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Visit Marcus and Me Blog Today! Contest News, Today in History and More

At Marcus and Me you'll read about the During Disney World Dream Vacation. It's a fun opportunity to share your family traditions on video, for a chance to win a trip for 15 people! is providing an opportunity for free tickets to inspirational movies and lots more. Check out the post for more details.
My favorite posts, are the Today in History and Special Holidays. Find out more about Harriet Tubman, International Pancake Week, and lots more.
You'll also find posts on Internet Talk Radio Shows like Parenting My Teen Talk Radio Show and MomSoapBox Talk Radio.

Saving Money Year Round by Audrey Okaneko

As moms, many of us want to stretch our incomes as far as we can. I’d like to offer some ideas that have worked for me in saving money year round.

1. Check with your local newspaper and see if you can read the paper online. I am able to only subscribe to the Sunday paper in order to qualify for online access. I can read seven days per week but only pay for one.

2. We go to garage sales often. I can not count the number of times we’ve found something we needed, in almost perfect condition and at a fraction of the cost.

3. Either buy books at the used book store or rent them from the library. Used book stores sell books at ½ of the cover price. They then buy them back at ¼ of the price. So, in essence you can get a book at ¼ of the cover price. We also buy books at garage sales. Often they are only 25 cents each.

4. Look into being a mystery shopper for restaurants. Pizza places are great. You can get a free pizza just for sharing your experience and taking notes about wait time, hold time …

Book Recommendation: Martha Stewart Housekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring For Everything in Your Home

I managed to get my name on the waitlist for the Martha Stewart Housekeeping book, at my public library. After a month, I finally got a phone call that it was mine, for the taking. I rushed over and signed it out.

This is a well organized reference book that covers all the concerns for the Home CEO. I really did learn some new things. Like how to really clean my fridge, folding a fitted bed sheet and sewing on a button so it won't fall off! It has many important lists, like the stain 101, monthly and seasonal cleaning, and lots more.

At the Martha site, this book is selling for $45.00 but at you'll be able to save 50% and possible more. This is a great addition to your home management library. It makes a great gift for the new bride, new home or apartment warming gift.

Here's's review on her book. Feel free to add your reviews too.
Martha Stewart's new home reference book is a must-have for many reasons, not the least of whic…

Slow Cooking Thursday - March 8

Visit Diary of a SAHM to join in the fun!

Family Swiss Steak - six servings
2tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon crushed dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 1/2 lbs boneless beef round steak, cut 1 in thick
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
canola oil cooking spray
1 lg garlic clove, peeled and thinly sliced
2 med celery ribs, thinly sliced
2 med onions, thinly sliced
4 med plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/2 cup reduced-sodium canned beef broth
In a small bowl, combine flour, thyme, and paprika. Using a pastry brush, brush steak pieces with Worcestershire sauce. Dredge in flour mixture.
Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Place on stove over medium-high heat. Add steak pieces and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.
Transfer steak pieces to a 3-quart or larger crockery slow cook. Top with garlic slices, celery, onions, and tomatoes. Pour beef broth over the top. Do not stir.
Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or…

Product Recommendation: Keri Original Moisture Therapy Dry Skin Lotion

If you're like me, you're looking for money saving purchases, products that can benefit mulitple people. I found a lotion that my husband, teenager and myself enjoy and solves our dry skin issues. Keri Original Moisture Therapy Dry Skin Lotion is light, non-greasy and has a very light scent. ( important to my two guys) The 15 ounce bottle is the perfect size for our lotion loving family.

My husband commented that it's not heavy and has little or no scent. Our teenage son appreciates that he only has to apply it in the morning. And me, well I love that I'm not spending money, purchasing mulitple bottles of lotion.

What products to you recommend, that your whole family use?

Today in History: Sewing Machine Patent 1854

Visit the Old Sewing Machines site to see them in action. Yes, they have animation for you to view. offers an insight of the sewing machine. You'll find other machinery too. So, you'll want to add this one to your favorites list.

BerryMorins Bits and Tips Website Pick - 'America's Story'

Visit America's Story from American Library website for more fun facts and pictures. This website offers your student fun and educational way to learn more about American History courtesy of The Library of Congress.
Amazing Americans allows you to learn more tidpits about politicans, performers, inventors and other people who made a contribution to our country. Don't forget to play the Dynamite President game!

Jump Back in Time allows you to get a peak into in American history. They can even see what history occurred on their birthday!

Explore the States lets you learn more about each state. Check out the Treasure Hunt.

Join America at Play is where you'll discover more about America's hobbies, pastimes and sports.

See, Hear and Sing is just the place to listen to a movie, hear a song or listen to a tone. You'll want to bookmark this site because you'll be visiting often!

It's Mexican Tortilla Soup - Mr. Food's Quick & Easy Diabetic Cooking Cookbook

I have received many requests for the Mexican Torilla Soup and Frogmore Stew recipes, from Monday. I love Mr. Food's Quick & Easy Diabetic Cooking Cookbook. The best prices can be found at

So, let's get the apron, pots and utensils out and start cooking!

*my family likes more of these ingredients so make adjustments based on tastes. Remember, cooking is fun and adjustable.

Frogmore Stew
8 cups water
1 tablespoon seafood seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper *
1 lb turkey kielbasa sausage, cut into 2in pieces
3 medium potatoes, cut in half
3 medium onions, cut in quarters
2 large ears of corn, husked and cut into 3inch pieces
1 pound medium shrimp, unpeeled*

In a soup pot, combine the water, seafood seasoning, and ground red pepper and bring to a boil over high heat.

Add the sausage, potatoes, onions, and corn, and cook for 15 to 20 mins, or until the potatoes ate fork tender. Add the shrimp and cook for 2 to 3 mins, or until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.


Menu Monday Plan - March 5

The Ultimate Blog party is still going strong. Please stop by my post. Courtesy this week, goes to Mr. Food's Quick and Easy Diabetic Cooking Cookbook!

Monday - Mexican Tortilla Soup

Tuesday - Turkey Francaise, Broccoli, Brown Rice

Wednesday - Sandwich and Soup (mom has bible study)

Thursday - Caramelized Cola Roast, No Yolk Noodles, Green Beans

Friday - Frogmore Stew

Saturday - Leftovers (mom is working most of the day)

The Dr. Laura Webinar Was A Terrific Experience!

The Ultimate Blog Party is still going on. Please feel free to look around. Click on party introduction . Enjoy your visit!
First of all, have you ever attended a webinar? If you haven't it's so convenient. (I attend many company meetings utilizing webinar) You just need a phone, computer, the phone number and the link for the meeting.

Overall, I didn't learn anything new but I'm glad that I attended. I'm a Dr. Laura Listener for many years so I'm familiar with her insight. It was interesting hearing questions people had about their marriages. Some of the questions just couldn't be answered without having a 2-way dialogue, so she recommended those to call her show. Many had to do with poor choices in a spouse - Choose Wisely!
The company, Go Meeting, introduced Dr. Laura. (yes, there was applause) She spoke a bit about her book, "Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage" and letters that she has sent received, from those you have read it. Then she announ…