Retirement Fund Changes in 2015: Be Prepared!

The 2014 year is down to its final weeks and, like with any other year, a host of tax changes will greet the taxpayer in the coming year. Retirement funds and related taxes will see the usual new year adjustments for cost of living and inflation, with tax rates staying roughly the same and limits… [Continue Reading]

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A Thanksgiving Day memory: My dog ate my turkey

A favorite Thanksgiving Day memory.  A family, a dog and Thanksgiving day. They are no longer with us, but the memories will last forever. The dining room table is set with the good china and a lovely floral centerpiece. The buffet island practically groans under the weight of all the delicious dishes that my mother-in-law,… [Continue Reading]

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Leaping for fun with the LeapTV video game system

LeapFrog took a leap into a whole new area of video gaming. In addition to their amazing and educational toys and handheld games, they have now added the learning video gaming system LeapTV to their line up. LeapTV takes the fun of video gaming systems and combines it with many of your child’s favorite characters,… [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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Best Buy has big screen you are looking for: LG OLED

Sitting in my parents’ family room discussing their visit to my house over the holidays my dad asks, “Did you get me that big screen television for our room?” “Yep dad I’ll get right on that- after all last year I got a new bedroom set up there, and while a mattress was next on… [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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My Secret Recipe for Cranberry Sauce that Isn’t Such a Secret!

Everyone has asked me for many years how I make such delicious cranberry sauce, when normally cranberry sauce is the least favorite (and often overlooked) dish on your holiday table Find out my secret! CONTENT: The whole family waits with breathless anticipation for the Thanksgiving feast to begin. The aromas of turkey and ham roasting,… [Continue Reading]

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Popular Thanksgiving Day traditions for our family

Whether old or new, these Thanksgiving holiday traditions will give lasting memories the whole year through. Many families have their Thanksgiving Day traditions. Some play football in the yard. Some watch it from the comfort of the family room. For others it is always the same meal, whether it is turkey, ham, brisket or prime… [Continue Reading]

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FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer saved the 40 lbs of chicken day! FoodSaver Giveaway

  I admit that I have been wanting a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer for a LONG LONG time. I love saving money and buying in bulk. I appreciate having fresh foods that I was able to freeze and pull out of the freezer to prepare for my family. I appreciate even more that it gives me… [Continue Reading]

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Top 10 reasons to order from Zaycon Foods

It’s been said that the early bird gets the worm. In my case it’s the early mom that gets the money savings – and quality foods when I do my pickup of chicken from Zaycon foods. Disclosure: This post contains referral links which means I get a credit towards my next purchase if you make… [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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Facebook at Work: The New Face of Professional Networking

Okay, admit it- you logon to Facebook a little bit more than you should. When the boss isn’t looking, you take a quick peek at your Facebook news feed, chat with your friends, and upload pictures of your kids. You know it’s frowned upon at work, but the urge to keep up with social media… [Continue Reading]

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HoneyBaked Holidays makes more time for family

Once upon a time I would get up in the wee hours of the morning while everyone else slept and get the Turkey or the Ham started for my family and friends to enjoy during our holiday celebrations. Unfortunately this often meant by the time our friends and family arrived this meant I was tired,… [Continue Reading]

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Johnson and Johnson offers up tips and coupons for Diabetes Awareness Month

Once upon a time my phone rang and it was my mother. My dad was in the hospital. He had collapsed and was jaundiced. For me this was unbelievable, he was always so healthy and strong and active. It was a scary few days, but it was determined that he had Diabetes. It’s been a… [Continue Reading]

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Household Savings Rates and Income: How Wide is the Gap?

  How much does your household save each month? Are you saving enough to retire comfortably? Do you have an emergency fund in place and discipline yourself to contribute to this fund on a regular basis? Do you have a savings account for your children’s education? Can you honestly say that you feel comfortable and… [Continue Reading]

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Leaping for fun with the LeapTV video game system

LeapFrog took a leap into a whole new area of video gaming. In addition to their amazing and educational toys and handheld games, they have now added the learning video gaming system LeapTV to their line up. LeapTV takes the fun of video gaming systems and combines it with many of your child’s favorite characters, (Continue Reading…);

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Popular Thanksgiving Day traditions for our family

Whether old or new, these Thanksgiving holiday traditions will give lasting memories the whole year through. Many families have their Thanksgiving Day traditions. Some play football in the yard. Some watch it from the comfort of the family room. For others it is always the same meal, whether it is turkey, ham, brisket or prime (Continue Reading…);

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Kids Academy preschool apps offer up tons of learning fun

As a former preschool teacher, I frequently get asked what are the best apps for parents to offer their children for tons of learning fun. My answers may change – as apps change and grow and based on the child but I’m always happy to find a new app to pass on. After all the (Continue Reading…);

Houston Zoo Lights Return with Another Dazzling Display

The holiday season is near and here in Houston, Texas, the holidays mean lights- lots of lights, on display in different places around the greater Houston metropolitan area. It seems like each year, those responsible for the displays try to outdo themselves by creating new displays or by increasing the size of the light display (Continue Reading…);

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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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Planes: Fire and Rescue on Blu-Ray DVD Combo pack with bonus features

  Last summer we headed out to see Planes: Fire and Rescue. Here’s our review of the movie which was high flying fun and definitely a summer boredom buster! Since then I’ve had the opportunity to learn even more about the efforts, research and years of development which went into making it such an outstanding success (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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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…);

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FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer saved the 40 lbs of chicken day! FoodSaver Giveaway

  I admit that I have been wanting a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer for a LONG LONG time. I love saving money and buying in bulk. I appreciate having fresh foods that I was able to freeze and pull out of the freezer to prepare for my family. I appreciate even more that it gives me (Continue Reading…);

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Hallmark’s Feel’N channel makes even a sick day feel better: 5 Annual Subscription Giveaway!

I know a lot of parents are getting rid of cable, not only to save money but because they worry about some of the shows their family may be watching – especially when mom and dad aren’t around. Add to that the flexibility and adaptability of television and movies channels so you can watch shows (Continue Reading…);

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Taco Cabana flash giveaway to benefit Warrior and Family Support Center (ends 11/14)

Taco Cabana® brought back its popular Taco Treat fundraiser this October to benefit the Warrior and Family Support Center (WFSC) at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. All Taco Cabana locations in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico will sell $1 coupon books good for five free bean and cheese tacos, with 100 percent of the (Continue Reading…);

American Girl Giveaway! One Giveaway – Two Dolls Ends Nov. 18

American Girl is one very popular girl in my household of girls. There’s the dolls, the accessories, the books, the stories, the movies and the activities. My daughter even has a little car seat and stroller so her American Girl Doll (Casey)  can travel with her. What a joy to be able to bring you (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…);

Houston Zoo Lights Return with Another Dazzling Display

The holiday season is near and here in Houston, Texas, the holidays mean lights- lots of lights, on display in different places around the greater Houston metropolitan area. It seems like each year, those responsible for the displays try to outdo themselves by creating new displays or by increasing the size of the light display (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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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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