Minimizing The Holiday Grocery Bill | Leave a comment

By christinesteendahl | Category: Recipes & Kitchen Tips

With Christmas approaching, many of us feel both the financial and time pressures put upon us.  Today I compiled a few ways to save money & time this holiday season with your grocery bill – leaving more money for holiday gifts and more time for activities.

1.) Watch the grocery sales flyers and stock up on neccesary items. You can often find turkey, ham, stuffing, cool whip, canned pumpkin etc. at exceptionally low prices this time of year. Calculate what you will need and if it can be frozen or is a dry food item, stock up while it is on sale – not last minute the day before Christmas when it isn’t on sale and the store shelves are empty.

2.) With the holiday rush, you might find yourself eating out more frequently. If at all possible try to eat at home before you go out on your shopping trip or evening activity – it’s cheaper, healthier and really won’t take extra time if you follow our the next tip. If you are going to be gone for quite awhile, take a protein bar or other healthy snack along with you.

3.) When you are home for an evening prepare a meal that can be frozen. Either make an extra pan of what you are making for supper (for example if you are making a casserole or lasagna, make an extra and pop it in the freezer all ready to cook on a busy day) or if you are making soup or chicken breasts make extra and freeze them in individual or family size portions. You can then pull these items out when you’re in a time crunch.

4.) Enjoy Potlucks. If you are in charge of hosting a holiday gathering, make it a potluck. Most people enjoy sharing their favorite holiday recipe with others and having others pitch in with the food will most certainly help with the budget and time management.

5.) Make a menu for the week, make a grocery list and stick with it. If you go to the grocery store without a plan, you generally will purchase more than you need. Grab your sales flyer of the store you frequent, plan a menu around the items that are on sale, make a grocery list and stick with it. You will spend less then you would if you went in without a plan and you also will save time each evening as you already know what you are cooking and you for sure have all the necessary ingredients on hand.

If you are very crunched on time, consider picking up a sample menu at www.dinewithoutwhine.com/sample.htm  – there is a complete menu and grocery shopping list there for you.

Happy Holidays!

Christine Steendahl
"The Menu Mom"

Posted Monday, December 3, 2007

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Weekly Giveaway – The Nursing T Shirt Tess Bra by Nummies | 107 Comments

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Mom 4 Life News & Giveaways

Happy Friday.  So for the first time in weeks I totally forgot to post our winner first thing in the morning, so sorry about that.  Things are good here.  We are still enjoying our snow and our Christmas decorations.  I had my dr. appt for the month yesterday and all looks good.  For all my extra eating I expected to have gained more than I did actually so that was a nice surprise.  We have an ultrasound next week on Tuesday at the Open Arms Pregnancy Care Center in town.  They were nice enough to offer to let us come in for fun to do one.  As I mentioned before, we don’t plan to find out the sex of the baby which is kind of hard for two planners such as my husband and myself but I think it will be fun to wait and be surprised especially since we already have a boy and a girl.  Something fun I discovered lately is that Hunter (my son) is a tea drinker!  He has been enjoying a daily cup of herbal tea with me and it is pretty cute to see him have fun picking out his flavor each day.

Ok so on to the giveaway news. . . our winner for the LilyPod this week was #3 as chosen by Random.Org.  This was Bree, congratulations!!  We will have the LilyPod on sale for 10% off for the next week for the rest of you.  Thank you for all your feedback last week, I am still sorting through it all:)!

Tessfrontviewicon_2 This week we are giving away a great bra for the holidays.  The Nursing T Shirt Tess Bra by Nummies.  The wonderful thing about this bra is that it has molded cups that hide your nursing pads and it can’t be seen under your white shirts.  I have found that it is hard to find nursing bras with molded cups! 

Another thing that I think is totally cool is that the straps are versatile and can be adjusted to be crossed in the back if needed!  So no matter what fun outfit you plan to wear for the holidays, this bra has you covered!  The retail price is $49.99.  You can win yours here by simply leaving a comment below letting us know which item in our New Items category you like best:)!  You have until Dec 4 at midnight PST to enter, good luck.   

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Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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Posted Friday, November 30, 2007

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It is Cool to Breastfeed | 4 Comments

By Julie Johnson | Category: The Journey of Motherhood

Celebrity_brestfeeding For some reason we like to know how celebrities live and if they do the same things we are do as normal people. We hear of their fashion, dating, and, surprisingly, we also hear who is breastfeeding their babies. In a world so caught up in vanity, a lot of Hollywood moms obviously think it is cool to breastfeed their children.  Even though these moms give their children the best education, the most expensive clothes and the most professional nannies money can buy, breastmilk doesn’t cost a thing.

The wonderful thing about breastfeeding is that no matter what financial background we come from, each baby receiving their mothers’milk is receiving the same advantages.  It is no surprise to anyone that breastmilk is superior then artificial baby milk.  Do we really know what those advantages are?  Babies who are receiving breastmilk will not only have less incidences of diarrhea, ear infections, bladder infections, or RSV, but are also less likely to get asthma, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or Crones disease as adults. Brain development and higher IQ are added bonuses.  Basically, whatever family diseases run in your family, you protect your child from those particular health concerns when you breastfeed.  That would certainly explain rock star Gwen Stephani saying, “Breastfeeding gives her super human powers.” 

Please share immediate advantages you’ve seen in your breastfeeding experience that have been beneficial for you or for your baby.

Julie Johnson

CAPPA’s Certified Lactation Educator and Trainer
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Lamaze childbirth educator
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owner of Birth and Breastfeeding Solutions

Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2007

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Food Fun by Heather Ledeboer | 6 Comments

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: It Worked 4 Me

Food_fun I know this idea is not something new but it works for us. . . sometimes when I want to get my son to eat something I will try making it into something fun looking.  We have been doing trees lately with grapes (for the leaves), carrots (for the trunk and grass), dried peaches (as clouds), and raisins (for the soil).  Hunter loves to eat these pictures and asks for more.  I think next time I will use canned green beans for the grass as He is not a fan of "green" foods and see how that goes. 

Have any of you tried this trick?  Did it work?  What did you make?  What foods did you use?

Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2007

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I am dreaming of a white Christmas by Heather Ledeboer | 7 Comments

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Surprize Me!

Dsc_3326 Yipeee!  It is snowing!  Ok so I pretty much am reduced to a child again seeing the snow fall.  One of the things my husband and I missed so much when we lived in CA was seeing the seasons change.  We have been WAITING for the snow to come.  The weatherman said it would come today and no snow BUT we looked outside just now and behold the ground is WHITE:).  Winter is here.  Have I mentioned that it is dark here around 4PM?  Ya pretty great. . . we get to show off our Christmas lights that much sooner in the evenings LOL!

Oh yes Christmas lights, we have them up already!!  We are pretty into the holiday season. . . tree up, lights on, gingerbread house constructed:).  Now ask me if I have done any of my Christmas shopping and you won’t be nearly as impressed, oh well:).

How about you guys?  Who has decorated already?  Lights up?  How about Christmas shopping?  Oh!  Don’t forget to check out the Mom 4 Life Christmas Special–Get $10 for Mom 4 Life for every $50 you spend. Dsc_3323_3

Heather Ledeboer

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Posted Monday, November 26, 2007

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