Oh What Fun We Have – Easy and Free to Low Cost Summer Break Ideas

Summer break has been here for about a month or so now, the kids and I are no where near ready to kill each other. I have been enjoying the Summer break quite a bit, sure the lack in routine can occasionally be a bit of a challenge for my son Aj, but overall things are going awesome! As a Mom who has been a penny pincher for as long as she can remember, I wanted to share some tips on how our family has a blast without spending any money, or maybe just a little tiny bit of money some days … I know you can do this too!

Having Summer Break fun Without Breaking the Bank

I am a huge advocate for being happy within, I truly believe if you are not happy within your own self that no one around you will be happy either. That is where Summer Break comes into play, I see every day how happy I truly am because of how happy my children are in response to my deep inner happiness. We love spending quality time together, and they trust me to work a couple hours every day from home because once my work is done, the day is OURS.

Happily Blended Summer Break Fun

Some Things that the Kids and I enjoy Doing During Summer Break Are:

  • Sitting on the deck chatting about whatever or telling funny stories to each other.
  • Taking a trip to Walmart or some other local store and having a look around, it’s always fun to check out new toys.
  • Take a scenic ride somewhere; one day we hopped in the vehicle and drove 2 hours to the ocean.
  • Make blanket forts, play with musical instruments, dress up, pick berries, or play with the ever huge collection of toys in house.

Summer Break Fun

The best part of our summer break days is that we just laugh and laugh and laugh. We are a lively bunch together, and more often than not, you can hear music playing in our home while we do chores together as a means to ensure we are doing our part to keep our household running smoothly. We laugh together, we do chores together, we are family.

What are you doing this Summer break with your family that simply makes you SMILE?

How to Make Weight Watchers Work for You

For people looking to lose weight, there is a plethora of options on the market. Weight Watchers is one such program that has become quite popular over time. With its unique ‘Points’ system, Weight Watchers delivers what it promises in its title: enabling people to watch their weight. Yet, the program may not work for you. This may be due to the nature of the program itself but more often than not, customers don’t know how to make Weight Watchers work for them. This is something you need to know about from the outset so that there is no problem later on.

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After all, what’s the point of starting a weight loss program that you are eventually going to give up on? Keeping this in mind, here are some pointers on how to make Weight Watchers work for you:

Maintain a Journal

From the outset, you need to maintain a journal of your progress on the program. As mentioned above, Weight Watchers has its own ‘Points’ system. You need to earn a certain number of points to complete the program. You have to keep track of how many points you have earned since you started the program which you can do by maintaining a journal. This will not only help you understand which stage of the program are you at but looking at the points you have earned will serve as a source of motivation for you.

Work Out

Now, this is something which is a must for every person following the Weight Watchers’ program. If you are not getting enough exercise, you might not lose weight as quickly as you expect to. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to spend a couple of hours at the gym every day. A light cardio workout is all that is needed. You can walk, cycle or jog for half an hour on a daily basis. Surely you will be able to spare 30 minutes regardless of how packed your schedule is. Once you join Weight Watchers Online, you will get access to a library of video exercise demos that will guide you to perform the right exercises.

Cook Yourself

You should try and prepare your own meals to eat while following the program. Weight Watchers will provide the guidelines regarding what you should eat throughout the course of a day. Moreover, you can find hundreds of tasty recipes on their official website. You can try them at home and make your own food. It is better to eat organic, healthy meals. Convenient though they are, packaged and processed foods don’t pack the same nutritious punch as the food you cook at home.

Shop with a List

Studies have shown that shopping lists clearly affect the shopping behavior. Make a list of the food items you are allowed to eat on the program so that you will stay within your allotted Points Plus. Having to remember the food items you need while you are out grocery shopping could prove to be a challenge. Therefore, make a list of the stuff you need. Also, add some pointers as to the variant of each item you have to buy. For instance, you might want to buy fresh meat instead of frozen. Leslie Fink, RD, has put together a useful Weight Watchers Shopping Guide.

Use Coupons

Coupons will make your weight loss more affordable to you. Weight Watchers has promotional deals all year around. Go to weightlosstriumph.com/ for the current promo codes.

Drink More Water

Last, but not the least, you have to drink more water. This is a tip that works for non-dieters as well. Getting sufficient fluids in your body makes you feel fuller for a longer time. As you don’t feel hungry every few hours, your food intake is reduced naturally. Plus, drinking water is necessary for your health and wellbeing. You should drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of fresh water a day. Water was the fountain of youth for a woman who claims that drinking 6 bottles of water a day took 10 years off her face.

These are some of the tips that will you make Weight Watchers work for you. As you can see, it doesn’t take too much effort to stay on track and lose weight. If you are apprehensive about the cost of the program, you can always find coupons online. Avail the discounts and follow Weight Watchers. Who knows, it may be the perfect weight loss solution for you.

How do You Eat your Gorton’s Seafood? #review #giveaway @GortonsSeafood #WickedGoodSeafood

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 Ever have tilapia? I have not. That is until the other night when I decided to use some of my Gorton’s coupons to pick up fish sticks for the kiddos and garlic & herb tilapia for the man of the house and me.

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I have to be honest, when I don’t have the funds I don’t buy fish sticks. Why? Well because even the children can tell the difference between store brand fish sticks and Gorton’s. Something about Gorton’s fish sticks really make them taste better and they settle in my stomach unlike those store brands I have tried in the past. There is a better crunch and taste to Gorton’s fish sticks, even without me putting them in ketchup like the kiddos do.

Tilapia

For some reason the garlic & herb tilapia had a taste that made me want to put it in buffalo sauce. The boyfriend made his own tartar sauce to go with his tilapia but when he saw me with the buffalo sauce he also gave that a try and said it was delicious! Right now I am testing out these products by Gorton’s as a way to show you all about their Wicked Good Seafood online sweepstakes where you can enter to win a Wicked Good Family Trip to Boston, click over to Gorton’s Seafood Facebook page to learn more & enter.

Fish Sandwich

The taste of Gorton’s Seafood is just unlike any other you have tasted and to be able to have it at home to serve for a family diner is fabulous! If you want to try Gorton’s Seafood for yourself you can go over to Gortons.com and download coupons as well as check out recipe ideas such as the BBQ Fish Fillet Sandwich.

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Giveaway – Chance to win three $2 off coupons, 1 Gorton’s-Branded ship wheel keychain, an assortment of Gorton’s recipe cards and beautiful seaside/Gorton’s postcards 

One person from all entries through the Rafflecopter form below will be randomly selected to win three $2 off coupons, 1 Gorton’s-Branded ship wheel keychain, an assortment of Gorton’s recipe cards and beautiful seaside/Gorton’s postcards

Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on October 10 2013. Open to USA only. Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter. ** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON.

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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Earn Gas Money with Stop & Shop Rewards – Giveaway $50 GC

Free ProductWith Summer nearing an end and families looking to get that last month of Summer vacation time in, there is a need to save money on gas, right? Well that is why I am here today to explain a bit about Stop & Shop’s rewards program where the more you spend on groceries the more you save on gas. Crazy, right?!

Here is how it works -

  • Earn 1 point for every dollar you spend using your Stop & Shop card.
  • For every 100 points you earn, you get 10 cents off per gallon of gasoline.
  • Be sure to read Terms & Conditions for full details and any restrictions that may apply.

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I know that I am thinking about planning a second trip to York Beach in Maine this Summer as well as a Science Museum and hopefully even a water park as well as traveling to the White Mountains at some point before school gets here. I want to be able to fully enjoy the remainder of the Summer with the family so that when school starts we can say “wow what a Summer we had”. Isn’t that what every parent wants? Or am I the only crazy “let’s have a blast this Summer” sort of parent?!

Moving on …. there are many locations for Stop & Shop, so be sure to look at all the Stop & Shop locations prior to entering the giveaway below so as to ensure you can actually utilize your Stop & Shop $50 gift card should you be the winner.

ENTER BELOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $50 STOP & SHOP GIFT CARD

Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on August 8, 2013. Open to USA only. Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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Coupons For the Extreme Couponer or Money Saving Family

Today I am sharing some coupons with you all .. enjoy!

Candy, Power bars, etc.

  • BOGO SNICKERS Bar and Peanut Butter Squared Bar
  • $1.00 off SNICKERS Peanut Butter Square Miniatures
  • $1.00 off 6 MET-Rx Mini Singles or 1 Value Pack
  • $1.00 off 2 MET-Rx Bars BIG 100 or Protein Plus

Cereal

  • $1.00 off FRESH FRUIT with 1 Kelloggs Crunchy Nut
  • $2.00 off FRESH FRUIT with 2 Kelloggs Crunchy Nut

Tootpaste, etc.

  • $0.75 off any one Colgate Optic White Toothpaste
  • $0.75 off any one Colgate Optic White Mouthwash

Scrub & Polish (necessities for every day…)

  • $1.00 off any TWO (2) Cleanser & Polish Product
  • $0.75 off 2 Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponge Multipacks
  • $0.50 off ONE Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponge Multipack
  • $5.00 off any two PetArmor Brand Products

Make-up & Other Personal Care Items

  • $1.50 off MAYBELLINE NEW YORK shadow or liner
  • $1.00 off any imPRESS Press-on Manicure
  • $5.00 off Sally Hansen Salon Insta-Gel Strips™ Kit
  • $5.00 off Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips™ Gel Color

Food

  • $0.55 off any two (2) Hunt’s Canned Tomatoes
  • $1.00 off on one (1) lb of Butterball Deli Meats
  • $1.00 off purchase of any Jif Hazelnut Spread

Misc

  • $0.55 off 1 package of AllWhites or Better’n Eggs
  • $2.00 off any ONE Cabbage Patch Kids Cuties item
  • $3.00 off 2 BABY ALIVE Food or Diaper Refill Packs
  • $10.00 off (1) BREEZE Litter System

While I am an affiliate, I may receive a small commission for any of these coupons you click to download/print, what not. I am sharing because I am starting my own coupon venture and know many of you could probably use the savings on some of the items listed. Happy Wednesday!

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