Bring those signature Doubletree by Hilton Cookies home

  I first found out about the DoubleTree by Hilton’s Cookie Dough being made available to us at home right after the beginning of the school year. I admit they make a great after school treat. But even more importantly to me they make a great way to entertain this holiday season.  Disclosure: I was provided… [Continue Reading]

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Call of Duty Giveaway!

Unlock your inner Hero! Enter to win a Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Pro Edition Bundle! Hosted by The Link Fairy Here we GO! Just in time for those cool days and long nights! The new  Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Pro Edition is not available and here at Money Saving Parent we are here… [Continue Reading]

Hard Rock Cafe Roxtars Giveaway! (ends Oct. 28)

  Meet the Hard Rock Roxtars! The Hard Rock Roxtars are each unapologetically original and designed to inspire kids of all ages to rock an inimitable brand of cool, allowing their originality to shine.  That right there catches my eye because we encourage originality and creativity in our household. What could be more fun than food,… [Continue Reading]

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Star Wars Rebels: Interview with Steve Blum and Taylor Gray

  Money Saving Parent is bringing you more news from a galaxy not so far away! We’ve got more insider information on the new Disney XD Series, Star Wars Rebels as we interview Steve Blum (Voice of “Zeb) and Taylor Gray (Voice of Ezra). Disclosure: This interview was part of the #DisneyInHomeEvent #StarWarsRebels and #VeryBadDayEvent press… [Continue Reading]

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National School Lunch Week and My Visit to the Cafeteria

  Today is the end of National School Lunch Week 2014. Here at Money Saving Parent, we have been examining and scrutinizing the National School Lunch Program and have presented our readers with a different article each day relating to schools and food. As I wrap up my weekly examination today. I decided it would… [Continue Reading]

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School Lunch Food faces Tougher Regulations but Will They Make a Difference?

National School Lunch Week is upon us and here at Money Saving Parent, we have been thinking more about the food our kids eat at school, learning about food requirements, and sharing what we find with our readers. Today, we would like to take a closer look at the new regulations that just took effect… [Continue Reading]

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The sky is the limit! Wings Over Houston Airshow 2014 ticket giveaway

  I remember growing up and all the excitement that the Dayton Airshow brought with it. For months and weeks building up to their appearance of all the performers it was just about all the city could talk about.  The streets would be crowded and shut down and you would even find people parked along… [Continue Reading]

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School Lunch in America: The Making of a National Program

School lunch programs have been around for decades. Originally conceived as a program to distribute excess agricultural items, prop up food prices, and help young people from poor families get some midday nourishment, the school lunch program has expanded and modified itself over the years, but it still going strong. Its history is the subject… [Continue Reading]

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To have and to hold: wedding invitations from Wedding Paper Divas

  I can’t believe it, in just days my oldest will be getting married. They say time flies when you are having fun – I say it flies when you are parenting. I admit that just the other day I spent a few minutes looking through old photo albums and remembering when. But we are… [Continue Reading]

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Behind the scenes with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

Do you like finding out what’s going on behind the scenes with your favorite brands? I know I do. I appreciate learning about the improvements they are making both in their products, the environment and the community. That’s why I’m so excited to bring you a behind the scenes look at what Dr. Pepper/Snapple has… [Continue Reading]

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10 Facts You May Not Know about the National School Lunch Program

National School Lunch Week is upon us. It’s a week designated each year as a time to educate the public on school lunches, examine how the system works, and evaluate effectiveness. Much has changed with the school lunch program in 2014, with tougher standards and regulations enacted in an effort to improve student health and… [Continue Reading]

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Bella Thorne talks Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  We have little girls in the household so it’s always amazing and wonderful when I get a chance to meet their “teen idols.” Bella Thorne has been a long time favorite with my both my daughters so while they were disappointed that this time they wouldn’t get to meet her they were pretty excited… [Continue Reading]

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Grab a Tray and Silverware- It’s National School Lunch Week!

Today, October 13, 2014 is Columbus Day and while most children are enjoying a day off from the demands of education, the topic of school is getting more attention this week than usual. Specifically, the subject of food is front and center as October 13 through October 17, 2014 is designated as National School Lunch… [Continue Reading]

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Go Pro, Be a Hero and Capture Every Moment with Best Buy and GoPro Hero

Wouldn’t it be nice if all those amazing and wonderful moments like your child scoring their first goal at soccer or participating in their first dance recital have a pause button? That’s what I need because even though I have taken classes in photography, that was many moons ago back with the dinosaurs roamed the… [Continue Reading]

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The Women of Star Wars Rebels

One of the most exciting things about being able to learn about television shows and movies in advance is learning about the people behind the shows. Why did they get involved? What was exciting to them? What are they most proud of? In this installment from our Star Wars Rebels series we have the opportunity… [Continue Reading]

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Hard Rock Cafe Roxtars Giveaway! (ends Oct. 28)

  Meet the Hard Rock Roxtars! The Hard Rock Roxtars are each unapologetically original and designed to inspire kids of all ages to rock an inimitable brand of cool, allowing their originality to shine.  That right there catches my eye because we encourage originality and creativity in our household. What could be more fun than food, (Continue Reading…);

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What does Sleeping Beauty and Sarah Hyland have in common? Beauty and Bonus features

A few months back some friends of mine, thinking I may have the inside track, said, “Hey Lisa – Do you happen to know when Sleeping Beauty is going to be available on Blu-Ray and DVD?” My answer, “Well I don’t know for sure, but I would say about the same time that Maleficent is, (Continue Reading…);

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Behind the scenes of Planes: Fire and Rescue for National Fire Prevention Week

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Van Nuys Air Tanker. This is the place where Disney did all their behind the scenes research to find out more about these first responders, their jobs, their lives, their history and their aircraft. It’s been said that some of the best fiction usually has the perfect (Continue Reading…);

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Baked S’mores Sundae recipe

  S’mores are many a family’s favorite. A sweet summer night with marshmallows and a fire pit bring back memories of camping trips and family time together. But what happens when you don’t want to sit outside to make the marshmallows? You bake them!  Even better since here in Houston it can still be pretty (Continue Reading…);

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Star Wars Rebels: Interview with Steve Blum and Taylor Gray

  Money Saving Parent is bringing you more news from a galaxy not so far away! We’ve got more insider information on the new Disney XD Series, Star Wars Rebels as we interview Steve Blum (Voice of “Zeb) and Taylor Gray (Voice of Ezra). Disclosure: This interview was part of the #DisneyInHomeEvent #StarWarsRebels and #VeryBadDayEvent press (Continue Reading…);

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne talks Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  We have little girls in the household so it’s always amazing and wonderful when I get a chance to meet their “teen idols.” Bella Thorne has been a long time favorite with my both my daughters so while they were disappointed that this time they wouldn’t get to meet her they were pretty excited (Continue Reading…);

Vanessa Marshall and Tiya Sircar

The Women of Star Wars Rebels

One of the most exciting things about being able to learn about television shows and movies in advance is learning about the people behind the shows. Why did they get involved? What was exciting to them? What are they most proud of? In this installment from our Star Wars Rebels series we have the opportunity (Continue Reading…);

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See what we see in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible …. Day: Movie review

Have you ever had “one of those days?” Unfortunately for Alexander “one of those days” comes far too often. What makes it even worse is that it seems like it never happens to anyone else in his family. His big brother is handsome and popular. His older sister is dramatic and creative. Mom is successful (Continue Reading…);

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California Bans Plastic Grocery Bags

California, the nation’s most populous state and a hotbed of political and social activism, has taken a step many felt was long overdue: It has outlawed the use of plastic shopping bags across the state, citing environmental and other concerns. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law September 30, 2014, making California the first (Continue Reading…);

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National Geographic Ice Cream Expedition: Take the pledge, eat some ice cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! National Geographic recognizes the love of ice cream and has found a way to connect it with the next generation of explorers. Caleb, Jordan and Cameron approached National Geographic and National Geographic Kids with an idea that would inspire the nation to protect and conserve (Continue Reading…);

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American Forests works to Restore Trees and Wildlife Habitats

Trees are important. They help remove pollutants from the air. They release life- giving oxygen for the Earth’s inhabitants. They Provide cover for many species of animals and they offer shade from the hot sun. Trees are critical to environment stability in countless ways and one non- profit organization working on behalf of trees is (Continue Reading…);

Vote for the Green America People & Planet Award

Green America is a non- profit organization that works to empower people and business to do their part for a sustainable and healthy planet. The organization frequently recognizes individuals and companies for their hard work and Green America is about to award three exceptional businesses for their efforts to go green. The award is the (Continue Reading…);

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Call of Duty Giveaway!

Unlock your inner Hero! Enter to win a Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Pro Edition Bundle! Hosted by The Link Fairy Here we GO! Just in time for those cool days and long nights! The new  Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Pro Edition is not available and here at Money Saving Parent we are here (Continue Reading…);

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Hard Rock Cafe Roxtars Giveaway! (ends Oct. 28)

  Meet the Hard Rock Roxtars! The Hard Rock Roxtars are each unapologetically original and designed to inspire kids of all ages to rock an inimitable brand of cool, allowing their originality to shine.  That right there catches my eye because we encourage originality and creativity in our household. What could be more fun than food, (Continue Reading…);

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The sky is the limit! Wings Over Houston Airshow 2014 ticket giveaway

  I remember growing up and all the excitement that the Dayton Airshow brought with it. For months and weeks building up to their appearance of all the performers it was just about all the city could talk about.  The streets would be crowded and shut down and you would even find people parked along (Continue Reading…);

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Mattress Firm Sleepstakes and Lux Living Memory Foam Lux Gel Pillow giveaway

It could be a little bit harder to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day if I could actually get a good night’s sleep! I admit I don’t get enough rest and that’s why I’m so excited to share this contest hosted by Mattress Firm with you! In Celebration of Disney’s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, (Continue Reading…);

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Hard Rock Cafe Roxtars Giveaway! (ends Oct. 28)

  Meet the Hard Rock Roxtars! The Hard Rock Roxtars are each unapologetically original and designed to inspire kids of all ages to rock an inimitable brand of cool, allowing their originality to shine.  That right there catches my eye because we encourage originality and creativity in our household. What could be more fun than food, (Continue Reading…);

war birds ramp display

The sky is the limit! Wings Over Houston Airshow 2014 ticket giveaway

  I remember growing up and all the excitement that the Dayton Airshow brought with it. For months and weeks building up to their appearance of all the performers it was just about all the city could talk about.  The streets would be crowded and shut down and you would even find people parked along (Continue Reading…);

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Fourth Annual Houston Art Fair coming to NRG Center

Houston area art fans are fortunate to live in a city where fine art is readily available, both for viewing and for purchase. This coming weekend, the city is hosting a fair with paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other works of art from some of the best artists from Houston and beyond. It’s the 4th Annual (Continue Reading…);

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YMCA Project Backpack Helps Students Get the Supplies They Need

Today is back to school day for students in the greater Houston area. Summer break has come to a close and children from preschool through high school are back in the classrooms, ready to pursue the academic goals that lie ahead. For some, back to school time can be a struggle due to lack of (Continue Reading…);

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National School Lunch Week and My Visit to the Cafeteria

  Today is the end of National School Lunch Week 2014. Here at Money Saving Parent, we have been examining and scrutinizing the National School Lunch Program and have presented our readers with a different article each day relating to schools and food. As I wrap up my weekly examination today. I decided it would (Continue Reading…);

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Grab a Tray and Silverware- It’s National School Lunch Week!

Today, October 13, 2014 is Columbus Day and while most children are enjoying a day off from the demands of education, the topic of school is getting more attention this week than usual. Specifically, the subject of food is front and center as October 13 through October 17, 2014 is designated as National School Lunch (Continue Reading…);

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Life Expectancy for Americans Reaches Record High

Good news for Money Saving Parents everywhere: Americans are living longer, according to a report issued by the Center for Disease Control. Official data from the CDC shows the average lifespan for a United States resident at an all- time record high of 78.8 years in 2012. Many factors can be credited, but most experts (Continue Reading…);

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Web Safety app makes digital parenting easier and a little less scary

I have children and my 9 year old just got her first smartphone.  It’s a hand –me-down.  We’ve talked about safety and data use. We have all sorts of things put into place like passwords and only family and close friends I trust on the contact list. I admit, when we traveled last spring it (Continue Reading…);

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