Superb shopping at The Mall at Short Hills

It’s been a long time since my best friend from college and my daughter’s godmother and I were able to spend some quality time together. Our last “meet up” was in Indiana where we gathered together to enjoy her wedding. But a wedding is a busy time and we weren’t able to spend much time… [Continue Reading]

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My very bad day turned into a Very Bad Day event!

I’ve been having a series of very bad days. Back to school schedules and really, tough work days. I know we all have them but normally they come and go but lately they seem to be coming but not going. They have been adding up on top of each other and just when I thought… [Continue Reading]

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Medical Fallacies: What You Think is True is Often Not

How do you react to health concerns? If you catch a cold, do you respond by taking vitamin C supplements? If you’re pregnant and you’re carrying your baby low, does that mean it’s likely a boy? Does cracking your knuckles lead to arthritis? Do you avoid vaccinations for your children because you are convinced the… [Continue Reading]

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13 Tips for Consignment Shopping

Old is new again. Vintage is in. And there was a time when people refused to admit that they purchased their clothes and or toys used, but now not only do people admit to purchasing used – they brag about their wonderful finds and savings. Consignment sales and resale stores are popping up all over… [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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One HOT Giveaway! Kindle Fire Phone

Kindle Fire Phone Giveaway The kids have headed back to school and now you may need a whole new way to communicate, both with them, friends and family. Why not do it with the brand new Kindle Fire Phone? Just think of all the fun stuff you can do and share with your brand new,… [Continue Reading]

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Center for Disease Control study confirms that kids eat too much salt

America’s Center for Disease Control released a report on September 9, 2014 detailing the sodium intake by the average child and the bottom line results confirm what most of us already know: Children consume too much salt. According to the results of the study, the average school- age child consumes about 3,300 milligrams of salt… [Continue Reading]

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Stork Craft Long Horn Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed Giveaway!

Bring your kids closer together with Stork Craft Bunk Beds Enter to win a Stork Craft Long Horn Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed! Hosted by www.TheLinkFairy.com You know that being located in Texas, all I had to hear was “Long Horn” and I was IN for this giveaway!  Not only do I know the space… [Continue Reading]

Shop Online and Support Charity with Goodsearch.com

Do you like to shop online? We purchase quite a bit of goods online here at Money Saving Parent and we are always game to trying a new online service if it offers good bargains or other benefits. Among the benefits we like are those related to charity and one web service that gives money… [Continue Reading]

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Mini but mighty hero! Will you be a hero for Alex’s Lemonade Stand?

This summer it seems I’ve been surrounded by stories just like Patrick’s. Some of have been adults. Some have been children. But they all have one thing in common, they are bravely fighting cancer.  My mother in law passed away after a 5 year battle with cancer.  My friend’s son was diagnosed with Leukemia. My… [Continue Reading]

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My top 10 healthy essentials for back to school – and how I saved money on them!

Fall is just around the corner and with it back to school time. For many families that means not only back to school clothing and shoe shopping, but a number of other healthy essentials to keep us well . . . healthy. After all we have all sorts of little bugs out there as we… [Continue Reading]

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Muppets Most Wanted will steal the laughs right out of you

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which are used to support this site and my family. All opinions expressed are 100% my own and my children’s. Muppets Most Wanted (Blu-ray)  

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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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Parents Increasingly use Retirement Funds for Education Expenses

  Higher education is expensive and it is forcing more and more families to access mom and dad’s retirement funds to settle with the bursar. According to a Sallie Mae and Ipsos survey published today, 7 percent of parents withdrew money from retirement accounts to pay for college expenses in 2014. A similar survey in 2013… [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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Activities for Kids

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Mini but mighty hero! Will you be a hero for Alex’s Lemonade Stand?

This summer it seems I’ve been surrounded by stories just like Patrick’s. Some of have been adults. Some have been children. But they all have one thing in common, they are bravely fighting cancer.  My mother in law passed away after a 5 year battle with cancer.  My friend’s son was diagnosed with Leukemia. My (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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Run for the House and Support Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House has been serving communities across the United States for a long time, offering comfort and counseling to grieving families. Houston’s Ronald McDonald House has been in operation since 1978 and continues to serve the local area through four separate facilities. Not everyone has the means to help a great charitable organization like (Continue Reading…);

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Iron Man and Captain America: Heroes United

Both large and small Avengers fans can get excited about the release of the latest animated movie featuring Iron Man and Captain America! In Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United ,Iron Man and Captain America join forces to battle against Red Skull, who has quite an ingenious plan to take over the world and (Continue Reading…);

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My very bad day turned into a Very Bad Day event!

I’ve been having a series of very bad days. Back to school schedules and really, tough work days. I know we all have them but normally they come and go but lately they seem to be coming but not going. They have been adding up on top of each other and just when I thought (Continue Reading…);

Iron Man and Captain America Heroes United

Iron Man and Captain America: Heroes United

Both large and small Avengers fans can get excited about the release of the latest animated movie featuring Iron Man and Captain America! In Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United ,Iron Man and Captain America join forces to battle against Red Skull, who has quite an ingenious plan to take over the world and (Continue Reading…);

Planes Fire and Rescue rescued us from summer boredom

It was with a whole lot of anticipation that the kids and I headed to the screening of Planes: Fire and Rescue. The girls had been talking about it for months!  I was so happy to see it didn’t disappoint. Disclosure: I was able to attend a screening of Planes along with guests from BackstageOL (Continue Reading…);

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The Hundred Foot Journey shares secret to the perfect Onion Soup

Onion Soup is one of my favorites.  I know that it’s hard for me to resist whenever I am at a restaurant and it’s available. Even on our cruise I had to order it more than once that week!  But I’m looking forward to trying this recipe from “The Hundred Foot Journey and I thought (Continue Reading…);

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Going Green

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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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Green America: Economic Empowerment for the Planet and its People

Sustainability, clean energy use, recycling- these and other topics like them form the foundation for many of the “green” organizations in existence. Each has its own mission and goals, but one that encompasses a broad swath of causes revolving around consumerism and ethics is Green America, a non- profit member organization. Economic Power Matters Once (Continue Reading…);

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One HOT Giveaway! Kindle Fire Phone

Kindle Fire Phone Giveaway The kids have headed back to school and now you may need a whole new way to communicate, both with them, friends and family. Why not do it with the brand new Kindle Fire Phone? Just think of all the fun stuff you can do and share with your brand new, (Continue Reading…);

Stork Craft Long Horn Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed Giveaway!

Bring your kids closer together with Stork Craft Bunk Beds Enter to win a Stork Craft Long Horn Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed! Hosted by www.TheLinkFairy.com You know that being located in Texas, all I had to hear was “Long Horn” and I was IN for this giveaway!  Not only do I know the space (Continue Reading…);

Print your passes to the screening of The Giver

I have some tickets to The Giver to giveaway! There’s only a limited number of them available but it’s easy to do. Details: THE GIVER Screening Date, Time and Location: Wednesday, August 13th at 7PM at Edwards Marqe,7600 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024 Head over to GOFOBO and print out your tickets. Did I mention that there is (Continue Reading…);

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Polder’s Old World Market review and giveaway

  With all the stainless steel and color in my kitchen, I can’t help but miss some of my favorites from my grandmother’s kitchen like beautifully crafted wooden utensils and seasoned cast iron skillets. That’s one of the many reasons I was thrilled to discover Polder’s Old World Market and now even more excited to (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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Run for the House and Support Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House has been serving communities across the United States for a long time, offering comfort and counseling to grieving families. Houston’s Ronald McDonald House has been in operation since 1978 and continues to serve the local area through four separate facilities. Not everyone has the means to help a great charitable organization like (Continue Reading…);

Print your passes to the screening of The Giver

I have some tickets to The Giver to giveaway! There’s only a limited number of them available but it’s easy to do. Details: THE GIVER Screening Date, Time and Location: Wednesday, August 13th at 7PM at Edwards Marqe,7600 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024 Head over to GOFOBO and print out your tickets. Did I mention that there is (Continue Reading…);

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Medical Fallacies: What You Think is True is Often Not

How do you react to health concerns? If you catch a cold, do you respond by taking vitamin C supplements? If you’re pregnant and you’re carrying your baby low, does that mean it’s likely a boy? Does cracking your knuckles lead to arthritis? Do you avoid vaccinations for your children because you are convinced the (Continue Reading…);

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Center for Disease Control study confirms that kids eat too much salt

America’s Center for Disease Control released a report on September 9, 2014 detailing the sodium intake by the average child and the bottom line results confirm what most of us already know: Children consume too much salt. According to the results of the study, the average school- age child consumes about 3,300 milligrams of salt (Continue Reading…);

wikipedia

Parents Increasingly use Retirement Funds for Education Expenses

  Higher education is expensive and it is forcing more and more families to access mom and dad’s retirement funds to settle with the bursar. According to a Sallie Mae and Ipsos survey published today, 7 percent of parents withdrew money from retirement accounts to pay for college expenses in 2014. A similar survey in 2013 (Continue Reading…);

Average cost to raise a child approaches a quarter million dollars

It costs a lot of cash to raise those adorable little newborns from the early days in the crib through high school graduation. According to official data just published on August 18, 2014 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the total price tag for bringing up junior is now $245,000. This is the total price (Continue Reading…);

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