A few fun things going this weekend around Des Moines 8/29 – 8/30

1.  If you haven’t made it to a cubs game yet, this is the last weekend to do so before they are finished for the season.  Go Iowa Cubs!

2. Altoona Palooza, kids activities 1 -4pm at Sam Wise Youth Complex in Altoona (pony rides!)

3. Learn to Bowl class 10:30 – 11:30 on Saturday, $3.50


4. Free carousel rides at Union Park’s Heritage Carousel on Sunday 11 – 4pm.  It normally cost $0.50/kid.


My Fareway grocery plan today 8/28/15

-Lemons $0.19/each (Aldi’s match)

-Raspberries 6oz, $1.19 (Aldi’s match)

-Grapes, $1.28/lb

-Dole Caesar salad kit 6-12oz, $2

-Old orchard apple juice blends 64oz, $0.99 (limit 2)

-Fareway frozen southern style hasbrowns 28-32oz, $0.99 (limit 2)

-Hunt’s pasta sauce 24oz, $0.68 (limit 2 at Fareway)

-Store brand peanut butter 16oz, $0.99 (limit 2)

-Fareway wheat cottage bread 20oz, $0.97

-Store brand graham crackers, $1.67

-Sun chips 6.25-16oz, $1.88 (Friday only)

-Nutty bars 12oz, $0.99 (Friday only)

-Boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1.88/lb (10lb limit)

-Chicken leg quarters, $3.90 for 10lbs

-Eckrich smoked sausage 10 – 14oz, $1.89 (Price chopper match)

-Yoplait greek yogurt 4 – 6oz, $0.80

-Store brand yogurt 6oz, $0.33 (Friday only)

-Store brand butter, $1.99 (limit 2)

-Era detergent 50oz, $1.99 (limit 2)



Things that help when my kids are sick

Guess what?  We made it to day 4 of school before someone got strep!  Ugh!  Here is what has helped me this time around.

They make amoxicillin taste so good.  I’m tempted to ask for the liquid bubble gum flavor as an adult, when I’m sick.  So I understand my children’s dilemma when the see their sibling getting it and they cannot have it.   So they get juice in a syringe.  Or if I’m out of juice, milk with strawberry syrup in a syringe.  The milk/strawberry syrup looks so similar.  It’s surprising that this works as well as it does!


After I made this, I found juice in our pantry, so I made a slushie with juice instead of kool aid syrup this time.  I ended up using

-1 cup cherry juice

-2 cups ice

and I get “thanks mom, it’s as good as pop. thanks 10,000 times”.  They seemed to like this juice as much as the kool aid syrup version.

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Hope your families are all staying healthy!


My Fareway grocery plan this week 4/16 – 4/17, but I may also have to check out Price Chopper on Saturday

-raspberries, blackerries, blueberries 6oz, $1.29 (Aldi price match)

-American cheese slices 12oz pkg, $0.99 (limit 1)

-Pepsi/Mt Dew 6pk x 24oz bottles, $2.50

-store brand peanut butter $0.99 (limit 1, hy-vee price match, Thurs/Friday)

-store brand ketchup 32oz, $0.77 (hy-vee price match, Thurs/Friday)

-store brand bacon 12 – 16oz, $2.48




A great solution for kid hoarders

What do you do with all the Valentine’s cards your kids received from V-Day?  I had been trying to sneak them in the trash until I saw the idea to turn them into a place mat online.  It was a big hit!  I may also turn the kids National Geographic Animal Cards into place mats.  I used the last of my very smushed contact paper so it was less than perfect, but just fine for what it was.  In case you were wondering, contact paper is located in next to the dish section for lining the inside of cupboards.

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