Posted at 11:35 AM on Apr 28, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
Baseball season is in full swing at our house. My son Andrew loves baseball and his first practice is happening tomorrow! We just went and got his head measured for a new helmet, measured his pants again, and we should be good to go. I was asked to create an activity surrounding Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® and thought of something so fun that I just had to share it – but a bit more about Andrew before I go onto that.
Last year he was the oldest on his team, but this year he will be the youngest – and he is a little small for his age. I am a bit nervous about this, but I know it will be a great learning experience for him. As a mom, I am always reminded that hard things are good for my kids. I want to swoop in and make them feel better in whatever they do, but sometimes learning from older kids and being pushed to do better is the best thing for them.
So – the activity that I came up with to use Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® was Rice Krispies Treats Baseball Pops. We made them last night and the kids had so much fun!
When I was looking at the box of Rice Krispies Treats, I noticed that they have a MLB Play Catch with Cal Online Instant Win Game. You just have to submit the code found in specially marked packages of Rice Krispies Treats. If you are at the store, make sure that you look for the specially marked packages (see below). Until April 30, 2015, Kellogg’s will be looking for another fan to hang out with Cal Ripken, Jr. during All-Star Week. Enter to win by tweeting a photo of you and your family enjoying Rice Krispies Treats using hashtag #GetKreativeSweeps and Kellogg’s will select a winner. Just make sure that you enter your codes in here and then you will be entered to win.
How cool would that be to win this prize! Families don’t need to win it all to enjoy exciting experiences together. Rice Krispies Treats® is sharing inspiration to help families’ #GetKreative with unique treat creations that spark imagination year-round.
Here are the step by step instructions on how to make these easy baseball pops. They took us only about 10 minutes to create. They had to dry overnight and then decorate, but it was a fun and easy treat to create with my kids.
Step 1: Grab a box of specially marked Rice Krispies Treats®.
Step 2: Take off the packaging and cut in half.
Step 3: Roll into round balls. Your hands will be sticky, but if you spray your hands with a cooking spray, they are much easier to roll into balls.
Step 4: Put a cake pop stick inside the round treat. Make sure that you only stick the stick into the treat about half way, if they go too far through the pops will fall off when drying. If you have a problem getting them to stay on the sticks, you can keep them on a plate and insert the sticks the next day.
Step 5: Roll in melted white chocolate. Any kind will do. Make sure you coat the entire outside. If your pops are not staying on the sticks, roll in chocolate and place on a plate until they are dry the next day.
Step 6: Decorate with red icing to resemble a baseball
Step 7: Eat and enjoy!
These would be the perfect treat to bring to a game, have at a baseball themed party, or just make for fun! Since they are so easy to make, the kids can help make them, and it is something fun to do together as a family.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®. All opinions are my own.
Posted at 8:00 AM on Apr 27, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
Bulk food stores like BJ’s, Coscto, and SAMS club are known for their great low prices on bulk items. What you may not know is that many of their prices are not actually that great of a deal.
You will want to stay away from boxed items like cereal. You also want to keep in mind that fresh produce can typically be a great deal, but you need to make sure that you can eat it before it goes bad. A 10 lb bag of oranges for $2.00 is not a great deal if you don’t eat oranges.
If you are looking to join a discount club, there are a few ways that you can try them out for free.
If you want to shop at BJ’s without a membership, you can download a free 60-day membership here.
There is a trick for shopping at Costco without a membership – have a friend who has a membership buy you a Costco gift card. You can shop at Costco with a gift card without a Costco Membership! The amount on the gift card doesn’t matter, it can be as little as you want, but as long as you have the gift card you can shop there.
To shop at SAMS Club without a membership, go directly to customer service and ask for a one day pass. You should be able to shop there, but will have to pay 10% above the SAMS Club prices.
Getting a wholesale membership can save you a lot of money, but only if you are buying the right things. Here is a list of the 19 best foods to buy at wholesale clubs.
To help you navigate Here are 19 things that you can find GREAT deals on at your wholesale club:
1.) Meat – Chicken, Beef, and Pork are usually a great deal. Make sure that you are staying away from the pre-marinated cuts because they tend to cost more money.
2.) Milk – Their milk prices rival my local Aldi grocery store, definitely worth picking up!
3.) Butter – A great deal, a must have for anyone who has a bulk store membership. It is typically sold in packages of 4 boxes or more. Freeze the ones that you don’t need for later.
4.) Cheese – Large blocks of cheddar cheese are always on my list when I go to a bulk store. Usually at least 30% off what I would pay in a grocery store. Tip: If you shred the cheese that you don’t need, you can freeze it for up to 3 months.
5.) Canned Tomatoes – A FANTASTIC deal! One huge can of canned tomatoes and you can make two batches of my homemade spaghetti sauce.
6.) Condiments – Ketchup, Hot Sauce, and Mustard are all great things to pick up at a bulk store as opposed to your grocery store, but be aware these items DO have expiration dates!
7.) Juice – I can usually find a great deal on juice at bulk stores. I can typically save around 30% off by buying a double pack of juice.
8.) Garbage Bags – You can probably find garbage bags at a lower price, BUT you can get the good kind for so much less money!
9.) Rice – Buying Rice in bulk from a discount store can save you a lot of money. Make sure that you have the proper dry place to store your rice though.
10.) Baking supplies (Baking Soda, Sugar, etc) – You may have to buy them in bulk to get the best deal. Make sure that if you find a great deal on flour, you have a place to store it so it doesn’t go bad.
11.) Canned Fruit – Large cans of mandarin oranges or pineapple chunks can be a steal! I like to come home and ration them into canning jars. That makes it easier for me to manage.
12.) Dried or Canned Beans – Either way you want to purchase is fine. I prefer to buy canned beans, but I know many others who prefer dried beans. Whatever your preference is, you can still find a good deal.
13.) Oatmeal – Oatmeal has a long shelf life, so buying oatmeal in bulk is always a great idea. You can save a lot by buying it at a bulk store.
14.) Peanut Butter – Large jars of peanut butter can save you a lot of money – especially if you have kids who love PB&J sandwiches.
15.) Syrup – Save almost 50% off syrup by buying it in bulk at these types of stores.
16.) Spices – This one is probably a no-brainer, but bulk stores can offer you a crazy, good deal on spices!
17.) Nuts – Bags of whole peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc are some of the great deals to stock up on when in a discount store.
18.) Coffee – Coffee is a great find at bulk stores. You can typically get some very nice brands of coffee for the same price as cheap coffee in the grocery store.
19.) Diapers – You have to be careful about this one because sometimes they are actually more per diaper. BJ’s typically has store coupons that are sent out with diaper coupons
Keep in mind the price per ounce of the product you are looking at purchasing. If the price per ounce is more at the wholesale club, skip it, or know that you are paying for convenience and ease.
What did I forget? What is one thing that you always buy in bulk and find a good deal on?
Posted at 8:00 AM on Apr 24, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: caitlin aldridge
Saving money on the go is one of those things that makes my life more manageable. When teaching my couponing seminars, the #1 thing that I hear is that people don’t have time. Listen – I totally get it, I am a busy, working mom of four kids. Taking an extra hour in my week to spend clipping coupons is often just not happening, so I rely on easy tools to help me save anyways.
I wanted to put together a comprehensive list of the best money saving apps, these apps are free to download and can help you save a lot of money! I have seperated them into categories: Saving on groceries, apps to compare prices, and apps to make extra money.
Here are my favorite money saving apps:
Apps that help you save on groceries:
1.) Favado – Save time and money by discovering the very best deals and rock bottom prices for items in more than 65,000 grocery and drugstores nationwide. Favado tells you which store has the best deals to help you decide which stores to add to your errand list each week.
My weekly coupon matchups right here on IATL are the same matchups that can be found on the Favado App, you can even synch the list that you made from my website onto your Favado App.
2.) Coupons.com App - You will need to download this app if you want to print coupons from your mobile device. It is free to download and you will need an HP printer to print them. See how I print my coupons from my iPhone here.
3.) Ibotta – After you have done your grocery shopping, keep your receipt handy. Scan your product receipt and earn money back on your purchases. Make sure that the store that you shop at is one of their approved stores, or else you will not receive your refund.
4.) Checkout 51 – Similar to Ibotta, this app is great for earning cash back on your purchases. The great part about this, is that it will work at ANY store. The Dollar Stores, Aldi, etc.
5.) SavingStar – Earn cash back at the grocery store with nothing to clip or print. You can redeem their grocery offers by linking them to your supermarket and drugstore loyalty cards or by submitting a picture of your receipt. SavingStar is known for their Healthy Offer of the Week, “One or Many” high value rewards, and Freebie Friday items.
6.) Cartwheel – A target savings app. This free app offers you great Target deals on food, clothing, toiletries and much more. This is a great app because you can stack the offers with manufacturer coupons, Target store coupons, and cash back rebates from Checkout51 or Ibotta.
Apps to compare prices:
7.) Savings Catcher – A Walmart app that gives you money back, if there is a lower price found. Simply scan your receipt, and if a local competitor has a lower advertised price, you get the difference back in a gift card.
8.) Price Jump – PriceJump by Savings.com is a price comparison service that utilizes real-time information on millions of products to find shoppers the lowest prices. Today’s marketplace is driven by Amazon’s complex and dynamic pricing ecosystem. On 500+ items Savings.com has been tracking, Amazon changes the price nearly every day. As retailers react and try undercut each other to woo the shopper, the absolute lowest price bounces around like crazy. Consumers looking for the best deal need to comparison shop, and Price Jump gives you the upper hand.
9.) Gas Buddy – Helps you find the cheapest gas prices in your current location. You can also earn points when you report a gas price at your local gas station.
10.) RedLaser – Scan a barcode with RedLaser and get the prices of that item at local stores, this helps you find the best price.
Apps to make some extra cash:
11.) Shop Your Way – Sign up for the Shop Your Way Mobile App, which is free.With the app you can unlock secret member-only coupons and deals when in the store, plus ask store associates questions right from the app.
You can also check your available points and keep your member number on hand at any time.
When you are shopping in store at Kmart, Sears, or Lands End they will ask you if you are a Shop Your Way member. This helps you keep it on hand, so you don’t miss out on offers and earned points. For more information on the Shop Your Way Program, you can read my article on how to shop for free at Shop Your Way.
12.) Swagbucks – You can download the Swagbucks app for FREE on both Android and iOS devices. You can then play videos in the background throughout your day! You can earn an additional 50 Swagbucks per day through watching videos through the app.
To learn more about how to make money using Swagbucks, head on over and read my article about how to get the most out of Swagbucks.
Are there any apps that I left off this list? Which are your favorites?
Posted at 9:28 AM on Apr 22, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
Growing up, I remember driving down the road with my dad. We were passing an old abandoned building, and he started to dream about the ways he could use that empty space. I was challenged from the very beginning to think BIG, and not let anyone else tell me I can’t do anything. Although my dad was not an entrepreneur, he always dreamt about what he could do next. He was never ‘stuck’ in his circumstance, but always thought about the next amazing thing he could do. I share this story with you because this sponsored post is going to talk all about how to teach your kids to dream BIG!
As a mom, I am always walking the fine line between encouragement that they can do everything, and also reality that they might not be very good at everything. Let’s face it, I don’t want to be that mom that encouraged her kids to sing on American Idol and embarrass himself because he has a horrible voice. In my family, one of my kids loves soccer, but they are not very good at it. I have a choice to encourage them to continue to practice to get better, or tell them that they suck and they should pick something else. Instead, I gently led this child into a sport that he is better at, allowing for him to feel their own successes.
When it comes to dreaming BIG as a child, they wonder about what they will be when they grow up. My son dreams of being a video game designer, while my daughters dream of being ballerinas. I want to encourage them that they can be whatever they want, but it takes opening up and talking about it.
One of our favorite things to do as a family is to play board games – typically Friday nights are the best time for us to do it. The new GAME OF LIFE game from Hasbro is one of our favorites, and it is only $19.99 at most major retailers! Hasbro sent us a copy of it and we loved it! Since 1960, The GAME OF LIFE has allowed kids to dream about what their life would be like as a grown-up, including their career, college, and marriage. Hasbro recently conducted an online survey in partnership with Wakefield Research of 400 kids (administered via parents) to shed light on several exciting and interesting professional goals of today’s generation of kids. Kids were asked about the “modern” and “traditional” jobs that they would like to have and their top picks are featured as the new Career Cards in the newest version of THE GAME OF LIFE game.
When we were sitting down and playing last week, we were able to talk to the kids about what they wanted to be when they grow up. We dreamed about what it would be like to be a video game designer, a race care driver and a ballerina. I remember what it was like to dream as a kid, but so often life hits hard… you realize that your dream is not going to pay the bills, or can it?
Here are some ways that you can help teach your kids to dream about life:
1.) Encourage them to figure out a way to make extra cash.
You can do this by giving them jobs around the house that above and beyond the normal chores. Encourage them to set up a lemonade stand at your garage sale. Encourage them to mow lawns, shovel driveways, and do things to help others.
2.) Take them to work WITH you.
I remember going to work with my dad during a “Talk your Child to work day”. That day is on April 23rd this year, and I encourage you to take your child to work with you. Allow them to dream about all that they can be when they grow up.
3.) Encourage them to make their own jobs.
Our nine-year old said the other day – “When I grow up, can’t I just make my own job?” In today’s society with the internet, you can do practically ANYTHING to make money. Mark and I work online full time from home and have grown our businesses to provide for our family and provide a comfortable and loving home.
4.) Surround them with other BIG thinkers.
I can’t wait until our kids are old enough to travel to conferences with us. Mark and I travel a few times per year and hang out with some of the most brilliant people in the world. People who have created amazing companies, and challenge us to dream bigger. THOSE are the people I want to surround my kids with.
5.) Give them a passion project at an early age.
Our friend Eva over at teensgotcents.com is a teenager who was giving a passion project when she was a 16-year old homeschooled student. That project has now launched into a great income stream for her, and as an 18 year old preparing for college, I believe her success has only just begun.
If you don’t know where to start talking about this – go and grab the new game of LIFE and get the conversations started!
Don’t wait too long to talk about it, grab your kids and start the conversation early so that you can get to them before ‘LIFE’ hits (pun intended).
What are some ways that you encourage your kids to DREAM BIG? I would love to hear what you have done!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hasbro THE GAME OF LIFE.