Menu Plan Monday 2/28/11

Today is the last day for my giveaway of the DVD movie “Fireproof.” This is open to all U.S. and Canadian residents and ends tonight at midnight CST.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s a great movie!  If you have seen it and would like to own it, just a leave a comment on the giveaway post.

Now, on to our menu for the week.  Last week was a busy, stressful week, and I’m thinking this week may turn out to be the same.  I guess that’s why this fun song by Francesca Battistelli, This is the Stuff,” is so appealing to me now.  Puts things in perspective!

So here’s another easy menu:

Monday:  Salmon patties, salad, corn

Tuesday:  Chicken Tortilla Soup

Wednesday:  Leftover Chicken Tortilla Soup

Thursday:  Chicken strips, mashed potatoes, fried okra (good comfort food)

Friday:  Pizza, carrot sticks

Branson, Missouri

When we were in the Springfield area one time, we took a drive down to  Branson to see what it was like.  It’s a really pretty area but wasn’t what I was expecting.  Everything is so close together and the shows are all in different buildings, spread all over town.  I wouldn’t mind winning a Branson vacation package sometime and actually going to some of the shows.  That would be nice.

Friendly Friday 2/25/11

Welcome to Friendly Friday!

Remember, YOU can host the link list on your blog, too! Just get the InLinkz code get the InLinkz code and copy it directly into your post. The code is different every week, so be sure to get the new code when hosting Friendly Friday on your blog. Hosting the list is a great way to get even more traffic to your blog and make Friendly Friday more beneficial for everyone.

Thanks for joining the Friendly Friday celebration hosted by Christi at Frugal Novice, Xenia at Thanks, Mail Carrier and Charla at Healthy Home Blog! We invite you to join us every Friday to make more friends in blogville, get more blog followers and follow other great blogs out there.

To join in the Friendly Friday celebration, include your family-friendly link in our list, follow the hostesses in the first 3 spots and then start blog hopping! Visit other blogs on the list and comment to give them some blog love. Then take a minute to follow them through Google Friend Connect – this is a good way to keep up with other blogs, but also lets us show support to each other! Please DO NOT list your giveaways here, links must be to either your homepage or your Friday posting with your blog title. All others will be deleted.

When people comment on your blog and let you know they’re a part of Friendly Friday, return the favor and follow them back. This way everyone gets traffic and followers out of participating, and it’s a win-win situation. We would love for you to also grab our Friendly Friday button and post it on your blog and/or in a post – the more bloggers that find out about Friendly Friday and participate, the better!

Spotlight on Friendly Friday Followers! We love your participation and want to show it! In addition to gaining followers, each week we’ll select three blogs at random and will feature links and a write-up for those blogs in the content of next week’s Friendly Friday post. There are so many seriously wonderful blogs out there, and this will be a great way to highlight some of those each week. Say hello to the lucky chosen 3 for this week (and feel free to stop by and give them a little extra love):

Mrs.White at The Legacy of Home is the mother of five home-schooled children, ages 13 – 22, and has been happily married for almost a quarter of a century. She is a writer, reviewer, who loves fashion, sewing, reading, fitness and cleaning. She writes about everything from home decor to housekeeping to being thrifty. You’ll also see photos of her children and read about their day-to-day lives. This blog has a charming feel to it immediately and welcomes you in!

Jen at Simply Living is a twenty-something who writes about her adventures as she finds her place in the world. She started her blog at the beginning of this year and is off to a great start! She has a great how-to for an inexpensive St. Patty’s decoration that would be really fun to do with your kids (or just for yourself), and in looking at her blog I’ve found at least 2 project ideas that I really want to try!

Ashley at Stilettos to Strollers writes about subjects ranging from becoming a first time mom, to saving money, to dating! She loves sharing great deals, tips, and stories; she also has an adorable Etsy boutique where she sells handmade bows and other creations. You’ll find a lot of tips on saving money on your shopping trips, too!

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Menu Plan Monday 2/21/11

I’m feeling a little under the weather and hope I’m not coming down with anything.  Our daughter, Christi from The Frugal Novice, had the flu this past week.  Not fun!  I’m so glad she’s feeling better!

This will be a crazy week for me.  I tutor after school at my house on Monday & Tuesday, have a training session for Conscious Discipline after school on Wednesday (I’m excited about this – sounds like such a positive discipline program that fosters a sense of school family), and another meeting after school on Thursday, plus a couple of other extra things this week.  It’s going to be a hectic week!

So, here’s an easy menu:

Monday:  Chicken Spaghetti, broccoli florets, garlic toast

Tuesday:  Leftover Chicken Spaghetti, salad, garlic toast

Wednesday:  Barbecue sandwiches, baby carrots

Thursday:  Enchilada-zagna (got this recipe from Leslie)

Friday:  Leftover Enchilada-zagna

By the way, I’m having a giveaway for the movie “Fireproof” on DVD.  The contest is open to all U.S. and Canadian residents, and it ends Feb. 28th.

DVD Giveaway: Fireproof

For those of you who haven’t heard, I’m having a giveaway for the Fireproof movie which was the highest grossing independent movie of 2008, grossing over $33,000,000.  That’s awesome for an independent movie!
The movie revolves around Capt. Caleb Holt and his wife.  Caleb lives by the firefighter’s code:  “Never leave your partner behind,” and his job is to rescue others.  However, at home is a different story.  Caleb must face his toughest job ever…to rescue his wife’s heart.  What a beautiful love story!
This giveaway is open to all U.S. and Canadian residents.  Giveaway ends midnight CST, February 28, 2011. 

Here’s where to enter.

Getting an Online Degree

The value of a degree cannot be underplayed in this economy.  With today’s market, competition is high in the job market, and one must have the skills or degree necessary for the job.  Many are opting for an online degree which can be completed at their convenience and within their schedule.  When one has a family and values the time spent with their family, an online college education provides just the flexibility they need so they can still go to soccer games, open house at school, and all the many things that parents attend.

Not only do online universities provide the convenience and flexibility that is attractive to so many, but they usually provide a savings, some more so than others.   Common to all, though, is the savings in gas money, time that might have to be taken off from work, and babysitting fees for those with children.  No wonder so many are looking at online degrees to complete their college education so they can compete in today’s highly competitive job market.

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Online Marketing

Any business in today’s market should utilize marketing tools to their advantage.  They must make sure they Target Marketing in order to maximize their business efforts.  Online marketers need to capture the attention of those visiting their site.

Visiting a web analytics blog is a good idea to see what the current market is doing, what the trends are, and what is the best approach to take in conducting business.  Learning from other’s experiences is helpful.  Information can be learned about search engine marketing, online merchandising, and many other areas of analytics and marketing.

Marketing Analytics is helpful to bring customer interactions from all online channels such as video, mobile, and social networking into one place.  Applications are provided that connect with partner applications in an easy way so that customer interactions may be viewed.  Specific information on how to measure to align metrics with the goals of the business and much more information is available in marketing analytics.

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Funding Businesses

Funding Universe states that they follow a Code of Ethics and take their job very seriously.  They want to help people avoid scams and want to join entrepreneurs with investors, banks, and funding sources.  They also state their two golden rules are first to treat other business professionals the way they would like to be treated.  They want to assure others there is no Funding Universe Fraud.  Second, they want to conduct business in a positive way so their Association will be seen in a positive manner so people don’t have to worry about a Funding Universe Rip Off.    Being honorary members of the NAELB, they pledge to deal with their customers with integrity and carry on business in an honest and professional way.  They want their customers to know they don’t have to worry about a Funding Universe Scam.  It’s always good to do your research when doing business!

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Baby Clothes

Being a “grandma” with two young grandsons, ages three and twenty-two months, I love to look at baby clothes.  Whenever I’m in the store walking by the baby department, I have to at least glance at baby clothes when I’m walking by them, even if I’m in a hurry.  When they were both little babies, it was so much fun to buy clothes for their birthday!  Baby clothes are just so cute!


Budgeting is a very important aspect of keeping one’s money intact and in preventing overspending.  It prevents the need for personal loans when spending is kept in line with a budget.  Teaching children when they’re young how to take care of their weekly allowance can be a good lesson in planning how to budget and how to make a plan for spending money.