can use.

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Valentine’s Lip Whistles

Use the saying, “Blow Me a Kiss, Valentine.”

 

 

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Play-Doh Valentine’s Cans

Use the saying, “Doh you want to be my Valentine?” or

“Valentine, I think you are a-DOH-able”

 

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Heart Maze Puzzles – “You’re a-MAZE-ing! Happy Valentine’s Day!”

 

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Valentine’s Day Slap Bracelets

 

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Glow Sticks

Use the saying, “You Make My Heart Glow.”

 

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Red, White & Pink Toy Plastic Shovels with I Dig You Stickers

Use the saying, “I Dig You.”

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Easy Cheesy Hot Corn Dip

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My friend brought this Easy Cheesy Hot Corn Dip to a backyard barbecue party years ago. It was so good that I kept eating eat. This week, I made the hot corn dip for my family and they loved it. This makes a delicious party dip or game day appetizer for a group get together.

 

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Here’s the recipe for the Easy Cheesy Hot Corn Dip:

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Sale on LEGOLAND Tickets & Disneyland Electrical Parade Started

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Right now, Get Away Today is having its biggest sale ever on LEGOLAND® California tickets. You can save up to 25% on tickets and get a second day free when you travel by March 31, 2017. Adults and kids tickets are just $85 each and are good for two full days. This is a $32 savings of each adult ticket off the gate price and $22 off each child’s ticket.

LEGOLAND® California and the SEA Life Aquarium has over 60 attractions, shows and more. Explore 10 themed areas geared for kids ages two through 12, including the new LEGO® NINJAGO® World and LEGO® Friends Heartlake City.

 

Disneyland Electric Parade

Also, there is always something new going on at Disneyland! The Main Street Electrical Parade began last week at Disneyland Park and will continue nightly until June 18th of this year. Season of the Force has also returned to Disneyland Park. Get Away Today has Disneyland specials including Adults at Kids’ Prices on select dates, 25% savings at the Disneyland Resort Hotels and free night specials at Anaheim area hotels.

If you book a 2-night or longer Southern California vacation package including tickets and hotel stay, use the promo code SCBC to get an extra $10 off. Every small amount of money saved helps out!

If you are looking to vacation in Hawaii, Mexico or the Caribbean, get an exclusive $100 off any 3-night or longer beach vacation from Get Away Today.

 

Get Away Today Layaway Lock In

Get Away Today has a layaway plan that’s only $125 down. If you can’t pay for your whole trip upfront, you can book it to get the discounted ticket prices and make payments each month until three weeks before your trip, when it needs to be paid in full. So grab your tickets now by booking online Get Away Today.com or call Get Away Today directly at 1-855-GET-AWAY. Be sure to use the promo code SCBC.

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The Best Orange Pineapple Party Punch

Orange Pineapple Party Punch

Since I was a young child, I remember my mother making this Orange Pineapple Party Punch for holiday parties and special occasions. I always loved helping her mash the frozen punch into a punch bowl and stir in the soda. And we loved when she made it because it is delicious! I now make this for my family, and every time I make it, my little kids keep asking for more to drink because they love it too.

This punch is perfect for so many occasions throughout the year such as holidays, family parties or during the summer when it’s hot. We have even used this punch for family wedding receptions many times.

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And this recipe is simple to make and only has 5 ingredients: bananas, pineapple juice, frozen orange juice concentrate, frozen pink lemonade concentrate and Sprite or 7-Up.

Here is the recipe for the best Orange Pineapple Party Punch:

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4 Important Steps to Get Out of Debt

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Living with debt can be stressful, and once you are in debt, it’s hard to get out of debt. The average household has about $132,000 in debt, which includes mortgages, and the average household with credit card debt has balances totaling about $16,000, according to the American Household Credit Card Debt Study.

When you don’t have enough money to pay the bills and you continue to accumulate debt, it becomes a heavy burden. Getting out of debt and staying out of debt is not an easy thing to do. If you want to get out of debt, it’s going to take sacrifice, discipline and hard work, but in the end it will be worth it. Once you get out of debt, that burden of debt hanging over you will be gone, and you’ll have a financial peace of mind. You’ll also be able to take that money that was once going toward debt and instead use it to do things that are important to you and your family, because life is about enjoying things that matter most.

Here are four important steps to help you get out of debt so you can put yourself in a better financial position. This is your year to get your finances in control!

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A HUGE Change to Saving Cent by Cent

The Best Weekly Grocery Deals

UPDATE: To make it easier to find this post with the links to the grocery store sales ads, I’ve placed a graphic link on my sidebar (see the example below) so you can click on it and come directly to this post, rather than having to scroll through multiple posts to find it.

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For the past four years, I’ve been doing the best weekly grocery deals on my site. And every week, it takes 6-10 hours to put the grocery deals list together. There has only been a handful of times that I haven’t posted the grocery deals list over the past four years. This site has been a hobby for me. I make very little money from my website, and with the little money I do make, it goes back in to keeping the website running. I’ve been doing this grocery deals list because I know it helps many of you save money on your grocery budget.

However, one of my goals this year is to simplify because during this past year, I’ve felt spread too thin. I’ve been trying to be the best mom, wife and blogger, keep my house clean, prepare healthy meals for my family, and serve in my church calling. But I just can’t do it all, and I’ve decided that I have to let go of some things and simplify areas in my life.

I know this will be a HUGE disappointment to many of you and I appreciate all of you who let me know that you LOVE the grocery deals list, but I’ve decided that. . .

I will no longer be posting the weekly grocery deals on my site.

There will be times when I want to share some awesome grocery deals with you, so be sure to click here to subscribe to my email list because I will email you if there are deals I think you should know about.

Now, this doesn’t mean that I am going away. I am still planning to post money-saving tips and frugal ideas on my website. I have already prepared some quality posts that I’ll be sharing with you each week. I really hope that you’ll continue to visit my site. Be sure to sign up for my email list here, so you don’t miss any of these posts.

Since I don’t want to leave you completely hanging, I’m providing you with the tools needed below to find these amazing grocery deals each week.

 

DEALS TO MEALS

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If you are REALLY disappointed with this announcement that I’m not longer doing the grocery deals list, I recommend you try out Deals to Meals, a site that helps people all over the country save money on groceries and save time planning and preparing for meals. If you want to try out Deals to Meals, you can sign up for a FREE 2-week trial here, then after that it’s only $4.95 a month. That’s just a little more than $1 a week, which is a great deal, especially with how much time and hundreds of dollars it will save you. Paying for Deals to Meals to do the work for you will really save you hours of your time each week. And your time is valuable, so you might want to seriously look into paying for this service.

 

WEEKLY ADS

Look through all of the weekly ads. If you don’t have much time, just glance at the first and last page of the weekly ads. That’s where they usually place the best deals.  Here are the links to the weekly ads.

 

 

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Also look at GrocerySmarts to make sure you don’t miss any really good deals. Plus, GrocerySmarts will show you which coupons to use with the sale to get the best deal. However, GrocerySmarts doesn’t have all of the stores listed that I’ve shown on my weekly grocery deals list, so you’ll want to check the weekly ads I listed above.

Here are the coupon sites I use to find coupons to go along with sales:

 

 

Newspaper Subscription $20 for a Year

For those of you who want a Sunday newspaper so you can get the coupons that come with it, you can get a Sunday newspaper subscription for the Deseret News or Salt Lake Tribune for just $20 for one year (52 weeks)! That comes out to be only $0.38 per paper! This is such an awesome deal!

 

MEAL PLANNING

I can’t stress enough how important meal planning is to help you save money on groceries and to also take a shopping list with you and stick with the shopping list. For those of you who struggle to meal plan before you grocery shop or for you busy moms, the Six Sisters’ Stuff Menu Plan will help you out with dinner each night and save you money because you’ll have a plan of what you need to purchase before you go grocery shopping.

 

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Six Sisters’ Stuff has three different menu plans to choose from:

  • Menu Plan Membership – Serves 6-8
  • Smaller Family Menu Plan – Serves 2-4
  • Gluten-Free Menu Plan – Serves 4-6

With all three of the menu plan options, you’ll receive a week’s worth of meals at a glance, which includes 6 main dish recipes, 2 side dish recipes and 2 dessert recipes. And in addition to getting a menu plan, you’ll also receive a detailed shopping list of what to buy each week. Use my Best Weekly Grocery Deals list to know if any ingredients from your shopping list are on sale that week.

A whole year of menu plans from Six Sisters’ Stuff is just $36. That turns out to be only $3.00 per month! If you would rather, you could choose the monthly payment option of $5.00 a month. Six Sisters’ Stuff has so many family-friendly meals, that the $36 for the year will be worth it. Head over here to get more details or to sign up. Planning out your meals and shopping the sales will save you hundreds of dollars on your groceries each month!

 

WALMART TIPS

Be sure to read about how I Buy Groceries on a Budget, Tips on How to Price Match at Walmart, as well as read about the Walmart Savings Catcher program to save more money. And here is Walmart’s ad match policy.

 

APPS

Grocery Apps that will save you money

And be sure to check out these 10 smartphone apps that will save you money on groceries.

 

Thank you to all of you who regularly visit my site. I hope you will continue to visit often to see what money-saving tips and frugal ideas I have to share with you.

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