Tea Collection’s New Bauhaus Inspired Kids Fashion

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Tea Collection always the cutest clothing items for kids. Now they have a bunch of new items for you to ogle with a new season with Tea Collection’s new arrivals! These new styles are inspired by Germany’s early 20th century school of Bauhaus, which became famous for its radical union of art and design, and transformed everything from architecture to music. My college had buildings in the Bauhaus style, which I honestly wasn’t crazy about, but when it comes to clothing, they look awesome! Tea Collection’s new arrivals feature bold primary colors and modern geometric shapes; fairy tale romance meets art nouveau.


For little girls, I love the collection of dresses with bright and bold prints. The stripes on the first dress above contrast so cutely with the bright flowers on the skirt. I’m also digging the German names of these dresses. (Just don’t ask me to try to pronounce them!)


For boys, the designs are even more bold and graphic. They have Ts and hoodies with lots of awesome prints and designs. And I DO know how to pronounce Gesundheit!

While Tea Collection clothing definitely isn’t the least expensive out there, it is very HIGH QUALITY.  This clothing can last through even rough and tumble kids and still be ready to pass on to little brothers, sisters and cousins.  Plus they use ethical sourcing practices and use a portion of their profits to help those less fortunate.  It’s a brand you can feel good about buying.

Ready to shop?  All of these new items are the perfect combination for little ones ready for fun and adventure, and perfect for back-to-school too! Go take a peek at the Tea Collection’s new arrivals today!


Try Kiwi Crate for FREE!

Try Kiwi Crate for FREE!  Enjoy a free sample-size project from one of their most popular crates and just pay $3.95 shipping.

What is Kiwi Crate?  Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription box for your kids!  Every crate includes all the materials and inspiration for projects related to a theme such as music, gardening, dinosaurs or colors.  Projects may include arts and crafts, science activities, imaginative play and more.

For just $3.95 shipping, you can try their ‘My Starlight Lantern’ Crate.  Create your very own lantern for a fun camping adventure under the stars! Learn about all the glowing animals that can light up the dark in our explore! magazine filled with bonus projects and activities!  The kit includes all the materials to build your starlight lantern, a full set of colored vellum sheets and glow-in-the-dark star stickers to personalize your project, a kid-friendly star hole punch, a tea light included to help illuminate the night, a 16 page explore! magazine filled with puzzles, DIY activities and a bonus firefly project.

You will be automatically enrolled in a Kiwi Crate monthly subscription at the end of your trial, but you may cancel at anytime.

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Cuisinart SmartPower 7-Speed Electronic Blender Only $49.99 (Reg. $130)


Do you like a morning smoothie?  Or do you prefer to use your blender for more adult beverages?  Whether you use it for beverages or other cooking, a Cuisinart blender is top notch.  you can turn solid fruit into splashy drinks with this high-performance blender from Cuisinart.  Regularly priced at $130, you can grab it for just $49.99 on Groupon right now!  Its seven pre-programmed speeds make it easy to prep, puree, chop, crush, and liquefy ingredients as needed.

This deal is only good for today, and is limited to three blenders per person, but you ARE allowed to buy an additional two blenders as gifts.  Save 62% on this high rated blender before time runs out.  Shop now!

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12 Recipe Ideas for Excess Garden Veggies

12 Recipe Ideas for Excess Garden Veggies

If you planted a garden this summer, just about now you might have more vegetables than you know how to use!  Gardening is a great way to save money and to grow good-for-you food that helps your budget as well as your family’s healthy.  But, if you end up with TOO MUCH bounty from your gardening efforts it can be tricky figuring out what to do with all of it.  Sharing is always a great idea, but sometimes there is even too much for that.  If your neighbors are tired of taking your excess tomatoes, zucchini and other produce, we have a roundup of ideas for you. These recipes offer creative ways to help use up all of those excess garden veggies.

12 Recipe Ideas for Excess Garden Veggies

1. Baked Tomatoes with Feta, Olive Oil and Fresh Basil ~Lori’s Culinary Creations
2. Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Balsamic Vinegar ~One Creative Mommy
3. Easy Oven-Roasted Summer Vegetables ~The Kitchen is my Playground
4. Homemade Vegetable Chips ~Canadian Free Stuff
5. Fresh Kale Recipes ~The Thrifty Couple
6. Easiest Green Beans ~I Eat Therefore I Cook
7. Roasted Sweet Pepper Dip ~Keep It Simple, Sweetie
8. Nutella Zucchini Muffins ~Farm Fresh Feasts
9. Tomato Cheese Bread Recipe ~Thrifty Jinxy
10. Zucchini Carrot Slaw ~Turning the Clock Back
11. Fresh Homemade Garden Salsa ~Poofy Cheeks
12. Shortcut Zucchini Muffins ~Amanda’s Cookin’

Which of these tasty recipes is your favorite?

Disney Store: Buy One Get One 50% Off Baby Essentials


Here is a great one for all the Disney lovers!  Whether you have your own little one OR if you’re looking for a great gift for a new baby or an upcoming baby shower, the Disney Store is having an awesome sale on baby essentials: Buy one, get one 50% off!  You can choose from the most adorable sleepwear, graphic tees, and more.  Here are just a few of my favorite items:



This is also a great time to stock up on future birthday and Christmas gifts, but remember those little ones grow quickly!  Buy a few sizes up and remember it’s always better to be a bit too big rather than a bit too small.

Shop the sale now!

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69% Off Crocs Women’s Espadrilla Slip On Shoes!


These comfortable Espadrilla Slip On Shoes are now selling for only $13.99 on the Crocs website – regularly priced at $44.99!  Choose from Oyster/Sea Foam (pictured above), Espresso/Gold, or Navy/White.  Once you slip on these insanely comfortable Ocean Minded shoes, your relaxing begins.

Women’s Espadrilla Slip On details:

  • Canvas upper with elastic goring
  • Contoured footbed made from Croslite material consisting of 5% reused scrap material
  • Jute rope wrap
  • Die-cut OM Foam midsole
  • Gum rubber outsole with jute inlay

$13.99 is currently the best online deal on this item (selling on Amazon for $44.99).  Limited sizes are available, so hurry and get yours while you can.  Shop now!

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Two Farmhouse Chairs Only $49 Shipped!


Have you been looking for new chairs for your dining room?  Check out this deal at Walmart!  Regularly pried at $79, this 2-pack of Black & Cherry Farmhouse Chairs are on rollback for just $49!  Add another $1 of product to your cart and your entire order will ship for FREE – no in-store pickup is necessary!

The Farmhouse Chairs, Set of 2 with bow back and spindles have a colonial style, enhancing your home decor. These bow back chairs feature spacious seats and fully stretched leg support to ensure maximum comfort. Made of solid hardwood, these colonial style chairs are durable and rugged. The 2 Windsor spindle chairs with cherry finished seats are sure to make an impression in your dining room.

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Raise Money for Your Child’s Sports Team with Social Networking

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Soccer has always been my family’s sport for participation. I first played youth soccer when I was in elementary school and my sister did the same 5 years later, as well as going on to play on her high school team. My dad and I also coached youth soccer. It was both fun and rewarding to help kids learn to play and to work together as a team. Now, all these years later, my nephew is the one getting started in youth soccer and things are coming full circle.

One thing that can be tough for these youth sports teams, whether it be soccer, softball, basketball or other sports, is raising funds. But there is a way your team can find some help. Pear is a social engagement platform that helps groups earn sponsorships from brands – for free. The program matches up sponsors with community groups and organizations to make sponsorship simple and easy for both the givers and the receivers. Safeskin Youth Sports Wraps is sponsoring to youth sports teams across the country by providing funds toward the purchase of team apparel.

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The goal of the program AND how it works is pretty simple.  Sponsors have money to donate, but they don’t always know how or where to donate it, so Pear works as the middleman to help connect sponsors and groups in need.

Pear helps the leader of the group to create a Pear, and then the group leader invites others to join.  Then, a dedicated community manager at Pear helps the group get the most money from their Pear.  By sharing your group’s pear, you can invite others to complete digital incentives to earn more money.  Each group can earn up to $1,000 within a 10-day time frame, which can be used toward team apparel.  Create your Pear here.

To participate in your Pear, each team member completes digital steps on behalf of Safeskin to earn dollars – things like liking Safeskin on Facebook, following Safeskin on Instagram or signing up for an email.  For each step a team member completes, they’ll get dollars towards their goal.  The more tasks completed, the more dollars earned for your sponsorship.

At the end of the 10-day period, group leaders claim an online certificate for the amount earned redeemable at any Pear printer and you get to keep whatever amount you earn!

The whole program is completely free to participate with zero cost to you and no donations required.  So far, there are more than 1,400 participants and 100 Pears.

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Fine Print:

  • Group award (credit toward custom t-shirts or other custom apparel) valid at any participating Pear printer partner.
  • Requires application of 3″x 4″ Proudly sponsored by + brand logo on apparel alongside your custom design (it looks good!).
  • Limit one sponsorship/award per group; no cash value.
  • Adult sports teams (participants 19 years of age and older) are subject to cancellation.

If you don’t have your own Pear to support, feel free to support this one.  If you DO create your own Pear, be sure to leave a link to it in the comments so that we can all lend our support!

Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

I am crazy about frosting!  In my opinion it’s the frosting that can make or break a good cake or cupcake.  I used to love eating frosting right out of the can, but now that I have been making homemade frosting, there is no comparison with how yummy it is compared to the pre-made stuff.  The good thing is that it really isn’t hard to make and it’s difficult to screw up the recipe.  Even if your proportions are off a bit, it still tastes good!

Of course you can flavor this frosting a bit with different extracts (almond, mint, etc) if you like and you can also add in some food coloring to add a little pizzazz to your baked goods.  Whatever you decide to do with it, this is one that you’ll probably add to your go-to list of recipes.  It’s on mine!

Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe


1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp milk


Place butter, sugar and salt in mixer bowl and turn on low until combined. Increase speed to medium high and beat for a minute. Add in vanilla and milk and beat until light and fluffy – approximately 4-5 minutes. If frosting is too stiff, add in a few drops more milk until thinned to the consistency you like.

Freebie Round-up!

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While there typically don’t tend to be as many freebie offers available in the summer months, there still are at least a FEW of them out there! We have them all here in another edition of the freebie roundup! Don’t forget that you can always find MORE freebies by clicking the Thrifty Tips tab at the top of this page and selecting Freebies. Also, be sure to join our Facebook Group so you can get immediate notifications of any new freebies. Many of them only last a few hours, so it’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss them!

New Samples Added:

Hugo Boss for Women

Celeste Pizza for One via SavingStar (expires 7/27)

Purina Fancy Feast Broths (click “try a bowl” – bottom left hand corner of screen)

Diabetes Self Management Magazine: FREE One Year Subscription

Family Fun Magazine: FREE One Year Subscription

Move Free Ultra Omega Supplement

Disney Planes Activity Sheets

Still Available from Previous Weeks:


Lifeline Stem Cell Skincare

Natural Skin Rx Samples

Origins Night-a-Mins (coupon to redeem in store)

29 Preserves Skincare

Riversol Skin Care

Murad Acne Clearing Solution (coupon to redeem at Sephora)

Aveda System 3 Pack (coupon to redeem in store)

Origins: FREE Mini Facial

2 Week Supply of Clinique RepairWear Laser Focus (coupon to redeem in store)

Hugo Red Fragrance

Calvin Klein Beauty Fragrance

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