Chicken Parmesan Lasagna recipe + Lasagna Kit Giveaway

  Our family loves their lasagna. I admit that the traditional style has always been a favorite, but thanks to a recipe from Red Gold now there is a new favorite in town. It combines their favorite Italian Chicken dish of Chicken Parmesan with their favorite dish, Lasagna. Disclosure: I was provided with some of… [Continue Reading]

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Rocky Mountain National Park: One of America’s Great Natural Treasures

Straddling the continental divide, Rocky Mountain National Park is a must- see attraction in north central Colorado. With majestic mountain scenery, pristine rivers, and abundant wildlife, Rocky Mountain National Park represents unspoiled wilderness just an hour’s drive from Denver. We’re on Our Way My family paid a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park during the… [Continue Reading]

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Myriad Botanical Gardens: A Slice of Nature in Downtown Oklahoma City

Large cities are centers of commerce and business. They are essential for the economic well- being of the people and millions make the daily commute to these urban hubs each day. But getting away from the bustle of the city is nice and in some places, a getaway is closer than you might think. Such… [Continue Reading]

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Paddington: Cute and Fuzzy Innocence for the Entire Family

  What happens when a young bear stows away on a ship and makes his way to Europe in search of solace? It might sound like making of a surprise documentary, but it’s actually the beginning of Paddington, a movie starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Madeleine Harris, and Samuel Joslin. First… [Continue Reading]

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Slow Cooker Meatballs Hoagies

  Slow Cooker Meatball Hoagies Recipe I admit I skipped some steps and started with premade Italian Meatballs from HEB for this recipe. I’ve found that these slow cooker meatballs are also very versatile. I’ve used them in Hoagie sandwiches, as Open Faced Sandwiches on Texas Toast as well as in Spaghetti and Meatballs. I… [Continue Reading]

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Hot Ham and Swiss Sandwiches

  I admit they are hard to see in my picture and I apologize. But in our sandwich portion of our snackadium we have Hot Ham and Swiss Sandwiches which are my very favorite! I admit I could just eat these little mini sandwiches and not share them at all. But with so many of… [Continue Reading]

Chunky Guacamole Dip recipe

  I admit, Chunky Guacamole Dip could be a meal for me. I don’t even really need anything else. I will look for any excuse to make it! And my recent try at a Snackadium was my most recent excuse – that and my oldest daughter and I just really like to eat it. People… [Continue Reading]

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Quick Queso Dip

Quick Queso Dip It doesn’t get any easier or any quicker than this queso dip recipe. With all the other foods with our Snackadium we wanted to keep it simple this time. And, it doesn’t get any more simple than combining two ingredients and allowing them to slowly simmer on the stove until ready to… [Continue Reading]

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Black Bean and Grilled Corn salsa recipe

  Black Bean and Grilled Corn Salsa Recipe   My oldest daughter and I love the corn and bean salsa available at Freebirds so when I was putting together or snackadium we thought we would give our own version of this favorite dish a try. Inspired by the Red Gold recipe for Black Bean Salsa… [Continue Reading]

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Pepperoni Pizza Puffs recipe

  Pepperoni Pizza Puffs Football and food just go together and one thing that couldn’t be left out of our game day celebration was pizza. But honestly Mr. Money Saving Parent and I were tried of the same old thing so this year I served up Pepperoni Puffs! Delicious and easy to make you  stir… [Continue Reading]

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So simple Chili recipe

Yum Chili is a staple in our household especially during the cold winter months. I love that I can make it quick on the stove top or let it simmer all day long in the slow cooker. Either way, I’m lucky if there is any left for me to use as a topping on say… [Continue Reading]

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Bacon Wrapped Baked Potatoes

Bacon Wrapped Baked Potatoes Yum Love the taste of twice baked potatoes? This easy recipe makes it possible to have them without all the work. We like a couple of different variations of this recipe from topping it with Queso and Sour Cream to as simple as topping with shredded cheddar cheese. The queso was… [Continue Reading]

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Snackadium: 30 Recipes for your Fabulous Football Game Day

It’s time for the Super Bowl and you may be wondering how you can feed all those that show up at your home ready for some football! Why not take all your favorite game day recipes and turn it into one amazing snackadium that will feed the whole “team” leaving you free to enjoy the… [Continue Reading]

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Wyndham La Cascada Resort: Our Home Away from Home in San Antonio

San Antonio is a great American city. Loaded with culture, history, and charm it’s a nice, economical place to spend some time away from home and learn a little bit about America’s past in the process. And a good place to consider staying while you’re away from home is the Wyndham La Cascada, a condo-… [Continue Reading]

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15 money saving tips for going green

  You don’t have to spend money to save money, energy and the environment. With these twenty tips you can do all that and with some imagination and creativity you can save even more. 15 Money Saving Tips for Going Green Turn off ceiling fans and lights at night. Just leave on the fans in… [Continue Reading]

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Rocky Mountain National Park: One of America’s Great Natural Treasures

Straddling the continental divide, Rocky Mountain National Park is a must- see attraction in north central Colorado. With majestic mountain scenery, pristine rivers, and abundant wildlife, Rocky Mountain National Park represents unspoiled wilderness just an hour’s drive from Denver. We’re on Our Way My family paid a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park during the (Continue Reading…);

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Myriad Botanical Gardens: A Slice of Nature in Downtown Oklahoma City

Large cities are centers of commerce and business. They are essential for the economic well- being of the people and millions make the daily commute to these urban hubs each day. But getting away from the bustle of the city is nice and in some places, a getaway is closer than you might think. Such (Continue Reading…);

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A New Twist on an Old Scrooge: Five Favorite Christmas Carol Movies

For as far back as I can remember the story of the Christmas Carol has been one my family has enjoyed during the holidays. As I have grown older and had children of my own more versions of this celebrated tale have been released and many of them have become family favorites. Here are our (Continue Reading…);

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San Antonio Botanical Garden: Nature’s Therapy in the Heart of Texas

Traveling is the perfect form of therapy. The opportunity to visit new places, soak up the culture, and experience new sights and sounds is what makes travel so important to me and my family.  We try to include some natural scenery everywhere we visit, but options are often limited when traveling to a large city. (Continue Reading…);

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Free printable recipes from The Hundred Foot Journey

Want to recreate some of the fabulous food featured in “The Hundred Food Journey?” Recipes include “Herbs de Provence-Crusted Turkey” and “Kheewa: Indian Ground Beef with Peas.” Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start cooking! I admit I don’t like peas, but I do like this dish!

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Behind the scenes of Planes: Fire and Rescue with Paul Gerard and Jeff Howard

      With the release of Planes: Fire an Rescue on Blu-Ray and DVD  I was recently able to have to extreme opportunity to talk with writer, Jeff Howard and director of creative development, Paul Gerard! During our interview I was able to find out so many interesting facts that went into the making of the (Continue Reading…);

Executive Producer Don Hahn shares the making of Maleficent

As if getting a private tour of the Walt Disney Estate wasn’t exciting enough! Just minutes after our arrival, our group was given the opportunity to talk Executive Producer Don Hahn about the making of Maleficent!  What would you want to know? I may just have the answers for you in this interview. Disclosure: I received (Continue Reading…);

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Free Maleficent printables to celebrate it’s now available on DVD and Blu-Ray!

  It’s not secret that my daughters and I are capable of watching Maleficent over and over and over again. Long before the DVD or Blu ray date was announced we had already seen the movie three times. I admit at one point I had to call a halt on our magnificent Maleficent obsession. After (Continue Reading…);

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15 money saving tips for going green

  You don’t have to spend money to save money, energy and the environment. With these twenty tips you can do all that and with some imagination and creativity you can save even more. 15 Money Saving Tips for Going Green Turn off ceiling fans and lights at night. Just leave on the fans in (Continue Reading…);

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Vegan and Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pie recipe

Are you looking for a new side dish featuring sweet potatoes this holiday season? SideChef is the leading step-by-step cooking app, featured in the Top 10 apps in the Food & Drinks category, shares this recipe for vegan and gluten-free sweet potato pie, following up their tips on how to make any recipe vegan or gluten-free. This (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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Chicken Parmesan Lasagna recipe + Lasagna Kit Giveaway

  Our family loves their lasagna. I admit that the traditional style has always been a favorite, but thanks to a recipe from Red Gold now there is a new favorite in town. It combines their favorite Italian Chicken dish of Chicken Parmesan with their favorite dish, Lasagna. Disclosure: I was provided with some of (Continue Reading…);

One giveaway two winners featuring Big Dog Truck and Lalaloopsy from Little Tikes

Ring in the new year with some fun from Little Tikes! Enter to win 1 of their 2 newest toys, either a Big Dog Truck Ride-On and Walker OR a Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise Doll! 2 lucky winners will win their choice! Hosted by The Link Fairy No matter what the age of my daughters they (Continue Reading…);

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Calico Critters Giveaway

Sponsored by Calico Critters and hosted by Mom Does Reviews and her fun Blogging Friends I recently just learned about Calico Critters. I love the idea! My daughter does too and here’s why. Dolls sort of “creep her out.” I buy her dollhouses which she doesn’t play with. But animals and houses – that she (Continue Reading…);

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BuyDig a Digital Superstore and HP Chromebook Giveaway!

What are you going to tell Santa you want for Christmas? Both girls answer, “A laptop mom!” It’s true gadgets rate among the top gifts asked for this holiday season. I can see why they would need it. More and more of their homework is being assigned online and their grades are being posted there (Continue Reading…);

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Park Restaurant and Grill: Winning Wyndham Quality

Hotel restaurants vary widely. Some offer a quick, cafeteria style meal while others offer more formal, sit- down, customer- centric service. Here in Houston, one of our best hotels is also home to one of the better restaurants, featuring sit down service and customer focus. The hotel is Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor and its (Continue Reading…);

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Spongebob creates a Holiday Splash at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island!

The family and I have been looking for something different and unique to do this holiday season. We have been to lots of fun events in the Houston area but never to Schlitterbahn. Now I hear about the Holiday Splash at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island! How amazing! Santa, Schlitterbahn and Spongebob all in one place! A great (Continue Reading…);

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Breakfast with Santa for $5.99? iT’Z true!

Breakfast with Santa at iT’Z Family Food & Fun Saturday, December 13 8 AM to 10 AM All iT’Z locations: Euless, Houston, Pasadena, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque For more details: http://www.itzusa.com/breakfast/ * Breakfast to include items such as pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, skillet potatoes, etc. * Santa will be visiting with the children while they eat (Continue Reading…);

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Honda Cars of Katy Supports Houston Food Bank with Holiday Food Drive

Holidays are a time for family togetherness and a time for giving. For some, however, the holidays are not so comfortable and many long for basic sustenance for themselves and loved ones. Here in Houston, a local business is sponsoring a food drive and is calling on generous Houstonians to join in the effort to (Continue Reading…);

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Energy Drinks Pose Potential Risk to Young Children

Parents can add another item to the growing list of things to keep out of the stomachs of young children. Energy drinks, popular for their vitamin supplements and ability to provide an oft- needed alertness boost, have been singled out for causing adverse health effects in children. The concerns stem from a research study presented (Continue Reading…);

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Detergent Pods Pose Risk to Youngsters

Parents of toddlers, listen up: There is a potentially harmful product in your household- a product that has been around for only a couple of years- that could make your young person very sick. Laundry detergent pods, those compact, self- dissolving, convenient means to clean laundry, were responsible for 769 hospital stays for children over (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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