Practical Frugality - 2/17 - Save where you can, so you can splurge where you want!

Rudolph Chow Snack Mix Recipe

This Rudolph Chow Snack Mix recipe is perfect served in a large bowl at a holiday party, or in individual bags with printable toppers for school parties. I really enjoy making different themed chow mixes for each holiday season during the year, and this Rudolph Chow recipe is perfect for the Christmas season. It can be served in a large bowl at a holiday party, or in individual bags with printable toppers for school parties. Before you serve it though, make sure you check to see if anyone has a peanut allergy, since it does contain peanut butter. You can easily…
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Christmas Tree Krispie Treats

Christmas Tree Krispie Treats are a fun and easy way to get into a festive holiday spirit. I am having a blast making different themed recipes this holiday season, and the next I'd like to share with you is Christmas Tree Krispie Treats. Each weekend in our town there is at least one craft fair at a local school or church in our town, and more in neighboring towns. For the schools in our town, I've tried to donate some homemade items for them to use at the PTO Bake Sale table when I was able, I donated some to the…
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Flirty Aprons

Holiday Gift Guide: Flirty Aprons *The links in this post may be affiliate links. Purchases made after clicking links in this post help support his blog. Thank you! Details: Flirty Aprons make Womens Holiday Aprons, but they also have Aprons for Men & Children too. They are fashionable, reasonably priced, adorable, functional, and do a great job of protecting your clothes while you cook, bake, or serve food. They make EXCELLENT hostess gifts too, so the hostess can look fabulous, but not worry about ruining a nice outfit while she serves during a party. I have a wish list of Aprons that…
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Things Remembered

The personalized Baggallini® Avenue Tote Bag from Things Remembered will soon be your go-to bag. Lightweight and roomy, this purse has a place for everything, with interior organizational pockets, a padded compartment for laptops up to 15", and a zippered smartphone pocket. Holiday Gift Guide: Baggallini® Black Avenue Tote Details: Things Remembered, the nation's leading retailer of personalized merchandise, is offering customizable gifts this holiday season. I received a Baggallini® Black Avenue Tote, monogrammed with my initials on it, and I am infatuated with it! Should you see me out and about around New England or at a Conference, I'll be happy…
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Christmas Movie #Giveaway {Ends 12/24}

I really enjoy watching Christmas movies, and try to watch at least one a day during the holiday season. I am pleased to share with you a couple of DVD's that I have enjoyed, courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. I really love classics and slapstick humor, and many of the WC Fields Collection are among my favorites to enjoy. Fields: Comedy Essentials Collection Format: DVD # of Discs: 5 Background: • Celebrating Field’s 100th Anniversary in film. • Featuring a comprehensive 18-film collection of Fields comedies together for the first time ever: • Million Dollar Legs, If I Had a…
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Crabtree & Evelynn

Holiday Gift Guide: Crabtree & Evelyn *The links in this post may be affiliate links. Purchases made after clicking links in this post help support his blog. Thank you! Details: I am thrilled to share with you that Crabtree & Evelyn sent me one of their Memory Makers Hand Therapy Tins, featuring Fruit and Botanicals Hand Therapy, and a beautifully wrapped box of nail lacquer. I am a big fan of the Crabtree & Evelyn line of products, and was honored that they contacted me. The picture above, is the items they sent me. I first heard about this company years ago,…
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Christmas Tree Strawberry Bites

These Christmas Tree Strawberry Bites are so easy and fun to make.  We attend several holiday parties throughout the Christmas Season, and I like to take a different treat to each one. It's the time of year when my kitchen is cranking out the sweet holiday treats! We don't eat a lot of sweets regularly, and I have a long list of items to try, so the holiday season is the perfect opportunity. I can bake and create to my hearts content, then send most of the end product to holiday parties, bake sales, and donate to the school craft…
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Winter Emergency Supplies to keep in your car.

Winter is unpredictable, it's important to know which Winter Emergency Supplies to keep in your car, so you aren't caught unprepared! The first year we lived in New England, we found out just how much we didn't know about being prepared for winter weather. We found ourselves unprepared for many different situations, and 3 years later, we're still learning. Things come up that you just weren't aware were even possibilities, so you don't know to prepare for them. I'm hoping I can save someone some stress by sharing with you a few things we've found useful and helpful. I don't…
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Christmas Tree Brownies

These Christmas Tree Brownies are adorable, and fun to make with the kids. They can be made from scratch or using a box mix to save time! I just love how easy it can be to turn food into different themes for various holidays. The kids love to decorate cookies, brownies, and cakes, to eat at home and to take with us to holiday parties. Today, I'll show you how easy it is to turn regular brownies into Christmas Tree Brownies! Depending on the amount of time I have, I'll decide if I want to use my Homemade Brownies Recipe…
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Mr. Bar-B-Q

This reversible cast iron griddle means double the deliciousness. Use the grooved side to grill meat and vegetables, then flip to the flat side forfrying eggs, pancakes and more. This griddle is made with commercial grade cast iron that distributes heat evenly and also includes raised edges that catch grease and prevent flare-ups. This pre-seasoned griddle is perfect for your next tailgate. This griddle is fantastic. I love that I can grill smaller cuts of meat and not have to worry about them falling through. We grill quite frequently during the non-snow months here in New England. As soon as…
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Minions Blu-Ray & Huggable Plush Bob #Giveaway {Ends 12/21}

Welcome to the "Pink&Blue: Babies are Two" Giveaway Hop hosted by Heather from Mommy's Favorite Things and Michelle from Mama's Baby Cupcakes. Two years ago this December we celebrated the birth of Michelle's daughter and Heather's son, and now they're turning TWO! In honor of their birthdays, this hop has a toddler theme, which means anything family friendly is up for grabs for the kiddos 1-4 yrs old! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner and after visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other blogs to see what they have…
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DIY Books

I love watching home improvement and real estate shows on television and Netflix. I get inspired by projects, and excited to try some on my own. Sometimes though, I need more detailed instructions on how to bring ideas to life. I have found some great DIY books at my local library and bookstore to help me (digital are great, but sometimes I need a physical book to look at during the process). I am excited to share with you some books that would make great gift ideas for the DIY fan in your life. Before looking at 5-Gallon Bucket Book:…
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Minecraft Story Mode #Giveaway {Ends 12/16}

Minecraft Story Mode is a collaboration between TellTale Games and Mojang, working together to create new characters in familiar themes. It's a 5 part episodic series, rated E10+. I have three boys who are all Minecraft Maniacs. They LOVE to play, and I love the educational aspects of the game. Minecraft Story Mode is a collaboration between TellTale Games and Mojang. They worked together to create new characters in familiar themes. It's a 5 part episodic series, rated E10+ for Fantasy Violence and Mild Language. The MSRP is $, and I've seen it priced pretty close to that around town…
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Science of Smells w/ Febreze Air Purifiers #Giveaway {Ends 12/20}

Revitalize your mood and home with fresh scents from the new Febreze Air Purifier. The Febreze Air Purifier is the only air purifier with a powerful, replaceable HEPA-type filter that reduces up to 99% of airborne particles while also releasing fresh Febreze scents like linen & sky or spring renewal. Don’t just cover up the bad smells in your home, choose between either a floral scent of spring & renewal or fresh scent of linen & sky scent cartridges to remove bad smell molecules and fill your home’s air with a delightful aroma. Living in New England, we are fortunate…
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Let’s Go Back #BehindTheBlogger

I am excited to be taking part in the Let's Go Back Writing Prompt with the Hopping Bloggers. This is my first time to participate. I was reflecting on what topic I'd like to bring up, and shared a video on my Facebook page recently, and thought maybe I'd share about why I choose to help others by giving back in the manner that I do. To be honest, it's not something I really talk about, because I like to do this anonymously. However, I hope that in sharing a bit about this, it'll inspire others to find ways to…
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2015 Cyber Monday Deals

2015 Cyber Monday Deals DEAL INFO FROM HP: The HP Envy All-in-One printer is a great compact solution for your home and office printing, scanning and copying needs. Now if you buy the HP Envy 5540 e-All-in-One printer, it comes with 3 months free of HP Instant Ink! With HP Instant Ink you select your subscription plan and HP takes care of the rest so that you never run out of ink and printing costs a lot less! Ink, shipping, and cartridge recycling are included in your monthly plan. Plans start as low as $ and are based on pages…
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Trudeau Water Bottles #Giveaway {Ends 12/9} #PFHGG

Trudeau Water Bottles are great for drinking water on the go! Most of y'all know that my kids are really active in clubs, school activities, and sports teams. This means we are on the go I always pack snacks and water to take with us, so we have healthy options, and aren't tempted to stop by the convenience store and grab something from the cooler. We each have our preferences for what we are looking for in a water bottle. There are many choices available, but I've found that it encourages us all to drink more water and stay hydrated,…
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Staying healthy and fit during the holidays

Staying healthy and fit during the holidays. As the holidays approach, many people tend to indulge at holiday parties and dinners, because there is usually an abundance of delicious food to enjoy. I think it's important to plan ahead for these occasions, so you can enjoy yourself without guilt, and still be able to fit into your cute holiday outfit at the same time. With a bit of planning and preparation, staying healthy and fit during the holidays is a goal everyone can achieve. I use Google Calendar to sync with my phone calendar, so I can see at a…
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Gold Rush Gold Planning Kit & Dirt #Giveaway {Ends 12/8} #PFHGG #GoldRush

We enjoy watching educational TV shows in our home, especially those that focus on a variety of career opportunities and those that show how people in other areas of the country (and world) live. I feel like it shows our kids that there are options and possibilities outside of those they may see locally or within our group of friends and family. We're not really trying to steer them into the careers we see on the various shows, but more wanting them to know just how many different possibilities exist so they broaden their horizons. It's important to us that…
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2015 Fitness Must Haves from Merrithew™

I am excited to share with you the 2015 Fitness Must Haves from Merrithew! Merrithew has a selection of fitness products that are ideal for individuals – of all ages and fitness levels – who love staying active. From folding travel mats, DVDs and balance & massage, to new at-home equipment, and more. We've tailored our list to highlight products that take the guesswork out of gift giving this holiday season. I am really enjoying the Non-Latex Flex Bands. I have a latex allergy, so the option to get a flex band that isn't latex is important to me. As someone…
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Asurion Premier Support

Asurion Premier Support is a great way to have reliable insurance on my cellphone, and technical support is an amazing added bonus feature.   This post on Asurion Premier Support was sponsored by Asurion as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own. I have an iPhone 6 Plus through Verizon for my cell phone, and the features work really well for what I need in my day to day life. However, I am NOT technically proficient, and I often find myself struggling with one thing or another, usually at a very…
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Get 4x Fuel Points at Kroger for a Limited Time! $50 Amazon GC #Giveaway #KrogerGC4xFuel

Thank you to Tatu Digital for sponsoring this giveaway promotion. I don't know anyone who doesn't like to save money, and most of my friends and family that live near Kroger stores have great stories to tell about how they Double Dip on Savings by purchasing gift cards at Kroger to use at other retailers, and earning fuel points in the process. It's almost like a competition to see who gets their gas from Kroger for the lowest prices :) How does this work? Here's an example. My mom loves to buy gift cards at Kroger. If my parents are…
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Debbie Meyer GreenBags® Holiday Gift Guide #Giveaway {Ends 12/3} #PFHGG

Holiday Gift Guide: Debbie Meyer GreenBoxes® & GreenBags® *The links in this post may be affiliate links. Purchases made after clicking links in this post help support his blog. Thank you! Great gift idea for: All adults who enjoy leftovers, or just want to keep perishables fresh longer! Cost: $ for 32 Piece Set of GreenBoxes® $ for 20 pack of GreenBags®  GreenBox® Details: Independent laboratory tested and shown to extend the life of fresh produce, baked goods and snacks Product is BPA Free Proudly Made in the USA Microwave and Dishwasher Safe top rack Debbie Meyer GreenBoxe®s are stackable and…
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Warm Up with Winter Savings $500 Hyatt Digital GC #Giveaway {Ends 12/4} #InAHyattWorld

Don't let winter's cold blast give you the blues, escape to a tropical location, and let Hyatt help you warm up with winter savings! This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Winter is rapidly approaching, and the cold air is seeping in here in New Hampshire. Thinking back to last Thanksgiving, we were literally freezing when a blizzard hit, and knocked out power for a few days, as we were buried in snow. Ugh. Today, our snow plow person stopped by and placed the stakes…
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The Elf Workshoppe

Check out these adorable Elves from The Elf Workshoppe, and the creative handpainted accessories available in the Gift Shop. The Elf Workshoppe:   When I was a child, we knew that Santa brought us our gifts from the North Pole, and that he had elves to help him prepare all of the toys for delivery. We did not know that the elves would actually pop into our home as Christmas approached to check in on us, and see how we were behaving. It's part of the magic of keeping Santa updated on which list you should be on, Naughty, or…
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Holiday Gift Guide

Walking Dead Fan Gift Ideas for the fan in your life

Walking Dead Fan Gift Ideas I have several fans that are really into the Walking Dead TV Series. They love to go to themed parties to start and end the season, and my social media feeds explode after each episode with discussion about what just happened. I am planning my holiday gift list, and found some great Walking Dead Fan Gift Ideas. If you have a Walking Dead fan you are shopping for this holiday season, these items will surely be a hit. Most are reasonably priced, and a few have limited quantities. I suggest ordering early to avoid items…
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Amwell Telemedicine Service

This is a sponsored post with Mums the Word Network and Amwell. All opinions are my own. Amwell is a site that offers Telemedicine Services. This type of service is somewhat new to most people that I know, but we are in the throes of Open Enrollment for our insurance coverage right now, and this IS a service that is included in our program for the upcoming year. While everyone's medical insurance is different, and I can only speak to my own, I think it's important to remind everyone to carefully review their plans, so they know what services are…
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Star Wars Christmas Decorations

Star Wars Christmas Decorations I live in a house full of Star Wars fans. They bought tickets to see the new movie the moment they went on sale, and are full of anticipation. They have outfits picked out, a marathon scheduled so they can re-watch the older movies a few times before they go see the new release, and get excited to get any new Star Wars item. I am working on a Gift Ideas Round Up post to share with you (it's SO HARD to narrow it down!), but in the meantime, I have this round up of Star…
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Snowman Cupcakes

These adorable snowman cupcakes are very easy to make, utilizing a boxed mix. They'd be a great activity for a kids holiday party at school. Just make the cupcakes, lightly frost, and separate other ingredients for kids to decorate! Snowman Cupcakes: This recipe utilizes a boxed cake mix, and easy to find ingredients, that make this a fun craft project to do with your kids during the winter months. Our local Supercenter has the Pillsbury Traditional Vanilla Cake Mix regularly priced at just $1 per box. The icing is $, and the sprinkles are $ I already had the marshmallows…
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