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    Visiting Backbone State Park

    Backbone State Park is located in northeast (ish) Iowa.  If you vacation in WI, it maybe a good stop on the way.  It’s the very first state park in the state

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Visit Spectators in Altoona for a great Father’s Day outing

This is my new favorite restaurant in Altoona!  There is delicious food and a fun environment, I think your dad will love it!  It’s chalked full of sports memorabilia.  It’s located just east of Adventureland and owned by the same people.  It looks like they have a room you can rent out too, which we may have to look into at some point.

I feel like Altoona has a new awesome restaurant and I’m so excited about it!  If you check it out, come back and let me know what you think!   I ate my food instead of taking a picture of it, opps.2016-06-17 (1)  2016-06-17 (2) 2016-06-17 (3)2016-06-17 (5)



My Fareway Grocery Plan 6/16/16

-Veggie chips/sticks 6oz bag, $1.99

-Doles chopped salad kits, $0.99

-Baby carrots, $0.77 (Thus, Fri, Sat only)

-Green grapes, $0.79 (Aldi’s match)

-Washington cherries, $1.99/lb (Price Chopper match)

-KC masterpiece BBQ sauce 16-17oz, $0.69 (Price Chopper match, limit 2)

-Van Camp’s pork and beans, $0.38 (limit 4)

-Grade A eggs, $0.50 (Price Chopper match, limit 2)

-Boneless skinless chicken breast, $1.99/lb (Thurs/Friday only)

-Rotella’s hamburger, & hot dog buns, $1 (Thurs/Friday only)

-Jif peanut butter 15.5-16oz, $1.48 (limit 2)

-Cherrios 8.9oz, Kix 8.7oz , Trix 10.7, Golden Grahams 12oz, $1.48

-Dorritos 9.5- 10oz, $2

-A/E Lemonade 1/2 gallon, $0.99 (Thurs/Friday only)


Medical bills

I had the unfortunate experience to learn that hospitals will often work with you on an interest free basis to help you pay your medical bills.  If you find yourself in this situation, it may not hurt to make some phone calls to the hospital and see if they are able to do this for you.

I hope you are all very healthy!  

Having good health, is something to be so grateful for!


My Fareway grocery plan 5/26 – 5/27

-Blueberries pint, $1.88

-Strawberries 1lb, $1.49 (Aldi price match)

-Dole iceberg, shredded, or coleslaw bags, $0.88

-Seedless watermelon, $2.88 (Hy-Vee price match)

-Eggs 18ct, $0.99

-Bush’s baked beans or Grillin Beans 22 – 28oz, $1.28 (limit 2)

-Kraft Deli slices 7-8oz, $1.69 (Price Chopper match)

-Kraft American cheese singles 12oz, $1.69 (Price Chopper match)

-Sara Lee honey wheat bread 20oz loaf, $1.48 (Thur & Fri only, Hy-Vee match)

-Fareway white hamburger or hot dog buns 8ct, $0.69 (Aldi price match)

-Doritos 9.5-10oz, $1.88

-Wheat thins 3.5 -9.1oz, $0.88 (Hy-Vee match)

-AE Lemonade 64oz, $0.69 (Thur & Fri only, Hy-Vee match)

-Ground beef 80% lean, $1.99

-Blue bunny ice cream 1 gallon, $3.99


You need this for your car!

I had the unfortunate event of having a flat tire while driving with one of my kids yesterday!  He was playing something electronic and oblivious to the fact anything was wrong.  Thankfully I was able to pull over fast and get over as far as possible with my flashers on.   I’m slightly terrified of another car hitting us while being pulled over on the side of the road.  I called my husband and he answered right away.  Swoon.   He tells me I have a tire repair kit in my trunk and stays with me on the phone.

This kit has a mini air compressor and is the easiest thing ever.  You plug it into the cigarette lighter in your car, put on the tire valve line and turn on the switch.  That may be all the fix you need.  But if not, there is also a bottle you can attach to the compressor kit that is filled with tire sealant.  That is just a matter of unscrewing the lid and screwing it on the compressor.  The compressor has a gauge.  Within a matter of minutes I was back on the road and it felt completely fine.  After the fix, you are not to drive more than 125 miles and keep it under 50mph with my particular kit that came with my car.

This doesn’t fix your tire, but it gets you home or to a tire repair place safely.  I think the sealant needs to get cleaned out before too long so it doesn’t damage your tire sensor.

I got the car home and my husband found a screw in the tire and fixed it all up for me.  I feel so much more comfortable having this simple kit in my car and I will make certain my kids have it when they get to driving. The less time they are out working on the side of the road, the better.   I prefer them to practice changing tires in the driveway instead of the side of the road.



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