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Live Greener by Learning from Past Generations

How to Choose the Fastest Line at the Market

Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole

Garlic Chicken Pasta, Three Cheese Garlic Chicken Pasta and Macaroni & Cheese from Heavenly Homemakers

The Makings of a Beautiful Chocolate Chip Cookie

Cinnamon Apple Crisp (WW Friendly)

Hungry between meals? Try one of these tips. . .

• Clean the bathroom or other gross household spot.
• Count to 100 really slowly, and it might pass. Doctors say that counting changes the minds direction in thought.
• Read a list of the reasons you are trying to lose weight.
• Drink a mug of tea or a glass of water.
• Chew a piece of gum.
• Brush your teeth & tongue.
• Do a quick work-out.
• Smell a lemon or orange. The smell of citrus can curb an appetite.
• Ride out the hour to allow time to let the craving pass.
• Eat berries, melon or vegetables.

Is Night Eating Sabotaging Your Weight Loss?

Night eating is a problem for many people. Read on!
Is Night Eating Sabotaging Your Weight Loss? - DivineCaroline

How to Make Time for Exercise and Stick with It!

LaterFlag: Free BlackBerry App That Allows You To Flag Your Emails

Perfect Zesty Chicken Tortilla Bake

Have you seen the Unclutterer?

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Unclutterer: Daily tips on how to organize your home and office.

Tips for encouraging children’s choresOn the continued topic of inspiring children to establish organized routines, the HGTV website has a helpful article on motivating and prompting kids to clean up their rooms.


How to Create Your Own BlackBerry Cradle

Click here to see an article about creating your own BlackBerry cradle from IkeaHacker.

Organize Me- The Fall Routines edition. . .

6 Amazing Uses for Apples

An apple a day does more than you'll guess! Go beyond apple pie and learn how apples help you out at home.

Click here to read the rest of this article from Reader's Digest.

How to install a "garage door open" indicator

Ever left your garage door open overnight? In addition to being a terrible energy waster, all the tools, bikes, and other stuff are available to thieves - who might even enter your home via the door from your garage to your living quarters.

Click here to read more. . .

Freezer Jam: A Baby Step To Canning

For years I researched the art and craft of preserving summer fruit, but I could never bring myself to go ahead and try it myself. What if I did something wrong? What if my jars exploded in the heat? What if I hurt myself or someone I cared about?Click here to read more. . .

5 Ways I Save Money on Groceries

From Tip Hero

Like many Americans, I decided to make saving more money a priority this year. One of the areas with which I've had some success is food. Here are five tactics I instituted this year to cut my grocery expenses:Click here to continue reading.

Hasbrown Casserole Recipe

From Make Life Delicious. . .Hashbrown Casserole!

Yummy.

10 healthy 'poor man's' foods for when you have nothing to eat

Necessity is indeed the mother of invention and when hard times strike, budgeting for food can be especially difficult. Avoid the "hungry man is an angry man" blues and stock pile these ten healthy foods that won't ruin your wallet or your waistline.Click here for the rest of the article!

Free coffee and coupons at Starbucks today!

Free coffee and coupons at Starbucks today! National Coffee Day! http://su.pr/1FD0vwToday is National Coffee Day and Starbucks is celebrating by introducing a new way to brew a cup of coffee anytime with the kickoff of Starbucks VIA Ready Brew instant coffee. The convenience of Starbucks VIA, coupled with the industry experience of Starbucks, will allow consumers to take a great cup of fresh-brewed coffee with them wherever they go.
Starbucks is so confident that coffee drinkers will love the new VIA Ready Brew instant coffee, they are inviting
customers to come in and be a part of the Starbucks VIA Taste Challenge on September 29th. National Coffee Day will be a busy one for Starbucks to begin with, not to mention the addition of their new instant coffee product.

FAMILY DAY: A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™

FAMILY DAY: A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ is Monday, Sept. 28. E-Mealz.com has created two FREE delicious menus complete with shopping lists to make it easy for you! We invite you to visit www.E-Mealz.com to download your free delicious dinner menus, complete with sides and desserts to help you celebrate Family Day with your kids. Set aside a special evening for dinner at home with your family next week.

Everyone at E-Mealz deeply believes that dinnertime is a natural and consistent way to connect with the people you love. Dinner gives our kids a repeated message that they matter to us, that we want to spend time with them and that we will go to the trouble to make that happen.
The E-Mealz Team is dedicated to help you make every day a family day!


The E-Mealz Team

12 month Photo Calendar for $8.99 shipped!

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Expires on: 9/30/2009


Coupon code can also be applied to 18 months calendar; offer price $11.99/each with free shipping.
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Celebrate the Launch of the New Debt Proof Living Website

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We've Set a Date to Celebrate
Join Mary and the DPL staff in celebrating the launch of the all-new Debt-Proof Living website, and claim your FREE one-day DPL online membership.

Where: Get your coupon code at www.DebtProofLiving.com/ECInvite

When: Friday, October 2, all day


What: Gain FREE access to exclusive member features like the Rapid Debt-Repayment Calculator, Boot Camp and the DPL Community Forums.

What else: Follow Debt-Proof Living on Facebook (Facebook.com/DebtProofLiving) and Twitter (Twitter.com/DebtProofLiving) for lively discussions and up-to-the minute updates on the latest new and improved features of DebtProofLiving.com.

More Details: Mary is so thrilled to be inviting you to this online event that she even recorded a video to invite you in person. Visit DebtProofLiving.com/ECInvite to view Mary's video invitation and for more details on how to access your exclusive one-day membership for the Debt-Proof Living online launch party.



It's Johnny Appleseed Day!

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Facebook | Gooseberry Patch: It's Johnny Appleseed Day!
Sour Cream-Apple Squares

2 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. chopped nuts
1 to 2 t. cinnamon
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 c. sour cream
2 t. vanilla extract
1 egg
2 c. apples, cored, peeled and chopped

Combine flour, sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl; blend with an electric mixer on low speed until crumbly. Stir in nuts; press 2-3/4 cups of mixture into an ungreased 13"x9" baking pan. Add cinnamon, baking soda, salt, sour cream, vanilla and egg to remaining flour mixture; fold in apples. Spread evenly over pressed mixture; bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes. Makes 15 to 18 servings.

Four Crazy-Healthy Foods from Hungry Girl!

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Don't Touch That Dial: Tips for Limiting Screen Time

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Don't Touch That Dial: Tips for Limiting Screen Time
Between the computer, the TV, the DS, and the Wii, a lot of screens are vying for your kids' attention. Parents try lots of different things to limit screen time -- everything from outright bans to "only on weekends" to setting a timer. Being The Enforcer of Screen Time Limits may solve your "right now" goal of getting kids to turn off. But raising kids with an understanding of healthy screen limits and the ability to self-regulate takes a little more work.

Duncan Hines Baker's Club September Newsletter

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Land's End--Free Shipping & Handling + 25% off regular priced items

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"Healthified" Cheesy Potato Chowder

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"Healthified" Cheesy Potato Chowder - Featured Brands - Eat Better America
71% less fat • 69% less sat fat • 50% more fiber than the original recipe—see the comparison. Chock-full of healthified ingredients, this is one soup you’ll want to chow down. The fat is drastically reduced while fiber is increased by going green with broccoli. From eatbetteramerica.

"Healthified" Apple Crisp

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"Healthified" Apple Crisp - Healthified - Eat Better America
50% less fat • 33% more fiber • 29% fewer calories than the original recipe—see the comparison. By using fiber-rich whole-wheat flour and oats, we were able to add a third more fiber to a dessert that's good to the core! From eatbetteramerica.

Use More Than One Coupon at Chuck E Cheese's To Save Even More!

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Use More Than One Coupon To Save Even More!
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10 Healthy Foods for Under $1

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10 Healthy Foods for Under $1
10 Healthy Foods for Under $1


When it comes to food, there is a commonly held belief that if it's cheap, it can't possibly be healthy and if it's healthy, it's not going to be cheap. That may be true if we're talking about fresh wild salmon or fresh blueberries purchased in the middle of winter, but there are untold healthy options that are affordable on any budget. Here's a quick grocery list to help you cut food prices while you boost nutrition, and a few recipes, too

Free Dinner Menu for Family Day 2009

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Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™
September 28, 2009
National Family Day is one day set aside to celebrate your family and strengthen the bonds between you. It is in the family where children are molded into the adults they become. Families are a source of love, inspiration and strength. There is no substitute in an individual’s life for the powerful impact of the family. But the staggering reality is that most families are caught up in their own activities and distractions, are tossing family dinner time out the window as an imposition on their schedule and time.Click here for your Free Dinner Menu for Family Day 2009

Ten NEW Supermarket Must-Haves from HG!

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Hungry Girl - Thursday Newsletter

Sure, we like to stick to basics and staples when we hit the market, but these ten finds are quickly becoming new favorites at the HG HQ. Maybe they'll find their way into YOUR kitchen, too...

5 Ways to Share a Meaningful Christmas this Year

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Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Share a Meaningful Christmas
Tis the season to get ready for the busiest season of them all. We know that busy means distracted and tired, so we thought we'd get a jump on all that by sharing some ideas on ways that you can breathe fresh meaning into your Christmas season.

5 Ways to Share a Meaningful Christmas this Year


400-Calorie Sandwiches--10 waistline-friendly combos that satisfy midday hunger

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Prevention.com - 400 Calorie Sandwiches - Low Calorie Sandwich Combos

How many calories should you eat at lunch?If you want to slim down, keep your meal between 380 and 420 calories. In fact, eating four, 400-calorie meals daily fuels energy and revs metabolism while keeping calories in check. This translates into effortless weight loss.See 10 flavorful sandwiches that will fill you up!


$30 Weekly Grocery Challenge: Food Lion Deals: September 23-29

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$30 Weekly Grocery Challenge: Food Lion Deals: September 23-29
Things to Know:

:: In order to maximize your savings, remember that you can combine manufacturer coupons with food lion coupons (FLIPS)!

:: Just remember, only 1 FLIP (of the same kind) per transaction

:: BOGO items, ring up half price if you buy only 1.If you buy 2 BOGO items, some stores may not let you use a coupon on the item you are getting free. If this occurs, it would be cheaper for you to just buy 1 item and use 1 coupon as it will ring up half price.


Happy Birthday to my Dad!

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Happy 65th Dad!
I love you.
We love you!
I hope your day is GREAT.

Evenflo Symphony Convertible Car Seat--$99.99+ $5 shipping

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Kids.Woot : One Day, You’ll Understand (SM)
This same car seat (in a different pattern) sells for $190 on Amazon! Good deal here!

Cleaning Tips from Libman-Great Site

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Libman® Cleaning Tips

TIP OF THE MONTH, NOVEMBER 2005 from Jennifer M. in Manchester, New Jersey USA. After cleaning my ceiling fan, I spray it down with furniture polish so that when I clean it the next time its easy to clean, just wipe off. Want to see more cleaning tips? Click a tip category above where you can search all tips.


Vera Bradley Bowler on SALE- Selected Patterns $28. Wednesday and Thursday ONLY. (9/23 & 9/24)

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verabradley.com - Vera Bradley - Signature
Strike! This very fashionable style zips open end-to-end for full access to the roomy interior (which includes a large zip pocket, three slip-ins and a removable base). Finished with soft, rolled handles, two handy magnetic flap pockets in front and a full zippered back compartment.


93 Days to Christmas--Christmas Card Consideration

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If your intention is to send out Christmas cards, but it seems like you never have time, then this is your year! The trick is to begin planning early. If you wait until December to think about Christmas cards, you will be way too busy.

Christmas Card Consideration | 100 Days to Christmas

List of Possible Christmas Card Options


Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Recharge Your Towels

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Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Recharge Your Towels - Household - Lifehacker
Towels would seem to be such a utilitarian object that they could never need any sort of optimization. As your towels age however, their absorbency decreases. Boost them back to their glory days with this simple hack


Check out ListPlanIt!

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ListPlanIt

Have you seen this site? Jennifer has compiled over 400 lists that help put your life in order.
There is a print membership, where you print out a blank list.There is a download membership, where you type in your list and then print it.There is a professional membership, to use for clients, etc.



Hungry Girl's Bagel Tips

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Most of us love bagels and cream cheese for breakfast, lunch, or anytime of the day. In today's newsletter, HG gives us some great tips about enjoying them without breaking the calorie bank!

Hungry Girl - Wednesday Newsletter


Check out ListPlanIt!

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ListPlanIt

Have you seen this site? Jennifer has compiled over 400 lists that help put your life in order.
There is a print membership, where you print out a blank list.There is a download membership, where you type in your list and then print it.There is a professional membership, to use for clients, etc.



Clear2O Water Filtration Pitcher – 2 Pack--$14.99

Do You Woot?

Today's deal is great. . .
Clear2O Water Filtration Pitcher – 2 Pack--$14.99 + $5 S&H
Check it out here!

15 Dinners Under $1.50

Looking for dinner recipes that won't break the bank? At $1.50 or less per serving, these 15 dishes are cheap, quick and easy -- but most of all, delicious.

Click here to find the recipes

To Die For Pot Roast Sandwiches

I think the name says it all. . .

With only 5 ingredients, this recipe is a keeper.

Click here to head over to Mom Advice for the complete scoop!

Lego Star Wars Free Printable Tags & Stickers

Star Wars Free Printable Tags & StickersIf you have a Star Wars Lego lover like I do, then they will love you forever by printing these! Click on the image to download the file. You can also customize them by adding your child’s name. Just click in the white space and a customizable text box should appear.

Lego Star Wars Free Printable Tags & Stickers

Star Wars Free Printable Tags & StickersIf you have a Star Wars Lego lover like I do, then they will love you forever by printing these! Click on the image to download the file. You can also customize them by adding your child’s name. Just click in the white space and a customizable text box should appear.

Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Recharge Your Towels

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Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Recharge Your Towels - Household - Lifehacker
Towels would seem to be such a utilitarian object that they could never need any sort of optimization. As your towels age however, their absorbency decreases. Boost them back to their glory days with this simple hack


QVC's Today's Special Value--Great Set of Cookware

Cook's Essentials Porcelain Enamel 14pc Non-Stick Cookware Set

Retail Value: $179.00
QVC Price: $139.75
Today's Special Value Price: $115.62
Includes 1.5 qt covered saucepan with pour spouts, 3-qt saucepan with pour spouts and a glass colander lid, 6-qt stockpot with locking glass drain lid, 4-qt covered saute pan with handle, 10" open skillet, 9-1/2" square grill pan, 11-1/2" flat round splatter screen, nylon slotted spatula, nylon slotted spoon, and nylon ladleMetal-utensil safe interiors lined with DuPont Teflon ScratchGuard Ultra nonstick coating for easy food releasePhenolic soft-touch stay-cool handlesWaffle bottoms for quicker cooking and easier releaseTempered glass lidsOven safe to 350FHand washing recommendedLifetime Limited Manufacturer's WarrantyMade in Thailand

HG's Top-of-the-Chops BBQ Chicken Salad

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Finally! We're making over California Pizza Kitchen's world-famous BBQ chicken chopped salad, with our own special dressing. YAY!!!

Ingredients:

3 oz. cooked boneless skinless lean chicken breast, chopped 2 tbsp. BBQ sauce (with about 45 calories per 2-tbsp. serving), divided4 cups chopped romaine lettuce 1 plum tomato, chopped1/4 cup peeled and chopped jicama3 tbsp. canned black beans, drained and rinsed3 tbsp. canned sweet corn kernels, drained2 tbsp. chopped scallions1 tbsp. chopped cilantro1 tbsp. chopped basil2 tbsp. shredded fat-free cheddar cheese5 baked tortilla chips, broken into bite-sized pieces2 tbsp. fat-free ranch dressing
Directions:

Place chicken and 1 1/2 tbsp. BBQ sauce in a small bowl and toss to coat. Set aside.

Place lettuce in a large bowl. Top with tomato, jicama, black beans, corn, scallions, cilantro, and basil.

Add the saucy chicken and top with cheese and tortilla chips.

To make the dressing, mix remaining 1/2 tbsp. BBQ sauce with ranch dressing. Serve and …

Best (and Easiest) Muffins EVER

Preheat oven to 375.

Mix together:
1 box cake mix (yellow, spice, carrot, chocolate)1 can pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
Mix well. The batter will be thick. Spoon into muffin pans that have been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Mini-muffins bake in about 7 minutes. Regular size muffins take a bit longer.

Tip: The Pampered Chef sells "Sweet Cinnamon Sprinkle" that we sprinkle over the tops of the batter. It gives the muffins a streusel like texture without the calories of traditional streusel.

Yep. That's it! Low fat, moderate calories, high in fiber. And the kids like 'em too (at least the chocolate version!)

The flavor cake mix you choose will determine the flavor of your muffins. Our favorites are carrot and chocolate. There are tons of variations to this recipe; mini chocolate chips, nuts, etc. Just be creative and enjoy!